22 Secret Savings at Costco
Buyers love Costco for its low prices, wholesale packaging and, of course, the opportunity to try some products for free. This warehouse store is based on memberships that cost from 60 to 120 dollars per year. Costco membership includes many discounts and benefits, including cheap gasoline, discounts on holidays and on medications. The store also offers many savings opportunities besides its already low prices.
The network offers many additional savings opportunities that you just need to know where to look, writes Business Insider.
Choose products in the center of the store
Bright windows in front of the store look bright and beautiful, but the goods on them are usually more expensive. Go to the central part of the store to find the best price offers.
Asterisk on the price tag
If the product has an asterisk on the price tag, it means that its stocks will not be replenished. Be sure to buy it while you can.
Share wholesale goods with loved ones
Buying goods in bulk involves significant savings, but you may not have enough space to store everything. Therefore, it is worth sharing such purchases with friends or relatives.
Visit sales at the end of the season and at the end of the summer
Costco holds very good sales at the end of the seasons, especially at the end of the summer. Seasonal items during such sales are greatly discounted to make room for new products.
Shop at food court
Costco Food Court offers some of the cheapest dishes such as hot dog and soda for 1,50 dollars or 1,99 dollars for a slice of pizza.
Codes on price tags
If the price of the product ends on 0,99, this means that the product is sold at the regular price, without a discount. Products with prices ending in 0,97 are sold at a discount. And if you see a price ending on 0,88, this means a final markdown.
Stock up on Costco's Kirkland Signature
The acclaimed Costco brand Kirkland Signature is sold throughout the store and offers a range of product categories, from snacks and shirts to paper towels.
Kirkland products are generally cheaper than well-known brands. For example, Kirkland sells snacks that are very similar to Kind bars, for about 60% of the price of Kind.
Buy Gift Cards
Costco sells discount gift cards for restaurants, the cinema and tourist trips, allowing you to receive discounts in the Costco style wherever you are.
Try free samples, but don't buy them.
Everyone loves free samples at Costco, but they often lead to impulse purchases, which ultimately cost you more money, although you don’t need them at all.
Check out the book department
Like many specialty bookstores, Costco usually starts selling new books very early, at low prices.
Buy sweets before Halloween and Christmas
Wholesale packaging of sweets is unlikely to be needed throughout the year, but it will be just right on Halloween and Christmas.
Take advantage of the return policy
Costco has a very generous return policy. In fact, members of the club network may even get away with the return of food eaten.
Use the pharmacy
Medicines at Costco are significantly cheaper than many other pharmacies. Moreover, you do not need to be a member of the club network to shop at the pharmacy.
Try Cash Cards
Costco Cash Cards are essentially gift cards that can be used at Costco stores or on the company's website. Only members can buy them, but anyone can use them.
Get some of the money back from your purchases with the correct credit card.
Visa is the only credit card accepted at Costco. But if you use Visco Costco Anywhere, you can get 2% refund of money spent on online purchases, or 4% money spent at Costco's refills.
Focus on staples
Costco offers competitive prices for most products, but the main products here are especially cheap. Costco milk, bread and eggs are often much cheaper than at Walmart and other stores. Costco keeps prices of these products to stimulate shopping, because buyers have milk and bread run out much faster than other products.
Check your email for Costco coupons
Costco does not accept coupons from manufacturers of goods, but sends its coupons to participants once a month. Costco coupons offer discounts on food, electronics, furniture, and seasonal items.
If you have the opportunity, go shopping on weekdays.
In the middle of the week, the crowds at Costco will be much smaller, so it’s better not to shop at the weekend.
Bring your own bags
Instead of shopping bags, Costco offers cardboard boxes to customers. If you do not want to carry large boxes through the parking lot, you can simplify the task by taking several reusable bags from home.
Talk to customer support
Costco's customer service is a great place to request additional coupons, view past purchases without a check, and inquire about rewards.
Refuel at Costco
Many Costco stores also have gas stations, so you can refuel your car.
Use warehouse discounts
Costco offers periodic discounts in excess of its already low prices. The retailer calls them “warehouse discounts,” but in essence these are regular sales. They happen about once a month.
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