Does Costco Accept Coupons?
There is always a bit of confusion on whether or not Costco accepts coupons because they do and they don’t. They don’t accept the standard manufacturer coupons that you find in your Sunday paper or print off the Internet. They do, however, accept coupons from the coupon booklet they send to all members on a quarterly basis. So, they do accept their own coupons, but they don’t accept any others.
If you are good at couponing and have the patience for it, you can get better deals at your local grocery and drug stores that do accept manufacturer coupons, than you can get at Costco. The fact that Costco doesn’t accept manufacture coupons, other than their own, is one of the top things that frustrate people who coupon.
Why Doesn’t Costco Accept Sunday Paper Coupons?
What’s the reason that they don’t accept these coupons? I reached out to them and asked, but I didn’t receive a reply back (I will update this article if I do eventually hear back from them). My guess is that doing so would cause way more problems than it would be worth. The coupons found in the Sunday paper and those that can be printed off the Internet are for product sizes which are much smaller than those sold at Costco. Furthermore, the check-out lines at Costco are so busy, that someone with a bunch of coupons could throw havoc into getting people checked out in a timely manner. In the end, accepting them would cause more problems and cost the company far more money than the good will they would earn from accepting them.
Costco Store Coupons
In fact, you don’t even have to bring in your coupon booklet to most stores. Even though you should to be on the safe side, I’ve found that most cashiers have a booklet at their station. Just tell the cashier that one of the items you bought has a coupon and that you accidentally forgot your booklet, and they will scan their coupon booklet ensuring you get all the savings.
If you hate coupons, using the Costco coupons is probably the easiest form of couponing out there, and they have competitive prices for most items. If you coupon, it’s probably worthwhile doing most of your shopping at stores other than Costco which do accept manufacturer coupons, as you can get better deals this way (even when they do offer their own coupon for an item), especially when you take the $55 membership fee into account. While there is a way to avoid this fee and shop at Costco, it means that you won’t be elegible for any of Costco’s coupons. Whatever you decide, just remember that Costco won’t accept any coupons other than their own.