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Shop at Costco without a membership.

submitted on May 8, 2010 by WhattaDealBlog in "Member's Lounge"
http://consumerist.com/2010/05.....rship.html

Costco is known for their large quantities, cheap prices, and great return policy. They're also known for their membership fees, which start at $50 a year and can get as high as a hundred (Executive Membership). Did you know that you can shop at a Costco without a membership?

The key is to get a Costco Cash Card, which is their gift card. If you have the Costco Cash card, you don't need a membership. The gift card lets you go into the store and buy anything you want. You'll need to use the cash card to pay for your purchases and, if it doesn't have enough on it, you can use cash or debit card to pay for the rest.

The downside to this strategy is you can't buy a new card or reload the card without a membership. You'll have to find a Costco card-carrying friend to buy them for you and the minimum is $10. If you don't know anyone, you can always try to buy the cards off Craigslist or eBay, but proceed with caution.
 

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  • 61589
    busant20
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    Posted by busant20 on May 8, 2010
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    Thanks for info, WhattaDealBlog Big Grin
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on May 9, 2010
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    Excellent tip. I have never shopped here and there's one pretty close to the house. I will have to try this out. Thanks.
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    MrCheap
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    Posted by MrCheap on May 9, 2010
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    Neat trick. Is there a way to shop in Sam's club without membership?
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    • tammy987
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      Posted by tammy987 on May 9, 2010
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      Yeah, Sam's Club occasionally has coupons where you can shop w/o membership, but you pay something like 3% more. One thing you can do is go with a friend who has a membership. I've done it for a few friends. Big Grin
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on May 10, 2010
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    Great tip

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