7 Costco Shopping Secrets I Didn’t Know About

A few months ago I finally got a Costco membership and it’s been awesome. The day I signed up my sister was with me and I was so excited I was like “let’s post a picture of my card!” She was like “Why…” Clearly I was the only excited one.

Since then, I have my regular items that I always pick up at Costco, like their kale salad mix, eggs, apple slices, contact solution, and other household items. But there is still a lot more to Costco that I did not know about! I’m going to list a few and maybe this will help out my fellow Costco shoppers ;) Oh and if you want more information, I also linked to the appropriate Costco pages.

Costco Shopping Tips & Secrets

Costco refills ink cartridges. What?? Not that I use a printer a lot but printer ink can be pricey. This is a great deal.

Costco sells cheaper movie ticketsA 4-pack is $33.99, which comes out to about $8.50 per ticket. At the movie theater, tickets can range from $9 to over $11 depending on the movie and theater. How come I can’t find any $5 matinee specials anymore??

A asterisk means the item won’t be restocked. I encountered this when buying St. Tropez bronzing gel (which works really well by the way). Here’s more info on pricing/price codes at Costco.

Costco offers discounted vacation packages & car rentalsLiterally just found out about this website as I was writing this post, so I’ll be looking up deals for me and Dan’s Myrtle Beach trip this summer ;)

Coscto has a great refund policyThey have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their membership and will refund you your membership fee no questions ask. Also, they have a great return policy on items you buy. My mom bought a huge back of Starbucks coffee but hated the tasted. She was able to exchange it no problem, despite that the bag was already opened. I’m all about good customer services.

Buy Kirkland. In researching for writing this, multiple sources claim that Kirkland is the best brand to buy from Costco. The products are sometimes higher quality than other name brands! Here’s a list of Kirkland brands items to opt for as opposed to other brands (and in turn saves you money). Some items include over-the-counter drugs, laundry detergent, olive oil and tuna. Oh an alcohol. Supposedly, Jim Beam makes the Kirkland whiskey and Grey Goose makes the Kirkland vodka…hmm…

Costco has a price match guaranteeIf you bought an item and then next week it is on sale, Costco will credit you the difference as long as it is within 30 days of purchase. 

I’m sure there is a lot I’m missing, but please share in the comments if you know of any other little hidden perks! As I was writing this, I saw Laura of Mommy Run Fast posted about what she buys in bulk at Costco. I’ll definitely have to check some of these items out. 

I have found that many items are cheaper than buying at a normal grocery store (like salad bags and the apple slices I get), though I have also read that household items like toilet paper and paper towels are either the same price or more expensive than buying at somewhere like Target. I always have my calculator handy to calculate the unit price and see if I actually am saving money.

Do you have a Costco membership? What are your favorite items to buy? Please share any tips or secrets as well!


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