Huge Mistakes Everyone Makes Shopping At Costco

Huge Mistakes Everyone Makes Shopping At Costco

Nobody really needs to be told how to shop, right? But when you shop at Costco, the rules are different. As a card-carrying member, you’re probably paying for a ton of benefits that you might not even know you get. You also might be making incorrect assumptions when it comes to the items you select. Here are some huge mistakes you could be making while shopping at Costco.

Costco has two options when it comes to personal memberships, Gold Star at $60 and Gold Star Executive at $120, and if you haven’t upgraded to Executive yet, you’re missing an opportunity to recoup some, or all, of that annual fee. While it might sound a bit counterintuitive to pay twice as much for the same access into the warehouse store, depending on your spending habits, it could be well worth it.

At the Executive level, you receive two percent cash back on most purchases. According to Costco’s math, if you spend $500 a month, or $6,000 a year, you’re looking at a rewards check of $120, and in effect, getting your membership totally free. The more you spend, the more you get back, up to $1,000 a year. Even if you don’t come close to that maximum, anything over $60 in rewards is money back in your pocket. As a safety net, if you take the plunge and don’t spend enough in the first year to come out ahead, Costco will make up the difference by ensuring that first check is at least $60. So what are you waiting for? Go upgrade that membership.

Spoiler alert: Costco’s layout is confusing by design. They want you to get lost in their labyrinth of tempting bargains so you spend all the money.

Think about it… you shopped at the warehouse store just last week, but somehow the layout is very different this time around. According to one former employee who posted on Quora, this dipsy-doo switcheroo is no coincidence:

“I worked for Costco for 13 years. They purposely move products around to different locations and are constantly rotating a certain percentage of their inventory to new products. This creates a ‘Treasure Hunt’ experience as you shop and helps you discover new products that you may not normally see on your shopping visits.”

In other words, you’re much more likely to impulse buy this way. More tricks the retailer uses? The fresh food is all located at the back of the store so you’re forced to walk past all those amazing deals and hopefully put them in your cart. Costco also forgoes any aisle signage, another effort to get you to peruse all the products and buy what you see. If you don’t want to spend more than you planned, don’t let their layout lead you astray.

#Costco #WholesaleShopping #ShoppingTips

Not upgrading your membership | 0:18
Getting confused by the layout | 1:15
Missing the price adjustment policy | 2:17
Ignoring the gift cards | 2:55
Not considering the shelf life | 3:41
Ignoring the concierge services | 5:22
Skipping the Kirkland products | 6:01
Ignoring the pricing details | 6:58
Not price-checking online | 7:52
Non-members aren’t taking advantage of benefits | 8:48


  1. Lacy of LittleRobinCottage on May 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Good Lord, the incessant background music of your video’s make it impossible to watch! Turning on the CC and turning off the sound is the only why to view these crazy video’s! 😝😜👎🏼

  2. LaughTooHard on May 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Who the hell spends $500 a month at Costco?

  3. HappyDays on May 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    As of 2/2020 the Costco Executive member card is now $128+ which is $8 more than this video says it is. An extra large-sized brick of Tillamook cheese will cover the difference. The membership fee will keep increasing yearly, I’m sure.

  4. Troy Pistachio on May 7, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    F Costco i dont pay a membership fee to stand in line for hrs just to get in. Bullshit

  5. Tobby Jutras on May 7, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    2:37 Cousin Sal lol

  6. Ali Labeeb Alkoka on May 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Yes the mistake is shopping at Costco!!!

  7. Anna Mercal on May 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Prices are sky high, un affordable, items are not available. This is a bull shit when all other retailers are helping during the difficult COVID-19 time , Costco is taking advantage of the situation. Too bad.

  8. Sayain Buster on May 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    How much was your Cosco gift for this comitary

  9. John Massingale on May 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Could realize the savings in gas

  10. J R on May 7, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Omg, how did they get Louie Anderson to wear a dress @ 2:04 lol

  11. Layne W on May 7, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Am I the only one that saw Sal Vulcano from Impractical Jokers at 3:15 LOL

  12. Phoenix Drivers on May 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve not made any of these mistakes.

  13. ryan harris on May 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    buy the gift cards those are often for more expensive options

  14. Digzbot - on May 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    How bout not spend any money

  15. Dr Kevin O'Leary on May 7, 2020 at 4:06 pm


  16. Sisman Aluwi on May 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    It is true 👍

  17. Valentina Buckmaster on May 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Costco fools people with necessity of mask mandatory and social distance rules. It’s immoral. I stopped my shopping in Costco, Good bye Costco 🙂

  18. snake man on May 7, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    After watching this video I am going with sams club !

  19. Erin Kassam on May 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    What movie/show are they showing, looks hilarious

  20. Warren States on May 7, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Is that Cathy Bates?

  21. Sayori’s Day on May 7, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Sponsored by Costco

  22. MrAac2020 on May 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Costco is cool.
    Love shopping there . But my feet hurt like a bitch from walking and standing on their cement slab floors. 😟

  23. Richard on May 7, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Costco is just another greedy retailer that does not give a damn about their customers. They could easily limit the sales per customer to two items each and still make they same amount of sales, but they don’t care. I am going to boycott them and find alternative places to save money. Why should I be loyal to them, they are not loyal to us.

  24. Rigo Batiancila on May 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm


  25. Lana Stone on May 7, 2020 at 4:18 pm


  26. Darcy Funk on May 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Bring that rogue shopping cart 🛒 in to the store from the parking lot or sidewalk – you know, the one that is taking a parking spot or the one that will roll away a damage your car… We can all be the solution! And now you have shopping cart and don’t have to go back out and find one!

  27. ryan harris on May 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    what are those states

  28. Hitesh Lalwani on May 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    3:20 That’s Sal Vulcano from Impractical jokers

  29. Bev Williscraft on May 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm


  30. Jaisal Patel on May 7, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Are the Impractical Jokers getting paid for using their footage?

  31. Radar S on May 7, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    all BS
    wasting my times
    Don’t ever show up on my screen

  32. HappyDays on May 7, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Is that David Dukovny in the opening scene? (He’s one of the stars on the old X Files" series.)

  33. Brad Quinn on May 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    9:29 I don’t think I have ever seen cheeseburger at the food court there haha

  34. HappyDays on May 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t buy apples at Costco because they taste like sulfur. It’s used to keep the fruit fresh longer.

  35. sayeed sikder on May 7, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    One of the dumb strategy

  36. Inga Abramyan on May 7, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    It’s B.S I spent more than 1000 dollars a month, and I got 34 dollars , so this year i downgraded my card because it’s a lie

  37. Sam B on May 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Never go to Costco empty stomach
    You will so much food that you dont eat
    Will all be thrown away

  38. Kim Van Horn on May 7, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    What movie is this? It looks hilarious

  39. Subaru STi on May 7, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Large container of sauces are idea for food service…. Restaurant, Churches, School…….

  40. Object 特 on May 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Costco has the cleanest washrooms too.

  41. Pat James on May 7, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    Radio 2

  42. Richard Young on May 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    great value

  43. Last Laff on May 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    This video is a total ripoff. Louie Anderson, Cousin Sal from Jimmy Kimmel? Luke Wilson?

  44. Tublis Vaj on May 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Huge mistake going there in the first place

  45. Respira on May 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    So waste a shitload of money for 120 buck lol that makes so much sense

  46. susan mathisen on May 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    They forgot the best of all tip. BUY the $4.99 rotisserie chicken. I take it home and immediately de-bone all the meat. From just one bird I can make a large amount of chicken salad and soup. Totally delicious and a great value.

  47. Mashed on May 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    What other Costco shopping tips can you offer up?

  48. Henry Fonda on May 7, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    heres the lie costco tells you that fee you pay a year your not saving anytthing by buying bulk.. its just another way for a company to make a profit.. youd have to shop alot to get a savings and its really not worth it… costco is the only one that wins you pay them for food then pay them just to shop there.. not cool

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  50. Alan Furlong on May 7, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Why is the earwax advert on my YouTube first page

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