10 Amazing Costco Membership Benefits We Bet You Didn’t Know!


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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.

Ready to join the Costco club and start saving? Check out the latest Costco coupons and membership offers here!

1. Medical insurance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!


Comments

  • mikemcni

    I see that Costco offers hearing aids at some locations with prices far below the major hearing aid chains. Online their most expensive ones are around $1700 a pair. Check out their website.

    • couponscom

      Hi Mikemcni,

      Wow, great tip! And yes, if you can’t find something at your Costco store, it never hurts to check their website. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Nancy Nurse

    What I love about Costco, are their products like the Cabot’s sharp cheddar cheese, or the big wedges of Gorgonzola cheese. We just moved to SW Florida, and some of the things I could buy in NY are not as available in the supermarkets, but the Costcos all have the same products. The nearest Costco is z little far, but worth the ride.

    • Nancy Nurse

      And I found, if you crumble up the Gorgonzola cheese, or the big block of feta cheese, they each fit in the used and washed big peanut butter jars I save..they last for several weeks.

    • Nancy Nurse

      And office furniture we just bought a wonderful rolling office task chair. Red bondedleather and chrome.haven’t seen anything like it in the stores or catalogs

    • couponscom

      Hi Nancy,

      Wow, it sounds like you’ve found some really great deals at Costco already! We love your tip for the cheese, thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Nancy Nurse

      It’s only me a d. Y husband, but I love the Costco quality, so I found ways to still use the larger size things. I also buy the grated Italian cheeses, and freeze one. Those large size peanut butter jars are great for all kinds of storage…even for freezing.and if they drop, nothing pops open or breaks And since it’s vertical, it takes up less room in fridge. We love the bruscetta in a jar, but the jar is an urn shaped round red shape that takes up too much room, so, I the peanut butter jar it goes! BTW, the bruschetta also lasts a very long time even opened.I kept it on hand, with the parmeson crackers, for a fast appitizer for unexpected guests

    • couponscom

      Hi Nancy,

      A few of us here are just husband and wife teams, and we love to shop at Costco, too! Freezing food is definitely a must if you’re buying in bulk for just two, though.

      It’s so true about those vertical jars taking up less space. And the best part is you’re reusing a perfectly good jar — and saving money by not buying extra Tupperware containers!

      Thanks again for the tips, we love them!

    • Nancy Nurse

      I buy produce there, and take apart the packages, and put each item in individual ziplock bags..like bell peppers, even the big bags of mixed lettuce salad mixes..like the Dole one, with iceberg lettuce, and carrot shreds. I put one meal portions in ziplock bags, store in the crisper, lasts at least a week. And the godo thing is, if something does go bad, it is contained

    • Nancy Nurse

      I freeze portions of meat, too.wrap them in flexwrap, then in a ziplock freezer bag…each time I buy a different kind, so eventually have a big variety.with chop meat, I freeze each portion as a flat patty.it defrosts faster, and can reshape easily..the shredded mozzarella, I also break into ziplock portions and freeze, too..also flattened. I can whip up a lasagna pretty quickly, with just a few more ingredients

    • couponscom

      Hi Nancy,

      We do the same thing with Costco meat and fish! We found that this works amazingly well for Crock Pot freezer meals, like these: http://www.coupons.com/thegoodstuff/10-easy-peasy-crock-pot-freezer-meals/

      (We swear by the Lemon Garlic Dump Chicken, it’s amazing!)

    • Nancy Nurse

      And those bags of asisago/cheddar crackers..just warm up a bunch in the oven, an instant appitizer for parties..all alone, or with a mustard dip

  • LBINUPLAND

    I love Costco, but sometimes their packaging irritates me, as a single. But anyway, last week, browsing the spices, they had a world class assortment of various types of salt BUT NO OREGANO! Not cool, Costco! Recently, they dropped canned peas, (which I feed to my tortoises), and I’m still getting over that! I had to quit my executive membership when they raised the price, since I usually only get a refund of about thirty bucks. Other than that, you can’t beat the prices at the snack bar. Their pepperoni pizza might be the best deal in town?

    • couponscom

      Hi LBINUPLAND,

      Yes, sometimes the bulk packaging is a bit hard to navigate as a single or even two-person household. Those of us here with 1-2 person families try to stick to nonperishables and freezer-friendly items. Their pizza is pretty darn good, we’ve had the Supreme and loved it! :)

  • LBINUPLAND

    I love Costco, but sometimes their packaging irritates me, as a single. But anyway, last week, browsing the spices, they had a world class assortment of various types of salt BUT NO OREGANO! Not cool, Costco! Recently, they dropped canned peas, (which I feed to my tortoises), and I’m still getting over that! I had to quit my executive membership when they raised the price, since I usually only get a refund of about thirty bucks. Other than that, you can’t beat the prices at the snack bar. Their pepperoni pizza might be the best deal in town?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sunk818 sunk818

    They eye class cleaner for $4.99 and free life time refills if you bring in the small spray bottles. You could clean your entire house made of windows for free!

    • couponscom

      Hi Sunk818,

      Wow, now that’s a tip we didn’t know! Thanks so much for sharing — we’re going to check it out next time we visit Costco. :)

  • mjc1900

    CostCo,
    WHY did you discontinue the Kirkland Diet Green Tea?
    The Lipton replacement tastes like goblin p*ss!

    Did some hillary supporting libtard purchasing agent there at CostCo find out the bottler donated to the RNC? WHAT GIVES?

  • the_punnisher

    Summer condiments ; ketchup, relish and mustard in one pack. Large jars of Kirkland mayonnaise. Kirkland butter in 3 pound packages that freeze well. The best; Kirkland Kettle Chips in the 2 pound bag. Highly addictive just from the bag with no dip needed.

  • BERTCHADICK

    A buck and a half for a soda and hot dog/Polish sausage can’t be touched anywhere else.

  • SBM_from_LA

    Costco is the place to go for Pecan Pie during the winter holidays. I had my first birthday cake from Costco this year and everyone loved it.. and for $19 it’s probably the best deal. One thing I am disappointed about is.. they stopped selling their package of Almond Cookies.. I used to love those.

  • FresnoUser

    CostCo’s Pharmacy usually beats the VA Pharmacy prices of $8 per prescription for a 30 day supply (at least it does for my blood pressure medications which I normally get refilled at CostCo in 90 day quantities).