It Pays to Become an REI Member: Tip-of-the-Day #330

I recently purchased a bday gift at REI for a close friend and discovered that by "joining" their membership program, I could enjoy a number of ongoing benefits, including an instant $20 cash card (which paid for the membership right there).

Since joining, I'm more and more impressed with the perks of membership. First of all, you get a 15% off coupon that is good for any REI labeled gear. Then there's the REI annual member dividend. This is your share of the co-op's annual profit. The 2015 dividend is comprised of your member dividend and/or your REI Visa card rebates. Each March, active REI members receive their member dividend in the form of an annual dividend notice. The refund is typically 10% back on eligible REI purchases. How cool is that?

REI members get special savings on bike shop services and ski shop services and discounted ski lift tickets at selected ski resorts. But, what really hooked me this morning, is the email I got regarding REI's discount on trips and classes. Travel the world with REI Adventures and learn a new outdoor skill with REI Outdoor School. REI members get special pricing on both! Here is a look at some of the upcoming fun:
How to Ride a Bike Class - $65 for members; $85 for non members
Hiking the Bay Area's Best Places - $25 for members; $45 for non members
Learn to Kayak - $70 for members; $90 for non members
And so much more!

The savings are awesome, the schedules are flexible (there are full moon night hikes in the mix!) and I imagine it may even be an opportunity to meet some hunky, athletic types in a very organic setting. #oldschooldating

Check out REI for more info. There's still a whole lot of summer ahead of us!

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