Former employee shares Costco secrets and how to get the best deals

Heading to Costco for a shop can be a real adventure (who doesn’t want a jumbo pack of J20?).

Though the wholesaler has some pretty good deals, a former employer has revealed some trade secrets to ensure customers get even bigger bargains.

Tess Robison, former Costco employee and blogger at personal finance website Money Done Right shared some pretty nifty secrets.

One of the tips she shared was looking out for the last two digits of the price.

If it ends in 99p, it means that’s the regular wholesaler price but it may be subject to change later.

If it ends in 97p then the item is on its final discount price meaning it won’t get any cheaper.

Tess said that if the price has an asterisk on the top right hand, it means the item will not be restocked. So if you’re a fan of the product, you might want to stock up.

The former employee explained that if something is out of stock, it may take longer to restock than other stores.

If there is something you really want to be restocked, it’s worth checking in a few weeks (rather than showing up every day hoping to see new stock).

Tess explained to Insider: ‘My biggest piece of advice to just wait until an item goes on sale. Costco rotates which brands will be on sale just about every month.’

Just as with Ikea, Costco stores are designed to make customers walk through as many aisles as possible, to entice shoppers to buy more.

So Tess encourages people to either learn the layout or just head straight to the items they need.

She added: ‘Costco stores are designed to make you wander around, so try not to get caught up in doing that. If you are trying to stick to a budget, I would definitely recommend heading straight to the aisles you want.’

Christmas decor is also slashed by 50% in the new year after the festivities have ended, so get started early if you want to save for the following year.

You can also use the app or ask for a deal booklet to maximise the offers available – which Tess recommended over asking staff members as they won’t be aware of all the deals.

The more you know.

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