Go to Costco armed with these hacks

I went to Costco this morning and had a wonderful time. I love going through the aisles and buying industrial sized bottles of ketchup. But aside from huge deals on bulk items of food, Costco actually offers more deals on things you didn’t even realize. Here are some interesting things I wish I knew about Costco before I went.

The numbers at the ends of Costco prices actually DO mean something!

So here’s a little bargain hunting secret, if you see a price ending in .99, .89, .79, .69, etc. cents, it means it is a regular, full priced item. However, if you see anything with a .97 cent ending, it means that item has been marked down. And if it has an asterisk next to it, it means that whatever remaining stock they have left is out in display so get yours while it lasts!! Sometimes it even has the date listed of the last price change, so keep your eyes out!

Also, Costco will even match an item’s reduced price if it gets lowered for up to 30 days after your purchase. So, if that new couch drops from $600 to $500, bring in your receipt and claim your $100 difference!

Use the gift card racks!

Every Costco has a rack of insanely cheap gift card packages to some of the best stores and restaurants, meaning you can buy $100 worth of gift cards to your favorite retailers for only $70! Definitely worth the savings if you know where to look!

They sell cars and vacation packages!

Are you looking for a new car? Well guess what, Costco runs amazing deals on cars too! As part of the Costco Auto Program, Costco partners with your local dealerships to offer you preferred member discount on nearly every make and model.

You should get the Costco brand items, they’re usually cheaper and the same (or better) quality than the name brand items. Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand items are pretty similar, if not identical to their name brand counterparts. According to The Kitchn, Kirkland brand olive oil, peanut butter, salmon and eggs, outperformed the brand name products in price and quality. Also, rumor has it, Costco Kirkland vodka is actually Grey Goose. Seriously, don’t skimp on the good stuff.

You don’t actually need a membership!

There are a couple of creative ways to shop at Costco without a membership. If you use a grocery delivery service like Instacart, you don’t need to be a Costco member to get Costco products delivered right to your door! Also, Costco Cash Cards are a great way to bypass the membership fee at Costco. The cash cards work essentially like a gift card that can be bought by any Costco member and then given to anyone to use. So, if you don’t have a Costco membership, maybe make friends with someone who does. According, to the Costco website, you don’t need a membership to use their pharmacy or buy alcohol. And maybe the best part… you don’t need a membership to take advantage of the delicious Costco food court (you have to try their chicken bakes!!). Plus, $1.50 for a giant hot dog and drink, where else can you get a deal like that?

And of course the last one… eat all the samples you possibly can!!!!

This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

Happy Costco-ing!!

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