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Outside of what some say are the best hot dogs around and some yummy sample foods, there are several significant benefits of shopping at Costco.
Yes, there is an annual membership fee, but if you utilize the warehouse and Costco membership benefits, that cost is quickly absorbed.
Here are a few lesser-known Costco membership benefits you might be missing out on if you’re waiting to join the club.
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1. Medical insurance
If you’re in the market for a new medical insurance policy, Costco could be the answer. They offer competitive rates for members with both individual plans and small business plans. As with any insurance plan, be sure to read the details to make sure your needs are met and the coverage is exactly what you need.
2. Free health screenings
While on the topic of health, Costco offers free health screenings through their pharmacy department. You can screen for conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Contact your local Costco to find out when the screenings are offered or check your local store events online.
3. Budget eyewear & group vision plans
I have personally found great deals on reading glasses at Costco, which I happen to lose constantly. So, the small investment for a multi-package is well worth it! Additionally, Costco offers group vision plans.
4. Low prescription costs
Years ago I did a news story comparing prescription medications between several large pharmacies. Costco’s pricing came in significantly lower on many drugs. Always check with their pharmacy when comparing pricing. And here’s a little known fact, in most states you do not need to be a member to take advantage of their pharmacy. You can let them know at the store’s entrance that you are there to drop-off or pick-up a prescription.
5. Unique deals on gift sets
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Sometimes Costco will sell items packaged together in a gift set that you may not find in other stores. And the pricing is usually excellent! Check out the beauty and housewares sections around the holidays for these hidden gems.
Packaged items aren’t the only great deals you’ll find. Check out our top 10 best deals at Costco — are any of these on your shopping list?
6. Low-cost vaccinations
Vaccinations are another service offered through the Costco pharmacy at very competitive pricing. If your medical insurance doesn’t cover these services, it’s worth it to research what you need and take advantage of the savings.
7. Discount movie tickets & gift cards
We all know by the time we buy movie tickets, popcorn and a drink, a night at the movies is a small investment! Costco sells discounted movie admission tickets. Stock up and hit a couple of hits this summer! On average you can save about 25%. Oh and more good news…the same goes for certain store gift cards!
8. Low grocery prices
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Certain grocery items can save you money! Check out their prices on cheese and peanut butter. And for items like peanut butter that have a bit of a longer shelve life you can stock up!
Want to see just how Costco fares against major competition like Amazon when it comes to everyday household item prices? Check out our Costco vs. Amazon price battle — you might be surprised to see who wins!
9. Great prices on birthday cakes
Costco’s bakery items offer some pretty amazing deals. If you have to buy a large birthday cake, be sure to check out the pricing here. And they actually taste just as good as some more expensive versions I have had!
10. Ink cartridge refills
And I may have saved one of the best tips for last! Costco will refill your inkjet cartridges. Just bring in your old ink cartridges and save up to 70 percent when compared to buying a new one! Plus, you’re helping to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.
Your turn! What amazing deals have you found at Costco? Share your shopping secrets with us in the comments below!