Why You Should Always Look For A "Star" Symbol At Costco - Here's What It Means
Warehouse stores are wonderful for large families, big events and for anyone seeking a great deal. Sometimes you may feel sucked into buying a bulk load of things you don't need, but the price is always right. But even if you've been a Costco member for years, you probably don't know these insider secrets.
The Costco Insider shares several tips with Costco member-shoppers, including how to figure out what's on clearance, what's been marked down and when, determining what's a good deal and when an item will be discontinued and is at its rock bottom price. The tricks will come in handy the next time you're perusing Costco's aisles.
Costco doesn't use a special colored price tag to denote clearance items nor a special clearance section where you'll find the bargain deals. So as you're strolling through the store, look for products marked with price tags that end in 97 cents and you'll have found a clearance item.
If you've found a product on clearance, look closely at the date printed on the price tag. This will tell you when the sign was printed and indicates when the item was last marked down. Sometimes goods will be marked down a few times over a period of weeks, particularly if there's quite a bit of merchandise on hand to move. The Costco Insider warns though that sometimes a stocked item can be marked down as far as it will go and the next time you're at the store, it will be gone because it's been returned to the manufacturer or the goods have been liquidated!
Costco Insider also noted that holiday and seasonal items are marked down earlier than you might expect. Sometimes items are marked down a month before a holiday; sometimes it's the day after the holiday.
While looking at the price tag, if you see an asterisk, that means the item has been discontinued and there are no more in the back room. So if you really want it, you'd better snatch it up! There's also something known as a secret sale. That's identified by a price that ends in the number nine as in $9.79. Other bargain prices end in $.00 or $.88, which are manager markdowns, according to Kathryn who blogs at Do It On A Dime.
According to Heather and Joni, also known as the Krazy Coupon Lady, meat at Costco is never discounted or on clearance, so a shopper's best bet is to look for rebates instead. Other ways to save according to the duo is if you see a sign with a rebate, you can use any online rebate app and double your savings.
It may be hard to know if a Costco clearance item is actually a good deal. Costco Insider said you can pop by the membership department with the item's number and request the original price. There also is a community-based website Costco97.com where Costco shoppers across the country plug in what clearance items they've discovered at their local stores to help others know what might be moving quickly out of their store!
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Now that you've learned a few of Costco's inside secrets to bagging bargains, be sure to pay close attention to price tags and sales signs on your next visit. You might just save even more money than you anticipated! Your budget will thank you.