Costco Free Samples: These Are the Secrets to Getting the Best Freebies

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If you’ve ever strolled through Costco you are likely to conclude you can probably create a full meal from the free samples being handed out. From a new holiday snack to a hot appetizer, you can arrive at Costco hungry and leave fully satiated.

Although Costco can be pretty generous with their free samples, it can be hit or miss when it comes to making the most out of your visit. Are there any insider secrets to maximizing your sample game from your membership? You betcha.

If you don’t mind crowds, go on these days

The most crowded day for freebies is Sunday, according to Popsugar. That being said, Saturday and Sunday are the days when you’ll find the most samples being offered. A Costco employee said, “Saturdays and Sundays will always have the most. If you want unlimited amounts of samples and no lines go on a Monday or Tuesday, but there are less to choose from. On the weekends go right around 1 or 2 p.m. because all shifts are out at that time. If you don’t feel like you have eaten a full meal through sampling, you’re not doing it right.”

And load up

Don’t feel like you are at a fancy cocktail party and it is impolite to take more than one item at a time. While you’ll probably get death stares from fellow shoppers if you hoard the entire offering, you won’t get bounced for it either.

One employee said this, according to PopSugar: “Once I was giving out Ferrero Rocher and this 15-year-old took nine trays worth. That was 63 candies and about 50 bucks worth of product, right into his pockets.” Technically, the employees can’t say ‘no’ to you. We can’t say no. It’s worth our job to tell someone they can’t have something.”

Employees want you to do this if you are scarfing up samples

If you plan to devour the tray of cookies or even take a few, give the employees peddling the wares some respect and listen to their spiel. “We are obligated to try to sell our samples to you, not just give them out for free,” PopSugar reports. “If you’re going to take a sample, and especially if you take two, just humor us and listen to our little speech.”

Keep an eye on the kids

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Stay with the kids at Costco| Tim Boyle/Getty Images

While you may want to use Costco sample night to blow off making dinner, don’t send Junior off to fend for his own samples, according to Reader’s Digest. Because kids may have certain food allergies, workers have to clear that the sample is safe with an adult.

Sample sellers aren’t Costco employees

No judgment about your sampling obsession from local Costco employees. Sample employees work for a separate company called Club Demonstration Services (CDS), Reader’s Digest reports. These employees keep the sample area super clean. Plus, employees always use gloves to prepare and serve samples. If they touch the sample without a gloved hand, the sample goes in the trash.

Use your manners

Although it seems like common sense, always thank the seller for the free sample. Employees report that so many folks don’t make eye contact and just shove food in their mouth, according to PopSugar. A little human kindness goes a long way.

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