There’s an Easy Way to Skip the Food Court Line at Costco

No more waiting for your $1.50 hot dog.

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There’s nothing quite like filling up on a $1.50 hot dog or a tasty slice of pizza after finishing all of your bulk grocery shopping. The one downside is that Costco’s food court is pretty popular, which means you’re going to have to wait. However, there’s a trick that can get your food in your hands shortly after you check out of the warehouse. By the way, this is how Costco makes their pizza so delicious.

To skip the food court line all you have to do is order what you want at the register when you cash out for your groceries. Then, go over to the pickup area in the food court, show them your receipt, and you’ll get your food. It’s really that simple! To make the most of your Costco trip, don’t forget to snag the 12 items to always buy at Costco.

Another perk that people don’t realize they can take advantage of is that you can order pizza ahead of time. Just call your pizza in before you start your shopping and pick it up on the way out.

Costco is aware of the fact that many of their food courts have long lines, and they’ve attempted to resolve that issue by testing out digital kiosks in a few of their locations. The kiosks allow you to order your food using a debit or credit card and get your shopping done while you wait. If your local Costco has a kiosk, you won’t be able to place your order when checking out in the grocery line. However, you still get to save time and skip the line because after paying, you can go right up to the kiosk order pick-up window and your food will be waiting for you.

Now, when you’re in a rush you don’t have to try to fill up on the free samples. Just make sure you’re prepared to deal with the hangry stares from the customers waiting in line to order their food! Next, read about the secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for rd.com, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.