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Wondering what NOT to buy at Costco? We're sharing 7 items you should never buy at Costco to help you shop smart and save big on your grocery budget!
Wondering what NOT to buy at Costco?
First, let me start out by telling you that I really DO like shopping at Costco.
Don't believe me? Here's proof of what I LOVE to buy at Costco.
However, as I walk through Costco watching shopping carts loaded down with way too many way 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 to buy at Costco, 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 NOT to 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.
Kleenex in general has gone up in price but Costco is $21.49 for 12 packs which comes to $1.79 per box. Amazon sometimes has Kleenex for as low as $1 – $1.25 per box
Most stores Kleenex go on sale for $1.25 per box or the Dollar Tree has tissues for $1.25 a box as well.
A lot of times you can snag condiments BOGO at Publix or Mega Sale prices at Kroger for a fraction of the price at Costco. For instance Heinz pictured above is 10¢ an ounce and right now at Publix is it 5¢ per ounce. Mostly all condiments go on sale at any store and sometimes you can combine coupon or rebate plus sale price which makes it a lot less than Costco.
4. Costco Ice Cream.
When I first visited Costco a few years back, they gave me a few freebies including 2 half gallons of Kirkland Super Premium Signature ice cream which regularly cost $12.99. Folks, to me that price just seems nuts (it was for their regular vanilla) and comes out to $.10 per ounce.
To compare, Kroger often sells their Deluxe Ice Cream 48 ounce containers as part of their Buy 5, save $1 promotion where they end up being just $1.99 when you buy five. That ends up being under $0.04 per ounce for deluxe ice cream! Plus, frozen treats frequently go on sale at your regular grocery store for less than the Costco price (especially during the summer!).
5. Kirkland Chicken Breast.
Everybody loves the Costco chicken in the rotisserie section, but be careful about the Costco frozen chicken breast! Right next to each other on the freezer aisle sit the Kirkland's brand boneless skinless chicken breast and the Perdue or Tyson brand (depending on where you live).
- Kirkland's Brand Boneless Chicken Breasts – $3.49/lb
My stock up price on boneless skinless chicken breast is around $1.99/lb, but I don't think the Perdue price is unreasonable with prices these days. However to pay almost $1.50/lb extra a pound for the Kirkland brand seems crazy to me! (As I write this Kroger has Heritage Farm Chicken Breasts for $1.77/lb). **This price may vary depending on where you live and what the current market conditions are too – buyer beware!**
If you love Perdue chicken but don't have a Costco nearby, check out this online Perdue chicken breast deal – we love their chicken!
UPDATE: This is still an option if you'd like chicken sent directly to your home – however their prices do tend to vary a bit depending on what specials they're running!
6. Capri Suns
Capri suns run $2.50-$3 per 10 pk at most stores on sale. Costco runs $3.44 per 10 pk.
7. Coke/Pepsi Products
Coke and Pepsi prices are so crazy high and are never on sale at Costco. On average Coke is 48¢ per can or Pepsi is 46¢ per can.
On average stores have sales as low as 30¢ – 35¢ per can at most stores and even less around holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day and any major holiday. We also list Coke and Pepsi on sale each week with a roundup of where to get the BEST deals!
Now here's the one thing that actually surprised me that you should pick up at Costco when you're there (if your kiddos eat them). 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-$1.25 at many grocery stores, but there are hardly ever coupons on these. This comes out to as low as $.15 per ounce which is the exact same price Costco has them for everyday. And these often go on sale at Costco, so be sure to stock up when they do – you'll pay even less (just $.11/ounce)!
There you have it! Do you agree or disagree with this list? Let us know!
Debating a Costco Membership Deal?
If you've been considering signing up for a Costco membership but wondering about the cost, benefits, and whether it's worth it or not, don't worry! We share everything you need to know right HERE, as well as the best Costco membership deals and prices that you can get right now.
My general rule of thumb when shopping Costco is to purchase primarily whole food items when I'm there (nothing processed), and you really can save on some things. If you have time to really shop the sales ads and clip a few coupons, I still think your very best prices will always be the grocery store, but there are some deals to be at Costco too! Go HERE to see 15 items more you should buy at Costco.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Costco prices ~ leave a comment to share!
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