8 Ways To Shop At Costco Without A Membership

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Have you ever wondered how you can take advantage of the great deals at Costco without forking over money for a membership?

Sure, $55 a year may not sound like much, but every little bit counts when you’re trying to save money and stick to a budget.

Paying monthly or annual membership fees—whether that’s at the gym or warehouse stores—can be costly. Plus, the more membership programs you belong to, the more money you’re shelling out on the regular—you may even forget what you’re paying for every month.

Here are eight ways you can shop at Costco without being a member, so get ready to take a field trip to the ever-amazing warehouse club, where you can buy everything from a year’s supply of cereal to this ginormous teddy bear.

1. Tag Along With A Costco Member

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Natalia Lusinski

In addition to Don't Waste Your Money, Natalia is an ongoing writer for Bustle (sex, dating, relationships, and money), HelloGiggles (pop culture and news), Simplemost (lifestyle topics), and The Delite (feel-good stories). You can also find her writing in the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, xoJane, Elite Daily, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, among other publications. She has a Ph.D. in couch-surfing, having spent four years sleeping on over 200 L.A.-area love seats and sectionals, all in an effort to whittle down her student loan debt. She still loves couch-surfing in other cities, too (hint, hint). More.

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