10 Things Retirees Should Buy at Costco

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Costco is known as a great shopping destination for large families who need to buy items in bulk. But did you know that Costco is a great place for retirees to shop as well?

The big-box retailer offers great deals on mobility aids, prescription medications, eye examinations, anti-aging cosmetics and more.

Continue reading to find out about other great deals retirees can take advantage of at Costco.

10. Prescriptions

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Did you know that Costco has a prescription program available exclusively for its members? Yep, it’s true. And, if you don’t have insurance or the insurance you have doesn’t cover all of your prescription drug expenses, you can take advantage of the Costco Member Prescription Program. It’s important to note that this program isn’t a health insurance policy.

It simply “provides discounts on prescription drugs from participating pharmacies,” the company says on its website.

That being said, it’s a great way for eligible Costco members and their eligible dependents to get lower prices on prescription meds.

You can get a flu shot or shingles vaccination at Costco, too. And, the best part is you don’t even need a membership to get one.

9. Vitamins and Supplements

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Costco offers an extensive selection of vitamins and supplements.

“Whatever you might need, Costco is bound to have it at a reasonable price, if not the best price — especially if you take advantage of sales,” MoneyTalksNews said in an article it published.

For example, a bottle of 400 tablets of Kirkland Signature Adult 50+ Mature Multi-Vitamins and Minerals costs just $11.49. At Target, however, you’ll get a bottle of 200 tablets of Centrum Silver for almost $6 more!

8. Grocery Delivery

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With coronavirus cases on the rise again, it’s probably a good idea to think about getting your groceries delivered to your front door.

Here’s how it works: Instacart, which operates a grocery delivery and pick-up service in the U.S. and Canada, employs independent contractors to handpick your groceries for you at Costco.

If the store is out of a particular item you want, you can chat with your shopper in the app or online and tell them you either want to replace the item with a similar product or you want to scratch it off your list altogether. You get free two-day shipping on orders over $75.

If you happen to need your groceries sooner and you live in a metropolitan area, it’s possible to get them delivered the same day for free on orders of $35 or more. Keep in mind that you MUST be at home to receive your delivery.

7. Eyeglasses

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Costco has an optical department where you can get an eye exam. The department accepts most insurance vision plans, and you aren’t required to be a Costco member to see an optometrist there.

The total cost of your visit will depend on if you get an exam (fees are reasonable even if you don’t have insurance), what type of eyewear (eyeglasses or contact lenses) you choose, and any deals you take advantage of.

For example, Bob Niedt, an online editor for Kiplinger.com, said in an article written last year that he often sees Costco’s recurring deal for $30 off the second pair of glasses after paying the full amount on the first pair.

FYI, if you need reading glasses or polarized and anti-reflective sunglasses, Costco’s optical department has those, too. You can get a 3-pack of Foster Grant reading glasses for less than $20 and non-prescription Kirkland Signature sunglasses for $24.99 each.

6. Hearing Aids

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According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, Krista Fabregas, a retail and shopping analyst for FitSmallBusiness.com, says you can get hearing aids from Costco at a good price.

“The Kirkland Signature™ 8.0 Premium Digital Hearing Instruments are $1,600 for a pair. Compare that to hearing aids that can cost as much as $2,500 per ear — and aren’t covered by Medicare — and Costco is quite a deal,” Fabregas said.

Not only that, but you can also get a 48-pack of Kirkland Signature hearing aid batteries for less than $10. Additionally, Costco conducts free hearing screenings, hearing aid cleaners and other Hearing Aid Center services.

5. Mobility Aids

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Costco offers good deals on mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, reachers, and nonslip shower chairs. They even sell an Access Tubs® wheelchair accessible slide-in tub with air bubble massage.

You can also conveniently shop for these items from the comfort of your own home and have them delivered to your doorstep for free. In fact, most of these items aren’t even carried in-store, which works out perfectly for mobility-challenged seniors.

The warehouse club also sells medical alert systems, adult incontinence briefs, and a host of other medical and aging-related products.

4. Anti-Aging Supplements and Cosmetics

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Did you know that anti-aging supplements and cosmetics are generally more affordable at Costco than at other stores? That’s absolutely true, according to Krista Fabregas of FitSmallBusiness.com.

For example, name-brand anti-aging lotions and serums like StriVectin and Perricone MD “are about 30 percent less than prices in beauty and department stores,” Fabregas said in an article published by Reader’s Digest.

You can also get Kirkland brand senior multivitamins for nearly half of what you would pay for them at other retailers.

3. Caskets and Urns

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Believe it or not, Costco is a good place to go shopping for caskets and urns. You can get a casket for less than $1,000, which includes shipping to the funeral home. Urns go for $120 or less.

Standard shipping is included in the online price of the caskets. Expedited shipping is also available. However, the retailer only sells and ships caskets to residents in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

By the way, Costco also sells urns for pet cremation remains. The Near & Dear Pet Memorials Classic Paws urns are just $40 each.

2. Golf Balls and Tennis Balls

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Being retired gives you more time for leisure activities such as golf and tennis, and Costco has good deals on golf balls and tennis balls. For example, Costco’s Kirkland Signature golf balls were compared to Titleist Pro V1 balls when they first hit the market in 2016.

The Kirkland Signature golf balls sold for 60% less than a Titleist. As for tennis balls, you can get a case of 60 Penn Championship Extra Duty tennis balls for $38.99. That comes out to about 65 cents per ball.

1. Cruise Packages

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Your retirement years serve as the perfect time to go on a vacation. Once the pandemic is over, you can take advantage of Costco’s cruise packages.

According to the retailer’s website, “our travel offerings are carefully selected by our skilled travel buyers. We offer a selection of the world’s top destinations, hotels, cruises and other travel products so you can be assured of a quality vacation experience.”

Additionally, there are no surprises when it comes to pricing, as the total price is displayed throughout the entire booking process, and you can see revisions as you customize your package.