The following post is from Melissa Batai
When they built a Costco near us a few years ago, I happily joined because I had heard that I could save a lot on groceries. While it’s true that I did save a lot on groceries, especially organics and other specialty foods we had to get because of our food intolerances like rice milk, almond butter, and gluten free foods, that was only the beginning of the savings. Over the years, I’ve learned many, many ways to save at Costco.
Here are a few of my favorites:
I have to take certain medication daily. When I was filling my prescription at the local drug store, I was paying $25 a month. By comparison, I pay $25 at Costco for a three month prescription. That is a savings of $50 every three months, or $200 a year! How much you will save on your medication varies based on your insurance coverage and your medication.
Now that our minivan has 170,000 miles on it, we frequently rent a car for travel rather than relying on our old car. With a Costco membership, you can book a car reservation for at least 10% off the regular booking price.
If you buy any electronics from Costco, you can take advantage of their concierge service. I’ve used this valuable service twice.
I bought a laptop computer at Costco, and within 6 months, it was having serious issues. I called the concierge service, and when their trouble shooting didn’t work, the concierge service coordinated with HP to have my computer serviced. I never had to work with HP at all. I always used the concierge service as my middle man, and when I needed my computer back, the concierge service talked to HP and I had it back, fixed, in three days.
We also bought our TV from Costco 2.5 years ago. About 6 months into ownership, we tried to disconnect our cable and install an antenna. After that, we couldn’t get Netflix or Amazon on the TV anymore. Just this week, I thought I’d try the concierge service to help me with this, and voila, one phone call later, Netflix and Amazon play on our TV again.
I’ve already mentioned groceries, but it bears repeating. If you go to Costco with a list and you only buy what’s on that list, you can save some serious money. I have a list of items that cost much less at Costco than grocery stores—bulk yeast, rice milk, soy milk, potato chips, bottled water, ground turkey, organic cucumbers, organic carrots, organic greens, and guacamole, though I’m sure there are many more.
Besides these services, there are other services that are available. For instance, if you’re in the market for a new or preowned car, Costco can negotiate the price for you. Costco also has reasonably priced photo reprints. In addition, they offer life, health, and car insurance. They even offer travel packages to exotic locations.
While it’s true that there is a $55 annual feel to join Costco, I save much more than that on just my prescription, let alone all of the other ways I save. I’m fairly certain that is the case for most members.
Do you have a Costco membership? If so, what ways do you use Costco to save money?