Sam’s Club memberships can pay for themselves, offering extra savings for customers on food drinks, appliances, TVs, diapers and even access to inexpensive gas. Currently, Sam’s popular ‘free’ membership offer is back for summer and works for new members who join online or at a Sam’s Club location by July 31, 2021.
Sam’s Club Latest ‘Free’ Membership Deal – How It Works
Sam’s Club itself often offers special promotions that can get you an annual membership basically for free.
If you join as a new Club member for $45 (plus tax in some places), when the deal is active you can receive an Instant Savings offer for $45 off $45 or more of qualifying purchases on one transaction within first 60 days of membership. You can also present this offer physically or digitally at Sam’s locations to also to receive this offer.
According to the Sam’s Club website in the past, present this offer and join as a new Sam’s Club member for $45 (plus tax in some places) and receive an Instant Savings for $45 off a $45 Sam’s Club Gift Card at a physical Sam’s Club location.
If joining online, you must use the link provided to join with this offer and then visit a Sam’s Club location to obtain the $45 Sam’s Club Gift Card. You must also be 18 years or older to purchase a membership and while membership cards are non-transferable, they are valid at all Sam’s Club locations nationwide. Often, purchases of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, milk, fuel, pharmacy, gift cards, memberships or shipping costs are also not included in this offer.
This membership deal pretty much pays for itself with this offer, and you can use the $45 credit as soon as you sign up (in person) or when you receive the code via email.
Here’s how to claim this deal in store:
- Create your online account on this special offer page
- Present this offer and join as a new Sam’s Club member for $45 (plus tax in some places) and receive an Instant Savings for $45 off a $45 Sam’s Club Gift Card at a physical Sam’s Club location.
- If joining online, you must use the link provided to join with this offer and then visit a Sam’s Club location to obtain the $45 Sam’s Club Gift Card.
- By accepting this offer, you authorize annual recurring charges to any card on file for your Sam’s Club membership fee(s) plus any applicable taxes at the then-current rate every year until you cancel.
- Visit samsclub.com or a club or call 1-888-746-7726 for full terms or to cancel autorenewal.
- See even more tips and savings advice from the Slickdeals community on this ‘free’ Sam’s Club offer and past similar offers
Again, keep in mind this offer is only good for new members. These offers are not valid for those with a current membership, or those who were Sam’s Club members less than 6 months prior to March 1, 2021.
To check your renewal date to see if you qualify or not based on these exclusions, it’s best to check your billing statement or your Sam’s Club online account.
If you are already a current Sam’s Club club member — or become a new member today — see our tips below on how to make the most of your membership to get the best deals and really stretch your dollars.
If you want to wait for a better deal, set up a Deal Alert on Slickdeals to take advantage of the next offer that comes back around.
Sam’s Club Past Membership Deals and Discounts – How It Works
There are often new membership deals that pop up throughout the year that our Slickdeals users find and post about – many of which are ‘free’ member deals after applying grocery credit eCards and free food discounts. You can find these promotions from either Sam’s Club itself like this latest deal, Groupon or Living Social usually, so bookmark and share this page to discover the latest Sam’s Club discounts. At Slickdeals, our 12 million+ community is always tracking and posting the best deals for Sam’s and all major warehouse stores like Costco and others.
Why Sam’s Club and are the savings worth the annual membership fee?
A great example of the type of savings you can expect from Sam’s Club compared to other stores like Target and Walmart is this recent deal at Sam’s for Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper 32 Super Plus Roll (on sale online for only $22.98). They also sell Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong Toilet Paper (32 rolls) to ship for just $19.98.
This price is way less than similar Charmin Ultra Soft brand toilet paper for sale at other stores like Target who currently has the 30-count Mega-Roll ($36.49), while online stores Walmart offers a 9-count of Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper Mega Rolls (for delivery) for $9.97 (so, to get 30 rolls would cost you more than $30). And Amazon is selling similar items for $31.99 right now. Slick Tip: We’ve seen the Charmin Super Plus rolls (24 ct) drop from $52 to $42 on Amazon in recent months making this $32 price the lowest price to date.
9 Tips for Shopping at Sam’s Club
1. Enjoy membership perks.
Our forums are constantly buzzing about Sam’s Club membership deals throughout the year, and it’s easy to see why. The store is always offering some kind of promotion to lure new members. Right now, you can either take 50% off the cost of an annual membership (they start at $45 per year), or you can pay the full $45 and snag a free $25 Sam’s Club gift card, a 16″ Take ‘n Bake pizza and an 18-count box of Daily Chef chocolate chunk cookies along with your purchase. (Cookies and pizza? Well played, Sam’s Club. Well played.)
Members get lots of exclusive rewards, from discounts on glasses to free flat tire repair, and you can choose from three types of memberships depending on your needs:
- Sam’s Savings: $45 annual fee
- Sam’s Business: $45 annual fee (comes with early shopping hours and optional add-on memberships)
- Sam’s Plus: $100 annual fee (comes with early shopping hours, extra discounts on prescription drugs, extra protection service plans on select electronics, optional add-on memberships and $10 cash rewards for every $500 you spend)
Occasional Sam’s Club shoppers may prefer to shop with a one-day shopping pass instead, but keep in mind that this option includes a 10% service fee on your total purchase.
2. Skip the checkout line completely.
Last fall, the store launched its free “Scan & Go” app, which lets customers avoid the checkout lines altogether. Members can use the app in stores to scan merchandise barcodes and pay for their purchases instantly within the app, then walk straight out of the store. (Slickdealer mikhoang raved, “No lines, no wait! I love it.”)
Shopping online instead? Use the “Club Pickup” service, which allows customers to purchase the items they need online rather than inside the store itself. You’ll receive a notification once your order is ready, and you can pick up your items at the front of the store.
A lot of Sam’s Club shoppers insist that they save more money using the store’s Club Pickup program, because they don’t make impulse buys. Also, it’s easy to assume that you’re out of something altogether only to buy it and realize that you had it in stock at the house already. (Am I the only one who does this?) Since you’re completing your order online, you can double-check to see if you really are out of dishwashing liquid.
3. Learn the store’s price codes.
It goes without saying that you should always look at price tags, but at Sam’s Club, you’ll want to pay special attention to both dollars and cents. A price ending with a 1 (.81 or .91, for example) implies that the item is discounted, while full-price items always end in .99.
Each price tag also includes an item number that ends in either a “C,” “N” or “A.” “C” means the item has been canceled or that it’s currently low in stock. In other words, it’s likely that the price will drop in the very-near future. “N” stands for “never out” and is used for items that are always in stock. On the other hand, item numbers that end in the letter “A” reveal that the item is active and that the store has several of its kind in stock, so its price is unlikely to fall anytime soon.
4. Check the shelves.
Here’s a fun fact: At Sam’s Club, shelf space is actually “leased” by vendors for a specific time frame. If a product isn’t selling as well as expected, the store will drop its price in order to get it off the shelves before the end of the lease period. These discounts are completely unadvertised, so you’ll have to walk the aisles to spot them. (Generally, managers complete shelf audits on Tuesdays, and prices are updated to reflect those audits on Wednesdays.)
Some savvy Slickdealers have used this to their advantage by buying items at a slightly higher price while there’s low stock. Afterward, they’ll return the items when there are just a couple of units left on deep discount. Just go to customer service and ask to do a “return and buy back.” As long as there’s still some stock on the shelves, you can re-purchase unopened merchandise at the lower price with no questions asked. It’s similar to using a credit card with price protection, and this trick is particularly helpful when you’re shopping for seasonal merchandise.
5. Earn extra credit.
Just like pretty much every other store card out there, the Sam’s Club Mastercard has its pros and cons. On the plus side, cardholders will get 5% cash back on gas, 3% cash back on dining and travel, and 1% cash back on everything else. Additionally, cardholders with a Sam’s Club Plus membership will earn 3% cash back on in-store purchases on top of the 2% cash back included with Plus. So, you can gain up to 5% cash back at Sam’s Club every time you shop.
The store is currently offering a $45 statement credit when you open a new credit card and use it to make a $100+ purchase that same day (essentially waiving the cost of your annual membership).
As for the cons? The card’s variable APR is as much as 23.15%, so you definitely don’t want to carry a balance.
Hate opening up a store card? Just join the club instead and use your current cards wisely. Like Slickdealer farsighted99 mentioned on the forums, “Amex occasionally has offers for Sam’s Club, which makes the membership more attractive.”
6. Buy gift cards for less.
Sam’s Club is an excellent place to purchase gift cards at significantly reduced prices. The store sells cards for a wide assortment of popular retailers, and most are priced below their face values. Oftentimes, you can save 10% to 25% right off the bat.
7. “Drive” the price down.
You’ve heard the old saying that you’d better shop around, and it’s especially true for Sam’s Club shoppers. Most of the store’s items are identical from location to location, but 10% of its stock varies based on market demographics and regional geography. If you live within driving distance of a few Sam’s Club locations, it may be wise to alternate your visits. The shelf-space discounts mentioned above could vary in your favor. If you go to another store whose customers have different tastes, you might find different products.
8. Get to know your store better.
What’s interesting about Sam’s Club is that each location operates slightly differently based on a range of factors, from the store’s delivery schedule to how it’s managed. It’s always a good idea to talk with an employee at your local store to get the inside scoop on what days are best for discounts or when new stock is expected to arrive.
9. Score “Instant Savings.”
The store’s Instant Savings program essentially works like a giant catalog of coupons, but these discounts are automatically applied to your purchase — no coupon clipping required. When you walk through a Sam’s Club store or shop online, you’ll spot Instant Savings advertised on a variety of products. All members are enrolled in the program, and these advertised savings are applied to the member price to save you even more. The store’s website also features daily offers called “Shocking Values,” and these limited-time deals let members save on everything from shampoo to home furnishings.
Just be aware of expiration dates. If you place your order online while an offer is valid but pay for the transaction inside the store after it’s expired, you won’t receive the discount.
And don’t forget to find more savings and offers from Sam’s Club by setting a Deal Alert with us.