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£33.60 for a 12-month Costco individual membership
Plus £37ish worth of freebies incl chicken, cake & batteries
If you go to daily deals site Groupon* and pay £33.60 for a 12-month Costco individual membership (new members only, check eligibility below), you’ll also receive a large carrot cake, two whole fresh chickens, a 48-pack of AA batteries and a £10 voucher to spend in store (plus £20 off a £200 spend online). This slightly bizarre offer is valid until 11.59pm on Mon 13 May.
You're eligible for a Costco individual membership if you work in many public service, medical and financial professions (more below). If you're a business owner, you'd need a trade membership instead, which sadly won't be covered by this voucher. You also need to be a new Costco customer, so can't get the freebies by renewing an existing membership.
How to set up Costco membership
Once you’ve bought the voucher from Groupon (remember to first check you’ll be eligible for a Costco membership), you’ll need to head to a Costco store, show your voucher when you arrive and apply for your membership by Fri 31 May. See Groupon’s website for full T&Cs*.
When you’ve applied for your membership, you’ll be given the £10 off voucher as well as vouchers claim your freebies - you'll have until Fri 31 May to redeem all of these. The £10 voucher can be used on anything and Groupon's confirmed to us there are no exclusions and no minimum spend.
You’ll need to bring along a work ID Card, qualification or current payslip that proves your employment, plus photographic ID (eg, driving licence). See Costco’s website for full membership details.
If you buy the voucher and then find you're not eligible for a membership, Groupon has confirmed to us that it would give you a full refund.
What is Costco and who is eligible?
Costco is a warehouse-style store where you can buy all sorts of groceries and household items, including many brands, at discounted prices and often in bulk. For other ways to save on groceries, see our round-up of Supermarket Coupons.
There are 28 Costco stores across the UK (find your nearest), but you need a membership to shop there. You’re only able to get a membership if you work, or have worked in, certain professions (see ‘more info’ below for the full list), so unfortunately it’s not available for everyone.
You’re able to apply for a Costco individual membership if you’re employed (or are a retired employee) in any of the following areas of work:
- Local government
- Civil service
- Fire rescue services
- Health service
- Police force
- Post office
Or those qualified as any of the following:
- Chartered architect
- Chartered civil engineer
- Chartered surveyor
- Qualified accountant
If you're unsure on whether you'd be eligible, you can call Costco on 01923 830477 for further details.
'Free' items include:
- Kirkland Signature carrot cake - £9.99
- Kirkland Signature fresh whole chicken twin pack - average £7.49
- Kirkland Signature 48 AA batteries - £9.99
- £10 voucher to spend in-warehouse
- £20 off a £200 spend online
'Free' £5 M&S/Costa/Primark gift card
2,000 available for new Groupon customers spending £10+
If you join daily deals site Groupon* and spend £10 or more until 11.59pm on Sun 3 Mar, you'll get a free £5 e-gift card for either M&S, Costa Coffee, Primark or Sports Direct. There are 1,000 available and the deal will end early if all are claimed.
Groupon says a few deals are excluded - eg, when we looked, restaurant chains Bella Italia and Frankie & Benny's - but it wasn't able to provide a full list. So you may be unlucky with this and find the code won't work on what you wanted to buy.
How to do it
First, create a new account* and then enter the code EGIFT at the Groupon checkout when making your first £10+ purchase (remember to check the code has been accepted). THen after placing the order, you'll get an email asking you to choose one of the four e-gift cards.
You should then receive a second email by 11.59pm on Sun 10 Mar with the digital gift card attached for you to print or show on your smartphone at your chosen store.
Note: You'll need to opt-in to receive Groupon emails to get your £5 gift voucher.
For more freebies, see our round-up of Hot Bargains, Deals & Steals.