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  • We're all familiar with the image of the Costco bulk shopper who walks out of the store with

  • multiple 48-packs of toilet paper and economy-sized vats of ketchup.

  • But whether you're a wholesale expert, or just there for the free samples, there's more

  • there's more to this "members-only" haven than super-sized shampoo.

  • From secret price codes to the strangest items in the store, these are the best tips, tricks

  • and hacks to make the most out of your next Costco run.

  • "Welcome to Costco.

  • I love you."

  • Membership?

  • "Excuse me, do you have a membership card?"

  • "Sir, I work here."

  • "Really?"

  • You may have heard the rumor that you can sneakily shop at Costco without a membership.

  • And it's true!

  • You can use a grocery-delivery service, or a Costco cash card.

  • Although you have to be a member to buy one, you don't have to be a member to use one.

  • Of course you could always ask a friend with a membership to get a cash card for you.

  • "Can't anyone get one of those cards?"

  • "No.

  • Don't think so.

  • But I can talk to someone if you like?"

  • "Yeah, put in a good word for us."

  • Targeting the bargains

  • Product placement is everything when it comes to smart shopping.

  • And the best deals at Costco are usually in the center of the store.

  • "Will you get us some shrimp?

  • The big jumbo kind?"

  • "Four down, three over."

  • Author of Why We Buy, Paco Underhill told BankRate,

  • "Membership storesoften governed by space constraints and the fact that those large

  • club stores stock such an incredible range of productsput many of the bargains into

  • what they call 'center court.'"

  • Secret pricing

  • "Oooh, birthday cake, who's birthday is it?"

  • "Look at the price Carmine.

  • At 5 cents a cubic inch, it's all our birthdays."

  • Most savvy shoppers already pay special attention to price, but according to Josh Elledge, founder

  • of SavingsAngel.com, any Costco price ending in "97 cents" means the item has been marked down nationally.

  • He says,

  • "Those items don't usually last long because people buy them fast."

  • "People absolutely underestimate how much money they spend at the grocery store."

  • If you see an asterisk on the price tag, that's your cue to stock up!

  • According to Consumerist, an asterisk means that the item has hit its lowest price and

  • won't be getting restocked.

  • Same product, different name

  • Many of Costco's Kirkland-brand products are nearly identical toor even better than their branded cousins.

  • "Welcome to Kost Mart, I hope you'll take a trip by the deli counter today for a complimentary

  • tube of jalapeño cheddar."

  • "I'm lactose intolerant.

  • Where do you keep the cigarettes?"

  • One of the most popular Costco-brand items issurprisinglyvodka.

  • According to Munchies, Costco's vodka is made from the same water source as Grey Goose vodka,

  • and has even scored higher in many blind taste tests, per research site Under the Label.

  • Weekdays are your jam

  • The worst part about grabbing so many bulk deals during a Saturday Costco run is the never-ending checkout line.

  • But just like most big box grocery stores, the worst time to shop is on the weekends.

  • "Oh hey.

  • I got the toothpaste and the soap."

  • "Good now we can open that general store."

  • The Krazy Coupon Lady says the lowest-trafficked times at the big box retailer are weekdays

  • between 3 and 5 p.m., and Costco manager Jon Van Guilder claims you'll be shopping in peace

  • on any day, 45 minutes before they close.

  • Stocking up on the weird stuff

  • If you've ever been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of products offered at Costco, you've

  • probably only begun to scratch the surface.

  • Some of the more unusual items for sale include cars, exotic vacation packages, and coffins.

  • You can also purchase eight-foot-tall teddy bears, gym memberships, vending machines,

  • and wine cellars.

  • "Wait.

  • There's a wine section?"

  • "Yeah, a really good one just past the tires."

  • The average Costco shopper will probably feel more comfortable sticking to paper towels and olive oil.

  • But it's comforting to know that you could buy a sports car with your Costco membership

  • and use the bear for the carpool lane.

  • "Another great Sunday.

  • And not too rough on the old pocketbook."

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    Winnie Liao posted on 2018/11/06
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