The biggest catch to shopping at Costco is the membership fee. For $60, you'll be a Gold Star member, a fancy term for the lowest tier. For $120, you can become a Gold Star Executive member and earn 2% cash back on Costco purchases. Both types include a membership card for you and an extra card for your household. To save money on membership, look for Groupon and LivingSocial deals. Those often include a gift card and free items when signing up, effectively making a $60 membership fee lower. Or, if you have a friend with a membership, ask them to get you a Costco Shop Card to make purchases without a membership.
Get a $20 Costco Shop Card When You Sign Up for Executive Membership Today!*
*Valid only for non-members for their first year of membership. Limit one per household. Nontransferable and may not be combined with any other promotion. You must join in person with a Costco representative. New members will get their Costco Shop Card by mail in four to six weeks. Costco Shop Cards are not redeemable for cash, except where required by law. A Costco membership is $60 a year. An executive membership is an additional $60 upgrade fee a year. Each membership includes one free household Card. May be subject to sales tax. Costco accepts all Visa cards, as well as cash, checks, debit/ATM cards, EBT and Costco Shop Cards. Departments and product selection may vary.