Don’t get me wrong, I love Costco products. But that doesn’t mean I’ll sell my soul to Costco, blindly buying whatever they put on the shelves.
If you’re like me, you pay attention to prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. The hard truth is that some items at Costco are more expensive than competitor prices.
How can this be? The biggest reason you might be overpaying for Costco products is because you don’t realize how much coupons can save you. Costco doesn’t allow coupons, very rarely offers a sale and doesn’t have a store loyalty program. These are all ways that smart shoppers save money on household items.
Download the KCL app so you can learn about deals on household items the moment we see them. And so you can get all the coupons you need to save big money.
1. Don’t buy generic Costco laundry detergent — get brand names cheaper elsewhere.
As long as coupons exist, Kirkland-brand laundry detergent will never be the best deal you can find.
You can get brands like All or Tide for much less per ounce than what you’d spend on Kirkland brand laundry detergent when you combine coupons and Ibotta rebates at stores like Target.
Why bother with generics in this case? Check it out:
Buy 2, receive $5 Target gift card
Use one $1/1 – All Laundry product from RMN
And submit two $2/1 – All Liquid or Mighty Pac Laundry Detergent, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Pay $16.38, receive $5 Target gift card and submit for $4 Ibotta credits
Final Price: $3.69 each, when you buy two ($0.02 per ounce)
Final Price: $14.79 ($0.08 per ounce)
2. Skip Costco Pull-Ups and stack a coupon with a rebate offer instead.
You can save up to $0.10 per Pull-Up when you combine a coupon with an Ibotta rebate at stores like Target, CVS or Walgreens.
This is a KCL stock up price, meaning when you see a price this low, you should try and stock up until you see a good deal again. This way you’re never paying full price.
Use one $2.00/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups Training Pants Bag or Box from SmartSource
And submit one $2.50/1 – Huggies Pull-Ups 18 count or larger (ibotta.com)
Pay $6.99, submit for $2.50 Ibotta credit
Final Price: $4.49 ($0.20 per Pull-Up)
Final Price: $37.94 ($0.29 per Pull-Up)
3. Say nope to body wash at Costco and save 47%.
Newsflash: buying Dove body wash in bulk at Costco won’t save you money.
Drugstores, however, offer savings on Dove. Sign up for Walgreens Balance Rewards program and watch for promotions where you can earn extra Balance Rewards points when you buy Dove. Combine that with a sale price and a coupon and you’ll save up to 47%.
Buy 3, receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points
Use one $3/3 – Dove Personal Wash Products (walgreens.com)
Pay $14.97, receive 3,000 Balance Rewards Points ($3)
Final Price: $3.99 each, when you buy three ($0.17 per ounce)
Final Price: $5.33 each ($0.22 per ounce)
RELATED: How to Coupon at Walgreens
4. Don’t buy Costco’s Sonicare toothbrush unless you like to overpay.
You should only ever buy Sonicare at one store — Kohl’s. Seriously, you’ll save 57% if you listen to me on this one.
Stack multiple promo codes at Kohl’s to get the lowest price possible on Sonicare. You can combine up to 10 promo codes at Kohls.com but four at a time is more common. In this case, you only need one!
Expect a Sonicare deal at least once every couple months. When Black Friday and the holidays roll around, you’ll see a Sonicare deal for sure.
Use SAVINGS for 15% off orders of $99 or less
Final Price: $16.99 each
Final Price: $49.99 each
5. Skip Costco Venus razors — buy them at a drugstore instead.
Drugstores for the win — again. Instead of buying bulk razors from Costco, you’re much better off pairing a drugstore promotion with a manufacturer’s coupon.
For example, look for a sale price at Walgreens and a Balance Rewards promotion where you can earn Register Rewards (use these just like cash at Walgreens). If you can stack these discounts with a manufacturer coupon, you can pay close to a third of the price per razor at Costco!
Buy 1, receive $4 Register Reward
Use one $5/1 – Gillette or Venus Razor System (walgreens.com)
Pay $4.99, receive $4 Register Reward
Final Price: $0.99
Final Price: $1.80 each
6. Do a hard pass on Costco toothpaste and save a whopping 83%.
Buying toothpaste in bulk may seem like a good idea, but it’s so much cheaper to buy it with coupons.
When you’re comparing toothpaste prices, pay attention to price per ounce — not price per tube — since tube sizes vary. Drugstores are the best places to find a toothpaste deal because you can stack a coupon, a sale and a rewards promotion.
Target often has a toothpaste deal too. Let’s be honest, it’s not difficult to beat Costco’s price on this one. Check it out:
Buy 1, receive $2 ExtraBucks
Use one $0.75/1 – Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 3 oz or larger (colgate.com)
Pay $2.74, receive $2 ExtraBucks
Final Price: $0.74 ($0.25 per ounce)
Final Price: $17.49 ($1.83 per ounce)
7. Don’t buy Costco copy paper — buy it on Amazon instead.
Final Price: $4.75 per ream
Final Price: $5 per ream
8. Buy cereal brands like Kellogg’s at Kroger, not Costco.
Couponing rule of thumb: Never buy brand-name cereal without coupons. The end.
You’ll pay half of what you’d pay for Kellogg’s cereal at Costco if you can wait for a sale, coupon and/or rebate app to stack.
Use one $0.75/1 – Kellogg’s Cereal, Kroger Cash Back (kroger.com)
And submit one $0.75/1 – Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereal 14.3-38.4 oz, Ibotta Rebate (ibotta.com)
Pay $2.49, receive $0.75 Kroger Cash Back and submit for $0.75 Ibotta credit
Final Price: $0.99 ($0.06 per ounce)
Final Price: $5 each ($0.14 per ounce)
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