When it comes to shopping bulk, there are certain stores that everyone thinks of first. From Sam’s Club to Costco, these big box stores are a great way to get the everyday items people need and use in large quantities. However, it is not just the larger quantities that make these stores so impressive, it is also the fact that people are saving money by buying in bulk.
The problem for many people is the cost associated with becoming a member of these stores. In order to get a Costco membership, it can cost as little as $60 and up to $120. There are both business and personal memberships available, as well as family offerings.
For some people, shelling out that kind of money just for the opportunity to buy in bulk is not exactly feasible. However, with the help of one service, more people can now shop at Costco, even without having a membership.
According to “The Takeout,” in order to shop without a membership, a person would need to use Instacart delivery. Of course, as with any hack of this kind, it is limited to areas that actually offer Instacart. However, if Instacart is available, people can just log into their account and browse for available items from the local Costco. From there, it is just a matter of adding items to the shopping cart and waiting for the items to be delivered.
Perhaps the only drawback to using Instacart to shop at Costco is the fact that the prices will be slightly higher than they would be in the store with the membership. For example, a $4.99 rotisserie chicken might end up costing $6.09.
“Money Magazine” reports that there is a fee associated with Instacart, including delivery fees and even their own membership fees (depending on the plan chosen). However, they do offer a free, two-week trial that would allow someone to potentially order their bulk items from Costco without having to worry about either a membership fee for the delivery service or the wholesaler.
Ultimately, this hack may not work for everyone, but it is a chance to potentially save some money while also stocking up on much needed goods.
Written by Kimberley Spinney
The Takeout – TIL: You can buy from Costco without a membership
Money Magazine – Here’s a Genius Way to Buy Costco Items Without Being a Member
Costco Wholesale – Join Costco Page
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