My sis and I share the membership (2 families) and the yearly fee is covered by the annual rebate we get back. Some stuffs are cheaper than your average grocery stores some are not. Some are cheaper because you buy in bulk but can be more expensive if you don't finish in time and they go bad...I guess it really depends wether Costco is a good deal or not differ base on circumstances.
You don't need a membership to come into the store as they really dont enforce that part of it. They only really check when you check out at the register so it is easy just to go in and look around but the issue is you cant buy anything. The food court is open to everyone it seems.
I remember I read from somewhere that shopping at Costco is a symbol that you are a middle class family in North America.
I think it depends on the location of costco you go to.. Theres one time a friend of mine went to a costco foodcourt to buy food. the cashier at that time asked if she had a costco card with her. She said no and she wasnt able to buy food. However, when she went with me to another costco location, she went to the foodcourt and she never had to show her costco membership.
The same with the pharmacy, I think its just good to have it on hand.
I never got the appeal of paying to do business with a store. If my money is not good enough for you the guy next door will gladly take it.
The guy next door sure will........... but, he will take more of it.
You can definitely use the pharmacy for prescriptions without the Costco membership you have to tell them at the door you're dropping or picking up