I got to find out what it’s like to shop at S&R even when I wasn’t a member yet. Back when I was still working at BGC, I tagged along with my officemates, who were cardholders of this membership-shopping club, to have lunch at its Food Service. I ordered a serving of Cheese Pizza for only Php99. It was a very filling meal for me because that serving consists of two slices of mouthwatering mozzarella goodness. The S&R Baked Beef Roll is also a must-try. I bought some for me and my husband and those rolls have somewhat made our traffic-filled ride home (from work) more bearable. That savory beef roll comes in a big serving, too. Since then, it has become my husband’s favorite.
I went past the Food Service and into the shopping area. I want to see if it is worth shelling out Php700 to be a Gold Member, the default membership card for regular shoppers. The other type of membership is the Business Member which is suited for business owners. I surveyed the goods being sold and the brands that they carry. Most of the merchandise available at the store are imported brands but they also have locally produced items. Some are being sold by the bulk, by two’s and in jumbo packs. There are a few items that can be purchased on its own. It was around Christmas time when I shopped at the BGC branch, still as a guest, and went out with an assortment of stuff that the kids really loved. I got a Mickey Mouse bowling set, two adorable girly back packs, a set of coloring books for boys, and another set of coloring and sticker books for girls. It was a positive experience that made me convince my husband to sign up for our own membership card.We can use it on all S&R branches nationwide, anyway.
He wasn’t all that sold on getting our own card. He told me to give it much thought. One time, after work, I joined my teammates again as they were about to do their groceries. I was disappointed that I barely found anything in the store that matches the items on my grocery list. Maybe, it’s not meant for us to have that card. I totally forgot about it.
Fast forward to 2016, my husband and I were so frustrated that we didn’t get that specialized package that we’ve been anticipating for a couple of months. That package included Delimondo, a local brand of corned beef that was only being sold at S&R and selected grocery stores that are far from where we live. It was a good thing that my sister holds a Gold Membership card at S&R Alabang. She told me that she signed up because the elusive lunch box that she wanted was only available at that store. I checked out the requirements from the S&R website and applied for an extension card through my sister’s membership. I got my card right after I applied though it would take a few hours before it gets activated. The staff just gave me a stub that I would have to show to the cashier whenever I would make a purchase. Since then, we have shopped at S&R thrice.
Here are my great finds from those trips. I have managed to take note of the prices of some of the items.
Maya Mickey Mouse Champorado – 2 boxes with 2 packs each (4 packs in total)
Duncan Hines California Walnut Decadent Brownie Mix
Duncan Hines Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix
Cookies Bergen Chocolate Chips Teddy Bear Cookies (500g) – Php 119.95
Delimondo Garlic and Chili Corned Beef (380g) – Php 162.95
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
Lifetime Rectangular Foldable Table (approx 70cm x 45cm, from US) – On Sale for only Php895 / Keter Kids Blue Chair (from Israel)- Php299
- Tide Original + Bright Whites Powder (4 kgs)
- Carnation Hash Browns (20 pcs) – Php 199.75
- S&R Moringa Calamansi Juice Powder with Real Malunggay Leaves (2 kgs) – Php 334.95 – We’ve been drinking this juice whenever we have colds. Even my three-year old likes it. I also made ice pops out of this juice and they were a hit among the kids.
- Natura Almond Milk (Original) – Php 109.95
- Whole Wheat Baguette (250 g) – Php 34.95
- Walter Ube Bread – Php 49.95
- Japanese Sweet Corn – Php 129.95
- Bounty Fresh Eggs (one dozen) – Best eggs I’ve tasted! I love that its egg yolks are firm and brightly colored.
- Century Tuna Flakes in Brine (4 cans) – Php 143.95
- US Vanilla Marble Creme Ring Cake and US Double Choco Chip Creme Ring Cake (Buy 1 Take 1) – We got both cakes for only Php 299.95 – My favorite is the Choco Chip Cake
It’s good to shop at S&R when I want to buy by the bulk. But, it could get costly since we can’t buy everything that we usually need for our weekly supply. That’s why I assured my husband that we would only go there occasionally; when we want something that is exclusively sold at that store.