Costco’s Kirkland Signature Fuel Stations

December 5th, 2015 by Kimberly · 16 Comments

I’ve had a few questions recently about the Costco fuel and their gas/fuel stations.  Believe it or not, this wasn’t really an area where I had done much research or posting about before.  You’d think after eight years of writing this blog there would be no Costco subject left that I hadn’t talked about, wouldn’t you?  My extent of “research” was that it was where we always filled up our cars and motorcycles when we were in the US and it was always less expensive than going to nearby stations.  So, my research was not too invasive.  But now I know everything and then some, and soon you can too.

When I was looking for answers for some readers I discovered that you can find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Costco’s Kirkland Signature gasoline (petrol or fuel depending on where you are at) online.  They even have videos! Honestly, there is probably more here than you would normally want to know about where you fill up your car, but it is actually kind of interesting.


As they point out online, Costco puts quite a bit of thought and safety into their stations, including several ways of keeping you and the environment safe while you are refuelling.  All of the Costco stations are manned by certified attendants that have been trained to deal with the safety and environmental hazards that can come from an accidental spill or other gas station mishaps.  Costco also equips each island with a special surface clean up kit as fuel spills pose such a hazard to people, as well as the environment.  The attendants also help those who aren’t physically able to still fill up their vehicle with fuel.  They’re also trained to make sure that people are being safe about how they fill up, including things like not smoking, turning off the motor, and not putting fuel in unsuitable portable containers.  Each station has a dedicated 911 (in the US) phone, as well as fire extinguishers on the islands, and automatic extinguishers in the below-ground system.

Costco stations are also equipped to make sure that the vapor from refuelling your vehicle stays contained.  The systems at Costco work in conjunction with the Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) required in vehicles sold in the US since 2001.  This means that the vapor stays in your car and doesn’t pollute the environment.

I think the biggest environmental protection that they equip their stations with though, is the continuous monitoring of their underground fuel storage system for leaks.  The whole system is electronically monitored for any type of leak and will automatically shut down the entire system if a leak is detected.  The whole system is monitored on a continuous basis by Costco employees, as well as an outside monitoring service.  Since the underground storage tanks and all piping are made with corrosion-proof, double-walled construction, you would think a leak would be unlikely, but it is good that they are constantly on the alert.

But it isn’t just all about safety when you’re buying gas, but you always need to know that what you are buying is actually good for your car.  Both grades of gasoline sold at Costco – Regular Unleaded (typically 87 octane) and Premium Unleaded (typically 91 octane) – meet and exceed TOP TIER requirements, which means vehicles from a Rolls to a Smart will be happy running the Costco fuel. Here’s a quote from the Costco fuel website with a little more about that:

As our valued member, you expect Costco to always offer the finest quality products at the best possible price. Gasoline is no exception. Costco has closely studied fuel additives and engine deposits, and conducted extensive engine tests at nationally-recognized laboratories. As a result, we decided to increase the detergent additives in our fuel to provide a better value to our members. As of March 2014 Costco is listed as a TOP TIER™ gasoline retailer. Find out more at http://www.toptiergas.com/retailers/.

Kirkland Signature™ Gasoline contains five times the EPA detergent requirement in both regular unleaded and premium grades. Kirkland Signature™ Gasoline helps remove any existing deposits and keeps your engine clean.

Keeping your engine tidy might just sound like something crazy that Martha Stewart worries about, but it is something we all need to consider and take steps to do.  Keeping your car clean on the inside is important to getting optimal fuel efficiency, while causing the least amount of pollution through emissions.  Not to mention, it will also leave your car sounding and running better, and should help with engine maintenance.  A clean car is a happy car!

One of the specific questions I received was about where Costco has diesel fuel available.  Luckily, I now have an answer for that one.  They have a page that lists all of the diesel fuelling stations in the US.  Currently, they have 45 Costco stations that sell diesel fuel, so you might not find one near you, unfortunately.  But at least now you will know before you get to the store.

Mostly the locations in the US have gas stations now, though not all do.  You can always check Costco.com to find the locations in the US that have gas stations.  But in the rest of the world it is much more rare.  In the UK just a single three locations in Liverpool, Bristol, and Oldham have  petrol stations.  I don’t have a car here but I do sometimes have to fill up my Zipcar and would love it if we could do it at Costco just for the convenience.  Japan has four gas stations currently, at locations in Chubu Airport, Hashima, Imizu, and Kaminoyama. I do not believe any of the locations in Korea, Taiwan, or Mexico have gas stations. I’m not sure if this is because of local regulations or something else though.  The new Madrid (Getefe) location in Spain has a fuel station, but not the location in Seville.  I’m wondering if they are thinking of adding a station in Seville or if that is not possible.  Five of the locations in Australia have petrol stations.  If you are looking for a list of the locations in Australia that have stations, you can check the Costco Australia website (and get hours too).  Costco Canada also seems to have a high number of gas stations, but I’m guessing by the fact that they have a list online, that not all Costco locations also have a gas station; just 55 of the locations in Canada have gas stations.

You can find out all about the Costco Kirkland Signature Gasoline and their stations online.  Each country that has a gas/fuel/petrol stations has a webpage where you can find out about the stations and fuel in your area (though, they are pretty much all the same content it seems to me).   Here is a list of those sites:

Each of these sites has a FAQ that covers important questions you might have about paying and safe refuelling practices.  They even have an answer to the question about a mobile phone being able to start a fire with gasoline vapor.  No, as it turns out because there’s just not enough voltage and nowhere in the world are no confirmed cases of mobile phones igniting gas vapor.  They do of course point out that you are less attentive while talking on the phone, so you should probably put it down to safely refuel and pay attention to what you are doing.

And if you read through all of that information and still have questions about the Kirkland Signature gasoline, you can email them.  You can also email them about their diesel fuel to get your questions answered.

[2015.12.17 Updated: I added to the information on how many gas stations each area has based on better information from Costco.]

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Costco.com’s 15 Days of Christmas Deals Starts Today

December 3rd, 2015 by Kimberly · 3 Comments

If you do much shopping at Amazon.com, you know that they are experts at having various deals that are good for a very limited time period.  Well, Costco.com is trying to elicit that same sense of excitement with their 15 Day of Christmas Deals.  Of course, their deals will only be around from December 3 through the 17th, because if you haven’t gotten it by then it probably isn’t going to be able to reach you by Christmas.  But the good thing is that you can take advantage of the deals all throughout the 15 days, until they sell out.  So, you don’t necessarily have to get there right on the day of the deal, but they are only “while supplies last” so you don’t want to lag about either.  You do need to get to the deals by December 17th, which is the last day of the sales, in any case.

15 Days of Christmas Deals at Costco.com

15 Days of Christmas Deals at Costco.com

If you go to the Costco.com homepage, you can quickly see what some of the Deals of the Day are right at the top of the page in the featured area.  You’ll have to check out Costco.com each day through December 17 to see all of the other deals too!  They’ve been doing these types of sales for a few years and and tend to have a nice, wide variety of items – big things and small things – so you can find lots of great gifts and all with decent savings.  Of course, they also have a lot of holiday sweets and other tasty treats that make nice gifts or nice additions to your holiday festivities.  They showcase a few items on the homepage, but they have a few additional items discounted each day too, so you really need to click through to the deal of the day page to make sure that you see all of the deals available to you.

At this time of year, there are so many great deals available all the time at Costco.com, it is really hard to ignore them.  However, some people forget to check there for gifts and special items, so this is a nice reminder from Costco that they have much more available than what you’ll find in your local warehouse.

So, don’t forget to swing by Costco.com to check out all of the great holiday deals that Costco has available for you on the website!  Of course, I always suggest you sign up for the Costco.com email newsletter (you can do it on the homepage) to keep up to date on all of the latest deals and new products, all year round.

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Costco US Coupon Book: November 30 – December 24, 2015

December 2nd, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

I was out of town this week, so I’m a bit late getting these up.  The new Costco US coupon book started on Monday, November 30, and runs right up to Christmas, December 24th.  This new coupon book offers $1,300.00 in savings, which is a bit more than the previous regular coupon book.  While there are a couple of items that might be good for holiday gifts or parties this month, mostly this just seems like a regular coupon book with such mundane, every day items like laundry detergent.  Of course, even during the holidays you’ve still got to eat and do laundry, so I’m sure you’ll find plenty of savings that will interest you.

Costco US Coupon Book: November 30 - December 24, 2015

Costco US Coupon Book: November 30 – December 24, 2015

This month I have uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) (this is a PDF of what they posted online), or you can view it at the warehouse coupons on the Costco.com website.  If you weren’t aware, Costco has updated their coupon policy for “streamlined savings”.  Basically, that means that you won’t have to clip coupons (if you ever needed to for your location anyway) again, but instead you can just show the cashier the coupon book or the smartphone app to redeem any offers marked with a blue arrow (which will make more sense when you see the coupon book).  You can get the app for either iPhone or Android in their respective app stores.  The only coupons that you must have the app or coupon book to redeem are the ones with the blue arrow, but they are all pretty much instant savings deals lately.  For many, they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different.  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.  Or, just use the Costco smartphone app.

I know it is the ultimate in laziness, but I really like the idea of a Roomba.  Be honest, who really likes to vacuum the floor?  It would be great to have someone else do that for you and all you have to do is empty its little compartment and make sure it has access to the charger.  If you have that dream too, you might want to consider making use of the instant savings deal this month for $50.00 off an iRobot Roomba 655 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot.  I know this isn’t the romantic gift that the jewellery stores push, but I would be thrilled if I got one of these for Christmas.  It will clean every day of the week!  And it is low to the ground and can get all of the places that are hard to get with a normal vac too, like under furniture.  I think it is a great idea and it looks like it gets good reviews too (4.2 out of 5 stars at Costco.com).  This is a deal that you can also find at Costco.com, where it is $299.99 after the discount, and including shipping.  Currently online they are backordered but will be shipping sometime between December 7 and 14th, so still in time for Christmas.  By the way, if you’ve got all hard surfaces in your house, they’ve also got the iRobot Braava Mopping Robot at Costco.com for $224.99 after a $25.00 discount.

Winter is here and that means that sometimes the driving conditions are a bit dicey.  And, you might lose electricity around the house for an hour or two or a day or two.  So, I’m like a Boy Scout and like to always be prepared, which is why I would heartily suggest everyone check their flashlight supply and possibly add to it with the Feit LED 3 Flashlight Set that Costco has in this latest coupon book for $7.00 off.  You get three flashlights with different light outputs from super bright 1000 lumens, a medium bright small flashlight of 500 lumens, and a tiny purse-sized 250 lumen flashlight.  The batteries are included and all three are made of aircraft grade aluminum and have three different settings.  The set even comes with a case and wrist straps.  This too is a deal you can find at Costco.com as well, where the flashlight set is $34.98 after the $7.00 discount but including the $4.99 for shipping.  As a result of that shipping charge, I would definitely suggest you try to find this one in your local warehouse though.  I always liked to have a flashlight in the cars (when we had them) and have a little one that I travel with too.  You never know when a flashlight will come in handy.  And yes, you can use your cellphone but you might need that for more pressing matters, like calling for help.

If you have a trip planned this holiday season, but your luggage has seen better days, Costco has a deal for that.  You can get $30.00 off a set of two Samsonite Movelite softsided suitcases.  There’s a 21″ carry on and a 27″ checked luggage size.  Both of the suitcases come with the nice spinner type wheels that make moving your fully packed luggage around so much easier.  I have a Samsonite suitcase that I really like and I’ll be honest, the wheels and sturdy handle have a lot to do with that.  It’s a big suitcase but even when I’ve really crammed it full of stuff, it rolls along so easily and doesn’t feel like your arm is going to fall off by the time you actually get in the airport or hotel with it.  Plus, the Samsonite suitcases are well made and have nice features too.  You can also get this deal online at Costco.com for $129.98 after the $30 discount but with a shipping charge of $9.99.  [Remember when Costco.com didn’t charge you for shipping?  I liked those days, that was good.]

There are several other good deals in this latest coupon book, and as always there are tons of additional deals to be found at Costco.com.  Happy shopping and sorry for the delay in getting this posted!

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Safety Recall: Costco US Chicken Salad Linked to E.Coli Infections

November 25th, 2015 by Kimberly · 4 Comments

I love the Costco rotisserie chicken salad, and I know a lot of other people do too.  Unfortunately, in the last few days it has been linked to several E.coli infections across multiple states.  At least 19 people, across seven states, have been infected with E.coli as a result of eating the chicken salad from Costco.  The source of the contamination hasn’t been identified yet, but Costco is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and CDC to identify it as quickly as possible.

Food contaminated with E.coli 0157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

According to the CDC infections linked to the chicken salad have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington.  Two individuals have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that can lead to permanent organ damage.  So, as you can imagine, this is nothing to mess around with.

Costco stopped selling and producing the chicken salad as of November 20, immediately after it was notified by federal health officials of the link with the E.coli infections.  However, infections from early November have been linked to chicken salad purchased as far back as the end of October, on the 25th, so this has been an issue for about a month.  If you have purchased the chicken salad and still have some of it in your fridge, do not eat it and just throw it away, even if you’ve had some and haven’t gotten ill.  If you still have some, you should return it for a refund from Costco.

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Costco US is CLOSED for Thanksgiving (November 26, 2015)

November 24th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Costco is CLOSED on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 26, 2015).  They’re not just opening late, or even open for just a few hours.  Amazingly, they’ve decided that their employees need a whole day off and that people can live without shopping for a day too.  However, they are open up until Wednesday and naturally there are plenty of great things to pick up for your big feast, for instance, the pumpkin pie.  Where else can you get a really great 10″ pumpkin pie, that you didn’t have to make, for under $7.00?  So, if you need to pick up some last minute items from Costco to complete your Thanksgiving Day preparations, you’ve got to get over there in the few couple of days!

If you’re one of those people that plan on getting up well before the crack of dawn on Friday, let’s say 4 am, you’re not going to find Costco open, no matter how much you knock on the door or pace around the parking lot.  You’ll need to spend those early hours shopping other places.  Costco will be opening up extra early on Friday (a.k.a. Black Friday) at 9 am; that’s a whole extra hour of shopping time. Don’t forget that they’ve got a special coupon book just for the Thanksgiving weekend too.  If you’ve got to be shopping really early but don’t feel like hassling with the crowds, then spend some quality time shopping on Costco.com for all of their great Black Friday deals (while supplies last, so log on early).  So, I say, sleep in and then go to Costco at a civilized hour!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Holiday hours for Costco US:

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, CLOSED
  • Friday, November 27, 2015, Open 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Special Daily Holiday Hours for Costco US through Saturday, December 19, 2015:

  • Monday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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