March 17th, 2017
We were quite surprised when we opened up the Costco March and April 2017 coupon book! As we mentioned recently, Costco has made a lot of changes to the coupon books this year. We weren’t sure what to expect, but once we opened it up we were able to relax a little. It’s got a ton of deals at 18 pages long. There are also a lot of “treasure hunt” items (new items that will be fun to try). The Costco coupons will run from March 23rd through April 17th. The 16th of April is Easter, and Costco will be closed, which is why it ends on the 17th, which is a Monday. To see the coupon book simply click the link at the top of the post. If you’d like to be notified as soon as we post the latest coupons you can sign up for our email list, or Like us on Facebook!
The March and April Costco coupon book is definitely different than usual. We don’t remember seeing an outdoor blanket on sale before. We also haven’t seen the Chef’s Cut Real Steak Jerky in store before, and can’t wait to try that. The Vega Protein & Greens hasn’t been on coupon before either. If you look closely, you’ll notice the Gatorade coupon mentions the words “Everyday Low Price.” This is an example of new every day low prices on items year round. The Samsung 65″ and 55″ TV’s are another example, they don’t have a discount, just a lower price. The good thing for us, the shopper, is that we won’t have to pay tax on the pre-coupon amount. You can find these new every day low price items in the coupon book easily because Costco has made the background of the coupon yellow instead of white, so they stand out a little bit. The tire coupon is Bridgestone, and should stay that way through the next coupon book as well.
Still can’t find the March and April coupon book? Click the link at the top of the post to be taken right to the coupons. What do you think of the change? Not as bad as you thought it might be? We believe the discounts are a little deeper than usual as well, would you agree?
March 12th, 2017
Costco has changed the coupon books quite a bit this year. We’ll cover all the changes below and explain how it will affect the consumer as well as the warehouses. The most noticeable difference is the frequency with which they’re published. Read on to see how your shopping habits might be changing at Costco!
March 11th, 2017
Costco will have two coupon books in March of 2017. First of all, there’s what we called the February 2017 Costco coupon book, which runs through March 12th. Secondly, there’s the March and April 2017 Costco coupon book, which will run from March 23rd through April 17th. You’ll notice it’s quite different than the coupon books over the last few years. Overall, there are a lot of changes to the Costco coupon books, so make sure to click through to read all about them. It will help explain the change in coupon frequency, the change in coupon book size, and more.
March 3rd, 2017
Yes, you heard that right, Costco membership fees are going up June 1st, 2017. The Goldstar, Business, and Business Add-On memberships in the U.S. and Canada will rise $5 from $55 to $60 annually. Executive memberships in the U.S. and Canada will rise $10 from $110 to $120 annually. The last time the membership fee increased was November 2011, when it also rose $5 and $10 respectively. Historically there has been a pattern of an increase to the Costco membership fee every 5 or 6 years.
What benefit to me is there with Costco raising membership prices?
- The Executive membership annual 2% reward maximum was raised from $750 to $1,000 (If you spend more than $38,000 annually at Costco this change will be profitable for you)
How can I avoid the fee increase this year?
- You can renew early to save a little money this year. Costco will allow you to renew 3 months before your expiration date. So, if you have a renewal date of August 31st, 2017 or sooner, you should be able to renew by May 31st to pay the current price one last time. You can log into your online account and renew pretty easily, as well as see exactly when your renewal date is
Gift of Membership
- You can buy the “Gift of Membership” gift cards in store at the current price and renew with them later
Why is Costco raising its membership fees?
- They’ve done it every 5 or 6 years
- It doesn’t scare customers away (91% annual renewal rate in the U.S. and Canada)
- It will bring in roughly an extra $300 million annually (40 million member households in U.S. and Canada, 50% of which are Executive)
- Costco announced at the same time their quarterly earnings and they did not meet Wall Street expectations
Costco membership fee history
- $25 – 1983
- $30 – 1992
- $35 – 1995
- $40 – 1998
- $45 – 2000
- $50 – May 2006
- $55 – Nov 2011
$60 – June 2017
February 10th, 2017
We just posted the upcoming Costco February 2017 coupon book so you can take a look and plan your upcoming shopping trips. Clicking the link above will allow you to view the coupons. The Costco February 2017 coupons will run from February 16th through March 12th. Overall, this Costco flyer is rather small at 10 pages. There’s a good reason for that, which you can read about in our post about all the changes Costco has made to the coupon books this year. If you’d like to be notified as soon as we post the latest coupons you can sign up for our email list, or Like us on Facebook!
The February Costco coupon book has some interesting items for sale. The Kirkland Signature Ravioli Lasagna is pretty good and $2 off per package. The Mobil 1 Motor Oil only goes on sale about once per year, so it’s a great deal. We’re excited to see the Chobani yogurt back, as it’s been gone from our local store for about a month and a half. The February tire coupon is Michelin once again.
If you’ve recently bought some of the items that will be on sale in the February coupon book you should be able to bring in your receipt to membership and ask for a refund for the price difference (if it’s been within two weeks.) Another option would be to buy it on discount and then go to returns and return the one you just bought with your old receipt. If you’re still wondering where the February coupons are make sure to click the link at the top of the post. What do you think of this months coupon book? Which items are interesting to you?
February 2nd, 2017
Looking for the February 2017 Costco Coupon Book? It will run from February 16th to March 12th. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be a 2.5 week break between the January Costco coupon book and the February Costco coupon book. We don’t have it yet, but as soon as we do we will post it for you. The tire coupon will once again be Michelin. If you want to get notified as soon as it is posted then subscribe to our email list!
January 13th, 2017
We’ve just posted an early preview of the upcoming Costco Super Bowl TV and electronics ad. The sale starts January 22nd and runs through February 4th. When you click on the link above it will display the coupons so you can view them. There is also 5 more items on sale from February 5th through February 20th, and those are all displayed on the last page of the coupon book. The January coupon book also runs during this time, so make sure to check out the deals in there too. If you’d like to be notified as soon as we post the latest coupons you can sign up for our email list, or Like us on Facebook!
There are some pretty good deals in the Super Bowl ad. I’ve been watching TV prices for a few months now since I’m looking to pickup a 40″ TV and this is about the best pricing you’ll find outside of a Black Friday doorbuster that likely sold out in 30 minutes. With CES happening last week, where they announced all the new technologies and new models of TV’s, this is the time of the year where prices get slashed. As for ourselves, we’re excited about the 40″ Samsung 4K TV and plan to pick it up at $289.99. There are also some other electronics deals that are pretty good too.
Which of the TV’s or other electronics seem like the best deal to you? The 65″ and 55″ Samsungs are also great deals in our opinion.
December 28th, 2016
Here is an early preview of the January 2017 Costco coupon book. When you click the link above it will take you right to the coupons so you can view them. The January coupons will run from January 5th through January 29th. Another Costco flyer that is on the smaller side. The Costco February 2017 Coupon Book will run from February 16th through March 12th. If you’d like to be notified as soon as we post the latest coupons you can sign up for our email list, or Like us on Facebook!
There are some interesting items for sale in the January Costco coupon book. It’s that time of year where TurboTax is on sale, and it’s a pretty good deal compared to what you’ll find elsewhere. We highly recommend the bai Antioxidant drinks if you haven’t tried them. As for us, we’ll be getting some discounted Carbon Monoxide detectors (did you know they only last 5 years?) We’ll also give the Organic Creamy Tomato Basil Soup a try. For January the tire coupon is Michelin.
If you’re still looking for the January coupons you must click the link at the top of the post. We’ve also posted a list of items with their pricing. So which items stand out to you? What are you going to pick up?
December 11th, 2016
One of the best deals Costco has is prime rib roast. It’s one of the best cuts of meat you can buy and the price can be fairly reasonable compared to some other cuts. When you look at the cost at other stores you can often find that Costco Prime grade meat is the same cost as Choice grade at other supermarkets. Right now the cost of Beef Rib Roast Bone In Standing Rib USDA Prime (Costco Item #34230) is $14.99/lb. You can also buy the Seasoned Prime Rib Bone In USDA Choice (Costco item #36237) for $10.69/lb. These prices are in the Bay Area region and may vary throughout the country.
Prime Rib Cooking Instructions
We really like the flavor of the pre-seasoned prime rib at Costco. It has whole garlic cloves stuffed inside of it and is rubbed with an olive oil and steak rub. Another benefit is that it comes with cooking instructions, and when you’re spending $100 – $200 on a piece of meat you definitely don’t want to mess it up. On the downside, we noticed that all the Costco Prime Rib is blade tenderized. While this makes the meat more tender, it also potentially introduces bacteria. Therefore, you have to cook the meat to 160 degrees minimum internally, which is well done. For the folks that like their prime rib rare this won’t work. However, it’s quite likely you’ll never have an issue with this and you’ve likely been eating steaks that have been blade tenderized for years.
November 24th, 2016
Costco has a lot of unadvertised Black Friday deals in store that will be valid through Friday November 25th. Some of these deals will be valid longer, but they will all be valid through at least Friday. These are instant rebates or manufacturer rebates, so no coupon is required. You may be wondering why these sale items are not in the Black Friday ad. Costco prints the Black Friday ad well in advance, and as other retailers negotiate discounted pricing with manufacturers Costco then goes back to the manufacturers and gets the discounted pricing as well, so they can have just as good of Black Friday deals as other retailers. The list of unadvertised deals is below.