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 ranks with Costco as 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:
- Select Plus: $100
- Select Club: $45
Following are nine great ways to save a little more at Sam’s Club. Unless otherwise noted, the following benefits are available to all Sam’s Club members.
Earn rewards for shopping
For every $500 that Select Plus members spend on qualifying Sam’s Club purchases, they get $10 back in cash rewards. That’s a 2 percent return on your spending. The cash-back reward is capped at $500 annually.
Rewards can be redeemed as cash or a store credit.
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 medicines. Five drugs are free for Select Plus members. They are:
- Donepezil: 30-day supply
- Escitalopram: 30-day supply
- Pioglitazone: 30-day supply
- Vitamin D 50,000 IU: four caps
- Finasteride: 30-day supply
In addition, Select Plus members can get 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. Select Plus members get 20 percent 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 Select Plus and Select Club members.
You’ll receive cash back on the following purchases up to $5,000 annually:
- 5 percent cash back on gasoline
- 3 percent cash back on dining and travel
- 1 percent 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
When you join Sam’s Club, you’ll periodically enjoy Instant Savings. According to Sam’s Club:
Instant Savings are limited-time promotional discounts that are electronically loaded to your Membership card, so at the time of purchase on a designated item with an Instant Savings offer the discount is immediately applied at the point of sale.
This benefit is available to both Select Plus and Select 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 Select Plus and Select 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:
- $40 of App Store and iTunes gift cards for $38.88
- $50 in Smashburger gift cards for $35
- $100 in Chili’s gift cards for $80
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 Jolene Pressback Recliner marked down from $401 to $199.98.
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, Ebates members recently could get 1.5 percent in cash back on Sam’s Club purchases simply by shopping through Ebates.
Not ready to become a Sam’s Club member yet? Check out “6 Ways Anyone Can Shop at Sam’s Club — No Membership Necessary.”
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