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Tips for Shopping at Sam's Club During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Have a Sam’s Club membership? Then you’re used to some of the unbeatable warehouse club deals that rival Costco prices. Like Walmart, their parent company, Sam’s Club has taken steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including changes to their club and senior shopping hours, grocery pickup, and staffing.

Throughout all the changes, the Krazy Coupon Lady will continue to cover Sam’s Club deals to ensure our readers still save the most money possible on the things they need. Stay tuned for updates on KCL as Sam’s Club policies change over the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, here are the best tips for shopping Sam’s Club during the coronavirus pandemic:


Sam’s Club hours

Sam’s Club hours have been modified to keep shoppers and workers safe during the pandemic. Shopping times are now 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, with unchanged hours for Sunday (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.).

If you’ve prescheduled a Sam’s Club grocery pickup, your order will still be available for pickup starting at 7:00 a.m.

Senior shopping hours

As of March 26, Sam’s Club locations across the country will offer special shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems.

Best part? Sam’s Club members who fit the description above don’t need to step inside the store. There are designated parking spots available for these members to place orders directly from their vehicles. Once an order is placed, a Sam’s Club associate will shop for the ordered items, bring products to the parking lot, and the member will use the Sam’s Club Scan & Go feature to check out.

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Sam’s Club supply and shopping limits

empty store shelves at Sam's Club warehouse

Sam’s Club is limiting specific items to one per member at this time. This is to ensure more shoppers get access to the high-demand items they need.

If you run into long lines at checkout, Sam’s Club is encouraging shoppers to use the Scan & Go feature in the Sam’s Club app. By using it, you won’t have to stand in line at all.

Supply restocks

There’s no set restock schedule for Sam’s Club stores, but associates do check product availability on a daily basis.


We haven’t seen changes to the official Sam’s Club return policy due to COVID-19, but check with your local warehouse for store-specific updates.

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Sam’s Club pharmacy and prescriptions

Sam's Club hearing center

Starting March 26, Sam’s Club Optical Centers will be open 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. except for Tuesday and Thursday when they’ll operate 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Optical Centers will only be offering essential services like glasses repair and order pickups until further notice.

Sam’s Club Hearing Aid Center hours have also been modified. They’ll be closed Sundays and Mondays, and open 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, they’ll be open 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Sam’s Club pickup and delivery


Sam’s Club Pickup is 100% free, and available for nearly all items the warehouse sells — groceries, electronics, mattresses, baby needs, and more.

Currently, Club Pickup is delayed due to high demand. Under normal circumstances, you can order up to five days ahead, but right now you can only order one day in advance. If there aren’t available times to place an order, Sam’s Club recommends checking back in the morning, when new time slots open up. Prescheduled Club Pickup orders will still be available for pickup starting at 7:00 a.m.


Sam’s Club free delivery is available on select items if you have a $45 membership. To enjoy free shipping on most items, you’ll have to upgrade to a Sam’s Club Plus membership, which runs at $100 per year.

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Sam’s Club jobs and staffing

carts full of water in Sam's Club

To keep stores sanitized and shelves stocked as much as possible, Sam’s Club has temporarily closed their Tire & Battery Centers so those associates can help in the store.

And just like Walmart associates, Sam’s Club employees will receive a special bonus ($150 for part-time workers and $300 for full-time) that will be paid out on April 2.

Walmart and Sam’s Club plan to hire 150,000 new employees to work in their stores, clubs, and fulfillment centers in order to keep up with demand. Plus, they’re expediting the hiring process to get new associates onboard more quickly.

To apply, check out the Walmart careers page.

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How to coupon at Sam’s Club

Sam's Club Instant Savings book inside store during 4th of July

Unfortunately, Sam’s Club doesn’t accept manufacturer or competitor coupons. They do, however, have Instant Savings, which are discounts automatically applied at checkout — no coupon clipping needed.

Sam’s Club may not take coupons, but you can still save on everyday purchases with Ibotta rebates. Just upload proof of purchase for specific items in the app and you’ll get cash back deposited into your Ibotta account. Easy peasy.

To start saving more on the items you need at Sam’s Club and beyond, download the Krazy Coupon Lady app now.


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