I hate when you go to a store and they ask if you want their discount card, only to find out you actually have to pay a membership fee to save money. Annoying, right?
Well last year I decided to bite the bullet and pay the $25 for a Barnes & Noble membership. I actually just received a notice that our membership is about to expire, and you better believe I’m going to renew that card the second that it expires. That $25 has more than paid for itself, sometimes when I’m at the checkout using my coupons and membership I have that guilty “I’m totally ripping this store off, because this deal is too good” feeling. Here’s how you’ll save with the B&N membership.
You get 10% off of all of your purchases, that book you’re dying to buy. 10% off. Those Magic the Gathering Cards you don’t need, but really think you should add to your collection. 10% off. The adorable Finn and Jake Funko Pop you’ve been eyeing. 10% off. Books for your kiddo. 10% off. Every single day. 10% off. Even the already incredibly cheap products in Clearance bins will ring up an additional 10% off.
Then you get the 20% off coupons, oh the coveted 20% coupons. I’m not actually sure what frequency you’re emailed exclusive 20% off coupons, but honestly it feels like you get a new one immediately after one expires. Right now I don’t have one, and I was thinking about purchasing a book, so I’ll definitely be buying as soon as that glorious email pops up in my inbox. This 20% off stacks with the everyday 10% off. I only ever buy Magic the Gathering fat packs at Barnes & Noble now, because I can stack both discounts and get them for under MSRP.
They have a kids club too, which tracks purchases spent on kids books, toys, and games. You end up with $5 coupons, that we use to get Aliceana a couple books, it’s awesome.
You even get exclusive discounts at the cafe on treats, coffee, and tea. Oh yeah.
If you don’t become the person that stops at your local Barnes & Noble every single week, you might love shopping online. Their online prices are extremely competitive and I get the best deals on books there, I use my 20% coupons online too. Plus, you get free shipping with a membership.