How to shop at Costco without a membership

How to shop at Costco without a membership

There’s a simple trick that allows you to buy Costco groceries online and have them delivered to your home without paying for a membership. An alternative for those who do not make frequent purchases in said store

To shop at Costco, the store asks customers or “members” for a membership with an annual fee. For some people it may be convenient to pay for the membership, while for those who make few purchases a year, it may not be so. There is a trick for those who want to do some shopping without a membership.

Among the variety of products that you can find at Costco, in addition to food, there are electronics, optics, pharmacy and even gasoline products. You can get groceries from the store without bringing a friend with your membership or using a gift card.

Use Instacart to shop at Costco without a membership

The trick is to use Instacart. The grocery delivery service app allows its users to buy and have Costco products delivered to their homes for those who do not have a store membership.

Costco Gold Star membership is $60 per year, while Costco Executive membership is $120 per year. To order with Instacart you do not need a membership.

Instacart notes that its rates start at $3.99 for same-day orders over $35. Rates vary for one-hour deliveries, club store deliveries, and deliveries under $35.

New customers may be eligible for free delivery promotions. With an Instacart+ membership, a $0 delivery fee can be earned on every order over $35. Instacart+ is free for two months as a Costco member.

In addition to shopping at Costco, Instacart also allows you to order from other warehouse clubs, like Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club, without being a member of the retail club.

Instacart can be a good alternative to avoiding the Costco membership fee if you don’t make frequent purchases at the retail store.

For purchases at Costco through Instacart consider that the order must be at least $35 and that in some cases, the prices of the products purchased through Instacart may be slightly higher than they would be in the store.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.