If you have a Costco near you and you aren’t a member, you’re missing out. When you think of Costco, you probably think “bulk food”…giant barrels of peanut butter and a ten pound block of cheese. Costco is so much better than that now. They sell everything. Diapers, mattresses, jewelry, computers, toys, brand name clothes , prestige cosmetics and fragrances, movie theater tickets, bikes, TVs, cell phones, gift cards, prescription eye wear, and even caskets! Costco has you covered from birth to death and all the time in between.
I use my Costco membership so much that it’s free. I’m an “Executive Member”. My “2% Rewards” earnings on my Costco purchases earns me a fat check right before my renewal date. The check is good for anything at Costco, even my membership renewal.
The bulk (lame pun!) of my grocery purchases are made at Costco. I buy all of my frozen and fresh meats, frozen seafood, eggs, cheese, and some produce there. I haven’t found the bulk quantities to be a waste of money or food. I take my lunch to work everyday and I cook dinner most weeknights. I’ve also split a purchase with a friend or relative when I knew it would be too much for me to consume or use before it expired.
I buy a lot of household products and all of my contact lenses there. I often find designer clothes and sunglasses while roaming the warehouse. I bought my TV there, too. (The same TV that Best Buy was selling for about $30 more.) I also buy gift cards for local and chain restaurants there. They’re typically $100 worth in gift cards, at a cost of $79.99. And because I’m a cheap bitch, I buy most gifts there, too. They sell everything!
A regular Costco membership is $55. The Executive Membership is $110. If you think you’ll be spending at least $2800 there annually, go with the Executive Membership. In the end, it’ll be cheaper. You’ll be amazed at the selection at Costco and you’ll be amazed at how quickly that cart adds up. Making your 2% reward pay for your membership is much easier than you think.