16 shopping secrets that will save you time and money at Costco

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Costco is a goldmine for bargains.

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.