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10 Costco Membership Benefits You Didn’t Know About

There are significant upsides to shopping at Costco besides sampling the tasty foods and consuming some great hot dogs. The annual membership fee is one of them. Shop at the warehouse a few times and the membership costs are absorbed. What to know a couple more benefits about shopping at Costco? Here are 10 of the lesser-known benefits you may be missing out on by not having a Costco membership:

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1. Costco has Medical Insurance

Are you looking for new medical insurance for you and/or family? Costco has you covered. It offers competitive rates for its members. For instance, Costco offers small business and personal plans. It is important to read all the details of the plan to make sure the coverage is exactly what you need.

2.Want to Check Your Health While Shopping? Costco has Health Screenings.

We just discussed health insurance in the number two spot of benefits you don’t know about. So, let’s stay on the topic. Costco also offers free health screenings via its pharmacy department. Costco offers screenings for a variety of conditions ranging from osteoporosis and diabetes. For more information about health screenings offered, check the local store events listed on online.

3. Costco has Group Vision Plans and Budget eyewear for Its Members

You have time to shop. That is not in dispute. You often don’t have time to stop for reading classes. Worry no more! There are some great deals to be found on reading glasses at Costco. It is even has multi-pack of reading glasses for those who lose them constantly (we won’t mention any names). If your medical plan doesn’t have vision insurance, once again Costco has you covered. It offers group vision plans for those who need eyewear and eye screenings.

4. Get Need Prescriptions at a Low Cost

You may not know, but it makes a difference where you buy your prescription medications. One retail pharmacy may charge more than a large pharmacy. This means if you go to the wrong pharmacy, you’re going to pay too much. Costco’s pharmacy department is one of the pharmacies that charge less for prescription medications. In fact, the prescriptions may be significantly lower than other pharmacies. Always check with various pharmacies, including Costco, to determine which is the lowest price.

5. You Will Find Unique Gift Sets

You may not know this, but sometimes Costco will package items together in gift sets. The are often available an excellent price. The gift sets include housewares and beauty supplies. They always a great buy during the holidays.

6. Costco has Low Cost Vaccinations for the Members

Costco understands that vaccinations are important to staying healthy. That’s why they are also offered at Costco’s pharmacy. The vaccinations pricing is competitive. So you can find a great deal on vaccinations for the family. If your medical insurance company doesn’t cover vaccinations, get a Costco membership.

7. Love Buying Gifts and Movie Tickets? These are Two More Benefits Costco has.

By the time you buy movie tickets and everything that goes with it (popcorn and drinks), you’ve made a big investment. One way to put the joy back into going to the movies is by buying discounted movie tickets at Costco. In fact, you can save about 25 percent. You can save the same percentage on store gift cards too.

8. Get Your Groceries at a Lower Price

Shopping at Costco can save you a lot of money. When you are there, check out the peanut butter and cheese. You’ll find some great prices. You can also stock up of many grocery items because of the price.

9. Save Money on Birthday Cakes

Some of the most amazing birthday cakes are found in Costco’s bakery department. They look beautiful, taste great and cost less than other bakeries.

10. Get Your Ink Cartridge Refills at Costco

This may be the best tip on the list. Costco will refill your ink cartridges. Take your old ink cartridges into Costco. It will refill them. You can save about 70 percent when you do this (compared to buying a new one).

There is no doubt about it. Costco is a fabulous place to find all your family’s needs from clothing to groceries and auto repair. A Costco membership is definitely a great value with many benefits.

 

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100% Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder Giveaway

Which words from the title caught your attention? Was it 100% fresh beef? Quarter Pounder? Or how about Giveaway? No matter which I think you’re going to like what you’re about to read.

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McDonald’s is excited to announce that they are launching a new 100% Fresh Beef Quarter Pounder! These new Quarter Pounders are cooked to order and are hotter and juicier than ever before. As a dad, I like to think of myself a burger aficionado to some degree, and I already enjoyed a good Quarter Pounder, now they are even better.

So, head on down to one of your local or worldwide McDonald’s locations and try out the new Quarter Pounder. This dad give it two thumbs up, as does mom. Perfectly cooked, tasty, and made to order. Maybe make a little day trip as a family for dad on Father’s Day next weekend.

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There’s a reason I suggest that. If you’re familiar with McDonald’s, they have the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and on June 14 th through June 17 th, Father’s Day Weekend, the McDonald’s Co-op of Metro St. Louis will host a fundraiser to highlight McDonald’s new 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder and Signature Fresh Beef burgers. Each time a customer purchases a fresh beef burger this weekend, owner/operators will donate 25¢ to the newly remodeled Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital near the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Craig Moeller from KSDK/Channel 5 is helping promote the event and if you can you can donate as well. All you have to do is drop your change into the Ronald McDonald House Charities donation box that is located in each restaurant.

Small Change. Big Difference

Here in the St. Louis metropolitan region, all of the 156 McDonald’s are locally owned by business people who care about the community and the lives of their customers and employees. That’s why McDonald’s owner/operators support numerous nonprofits, particularly Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.

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“Small Change. Big Difference” will help pay for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Louis Children’s Hospital near the Neonatal Intensive Care unit that is currently being remodeled. It was  ten-years-old and needed upgrading. St. Louis has four Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, which last year alone served more than 12,000 families at no charge and saw more than 60,000 visits at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Mercy Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

Each family room offers an “oasis” within the hospital so families can access hot showers, laundry facilities, a small kitchen with complimentary snacks and coffee, TV, internet access, toys and games for siblings of ill children, and a quiet area – all free-of-charge and just steps away from their child’s hospital room. These rooms are especially important to the St. Louis community because they serve our local families.

Giveaway!!!

But St. Louis Dad, didn’t you say “giveaway”? That I did, and let’s get into that. For reading my pitch above about supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities I want to offer up some gift cards and other cool prizes.

First up is if you see me out and about, just come up and say “hi” and I will hook you up with a coupon for a free Quarter Pounder, Happy Meal, French Fries, or GoGurt (while supplies last). That’s it, just say “hi”.

The second giveaway is just as easy, all you have to do is comment below with your favorite memory from McDonald’s. I will then collect all of the comments and randomly select four winners to receive a $20 McDonald’s Gift Card! 

The final giveaway will be a surprise mini Happy Meal box with a couple really cool prizes inside! I will select my favorite comment from those submitted for the final giveaway! So share your stories!

All winners will be selected and contacted on Monday June 18th, 2018. Winners will have 24 hours to respond.

McDonald’s provided St. Louis Dad with the coupons, gift cards, and other prizes for the giveaway. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win!

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FREE “INCREDIBLES 2” FAMILY PARTIES

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On June 16-17 from 10 a.m. to noon, celebrate the opening of “Incredibles 2” at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations! Dress like your favorite superhero (no masks or face coverings, please) for a variety of games and crafts, including make-your-own superhero mask* and coloring stations, plus complimentary snacks. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the movie, with admission sold separately. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations and showtimes:http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/family-friendly-films/free-incredibles-2-party.

*Although masks are not allowed in the theatre per Marcus Theatres’ admittance policy, participants will be able to make a superhero mask as part of this activity.

Kids Dream Summer Film Series Presented by American Family Insurance, Value Programs and Kids Parties Provide Options All Season Long

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OVERVIEW:

With summer break in session and blockbuster season in full swing, Marcus Theatres® and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres are turning up the heat at the box office with a variety of family-friendly offerings including value programs, free family parties and the highly anticipated Kids Dream Summer Film Series.

VALUE PROGRAMS:

See this summer’s hottest blockbusters on the big screen, without breaking the bank:

  • Movie Tuesdays: At all locations, see any movie for just $5 every Tuesday. Plus, Magical Movie Rewards (MMR) members receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Student Thursdays: At participating locations, students and faculty can show their ID to see any movie for $6. They can also receive free complimentary-size popcorn.
  • Young at Heart®: At all locations, seniors ages 60 and up can catch any movie for $6 every Friday before 5:30 p.m.
  • Early Bird Movies: At participating locations, early risers can see any movie for $6 before 11 a.m.

With the exception of Movie Tuesdays, an additional charge for 3D, 4DX, SuperScreen DLX®UltraScreen DLX® and IMAX® applies. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for a list of participating locations: http://www.marcustheatres.com/marcus-specials/value-pricing/super-saver-.

There’s no better way to escape the heat than the Kids Dream Summer Film Series presented by American Family Insurance! Between June 24 and August 29, moviegoers can see family-favorite films on the big screen at participating Marcus Theatres’ and Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres’ locations on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. — plus Saturdays in August.
Admission for all showtimes is just $3. Attendees can also enjoy concessions specials, including popcorn and fountain drinks for $2.75 each. Titles, dates and showtimes are subject to change. All titles will be shown in standard 2D only and rated PG in accordance with standard MPAA guidelines.

While the Kids Dream Summer Film Series has a cost of admission, guests can visit their American Family Insurance agent or the series’ website for free tickets courtesy of American Family Insurance. Visit MarcusTheatres.com for more information, showtimes and free tickets: www.marcustheatres.com/kidsdream. The film schedule and participating locations follow.

KIDS DREAM SCHEDULE:

June 24, 25 and 27: “Ferdinand” – Rated PG

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

July 1, 2 and 4: “Wonder” – Rated PG

Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters mainstream school for the first time.

July 8, 9 and 11: “Trolls” – Rated PG

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey full of adventure and mishaps to rescue her friends.

July 15, 16 and 18: “The Lego Ninjago Movie”– Rated PG

Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat his father with the help of his fellow ninjas.

July 22, 23 and 25: “Paddington 2” – Rated PG
Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

July 29, 30 and August 1: “Early Man” – Rated PG
A cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence when Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and turn it into a giant mine.

“Despicable Me 3:” August 4, 5, 6 and 8 – Rated PG

Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

“My Little Pony: The Movie:” August 11, 12, 13 and 15 – Rated PG

When a dark force threatens Ponyville, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to save their home.

“Peter Rabbit:” August 18, 19, 20 and 22 – Rated PG

Peter Rabbit enjoys spending his days in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. When one of McGregor’s relatives suddenly moves in, he discovers a family of new rabbits in his home and a battle of wits ensues.

“Sherlock Gnomes:” August 25, 26, 27 and 29 – Rated PG

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo and Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.

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The St. Louis Gateway Arch is #YourArch This Summer

The St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation invited my family and I down to get an exclusive tour of the new St. Louis Arch Museum before it opens to the public on July 3rd this summer. Getting a sneak peek of the new museum was something that I could not say no to, so I agreed and patiently waited for the details to arrive.

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Once the details were sent we began scheduling and planning our day. First up was some yoga down at Kiener Plaza for #KienerKids! Several kids and adults participated in an early morning yoga session in beautiful downtown St. Louis. With a fantastic view of the Gateway Arch and some yoga getting us ready and focused for the day ahead of us we were ready for our tour. But first we finished up the awesome #KienerKids activities. A long with yoga, there were a few games, the Kiener Plaza playground, and an awesome story teller that was just fantastic at keeping the kids attention with his stories and songs.

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After story time we took a quick restroom break and took a quick walk from Kiener Plaza to the entrance of the museum. A quick introduction from our tour guide and we were in! A really cool feature to the new museum that we did not try out because, well, we didn’t bring extra clothes and we didn’t think it was “open” yet was this little pond like feature right in front of the museum doors. It isn’t a fountain so much as it’s a water feature that kids can play in and view the amazing light reflections that you will see at various times of the day. It was very interesting to hear about and I cannot wait to see it in action.

Upon entering the museum you are immediately able to see it’s open design. There’s so much space AND light!!! Before when entering the museum you felt as though you were entering a bunker and the sunshine stays behind and never entered, that is no longer the case. The new layout and construction now allows for natural light to spread all through-out the museum, removing that claustrophobic feel that was once there. Check out St. Louis Dad on Instagram or search #YourArch to see more photos!

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Wide open spaces, class rooms, and more, the new St. Louis Gateway Arch Museum is worth visiting again and again. There are many great photo opportunities within the museum as well as from the top of the arch.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation has done a terrific job with everything! The path you take to get to the Arch from Kiener is as simple as a walk in the park, no longer are you needing to cross an interstate to get from one spot to the next! The displays within the museum are all up to date and incredible. Kids and adults will have a blast learning about St. Louis, Missouri, and the rest of the mid-west while exploring the numerous interactive features and displays.

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When you’re done learning and playing with all of those awesome features you can easily grab some tickets to the top of the arch and get that 653 feet view of St. Louis. It is breathtaking looking out over the city, or even spinning around and looking across the river and at all of the action happening everywhere. Maybe you can even see my house!

Our experience of the sneak peek tour was worth every second of time spent at the arch. The kids are already asking to go back, especially my little monument fan. She is so fascinated by our nations monuments that she wants to see them all! We can at least cross the Gateway Arch off of her list. She loved it and so did the other kids. I have a feeling my blogger buddies over at AndHattieMakesThree.com, SippyCupMom.com, and STLMotherhood.com all had a great time as well!

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We always have a blast downtown. From Cardinal games to trips to Kiener Plaza and the various parks all around the city. We even got lucky and were able to stop the ice cream man on our way back to our car. The kids devoured popsicles in the likenesses of their favorite cartoons. That left us with just a few more awesome picture opportunities that we totally took advantage of. So not only does St. Louis have some great parks, great museums, we also have some amazing photo spots all over the city. So come on down and check it all out!

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Last but not least, St. Louis Dad and the St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation wants your help!

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation invites the public to participate in the #YourArch campaign, a one-of-a-kind collaborative photo montage to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch and new West Entrance on July 3. Images will be sourced through social media, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #YourArch. Photos can also be uploaded through the campaign’s website, www.YourArch.org.

The crowd-sourced and Arch-inspired masterpiece will be unveiled at the Museum at the Gateway Arch grand opening celebration on July 3. The #YourArch photo call is open to lovers of Gateway Arch National Park near and far, and can include both newly-snapped selfies and vintage throwbacks of people with the Arch and the surrounding Gateway Arch Park. A new #YourArch inspired video launches May 4 as part of the campaign, and captures the connection visitors and St. Louisans have with the monument.

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“The Arch is part of so many shared memories – grade school field trips, an iconic backdrop for stunning wedding photos and those first futuristic tram rides to the top revealing a spectacular view of St. Louis,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “We see millions of visitors, from St. Louis and around the world, taking their photos with the Arch. The #YourArch campaign celebrates that shared pride and awe of the monument and reminds us that the Arch belongs to everyone.”

To enter photos, use #YourArch on Instagram or Twitter (profiles must be public), or visit www.YourArch.org to upload them directly to the campaign. For more information, visit archmosaic.yourarch.org.

About Gateway Arch Park Foundation: The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming, well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. The Foundation is part of an alliance that helps meet this mission, which includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.ArchPark.org.

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