Great Costco Auto Offers for US & UK Members

October 14th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

There are some great promotions going on right now through the Costco Auto program in the US and UK.  Quite often there are terrific deals or promotions through Costco Auto, so if you’re shopping for a new vehicle anytime during the year, you should certainly at least check out what they have to offer.  It’s one of the great ways that you can really maximize the value of your Costco membership, aside from the usual great prices on products in their warehouses all year long.

Purchase a Polaris and get a $200 Costco Cash Card

Purchase a Polaris and get a $200 Costco Cash Card

Get a $200 Costco Cash Card with a Polaris Purchase by October 31, 2014

Costco Auto in the US has offered great deals on powersports vehicles, like motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles, since 2011 and while they always have great deals, sometimes they also have excellent promotions like this one with Polaris.  If you buy an eligible Polaris vehicle by October 31, 2014, you can receive a $200 Costco Cash Card.  Here are the details of how you can get your cash card:

  • To be eligible to participate in this special offer, you must be a current Costco member and first register with the Costco Auto Program. To register and locate a participating dealership, click here or call 1-877-780-1470.
  • Purchase an eligible, new powersports model from a participating dealer between 9/1/2014 and 10/31/2014 to qualify for the special offer and $200 Costco Cash Card.
    • Offer excludes all 2015 RANGER® ETX, RZR® 900, RZR® 900 EPS, RZR® 900 XC, RZR® S 900, RZR® S 900 EPS, RZR XP® 1000 EPS, RZR XP® 4 1000 EPS, Sportsman® ETX, Sportsman XP® 1000, Sportsman® Touring 1000, Sportsman® 570 SP, Sportsman ACE® 570, Phoenix™ 200, Outlaw® 50 and RZR® 170.
    • Pre-owned vehicles are excluded from this offer.
  • Submit a redemption form within 30 days of your purchase. After your purchase has been verified by the manufacturer, the Costco Auto Program will contact you to complete a member satisfaction survey to receive your $200 Costco Cash Card. Complete the survey within 60 days after your purchase.
  • As always you can still take advantage of Costco’s pre-arranged low prices, as well as any applicable national incentives.
  • You can find all of the information about this special offer online and get started locating your nearest participating Polaris dealer.
Purchase a GM and get a Costco Cash Card

Purchase a GM and get a Costco Cash Card

Get Special Supplier Pricing and a Costco Cash Card when you Purchase or Lease a New GM by January 2, 2015

Through January 2, 2014 there’s a special offer from Costco Auto on GM vehicles that is available when you purchase or lease your new car from a selection of new 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC models.  Probably the best part of this deal is that you will receive the GM Supplier Pricing which is very good and much lower than you’re likely to ever get on your own, plus you can take advantage of all publicly available manufacturer rebates and incentives (which you can check for on the Costco Auto website).  In addition, you will receive a Costco Cash Card for completing the Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey. You can choose a new 2014 or 2015 vehicle from any of the following:

  • Chevrolet: Equinox, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse and Volt.;
  • Buick: Enclave and Encore;
  • GMC: Acadia, Sierra, Terrain, Yukon and Yukon XL;
  • Cadillac: ATS, CTS, ELR and XTS

If you’re interested in purchasing any of these vehicles before January 2, 2014, here’s how to take advantage of the special GM pricing and make sure that you get your Costco Cash Card.

  • Select an eligible, new 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick or GMC model from the drop down at the bottom of the Costco Auto GM page.
  • Click ‘Get Started’ to view vehicle details and register for the promotion.
  • Once you complete the registration process, you will receive an Authorization Number and PIN, as well as the participating dealership’s contact information.
  • Visit the participating dealership and provide the designated dealer contact with your Authorization Number and PIN during your purchase.
  • Have the designated dealer contact show you the GM Supplier Price for the vehicle you’ve selected (listed on the manufacturer’s document under the name “SUPPLR”).
  • Submit a redemption form after purchase by January 31, 2015.
  • Once you take delivery of your vehicle and General Motors verifies your purchase, a Costco Auto Program representative will call you to complete a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey.
  • After survey completion, you will receive your Costco Cash Card in 8 weeks.  For Executive members, you will receive a $600 Costco Cash Card, and Gold Star and Business members will receive a $400 Costco Cash Card.
  • You can find all of the information for this special offer from GM online and get started finding the perfect car.
Purchase a Vauxhall to get a £100 Costco Voucher

Purchase a Vauxhall to get a £100 Costco Voucher

Get a £100 Costco Voucher when you Purchase a New Vauxhall by December 31, 2014

If you weren’t aware of it, Costco UK also has an auto programme available to members.  It is a great way to save money on your new vehicle purchase, without a hassle over the price.  Plus, you can save on parts and service too.  Through the end of the year, you can get a new Vauxhall at Costco’s pre-arranged pricing, plus a £100 Costco voucher, as well as a 20% discount from Vauxhall on insurance and up to a 10% discount on eligible accessories.  And if you are planning to be more eco-friendly in the new year, you can receive up to £5,000 off the price of the Vauxhall Ampera from the Plug-In Car Grant.

  • Register with the Costco Auto Programme and Vauxhall to be included in this limited-time offer.
  • A Costco Auto Programme representative will contact you to discuss the promotion, your vehicle selection and connect you to a nearby participating dealer. After you speak with the Costco Auto Programme representative, you will receive an email confirmation with the dealer’s contact information.
  • After you complete the registration process, you will receive an email to gain exclusive access to the Vauxhall Partners Programme website.
  • View vehicle options and pricing details on the Vauxhall Partners Programme website where you can select a model, configure your vehicle and view the special offer price.
    • All Expression, ES, Tech Line (except Mokka and Astra), Corsa Sting, Meriva Life, Insignia VXR Supersport and VXR8 models are excluded from this offer.
  • Show your Costco membership card at the dealer and save.
  • Select or factory order a vehicle by December 31, 2014.
  • Submit an online redemption form after purchase or factory order.
  • Once you take delivery of your vehicle and Vauxhall verifies your purchase, the Costco Auto Programme will contact you to complete a member satisfaction survey. Your Costco voucher will be mailed after you complete the survey.
  • This offer can be combined with all other Vauxhall Retail Offers. In addition, members are eligible for a 20% discount on car insurance from Vauxhall and up to 10% off eligible accessories.
  • You can find all of the information for the Vauxhall special promotion online and get started on purchasing your new Vauxhall.
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Costco UK Coupon Book: October 13 – November 2, 2014

October 11th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new Costco UK coupon book starts on Monday, October 13, and runs through the first weekend in November, the 2nd.  This new coupon book has almost double the savings of last month, with £1,250.00 in it.  I guess they’re gearing up for the very busy holiday shopping season since there is a whole section for holiday decorations and toys.  Plus, there are only like three coupon books left until Christmas.   Despite this coupon book having such a high value on savings, I’m just not that overwhelmed with any of the items in it.  However, they do seem to have really good deals on certain big ticket items, which is always great for people looking for those things.

Costco UK Coupon Book: October 13 - November 2, 2014

Costco UK Coupon Book: October 13 – November 2, 2014

I’ve uploaded the new Costco UK Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer).  If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Also, while you’re there, ask them for a copy of the latest book if they didn’t hand you one when you walked in the store.  In the UK they print the coupons on both sides of the pages and without the codes and they just automatically deduct them after they ring up your items.  I love this method of couponing and I’m glad to see that it seems all Costco locations in the world are following suit.  I do still find it useful to have a copy so I know what to look for because I don’t always notice the signs that they’ve posted to let you know what has a coupon.  Of course, they often hand you a copy of the coupon book when you walk in the store or have them sitting there so you can grab one as you enter. I usually download a copy of the PDF to my phone before I go to the store so that I can easily reference it while shopping.  If you sign up to receive emails from Costco.co.uk, they will send out an email that lets you know that the new coupon book is available online, usually the weekend before the new book starts.  Since they now post the coupons on the Costco UK website, you can always download a copy of the latest coupon book from there; you can also find a link to it on the Warehouses Offers webpage.

I think one of the best deals in the book might be for something that I am long past needing, a set of pots and pans.  You can get £25.00 off a 13 piece set of Circulon Bronze cookware.  You’ll get three saucepans with lids of 0.9, 1.8, and 2.8 litres, a 7.5 litre covered stockpot, a 4.5 litre covered saute pan, and three frying pans or skillets of 21.5, 25.4 and 30.4 cm diameters.  The pans are all dishwasher safe and you can use them on a gas, electric or induction hob.  You’ll get all of that for £119.98 with VAT, which I think it a good deal.  Circulon makes quality cookware and this is actually a selection of cookware that you will actually use without any weird pans or useless stuff that will just sit there collecting dust.  This would be a great gift for a couple that has just gotten married or someone moving out on their own or into their first house.

The other thing that has caught my eye before is the G-Tech Air Ram Cordless Vacuum for £20.00 off.  I think it is really the cordless part that I love because I never seem to have a plug where I need one when I’m vacuuming.  Plus, I’ve seen the commercial for this and it compresses all the dirt and whatnot into these little “bales” that are easily pitched.  It has a lithium ion battery that is rechargeable and according to the commercial should be more than enough to clean the average house; up to 40 minutes of cleaning time on a charge. I like that it looks like it would be lightweight and easier to get around things.  It turns out it is just a 3.5 kg or 7.7 lbs, so it is actually not that heavy.  With the coupon of £20.00 the vacuum is £167.98 with VAT.  I’ve never heard how anyone feels that actually has one of these though.  Everyone who has a Dyson loves it, but do the owners of this feel the same way?   I looked it up on Amazon and it does seem to get really great reviews with the overwhelming majority being 5 or 4 stars; a 4.6 star rating overall.  I’ve been looking at replacing my Hoover, so I might have to give this some thought, though I did have my heart set on a Dyson.

The Seasonal Decorating (pretty much Christmas) and Toys section, doesn’t really seem to be coupons, but does show off some of the good deals they have on that type of thing.  Costco is a great place to shop for Christmas decorations because they have some really cute things with nice prices.  But where they really shine, in my opinion, is their gift wrap, ribbon, gift tags, and cards.  They have gorgeous cards for amazing prices, like a 44 count box of cards for £9.46 with VAT.  And they’re not cheap cards, but the handmade type of cards that would cost a couple/few pounds at a normal store for just a single card.  Whenever I send out my cards I always get lots of compliments.  The gift tags and wrap are equally nice with cute or pretty designs.  The paper is really nice and in here they even have reversible gift wrap (£7.78 with VAT for 34 square metres).  They don’t mention the wire-edged ribbon spools in here, but I know they have them, actually year round.  They are a bargain at Costco and they have a pretty decent variety of designs and colours.  So, if you’re getting a head start on your Christmas decorating and gift wrapping, definitely take a look at what Costco has to offer.

Did you know that there’s a new Coke in town?  Coca Cola Life in the green can.  It’s sweetened with the natural sweeteners – stevia leaf extract blended with sugar.  It has a third of the sugar and thus a third of the calories found in regular Coca Cola.  I mean, it isn’t calorie free because it still has 27 calories per 100ml serving or 89 calories per 330ml can, but that’s so much better.  Just for comparison, a regular Coke has 139 calories per 330ml can, or 50 calories more than a can of Coke Life.  And the taste is better too because of the natural sweeteners.  I rarely drink soda, maybe twice a year, but Dave and I tried some of this the other day just to see what it was all about.  I have to say, I liked it quite a bit.  I really don’t like that fake sweetener taste, but I also don’t like things that are super sweet, and this struck the right note with my taste buds.  It’s got enough sweetness to make the soda enjoyable and has a much better taste of real sugar.  If you drink regular soda but would like to cut back on the calories, but like me you hate the fake sweeteners, this would definitely be worth trying.  And with this current round of deals you can get £1.00 off 24, 330ml cans of either Coke Life or Coke Zero; final price £7.90 with VAT.

So, those are just a couple of my highlights for the new Costco UK coupon book, but there are definitely other great deals too.  Don’t forget to check out the special deals going on now at Costco.co.uk.  They change deals frequently enough that there’s always a great new deal to check out.  Plus, they have all kinds of things that you won’t necessarily find in the stores, or maybe don’t want to get in the store because you’d have to get it home and into your house somehow, instead of having them deliver it.   I mean, if you are looking at furniture or appliances it would be crazy to not at least look online because then you’re not moving something like a big, heavy refrigerator because they are doing it for you.  But there’s lots of other things that you just won’t see in the warehouses.  For instance, they have designer handbags online, such as Mulberry and Lanvin, and I don’t think you’re likely to find so many styles in the actual warehouse, but online they have several different styles to choose from and the prices are good too.

 

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Costco Canada is CLOSED on Thanksgiving (October 13, 2014)

October 10th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I wanted to make sure that everyone in Canada is aware that Costco will be CLOSED all day on Thanksgiving (Monday, October 13, 2014).   Though there is one exception to this, the Province of Quebec will be OPEN with their regular hours.  So, if you’re going to be responsible for Thanksgiving dinner at your house and still have some stuff you need to prepare the perfect family meal, make sure you hit Costco by Sunday!

I imagine that much like in the US, everyone will also have this great idea to hit up Costco right before the holiday, so you might want to bear that in mind.  Shop early!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Costco Earnings Up for Q4 and Fiscal Year 2014

October 9th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

I’m not a financial analyst, and I don’t even play one on the Internet, but I did want to share the latest Costco earnings information with everyone, because it is really quite good.  For about a year, Costco has been doing well, but not outpacing the expectations of the analysts.  However, their latest results from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 (ending August 31) were well up from last year and definitely exceeded expectations.

For FY2014 Q4 Costco reported earnings per share of $1.58 or $697 million, which was a healthy 12.9% increase over the $1.40 per share, or $617 million, for earnings during the same period last year.  Also, that $1.58 is way ahead of the $1.52 per share that analysts had predicted.  Sales for Q4 rose by 9% to $34.8 billion.  Overall, FY2014 for Costco saw net sales of $110.21 billion, representing an increase of 7% from $102.87 billion last year.  Costco saw an increase in comparable store sales growth of 6%, in the US and internationally, for the last quarter, and an increase of 4% growth overall for the fiscal year.   Comparable sales growth would have been a bit better without the negative impacts of gasoline prices and detrimental currency fluctuations (the dollar has really gained a lot of ground on multiple foreign currencies in the last quarter so that hurt international sales growth numbers).

The good news is that Costco continues to do well, even when other retailers have been reporting slumping sales and weak numbers.  Costco should be able to continue to post such good results during their fiscal year 2015 since all indicators point to a growing retail market in the US again.

As you can imagine, all of that good news, led Costco stock (COST) to jump to a new high yesterday.  Costco ended the trading day at $128.73 per share, an increase of $3.46 or 2.76% for the day.

During the earnings conference call, Richard Galanti, CFO, shared a bit about their expansion plans for FY2015.  The plan is to open 31 new locations and relocate four existing locations to new stores.  Of that 31, eight of those will be opened by the end of the year (I have those listed on my locations page), plus one relocations in Wayne, New Jersey.  The overall breakdown is that 19 of the new stores will be in the US, 1 in Canada, 1 in the UK, 1 in Spain, 1 in Australia, 1 in Taiwan, 2 in Mexico, 2 in Japan, and 3 in Korea.  Of course, some of those could be delayed and others could be faster to develop, but the total of new stores should come out to around 30, not including the four relocations.  Also, they are planning to expand their ecommerce operations to one or two new countries by the end of 2015.

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October 2014 Locations Update

October 7th, 2014 by Kimberly · 14 Comments

In my locations update this month, I’ve got some good news for a few lucky places, but some not so great news for others, unfortunately.  As usual, I’ve also gotten a number of requests in the last month to check out specific locations and I am trying to keep up with them all and find information.  Sorry if the place you wanted to know about isn’t in the update today, maybe next month.

Locations opening soon:

Official Opening Dates from Costco:
TIMNATH, COLORADO October 2, 2014
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY October 23, 2014
CAMILLUS/SYRACUSE, NEW YORK October 24, 2014
LEON (second store), MEXICO October 2014

 

Jackson, Mississippi

This has been a roller coaster ride so far.  Things looked really good and then they looked equally grim for the new Jackson Costco location.  But now it seems that there might be a little bit of hope again.  Costco was looking at a site by the Smith-Wills Stadium, which had a lot of people upset for various reasons and it seemed like Costco was unwilling to consider other locations.  However, the Jackson mayor, Tony Yarber, says that he has been in contact with Costco and they are indicating that they will look at other locations in Jackson, including the other two sites they had considered previously in Flowood along the Lakeland Drive/Mississippi 25 retail corridor.  So, we will just have to wait to see how this works out, but I’m guessing this will definitely mean that no Costco will be opening up around Jackson in the next year for sure.

Perrysburg, Ohio

It looks like the construction of the new Perrysburg location might be able to get back on track.  There is an underground gas pipeline that runs through the site of the new store and without rerouting it, construction couldn’t continue.  But Costco has reached an agreement with Columbia Pipeline Group to reroute the 1,300 feet of pipeline under their site starting later this month.  The gas line is 4-feet deep, has a 20-inch diameter, and runs diagonally across the 28-acre site, the rerouted pipeline will go around the north and east sides of the site instead. Luckily, the change in the pipeline is not   Unfortunately, this has caused serious delays to getting the new Costco built and Costco is now indicating that the new store will not be open until the end of 2015.

Jerome, Ohio

At the end of September, the Jerome Township Zoning Commission granted approval to the 148,000 square foot Costco that will be part of the new Dublin Green shopping center.  With approval granted, site work can begin on the project this fall and the actual construction phase will begin no later than June 2015.  Hopefully that means the new Costco will be open by the end of 2015.

Florence, Kentucky

Well, the new Costco coming to Florence has turned the corner into the actual construction phase now.  Construction has started on the 63 acre Florence Heights project at the northwest corner of Interstates 71/75 and US 42.  Costco’s new 135,000 square foot store should be open for business in early Fall 2015.   Menards will also be anchoring the new development and will open after Costco.

Pearland, Texas

Pearland officials have confirmed that Costco will indeed be part of the new development being built at the northwest corner of State Highway 288 and County Road 59.  The Pearland City Council held a meeting in the middle of September to consider a zoning change application to add things like a pharmacy and other design items to the existing plans for the development.  If approved, the council indicated that construction on the project would start in late 2015, which could mean that Costco will be open by Spring 2016.  I tried to check on the outcome of the city council meeting but was having  a problem getting their website to load.

Lévis, Quebec, Canada

Well, it was looking like the new Costco location in Lévis would be opening up in November, but now there is some undisclosed delay.  As a result of he delay, the new store will not be opening until March 2015.  The new 148,000 square foot store is part of a new development along Highway 20.  When the groundbreaking took place this past June, the store was supposed to be opening in November 2014, now though that has changed.  Strangely though, there seems to be lots of disagreement or lack of clarity for the cause of the delay.  Costco says that the problem is related to construction, but there’s disagreement on that as the cause from the developer and they say it must be an operational problem.  No matter what the cause of the problem, it means that the new Costco store won’t be open next month as hoped and planned.  Everyone will have to wait until Mach 2015 instead.

Canberra, ACT, Australia

The existing Canberra Costco store will be opening a new petrol station soon; before Christmas is the target.  This will be the fourth petrol station for Costco Australia, joining the ones in Sydney, Brisbane, and Liverpool.  Much like the rest of Costco shopping, you will only be able to enjoy the deep discounts on petrol if you are a Costco member.  This should come as a real relief to Canberra shoppers since they have some of the highest petrol prices in Australia as of result of the market being dominated by petrol stations from Woolworths and Coles.  At other Costco petrol locations, they have prices 2¢ – 4¢ cheaper than competing petrol stations.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

There was a big bunch of damage caused by Hurricane Odile and the subsequent looters to the Costco in Cabo San Lucas.  As a result the store was forced to close for repairs.  The winds from the hurricane were so strong that they tore through the gates and lifted a section of the roof off of the store.  And then of course, the looters broke in and added to the damage.  They not only took away merchandise but also cash registers, computers, weights, and printers and also destroyed the hearing and optical centers, according to Costco.  Costco is aiming to have the store back up and running by early November, though someone on here posted a comment saying it wasn’t going to be able to re-open until December 15.

Upcoming Holiday Closures and Hours

  • Costco Canada
    • Thanksgiving: Monday, October 12, 2014 all locations CLOSED;
      • Exceptions:
      • Province of Quebec OPEN.
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