Savings That Make Your Costco Membership Worth It

A membership to a warehouse store like Costco might seem pricey, especially if you aren’t used to buying in bulk. However, the savings you’ll experience on certain items are even better than clipping coupons, shopping sales, and spending hours online looking for deals. In fact, these items alone will make that membership pay for itself.

1. Gas

We all know that filling up the gas tank is one of the most expensive things you do every month, and gas doesn't go on sale. Luckily, if you have a Costco membership, you could save up to 30 cents a gallon. That means in just one or two tanks of gas, your membership has already paid for itself. Plan carefully, though—lines at the pumps tend to be long. 

2. Tires & Car Batteries

Gas isn’t the only thing Costco offers for your car. If you need a new set of tires, you could save up to $80 with your Costco membership. They’ll even install the tires on your vehicle for you! You can also buy high-quality car batteries at Costco, but you’ll have to install these yourself or find a reliable mechanic to do so. 

3. Baby Items

If you have kids, a Costco membership is absolutely worth it for the savings on staple baby items. Buying diapers and wipes in bulk will save both money, time running to the store, and potential stress (no one wants to run out of diapers at 3 AM). If you’re formula-feeding, skip clipping coupons—Kirkland Signature formula is manufactured and packaged in the same factories as Similac, but costs about half as much. 

4. Baked Goods

Costco’s bakery makes a variety of delicious treats in-house daily. In fact, your favorite local coffee shop might actually be serving croissants and cinnamon rolls from Costco’s bakery and you wouldn’t even know it! Next time you’re getting ready for a celebration, Costco’s sheet cakes can be custom-ordered with special decorations for a fraction of the cost of the gourmet bakery (without compromising on flavor or freshness). 

5. Liquor

For those 21+, Costco’s liquor section boasts a wide selection of popular brands at affordable prices. If you prefer mixed drinks and don’t care about the label, Kirkland Signature brand offers solid-quality vodka, tequila, and whiskey—in fact, their 12-year Scotch and Signature Canadian Whiskey (a Crown Royal dupe) have fooled even the most discerning palettes in blind taste tests.