Membership for 2014 is $45 for a standard "Basic" one; $100 for a "Plus" membership that also gets you a GE Credit run Discover card. Sams only takes Discover. Go for the $45 Basic membership. Benefits not worth the extra $55 per year. Sams Discover cash back is only 0.25% (vs. 1% for other Discover cards) and if you don't earn at least $5.00 per year, you forfeit the reward. They also mail the check vs the option of using it on your account. Also the Sams Discover credit card website is archaic and not user friendly. Customer service e-mails don't send. Online statements over 3 months have to be "requested" and are not online. Also the cash back rewards history is not tracked on each statement. I just switched back to a Basic $45 membership after having the $100 Plus membership for two years.
There are different types of membership in joining Sam's club, it will depend on your purpose of joining. You can choose the individual and household category where you will pay $40 for Advantage membership and $100 for Advantage plus. If you choose the business category, you will pay $ 35 for Business membership and $100 for business plus.
Sam's Club rolled out a new Membership Scheme May 15, 2013. There are now three types of Membership: "Plus", "Savings" and "Business". The greatest savings are with the "Plus" Membership (cost $100 annually). "Savings" and "Business Memberships" cost $45 annually. However you choose, Sam's Club is the Price Leader and has been since its inception in 1983. The cost of Membership is lower at Sam's than its competitors. The quality of the items offered is generally higher and the overall pricing is lower.