Let me start out by telling you that I really do like shopping at Costco.
Don’t believe me? Here’s proof.
However, as I walk through Costco watching shopping carts loaded down with way too many way too expensive items, it’s all I can do to hold myself back before diving into a dissertation on how shoppers might just blindly be spending too much.
So, to keep myself from attacking an unsuspecting Costco shopper, I’ll just go ahead and air out my frustrations right here.
(I might even just print this list off to politely hand to those poor Costco shoppers before they overspend. ‘Cause you know, I’m nothing but helpful.) 😉
If you love shopping Costco I totally understand, but really want you to know you’re getting a good price before mindlessly purchasing everything on the shelves. For whatever reason, there’s something in every Costco store that just makes you want to buy big and buy a lot while you walk up and down the aisles enjoying their free samples.
I’m determined to teach you what things you should buy there, and what things you should just pass on by (because you really do have stellar self control.)
You can do this.
Okie dokie, here we go. 7 things you should never (ever, never) buy at Costco.
This is by far my biggest frustration when shopping Costco or Sam’s Club. The prices on cereal at these stores is just high, and these items go on sale at least once a month (if not more frequently) at your local grocery store.
This week you can pick up a large 20 oz. box of Honey Nut Cheerios for $2 at Kroger after their e-coupons, making them $.10 per ounce compared to the Costco price of $.145 per ounce. You’ll pay 1/3 less just for clipping an e-coupon and waiting for a sale (which means that big box of Honey Nut Cheerios should be priced at just $5.32 at the grocery store!)
2. Smucker’s Uncrustables.
Okay, honestly folks, you can make a pb&j sandwich for next to nothing (these pre-made sandwiches cost a whopping $.61 a piece even at Costco.) If you want a little extra convenience you can make them yourself for around 19¢ per sandwich, or if you just absolutely have to buy them, stock up when you find a better price on sale at your local grocery store.
3. Potato Chips.
Chips typically cost about $.21 per ounce at Costco, but a decent sale at your local grocery store will drop them down to around $.17 per ounce, and if you’re lucky enough to have a coupon you can save even more.
4. Costco Ice Cream
When I first tried out Costco last September they gave me a few freebies including 2 half gallons ice cream which regularly cost $10.99. Folks, to me that price just seems nuts (it was for their regular vanilla) and comes out to $.08 per ounce.
To compare, Kroger sells their party pail ice cream with 128 ounces for $3.99 or $.03 per ounce, and ice cream frequently goes on sale at your regular grocery store for less than the Costco price.
5. Kirkland’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast.
Right next to each other at Costco sit the Kirkland’s brand boneless skinless chicken breast and the Perdue brand, and the Perdue price comes is much cheaper. Here’s the price breakdown:
- Kirkland’s Brand $17.99 for 6.5 pounds = $2.76/lb.
- Perdue Brand $23.99 for 10 pounds = $2.39/lb.
My stock up price on boneless skinless chicken breast is around $1.97/lb, but I don’t think the Perdue price is all that unreasonable. However to pay almost 40¢ extra a pound for the Kirkland brand seems crazy to me!
(That being said, if you’ve tried the Kirkland brand and think it’s way better than the Perdue brand, leave a comment to share.)
Here’s the price breakdown on Huggies Diapers and Pull Ups at Costco, Sam’s Club and Amazon:
- COSTCO: Huggies Little Snugglers Size 1, 192 count $37.49 = $.195 per diaper
- SAM’S CLUB: Huggies Little Snugglers Size 1, 204 count $39.98 = $.195 per diaper
- AMAZON: Huggies Little Snugglers Size 1, 216 count $34.74 when you clip the $2 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save = $.17 per diaper
NOTE: if you love Kirkland brand diapers those are on sale this month for an extra $4 off, dropping them down to $25.99 for 174 size 2 diapers, or $.149 per diaper. Not a bad price while they’re on sale, but definitely do the math and make sure they’re worth it for you!
7. Copy Paper.
Staples, Office Max & Office Depot frequently put copy paper on sale, and you can often get it free after rebate. If you’re a large business that wants to stock up picking it up at Costco may be worth it for you, but for the average user hang on and wait for a deal at the office supply stores.
And here’s the one thing that actually surprised me and you maybe should pick up at Costco when you’re there. (I figured it was worth including so you all know I really do like Costco!)
The small bags (6.6 ounce) of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish regularly go on sale for $1 at many grocery stores, but there are hardly ever coupons on these. This comes out to $.15 per ounce which is the exact same price Costco has them for everyday, and this month (ending 8/30/15) you can actually get them at Costco for $.112 per ounce while they’re on sale.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Costco prices ~ leave a comment to share!
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