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26 Life-Changing Things You Need To Know About Costco

There is no limit on samples. I repeat, there is no limit on samples.


1. In most states, you don't actually have to be a member to buy booze.

2. Kirkland is the store's name brand, which is usually the best deal.

3. Costco has a travel program with discounted trips to places like Hawaii, Las Vegas, Disney World, and Europe.

4. Some of the best deals are bulk movie tickets and gift cards for other locations.

5. Technically, Costco is one of the largest pizza chains in the country.

6. Many stores have a pizza hotline that's just for pizza orders.

7. Costco is also the largest importer of fine French wines in the U.S.

8. They sell four times as many hot dogs as all Major League Baseball stadiums combined.

9. The price for a hot dog and soda has been $1.50 for almost 30 years, and they don't plan on raising it.

10. You can get a refund of your membership price at any time.

11. There's no limit on samples.

12. Members also get discounts on large items. Like cars. And boats. And caskets.

13. Non-members can get Costco groceries delivered to their home using Instacart.

So you can get an 87-pack of toilet paper and not even have to carry it home yourself.

The app-based service currently operates in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

14. You can shop without a membership using the Costco Cash Card.

The cards do have to be purchased by Costco members, but anyone can shop using them.

15. Non-members can also use the pharmacy, which is the cheapest place to get generic drugs.

16. Meat is often one of the best grocery deals in the store, and can last for a long time when frozen.

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17. The plainer the display, the better the price.

18. Costco offers many personal finance services, including personalized checks.

In case your 7-year-old wants to start paying you rent.

19. You can get your printer ink refilled for only $7.50.

20. The "secret price code" that's been going around isn't always accurate.

While items that end in .00 and .07 are technically markdowns, they're not necessarily better deals than those ending in .99 or anything else.

The asterisk on a tag does mean it's been deleted from stock and won't be reordered, but this also applies to holiday items that just won't be reordered until the next year.

21. The store has big closeout sales after the holidays, but that's not the only time.

22. Costco employees are some of the best paid in the retail industry.

23. They move necessities like lightbulbs and toilet paper around the store on purpose.

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That way you'll have to go past lots of other things to get there, even if you're a regular. They call it a "treasure hunt."

24. They provide free tech support for all electronics purchased in the store.

25. According to IMDB, that pie from American Pie was purchased at Costco.

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26. Most importantly, THIS is the secret to the Costco pizzas.

A pizza robot, of course.

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