Does Sam’s Club accept EBT? (Everything you need to know in 2022)
If you have an EBT card, or you are enrolled in the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), you may be wondering if you can spend your credit at Sam’s Club.
The number of people applying for and enrolling in SNAP increases every year. Grocery stores, farmers markets and wholesalers are increasingly accepting EBT card payments. Buying items in bulk at wholesale stores is especially beneficial.
So, does Sam’s Club accept EBT? Can I use my EBT card to shop online at Sam’s Club? We’ll tell you all about it, so read on to find out!
Does Sam’s Club accept EBT?
yes and no. You can use your EBT card at any Sam’s Club. However, EBT cards are not allowed as a payment method for online purchases. You also need to be a registered member to use your EBT/SNAP at Sam’s Club.
Sam’s Club offers two different memberships. The most basic of the two is Club membership and the other is Plus membership. Regular club membership is $45 per year and Plus membership is $100 per year.
Having to join their membership may seem counterintuitive, but there are good reasons why. Their membership comes with amazing in-club benefits that only apply if you have a membership.
These intra-club deals can help you get the most out of your EBT/SNAP benefits. If you purchased a membership, you can redeem free memberships for family members. Another great deal going on right now is a $45 free eGift card with every new member signup.
This means that $45 spent on club membership will be “returned” in the form of a free club membership and a $45 e-gift card. The eGift Card offer will expire on January 31, 2023. So be sure to register before then!
How do I use EBT at Sam’s Club?
Using your EBT/SNAP at Sam’s Club is like paying with a debit/credit card. Your EBT/SNAP works like a prepaid credit card. Here are a few simple steps on how to use EBT/SNAP at Sam’s Club:
- Go to the cashier at Sam’s Club
- Show your EBT/SNAP card to the cashier
- Insert your PIN into the payment terminal
- Pick up your purchase and leave Sam’s Club
It’s as easy as using any other payment method. Be sure to check the balance in your EBT/SNAP account before purchasing anything.
If you do not have sufficient funds in your EBT/SNAP, the transaction will be rejected. The cashier will inform you that you must use another payment method.
Additionally, you will not be able to use EBT/SNAP to make purchases if there are items not covered by EBT/SNAP. Again, a different payment method must be used to purchase your items.
Sam’s Club has a website that lists all the payment methods they accept. This also includes any terms and conditions attached to these payment methods.
Can I use EBT at Sam’s Club self checkout?
Yes, you can use EBT/SNAP at any self-checkout in Sam’s Club. EBT/SNAP are accepted payment methods at self-checkout.
Remember, don’t confuse Sam’s Club’s self-checkout service with the “sweep” feature on its mobile app.
How do I use EBT at Sam’s Club self-checkout?
Sam’s Club self-checkout is the same as any other checkout method. You can use EBT/SNAP as your preferred payment method instead of cash or other payment methods. Here’s how to do it:
- Scan your items at self-checkout stations.
- Put them in the designated bagging area.
- Insert your EBT/SNAP card into the payment terminal or show it to the cashier.
- Enter your PIN into the same payment terminal.
- Bring your receipts and purchases.
Some stores require you to separate EBT items from non-EBT items. Sam’s Club does not require you to do this.
In short, using your EBT/SNAP at self-checkout is the same as using it at a regular checkout counter. The only difference is the location of these counters.
What is Sam’s Club Scan and Go?
The Scan and Go feature allows you to pay for your items before walking out of the store. It turns your phone into a barcode scanner that lets you scan your own items. Let’s see how it works.
- Download the Sam’s Club app on your device.
- Open the app and tap the Scan and Go icon in the upper left corner of the screen.
- Enter your Sam’s Club membership details.
- Scan the barcode on the item you want to buy.
- Pay for your items directly in the Sam’s Club app.
- Show your QR code receipt to Sam’s Club staff when you leave the house.
Sam’s Club makes it easier to shop without having to stand in line at the checkout. However, you need to have an active membership to use this feature.
If you want to learn more about which retailers accept EBT, you might be interested in the following:
Using your EBT/SNAP at Sam’s Club has never been easier. By adding a self-checkout counter, you can choose to use EBT/SNAP as your payment method. Having said that, you cannot use EBT/SNAP when shopping online at Sam’s Club.
Membership is required to use your EBT/SNAP. There is an annual fee for these memberships. However, Sam’s Club membership has many perks and discounts.
A useful benefit of being a Sam’s Club member is the Snap and Go feature. E-gift cards, selected product promotions and free memberships are all part of Sam’s Club membership.
Do you think Sam’s Club should implement EBT/SNAP for online shopping? What about curbside orders? Let us know in the comments below!