8 things Costco members can get for free

Costco Tire Center
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Costco is many people’s favorite warehouse store, and for good reason. After all, where else can you find bargain-priced high-quality baked goods, super cheap jumbo hot dogs, and some of the most amazing gifts all in one place?

If you have a Costco membership, the perks don’t end there. The store also offers a range of freebies that can save you time and money.

Check out these things Costco members get for free.

1. Lifetime tire maintenance

Costco Tire Center

If you want your tires to last, you need to rotate them regularly and keep them balanced to ensure even wear. However, you can pay anywhere from $35-$45 to have your tires rotated and about that amount for balance.

But if you buy your tires from Costco, these services are free for the life of the tire. In addition, the Depot Club Tire Center will check and adjust tire pressure and repair flat tyres, if applicable, free of charge.

2. Hearing tests

Deaf man with hearing problems
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Worried that your hearing isn’t what it used to be? No need for a separate visit to the audiologist. Members are entitled to free hearing tests at warehouse clubs that have a hearing center.

You’ll need to make an appointment in advance, and the test takes about an hour, according to Costco. If you’re concerned about privacy, the company notes that hearing tests are done in a private sound booth.

3. Hearing care

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If you need hearing aids, you can get free follow-up care if you’re a Costco member. In many cases, follow-up visits can be completed remotely via a smartphone or tablet, and adjustments made in the comfort of your own home. The store also offers free cleaning of hearing aids.

Although Costco’s website doesn’t specify this, the service is supposed to be for those who buy their hearing aids at the warehouse store. However, check with your local club’s hearing center to be sure.

4. Technical support

Costco laptops

There’s nothing worse than getting the latest gadget and finding out that you can’t get it to work properly. Fortunately, if you purchased this item from Costco, free tech support is just a phone call away.

Expert-level technicians are available to guide you through setup or troubleshooting for more than a dozen categories of items including:

  • Surveillance camera systems
  • laptops
  • televisions
  • Several major devices
  • home theater systems
  • cameras

5. Extended Warranties

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If certain tech items stop working completely, Costco will repair, replace, or refund you for up to two years from the date of purchase if the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. Extended warranties are available on the following purchases:

  • televisions
  • projectors
  • Computers, excluding touch screen tablets
  • Several major devices
  • Water heaters

6. Delivery

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Since many Costco products are bulky, you might expect to have to pay hefty shipping rates if you order online. Not so, if you’re a Costco member. Free delivery is available for the following products:

7. Returns

Costco Membership Office
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Costco’s excellent return policy is one of the reasons the store is loved by so many. Even if you bought something online, you can return it for free by mail. Costco will provide a shipping label and refund any shipping and handling fees, along with the purchase price.

Most items can be returned to Costco for any reason, but there are a few exceptions. For example, there is a 90-day return period for electronics, and in some areas, the law prohibits the return of cigarettes and alcohol.

8. Cashback

Costco executive membership card

This ultimate freebie is only available to Executive members, but depending on your spending habits, it can be more than enough to cover the membership fee.

Executive members earn 2% cash back on purchases of most merchandise sold at Costco. At the end of each year, the company sends members a check for all of their earnings, which can be cashed at the local warehouse club. If you spend at least $250 per month at Costco, this benefit covers the difference in price between the cost of a basic Gold Star membership and an executive membership. The maximum cashback awarded is $1,000 per year.