Costco Wholesale is an excellent resource for finding amazing deals on food, electronics, outdoor supplies, clothing, etc. Yet, many people don’t know how to take advantage of these deals.
This blog post will discuss the best way to use deals at Costco to get the most bang for your buck!
How to Get the Most Out of Costco Wholesale:
Becoming a member is the best way to get the most out of Costco Wholesale. Members have access to all the deals that Costco offers. We’ve compared the pros and cons of membership and feel it’s worth the cost in a few visits.
You’ll enjoy all kinds of perks from exclusive auto and tire center discounts, travel deals, in-store samples and demos, a generous return policy, Kirkland signature products, and more.
Additionally, knowing the best time to shop at Costco is essential. During Covid-19, Costco altered its store hours. This allowed first responders and seniors early shopping hours. Costco is now back to regular operating hours.
The best time to shop is early in the morning or late at night before closing when the store is not as crowded. This will allow you to browse through the items without feeling rushed.
Also, to take advantage of Costco Wholesale’s weekly ads. Instant savings are in the front of the store, emailed, or on their website. Utilizing these promotions and services like ibotta, you can double your savings.
If you’re not a member, there are still ways for you to take advantage. First, you can use the Costco Shop card. There is a life hack you may not know of; nonmembers have access to the food court. One of the best deals in town for a Pizza is Costco’s XL 18″ for $9.99. You also have access to the Pharmacy and Vision Department.
Best Deals to Buy at Costco
- Ready-to-eat Food
Kirkland Whole Rotisserie Chicken- $4.99
Members rave about Costco’s Chicken. It’s always been $5, one of Costco’s most purchased food items. These Rotisserie chickens taste great and offer many meal opportunities for the price.
Food Court 18″ Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza $9.99
A fantastic deal compared to other Pizza chains. You can call the Costco Food Court and place an order for pickup or at the kiosks in-store. An excellent option for large family dinners, parties, or a movie night.
Street Taco Kit 12pk $15
Taco night is an easy solution that can feed lots of hungry bellies. This Street Taco Kit includes everything you need for 12 small tacos; 12 tortillas, seasoned grilled chicken, shredded cheese, cabbage, lime wedges, salsa, and cilantro lime cream. Just warm up the chicken, and warm the tortillas!
Costco Chicken Pot Pie $18
Have dinner again, and again, and again. This is one of those meals you’ll want to freeze because this is seriously one of the largest pot pies I’ve ever seen and filled with delicious rotisserie chicken, fresh veggies, and a golden-brown crust. It’s a Costco-sized dinner but worth it if you get a few meals out.
- Frozen Food
Kirkland Frozen Chicken Tenderloins $20
One of the most cost-effective ways to supply an easy protein for meals is Kirkland frozen chicken tenderloins. These are boneless, skinless, and individually flash frozen tenderloins in a 6lb bag that can last families quite a few meals. I’ve used these for plenty of meals and often buy a bag.
Frozen Fruit & Vegetables $16
If your produce often goes terrible or needs them for smoothies, frozen fruit & vegetables at Costco are a great option. They usually come in various frozen blends or large bags with quality organic produce that is more cost-effective than buying it fresh individually.
Tropical fruit blends, Veggie medley, Stir-Fries, and more.
They are dorm-friendly, kid-friendly, and taste great in the air fryer. If these are welcome appetizers in your home, I’d consider buying them at Costco. Pair them with your favorite Marinara. We love Rao’s.
Check your local Costco to see what brand they carry here.
Bibigo Frozen Dumplings $10
One of my favorite simple appetizers to throw in the pan or air fryer. The flavor is excellent, and the price is often around $10 or less when it’s on sale.
- Canned Foods
Albacore Canned Tuna
Grab an affordable and straightforward protein for a great price in bulk. Tuna in cans has a great shelf life and is versatile throughout numerous recipes. Members have liked Costcos canned Tuna selection and quality.
For the best price, grab the Kirkland Signature Albacore Tuna.
Kirkland Canned Chicken Breast 12ct $15
Stock up on chunk chicken breast that goes great in chicken salad, tacos, soups, and more. Costco has excellent quality chicken, and this one is another no-brainer for canned foods.
Chicken Broth 12ct $10
Another simple pantry staple. Chicken broth is widely available at Costco and often comes with a dozen or so for $10. You could also add packaged ramen to this area. The nong shim ramen bowls are fantastic.
- Snacks / Drinks
Welches Fruit Snacks 90ct $15
A classic snack that kids and adults love. Stock up on Welches Fruit Snacks for lunches with 90 in each box.
Utz Crunchy Pub Mix $8
Great for munching during a movie or game. This Utz Crunchy Pub Mix is great with beer or backyard grilling. Of course, you’ll always be able to find these at Costco.
Nabisco Cookie and Cracker Variety Pack 40ct $12
Get a good mix of your favorite cookies and crackers in one box. Ritz Bits, Oreos, Nutter Butters, and Chips Ahoy.
This is a big one you don’t want to miss. Costco has fantastic prices on its assorted nuts. Cashews, Almonds, Mixes. It’s all here. Nut lovers will go nuts. You’ll often find their selection in the middle of the store towards the front. They do sell some online as well.
- Paper Goods
Kirkland Paper Towels 12ct 160 sheets $20
Stock up on paper towels for messes and cleaning up around the house. Costco is an excellent resource as people often grab their name-brand paper goods.
Your usage may vary, so if you go through them, I’d advise against buying them and suggest hand towels instead.
Kirkland Toilet Paper 30ct $18
There was a mild uproar within the Costco Fanclub regarding how Kirkland Brand toilet paper decreased the sheet count and increased the price.
However, most members still feel this is a solid buy for the bulk amount. Regardless, it’s still 36 rolls and 231 sheets.
Paper Plates 186ct $20
Great for those who don’t have the space for dishes or family gatherings and parties. Sometimes certain meals and things, it’s easier to use a paper plate you can discard.
When you are hosting a party, Costco has affordable party-themed paper plates.
Post It Notes / Notebooks
A fantastic resource for those who work in offices, as teachers, or at home. They always sell a post-it notes pack with 24 packs. It’s often around $10 and worth it.
Also, consider Costco for school supplies like notebooks, pens, pencils, and markers. For example, you can take advantage of a 12-pack of Mead Notebooks for about $13.
- Cleaning Supplies
Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Pack 4pk $14.99
One of my favorite cleaning products has been available at Costco in the past. Pick up a four-pack for about $15. Just an excellent general all-purpose cleaner that smells great.
Lysol Disinfectant Spray 3pk $15
Simple disinfectant spray that may be useful for some households or offices. These can be costly individually. So, the point is to stock up on a cleaning agent you’d likely use a lot. It covers more surface area to clean and costs you less.
Kirkland Dishwasher Detergent Pacs 115ct $10
If you have a dishwasher, Costco has its brand of Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, which is a great price. Alternatively, you can opt for the Dishwasher Liquid, which runs for about the same price or less.
Kirkland Laundry Detergent 146 loads 194oz $20
Stock up on laundry detergent. This is a great one, especially if you can find them in the weekly sale. You don’t have to opt for the Kirkland brand, but it’s a great price, and I understand if you’d instead use Tide or Persil.
Costco Wholesale is a great place to find amazing deals. Following the tips in this blog post will surely get the most bang for your buck! Happy shopping!
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