Sam’s Club One-Day Pass
For those who wish to be only occasional Sam’s Club shoppers, the warehouse stores actually offer a free one-day pass , unlike Costco which doesn’t offer one-day passes. This pass can be printed and brought to the store whenever you would like to shop. This sounds like a great way to use the savings to your advantage without actually purchasing a membership, right?
Like most things, though, there is a catch. When using the one-day pass, you will be charged an extra 10% on every purchase you make (unless you are in California, South Carolina or Elmsford, New York which are exempt from this 10% surcharge). Chances are, this surcharge may make any savings you would receive null and void. However, there are some items you might be getting a deal even after the 10% surcharge. Using the one-day free pass is also a great way to give Sam’s Club a test drive to see if a membership would be worthwhile to you.
Become an Add-On Member
Another option is to become an “add-on” member of someone with a membership. Perhaps you have a household member who is already a member. They would be able to add you on to their membership and you could enjoy the benefits.
You can also shop online at samsclub.com at any time without a membership. You would just be charged a 10% surcharge on top of membership prices, much like when you use the one-day pass.
Join the Email List
You may also want to sign up for Sam’s Club’s email list. At different times throughout the year, Sam’s Club holds an open house event. During the event, Sam’s Club opens its doors to non-members as a way to entice new members. You can find out about these open house events by being part of the mailing list.
Go with a Friend
Yet another option is to accompany a friend or family member who is a Sam’s Club member. You can shop the store and even purchase items, as long as the member is the one paying. This is a handy option if you have a Sam’s Club member who is willing to make purchases on your behalf with the promise of reimbursement.
If you find that you enjoy the bargains available at Sam’s Club, you may come to the conclusion that membership is a worthwhile choice. Membership prices run anywhere from $55-$110 depending on the option you choose. Sam’s Club is all about customer satisfaction and will even refund the membership price if you find you do not use it as much as you had anticipated.
Whether you opt for a one-day pass, an occasional visit or full membership, Sam’s Club has prices that are hard to beat.
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