Sometimes it feels like we are spending most days in the grocery store. There is always something we need, especially when there are hungry teenagers at home. One grocery store that might help you save some money is Costco.

Having a Costco is like having keys to buried treasure. There is always something wonderful you'll find inside. However, the popular warehouse might be making a huge change that could affect South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa Costco shoppers.

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For a number of years, Costco officials have hinted that membership prices could go up. It's been six years since a membership price increase for the convenient warehouse. Recently, the CFO of Costco has hinted that this will change sooner than Costco shoppers might think.

In a recent article with The Hill, "Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti reiterated that a price hike for its Gold Star membership will happen, but said, 'It’s a question of when not if.' ” Costco has been informing its loyal customers about this membership hike since early 2022. The membership fee was last raised in June 2017.

Costco Chicken-Ben Davis
Costco Chicken-Ben Davis

So why hasn't Costco raised its membership fees? What's taking them so long to make this decision? The overall blame for not increasing the price right now is due to rising inflation. There still has yet to be a date announced for the upcoming price increase.

How much is a Costco membership? The Krazy Coupon Lady breaks down all the current fees for Costco members:

Costco’s standard Gold Star Membership costs $60 per year.

With a Gold Star Membership, you get:

  • Member-only savings at Costco
  • Two membership cards

Costco’s Executive Membership costs $120 per year.

With an Executive Membership, you get:

  • Member-only savings
  • Two membership cards
  • Annual 2% in rewards on qualified Costco purchases
  • Additional benefits and more savings on Costco Services
  • Extra benefits on select Costco Travel products

Costco’s Business Membership costs $60 per year.

With a Business Membership, you get:

  • Member-only savings
  • Two membership cards
  • Ability to add affiliate cardholders for $60 each
  • Purchases that are eligible for resale

So enjoy the Costco membership benefits and prices now before the upcoming increase!


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