Costco is a multinational retailer which carries quality products at low prices. To make savings possible, Costco sells and purchases many products in bulk, and offers various tiers of annual memberships, which are required to shop at Costco stores.
Deciding which membership to choose can be a difficult process. It can depend on your household needs, shopping habits, and many other factors. There are two main options for personal shoppers: the Gold Star membership at $60 a year, and the executive membership at $120/year.
Both memberships allow you to shop at Costco stores and purchase gas at their locations as well. The executive membership includes a 2% reward on annual purchases up to $1000 on qualifying Costco purchases. Executive members are also entitled to lower prices on printing services, roadside assistance, and more.
Taking all that into account, the executive membership is worth it if you plan on spending upwards of $3000 per year at Costco, or if you plan on frequently using any of the services that are cheaper on the executive membership.
Unfortunately, Costco does not have a price matching policy in store. However, if a recently purchased item goes on sale, Costco will provide a price adjustment, if the item was purchased within the last 30 days and if it was not purchased for resale.