I love Costco. And not just because of the free samples – although there is a 99.9% chance you will find me going to Costco over the weekend strictly for the free samples in hopes that there will be 1. Raviolis, 2. Chips and guac, 3. Pizza, and 4. Anything Mexican.

But in all seriousness, I do get way more out of my Costco membership than just free food and stomach aches.

I’ve been going to Costco since I was a kid. I grew up with three brothers, so my family lived for bulk-sized everything. But now that I only live with my fiancé, people are always asking me why I have a Costco membership for only two people. Well, before I declare my love of free samples, I tell them about the SAVINGS.

No – buying refrigerated food and vegetables in bulk doesn’t make sense unless I’m throwing down at my apartment. But buying a gigantic 36-pack of bottled water? So many more savings than just buying a 24-pack. Buying large packs of toilet paper and paper towels? We’re good for months. Buying a 6-pack of microwavable rice? Necessary – and much cheaper than buying individual packs at the grocery store. And don’t even get me started on the travel savings. Every time I walk out of Costco, I grab the travel booklet and start planning exotic trips to Europe and Bora Bora.

There is so much more to the magic of Costco though. Here are 8 benefits to having a Costco membership that you probably didn’t even know about.