WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Sam's Club offering FREE passes to military during shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013


Sam's Club is offering free passes, with no surcharge fees, to all military members during the government shutdown. This offer is valid at all U.S. Sam's Clubs.

From their website: :

"In response to the U.S. government shutdown of domestic military base commissaries, all U.S. Sam’s Club locations will offer free shopping passes to military personnel, retirees and their families so they may continue to save on home and business essentials.

To receive the temporary pass, guests should show military ID or proof of past/present military service at Sam’s Club Member Service counters. Sam’s Club will continue to offer the temporary passes to military personnel and families until the U.S. government resumes domestic commissary operations.

Military personnel and their families heavily depend on commissaries for low-price home and business essentials. In appreciation for the service the military provides members and communities, Sam’s Club welcomes military families to shop its clubs as a first step to restoring normalcy and meeting family needs during uncertain times."

Remember to consider price per unit when deciding whether or not to buy in bulk from places like Sam's. Often, a BOGO sale with a coupon doubled at a store like Harris Teeter or Lowes Foods will result in a very low cost per unit. Make sure you do the math before assuming that bulk goods are the best deal.  That also applies to commissary prices. Many military coupon shoppers have told me that for coupon items, they often shop other stores with better deals than the commissary.

Thanks to the folks at the class last night and Diane on the blog who shared this information about Sam's.


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  • janinemaree Oct 6, 2013

    Kudos to Sam's Club for allowing us to use their facility in Goldsboro NC. It helped a lot and we sure do appreciate it.

  • ncveteranswife Oct 4, 2013

    Thanks Sam's Club for supporting our Military! Just wish there was a Sam's in Havelock we certainly could have used it today when we found out the Commissary was closed. We ended up at HT, but will be so happy when the Commissary is back in operation.