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What’s better than saving money on bulk goods at Costco? How about earning a $150 Costco Shop Card on top of it?

Yes, although Costco doesn’t advertise it frequently, the warehouse retailer regularly gives out Costco Shop Cards, many of which are valued between $150 and $500. If you’ve been shopping at Costco for a while and haven’t earned one of these Shop Cards yet, here are four ways you might be able to claim yours.

1. Seasonal promotions

It’s safe to assume that at any given time, Costco is offering a Shop Card promotion. Many of these promotions, however, are time-sensitive and occur only around holidays or seasons. What’s more, Costco doesn’t always advertise the Shop Card promotion, which can make these deals difficult to spot.

For instance, we’re currently in Costco’s “Labor Day” promotional season, which might make you think Costco would attach Shop Cards to grills or outdoor furniture. Instead, you can earn a $200 Costco Shop Card by buying certain qualifying mattresses before its Labor Day promotion ends (Sept. 13, 2023). Yes, a mattress. Check in-store or online for more details, but many of its qualifying mattresses are made by Tempur-Pedic and are very competitively priced.

Sometimes the Shop Card promotion aligns perfectly with the season or holiday. For example, Costco was giving away generously valued Shop Cards at the beginning of summer for certain outdoor supplies, such as a Agio Prairieview Outdoor Dining Set (which came with a $500 Shop Card).

Perhaps the best way to stay on top of these deals is to check Costco’s website frequently. Sometimes, when you search “Costco Shop Card” in its search bar, you’ll find promotions that come with these gift cards. Other times, you’ll have to scroll through its “deals” and look for Costco Shop Card in the product description.

2. Trade in Apple devices

Costco has partnered with Phobio to let you trade in old Apple products — like laptops, tablets, and phones — for Costco Shop Cards.

In truth, Apple is likely going to give you more value for the same used products. For instance, I could trade in my laptop to Phobio — a 2020 13-inch MacBook Air — for a $265 Costco Shop Card. But if I trade it in through Apple, I can get $350 off my next Macbook or the same value in an Apple Gift Card.

It might make sense for your personal finances, however, if you don’t want Apple products or would rather spend that money at Costco. I would still do a comparison before you decide, however, as you might get more value through another trade-in company.

3. Costco Travel

If you thought resort vacations were for the rich and retired, Costco Travel is about to blow your mind. Through Costco’s travel portal, you can book affordable, but luxurious, all-inclusive resort vacations — flights, hotel stays, transportation, even food. And, yes, many travel packages come with Costco Shop Cards.

The value of the Shop Card depends on the final price of your travel. But many are above $150. For example, I was recently looking at a resort package for a hotel on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, which would have cost $4,126 for a 7-night stay. The Shop Card for this package would have been valued at $172, which is a little more than 4% back on the purchase. That’s more than even some of the best rewards credit cards offer.

4. Costco services

Many of Costco’s services also give away Shop Cards with a purchase. The value is usually a percentage of the final price — like 10% — but given how much they typically cost, the value of your Shop Card will likely be over $150. Here’s list of some Costco’s services that give Shop Cards with a purchase:

Bath remodeling: 10% Costco Shop CardCabinet refacing: 10% Costco Shop CardCarpet & flooring installation: 10% Costco Shop CardCountertop installation: 10% Costco Shop CardGenerator installation: 10% Costco Shop CardGutter installation: 10% Costco Shop CardHome organization services: 10% Costco Shop CardHVAC installation: 10% Costco Shop CardSolar panel installation: 10% Costco Shop CardWater treatment: 10% Costco Shop CardWindow treatments: 15% to 20% Costco Shop Card

Get a Costco Shop Card on your first membership

Finally, Costco will often run Shop Card promotions for new members. For example, for its Labor Day promotion, Costco is giving out $30 Shop Cards for new members (those who haven’t had a Costco membership in the last 18 months) who elect for auto-renewal of their Costco membership. For current members on the hunt for Shop Card deals, I’d keep my eyes open as Black Friday and Cyber Monday get closer, as Costco may have some generous Shop Card promotions for these shopping days.

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