Active duty military members and veterans can get freebies during this shopping event at Costco

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While there’s no way to truly repay members of the military for everything they’ve done for us, Costco is looking to say “thank you” to active duty military, veterans and their families with a special shopping event. Called “Military Hour,” the event—on Saturday, March 24—will allow families to shop together before the doors open to the public.

And along with mixing and mingling with other military families, those participating will also get free samples, product demos and more. The first 100 attendees will also get a bag full of goodies.

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Doors open at 8 a.m. on March 24 at 117 Costco locations in the U.S. You can find a list of participating locations by clicking here.

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If you’re not a Costco member, there is also an exclusive new membership offer for military members who join. As long as you have not been a Costco member for at least 18 months, you’ll qualify for the offer, which includes over $60 in savings.

You must have a current membership to purchase anything at the club, including during Military Hour.

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You can RSVP for the event by clicking here. You can also invite any other military families you know. Entry to the event requires Military ID, or you can show your registration confirmation at the door.

Shopping at Costco can be a little overwhelming. The discounted goods are stacked literally to the ceiling, and between the bulk sizes and the low prices, it’s tempting to load up your cart with everything in sight.

But which items are actually the best deals?

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Before you shop, check out our list of foods you should always buy at Costco. For example, if you use cooking spray, you can get a year’s supply of the Kirkland brand for just $5—that’s a heck of a deal!


Another one of the best deals in the warehouse store is the Kirkland brand maple syrup. It’s organic and the large bottle lasts forever.


The spinach, rotisserie chicken and bacon at Costco are also good values. And you can’t beat the price on the Kirkland brand Applesauce pouches.


If you don’t want to shell out the $55 per year that it costs for a Costco membership, there may still be some ways you can shop at the store. You could always tag long with a friend who’s a member, of course. Another loophole is to shop with a Costco Cash Card. Have a friend with a membership buy you a gift card, and then you can shop without paying the membership fee.

Non-members can also take advantage of some of Costco’s other services, such as the gas station and the pharmacy. That’s right, you can fill up your tank, buy discounted drugs and even get a flu shot without a Costco membership.


Thank you to all of our troops, both past and present, for your service to the country!

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