I barely buy paper towels.
I would shop at Sam's more often, but it's not in our immediate city, so it's about 25 miles away, but I feel like I will always be tempted to buy things we don't really need.
Plus, I get overwhelmed easily now in big food stores. There are just so many options and so many people. I have been shopping at little Save A Lot for a few years now. I love how I can get in and out of that store so quickly. Even Walmart's food section makes my eyes glaze over.
I've changed so much in the past ten years. I really do not enjoy shopping at all. I just want to get it done and over as fast as possible and without seeing a bunch of people that I see everywhere else we go in this small city.
We went to Aldi yesterday. I haven't been there in a while. We price compared and a lot of foods we typically buy are cheaper there. But we bought a few things to try and I was disappointed in the quality. One example, I bought saltines and their version of Triscits. They were pitiful at Aldi. I will still use them to make burgers or meatloaf, so they won't go to waste. But wow were they not very good. Save A Lot's version of saltines are quite good, so no savings there. On the plus side, their refrigerated prepared pizzas (just have to bake) were a decent deal. I can't make a pizza for that price considering the cheese. Far less than Walmart's prepared pizzas I didn't buy one, but I might add that to my list of "fast food" options for a busy night.
I'll have to try a few more things, so I can have a defined list of cheaper items and then I'll shop there regularly for some things.
I should go to Sam's again and price out things. But with the price of gas and the travel time (an hour), not sure much of anything would be terribly cheaper to buy in bulk.