Guess what I did first thing this morning?
I bought a Groupon.
You are probably saying to yourself:
“What a strange behavior for Jay to exhibit.”
“Jay never worries about saving money.”
I know, I am being way too sarcastic way too early in the week.
Well, this Groupon is for a membership to SAM'S Club.
The special is a $45 charge for a One-Year SAM'S Club Membership with a $20 "Gift Card", and “Fresh-Food Vouchers” worth another $20.14.
This offer includes a membership card for the primary cardholder and a complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member.
So that’s two cards, two cards, two cards in one( if you didn’t notice that’s a real old shout out to Certs Breath Mints).
All together that’s an $85.14 value (or so they say) for only $45.
The basic membership to Sam’s Club is already $45 so what you are getting is a free $20 for “in-club” purchases and 3 “Fresh-Food” vouchers, redeemable through Monday, February 10, 2014 including:
o One free Artisan Fresh Rotisserie Chicken (about 3 lbs, a $4.88 value)
o One free Main St. Bistro Scalloped Potatoes (2.5lbs, a $8.98 value)
o One free Artisan Fresh Pippin Apple Pie (10”, a $6.28 value)
If you are like me you like to save money and sure you can get a lot of great deals at SAM’S Clubs across the nation.
And if you know me, I always research an offer to find out what it is really worth and that’s when I ran across this very interesting article written by Philip Ferreira* in his online “Reviewboard” magazine.
So after reading the article from Phillip Ferreira I posted below I decided that this is a deal I can’t pass up.
Here’s how it works for me……..
or maybe a free SAM’S Club Membership for the rest of your life?
First I buy the Groupon, get the membership and the freebies that come with it.
Then, I follow Phillip’s advice going forward……….
Here’s a basic excerpt from Phillip’s website explaining how to make sure your membership in Sam’s Club is free.
“The problem is you have to pay for the privilege of shopping at SAM'S Club. After taking a good hard look at their policy regarding memberships I found a way around this several years ago and it has worked to get me a Free 1 Year SAM’S Club Membership ever since.
So, the first thing you do when you go to SAM’S Club is head over to the customer service counter. After all, you actually NEED a membership to get into the store.
They will ask you for your ID and credentials, etc… just get the account you want, fill out the paperwork and pay for your membership.
Now go about your business and buy what you want for about 50 weeks (almost an entire year).
The SAM’S Club membership agreement states that you can return your membership card for a full refund at any time for any reason.
Now I know what you are thinking… this is shady.
You see the one problem that I have with the membership is that I have to pay to spend my money in their store.
With this policy, they address that issue.
A manager was called over the second time I did it and I explained that I was very satisfied with the product line, just not with the idea that I had to pay for the right to shop there, and noted that their return policy addressed this issue nicely.
He agreed, gave the cashier the nod, and said "good one".
Eureka……..a free 1 year SAM'S Club membership.
If this method causes you to feel uncomfortable transacting it in person you can employ method #2.
Method #2 - Simply to return the membership at the SAM’S club you are at for your full refund.
Go home, and sign up for a new 1 year SAM'S Club membership online.”
Sam’s Club is the 8th largest U.S. retailer; ranks second in sales volume only behind Costco; has an operating income of $1.6 Billion and saw an 8.4% sales increase in 2012.
You are not “Breaking Bad” here you are exercising an option that Sam’s club has offered you right up front.
If you get comfortable enough, you can do this every year for the rest of your life or until the change their policy.
- Love your Membership, or your money back. If you're not satisfied with your Membership at any time, we'll refund your annual fee in full.
If you still doubt this can work check out what it says in their Membership Terms and Conditions:
- Sam's Club Return / Refund Policy The SamsClub.com Refund Policy reflects a 100% guarantee on merchandise and Membership. Refunds on merchandise and Memberships are available if, for any reason, Members are not satisfied.
“When a company gives a satisfaction guarantee they do it because they want you to be fully satisfied. If you can become satisfied by utilizing the membership, and the guarantee then they have fulfilled their mission, and so have you. It is ethical, you are the customer, and the money back guarantee is their offer that you will be satisfied.
I (Philip) talked to the SAM'S Club Public Relations Department and they told me the reason they have the return policy wide open is to make sure their customers are satisfied with the membership. They realize there is a certain portion of their membership base that does not like the idea of supporting the club through a paid for membership and this return policy is an effective way to remedy that issue and make those customers happy.
So, when you notice your membership expiration date is approaching, don’t be afraid to go up to the customer service desk and get your refund/renewal.”
The process is a little different but the basics are the same.
Thanks for joining me……………………………………………..
*Philip Ferreira is the founder and has been contributing to Reviewboard Magazine for over 16 years. He holds 38 computer certifications, programs in 9 languages, and is a self-taught chef.