16 shopping secrets that will save you time and money at Costco
Costco is a goldmine for bargains. Paul Sakuma/AP Images
But the opportunity to save can be overwhelming, as you face seemingly endless free samples and bulk deals.
There are great bargains at Costco - even Morgan Stanley analysts say the retailer offers some of the best deals in the industry. However, to cash in on the deals, you need to know a few secrets. Here's how to make shopping at Costco worth the price of membership.
Make a beeline to the center of the store.
Keep an eye out for the "star."
Split bulk items.
Visit at the end of the summer.
Hit up the food court.
Crack the pricing code.
Stock up on Kirkland items.
Skip the coffee.
Make sure to check out the gift-card aisle.
Snack on samples — but don’t shop for them.
Bring your own bags.
Check out the books.
Buy in bulk for the holidays.
Take advantage of the return policy.
Hit up the pharmacy.
Skip membership all together with a Costco Cash Card.