Are you really getting the most out of your Costco membership?
You may think you are if you’re saving money on groceries by buying everything you need in bulk — even your wine. You might even be saving money on health care by getting periodic screenings at the warehouse club.
But you might still be missing out.
Here are seven more little-known items your Costco membership can help you get for less — sometimes without even entering the store.
1. Your Casket
The company doesn’t keep most of these items in stock at your local club, but Costco does have a funeral department.
On its website, the warehouse club sells caskets, urns and memorial keepsakes. And of course, you’ll get a discount.
Some state restrictions apply, so double-check the details before including Costco in your funeral plans.
2. Your Gym Membership
In addition to groceries, gas and household goods, Costco can also help you save money on your gym membership!
The company offers a variety of spa and gym membership discounts with partner companies.
If you’re a new Costco member, you can purchase a two-year membership to 24-Hour Fitness for $399.99. That’s a gigantic discount — it costs $960.71 if you sign up through 24-Hour Fitness and pay monthly!
3. Your Fiance’s Engagement Ring
You might not be excited to tell people where the ring came from, but a diamond is a diamond, according to the experts.
“Good Morning America” put a Costco “Tiffany” engagement ring to the test against the real thing from Tiffany & Co., and the results were surprising.
Master gemologist and appraiser Martin Fuller appraised a $16,600 diamond engagement ring from Tiffany & Co. at $10,500 if it came from a no-name store. He suggested added services and the weight of the brand justified the higher cost from the famous jewelry store.
The Costco diamond with almost the same specs costs $6,600, and Fuller appraised the stone at $8,000.
So you can pay 58% over the stone’s value to enjoy the glamour of the Tiffany brand… or you can accept the stigma that might accompany a Costco diamond and save 18%.
4. Your Next Vacation
Like many others, your Costco membership comes with perks you might not even know about.
5. A New Car
Yes, Costco will help you save money on your next car. Participating dealers offer exclusive lower prices for Costco members
As a member, you’ll also save 15% on parts, service and accessories from participating service centers for vehicles in your household.
6. A Year of Emergency Food Storage
For a mere $4,000, you and your family could be ready for the end of times.
The Thrive 4-Person 1-Year Food Storage comes with 31,500 total servings with a 25-year shelf life. You’ll get grains, fruits and veggies, dairy, protein — even baking essentials, for your post-apocalyptic birthday celebrations.
Sure, the upfront cost sounds pretty huge… but you can’t argue with feeding your family in an emergency for 13 cents per serving! #frugalprepper
7. Some Weirdly Expensive Stuff
These might not be frugal choices, but they’re so strange we can’t help but mention them.
Or what about this $2,000 bottle of Johnny Walker Blue, spotted by Costco Couple in a Redwood City Costco? You might not first turn to the warehouse store when you’re looking for limited edition liquor, but if you happen upon it…
Your Turn: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever bought at Costco?
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).