9 Ways Artists Can Save Money At Costco [2023]

Here are some money saving tips to help save you money when shopping at Costco.

Is there anything more satisfying than a bulk purchase for your art business? When you can buy in bulk, you not only get a great deal on the product itself, but you also save money on packaging and transportation.

But before you head to Costco for your next shopping spree, make sure you know how to save money while shopping at this popular warehouse club. Here are some tips to help you get the most bang for your buck at Costco.

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Tips for saving money when shopping at Costco for art supplies

1. Sign up to the Costco email newsletter for special offers

Did you know that Costco has an email list? If you didn't, then it's probably time you signed up.

Costco knows what their community likes and they will only give the best deals to their loyal subscribers in order to keep them happy and coming back for more.

2. Stock up on sales when things are discounted

Stocking up on sale products like paints and crafting supplies when things are discounted will save you money. Costco is one of the world's biggest wholesale clubs where consumers can buy in bulk and save big.

When art and crafting items go on sale, it's very easy for artists to stock up their art rooms.

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3. Keep checking if an expensive item goes on sale after you purchase it

Costco is a great place to save money on anything and everything and they want to have a good user experience for their members. So if you just bought a cutting machine like a Cricut Explore Aire 2, keep your recipes.

You can get reimbursed for the price difference if an item goes on sale less than 30 days after you bought it. 

4. Check out coupons or rebates that can save you even more off of already low prices

Make sure you understand the terms of your coupons. Some coupons require you to spend a certain amount before saving a percentage, or saving a minimum number of dollars before a percentage is applied.

When possible, wait for specials on items that are almost out of date. Stores often offer discounts when they want to get rid of an item quickly, saving you from having to stockpile.

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5. Pay attention to the price per unit, not just the total price

The prices are often lower in bulk, but not always. Take a calculator with you so you can quickly calculate exactly what something is costing you, even when you are buying in bulk and it looks like a good price.

6. Return something if you decide you don't need it

We all make those mistakes of buying something and then when we get it home we realize we overspent or went past the monthly budget. Don't worry, Costco has a great return policy for their members.

Next time, even though you may be temped to buy something extra that's not on you list. Just walk away. If you are still wanting it or actually needing it the next time, then perhaps it is a good purchase.

7. Have a list of items that you seek out when shopping at Costco

When saving money on art supplies like paints, ink and storage containers, it is important to have a list of items that you always buy at Costco. This way, when you go for your business shopping, you will only be buying the things that are on your list. 

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8. Buy things in bulk but only if they are something that is used frequently

The best way is to do price checking. If there is something you are buying all the time like pens and markers, make a list of the price. It's easy to forget what the best prices you have seen a particular product at so just keep a list with you. Then when that item goes on sale, stock up.

9. Downgrade your membership

You might have been very excited to get the best membership but if you are not shopping at Costco on a regular basis, it is simply not worth the extra money.

Downgrade to the basic membership for the best money saving for your supplies.

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