Yesterday, I received my $50 certificate; I redeemed it this morning.
The coupon book that came with the certificate does not have $50 worth of coupons, only up to $50 in values (I hope you need glasses). I was somewhat disappointed. There is $3 off chocolate chip cookies, a free rotisserie chicken, free water, and a few discounts off of various products.
I ambled up to the customer service desk and turned over the certificate. The Costco employee had some difficulty with the certificate. I had eight months left to go on my existing regular membership, and they would not refund what was left over from the prorated increase.
I was told if I signed up today, and today only for a Costco American Express card, I would get a $55 statement credit. I did. The credit card offers 2% on transactions, 3% cash back on gas purchases, and ultimately %1 on everything else.
The Costco employee told me to go shopping while she called it in, so I wouldn’t have to wait. I tore off the $3 off the chocolate chip cookies coupon, so I could bring them to the holiday potluck we’re having at work. Total after tax and coupon: $3.99 (42.92% off).
When I got back, there was a line of people she was waiting on and she asked if I could come back later. I was late for work, so I agreed.
It wasn’t until I got to work that I realized I filled out a credit application, gave up my certificate and had nothing to show for it.
Surprisingly, the employee was still working and immediately recognized me. I got the card, temporary credit card, and used the free rotisserie chicken coupon, but not without some effort.
I went to the self checkout line and scanned my membership card, the chicken and the coupon. The light started blinking and it spit out a chit, which I had to take to another line and wait for the cashier to ring it up to give me a receipt.
He waited for me to pay. *sigh*
The manager fixed it and I finally had my free chicken, but not before the employee at the door studied the chicken and marked off the receipt.
Then I was free.