5 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Be Buying From Costco
Bigger isn't always better, and some items sell for way cheaper at the supermarket than the warehouse.
As this story from the business web site Kiplinger.com explains, “Many supermarkets use soda as a so-called loss leader, which is a product that’s sold below cost to draw people into the store. The presumption is that the loss on the soda sale will be more than made up for by shoppers’ other purchases.”
Instead of buying soda in bulk at Costco, buy it in bulk at the grocery store when it’s on sale. Expect deep sales around the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Super Bowl Sunday. Check your local Sunday paper for coupons, and don’t miss any two-for-one deals happening in the store.
Now that you’re saving on soda, maybe look at purchasing the most expensive things you can buy at Costco.
Many Costco shoppers might guess that stocking up on toilet paper is one of the best ways to save money. In fact, you might get a much better deal at your local supermarket or Target.
A 45-count package of Cottonelle Ultra sells at Costco for around $28.99, while Reader’s Digest found a 36-count package of Cottonelle Ultra at Target for $16.99. Per roll, that’s a 17-cent savings at Target.
According to Consumer Reports, Costco’s Kirkland Signature facial tissues were just “so-so” compared to other tissues on the market. Their winner? Puffs Basic, which retails for the same price and ranked higher in strength and softness.
Gel Dishwashing Detergent
Again, Consumer Reports found you can get more bang for your buck elsewhere. “With an overall score of 34, the Kirkland Signature Gel is one of our lowest-rated detergents,” according to CR. “It struggled with dishes, pots and pans, and resistance to water spots.” Instead, they recommend the Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs.
Fruits and Veggies
Obviously, many families will struggle to eat 24 apples before they go bad. But another thing to think about is seasonal pricing — supermarkets and fruit stands are more likely to drop prices depending on what’s in season. Bulk stores, however, tend to offer the same prices year-round.
Up next, learn how to shop at Costco without a membership.