Every time I get my Costco membership renewal notice in the mail, I remember the best deals at Costco that keep me writing that $60/year check.
Here are the best products at Costco.
1. Pure organic maple syrup at Costco is so cheap; I never buy it anywhere else.
Coupons for pure organic maple syrup are few and far between, making deals very rare.
Bottom line? No other competitor comes close. I always buy my pure organic maple syrup at Costco.
- Costco: Kirkland Pure Organic Maple Syrup, 33.8 ounces, reg. price $12.49, or $0.32 an ounce
- Amazon: Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup, 32 ounces, reg. price $26.97, or $0.87 an ounce
2. Cooked Costco chickens are $1.84 less per pound than my local Kroger.
Costco has made a concerted effort to highly publicize its decision to keep chicken prices at $4.99 in order to get you in the door.
They even built a $450 million poultry complex in Nebraska to keep their chicken prices so low. Costco’s cost-per-pound is over 40% less than my local Kroger, making it one of the best buys at Costco.
- Costco: Rotisserie Chicken, reg. price $1.66 a pound
- Walmart: Rotisserie Chicken, reg. price: $2.49 a pound
- Kroger: Rotisserie Chicken, reg. price: $3.50 a pound
3. Buy Kirkland brand applesauce squeezes for only $0.35 a pouch.
The only way I do better is to use an applesauce coupon and find a deal breakdown in the KCL app.
- Costco: Kirkland Organic Applesauce Pouches, 24 count, reg. price $8.40, or $0.35 a pouch
- Kroger: GoGo Squeeze Organic Applesauce Pouches, 4 count, reg. price $3.99, or $0.99 a pouch
4. Bulk spices, like sea salt, are priced less at Costco than other stores.
Spices are one of the best deals at Costco — I often buy everything from steak seasoning, ground pepper to sea salt and cinnamon at Costco cheaper than I can get at other stores.
I do frequently see low-value McCormick coupons, usually offering around $0.50 off. But, even still, the cost per ounce at Costco is much cheaper.
- Costco: Kirkland Pure Sea Salt, Fine Grain, 30 ounce, reg. price $2.79, or $0.09 an ounce
- Walmart: McCormick Fine Ground Mediterranean Sea Salt, 28.25 ounce, reg. price $9.98, or $0.35 an ounce
5. Costco sells Nutella so cheap, I can save one jar just for myself.
Nutella is about 20% cheaper at Costco compared to the next lowest price we could find. However, we do see pretty regular Nutella coupons here at KCL.
And since we cannot use manufacturer coupons at Costco, we often beat the Costco price by using our coupon at another retailer like Walmart.
- Costco: Nutella Hazelnut Spread, 2 x 33.5 ounces, reg. price $13.89, or $0.21 an ounce
- Walmart: Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, 26.5 ounces, reg. price $6.42, or $0.24 an ounce
- Amazon: Nutella Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, 13 ounces, reg. price $6.42, or $0.24 an ounce
6. Red Star active dry yeast at Costco is priced so low, you might want two pounds of it.
OK, normally two pounds of yeast is a lifetime supply for me. But with all the pandemic bread-baking happening, it just might make sense.
Yeast is one of the best buys at Costco.
- Costco: Red Star Active Dry Yeast, 2 pound pouch reg. price $5.49, or $0.17 an ounce
- Amazon: Red Star Active Dry Yeast, 2 pound pouch reg. price $15.99, or $0.50 an ounce
7. Costco organic spinach is less expensive than competitor supermarkets.
- Costco: Organic Baby Spinach, 16 ounces, reg. price $4.89, or $0.28 an ounce
- Kroger: Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach, 16 ounces, reg. price $4.99, or $0.31 an ounce
8. Costco has super competitive prices on organic coconut oil.
At Costco, their coconut oil can’t be beat. And, you can use it for everything (from high heat cooking, butter substitute for baking, to an amazing moisturizer and makeup remover!)
- Costco: Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil, 84 ounces, reg. price $13.99, or $0.16 an ounce
- Amazon: Nutiva Organic, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil, 54 ounces, reg. price $17.99, or $0.33 an ounce
9. One of the best deals at Costco is the Frigo string cheese.
Frigo string cheese usually sells for as much as $0.46 per stick (that’s $5.49 for a 12-pack) at standard supermarkets like Safeway or Kroger.
Wait for a sale at those stores, or shop at a discount grocer like Walmart or Winco and pay $0.22-0.25 each.
Add a cheese coupon to the mix, and you might drop that price down to as low as $0.20 per cheese stick.
OR, forget all of that and just buy the stuff at Costco. End of story.
- Costco: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese Sticks, 60 count, reg. price $13.20, or $0.22 per cheese stick
- Kroger: Frigo Cheese Heads String Cheese Sticks, 24 count, reg. price $7.99, or $0.33 per cheese stick
10. Grab Costco’s Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter for $0.06 an ounce less than Walmart.
Costco’s price on their Kirkland Organic Peanut Butter is significantly lower than their competitors. Buying the Kirkland brand saves you $3.36 compared to Walmart’s Great Value brand.
We do see coupons, so always check KCL for peanut butter coupons before you shop!
- Costco: Kirkland Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, 2 x 28 ounce, reg. price: $9.99, or $0.18 per ounce
- Walmart: Great Value Organic Creamy Stir Peanut Butter, 16 ounce, reg. price $3.92, or $0.24 per ounce
11. Pick up Carter’s blanket sleepers for only $7.50.
After doing some comparison shopping, Costco still comes out with the cheapest price on Carter’s sleepwear.
- Costco: Carter’s Kids’ 2-pack Cotton Sleeper, reg. price $15, or $7.50 per sleeper
- Carters.com: Blanket Sleep Bags, 2 pack, reg. price: $12-20 per sleeper
- Kohls.com: Baby Boy Carter’s Koala 2-Way Zip Sleep & Play reg. price: $16 per sleeper
12. Score almond butter that’s cheaper and tastes better than name brands.
I’m picky about almond butter, but since I’m also picky about getting a good deal, I’ve searched all over for a brand that’s both reasonably priced and tastes good.
Since almond butter coupons are rare, I usually end up paying regular price. Costco has the best taste and best price, hands down.
- Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Almond Butter, 27 ounces, reg. price $7.56, or $0.28 an ounce
- Walmart: Santa Cruz Organic Creamy Dark Roasted Almond Butter, 12 Ounce, reg. price $14.98, or $1.25 an ounce
13. Buy Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil cheaper than at Walmart.
- Costco: Kirkland Organic EVO, 2 Liters, reg. price $9.99, or $0.15 an ounce
- Walmart: Great Value Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 51 ounce, reg. price $9.86, or $0.19 an ounce
14. Grab KIND bars for $0.21 less per bar than you’ll find elsewhere.
Yep, you can just plan to hang on to $0.21 for every KIND bar you buy at Costco instead of other stores.
Especially nice if you’ve got a family that devours them as I do. This makes KIND bars one of the very best deals at Costco.
- Costco: Kind Bars Nuts & Spices, Variety Pack, 20 count, reg. price $19.60, or $0.98 a bar
- Walmart: KIND Bars, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, 12 Count,reg. price $14.22, or $1.19 a bar
- Amazon: KIND Bars, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, 24 Count, reg. price $28.44, or $1.19 a bar
15. Pay less than half of what you’d pay for organic raw walnuts anywhere else.
Need a ton of raw walnuts to make a torte? Costco has got you covered. I haven’t found cheaper raw organic walnuts anywhere else.
- Costco: Kirkland Organic Raw Walnuts, 1.7 pounds, reg. price $11.49, or $0.42 an ounce
- Amazon: 365 Everyday Value, Organic Walnuts, Halves & Pieces, 10 ounce, reg. price $8.99, or $0.90 per ounce
16. You can’t find Similac baby formula any cheaper unless you’re an extreme couponer.
The only way you can get formula cheaper than the price Costco offers is when you combine a coupon or an Ibotta offer with a sale at a grocery or drugstore.
- Costco: Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula, 2 x 34 ounces, reg. price: $69.99, or $1.03 an ounce
- Amazon: Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula, 23.2 ounce, reg. price $28.98, or $1.25 an ounce
- Walmart: Similac Pro-Advance Infant Formula, 23.2 ounce, reg. price $28.98, or $1.25 an ounce
17. Buy movie and restaurant gift cards for 20-30% less than face value.
And Costco along with Raise.com are my favorite places to snatch up future savings with discounted gift cards!
Date night without discounted gift cards is just silly.
18. Car rentals through Costco are up to 30% cheaper than Expedia.
Oh hello there, Very Best Deal at Costco.
It’s not grocery shopping but you can cut travel expenses by booking your car rental through Costco Travel. Not kidding, I’ve never, ever found a cheaper car rental.
Plus you get an additional driver for free, which you’ll always pay extra for when you rent a car through another company.
19. A $1.50 hot dog combo at the Costco Food Court will make you forget how much you just spent.
The hot dog combo is for sure one of the best things to get at Costco.
Costco hasn’t raised the price on its all-beef hot dog and a fountain drink in 30 years.
When you see how big it is, you’ll see the value for just $1.50!
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