To add this, you don't get money back on sale items EXCEPT if you use an REI Visa. If you have the discipline to alway pay off the balance within a couple of weeks of a charge posting, it is a good investment. If not, the interest is high and can beat you up.

BUT with the REI Visa, those sale, clearance, and discount purchases will get you a 5% return. As an employee, I haven't gotten a dividend in years, because all my purchases were already discounted as an employee. Last Summer, I got an REI Visa and my dividend this year was over $50.

You also get a 1% dividend on ANY non-REI purchase, though I only use the REI Visa for gear and trip-related expenses.