If you love amazing deals, then Costco is the place to be. After all, who doesn’t love saving money? Costco is a dreamland for deals, but only if you know how to find them. To make every Costco trip a successful one, we will let you in on the secret hacks of bargain hunting maestros, gathered through years of non-stop trips.

Have you wondered why Costco checks your receipts before you leave?

Well, you are not alone.

Read on as we decode hidden symbols, reveal the best time to shop, and unravel every Costco mystery you never realized you needed to know. Are you ready? Let’s go!

1Costco Membership

Costco will give you a membership card for free! The next best thing about this card is that you can share it! Your mom can bring you money using your card, actually.

If you are not ready for any year-long commitment you can go to Costco with a card from your friend, family, or even neighbors and use it. But if you do get your own membership card and upgrade it you will get money from Costco.

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