13 Ways To Save More Money At Costco

Have you been missing these tricks?

Is there anything more exciting than a Costco run? Who doesn’t love endless samples and cheese ball containers as high as the eye can see?

But, are you really making the most of your Costco trips? To make sure you milk that membership for all it’s worth, check out these top saving tips:

1. The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Costco offers a great range of gift cards at discounted rates. These cards cover everything from gym memberships and rounds of golf to movie theaters and iTunes. Taking advantage for holiday gifting is a no-brainer, but make sure you don’t miss out on discounted gift cards for experiences and restaurants you visit on a regular basis too. For example, if you frequent California Pizza Kitchen, you could be saving 20 percent off your meal every time you go with CPK gift cards purchased at Costco.

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2. Vacation Deals Galore

Did you know you can plan your vacation through Costco? Yep. Whether you are headed to Walt Disney World with the kids or planning a honeymoon to New Zealand, Costco has you covered with package deals that can include everything from flights and hotels to rental cars and theme park tickets. Occasionally, special extras are also offered, such as a night at the spa or a dinner in the hotel.

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3. Take Advantage Of Vision Services

Yes, the purveyor of giant of ketchup bottles can also set you up with some sweet eyewear. From new frames to contacts, Costco Optical has you covered… and they accept most vision insurance.

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4. Pay Attention To Price Codes

An item that is marked $39.99 is likely at its base price, but an item that ends in 97 cents (such as $39.97) is a close-out marked down lower than usual in order to clear the inventory. Items with prices ending in 89, 79 or 49 cents have been marked down, too (though perhaps not to close-out prices, as the 97 cents indicates).

Items ending in 00 or 88 cents are manager markdowns. These markdowns will vary store to store and are used to quickly move items off the floor.

5. Get Your Hearing Checked

Here is something else you might not know. Costco also offers hearing exams! Whether you need to order hearing aids or you simply want to drag your hard-of-hearing husband in for a hearing test, you’re set.

6. Share The Love

You don’t have to be a Costco member to enjoy Costco savings. You can put money on a Costco Cash Card and gift it to a friend in need. (Or, they can give you cash ahead of time to purchase one for them.) Extra savings for them, and a shopping (and sample-eating) buddy for you… Perfect!

7. Get Your Meds

Here is another case where you don’t even have to be a member to enjoy Costco’s low prices. If you live in a state that prohibits requiring a membership, you can use Costco for your prescriptions without paying any membership fees.

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8. And Your Booze

The above rule applies to liquor and beer purchases as well. Some states prohibit the forming of alcohol clubs, so if that is the case in your state, you can stock your bar at Costco without paying for a membership.

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