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How to Save Money at Costco: Kirkland Products at a Great Price!

Updated on November 24, 2020
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Hello! I am a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful children who keep me very busy. I love technology, gardening, cooking, and personal finance.

Costco Wholesale Club

Costco Wholesale Club
Costco Wholesale Club | Source

What is Costco?

Costco is a members-only warehouse club that carries name-brand and their own store brand (Kirkland).

Since they buy in bulk from other companies, they can turn around and sell their products for a much better price than you would find at a normal grocery or super store.

Being a Costco member is a great way for you to save money on your household expenses.

If you know how to read the price tags above the product and watch for sales and Costco coupons, you can save tons of money at Costco.

Between the sales and the bulk prices, you will get great value for a low price at Costco!

Costco Hours


Costco Hours

Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Saturday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

They are closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

If the Costco location has a gas station, they normally open a few hours before the store opens.

Get to the gas station early at Costco to avoid long lines.

Costco Locations

Costco Warehouse map
Costco Warehouse map | Source

Costco Locations

Costco Warehouses can be found across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Costco Warehouses are normally located in or close to Metropolitan areas.

Costco Gas and Tire


Costco Tires

Costco's Tire Department carries a large selection of name-brand tires at a discounted price.

You can find Costco coupons that knock off even more money.

If you do buy tires through Costco, you will get lifetime balancing, rotation, flat repair and nitrogen tire inflation.

Costco Travel


Costco Travel

If you are a Costco member, you can go to their website to book travel through their low-price-finder travel website.

They find the lowest prices on cruises, amusement parks, vacation packages and rental cars.

When you book through Costco Travel, you can be sure that you will have a top-quality vacation at a budget price.

Some of the extras that are included are room upgrades, shipboard credits and spa credits.

If you use your Costco True Earnings American Express, you will also get 2% back on the price of your vacation!

Inside Costco

Inside Costco
Inside Costco | Source

Costco Coupons: Save Time And Money

As a Costco member, you will receive a coupon booklet each month with tons of savings inside.

They normally carry around $5,000 worth of coupons on food, electronics and household goods.

The coupons are good for around 3 weeks and some coupons have no limits on the amount you buy.

If you are into couponing, this really streamlines the process.

You are already getting national brands at store-brand prices, but now you even get a few extra dollars off of that!

No more driving from store to store wasting gas trying to get a few things you might not really need for a good deal. You will save gas, time and money!

Even if you don't use Costco coupons, you can still find sales at your local Costco.

I recently went through their produce department and found that the 6 packs of red peppers was only $4 and a 3 pack of hot house cucumbers was only $2!

If you see an asterisk (*) by the price above the product, that means that they will no longer carry that product after they sell the last one in the store.

Normally, they lower the price to get these products moving. Snap those deals up! You can normally find them in the clothing and seasonal areas, but you can also find them in other areas of Costco.

If the price ends in a 7, this will be the time to buy. They are trying to get rid of the item at the lowest price possible.

As a money saving mom, Costco is a great fit into my frugal living style.

Costco even fills prescriptions!


Costco Membership

Costco has 3 different membership programs:

Gold Star Membership: This is the most basic membership. The fee is $55 for a one-year family membership.

Business Membership: If you own a business, you can get the business membership for an annual fee of $55 and you can include up to 6 additional card holders to your account.

Executive Membership: This is the highest level of membership. The fee is $110 per year per family. Each year, you will get 2% cash-back from your Costco purchases for the past year. Sometimes this pays for the card and a little extra!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Melanie Casey


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