19 July 2016 –
Are you a member of any clubs or large organisations? Sports clubs, car-related clubs, unions, or government departments? Do you belong to a professional institute or body?
Simply by being a paid up member, you may be entitled to significant discounts on many of the goods and services you purchase, either on a regular basis, or more infrequently.
Many large clubs, companies, and organisations have negotiated significant discounts on goods and services provide by the companies who do business with them, or as a side benefit to their members.
Often, these suppliers will extend the discount to members/employees as an additional sweetener for the continued business. The supplier may only provide a small number of their entire portfolio to the organisation, however, they will offer their discount to members across the entire range of products or services.
Where the supplier is part of a larger, diverse company, this discount can extend to many products offered by their other subsidiaries as well.
Often, these larger clubs have reciprocal arrangements with other clubs so that you get the same discounts as their own members just by flashing your card at the checkout. Especially useful when travelling overseas or visiting other places.
Why pay full retail? The secret is knowing what’s available, and where to find it.
Some organisations have made this easy by forming ‘Membership Reward Clubs’ which allow you to go to a single source and locate the product you want, where to buy it, and the discount offered.
Others have online stores where you effectively buy the product through the portal and they are either delivered to you direct from the supplier, or a voucher is downloaded that can be redeemed at one of their stores or outlets.
But many times, it’s a matter of doing some research beforehand and finding out who offers the discounts as it may not be obvious when it comes time to fork out your hard earned.
I spend a bit of time browsing through the member discount offers available from a several automobile clubs, worker unions, and incorporated clubs such as the RSL or RSA (returned services). Although I’m not going to name any of them, here are some of the products and services available offering anything from 15% to 35% discount just by exercising your membership privileges.
- Household goods and appliances
- Home improvement
- Holidays, travel and accommodation
- Cars, purchase, parts, servicing and fuel
- Dining out
- Health and wellbeing products and services
- Credit cards
So start putting cash back in your pocket by saving on both everyday and not-so-everyday purchases by using the discounts automatically available to you.
No tough negotiating with hardened salespeople required here folks. No endless shopping around to save a meagre 5 to 10% for you anymore. Just step up to the counter and present your ‘instant, money back guarantee’ card. It can be as simple as that.
Do you have a club card sitting in your wallet? Could it be saving you cash on the things that you regularly buy and use?