Let me state upfront that I am a proud member of Costco, and I love shopping there! But did you know you don't always have to be a member to get some of the great deals and services offered at Costco?

According to Clark.com, there are several ways you can shop on Costco without flashing that membership card when you walk in. See ya on aisle 12, y'all...

  • Use a Costco gift card - which is called a Costco Cash Card. According to the official website 'Members and non-members may use the Costco Cash Cards to shop at any Costco location in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and online at Costco.com.'
  • Go with a friend - each Costco member can bring up to two guests per trip inside the store
  • Order from the Food Court - just walk in and get one of those gigantic Supreme Pizzas for $9.99. Or anything else, for that matter
  • Get tested at the hearing and optical departments - you have to have a membership card if you want to purchase products, though
  • Fill a prescription - you don't have to be member to use the in store pharmacy
  • Buy alcohol - be sure to check your state regulations on this one. Some states do not allow alcohol to be sold at membership or club stores
  • Shop online - anyone can order from Costco.com, but if you're not a member, its a 5% surcharge on purchases