10 Bizarre Things You Never Knew You Could Get at Costco
On the off-chance there’s a coffin on your shopping list…
A vacation package
In addition to helping you stock up on a lifetime supply of granola bars, toilet paper, and pasta, Costco can also help you plan your next trip. Members can log onto Costco Travel and check out a lengthy list of vacation packages. Yep, your favorite big-box store totally has the best deals on everything from a seven-day cruise ($454) to an eight-day Savanna Safari ($4,999 with airfare). Here’s how to shop at Costco without a membership.
In 2014, the median cost of an adult funeral was $7,181, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. That means that when it’s time to say goodbye to a loved one, it helps to get the best deal possible—especially on the casket. Fortunately, Costco is willing to help with this. The retailer sells a variety of caskets, ranging in price from $1,299 to $2,199.
Cut flowers and bouquets
On a budget but willing to make your own bouquets to surprise that special someone? Look no further than your local Costco. The store sells 50 roses for $39 and 5,000 rose petals for $69. They’ve even got an entire department dedicated to wedding bouquets and arrangements, as well as overnight vase arrangements.
A food delivery service
If you’ve been meaning to sign up for a food delivery service like Blue Apron or Nutrisystem, make sure you purchase a gift card through Costco first. You’ll be able to get a discount on the gift card, which means you’re practically making money. For example, a $100 gift card for the South Beach diet costs $79. These are the things you should never buy at Costco.
An engagement ring
The most expensive engagement ring at Costco will set you back a whopping $419,999.99. And you can’t just walk into the nearest store and buy it. You’ll have to email [email protected], first—for what we can only assume is an extreme vetting of your credit history.
A swimming pool
For just $2,199, Costco’s above-ground pool package (steps, winter cover, and maintenance kit included) could be all yours. And obviously, the store has got you covered on jumbo-sized buckets of chlorine and cleaner, too. Here’s what you can do at Costco without a membership.
A year’s worth of emergency food
Nervous about the zombie apocalypse? Head to Costco and pick up your Nutristore one-year emergency food kit. The package lasts up to 25 years, and includes enough food for you (and presumably everyone else in your bunker) to eat 1,200 calories a day. It’ll cost you $999, but when it comes to zombies, it’s best to be prepared.
A designer bag
If you’ve never associated Costco with luxury, you’ve never checked out their handbag department. The retailer offers bags from designers such as Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors—all for special, members-only prices. These are the Costco shopping perks you need to know about.
$1,200 of Wagyu Ribeye steak
The Wagyu Ribeye from Costco sells for $100 per pound and promises to “provide a complex beef flavor that you will remember long after you have cleaned your plate.” We bet it’s just what you need for your next dinner party.
A gym membership
If you don’t want to commit to one of Costco’s many treadmill or elliptical options, try one of their gym membership packages instead. The store offers discounted memberships to gyms such as All-Club Sport and Mountainside Fitness. These are the 15 secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.