I bought a Costco membership today. Not just the regular membership but the executive gold member membership. This made sense for my family, however it was after we decided to go to Costco without a membership.
With that in mind, I thought it would be good to explain the ways you can go to Costco without a membership to help you decide if it’s worth going or not.
Go With A Friend Or Family Member
If you know anyone that has a membership already it may be best to go with them. We personally went with my in-laws to buy a Costco cake a few months ago and loved it. $18.99 for a cake that can feed almost 50 people is amazing especially if you often have parties (think birthdays, picnics, graduation parties, retirement parties, etc.). Shortly after that we went to a friends house who had an amazing appetizer spread, and they got it at non other then Costco.
After looking at the perks that come from being a Costco member, beyond the great food for great price, we finally decided to get our membership. Yes going with friends and family is free, the problem is that I have to wait until they are able to go. And sometimes their schedule and my schedule doesn’t work. Bottom line one of us, usually me, is inconvenienced by the trip.
Buy Gift Cards
If you still don’t want a membership and also don’t want to be inconvenienced waiting for others then get some gift cards. You will be able to use them instead of a membership.
It can be difficult to get these, again you can ask a friend or family member and just give them cash. This though will also make you have to wait for them to be able to go and get you gift cards.
Another way to find Costco gift cards is to go to the secondary markets like Craigslist, and Ebay. Though you will have to pay a premium for those cards otherwise people wouldn’t want to sell them in the first place.
What I didn’t know until recently was that you can actually go to Costco without a membership and just pay for things. Issue with this particular strategy is you will have to pay more. Yes being a member gives you the price on the items in the store, not being a member will simply add a percentage to your bill.
Just Get A Costco Membership Already
Odds are that if you are looking at this article then you should probably just get a membership. The first thing is that the food, electronics, shipping supplies, etc. are all worth the membership. Second, the membership is risk free. If you at anytime decide that the membership really isn’t worth it then they will refund you.
You really have nothing to lose and everything to gain, personally the pesto sauce alone is worth the price. If you want to try it for free by all means use one of these ways to go to Costco without a membership, but it would be better just to get the membership.