Good evening everyone, I just got back from Sam’s Club and have some interesting things to share. If you not aware, there is currently an AMEX Offer for SamsClub.com where you can get a $20 statement credit after spending $20 or more online. The offer is pretty good, you basically get 100% cash back if you purchase exactly $20. Completing the online offer is a bit more challenging.
Last night, I shared the link to Groupon where you could purchase a 1 year membership to Sam’s Club for $45 and receive a $20 Sam’s Club gift card and fresh merchandise when you shop in-store. I ventured into my local Sam’s Club this evening to see what it was like.
My first thought when entering Sam’s Club is that it is almost identical to Costco. The aisles are lined up the same way and the merchandise is organized accordingly.
To get my Sam’s Club membership card, I went to the Member Services counter right near the store entrance. There, a very nice lady helped me complete my membership and take my photo for my Sam’s Club card.
On the Point of Sale (POS) screen, you can see the $20 Sam’s Club gift card being activated. The screen and credit card pin pad look identical to the ones used in Walmart stores.
On the left, is the $20 Sam’s Club gift card. On the right, is the Sam’s Club membership card (my lovely photo is on the other side).
With the Groupon offer, I received 3 coupons: free rotisserie chicken, free Italian Rose fresh salsa, and free gourmet cupcakes. I went on a hunt around the store and found 2 of the 3 items, but not the gourmet cupcakes. I asked around and was told that the cupcakes were sold out. Bummer, I guess I will have to come back later.
To redeem my $20 Sam’s Club gift card, I went to the frozen fruit section and got a big bag of mixed berries and an even bigger bag of other mixed fruit. These are perfect for my Nutribullet blender. According to my math, the 2 bags of fruit totaled $21.70. My plan was to use the $20 Sam’s Club gift card and then pay the rest with my credit card. My plan would have worked perfectly accept my Sam’s Club (maybe nationwide) only accepts MasterCard credit cards, all debit cards, and cash. Unfortunately for me, I only had my Chase Freedom (VISA) and Old AMEX Blue Cash. After waiting a few minutes, the cashier was able to void the transaction, reload the gift card, and process both coupons for the chicken and salsa. It was such a hassle and I felt bad for the 2 people behind me. Word of warning, if you ever see me in line with only a few items, be prepare to wait since something always goes wrong.
Anyway, after buying the large bag of frozen fruit, I went to my car to drop off my groceries. Luckily, I found $2 in my car and went back inside to purchase my smaller bag of frozen berries. I went back to the same cashier and this time the transaction was a breeze. I used the rest of my Sam’s Club gift card and paid the remaining $1.70 in cash.
Back at home, I ate half of the chicken and it was quite delicious. I will make a delicious, fruity smoothie soon. Moral of the story, if you plan on shopping at Sam’s Club, bring a MasterCard, a debit card, or some cash. As for the AMEX Offer, I will get to that in the morning.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great evening everyone.