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6 Ways to Get a BJ's Membership Discount (And Join For Practically Free)

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Located mostly on the East Coast, BJ’s Wholesale Club is a members-only grocery store that offers regular deals on groceries and bulk items. They also have members-only perks like their BJ’s tire and optical services. If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like to shop at BJ’s, taking advantage of a membership deal might be just the ticket to try it out.

BJ’s does offer a 24-hour One-Day Pass, but to save more on groceries, appliances, furniture, and seasonal items at BJ’s, you’ll want to sign up for their annual membership. Having the membership is how you can take advantage of the BJ's coupon policy, too.

And occasionally, you can get their basic “Club Card” membership — regularly $55 — for just $20 if you’re a new member! Here’s everything we know about getting a BJ’s membership discount in 2024.

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What's included in a BJ's Wholesale Club Membership?

First, let’s take a look at everything you get with a basic BJ’s Wholesale Club Membership:

  • Access to exclusive club brands for better savings on groceries and home goods

  • Savings of $0.10 per gallon of gas at BJ’s Gas

  • Ability to use (and stack) manufacturer coupons along with in-house coupons

  • Access to BJ’s Tire, BJ’s Tire Center, and BJ’s Travel

  • Access to BJ’s Optical, without the nonmember surcharge

Next, let’s break down the membership program tiers at BJ’s.

A comparison of the BJ's Club Card and the BJ's Club Plus Card memberships.

Occasionally, BJ’s offers membership discounts that drop that price for The Club Card Membership even lower — to around $20 - $30 for new members. Keep reading to find out more about BJ’s membership discount and other ways to save on your annual cost.

In May 2024, BJ's is offering memberships for only $20.

Person holding a Bj's Membership card inside a Bj's Warehouse

The entry-level annual membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club, aka The Club Card (formerly known as their Inner Circle), normally costs $55 a year.

But at certain times of the year (like in April and May 2024), BJ’s is offering a special deal on new memberships when you sign up on their website through a special link. With this deal, you can get an annual membership to BJ’s for just $20 (regularly $55).

ONLINE Deal
$20.00$55.00(64% off)

Groupon routinely sells BJ's memberships for up to 73% off.

Person on groupon app on phone

In case you don’t see a current membership discount offer directly through BJ’s, you can also look for BJ’s membership discounts on Groupon throughout the year.

A recent Groupon deal offered the membership for $20, plus a $20 reward when you spent $60 or more within the first 30 days.

But the deal required you to enroll in BJ’s Easy Renewal Program, which will automatically renew your membership each year. Additionally, you’ll need to pick up your membership card in-store after purchasing the Groupon deal, and show a photo ID when you do.

Teachers and military always get a membership for $25.

Two teachers inside a classroom

If there aren’t any current offers available, you can still save on a BJ’s membership with their teacher or military discount. BJ’s offers all military personnel and educators (this includes school administrators, employees, and professors) a membership for $25, along with a $10 welcome bonus award (for new members) loaded onto their account.

This $25 membership deal is available 365 days per year, and military and educators don’t have to wait for a promotional event to take advantage of it.

Get the BJ's teacher membership deal:

ONLINE Deal
$15.00$55.00(73% off)
What to buy
Get a $10 welcome bonus loaded to your membership card
Price Summary
Pay $25.00, get a $10 welcome bonus loaded to your card

Related: We’ve found tons more teacher and military discounts to help you save.

Skip the annual BJ's membership entirely (but you'll pay a little bit more).

Optical center at BJ's

You can take advantage of some BJ’s products and services even without a membership. The catch? You’ll end up paying more. Here’s a breakdown of everything you can — and can’t — do without a membership to BJ’s.

What you can do without a BJ's membership:

  • You can shop online (shipping only) or in warehouse with a One-Day Pass. However, BJ's will charge you an additional 15% surcharge on your purchase.

  • Visit their optical center. By law, they cannot turn away prescriptions. So you can shop at BJ’s Optical without a membership and with no surcharge.

  • Use Instacart to buy BJ’s bulk products. But that also means you won’t get the BJ’s membership discount on any products, just the convenience of buying in bulk and having it delivered to your door.

What you won't be able to do without a membership:

  • You can't purchase gas or diesel at BJ's gas stations.

Here are the other perks and services you can’t take advantage of without a membership card:

As you can see, there are options for shopping BJ’s without a membership. But if you’ve been considering a membership to a club store and a BJ’s location is near you, the $30 annual membership discount is a pretty sweet deal.

TIP: If you purchase a BJ's membership within 7 days of using your One-Day Pass, they will apply the 15% surcharge you paid toward your membership fee.

Ask for the $25 membership deal when it's time to renew.

     

Many BJ’s members have had success with getting a discount on their BJ’s membership just by asking customer service for one (either at the warehouse or over the phone). You may have the best chance of getting a discount on your renewal rate if you’re within the 30-day window before or after your membership expires, or if you agree to automatic renewal.

To try this method, just ask, “is there a promotion to renew my card?” and see what they can offer you.

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