Groupon has a great deal on a Sam’s Club membership. For those not familiar with Sam’s Club, it is a club that requires a paid membership to have access to and purchase the discounted items there. It is similar to a BJ’s and Costco.
Great Deal: Sam’s Club Membership for $45 w/ $20 gift card
A normal 1 year membership costs $100 but through this Groupon deal, you can get a one year membership for only $45 and it comes with many extras!
Here are the details:
- A one year Sam’s Plus membership ($100 value)
- Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
- $20 gift card valid for any in-club, online or fuel purchases
- Three Fresh-food certificates, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday, July 27, 2015 (a $22.94 value), including:
- One rotisserie chicken (2.75lb—$4.98 value)
- One container of Italian Rose Fresh Salsa (48 oz—$9.98 value)
- Gourmet cupcakes (8-count—$7.98 value)
That is a fantastic deal! You will basically reap more in value from the gifts than the actual membership will cost you! Couple that with going through a portal to get more miles/points/cashback and make the deal even sweeter.
The terms say that it is only for “new” members but they define that as not a current member or a past member who has not been one since 6 months back from April 21. That means that you can have a membership as long as you have not been a member since October 21, 2014. Another way around it is that it gives a complimentary card for a spouse or household member. If you have had a membership recently, you can have someone else in your household get the membership and give you the complimentary card.
Open Box Wonders
Sam’s Club has been a gold mine for me in the past with open box items, specifically electronics. They do not have the same uniform policies in place that places like Best Buy have for the amount of the markdown that can be taken on open box equipment. It has often been up to whatever staff member is there when the item is returned. I have picked up a ton of things from there that have either found their way to friends/family or been flipped by me.
One of the ways to really make this work better is to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards (which do work at Sam’s Club) either at a discount or at places that give a bonus earning on your credit card. Then, you can use those to buy whatever items you want at Sam’s Club. It is a great way to pick up items and either flip them for a profit or to break even but pick up a lot of points.
One of the best deals that I ever got there was years ago when they had Bowflex weights on sale for $79, down from $229 (with the stand). This also coincided with a $50 rebate that Bowflex had going on. I bought 10 of them and sold them all for an average of $120 each. My net cost was $35 each so I profited about $850 – not bad! Having a Sam’s Club membership can certainly come in handy, not to mention they have good prices on food and such. 🙂