Any savvy spender will argue Costco is a shopper’s paradise. Steep discounts on bulk items? Count us in! But being a Costco member has more perks than scoring big savings and chowing down on a delicious Costco hot dog after checkout. Before your next trip to the megastore, here are five unexpected perks only Costco members can take advantage of. These are secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.
Earn on discount gift cards
When it comes to gift cards, what you pay for is what you get, right? Not at Costco. The store sells gift cards to restaurants, movie theaters, and more for less than their face value. Right now, you can buy two $50 gift cards to Shogun or four $25 gift cards to the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for $79.99. The difference is basically free money.
Save on vacations
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Costco wants to make every experience a little lighter on your wallet–including your next vacation. The store has partnerships with companies like Best Western and Hyatt, so it has access to great group discounts you wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. With deals on cruises, theme parks and much more, all you need to do is start packing your bags. You should always buy these Kirkland items at Costco.