Costco New Member Discount Certificates: Over $50 Value

mypointscostcofullHere a promotion that could save some money for people thinking of joining or re-joining Costco. First, either sign-in or join MyPoints.com, which is one of those rewards sites where you earn points for using their search engine, reading sponsored e-mails, doing surveys, or shopping through their specific portal. Joining just takes an e-mail and a click to verify the e-mail. Then visit this link, where you can buy a Costco Membership Certificate for $55 that can be redeemed in-store for either a new Gold Star membership or an upgrade from an existing Gold Star membership to an Executive membership. $55 is what you’d pay anyway, the discount here is that you get a special voucher booklet including:

  • one free rotisserie chicken (~$5 value)
  • one free 48 pack of Kirkland Signature AA batteries (~$10 value)
  • one free case of 36/16.9 oz Kirkland Brand bottled water (~$5 value)
  • You’ll also get some coupons for $10 off Prescription Eyeglasses, $3 off Kirkland Cookies, $5 off Kirkland Coffee, $5 off Fresh Meat, $3 off Kirkland Canned Chicken, $3 off Kirkland Canned Tuna, $5 off Food Court 18″ Pizza, and $1.50 off Select Salad Mixes

Here’s a blurry sample of what they look like. The total value of this discount would vary based on if you’d actually use these coupons, but it’d be up to $50. The pizza, canned tuna, and canned chicken coupons would definitely get used at my house. You’ll also get 550 MyPoints, which isn’t worth much but it’s still something (roughly 1/3rd of the way to a $10 Amazon gift certificate). I’ve bought these certificates before from this company (National Membership Programs) and they worked fine.

I’ve been a member at Costco for many years (though I avoid going on weekends). I find it a convenient place to get a decent deal on a lot of stuff with a flexible return policy. If you’re a serious bargain hunter and/or grocery couponer, you could probably find some lower prices but I choose not to spend my time that way. Also see Is Costco Executive Membership worth it?, although the math has changed a bit since the upgrade is now $55 so you’d need to spend $2,750 in a year to earn $55 from the 2% cashback given to Executive members.

Comments

  1. I hear they’ve got some killer deals on frozen berries!

  2. @Jared – They do, I was on a smoothie protein shake kick for a while and they were very cheap. Strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries, even diced frozen mango. The bags are huge and take up a lot of room in the freezer, though!

  3. @Jonathan – I think Jared was referencing the Hepatitis outbreak… (generally though, the Berries are really good!)

  4. @Travis – Thanks, that one went right past me. You can’t even buy organic blueberries without worrying about getting sick… I’m still just getting past food poisoning as it is. :(

    The affected product is The Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend:

    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hepatitis-outbreak-linked-to-Costco-berries-4570175.php

  5. Can the certificate be used to renew an existing membership? Mine expires next month. Thanks for posting this Jonathan.

  6. The website says that it cannot be used to renew a gold membership….wouldn’t that be equivalent to “rejoining”?

  7. When I signed up for executive membership, they said if you don’t make back the extra $55 upgrade cost with the 2% cashback rebates, they’ll refund the difference as a check at the membership counter. Not sure if this was bunk just to get me to sign up for the executive.

  8. @ZH – This offer is intended to attract new members, but you can probably use it if you cancel and re-join. There may be a period that you need to be a non-member, I’m not sure.

    @Stan – By re-joining, I meant that if you were a member in the past and you are currently a non-member. Renewing would be if there was no break in membership.

    @pogo – Yes, I believe that is their standard policy. If you’re a new member, you can even get the Gold membership refunded if you decide it’s not worth the money.

  9. Good deal!
    But have to pass as coupons are not worth for Vegans. :(

  10. @pogo They told me that too when I signed up for the Executive Membership, but the magazine mentions that it is not guaranteed. The “refund of the difference” is that you can cancel your membership if you’re unhappy.

    I’ve gotten $51 back every year, which was great when it cost $50 but less great now that it costs $55. I’ll see if the desk will give me a check for $4, but I doubt it.

  11. If I purchase from the mypoints website do you get an online certificate or do they send something via postal mail?

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