If you’re considering starting a new Costco membership, you should buy it through this special offer page. This looks to be the same program I sold certificates for in the past through a marketing vendor, but now Costco sells them directly. Again, you pay the same price as everyone else ($50 a year for Gold, $100 for Executive), but you will also receive a coupon booklet with $50+ in goodies (see below). Use code smartsave for Gold and smartsaveEX for Executive.
Gold Star Membership is $50 a year including a free Household Card. Offer expires June 30, 2010, and is valid only for non-members for their first year of membership. Limit one offer per household. You must apply in person at any U.S. Costco location or online at www.costco.com. Offer is nontransferable and may not be combined with any other offer or coupon. Coupons will be mailed to you within 2 3 weeks of processing your membership application.
I am not sure if the coupons are the same every time, but the following are coupons received by one reader a few months ago:
Free 2 lb bag of Kirkland Coffee
Free Rotisserie Chicken
Free 100 photos digital printing
Free 48 pack “AA” batteries 9.99 value
$3 off fresh bakery cookies
$3 off albacore tuna 8 pack
$3 off case of spring water
$3 off fresh baked 18? pizza
$3 off fresh meat
$2 off salad mix
$5 off premium floral bouquet
$3 off white meat canned chicken breast
Also see Is Costco Executive Membership worth it? (Yes, because if it isn’t they’ll refund you the difference.)