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Dec122013

Buy Gift Cards at Costco and Save a Lot of Money Elsewhere!

If you're not already a Costco member and have no intention of becoming one, gift cards are a reason to consider a Costco membership. Costco offers an assortment of gift cards for sale at bargain prices; typically 20% off.  A $55 annual Costco membership fee can quickly be recovered if you use these cards. Here's a summary of what several (Oxnard and Westlake Village) local Costco stores either currently have on hand or have had in the past.

  • Jamba Juice: $50 in gift cards for $39.99
  • Hyatt Hotels: $100 in gift cards for $79.99
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (also available online)
  • Buca di Beppo $100 in gift cards for $74.99
  • Smashburger $50 in gift cards for $39.99
  • Marmalade Cafe $100 in gift cards for $79.99

  • MB2 Raceway: $50 in gift cards for $39.99
  • iTunes: $50 gift card for $46.99
  • Wolfgang Puck $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (available online)
  • Peet's Coffee & Tea $100 in gift cards for $79.99 (available online)
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop $50 Gift E-Cards for $39.99 (available online)
  • Regal Theaters 4 tickets for $33.99 (available online)
  • 24 Hour Fitness discounted 2 year memberships

All of this of course is subject to change and availability. But they've had many of these offers for years.

So let's look at an example.  If you plan to spend $1,000 at say CPK, Coffee Bean and Wolfgang Puck Bistro over the coming year, you could save $200 by buying gift cards from Costco.  Simple as that. Or use them as gift cards.  Give a $50 gift card that costs only $40...shhh, they don't have to know!

MB2 Raceway is regularly one of the most popular postings here on Conejo Valley Guide.  Save 20% at MB2 using gift cards purchased at a local Costco.

This is a no brainer! And with all that money you save, you can fritter it away like I do on all the other cool stuff Costco has in stock! Or even better...donate to the CVG Tip Jar!

Holy pulled pork! I stopped by the Oxnard Costco on December 12th and found this display of Dickey's Barbecue Pit gift cards, normally $50 worth for $39.99, marked down to $29.99! 40% off at one of my favorite BBQ joints!

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Reader Comments (5)

I was on the fence but you convinced me to renew my defunct Costco membership. Thanks for the excellent information!

December 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Lehman

OMG, You missed the greatest Costco gift card offer of all. $49 for $100 worth of parking at WALLY PARK. Not only can you use the gift cards but you can also give them coupons! In other words: Valet Parking is $17 per night. That is $119 for one week. Use a 25% off coupon found online to bring cost down to $89. Now use your $100 Wally Park gift card that you paid only $49 for and that is the deal of the century! It is even cheaper if you self park!

December 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Jaffe

Thank you King of Bargains Rob J!

December 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterConejo Joe

Can you use multiple cards at one time? like 2 at dickey's or bucca di peppo's if a large group goes? or are you limited to one per visit?

January 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIts about me

I believe you can, its about me, as I've done so with Jamba Juice cards. But probably best to read the fine print before you buy them.

January 25, 2014 | Registered CommenterConejo Joe

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