Holiday’s are Better in the Club Giveaway

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I was recently given a challenge. I love a good challenge. A holiday’s are btter in the club challenge. I was challenged to shop at Sam’s Club to see what delicious deals and produce I can uncover for my holiday spread! Sam’s Club can really help reduce the holiday frenzy. It is a great one-stop place to get all of your holiday needs.

Before I went shopping at Sam’s Club, I had a plan.

I am a planner. Usually, I always have one get together during the holiday’s where I only serve appetizers. I find it easy for entertaining. Some items can be done a head of time and other just don’t take a lot of time or work. So I went with the theme of small bites when I went shopping.

First, on my list is small sandwiches for my party so I went right over to the bakery section of Sam’s. Their bakery section has 60 new bakery items. I decided to pick up some small croissants (20 count  x 2 for $5.49 each) and yeast dinner rolls (36 count for $4.38).

sam's club bakery rolls

While I was in the bakery, I saw some items I wanted to grab for dessert.

There were so many yummy choices but here is what I settled on.  I chose some mini brownie bites for $5.99 and a holiday cake ball platter for $14.98. With the brownie bites, I figured I could serve them like this cute idea I found on Pinterest with a little Santa Hat on top made from a strawberry and the cake balls were already to go. They include red velvet, chocolate and coconut.

sam's bakery dessert

I also found these great Mission green spinach tortillas in this area of Sam’s. You can get 2 packages for $4.98. So I grabbed 1 of the spinach to make these tortilla pinwheels and a regular one for another night of burritos for my family dinner. Plus, I picked up a bag of Stacy’s pita chips for $4.98. I plan on serving these with hummus.

Next, I moved over to the meat department where I found some boneless pork ribs for $1.99 p/lb. So I grabbed a package that was $11.01. I am going to use this to make shredded pork to serve on the yeast dinner rolls. Then I spotted their ready made chicken salad for $4.78 a pound. This would be one less item I would need to make but I will throw in some dried cranberries (which I have at home) to make it more festive. They make the chicken salad with their delicious rotisserie chickens. I picked up a package that was $10.13. I will serve this on the croissants.

I also snagged a shrimp tray over here for $14.98 along with some Sabra hummus for $5.98. The shrimp is already to go with cocktail sauce and I will serve up the hummus with the pita chips and some veggies.

sam's meat department

Now it was on to the produce section. Here I picked up some –
  • broccoli florets (2 lbs for $2.74)
  • sugar snap peas (24 oz for $4.78)
  • baby bell peppers (1.5 lbs. for $5.98)
  • mini carrots (3 lbs. for $2.97)
  • mini cucumbers (2 lb. for $3.98)

I will use all of these to make a veggie tray to serve with the hummus and some veggie dip (recipe is in my Real Mom Kitchen cookbook) I plan on making. They do have ready made veggie trays you can get from Sam’s but I elected to make my own. I had to get some strawberries (2 lbs. for $4.13) too for the brownie bite Santa Hats! The great thing about getting you fresh foods like produce, meat, seafood, and bakery items from Sam’s is they have a 200% guarantee. This means if you aren’t satisfied with an item purchased Sam’s Club will refund the purchase price and replace the product.

sam's produce

Over in the refrigerated section, I added some meatballs (6 lbs. for $14.98) , little smokies (3 lb. for $6.98), and cream puffs ($7.98) to my shopping cart. I plan on making sweet and savory saucy meatballs with the meatballs and my smokies with the little smokies. I also grabbed some whipping cream for $3.98. (This is for those Santa Hat Brownie Bites!)

sam's refrigerated

Last I pick up some Yoshida’s Sweet and Sour Sauce for $6.28 (used to make my smokies) along with paper products – napkins ($6.78), cups ($7.96), and plates ($9.12). So my grand total for all of my purchases before tax was 177.03. I thought that was quite good for everything I got. I will have plenty of food. Plus, it will be a stress free party.

sam's paper products

You can also pick up other items to serve up the food at your party.

I recently got the Crock-Pot entertaining system. I plan on using it for my pulled pork, meatballs, and smokies! They also have this 4 Tier Accordion Server and 5 Tier Buffet Server. Sam’s is providing a 5 Tier Buffet server for one lucky RMK reader! To enter, see the rafflecopter widget below. My good friends over at Stockpiling Moms were also given this challenge and will be sharing their post tomorrow over on their site. So pop on over tomorrow to their site to see what they did and have another change to win a great giveaway!

Sams Club Brittany Buffet Server

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a $250 gift card to Sam’s Club for my participation, but as always my opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. i buy gifts months ahead of time. i make sure we all have plenty of time off work and school. i make sure i am as organized as possible and i also remember that it’s not the end of the world if things don’t go accordingly.

  2. I make lists to keep myself on track, shop online to avoid the crowds, and try to do as much as possible ahead of time.

  3. Well, this year I’m not doing very well with avoid the holiday frenzy! One thing that helps me distress is getting outside for a walk in the fresh air every day. It may seem like a waste of valuable time, but it helps to reenergize and focus. Also make lists.

  4. I make lists and gone over it at least 4 times. List making makes me feel more in control and I tend to do it for everything. lol

  5. I start Christmas prep early in the year, including advents, new treat recipes that we try twice a week etc. so that come December 1st I can relax and enjoy! I love the holidays!

  6. I try to have many of my meals made ahead of time… spaghetti sauce, soups, breads. That way I have time to cook and bake what I want with the grandkids without worrying about meals.

  7. This year, I let hubby do most of the major shopping for our boys, since he’s better at picking out the guns, machetes, etc. that they want.

  8. i spread it out over two months instead of just one. and i’m one of those people that’s been known to pick up a christmas present in july and hide it in a closet for months! helps spread the budget a bit.

  9. I make lists and I try to make as much food (and goodies!) as early as possible, utilizing my freezer for storage.

  10. I reduce the holiday frenzy by shopping early and keeping holiday dinners simple with a main dish or two and a few sides.

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  12. Make a plan, and stick to it as much as possible! Doesn’t always work, but I have a starting point and a plan that I can easily get back on track with!

  13. I ordered many of my gifts online this year. Easier than trying to navigate a store with a very active 16 month old, I can do it anytime (day or night), and I’ll admit – it is fun to get packages at the door! 🙂 Happy Holidays!

  14. Everyone chips in and helps. I do a lot on online ordering and of course Sam’s Club. Best Wishes and God’s Blessings!

  15. I love appetizer evenings. I am also a big fan of prep-ahead and enhancing store-bought. Your choices have some great ideas!

  16. Make a list and check it twice. If preparing a lot of food I pull all ingredients out ti make sure I have everything.

  17. I also serve only appetizers when my family comes for Christmas. It is easy to prep, easy to clean up and yummy to eat! Plus most of us get a big Christmas dinner at other Christmas gatherings, so we don’t miss the big traditional meal.

  18. Have Christmas on Christmas Day…the festivities begin on Wednesday of this week with visits from our of town guests! YIKES! I am so not ready!!!

  19. Having a child with autism has taught me life is easier if we plan ahead. This is especially helpful during the holidays.

  20. Having a child with autism has taught me to plan ahead for everything. It’s especially helpful to practice this during the holidays.

  21. I try to keep the holiday frenzy to a minimum by spending quality time with my almost two-year old and helping him discover the joy of the season 🙂

  22. To reduce stress I stagger my party preparation over 2 days so things that can be done ahead are finished and ready fpr easy assembly on party day

  23. I have a list of easy and quick dishes and make ahead dishes I keep on hand so there’s no stress figuring out what to cook at the last minute!

  24. We all bring our favorite dishes for our holiday dinner, so not just one person has to make all the goodies! I also try to get all the wrapping done early.

  25. I try to plan out things to make the holidays less stressful. I can wrap presents while the kids are at school, make neighborhood treats on the weekend and deliver them when my family is all together.

  26. I try to keep my expectations realistic. My house will never look like it belongs in a magazine spread and my party planning skills will never rival Martha Stewart’s, but if my family and friends feel welcome and have fun, that’s all I need.

  27. I try to do a lot of things ahead of time and then just sit back and not get too caught up in feeling like I have to do all this fun stuff with my kids. Just enjoy the moment and focus on simple things!

  28. I let my kids help with everything! It’s a lot less stressful when I expect things to get messy instead of unplanned accidents!

  29. I make cookie dough and pie shells ahead of time then freeze them. It’s one less task I have to do and makes my time in the kitchen go smoother!

  30. Great giveaway! I think getting everything you need at one time and for the best price really helps reduce frenzy and stress. What a pain to constantly have to run back out for an item!

  31. When your hostess is stress-free, your guests will enjoy the event even more! I try to make as many food items/dishes ahead of time. I will make a list, and shop one day. Next day, prep the food, bake, and set the table. On the day of the event, prepare any fresh entrees and get myself ready!

  32. How will you cook this pork???
    Have you tried Hawaiian rolls?? Perfect for serving with such to larger crowds – and delicious!!!

  33. Shopping at the big warehouse stores definitely ghelp reduce the party planning stress! I also like to get the presents wrapped and hidden early on (with a 3 and 1 year old around, they can’t just got under the tree).