Don’t get me wrong — I love Costco (and their free samples).

But I also love saving money and finding the best deals known to (wo)mankind.

Here’s a list of things you should never buy at Costco and where to get them for less:

 

1. Don’t buy laundry detergent at Costco — buy it at Walgreens instead.

With coupons in-hand, Kirkland-brand laundry detergent will never be the best deal you can find.

Instead, use the Krazy Coupon Lady app to find the best laundry detergent deals, and stock up when you find a red-hot deal. Recently, we found OxiClean for only $0.99!

  • Walgreens: $0.99 ($0.03 per load)
  • Costco: $14.49 ($0.115 per load)

Buy 1 OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent, 40 oz $3.99, sale price through 5/27
Use one $3.00/1 – OxiClean Laundry Detergent, limit 1 (coupons.com)
Final Price: $0.99 ($0.03 per load)

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Detergent, 194 oz $14.49
No coupon
Final Costco Price: $14.49 ($0.115 per load)

 

2. Don’t buy books at Costco — buy them from Amazon instead.

At the very least, use the Amazon app to price check books before buying them at Costco to make sure you aren’t missing a better deal on Amazon.

Here are some examples of titles I found to be much cheaper when I used the app to price check Costco:

Share: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table by Chris Santos

  • Amazon:
    Digital Book: $19.99
    Hardcover: $20.38
  • Costco:
    Hardcover: $23.99

Ditch the Wheat by Carol Lovett

  • Amazon:
    Digital Book: $9.99
    Paperback: $19.01
  • Costco:
    Hardcover: $20.99

 

3. Don’t buy character backpacks from Costco — order them from Hollar instead.

Keep on walkin’ past the Costco backpacks, and check out the selection at Hollar instead. You’ll easily save $4.00-$9.00 each.

  • Hollar: $5.00-$10.00
  • Costco: $13.99

 

4. Don’t buy printer ink at Costco — buy it from Amazon instead.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a greater value based on size, because Amazon sells the same ink as Costco, only much cheaper.

  • Amazon: $44.08 ($22.04 per cartridge)
  • Costco: $58.99 ($29.50 per cartridge)

 

5. Don’t buy razors at Costco — buy them at CVS or Target instead.

Instead of buying bulk razors from Costco, you’re much better off pairing a Target or drugstore promo with a manufacturer’s coupon.

Women’s Gillette Venus disposable razors, even with a $5.00 store coupon, are still more expensive than deals we see with coupons at Target or a drugstore.

  • CVS: $8.99 ($0.99 each)
  • Costco: $24.99 ($1.43 each)

Buy 2 Gillette Venus Razor, 1 ct $8.99, regular price
Buy 2, Receive $10.00 Extrabucks through 4/22, Limit 1
Use two $3.00/1 – Venus Razor OR Venus/Daisy Disposable 2 ct or larger from PG 4/2
Pay $11.98, Receive $10.00 Extrabucks
Final Price: $0.99 each, when you buy 2

Gillette Venus Sensitive Disposable Razor 14-count $24.99, regular price
-$5.00 instant savings valid 6/29/2017 through 7/23/2017
Final Costco Price: $1.43 each

Check out all of our Gillette and razor coupons.

 

6. Don’t buy toothpaste at Costco — buy it at drugstores like Rite Aid instead.

Buying toothpaste in bulk may seem like a good idea, but it’s actually cheaper (and possibly even free) if you buy it with coupons.

Best part? If you want to buy it in bulk, simply stock up when there’s a six-month stock-up price on it.

  • Rite Aid: FREE
  • Costco: $12.99 ($0.41 per ounce)

Buy 1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz $3.50, sale price through 7/15
Or Colgate Optic White Toothpaste, 3.5 oz $3.50, sale price through 7/15
Or Colgate Max Toothpaste, 6 oz $3.50, sale price through 7/15
Or Colgate 2 in 1 Toothpaste, 4.6 oz $3.50, sale price through 7/15
Save $3.00 Instantly with In-Ad Coupon through 7/15, Limit 1
Use one $0.50/1 – Colgate Toothpaste 3 oz or larger from SS 7/9
Final Price: Free

Colgate Total Advanced Whitening 8 oz., 4-count
No coupon
Final Costco Price: $12.99 ($0.41 per ounce)

Keep on the lookout through our KCL app for the hottest deals, and take advantage of all the toothpaste coupons we have.

 

7. Don’t buy Costco printer paper — buy it for $0.01 a ream at Staples
.

This is hands-down the best deal you can get on printer paper.

Each year, Staples

runs a few sales on printer paper for a penny per ream.

  • Staples: $0.01 per ream
  • Costco: $6.99 per ream 800 ct ($0.009 per sheet)

The last penny deal was through 6/17/17:
Buy 1 Staples 8.5×11 Multipurpose Paper, 500 sheets $7.79, regular price
Buy 1, Submit for $7.78 Easy Rebate through 11/2, Limit 4
Pay $7.79, Submit for $7.78 Easy Rebate
Final Price: $0.01

 

8. Don’t buy body wash at Costco — buy it at Target instead.

Brands like Dove and Olay can be a tad bit pricey when you buy them in bulk.

Instead, head to Target for the best deals and biggest savings. (Drugstores like Rite Aid, Walgreens or CVS are good bets too!)

Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand body wash is $4.99, so why not by name-brand for less?

  • Target: $5.49 ($1.74 each)
  • Costco: $14.99 ($4.99 each)

Buy 2 Dove Body Wash, 22 oz $5.49, regular price
Buy 2 Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 18 oz $5.49, regular price
Buy 4, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card through 7/22
Use two FREE – Dove Men Care Body Wash 13.5 oz larger when you buy (1) Dove Body Wash or Shower Foam 13.5 oz or larger from RP 7/9
Pay $11.96, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $1.74 each, when you buy all 4

Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash $14.99 regular price (3-pack)
No coupon
Final Costco Price: $14.99 ($4.99 each)

Check out all of our body wash coupons we found.

 

9. Don’t buy brand-name cereal at Costco — buy it at Target instead.

Save on the most important meal of the day by stacking cereal coupons with store promotions to score boxes of name-brand cereal for under $1.25 at Target!

  • Target: $1.04 ($0.06 per ounce)
  • Costco: $6.50 ($0.14 per ounce)

Buy 1 Honey Bunches of Oats, 16.5 oz $2.99, sale price through 1/23
Use one $0.75/1 – Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal (coupons.com)
And use 15% Off – Honey Bunches of Oats, Target Cartwheel Offer (exp 1/23) – (cartwheel.target.com)
And submit $0.75/1 – Post Cereal, via rebate app – (mobisave.com)
Pay $1.79, Submit for $0.75 MobiSave Credit
Final Price: $1.04 ($0.06 per oz)

Post Honey Bunches of Oats, 48 oz $6.50 regular price
No coupon
Final Costco Price: $6.50 ($0.14 per ounce)

 

Bonus: Skip buying olive oil from Costco and buy Great Value brand from Walmart instead.

It’s the same scenario in every household: You think you use enough cooking oil to buy the Titanic size from Costco.

In reality, you most likely won’t use it all before it expires six months after you open it.

Buy smaller bottles like the Great Value brand from Walmart (which is the same cost per ounce) — and you’ll actually use it all while it’s still good.

  • Great Value 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 51 oz: $7.98 ($0.156 per ounce)
  • Kirkland Signature Pure Olive Oil 3 Liter, 2-pack: $31.69 ($0.156 per ounce)

 

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