Costco Savings and Secrets

Costco Savings and Secrets

Oh, Costco. How we have a love hate relationship with you. We love the high quality selection, the savings, and of course the free samples throughout the warehouse. We hate the crowded parking lots, long lines, and the fact we can’t leave there without spending at least $100, and entering another small line to have you highlight our receipts.

While these are things we know about Costco, today we will share some fairly unknowns about the big box retailer including ways to shop at Costco without having a membership. Yes, you can still shop at Costco without a membership under certain conditions. 

Use a Gift Card

You can shop with a Costco gift card. According to Costco.com  “Members and non-members may use the Costco Cash Cards to shop at any Costco location in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and online at Costco.com.”

Fill a Prescription at the Pharmacy

Like many products and services, Costco frequently has the lowest prices on medications and you don’t have to be a member to use the pharmacy.

Test Your Hearing or Vision 

No membership is required to use Costco’s hearing and optical services for screenings or examinations. Actually purchasing the hearing aids or glasses, however would require a membership. Find a friend who has a membership and they can purchase them for you, or use the costco gift card.

Even frequent Costco shoppers may not be aware of some other fairly unknowns, such as pricing structure and coupons. Costco coupons come out every Thursday. And you might not be aware that while most regular priced items are priced ending in .99, if a product ends in .97 you know it’s most likely been marked down. Other prices ending in .49, or .79 is sometimes a signal that it was a special buy for Costco and might be the lowest price you can find for that item.

At themoneybeat.com we love our red wine, and recently found a bottle that is priced the same as wine club members get for that particular winery from Paso Robles, CA.

Sometimes you may also see  “” in the upper right-hand corner of the price tag. Most likely, this is an item that is limited and you may not see again as it isn’t going to be reordered.

Have a Costco secret you would like to share? We would love to hear it!

 

Cable Bill Too High? Try ‘Trimming’ It Automatically

Cable Bill Too High? Try ‘Trimming’ It Automatically

The easiest way to make more money is by saving more money off bills you are already paying. It’s maddening to open your cable or internet bill only to find out they have raised the rate on you for no reason. Now there’s an automated service that will negotiate a lower monthly payment on your cable, internet or cell phone bill on your behalf. That’s right: you don’t have to call anyone or navigate through a phone tree system to beg for a rate reduction. Trim, a digital negotiating assistant that began in 2015, will do it for you. 

Trim has helped save folks over $1,000,000 just last month alone. Additionally, it scans any accounts you link to look for recurring charges you may unwittingly signed up for or have forgotten about and alert you so they can be cancelled, which can be done on your dashboard, or simply by replying to the text “Cancel (service name here)”. One user recently reported his Comcast bill was lowered four times within a six month period. Not bad for a free service.

 

Their website states they save users an average of $80 off their annual cable bills. The way they make money is by taking a percentage of what they are able to save you, which in our opinion it absolutely worth it since it’s on autopilot and saves us time and money. Who wouldn’t want a free financial assistant that saves you money while on autopilot?

Trim doesn’t have an app but instead works through their website, and communicates to you via Facebook messages or text message. Give it a spin now and get $3, and find out how much they can save you.

Let us know how much you save by going to Contact Us on the main menu. 

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