Helps You Get More from Your Costco Membership

October 27th, 2015 · 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about an article that appeared on with a number of great reasons to get a Costco membership.  Now, the author, Dave Swanson, has another article about all of the great ways you can get value out of your Costco membership once you’ve signed up.  In my mind, this goes hand in hand with his previous article and is always a part of the conversations I have about why people should pay for Costco membership.  There’s so much more you can do with your Costco membership than just buy bulk food and household items.

If you’re on the fence about getting or keeping your Costco membership, or know someone that is, then Dave’s article “Why Should I Pay to Shop at Costco?” is a great summation of exactly why Costco can be a good deal for people.  This companion piece, “How to Get the Most Out of a Costco Membership,” is equally as informative and probably has lots of valuable information that even people that have been members for a while will find useful.

One of the items that Dave discusses in his article is how to decipher the pricing codes at Costco.  I know this is something that I wrote about a couple of years ago that really proved interesting to people.  I’ve got an annotated picture so you know the four things to look for on the price tags to get the most out of it.  It’s a smart little trick to keep in mind when you are shopping at Costco.

A topic covered in this article that I’ve never discussed on my blog (I know after all this time I can’t believe I haven’t posted about it either), is getting a casket or an urn through  This is a bit of a grim topic, and somehow seems wrong to mention funerals and getting deals in the same discussion, but funerals are getting quite expensive and this is one of the ways that you can defray a bit of that expense.  He doesn’t point it out, but of course you can also get the flowers at Costco too.

One of the best tips that Dave gives, especially this gift-giving time of year, is to buy your gift cards at Costco because you can save a good deal of money.  He points out how the gift cards are essentially discount vouchers to restaurants, spas, stores, the cinema, and more.  You pay less for the gift card at Costco than the face value and that is definitely a great way to get some savings through your Costco membership that you might overlook.  So, whether it is for a gift or even for yourself, these gift cards are a brilliant way to save some money.  They have gift cards at too, but in the warehouses you can find a selection of gift cards for more local places too.

In total, the article discusses at least eight terrific ways to use your Costco membership to get even more out of it.   I’m pretty sure I’ve written about all of these in one form or another over the years but it’s always good to have it in one concise article like this too.  There are of course other ways to save at Costco too, like the Costco Auto Program or the Costco Pharmacy, and a number of other great Costco services.  [As an aside, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, don’t forget that you can get them at Costco US pharmacies for $15.00.]

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  1. 1 Carolyn in Utah // 2015.10.28 at 1:02 am

    Caskets are a grim subject– but they are a fact of life– and your readers should know that Costco’s are a THIRD of the cost that funeral homes will charge you! People need to know is that funeral homes will tell you that “outside” caskets are not allowed and in fact, by law they ARE allowed. The funeral directors were otherwise wonderful when my father passed away but I had to tell them several times that I would not be buying their casket ( $7000 and up!) but instead Costco would in 2 days deliver a casket to them (It’s been 5 years but I think it was around $1500 ). I’d read somewhere about Costco’s having caskets and thought that was creepy but then when the time came, it was a relief not to feel ripped off at a time of great distress….

  2. 2 Katherine // 2015.10.27 at 8:38 am

    I got married last weekend. Small wedding. Bought my flowers, bouquet and boutonniere from Costco. Also, gold bands are a steal there. And they were beautiful! I so wish they had wedding cakes there too.

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