At this point, the only two good excuses for not being a Costco member are living too far away from one OR living alone and therefore not deriving enough benefit from a having a membership.
So, if you aren’t a member of the best warehouse club on earth, here’s a list of items that will single-handedly pay for your Costco membership – hopefully this will entice you to check it out. Each one of these items will, by itself, pay for the $55 a year membership fee. And even if you are a member, here’s some items to take advantage of on your next visit to the value-laden warehouse giant.
These Items Will Pay for your Costco Membership
Tires – Where’s the last place you got new tires? If it wasn’t a warehouse club you probably paid too much. The service and price offered at Costco for tire purchases are unparalleled. The only other legitimate consideration would be an online purchase through TireRack. The great thing about buying through Costco are the free tire balancing and rotation (plus free flat repairs) that you’ll get. That’s not normally something we factor in when making a tire purchase, but it keeps those rubber fellas alive for a lot longer which saves you money. Pay attention because Costco often offers $70-80 off certain brand of tires at different times of year. Just one set of tires will more than pay your Costco membership fee.
Lunch – Do you like to eat out? Well Costco is a fantastic place for a date. My friend Wiley takes his wife Jenny there pretty often and it’s incredibly romantic. First, they take a stroll around and collect some free samples. Then, they head over to the lunch counter for a hot dog and some frozen yogurt. You’ll spend just over $2 and you’ll actually get filled up (those hot dogs are ¼ lb!). Costco’s lunch lineup isn’t super diverse, but it is tasty AND filling. If you save a few bucks on lunch just twice a month it will pay for your membership.
Movie Tickets – I don’t often go to the theater for a movie. It’s just too dang expensive. We’ve all got our favorite ways to blow a few dollars though and if going out to the movies is one of yours it’ll more than pay for your glorious Costco membership. The regular price for a movie where I live can be anywhere from $11 to $13. Costco will sell you two tickets for $17 (sometimes even cheaper). So if seeing the newest flick on the big screen is important to you, Costco’s discount on movie tickets will be well worth the cost of membership. By the way, Godzilla looks amazing!
Kirkland Signature Baby Formula – If you have kids and don’t have a Costco membership I just feel sorry for you. You could be saving a lot more money. Baby formula is probably the sickest value proposition Costco offers. It is seriously less than half the price of formula you might purchase at your local grocery store. As you can tell from the picture above, even with the discount at Costco, you’ll still pay double for name brand formula. Kirkland signature brand formula is 46 cents an ounce and the name brand, Enfamil, is 89 cents and ounce. You’ll pay for your membership quickly with purchase of just this singular item.
My wife and I are using cloth diapers, but if you are going the disposable diaper route, Costco offers the best value in that arena too.
Luggage – I just purchased a new set of luggage, and the value that Costco provided was incredible. The actual cost of the luggage is super competitive, but on top of that, Costco offers the best guarantee in the land. I wouldn’t buy luggage anywhere else. My final cost was $100 for two fantastic pieces of luggage and I’ll never have to come out of pocket for new ones again. That’s unreal.
Guarantees – Speaking of the luggage guarantee. Costco’s overall guarantee system is a great reason to shop there, and will single-handedly pay for that Costco membership. In fact, if you’re ever dissatisfied, at any point, you can get a free refund for the full cost of the membership itself. That means that if you test out my Costco membership theory and find it lacking, it won’t cost you a dime. You can read more about the epic Costco guarantee system – it won’t let you down.
Wine – If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time you’ll know that I’m not a wine guy. Craft beer is my thing. But if you are a wine connoisseur, Costco is the place for you. That sounds odd, but from everything I’ve read about Costco wine, the stuff is supposedly really good. And your average savings will be around $5 a bottle. There’s a great blog detailing all the great Costco wines. The author even has a “value section.” That’s where I would be looking…if I drank wine of course.
Rotisserie Chickens & Pizza – I’m had to add these items to my list. Mostly because I love them and they make dinner really easy sometimes. I’m pretty sure Costco loses money on the rotisserie chickens too, cause $5 is just insane. Fair warning, if you get addicted to their delicious and gargantuan pepperoni pizza, it wasn’t my fault.
Gas - I personally don’t use this one much. The line to fill up at the Costco gas station just wastes too much time. But if you get lucky and the line is lacking, make sure to fill up. In some areas of the country you can save almost 30 cents a gallon just by filling up at Costco instead of your local gas station. That means that one or two tanks of gas a month could single-handedly pay for that $55 Costco membership.
I’m a big fan of Costco. And if any of these 9 items are something you buy regularly elsewhere, you should definitely start considering a Costco membership. Because just buying one or two of these things at Costco instead of the retailer you are currently using will save you big money – and you’ll find big value throughout the store in other areas. Costco membership is amazing and there’s no going back once you’ve crossed that glorious money-saving threshold.