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Looking for more Costco price updates? Start HERE, HERE and HERE, and you may want to check out these prices at Sam’s Club as well to compare.
I was probably most curious about how the prices on paper products would stack up at Costco, and it was interesting to do a little price checking! I think there are some good prices to be had, but like with everything at Costco, you have got to go in with a budget in mind as it is so easy to overspend when you're there.
Their price on Charmin right now is $16.79 for 97 double rolls, and it comes out to $.019/square foot. This is a GREAT price for Charmin (remember to always do the math to find your best price on TP – $.019 is a stock up price on any brand, and Charmin at that price is a great deal!) Without their August coupon the price is $.024 per square foot, which is still reasonable for Charmin (but with the coupon this month it's clearly a better price.)
The regular price on 30 rolls of Kirkland's Bath Tissue is $14.99, which ends up at $.017 per square foot and is also a great price (and I've heard lots of folks say they've been very happy with this brand!) So, not a bad price at all, but you can still do even better (without a Costco membership.) 😉
While those prices are great, if you don't have the option of a Costco membership, you still have an easy way to save. Amazon currently beats their price on Quilted Northern which is on sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free right now. The price per square foot ends up at $.017 per square foot, and it's delivered to you (which definitely comes in handy, and you don't need a membership!)
And, if you happen to subscribe to five or more items in one month your price drops even further because you save 20% on your entire purchase, making it just $.013 per square foot. Definitely the best price, and you would be stocked up for quite awhile! (To learn how to get that price without any store membership, go HERE.)
The price on Bounty Paper Towels after coupon was $15.99 right now, which I think is a pretty good price. (Those coupons really help – so if you're a Costco shopper be sure to take advantage of what their sales are each month! Remember you can pick up the sales flier at the front of the store each month, and don't actually need the coupon to get that price.)
To compare, this week Meijer has 12 Giant Rolls on sale for $13.74 after a coupon, and Target has 12 Mega Paper Towels for $15.24. I don't know the exact square footage on these, but if you head to either of those stores just figure Costco's price per square foot is $.020 with their current sale, but my bet is the prices are even less if you'll hang on for a good deal at your local drug store or grocery. I don't think the price at Costco is bad at all, but am betting you can do just as well elsewhere, and you really don't need a Costco (or Sam's) membership to really save big!
(I actually stocked up on paper towels 3 years ago from an online deal at Staples – I spent $40 and *just* ran out of paper towels last week. Definitely watch PPP for these kinds of deals, because I always post those!)
The deals on Kleenex were definitely pretty reasonable (especially if you don't love clipping coupons and waiting for sales!) Here's the math on those:
- Kleenex at Costco 10 ct 230 each 2300 total = $.0076 each
- Kirkland Brand at Costco 30 ct 110 3300 $25.99 = $.0078 each
At Amazon right now, there's a $5 off coupon on their Kleenex 85 ct pack of 36, which makes it $28.17 when you subscribe and save or $.008 each. But, if you choose to subscribe to 5 or more items per month your price drops further, making it just $.074 each.
To compare at your local grocery store, Walgreens has a 6 pack of 80 sheets for $4.99, and if you use coupons and Ibotta rebate your price will drop down to $.007 each as well. There aren't really any stock up prices compare to this week, so I'm betting your deal would be just as good at a local grocery store with a good sale. It's definitely so worth it to watch your unit price to know if you're really getting a good deal!
I've still got some more price checking to share on diapers at Costco as well as groceries, so watch for more of those later today!