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Deal of the Day

You can now get an annual Sam’s Club membership for $20

Deal of the Day: The popular warehouse club usually costs $50 a year to join.

This deal may help you stock up on everything you need for that Memorial Day BBQ and beyond.

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Pondering joining a warehouse club for discounts on everything from groceries to household items? You can now get a yearlong Sam’s Club membership for just $20 for new members. Here are the pros and cons of joining, and what to consider before you buy a membership.

The pros of a Sam’s Club membership: The savings at warehouse clubs can be major — particularly for those who buy in bulk, fill up their car with gas there, or make large individual purchases like electronics or tires or electronics, a U.S. News analysis reveals. And Consumer Reports notes gas prices at warehouse clubs are usually five to 25 cents lower on average per gallon.

Plus, those who sign up for a membership can add one member of their household for free and shop online at for extra convenience. Sam’s Club memberships are usually cheaper than Costco’s (its basic membership is $60 a year), and as Wirecutter notes “Sam’s Club deserves just as much fanfare as Costco.”

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What reviewers say about Sam’s Club: Over 1,700 verified reviewers on the StackSocial site who signed up for a similar Sam’s Club promotion give it an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars. “This was a great deal, and I’m very happy with the purchase. I went through the sign-up process online then went to my local Sam’s Club and picked up my membership card? — all very simple. I’ll recoup the purchase price in gas savings alone, but Sam’s has many really good deals in the store also,” one reviewer writes.

Other things to consider: If you’re not looking to buy supplies in bulk often, this deal may not be for you. You can, indeed, access some Sam’s Club deals without a membership: notably, prescription medications and eye exams. But the low price may make it worth it anyway.

Note, too, that by signing up for this deal, you’re signing up to auto-renew your membership unless you cancel your membership.?We recommend putting a reminder on your calendar when you might need to cancel.

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About this column: Since you’re here, let me introduce myself: I’m Maddy Perkins, deputy editor for MarketWatch Picks. I’m a big online shopper who loves to hunt down savings — particularly when it comes to cool kitchen gadgets, electronics, fashion and beauty products. I’ll be here a few times a week to share the best deals I can find online with you. Have anything you’d like me to hunt down? Write us at [email protected]. Cheers!?