The MUST Know Costco Hacks that Save You Money

Costco has an endless amount of items in bulk. If you are a member of Costco, you probably spend your money on some of the household items you can buy in bulk there. You might your weekly stop to Costco just to get your hands on tasting some of the free food samples there helping you decide what is for dinner that week at home.

But did you know Costco has some of the best deals hidden throughout their store?

It’s time to teach you how to decode the price tags.

Here are the must-know hacks you need to know before taking your next trip to Costco to save you some money.

1. Shop Without Membership

You might have thought you needed to pay a fee to shop at Costco, but you don’t! Just get a friend or family member who has a membership at Costco to get you a Costco cash card. You can then shop at any Costco locations or online.

This is also a great option for your kids who are heading off to college. Your kids can continue to shop at Costco without a membership. 

2. Deals within the Aisles

The real deals within Costco are hidden right down in the aisles and around the edges of the warehouse. Usually, regularly priced items will be on the end.

3. Forget the Coupons

All discounts are automatically applied, so don’t clutter your wallet with them.

4. Decoding the Tags

Prices that end in 9 cents means the product is priced by the manufacturer.

A price ending in .97 means it has been marked down.

Any price ending in .99 means it is a regular price.

Prices ending in .00 or .88 means the store wants to clear out the inventory.

An asterisk (*) on the right top side of the price sign means the product is seasonal. It might not be there next time you return to Costco.

A plus sign (+) in the upper right corner of the price sign this means the item is being discontinued. The item is not coming back to Costco.

Costco normally lists the price per unit on their signs and even sometimes your local grocery store might be offering a better price that week. The PPU will help you figure this out.

5. Price Adjustments

If you bought something from Costco and you see the price has dropped, you can get an adjustment. Bring in the receipt to get back the difference. This is valid up to a month after the purchase.

6. Get a Discounted Membership

Before getting a membership at Costco, check out deal sites. Sometimes Groupon and LivingSocial offer deals on Costco membership. This is definitely a double deal you don’t want to miss!

7. Two-Year Tech Warranties and Tech Support

Costco offers two-year warranties on their tech items.

Members even get free tech support on bought items, such as televisions, cameras, computers.

8. Get Seconds on Samples

You aren’t limited to samples when you go to Costco. In fact, they encourage vendors to give out unlimited samples!

9. Free Health Screening

Members at Costco can get a free health screening. This screening involves the heart, diabetes, osteoporosis, and lungs.

10. Bring Your Own Bags

Costco uses boxes instead of bags when carrying out the items. It’s a good idea to bring your own bags since the boxes can be hard to carry or load in the shopping cart.

11. Return Your Membership

If you aren’t happy with your membership, Costco will give you your money back at any time.

12. Get to Know the Layout

Costco is pretty big so make yourself familiar with the layout. The deli and bakeries are located in the back usually. In the middle, you can find snacks, clothes, books, media, and seasonal items. The front of the store usually has non-food and some food.

13. Book a Vacation

There are great vacation deals through Costco. You can get discounted prices on flights, car rentals, hotels, and package deals. Take a look online at their travel site.

14. Dental Insurance & Other Health Care

Costco offers dental insurance for a reasonable price. You can also get eyeglasses and contacts at Costco.

15. Car Batteries

Costco offers a variety of different car batteries. We picked one up for our golf cart at our cabin one time.

16. Costco Florist 

Costco carries fresh flowers in their stores. You can also purchase them online. For my daughter’s wedding, we ordered her flowers through Costco online and then had our florist friend arrange them. It was surprisingly a reasonable price compared to our other local florist shops. 

17. Online Shopping

Costco has a wide variety of items on their website you can buy. Many items online arent even in the stores. There are also tons of sales on their website too.

18. Costco Insider

Costco Insider is a website you can visit to get the inside scoop on the upcoming deals at Costco. The website isn’t owned by Costco, but it is a great resource if you are looking for some deals and different reviews on their items.

19. Upgrade to Costco Executive Membership

If you are a big-time Costco shopper like I am with my family you may want to consider upgrading to their executive membership. You can get 10% back on most of your Costco purchases at the end of the year. Costco will send you a check at the end of the year with the amount you saved with the 10%. You can also get %2 back when you just shop there with the executive membership. Read more about it here. 

20. Gift Cards

Costco offers gift cards at many of their stores. Normally these are great deals. You can save up to 20% off of what you normally would spend at a restaurant. Gift cards can also be bought on their website too. There are a ton more there if you are looking for something specific. 

21. Ink Cartridges

Costco will refill your printer ink cartridges for a reasonable price. Instead of purchasing new ones for an expensive price you can save on printer ink right at Costco. The employees will let you know if the ink cartridge can be filled or not as well. 

22. Sharing Membership

My daughter and her friend share their Costco membership. They just split the cost of the membership annually. This is great if you or another family member or friend are both wanting a Costco membership. Plus, you save money!

23. Automatic Rebate

Costco automatically will give you the manufacture’s rebate. Rebate items are found within their coupon books or on the price signs in store. 

25. Kirkland Signature Brands

Purchase Costco’s own branded items called Kirkland Signature. These items are made of high-quality like many other well-known high-quality brands. Try them if you haven’t already!

26. Pre-ordering Pizza

Costco serves pizza you can purchase in their stores. If you are going into Costco to do some shopping and plan on bringing pizza home back for a meal, order your pizza first and then do your Costco shopping and pick it up on your way out. You can also call your local Costco and order it over the phone. Let them know when you would like to pick it up as well!

What are some of your favorite must-know Costco hacks? Let us know in the comments below.

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