LivingSocial: BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership Discount

bjslogoLivingSocial has a new deal: $50 for a 1-Year BJ’s Membership + $20 BJ’s Gift Card & $55 in Coupon Savings. Offer expires on 3/12. New members only (you could get your spouse or partner to sign-up). Valid at all BJ’s Wholesale Club locations (East coast mostly). The $55 in coupon savings includes:

$5 off any purchase of $50 or more
$5 off any fresh produce purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any Berkley Jensen purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any fresh bakery purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any apparel purchase of $10 or more
$10 off any purchase of $100 or more
$5 off any fresh meat purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any Wellsley Farms purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any frozen purchase of $10 or more
$5 off any health & beauty purchase of $10 or more

If you count the $20 BJ’s gift card, the $50 membership price goes to effectively $30. Additionally, if you can use the $5 off any $50 purchase and $10 off any $100 purchase without changing your shopping habits, that bring the memberships down to effectively $15 a year. That’s not counting the remaining $40 in category-specific coupons.

I am not very familiar with BJ’s Warehouse so I can’t provide a comparison, but this promotion does coincide with Costco announcing a membership price hike from $55 to $60 annually effective 6/1/17.

You can also combine this offer with a cashback shopping portal bonus. Many offer new customers bonuses if you make a qualifying purchase, including eBates ($10 bonus), TopCashBack ($10 bonus, you see it after entering e-mail), and BeFrugal ($10 bonus). I have cashed out of all of these before.

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