Sam’s Club Offers ‘Free’ Membership Deal

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Shopping at a warehouse club allows you get more groceries in fewer trips — a true virtue during a pandemic. Now, Sam’s Club is making it more tempting to sign up for a membership.

Purchase a one-year membership to Sam’s Club for $45, and you will get $45 off your next purchase. That essentially makes your membership free, minus any taxes you might owe. The offer is valid through June 21.

Qualifying for this offer involves three simple steps:

  1. Give Sam’s Club your email at the sign-up page.
  2. Sam’s Club will then email you a promo code.
  3. Use the promo code to sign up online or in-store.

Within 72 hours, $45 in discounts that Sam’s Club calls “Instant Savings” will be loaded to your membership account, and you will have 60 days to cash in on the savings.

Note that the savings must be used in a single purchase, and can only be redeemed in stores. You cannot use your savings online, or with Scan & Go or Club Pickup.

In addition, you cannot use your $45 savings for:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco
  • Milk
  • Fuel
  • Pharmacy purchases
  • Gift cards
  • Memberships
  • Shipping costs

By accepting the offer, you authorize annual recurring charges to any card on file for your Sam’s Club membership fee. So, be sure to cancel before your renewal comes up if you no longer want the membership.

What to buy with your new membership

Once you sign up, you’ll have $45 burning a hole in your pocket. How should you spend that cash? We have some tips in our story “The 13 Best Things to Buy at Warehouse Stores.”

Just remember not to purchase bulk amounts of spices. As we have noted:

“Price-wise, they look like a fantastic deal when compared with the small containers in the supermarket. But unless you’re feeding an army, you’re not going to use up those spices before they lose their flavor.”

For more, check out “19 Purchases You Should Avoid at Warehouse Clubs.”

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