Just as the title suggests, this is a wrap up of everything that was mildly interesting this week.
Our Sam’s Club Closed!
Walmart announced 60 store closings of their wholesaler club chain. Hubby and I were surprised to find our local club on the list!
It seemed to get pretty decent business although the increase in property tax, new minimum wage hike, Walmart’s feud with Amazon and the fact that there’s a Costco less than 20 minutes away probably gave away any chance at survival.
Kirkland, Washington on the east side is the birthplace of Costco’s brand and Seattle cradles Amazon. Ironically, Walmart / Sam’s Club did manage to exist this long in the hotbed of both nemesis is something I find as a feat.
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Sam’s Club = Meh
There’s a tinge of sad from most employers of any large, evil conglomerate but besides that, their stuff just wasn’t as good.
It’s not exactly news that Costco quality is better than the Walmart subsidiary. Did you know that 70% of Sam’s Club closures are all within 20 miles of a Costco? Sam’s may use the same hot dogs as Costco but they cheaped out big time on the bun. They have a salad option but it’s 40% more in price for half the size of Costco’s salad. I can go on and on, but basically, most consumers are more discerning than you would think.
Sam’s closing isn’t fantastic news for us. But it’s not that bad. Sam’s Club was close by for a quick bulk run. We organized our life with living car-free in mind. So far, half of last year we didn’t even need to rent a car because we had everything we needed nearby us. Walmart will likely turn the club into an e-commerce facility in Amazon’s backyard. Maybe that’s part of the plan.
The silver lining is…WE GET TO GO TO COSTCO NOW.
Hello, a summer vacation of lounging in the A/C-ed warehouse full of comfy sofas and books. WITH FREE SAMPLES. :p
Costco was my first choice but it came down to convenience rather than quality. We never looked heavily into the bus route to Costco because Sam’s was so nearby. Turns out there is another bus right next to us that will drop us off right in front of Costco. The entire trip to Costco will take 20 minutes including walking and busing. Sam’s Club took around the same time on foot.
I had scored a $10 gift card after renewing my Sam’s membership. Now that they’re closing, I need to make sure Sam’s will refund me for the membership and spend the $10 gift card before the physical club closes it’s doors forever.
I went over today to do just that, grab a lunch and find there’s a huge line out the door and looping the giant parking lot.
What in the world…?
Jared and I planned on making a quick stop for lunch but curiosity made us wait in line. It seemed like people knew something we didn’t.
Good news, it was 25% off the entire store. Even discounted sales already marked down.
They’re clearing out inventory!
OMG, this is Black Friday 2.0!!
Didn’t I vow not to do something like this again?
Well, I didn’t!
The hard part was walking past the jewelry counter knowing we could afford it and for a married couple…maybe we should get actual rings. That thought nearly did me in. A bunch of ladies was crowding around there and everything was so sparkly. But then again, a dead rock on my finger would never be as good as $800 in the portfolio. So I ran and caught up with Jared who was looking at TurboTax like a responsible person.
I was impressed only 20% of the carts we saw hauled an unnecessarily large 80-inch flat screen TV in it. I figure for that size of a line, people would be more greedy. Everyone was helpful and polite to each other. No screaming, ripping open or playing “lady I saw it first!!!” with merchandise. Most people were stockpiling for items they needed eventually.
I heard things like “what’s the pound per price after discount? Is it a good deal?” and I felt a bit proud for some reason 🙂
In a jumbo warehouse where there’s everything and anything, there were people being smart with their money. No sale is worth having to finance something, right? Right!
Now had I been in the electronic or jewelry section up front, maybe my miles would have varied. But it didn’t seem like my lot were overbuying for the sake of a “special” store closing sale.
Our usual grocery trip comes down to $35. This trip we hit $90 dollars which isn’t a bad haul for 25% off detergents, soy sauce, toilet paper and rice. We needed to buy those for the home anyway.
We Found Free Stuff!
It’s been a bit of a free stuff drought in our neighborhood due to the cold weather, rain, and snow. This weekend has been pretty nice and mild and when my husband was coming home from the dog park with Grace, he comes to find…a gorgeous dining table and mirror in great condition.
First of all, we’ve been needing a bigger table AND a decorative mirror too!
Secondly, both the table and mirror runs along with a mid-century modern style which is exactly what I’ve been waiting for!
Third of all, it was free! Thank you neighbor who so kindly helped us take it away! Now the majority of our living room is essentially composed up of second-hand furniture.
Four – it matches our etagere!!! AHHHH! 😍😍😍 The universe does prize patience. I couldn’t have found a better dining table for the price ($0).
Student Loan Horror Tales
On a darker note, I’m not sure how many readers out there are aware of this website that collects student loan stories from real life contributors but it can be a very enlightening read.
I use to visit this website back when I was still in university, almost 6 years ago. Back then, I was feeling pretty miserable because my future income and the loans I acquired didn’t land in such great ratios in relation to each other. These stories resonated with me but it also pushed me to be more active in snowballing my student loan debts. I think this website started out as a Tumblr and evolved into its own website eventually throughout the years.
There are a lot of stories now compare to 6 years ago. It blows my mind now, in fact, my mobile browser crashed twice trying to load this page of student loan horror stories. It’s that much. Scroll through and read a few random ones, go ahead!
It’s like a web version of a Dementor from Harry Potter.
Dementors are dark creatures that consume human happiness, creating an ambiance of coldness, darkness, misery and despair.
Yup, that’s definitely a good way to describe unsurmountable student loan debt. If you want to feel thankful and gain perspective on the landscape of these debt-ridden, well-meaning Americans, head over and read their sad tales.