Savvy savers know that a warehouse club membership can easily pay for itself — and then some — over the course of a year. The key to saving money at these stores is to know how to shop wisely.
Sam’s Club is among the most popular of warehouse clubs. And with a little schooling, you can learn how to use your membership to save even more.
Sam’s Club benefits are based on your membership level:
- Plus: $100
- Club: $45
Following are some great ways members can save a little more at Sam’s Club. If you’re not ready to become a Sam’s Club member yet, check out “How to Shop at Sam’s Club Without Being a Member.”
Shop through a cash-back site
You can save even more at Sam’s Club when you shop through a cash-back website. For example, Rakuten members recently could get up to 8% in cash back on Sam’s Club purchases simply by shopping through Rakuten.
Earn rewards for shopping
Plus members at Sam’s Club get 2% back on qualifying purchases — up to $500 annually.
Your rewards are loaded onto the Sam’s Club Plus Member account about two months before the end of the membership year, the retailer says.
Get free and discount prescriptions
Millions of us take prescription drugs on an ongoing basis. Sam’s Club can help you save a bundle on these medications Five drugs are free for Plus members at a 30-day supply. They are:
- Vitamin D 50,000 IU
In addition, Plus members can get more than 600 generics for $10 or less. They can also save on many brand-name drugs.
This program is not available in every state. So, check with your Sam’s Club to see if you are eligible.
Save on your next pair of eyeglasses
Warehouse club memberships can be a great way to save on eyewear. Plus members get 20% off a complete pair of eyeglasses and free shipping on contact lenses.
Earn cash back with a Sam’s Club credit card
If you are looking for more rewards, consider opening a Sam’s Club Mastercard account. It’s available to both Plus and Club members.
You’ll receive cash back on the following purchases up to $5,000 annually:
- 5% cash back on gasoline (on the first $6,000; then 1% after)
- 3% cash back on dining
- 1% cash back on all other purchases
If you are looking for other types of rewards — or simply want a credit card that offers other benefits, like a lower interest rate — go to the Money Talks News Solutions Center and find the right card for you.
Enjoy instant savings
As a Sam’s Club member, you’ll be able to take advantage of Instant Savings — which are discounts on top of the warehouse club’s already low prices.
This benefit is available to both Plus and Club members.
Pick up perks at the Tire & Battery Center
Sam’s Club members get free flat repairs. That’s true even if you purchase your tires elsewhere. Other benefits include free battery testing and free wiper-blade installation.
This is available to both Plus and Club members.
Grab discounted gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants
Sam’s Club members can choose from an array of retailer gift cards that the warehouse club sells at a discount.
For example, we recently saw the following deals:
- $50 of Spa Week gift cards for $37.50
- $50 in Steak ‘N Shake gift cards for $37.50
- $100 in Chili’s gift cards for $85.98
Get email alerts and check out Shocking Values
Sign up for email alerts from Sam’s Club, and you’ll learn about ways to save when shopping online every day.
In addition, visit the Sam’s Club website’s Shocking Values page to find out about the latest deals. We recently saw a Honeywell 5000 Lumen LED utility light — normally priced at $159.98– for $64.98.