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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. Sam’s Club has three:
- Sam’s Plus: $100
- Sam’s Business: $45
- Sam’s Savings: $45
Following are 10 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
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For every $500 you spend on qualifying Sam’s Club purchases, you’ll 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 used to buy products or pay for your annual membership. Or, you can simply redeem them for actual cash. This benefit is available for Sam’s Plus members.
Get free and discount prescriptions
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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 Sam’s 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, Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members can get 600 generics for $10 or less, and 8 percent less on many brand-name prescriptions.
Finally, Sam’s Plus and Sam’s Business members save between 10 and 30 percent when you purchase select brand-name prescriptions without using your insurance.
Save on your next pair of eyeglasses
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Warehouse club memberships can be a great way to save on eyewear. Sam’s Club members who purchase a year’s supply of contact lenses can get $50 off their next pair of glasses. This benefit is available for Sam’s Plus members.
In addition, all Sam’s Club members can get $40 off second pair of glasses when you buy two complete pairs of regularly priced prescription glasses without using vision insurance.
Earn cash back with a Sam’s Club credit card
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If you are looking for more rewards, consider opening a Sam’s Club MasterCard account. You’ll receive cash back on the following purchases:
- 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
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When you join Sam’s Club, you’ll periodically receive an Instant Savings booklet. These booklets contain offers with special savings from Sam’s Club’s top suppliers that are added on top of the member-only prices you pay.
Best of all, these offers are electronically loaded to your membership card and automatically redeemed at checkout.
Pick up perks at the Tire & Battery Center
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Sam’s Club members get free flat repairs. That’s true even if you purchase your tires elsewhere. Other benefits include:
- Free battery testing
- Free wiper-blade installation
- Free emergency tire changing when you buy a Premium Tire Installation package
Grab discounted gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants
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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 $36
- $50 in Smash Burger gift cards for $39.98
- $100 in Buca di Beppo gift cards for $74.98
Get email alerts and check out Shocking Values
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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 an $80 Chaps women’s down vest for just $19.98 and the Shark Rotator Lift-Away vacuum for $129.98, a $60 savings.
Shop through a cash-back site
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You can save even more at Sam’s Club when you shop through a cash-back site. For example, Ebates members recently could get 1.5 percent in cash back on Sam’s Club purchases simply by shopping through Ebates.
Get free Sam’s Club gift cards
Discounts are great, but free is even better. Join a site like Swagbucks and you can get free Sam’s Club gift cards simply for filling out surveys, watching videos and participating in other online activities. We have the scoop in “5 Ways to Score Free Gift Cards and Cash in 1 Place.”
Do you know of additional ways to save at Sam’s Club? Share your tips by commenting below or on our Facebook page.
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