Things You Should Always (And Never) Buy At Costco

Jul 9, 2019, 8:34 AM | Updated: Feb 7, 2023, 11:18 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Costco is often a great place to stock up on things in bulk, but it’s not always the most cost-efficient.

According to Money.com, there are some items that can be purchased at far better prices elsewhere.

Never buy these at Costco

  • Meat – You can usually get a better price-per-pound at your local grocery store.
  • Diapers – You run the risk of having your baby grow out of the size of diaper you’re purchasing in bulk.
  • Produce – Buying fruits and veggies in bulk increases the risk of having some of it go bad before you have a chance to eat it.
  • Pre-made meals – Grocery stores usually sell these at a lower price.
  • Baking mixes – Making things from scratch will cost about one-third the price. Buying mixes at grocery stores can cost less using coupons and sales, too.

According to Mashed.com, there are some items Costco carries that you won’t find elsewhere at a better price or quality.

Always buy these at Costco

  • Bacon – Kirkland brand bacon wins taste tests and is cheaper than other brands.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Costco’s olive oil scored high for quality, taste and price
  • Organic Maple Syrup – A Consumer Reports taste test put the Kirkland brand on top of eight other brands.
  • Prescriptions – Costco’s pharmacy tends to have the lowest prescription prices at a brick-and-mortar store
  • Gas – The prices at Costco can be up to 20 cents cheaper than at other gas stations.

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Things You Should Always (And Never) Buy At Costco