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


Posted on December 15, 2021 Updated on December 15, 2021 at 3:52 p.m. CST

Pssst. We have a grocery hack for you. Let’s talk about meal planning.

A little prep work today means less decision fatigue tomorrow. Decision fatigue occurs 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 that its incredibly wide selection can keep you busy for a long time. But if you shop knowing what you’re looking for already, you’ll spend less time browsing or buying things you don’t need.

Here are three simple meal planning tips that can help you make fewer decisions in your life, which means less daily burnout.

Tip 1: Make your meal plan for the week and write down all the ingredients you need.

Tip 2: Allow time to prepare for the shopping trip so you don’t have to worry about it later.

Tip 3: Purchases once a 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% cash back ** when ordering in restaurants.

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

** Sam’s Club® Mastercard® cardholders earn Cash Back on eligible net purchases (less credits, returns, taxes and adjustments) made with their Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account. The reward 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 Cash Advances, Tobacco and Smoking Related Products (including Electronic Cigarettes), Prescription Purchases, Reloading, or Purchase of prepaid cards, gift cards (including gift cards) or any cash equivalent. A maximum of $ 5,000 in cash back rewards can be earned in a calendar year. Qualifying purchases on multiple card accounts for the same Sam’s Club member, including business and personal accounts, will be combined to determine the maximum cashback of $ 5,000 per year. Cash Back Rewards are issued starting each February for Cash Back Rewards earned in the previous calendar year. Cash Back Rewards are forfeited if the Sam’s Club® Mastercard® account is not in good standing (i.e. past due) or if the Sam’s Club membership ends or expires. Cash Back Rewards will automatically be added to your Sam’s Club membership and can only be used at a Sam’s Club store or on To see the “How to earn money with your Sam’s Club® Mastercard®”Rewards program for details. The Sam’s Club Mastercard is issued by Synchrony Bank under license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark and the design of the circles is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

* First published: December 15, 2021, 3:51 p.m. CST

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