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Costco Car Rental Discount

Are you a Costco member? Have you tried looking at Costco Travel for car rental discounts?

We’ll be traveling for the upcoming Spring Break and will need a rental car. As you well know, nothing drives up the cost of a vacation like rental car expenses.

Did you know you can use the Costco low price finder to compare prices between four car rental agencies: Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise?

To be able to book a rental car through Costco, you must have a membership ID number and register on the site. Costco Travel operates separately from Costco.com, so you will need a separate log-in just for Costco Travel.

So how good are the rental car discounts? Costco Travel asserts they are able to use their buying authority to negotiate the best price, which they then pass on to Costco members. Since you can access the Costco Travel Rental Car website without any obligation, you can compare the prices for yourself. Of course, the amount of discount will vary from location and time of year. So your savings will vary dependent on your travel plans.

The good news is, you can get a price BEFORE you hand over your membership number or log-in. Prices can be viewed without registering, but before confirming a rental you will be required to register by providing your membership number, last name and email address, and you will need to create a password.

Another factor to consider if you are looking to use Costco car rental discounts: If you have the Costco American Express card and use it when you book your travel, you will receive 2% cash back on eligible travel purchases.

So the next time you need to rent a car, don’t forget to check out the prices from Costco!

And if you are traveling, you might want to see: Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

How a Costco Ink Refill Saved Me $20

Do you ever want to just smack yourself in the head? That’s how I felt when I recently took advantage of the discounted ink refill at Costco.

Now, you might already be a savvy ink refill-er, but up until last week, I was not. In fact, one of my sweet friends piped up and told me she heard ink refills at Costco were really inexpensive, which is why I even knew to give it a try.

Oh. My. Word.

The savings are so good, I had to share it with you.

Here are my receipts:

Office Max Receipt

To buy a color cartridge at Office Depot cost me $31.99.

Costco Ink Refill

To get a color ink refill at Costco cost me $9.99.

I also did a refill on a black cartridge. To get a black ink refill cost me $7.99.

That’s a $20 savings to get a color ink cartridge refilled instead of replaced! If I refill, instead of replace, my cartridges 4 times this year, I’ll save $80!

Getting an ink refill does require prior planning. You almost need to have two cartridges. One that is full that you are using, and the empty one that you actually remember to take to Costco to get a refill.

Guess where I’ll be getting my ink from now on?

Looking for other ways to save at Costco? Check out Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

Costco Discount Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted gift cards at Costco? Why pay the full amount for a gift card when you can purchase them for less than face value?

Here’s are five reasons why you’ll want to take advantage of the discounts on gift cards at Costco:

#1 It is Free Money

The face value of the gift card is MORE than what you will pay. That translates into FREE money for you to spend. When is the last time you instantly made 20% off your investment?

#2 Save on Vacation Expenses

Restaurants, attractions and lodging – Costco has discounted gift cards for all of these! At up to 20% off, your next vacation won’t break the bank.

#3 Look Generous (But Save Big!)

Uh huh. I said it. Buy gift cards at 20% off, then give them as gifts and the recipients will think you are more generous than you really are. Where’s the harm in that? Surprise teachers, co-workers, and in-laws with a gift card this year that actually saved you money. I see that as a win-win.

#4 Stretch Your Holiday Budget

The holidays are the time of year when most of us are strapped for any extra spending money. Buying gift cards for 20% off can be a great way to get those holiday gifts you know your family and friends will love, but your budget can actually afford.

#5 Double Your Savings

Gift cards spend like cash. Therefore, you may be able to combine them with other specials and coupons.

The next time you are in Costco, check out the selection of gift cards they offer at up to 20% off. Didn’t find what you were looking for? You’ll find more Costco gift cards online.

Costco Deals: Organic Price List 2013

Costco Deals

One of the reasons I joined Costco was the deals on organic products. But how can you identify whether a price at Costco is a good one, or if you should just buy it at the grocery store? 

I’ve listed all the organic products I could find at my Costco and made note of the price. At the bottom of this post, you can find the printer button:

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Print this list for your reference, or you can bookmark, pin or Google + it so you can refer to it and do a price comparison to prices where you shop.

ORGANIC DAIRY

Horizon Organic Plain Yogurt $3.49/32 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic Salted Butter $7.69/(2) 1 lb quarters

Horizon Organic Half & Half $4.29/64 oz

Silk Organic Vanilla Soy Milk $6.99/(3) 64 oz

Kirkland Signature Fat Free Organic Milk $9.49/(3) 64 oz **$3.16/half gallon**

Kirkland Signature 1% Lowfat Organic Milk $9.69/(3) 64 oz **$3.23/half gallon**

Kirkland Signature Organic Brown Eggs $7.49/24 count **$3.75/dozen**

ORGANIC FROZEN PRODUCE

Organic Green Beans $5.99/5 lbs

Organic Broccoli $6.79/4 lbs

Organic Dark Cherries $12.99/4 lbs

Organic Blueberries $8.99/3 lbs

ORGANIC DRINKS

RW Knudsen Organic Blueberry Pomegranate 100% Juice $4.99/64 oz

Horizon Organic Chocolate Milks $14.99/24 count

ORGANIC FRESH PRODUCE

Organic Mixed Baby Kale $4.49/1.5 lbs

Organic Spring Mix $3.99/1 lb

Organic Caesar Salad Kit $4.49/1 lb

Organic Cello Carrots $4.99/10 lbs

Organic Peeled Carrot Snack Packs $5.79/24

Organic Peeled Carrots $4.99/5 lbs

Organic Sliced Apples $8.99/8 pack

ORGANIC MEAT

Kirkland Signature Organic Ground Beef $16.99/4 lbs **$4.25/lb**

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.99/lb

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs $3.99/lb

Organic Chicken Drumsticks $1.79/lb

Fresh Coleman Organic Whole Chicken $2.49/lb

ORGANIC GRAINS

Organic Faro $7.49/3 lb

Organic Whole Grain Quinoa $8.79/64 oz

Harvest Medley Blend Organic Wild Rice $7.39/3.2 lb

Minsley Organic Brown Rice Bowl $6.99/(6) Bowls

Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice $12.99/12 lb

ORGANIC BAKING

Wholesome Sweetners Organic Blue Agave Nectar $9.99/(2) 36 oz bottles

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $21.49/78 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic EV Olive Oil $11.99/67.6 oz

Wholesome Sweetners Fair Trade/Organic Granulated Sugar $10.99/10 lbs

Central Milling Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour $10.99/(2) 10 lb bags

ORGANIC PANTRY ITEMS

Truroots Organic Sprouted Bean Medley $9.99/3 lbs

McCormick Organic Oregano $3.99/2.5 oz Jar

Better Than Bouillon Organic Beef Base $6.79/16 oz

Garofalo Organic Pasta Variety Pack $8.29/(6) 1.1 lb pkgs

Italian Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti $9.69/(8) 1.1 lb pkgs

Heinz Organic Ketchup $6.99/(2) 44 oz bottles

Kirkland Signature Organic Stewed Tomatoes $5.99/(8) 14.5 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes $5.99/(8) 14.5 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Tomato Paste $5.99/(12) 6 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Tomato Sauce $6.99/(12) 15 oz cans

Classico Organic Pasta Sauce $8.99/(3) 32 oz jars

Flax USA Organic Milled Flax $7.99/48 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic Maple Syrup $13.99/1 ltr

Kirkland Signature Organic Chicken Stock $11.99/6

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Chili $11.89/(6) 14.7 oz cans

Treetop Organic Applesauce $9.99/(4) 47.25 oz jars

Kirkland Signature Organic Ancient Grains Cereal $6.99/(2) 17.6 oz bags

Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberry Spread $7.29/42 oz

Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Cereal $7.59/35.3 oz

Newman’s Own Organics K-Cups $36.89/80 count **.46/cup of coffee**

Organic Udon Noodles $6.39/(6) 6 oz pkgs

Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa $7.69/(2) 38 oz jars

Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips $4.99/40 oz bag

Annie’s Organic Shells & Yellow Cheddar $15.89/(15) 6 oz boxes


Do You Know: Are Costco Roses Organic?

Are Costco Roses Organic

Do you shop Costco because of the organic selection? If so, do you know: Are Costco Roses Organic?

I only ask because there is this pesky holiday coming up in about a week and you may be considering getting a few dozen for your sweetie.

While I enjoy the romantic sentiment of roses, I’ll admit I’ve told my husband I’d rather have a plant. I recognize that might not qualify me as a romantic. I get it. I’m completely too practical for my own good.

So, are Costco roses organic?

No. However, they are Rainforest Alliance Certified. What does that mean:

  • Use of pesticides is minimized
  • Wildlife habitats are protected
  • Use of composting and recycling to minimize waste
  • Water conservation takes place
  • Workers receive decent wages

Overall, you can feel pretty good about picking up roses at Costco. Plus, the price of $16.99 for 2 dozen long stemmed roses is a great deal.

Costco Thanksgiving Dinner Staples Price List

Are you planning to shop Costco for your Thanksgiving dinner? I’ve got some prices on commonly needed Thanksgiving items so you can plan out your expenses.

**Please note, prices at your Costco may vary. This is intended to be used a guideline.**

TURKEY

Organic Free Range Turkey $2.69/lb

PRODUCE

Large Gold Potatoes 15 lbs $7.49

Sweet Potatoes 10 lbs $6.49

Fresh Cranberries 3 lbs $4.79

Bartlett Pears 6 lbs $5.99

Organic Carrots 10 bs $4.99

French Green Bean 2 lbs $4.99

Brussels Sprouts 2 lbs $3.79

Celery Sticks 2.5 lb $3.29

FROZEN

Bybee Food Organic Frozen Green Beans $5.99/5 lbs

DAIRY

Kirkland Organic Eggs $7.59/24 count

Robinson Heavy Whipping Cream $6.69/half gallon

Horizon Organic Half & Half $4.19/64 oz

Kirkland Organic Milk $9.49/3 half gallons

BAKING

Kirkland Signature Pure Vanilla $6.89/16 oz

Wholesome Sweetners Organic Sugar $10.99/10 lb

Central Milling Organic Unbleached Flour $10.99/20 lbs

Red Star Active Yeast $3.99/2 lb

Sunmaid Organic Raisins $7.99/2 2lb bags

Kirkland Pecans $15.98/2 lbs

PREPARED/PACKAGED FOODS

Bistro 28 Cranberry Sauce 36 oz $6.79

Full Circle Stuffed Turkey Breast $4.99/lb

Harry’s Roasted Turkey Gravy $7.39/60 oz

Marie Callender’s Corn Bread Mix $5.79/5 lb

Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock $11.89/16 32 oz

Missing a price on an item? Check out my Costco price list to see if you can find it. Enjoy your Thanksgiving shopping!

5 Things to Buy at Costco

5 Things to Buy at Costco

I’ve consulted my Costco Price List and my Costco Deals: Organic Price List 2013, and I’ve narrowed down the 5 things to buy at Costco to give your family the most bang for their monthly food budget buck. Keep in mind, not everything at Costco is the lowest price. And you can often times find a better deal by combining a coupon with a sale. However, sometimes you want to know that you can walk in on any given day of the week and find solid, everyday savings. This is particularly important when you are trying to buy organic. Since buying organic tends to be more expensive, shopping at Costco can be a great strategy to save on buying organic items.

With everyday savings in mind, here are the 5 things to buy at Costco:

1. MEAT – Whether you buy conventionally raised meat or organic meat, you can’t beat the everyday savings you get buying it at Costco. Since most families serve some form of meat most meals, it can save you a bundle by buying it in bulk. It does require that you have adequate freezer space, but by stocking up once a month, you know you will have the makings of a meal on hand. Not to mention if you plan to have a party or dinner guests, buying in bulk stretches your dollar.

2. MAPLE SYRUP – The price you pay at Costco is definitely less than what you’d pay at the grocers. Real maple syrup can be an expensive ingredient, but the taste is worth every penny. Knowing that I am getting a great price keeps our pantry stocked with real, delicious maple syrup.

3. ORGANIC WHOLE BEAN COFFEE – The savings on organic whole bean coffee is substantial. I’m talking about saving $1.50 to $2.00 per pound over what you’d pay for regular coffee beans! Say your family goes through a pound of coffee a week. Buying organic whole bean coffee at Costco offers a minimum of $78 in savings over the course of a year. That savings alone is worth the price of a Costco membership.

4. ORGANIC LETTUCE, SPINACH AND SALAD MIXES – Hands down, Costco has the best price on tubs of organic spinach and salad mixes. In order to really reap the savings here, you have to be committed to using what you purchase before it spoils. That goes for any produce you buy. However, if you are trying to feed your family whole foods, then the large quantities actually make sense. We should be buying large tubs of spinach and lettuce.

5. NUTS – Whether you are from the South and prefer pecans, or from up North and use more walnuts, raw, bulk nuts from Costco are significantly cheaper than buying them from the grocers. We love raw almonds, and the Costco price is the best in town. Since the bags of nuts are large, don’t forget to store your nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Although these are the 5 things I found to offer the best savings, these aren’t the only items that find their way into my cart each month. I also like the prices on bananas, organic eggs, craisins, stretch island fruit leather, yeast cakes, and Luna bars.

What are the 5 things you buy at Costco?

Did you know I spent an entire month eating only at Costco and only spent $425 for a family of four (with teenagers!)? Find my meal plans and shopping list.

Don’t forget to check out my price comparison between Costco and Walmart!

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