Sam's Club offers $15 seasonal membership for Holiday shopping

Consumer Reports News: October 07, 2011 04:23 PM

Sam's Club is offering a $15 membership that lasts for 15 weeks, which happens to coincide with this year's holiday shopping season. The membership offer ends this Monday, Oct. 10.

An annual $40 "Advantage" or $35 "Business" membership is usually required to shop at Sam's Club. Those packages may be a better option for shoppers planning to use Sam's year-round, but the $15 membership provides seasonal shoppers with a chance to try out the chain without getting locked in for a full year.

The $15 offer is only open to new members, who sign up at a Sam's Club location. Members can still shop online at the Sam's Club web site.

Warehouse stores like Sam's Club tend to have minimal service and carry a limited assortment of mostly bulk items, but our supermarket survey of more than 32,000 subscribers also found that it's difficult to find a perfect store. You can check out our report on How much warehouse stores can save you, plus 11 saving strategies for more information. Subscribers can also see how Sam's Club did in our Ratings of 59 supermarkets.

Costco, which survey respondents were pretty happy with, just raised its annual membership fees by 10 percent. Annual memberships there will start at $55 as of November 1.

Sam’s Club Offers Seasonal 15-Week Membership for $15 [Sam's Club]

Maggie Shader

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