“Though this post is in partnership with REI, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”
If you started following my fitness journey after my divorce, you know that running and hiking went from 0 to 100 for me. I went from hating the thought of doing either to living and breathing it all in every weekend.
Since I knew nothing of the outdoors, someone directed me to REI one day to find the right gear. REI quickly helped me find my first minimalist running shoes, my first roll of k-tape, my first camelback, and more! The benefits of being an REI member quickly proved to be well worth it.
Their gear guarantees are outstanding, the sales are amazing, and the member exclusives are phenomenal. Just in case you need more of a nudge, let me tell you about my favorite 3 benefits of being an REI member and why you should consider joining.
$20 Lifetime Membership
Yes, you read that right. For only $20 you will receive a lifetime membership as an REI member. It is one of the cheapest, most rewarding memberships I’ve ever heard of! Not to mention if you spend $200 on eligible purchases, you will gain 10% back in your member dividend aka the membership will pay for itself. If that’s not a benefit of being an REI member, I don’t know what is!
10% Back Member Dividend
Every year in March, you, as an REI member and/or REI Co-op member, will receive 10% back on all of your eligible REI purchases and if you have one, rewards from any purchases made with your REI Co-op World Mastercard.
As a special mention, with every purchase made with your REI Co-op World Mastercard, REI makes a donation to the National Forest Foundation. The National Forest Foundation strives to help restore run down trails, campgrounds, waters, etc. in our national forests and grasslands. So save your money and the outdoors at the same time!
Members-Only Events & Discounts
Have you always wanted to attend an event at REI but worry about it being overcrowded by the public? Being an REI member gives you the benefit of members-only events that aren’t open to the public. You can attend garage sales(up to 50% off gear!), campouts, member jams, and more!
What to attend an REI Outdoor class or Adventures trips? How about discounts on rentals or bike shop services? That REI membership has you covered with special discounts so you don’t have to pay full price.
Westerlands Knit T-Shirt, Northerwoods Shirt, Trailsmith Bandana
Ready to Reap the Benefits of Being an REI Member?
Now that I’ve word vomited my favorite benefits of being an REI member, let me tell you about the 2 special perks you can snag for joining!
- Save 20% on a full price item and get an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item while you’re at it!
- Get an additional 10% off back when you spend $50 or more on REI co-op brand items* like the ones I’m wearing in my photos! That’s 2 times your dividend!
Still not convinced you want to join yet? No worries, use my REI coupon code “MEMPERK2019” at checkout to get 20% off.
*For terms and conditions please visit: rei.com/coupons.
Alli Smith says
I’ve been hearing great things about REI membership. I love all the perks and how inexpensive a lifetime membership is.
Melissa Chapman says
I am not a member but it looks like they have those must have items for the outdoorsy or workout person. I will see if i can join soon.
My husband has an REI membership. I will have to go and check some of their clothing out for myself
Amber Myers says
I might have to join. I do like their clothes. Plus I love when I can get a discount. You look great in these photos!
You hardly see lifetime memberships at such a low price. I’ll join just because of that.
Amy Smith says
I love my REI membership. I first went to REI after having surgery on my ankle and needing some better shoes with arch support. My orthopedic recommended Hoka shoes and REI was the place to get them!!
I had no idea that they had a membership program. A store has opened up about 45 minutes from our house. I will have to go check it out.
Dennis Littley says
It’s so good to hear you’ve found something you enjoy so much! Getting outside and staying active is great. Sounds like an REI membership can have good benefits.
Terri Steffes says
My husband is an REI member. There are really great benefits, even for me! I would love to be more active, maybe once my legs are healed.
I have heard that they have great membership benefits! It is something I shoul look into considering that we love exploring the great outdoors.
I don’t have an REI near me, but I have shopped at REI online. I didn’t know they had a membership, and it sounds like there are lots of great perks.
Those are such great benefits for being a member. I will have to check it out. Love getting great deals.
Ruth I says
Cool! There are lots of great benefits for being a member. I will check this out!
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I love that REI is committed to an outdoor lifestyle. It means a lot to me! That is a great outfit. Love the bandana!!