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You can often get these things from Costco without a membership Flickr / Mike Mozart
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Costco is a fan favorite for a reason — there are deals around every turn.

While you can’t make a purchase without a membership, there are ways to get some of the benefits. Call your Costco to confirm before you shop.

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Food court

Every time I go to Costco, I try to plan it around a meal. They only have basics — think hot dog, sandwich, salad and pizza — but they are a good deal.

Many food courts are on the other side of the registers from the main floor, so you go in the out door to get to them. If anyone stops you and asks for a card, tell them where you are going.

Prescriptions

Prescriptions can’t be limited to members, and therefore non-members can visit the pharmacy and take advantage of that service.

Eye exam

While you can’t buy contacts or glasses without a membership, everyone can get an eye examination without joining Costco.

Liquor

This varies by state, but many don’t allow special deals or restrictions of alcohol sales. The clerk might not know about this, so you might need to have a manager step in. See a list of states where you can likely by alcohol without a membership.

Cash card

The way to purchase the most items without a membership is by using a Costco cash card. A member must purchase or reload the card, but a non-member can use it. Costco explains more about how to use the cash card here.

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Costco.com

There are many in-store and additional items available online at Costco.com. One thing to note is that since it’s a member site, non-members may order but are charged an additional 5 percent for the items.

Valerie Dennis is a Twin Cities-based communications professional, having worked at newspapers and magazines in the Midwest and Southern U.S. Valerie enjoys living a healthy and active lifestyle, and chronicles it on her blog KaleAndAle.com.
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