7 Reasons a Costco Membership Could Save You Big in 2022


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We know you’ve heard of a Costco card, but maybe you’ve passed it over because of the annual membership fee. Gold Star and Business memberships cost $60 per year, while Executive membership costs $120 per year. All subscriptions come with a free household card that you can give to another person living with you (or working with a Business subscription), as long as they’re over 18.

While it might seem unreasonable to pay for a retail store subscription, it’s been reported that you can save over $90 every time you go to Costco rather than going to your local grocery store. This more than compensates for this annual fee. Need more convincing? Below is a list of reasons why you should join 100 million others and become a Costco member if you want to save money in 2022.

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Costco gas is cheaper

Americans spend between $400 and $1,300 a year on gas, so any chance to save is greatly appreciated. With any Costco membership, in addition to warehouses, you have access to Costco gas stations. The big plus is that Costco’s Kirkland Signature gasoline is typically 20 cents less than the market average. If you stick to using the pump at Costco gas stations, it can save you a lot of money over time.

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Buying in bulk saves money

Costco is known for its giant cases of water, condiments, and just about any other household item. Even though it’s initially more expensive than what you’d spend on groceries, you’re stocking up for months to come. Plus, a 10% larger package usually saves you 5% on cost. The best items to buy in bulk are the Kirkland brand of non-perishable food, meat (you can always freeze it later), paper products, soap, garbage bags, pet food and coffee, to name a few.

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Price codes tell you where the deals are

It’s important to look closely at the prices at Costco, especially the last two digits, because then you’ll know when you’re getting the best deal. If you’re looking to buy something that ends in .99, that means it’s a wholesale price. However, if it ends in 0.97, that means it’s the best discount you can find, so it’s even lower than the original wholesale price. Now you can always feel confident knowing you’re getting the lowest possible price on the items you purchase.

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There are always deals on tires

If you’re not picky about what brand of tires you put on your car, Costco is the place to go. Their tire store always has a special offer so you can easily save over $100 on a new set of tires. They change the brands they give discounts on, but some of the brands they have offered discounts on in the past have been Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich and Bridgestone. Their tire installation also includes rotation, balancing, inflation checks and flat repairs for the life of the tire. Plus, you’ll get mileage, road hazard and manufacturing defect warranty, plus nitrogen tire inflation and new rubber tire stems.

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You can get your money back if an item you purchased goes on sale

It always stings when you see something you bought full price on sale for half price later. At Costco, you can do something about it. If you buy something from a big box retailer and it goes on sale, you can get back the difference between what you paid for the item and its sale price. The only stipulation is that it must be within 30 days of purchase.

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Costco Travel Deals Vacation Deals

A Costco membership allows you to use the Costco Travel service. This add-on offers vacation packages that save hundreds of dollars to destinations such as Disney World, Cancun, and Jamaica. You can also get individual discounted rates on hotels, flights, and rental cars.

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Costco Executive Membership Earns You Money

It pays to pay more. When you’re a $120-a-year Costco Executive Member, you’ll earn 2% cash back on qualifying purchases in-store, online, and through Costco Travel. Executive Membership also gives you access to discounted prices on check printing, automobile purchases and roadside assistance.

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