I know most of you see Costco as a place to buy toilet paper in bulk or perhaps horrible cheap tyres for your car, but actually, it’s way more than that. It’s way more than a place where you can buy cool stuff at insanely discounted prices.
Or at least it can be, if you have a membership. Here are 10 benefits of having a Costco membership.
1. On-call tech support service.
If you buy your next TV at Costco, you’ll get a free on-call concierge line that will give you tech support over the phone. No need to throw the remote out the window the next time the batteries are dead. You might still have to endure the “Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?” though.
2. Gift cards, bro!
According to Matt, the mysterious blogger at Costco Insider, “You can buy various gift cards at a discount — usually a $100 value for just $79.99,”
ITUNES GIFT CARDS COME AT ME BROOO!!!
3. Better prices on cars
Thanks to over 3,000 dealerships taking part in the Costco Auto Program, chances are you’ll be able to find a huge selection of new or pre-owned cars that the Costco team has already negotiated down to an even better price.
No more Craigslist listings for a 1996 Ford Taurus with a huge dent on the side and the listing saying “It’ll buff out”.
4. Excellent travel deals.
Those who have a membership will also get discounts on all-inclusive resorts, car rentals, cruise ships, resorts and even theme parks.
5. Pick up prescriptions for less.
If your insurance doesn’t cover all of your medications, you need to investigate Costco’s Prescription Program, which has a list of drugs members can get for a fraction of the price — many for just $5.
6. Movie tickets in bulk.
If you’re a fan of going to the cinema on romantic dates or with your best friends, you can buy discounted tickets in packs of 4 or 10 and they never expire.
7. Check your ears for free.
Head to Costco’s Hearing Aid Centers where members are given free ear exams. And they don’t charge for follow-up appointments or cleanings!
8. Personal checks for almost no money.
Costco also offers the same personal check service as your bank, only it’s much cheaper, plus they offer business checks, ink stamps and tax forms.
9. A huge choice of bottled water.
Don’t just constantly refill that bottle of Dasani you got at the theater vending machine. For just $6, you can have a large bottle of water delivered to your door or office. You can also rent a dispensing machine for $1 to $3 per month.
10. Forget about coupons, just use your phone.
Costco supports smartphone rebate apps to save some cash. Melody Hansen, the blogger behind the This Beautiful Frugal Life says: “With cash back apps — like Ibotta, Mobisave, and Checkout51 — you can submit your Costco receipts and anywhere from $0.20 to $3 will be deposited into your account. Once you hit a certain amount, you can redeem for cash or gift cards.”