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12 Ways Baby Boomers Can Save Money at Costco

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12 Ways Baby Boomers Can Save Money at Costco

Costco seems to understand the baby boomers are retiring and nearing retirement. Baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and love to shop. Costco has been a long time favorite of retirees and senior citizens. It has several ranges of products dedicated to the demographic, even bulk items, while keeping the prices are also attractive!

Here’s some favorite products retirees seem to love to buy from Costco at great prices:

  1. Eyeglasses

Costco has some excellent deals on eyeglasses and you get the fit, look and style you want which is sometimes difficult to do when bargain shopping online. They have the best price, great service and frequently offer special pricing. You can also get an eye examination by a licensed optometrist.

  1. Urns and Coffins

These inevitable products can be bought at a discounted price which is much less expensive than funeral home pricing. Caskets are priced between $900 and $1,350 while urns cost between $90 and $150 which includes standard shipping. Expedited shipping is available and would be an additional fee. The shipping and billing address must be in one of the 38 states (plus the District Of Columbia) approved for casket sales. The Federal Trade Commission requires funeral homes to accept any casket purchased from an outside source.

  1. Cruise Packages

Since retirement gives you the gift of more time, maybe you can buy a cruise from Costco’s own online travel service, Costco Travel. Enjoy a travel opportunity knowing you are getting a good price with the cruise, dining, a spa experience, and more. The online Costco Travel service offers great cruises starting from $1,200 per person.

  1. Passport Photos

Before you go on that cruise, make sure your passport is up-to-date or get a new one at a reasonable price. As a Costco member, you can visit the one-hour photo shop and can get your passport picture quickly and inexpensively, for $4.99 which includes four headshots. The post office is much more expensive charging $15 for two passport images only.

  1. Vaccinations

You can take a prescription from your doctor to Costco to save money on vaccinations. This is particularly important if you have to pay for vaccinations out of your pocket, Costco can be a cost-effective alternative to the popular drug stores like Walgreens or CVS.

  1. Books

Retirees love to read and spend over 70% more purchasing reading materials than the average household according to the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics. You can buy books of all different types at lower prices at Costco than retailers like Target and online platforms like Amazon. Also, there is no wait time or shipping delays.

  1. Hearing Aids

Difficult to hear everything? If so, you’ve most likely already realized Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids which can cost as much as $3,000 per ear. You can get a free hearing test done in Costco at their Hearing Aid Center. Get your hearing aids at reasonable prices from Costco and also get them serviced. Tip: You’ll also need hearing aid batteries and you’ll save a lot when you decide to buy them at Costco!

  1. Medical Accessories and Supplies

Retirees can save money on essential items such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and other helpful supplies from Costco for great discounts. There are even wheelchair accessible tubs available for less. Some of the items do have to be ordered online so plan ahead when possible and allow shipping time.

  1. Back to School Products

Do you enjoy entertaining the grandchildren or maybe you keep your mind sharp using word searches, coloring books, activity books and more. Costco has a great collection of school supplies including pencils, erasers, markers, crayons and glue. Enjoy stocking up and the fun these simple supplies can bring into your home. There’s also lots of clothing for back to school to keep the grandkids looking their best.

  1. Grocery Delivery

Sometimes it is hard to remember Costco is a grocery store because they have so many essential items for everyday life that are not groceries. To make Costco an even more appealing option, you can get your groceries delivered to your home without breaking a sweat. In most metropolitan areas, same day delivery is available when you spend $35 or more.

  1. Affordable Meals

If you want to grab a quick bite Costco has hot foods that are ready to make those hunger pains subside. Get complete beef hot dogs with large 20-ounce soda servings only at $1.50, or an 18-inch pizza for $9.95! They have even tried adding some healthy items, however the junk food seems to be the most popular.

  1. Kirkland Signature Mature Multivitamins

After enjoying the bargain on the hot dog and soda, remember to take your vitamins. You can purchase your multivitamins for less from Costco.

Sometimes warehouse club memberships can be a money saving opportunity for retirees. Costco seems to understand retirees and baby boomers know Costco offers a lot more than bulk items.

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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