I'll admit, some days, between dental appointments, bowling practice, and flute recitals, I find myself wishing I had a personal assistant. Then the reality of life, bills, and the real world smacks me back to the present and gives me a 'what makes you so important that another person should be put in charge of taking care of you' wake-up call. Let's face it, to my family and friends, I'm a rockstar; in the greater scheme of things, my day-to-day is no more challenging than the millions of others out there just trying to make it all work. Momma's solution was always, 'have a kid, that's what their for!' Since my current children walk on all fours, I'll have to forgo that luxury for now, and make due with the exclusive benefits of my Sam's Club membership.
With my basic membership cost of just $45 a year, which works out to $3.75 a month, I can visit any of the 640 Sam's Club locations nationwide and take advantage of everyday savings on anything from holiday gift baskets and wrapping paper to chicken wings and a new Blu-Ray player. Let's ignore the fact that they roll out the red carpet when I shop, handing me refreshments and food (samples) as I round the corner, they also offer the simple solutions of in house Pharmacy, Photo, Travel, Optical, and Tire member services. I recently took my father along to pick up a new chest freezer for one of my newest initiatives of 2014; bulk buying and make-ahead-meals.
Did you know Sam's Club offers guest passes and Preview Days so you can experience the services before joining? Do you think you would use free Click N' Pull services?
What Daughter Says: My Sam's Club membership offers a number of services beyond great savings; it's one exclusive club I could never see myself leaving!
**Click for printable Skinny Orange Chicken Recipe
Make Ahead Portion (Serves 6)
4 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (About 5-6 breasts)
2 TSP Garlic Salt
3 TBS EV Olive Oil
6 Cloves Fresh Garlic, Minced, About 4 TBS
1 C Orange Juice, No Pulp
1 C Honey
1/3 C Soy Sauce
1/3 C Teriyaki Sauce (Ponzu Substitute if Preferred More Tart)
1/2 C Rice Vinegar
6 TBS Corn Starch
1 TSP Ground Ginger
1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
*Garnish with Toasted Sesame Seeds, Diced Scallions, and Red Pepper Flakes
1.) Cut chicken breasts into 1" cubes, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Season with garlic salt, and a touch of pepper, if desired. Heat olive oil in large skillet and add chicken. Cook until each side begins to brown. Turn down heat to low.
2.) Combine all remaining ingredients, corn starch last, in medium saucepan and heat on medium-high, whisking until any lumps disappear. Sauce should begin to thicken, but still roll off spoon like honey.
3.) Pour over cooked chicken and toss to evenly coat. Remove from heat and serve over Jasmine or Basmati rice with a fresh side of steamed vegetables. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, diced scallions and red pepper flakes.