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Costco Membership Discount: $10/$20 Coupon Code

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As of June 1, 2017, Costco will be increasing its Gold/Business annual membership fees to $60 (formerly $55) and Executive annual membership to $120 (formerly $110). Executive membership comes with a 2% cash rebate on purchases (now up to $1,000) as well as some other side benefits. The breakeven point is now $3,000 annually x 2% = $60. That works out to $250 a month.

Existing Costco members can save $5 or $10 by renewing before the rate hike on 6/1. Effectively a little discount for renewing early. You renew online up to 3 months before your membership expiration date. You can also renew in-store before your membership expiration date (I read up to 5 months before but may vary). Finally, you can buy their “Gift of Membership” gift card which costs $55 right now and then save it to renew your own membership when the time comes.

New Costco members can get a $10 or $20 Costco cash card. There are two ways to see this offer. You can google search “Costco membership” and click on the ad at the top, or you can visit this link. Use the coupon codes NHMBASE and NHMEXEC online at Costco.com, or print it out and bring it into a physical store. You should see the following promotional offer:

  • GOLD STAR MEMBERSHIP – receive a $10 Costco Cash Card
  • EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP – receive a $20 Costco Cash Card

By the way, Sam’s Club is also (still? again?) running a new membership deal where a new member pays $45 and gets:

  • 1-Year Sam’s Club Membership ($45 value)
  • $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card
  • “Free meal” = 1 rotisserie chicken, 1 apple pie, and 36 dinner rolls ($20 value)

OhmConnect: Get Paid For Saving Energy One Hour Per Week

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ohmlogoOhmConnect is a start-up that works with consumers and their local utilities to lower energy costs and save money together. Before reading any further, it appears that cash payments currently only work with customers of PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison in California.

During times of high electricity demand, customers will get an email or smartphone app notification that it is time for an “#OhmHour”. During that time, customers will reduce their electricity demand by turning off lights and not using their A/C, heater, or other appliances. The utility saves money by avoiding having to turn on their dirty and expensive “peaker plants”. The utility pays OhmConnect, which in turn passes on 80% to you.

In exchange for your OhmHour participation, the customer will get paid cash via PayPal. Supposedly, you can earn up to $300 a year. If you connect any smart home devices like a Nest thermostat or an electric vehicle, you can earn extra bonuses and also automate your participation. OhmConnect participation is free and does not affect your existing utility service.

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I’ve been a member for a few weeks but it doesn’t seem to be very interesting if you are not an eligible California resident. I wish they would have been more upfront about that. You can rack up some “token”, but it’s not a meaningful activity unless they can track your energy usage reductions. At most, I’d sign up and get an alert if/when they spread to your area.

If you are a California resident and customer of PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison, sign up for OhmConnect here and link your account and get a $5 bonus. Get a $20 bonus after linking accounts + a 1 kilowatt reduction during a single hour within 90 days. Get a $75 bonus if you link, do the 1kW reduction, and participate in 9 out of the last 10 #OhmHour events.

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