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7 Things You Can Buy at Costco Without a Membership

Even if you don’t have a Costco membership, you can still reap the benefits from Costco’s cheap prices!

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Even non-members can enjoy Costco!

Still deciding if you should take the leap and buy a Costco membership? Although memberships sit at $60 annually, it can still be quite an expense up front just to shop for groceries. If you’re still trying to decide, it may be worth trying out some of the products and experiencing the benefits of Costco’s cheap prices before going all in. Luckily enough, there are a few things you can purchase that don’t require that $60 fee.

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Food court

That’s right! You can take advantage of those cheap food court prices any time you want; no membership required. Just let the employee know at the front door that you’re heading to the food court for some grub, and you’re in. And maybe you’ll even be able to order food using Costco’s new kiosk system!

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Since retailers are issued a public license to sell alcohol, it’s another service that must be available to the general public. However, this particular situation is limited to state law. So if you’re in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Texas, or Vermont, you’re in luck! Don’t miss these 15 secrets Costco employees won’t tell you

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Eye and hearing exams

Since health exams cannot be denied to the public, you can get an eye and hearing exam at Costco without a membership. However, you still need a membership to purchase any of the optical products or hearing aids available at Costco.

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Health screenings

The screenings available at Costco aren’t the only exams available to non-members! Costco offers free health care screenings for a number of issues including diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart health. You can check to see which screenings are available near you with Costco’s health and wellness schedule. Find out the most bizarre things you didn’t know you could get at Costco

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Looking for medication? Costco’s pharmacy is open to the public where it is required by state law! All you need to do is bring a doctor’s slip to the pharmacist to grab whatever medication is needed. You can even join the Costco Member Prescription Program for free—which is something already available to paying Costco members.

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Flu shot and vaccinations

Again, just bring in one of these signed immunization forms, and that flu shot or vaccination is yours! Stores aren’t allowed to deny health services to anyone, which means Costco’s pharmacy is open to the public. Check out these Costco tips that frequent shoppers keep to themselves. 

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Online orders

This may be a bit shocking, but you can take advantage of Costco’s great deals online. With a simple 5 percent surcharge, those Costco products are yours! Next, find out the 15 things you aren’t buying at Costco, but definitely should.

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Kiersten Hickman
Kiersten is the Social Media Editor at Reader's Digest and writes for Taste of Home and The Family Handyman. She firmly believes that no matter where you go, picnics are always a good idea. Especially if it’s paired with a good book. She’s an advocate for meal prepping and passionate about living a plastic-free life.