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This grocery shopping hack will save you time, money, and sanity!


Justin Shiels


chris boylan


Posted on Dec 15, 2021   Updated on Mar 10, 2022, 9:10 pm CST

Presented by Sam’s Club

Pssst. We’ve got a grocery shopping hack for you. Let’s talk about meal planning. 

A bit of prep work today means less decision fatigue tomorrow. Decision fatigue is when you browse Netflix for an hour instead of actually watching something. If you’ve ever been to a store like Sam’s Club, you know its unbelievably large selection can keep you busy for a long time. But if you shop already knowing what you’re looking for, you’ll spend less time browsing or buying things you don’t need. 

Here are three easy meal planning tips that can help you make fewer decisions in your life—which means less burnout from your day-to-day.

Tip #1: Grab a pen

The first tip is to make your meal plan for the week and write down every ingredient you need.

Tip #2: Make a schedule

Set aside time to prepare for the shopping trip, so you don’t have to worry about it later.

Tip #3: Pace yourself

Shopping once per month instead of every week is the key to this shopping hack.

However, despite our best efforts, there are times when the only decision you want to make is where to eat out. Good news! With the Sam’s Club Mastercard, you can earn 3% cashback** when you order from restaurants.

Even when your meal plans go awry, the Sam’s Club Mastercard can keep you on track with saving your time, money, and sanity. Visit samsclub.com/credit to learn more.

**Sam’s Club® Mastercard® cardholders earn Cash Back Rewards on eligible net purchases (less credits, returns, taxes and adjustments) made with their Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account. Rewards percentages depend on the type of purchase made. Cash Back Rewards are not earned on the following purchases or transactions at Sam’s Club or SamsClub.com: cash advances, tobacco and smoking related products (including electronic cigarettes), prescription purchases, reloading or purchase of prepaid cards, gift cards (including third party gift cards), or any cash equivalents.  Maximum of $5,000 in Cash Back rewards can be earned in a calendar year. Eligible Purchases on multiple Card Accounts for the same Sam’s Club member, including business and personal accounts, will be aggregated in determining the $5,000 maximum Cash Back per year.  Cash back Rewards are issued starting each February for the Cash Back earned during the previous calendar year. Cash back rewards are forfeited if the Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account is not in good standing (i.e., is delinquent) or if the Sam’s Club Membership terminates or lapses. Cash back rewards will be automatically loaded onto your Sam’s Club membership and may be redeemed only at a Sam’s Club location or at SamsClub.com. See the “How to Earn Cash Back with your Sam’s Club® Mastercard®” rewards program for details. The Sam’s Club Mastercard is issued by Synchrony Bank pursuant to a license by Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2021, 3:51 pm CST