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How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount

How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount

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Costco is a popular membership-only warehouse club that provides brand-named merchandise typically sold in bulk at a substantial discounted prices. They offer a large selection of products and departments in one location to make shopping cheaper and more convenient for consumers. Costco has been in business since 1976 when it started out as Price Club and operated out of a converted airplane hangar in California. It used to only provide sales to small business but soon changed protocol and began selling to the general public.

Discounted Costco Membership

Costco rarely offers a discount for becoming a member, but it does occasionally happen. Your best bet is to head over Groupon or LivingSocial to see if there is an active offer. We occasionally check and update our list below (updated 7-17-2019)

Current Offers

  • Costco Teacher Discount – receive over $60 in savings when you join Costco as a new member. Exclusive to teachers only.
  • Costco Military Discount – receive over $60 in savings when you join Costco as a new member. Exclusive to Military members and Veterans only.

Recent Offers

A while back, Citi.com was offering Costco Cash Card when you purchase new membership. The original offer expires 12/31/2019, but has since disappeared.

  • Gold Star Members – receive a $10 Costco Cash Card
  • Executive Members – receive a $20 Costco Cash Card

Other Methods

There are some other ways ways to get membership at a discounted price if you wish to join the club and are eligible for the following offers that can save you money.

  • Online Coupon Sites – there are some websites that specialize in online coupons and discount codes. Costco membership is often featured on these sites, e.g., check Groupon or LivingSocial and can save you a few bucks on your membership or even grant you a free membership with some deals.
  • Direct Membership Discount – Occasionally Costco will offer special membership promotions directly to customers in-store or through their website.
  • Costco Employer Discount – If you happen to work for a company associated with Costco, you may have the opportunity to save up to $20 on your membership fee. Typically, representatives of Costco will visit affiliate companies to sign up new members who must pay full price for the membership but will receive in turn a gift card for up to $20 as a gift.
  • Costco Association Discount – As a member of some professional organizations, you may be entitled to a special discount. Costco uses this as a marketing technique for large companies and organizations to promote memberships so they do it at a reduced rate.

Should You Become a Costco Member?

Will a Costco membership be worth the membership fee? Will it benefit you to become a member? Well, it really depends on the individual and their shopping habits and needs. Explore the Costco website to see what kinds of products and services they offer and if there is a location convenient to you.

For our family, Costco membership has more than paid for itself 10 times over in the savings and cash back reward we received.

How Much is Membership at Costco?

Costco membership comes in three flavors:

Costco Executive Member

How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount 1Executive membership is the highest level a consumer can join. The cost is $120 per year. Executive members will receive in addition to access to the warehouse stores, a 2% reward on nearly all purchases made at Costco. Executive members also receive lower rates on check printing, payroll services and identity protection. Members also get free roadside assistance under the Costco auto insurance plan, and additional travel benefits.

Costco Business Member

How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount 2Business membership is open to any licensed business, non profit organization, government agency, farmer, and rancher for a $60 membership fee. Business members will receive one card with up to 6 additional business cards for $60 each. Business identification is required when applying for membership and provide appropriate resale information is merchandise is purchased for that reason.

Costco Gold Star Member

How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount 3Gold Star membership is open to any person not qualified for a Business Membership.  Membership for individuals under the Gold Star program is $60 annually and includes one household card per membership.

 

 

For any member who is not satisfied with their membership at any time, Costco will refund your membership fee in full.

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So, how exactly does one obtain a lifetime membership for Costco, without haveing ever worked there, or ever having been married to a top executive?? I have seen one!!!

Jessica Flax
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Jessica Flax

We are senior citizens, that live on a very tight budget and find that the $50.00 membedrship fee does not fit into our budget. Why dont you give a senior discount or a aarp discount, or any other civic organizational discounts??? I would hate to not have the use of my Costco American Express card

Lianna Levi
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Lianna Levi

I work as a vendor in the flower case at costco. Is there a chance I can get one free or discounted? If not then that’s complete bull!

Nadya Wall-Rossi
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Nadya Wall-Rossi

I am a 74 disabled senior on SSI, $800+ a month fixed income, no EBT card. I would so appreciate a discount on a membership card. It’s more expensive to live in San Diego, but as with a lot of us seniors, cant afford to move.

David
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Even if the membership comes at a discount, if you end up paying more overall than at the “regular” stores, is there any real savings?

So, the bottom line question is: Does Costco help a family’s household budget save money?

David

James
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James

As a Costco Executive member, I have to say that in many cases Costco saves money. Milk is $2.79/gallon and much of the produce is about 40% less than the grocery store. Those two things alone save us enough to pay for the membership. There is a risk of overbuying since much of it comes in bulk. Also, you might be able to do better on some things by clipping coupons and tracking sales at other stores, but that was something we just don’t wish to spend our time doing, so I feel like it saves us money. One note… Read more »

David
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Hmmm. Will have to do a price comparison. A challenge my readers might enjoy.

Robert
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The Costco Executive Membership costs you $100 per year, but you get 2% back on purchases. But like James said, they guarantee you $50 minimum in cash back.

Also, it is a Costco cash check they send you, but you can take it to any Costco cashier and they will cash it out for you.

Bernz
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Bernz

We have been a Costco regular shoppers for years. We are executive members who pays $100/year. We also get cash back for every purchase and we pretty much get the membership fee back every year. We are a family of four and we buy most of our home supplies from Costco plus other stuffs. We love Costco but you have to know what you are buying. If you do not have to buy a certain items in bulk then don’t, buy it somewhere else.

Jon
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Jon

I am planning on buying the Motorola Atrix and found that I can get a $50 membership at Costco and get the phone from Costco at a discounted price… for a total of $180 which is $20 cheaper than if I were to walk into an AT&T store.

Bottom line: Phone I want, “free” Costco membership, and $20 extra $$$. Find something that makes the membership worth it, then the rest of the year you can save a lot on stuff you would buy anyway.

larry griffith
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larry griffith

2/11/2014 we today stooped at Costco to view the new store in Sioux falls SD being members of Sam’s we wanted to look around, we were greeted by a young person at the door in a wheel chair and wow was he so nice hard to believe he made us feel very comfortable, we look around and were very impressed with the store. we will being buying a member ship soon.

Robert
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Robert

I use target and have been told by several different folks that target prices are within 1 percent of Costco always found Costco way to pricey and must not forget to shop walmart they are always in play .

KATHRYN SWANK
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KATHRYN SWANK

I am in my 80s and depend on someone driving me to your Costco store. I buy all my paper products, cleaning products, cereals, treats, cooking oils.a little meat, & a few other items. The person that drives me to your store buys much more, but she also comes only 3 or 4 times a year. Can I purchase one Costco membership with two cards, one in her name and one in my name.

Sharon Jenkins
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Sharon Jenkins

Does Costco offer “free membership for the day” like its competitor? This would be ideal for empty nesters like me who are on a fixed income. Thank you so much!

David
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David

I would like to know if there is a discount on the first year of membership when a new Costco store is open,thank you,Dave

Allen
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Allen

I really gripes me to have to pay to shop at Costco. I let my card expire every year, but it has to go 2 months beyond expiration or the membership is retroactive. My card is expired at this writing and I do not intend to renew. I am 73 years old and almost all quantities are more than I need. Walmart and Albertsons are within block, BiMart close enough. Costco spent millions to get hard liquor in the stores in Washington State. I do not drink. No more Costco for me.

Joy St. John
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Joy St. John

The small print in terms of membership for California residents: does the law here allow membership with no fee required?

How to Get Costco Membership at a Discount

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