Living Social is running a deal for new Costco members. Costco memberships can often pay for themselves in savings (Costco travel alone can save you 25 percent off car rentals and give you a second driver for free), so it’s excited to see a membership savings opportunity.
First, the deal:
$55 for a 1-year Gold Star Membership
Includes a free Household card (can be given to anyone 18+ living at the same address).
Plus, you’ll get a $20 Costco Cash Card
And, a coupon for 3 free Kirkland Signature™ products:
AA Batteries 72-pack ($18.99 value)
Food Court Pizza ($9.95 value)
Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.99 value)
You also get a coupon for $25 off an order of $250 or more at Costco.com
The Fine Print
Valid for new members only. Not valid for those with a current Costco membership or for memberships that expired after October 1, 2015.
If you don’t use the voucher by May 31, 2016, you can get a refund for the paid value.
To activate your Costco Gold Star Membership, you have to print a certificate email and bring it to a local Costco.
You Can Do Even Better!
Here’s a way to save even more money on your new Costco membership.
First, sign up for Ebates. This is a cash-back site that gives you a percentage of your purchase price back when you shop online at over 1,800 stores. You’ll get an offer to either get a $10 gift card to Macy’s, Walmart, Target, or Kohl’s, or $5 cash back (paid via check or PayPal) when you make an Ebates account and complete a $25 purchase.
After your create the account, search for Living Social on Ebates (or click that link). Click shop now and you’ll be taken to Living Social. Now, when you make the purchase, you’ll get 6-percent back to your Ebates account.
The Final Breakdown
A $55 Membership for $55 at Living Social
-$20 Costco Cash Card gift card
-$10 (Ebates bonus)
-$3.30 (Ebates cash back)
= $21.7 for the membership.
Plus, you also get the free pizza, batteries, chips, and $25 off $250 coupon for shopping on Costco.com.
Update – Sam’s Club Fires Back
Not to be outdone, Sam’s Club now has a similar offer on their website. The membership is $45, but you’ll get a $20 Sam’s Club gift card and the following bonuses:
- $5 off Take ‘N Bake Pizza (choice of Cheese or Pepperoni)
- $3 off 6-Ct Avocados
- $5 off Daily Chef Cheddar Cheese Cubes
- $6 off Daily Chef Spinach Artichoke Dip
- $100+ value in coupon offers (automatically loaded to your membership card after activation in-store).
This is for new members only.