If you’ve been considering a Costco membership recently, now’s the perfect time for you to take the leap.
Groupon currently has a Costco Gold Membership deal up for grabs, which means you can snag the usual membership to the store—along with a whole host of other, free goodies thrown in with it.
This deal is good for new Costco memberships only.
Gold Membership costs $60 (plus taxes) at Costco normally, and that doesn’t change with this Groupon (which is also $60).
The membership includes one primary cardholder card and one free household card, which can be used by anyone over 18 who lives at the same address as the primary cardholder.
All of those conditions still apply with the Groupon.
With the Groupon, however, new members who purchase the one-year membership will also get the following:
- A $20 Costco cash card, which functions as a gift card and can be used at Costco warehouses, gas stations and online.
- Three free coupons for Kirkland Signature products, including a package of 12 rolls of paper towels, 24 bottles of VitaRain Zero flavored water and a whole pizza. Those three free items would usually come to a total of $35.63, but Groupon buyers can get them free of charge with the deal (dinner, anyone?)
- A discount of $25 on any online orders that meet or exceed $250.
- A $75 Costco cash card that can be used toward a Costco Travel vacation to either the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico or the South Pacific. (Sadly, the money can’t be applied toward cruises, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.)
The offer is valid at all U.S. Costco locations, but it’s only valid for new members (sorry, existing Costco members).
The promotion ends Nov. 1, so make sure you buy the Groupon and head to a physical Costco store to activate it sooner rather than later.
The savings coupons then expire on Jan. 31, 2018, and the travel cash card expires on Dec. 31, 2017, so make sure you mark the dates in your calendar to take full advantage of your savings.
If used right, the Groupon deal gives you $215.63 in value, so you could potentially save $155.63.
Interested? Catch the deal on Groupon here, then get shopping.
How To Stop At Costco Without A Membership
Maybe paying $60 for a Costco membership isn’t in the cards right now. That’s OK, because there are several ways to shop at Costco without a membership!
1. Tag Along With A Costco Member
The most obvious way to shop at Costco without a membership is to tag along with a friend.
Embrace your inner mooch—come on, just do it. Chances are, you know someone who’s a Costco member, so cozy up and go shopping with that member. Who pays? At the checkout, you can each pay for your own purchases. (Hint: In terms of credit cards, the warehouse store only takes Visa, so make sure you have the right card on hand. You can always pay in cash.)
2. Use A Costco Cash Card
That’s right, just have a member get you a Costco Cash Card and you can shop all you want—without a membership. You can get them in various amounts, from $25 to $1,000.
3. Use Costco’s Other Services
Did you know that you can take care of a lot of your health needs at Costco? You can fill prescriptions without a membership, as well as get a flu vaccination, hearing screening and an eye exam. Who knew? You do need a membership (or a Costco Cash Card as mentioned above) if you actually want to buy hearing aids, glasses or contacts.
4. Fill Up Your Gas Tank
Yes, use that Costco Cash Card to get some gas. As you probably know, gasoline is a great deal there.
5. Get Costco Delivered To Your Door
Yep, you don’t even have to leave the couch. You can use Instacart and Google Express to “shop” at Costco without a membership. Of course, you’ll have to pay delivery fees or a membership fee to use either of these services, but it still might make sense depending on your situation.
6. Shop Costco Online
Yes, even if you’re not a Costco member, you can shop on their website. We had no idea! However, there is a 5 percent surcharge for non-members, so you may be better off using the store’s Cash Card we mentioned above, or just keep track of how much you’ll be spending online to make sure your surcharge isn’t too high (i.e., not more than the annual $55 membership).
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