Costco is the epitome of club membership shopping. They have just about anything that anyone would ever want to purchase and even items that someone would never think of purchasing but will probably buy them anyways just because they are such a great deal. However, shopping at Costco comes with one small glitch. That glitch is that it is open to members only. This means that you need to purchase an annual membership in order to shop there. However, there are several ways that you can shop at this amazing shopping mecca without actually having to have a membership.
Shop with Another Costco Member
If you have a friend or a family member who has a Costco membership than you can go shopping at Costco with them. As long as they show their membership card when you enter the store and at checkout, you can purchase items at Costco without actually having your own membership. The Costco member will have to pay for the purchase for you, so you can just reimburse them for the items that you are buying.
Get a Costco Cash Card
Unlike a Costco credit card, you do not need to be a Costco member to get a Costco cash card. You can have a friend or a family member purchase the cash cards for you and then go in at a different time on your own to purchase items that you want. For example, lets say that you want to buy a TV that is on sale at Costco. You can give your friend or family member the cash and have them purchase the cash cards for you. Then, you can go back to Costco and purchase the TV.
Shop Online at Costco
If you like shopping online, you can shop online at Costco’s website without having a Costco membership. You can create a Costco login and start shopping right away without ever having to pay for the membership fee. However, their are some catches to shopping online at Costco. You could end up paying up to a 5% surcharge on some orders, so be prepared. However, there are many items that you can get such as iTunes gift cards at a discount.
Purchase Eyeglasses or Prescriptions
You do not need to have a Costco membership to have a prescription filled, visit they eye doctor, or purchase new eyeglasses. This is because these are considered health care services and Costco is not allowed to require that you purchase their membership in order to take advantage of these great services. You can even get vaccines such as flu shots without a Costco membership.
Visit the Food Court
Costco has a fantastic food court and it is often located outside of the club store’s entrance. They have great deals on pizza, hot dogs, soft drinks, and even ice cream. You can get a hot dog and a soda for about $1.50. That’s for both items, not each. It’s an inexpensive lunch, a great way to feed the family on a Saturday night, or even for a cheap date meal before a movie. You can even get a freshly baked whole pizza for a low price and take it home to enjoy while watching a moving or the big game.