Disclosure: This post is sponsored byREI. All thoughts, opinions and my love for the brand – are all my own.
If living in Alaska has taught me anything, it’s to love the outdoors. I wasn’t very outdoorsy before moving here. When we first arrived to this tiny island, I remember thinking “Well what am I supposed to do for fun?”.
But the great thing about this place and the wonderful people I’ve met along the way, is that the possibilities of entertainment are endless with mother nature. I’ve hiked mountains that I swore were too challenging for me, I’ve seen whales breach along the cliffs of a local state park and just today I watched my daughter run through tide pools in order to find a starfish.
Getting outside can show us so much about this world we live in and it can even teach you a little about yourself. But, it’s important to have the right gear for these great adventures!
My husband and I love shopping at REI for our family. This year we became members of the REI Co-op and the benefits are endless! Shopping at REI has always benefited our lifestyle AND our closets, but the REI Co-op membership also benefits our pockets!
So, what are the benefits of being an REI member?
Earn An Annual Dividend
Who doesn’t like earning money just for shopping? REI offers a unique annual dividend to co-op members. Each March, Co-op members receive a dividend made up of 10% back from eligible REI purchases and rewards from purchases made with the REI Co-op World Mastercard. Most full priced items and eligible REI merchandise purchases will help you earn towards your dividend.
You could use your dividend to buy perfect transitional spring items like this Rangeland Quarter-Zip Fleece. I love to throw this on when I’m going on hikes or walks to the beach. It’s warm, cozy and fashionable.
You could also use your dividend to buy items like the Trailsmith Jacket or the Aoraki Travel Dress. Both of these items are perfect for spring! I know I’ll be wearing this dress throughout the summer as well. We will be driving from Alaska to Cape Cod in about 5 weeks and I know I will be carrying the Aoraki Travel Dress with me. It’s perfect for traveling and exploring!
The Trailsmith Jacket can easily be paired with leggings or jeans and a basic top. It’s the perfect added layer while outside or to look fashionable.
The possibilities are endless with these fun outfits!
In-Store Garage Sales
By being a REI Co-op member, you’re able to participate in the in-store garage sales! I LOVE a good sale and the REI garage sale is one you do NOT want to miss. The annual in-store garage sale has items marked down as low as 50%+ off.
Vote for the Co-op Board
By being a member of the REI Co-op, you are able to cast a vote in the REI Co-op Board.
Member Exclusive Events
REI Co-op Members are able to take part in member only events like happy hours, new member hikes and so much more! You can also get a special member pricing on REI Adventures!
As an REI Co-op member, you’re able to receive special coupons and promotions that other shoppers do not receive. REI members can currently save 20% on one full priced item and 20% off of one REI outlet item.
From 3/22/19 to 4/08/19 you can also earn an additional 10% back when you purchase $50 or more on eligible REI Co-op items. The 10% will be paid by a single use, members only bonus card that can be used from 4/12/19 through 4/22/19. Go to REI.com/members-bonus for more detailed terms and conditions.
The best part about all of these amazing benefits is that a lifetime REI Co-op membershipcosts you ONLY $20. You can more than earn this back with your first dividend payment. It most definitely pays for itself. If you love the outdoors or just shopping for amazing clothes, then the REI Co-op membershipwas made for you!