The One Item That Makes a Trip to Costco So Worth It
Get a better butter for your buck.
So it's no breaking news that almond butter is delicious and so good for you. We assume you know why—but let's tell you one more time. Almond butter is a good source of protein and fiber. It helps you feel fuller longer and gives you the hunger-fighting superpowers you need to survive until your lunch break. It's super heart-healthy because it lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad one). OK. OK. We know. You already know these things—but what you don't know is that Costco is about to be your new BFF.
What's worse than getting to the bottom of an almond butter jar and realizing you can't get that one last morning spread in? The mental picture of your checking account shrinking as you purchase that dreaded (but desperately needed) next jar. So before you reach for that new jar of Justin's or Barney Butter or MaraNatha, don't.
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Who knew that Costco's best kept secret is that it is a haven for extremely affordable, healthy almond butter?
Well now, we all know the truth: This glorious 27 oz. jar of almond is only $8.00 at your local Costco. That's literally less than $0.30 per ounce. But the best part about all of this? Plain and simple. Roasted almonds. With only one ingredient, this nut butter is healthier than or just as healthy as any of your favorite almond butter brands. It contains no additional oils—while many other almond butters do. This better butter for your buck is definitely worth a trip to Costco.
(Tip: Buying this at the physical wholesale location appears to be cheaper than buying it online.)
13 Rookie Costco Shopping Mistakes You Should Never Make
Nothing can stop you when you have a Costco membership in your hands. Whether you need to get an industrial pack of toilet paper or a handful of organic tomatoes, your purchase power seems limitless. When we first start shopping at Costco, that feeling of power exhilarates us into shopping at a frenetic pace, but as with many other skills, it takes some time and finesse to master the art of shopping at this big-box retailer. And if you're not careful, there are a few Costco shopping mistakes you can make.
You're probably questioning if it's even possible to make Costco shopping mistakes in a store that's so clear-cut and laid out. This line of thinking causes most shoppers to overspend, but if you know what to look out for, you can save money and time every trip. Whether you are new to shopping at this megastore or just want to hone your buying experience, avoid these mistakes that novice shoppers constantly make.
Roundup Weed Killer
Costco prides itself on providing high-quality products to its customers, but it also takes their health and safety very seriously. So when a California couple won a $2 billion lawsuit against Roundup parent company Monsanto after claiming the popular weed killer contained a cancer-causing ingredient called glyphosate, the company took notice. After receiving over 85,000 signatures on a Change.org position, Costco agreed to remove Roundup—as well as any other products containing glyphosate-based ingredients—permanently from its shelves.
This two-pie variety pack includes spinach and artichoke and cheddar and broccoli quiches. Cook one or both of these egg white-based options for a vegetarian meal that’s ideal for brunch, lunch, or a light dinner. Yielding eight servings each, the quiches can be served hot or cold.
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Costco Adirondack Chairs by Leisure Line, Price $129
Costco sells these Adirondack Chairs for $129.99. Scroll down for photos. I had never sat in one of these chair up until a few years ago. At first glance they looked uncomfortable. Was I wrong! These chairs are wonderful for lounging around in. Costco just got them in stock because I didn’t see them a few weeks ago. These are very popular chairs & rightfully so. They look great on any deck or outdoor area. They are vey durable & easy to maintain. Best of all they are unbelievably comfortable for a chair with no padding. This is the best deal around from a quality & price perspective. Here are a few more details about these Costco Adirondack Chairs……
- Adirondack Chair by Leisure Line
- Color: Gray
- Very comfortable with contoured seat and back
- Ideal for backyards, patios and cottages
- High quality radius-edge finish
- Guaranteed not to split, crack or warp
- Resistant to chemicals like acid rain and salt water
- UV resistant and color stable
- HDPE (high density polyethylene) 100% recycled plastic, resin
- Stainless-steel concealed fasteners
- 0.75″ thickness
- Easy-to-assemble kit with step-by-step instructions
- Dimensions: 39″ x 33″ x 40″
- Weight: 45 lbs.
- Warranty: 40 years (residential)
Costco Adirondack Chair by Leisure Line
These chairs are vey popular. They currently sell them on Costco’s website for $169.99. That’s $30 more per chair for shipping! Make sure to buy them in store if you see them. The reviews are also great too! They have a 4.5/5 star rating with over 500 reviews. The 1 benefit about buying online is that they come in 5 colors: White, Gray, Red, Black and Blue. They also sell the side table & footstool online. I have not seen those in store. I have to mention the 40 year warranty! They must really stand by their product! Before you purchase, make sure to do your research & check out these other HIGHLY RATED Adirondack Chairs online…….
Toilet paper is one of those things you never want to run out of.
It's nice to buy it in bulk and not have to keep running out and hoping it is in stock.
The Kirkland toilet paper is one of my favorites for the quality, size, and cost. Broken down, each roll comes out to about
These are my go-to quick breakfast or light snack option.
These little bites are a perfect fast breakfast item or on-the-go snack. They are filled with rolled oats, dried fruits, flax seeds, coconut, and other ingredients.
I love them because they satisfy my sweet-tooth cravings and are super filling because of the rolled oats and flax seeds.
Each package comes with about 32 bites and costs $9.99..55.
Each package comes with 30 mega rolls and costs $16.49.
30 Amazing Secrets Costco Managers Don't Want You to Know
Where would savvy shoppers be without Costco? The wholesale warehouse club offers everything from televisions to turkey breasts under the same roof. And with competitive price points that most retailers can't beat—not to mention portion sizes large enough to serve a small army—it's easy to understand why the company's revenue in 2017 was $129 billion.
But get this: at Costco, you can get even more bang for your buck. Despite the fact that prices are already practically at the market's nadir, you can still score some criminally good deals, all by deploying a few secret tricks. Don't worry—it might feel like you're committing robbery, but each and every one of these hacks is entirely above-board.
Even if you don't see yourself shopping at Costco enough to justify the $60 annual membership fee, not all hope is lost. Depending on what state you're in, you might have access to some of the store's coveted sections—even as a non-member. For instance: In certain states like California and Connecticut, non-members can shop the store's notoriously cheap alcohol section, and residents in any of the 50 states can easily head to the pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions.
Want to go on an all-out Costco shopping spree sans membership? Ask a friend with a Costco card to help you out. If they buy you a Costco Cash Card (which can be loaded up with any amount from $25 to $1,000), then you can shop at the store just like any member would and use the gift card to pay for your purchase. Non-members can only use a Cash Card two times annually, though, so choose when to make your shopping trips wisely.
Customers might not understand the reasoning behind Costco's seemingly disorganized displays, but that doesn't mean that there isn't any. The company frequently refers to their store layout as a "treasure hunt," explaining that they group things at random on purpose in order to force customers to spend more time in the store and hopefully make more impulse purchases.
Want to score the absolute best deals that Costco has to offer? Stick to the edges and the back of the store and steer clear of the center. Evidently, shelf space on the edges is high in demand, and companies are willing to keep their prices competitive just to stay there.
Costco is so much more than just your regular grocery store and retail chain. For members, one of the many surprising services that the store offers is Costco Travel, a discount travel site that will find exclusive offers on everything from flights to rental cars.
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Yet another perk of a Costco membership is that members enjoy exclusive access to home and auto insurance with Ameriprise at discounted rates. If you're looking for ways to save money, then it's definitely worth checking out whether using the company's discounted policies could save you a few extra dollars every month.
There's no need to waste time cutting coupons before your next Costco trip. Recently, the chain debuted a new feature where all discounts featured in the store's monthly coupon booklet are automatically applied at checkout, so all you have to do is ring up your item to receive the deal—no coupon required.
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For non-members, shopping Costco's offerings via Instacart is always an option. All you have to do is fill your virtual grocery cart with the items you want and schedule a drop-off time, and all of your Costco goods will be delivered straight to your door! Though delivery isn't free and some of the prices online are slightly higher than those found in the store, this is a great option for those who don't want to pay the annual membership fee.
Don't let the allure of discounted goods trick you into buying things you don't need, especially when they come with an expiration date. Unless you have a good reason to purchase 3 pounds of apples and know that you're going to eat your fresh produce before it expires, it's better to just opt for smaller quantities sans savings.
Though the prices at Costco are certainly competitive, they're not always the best ones out there. When it comes to purchasing items like electronics and furniture, it's always wise to check the prices at other stores like, Best Buy or Macy's, before committing to a purchase, as these stores often feature seasonal discounts that trump those of Costco.
Nowadays, movie tickets are expensive (especially if you live in a big city like New York or Los Angeles, where prices can approach $20 at chain theaters). But if you're a Costco member, you can save a significant amount of money on movie tickets by buying the store's ticket bundles and movie theatre gift cards. Their product offerings enable members to see their favorite flicks for as little as $9 per ticket. Yes, for Costco members, it's Matinee Tuesday every day.
There's no need to get upset if you happen to purchase something at Costco, only for it to go on sale days or even weeks later. The store's policy dictates that if you buy something and it goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase, you can bring in your receipt to get back the difference in the prices.
Why this specific number? Though Costco doesn't openly advertise it, they will slash the price of a product if and when it isn't selling well—and when this happens, the price always ends in 0.97.
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Take notice of the small asterisks in the upper right corner of Costco price tags. If you ever see one of these, it means that the product featuring it is being discontinued, and you should stock up while you can.
Don't forget to check out the gift card section when you shop at Costco. Most of them are offered at discounted rates of up to 20 percent, making them perfect as a holiday gift (or just for you to keep).
Costco's number one priority is ensuring that their members are happy with the quality of their products. And because the company is so concerned with customer satisfaction, they offer a generous return policy that once allowed a woman to return a dead Christmas tree. Seriously.
Not a Costco member but still want to receive those famously low Costco prices? No problem. Simply peruse the store's website for the deals you want, print out the pages featuring said deals, and bring them to a competitor that offers price-matching, like Target, to score your favorite items for the same price that members are receiving. Though this might sound sketchy, it's completely legal—and it's a great way to shop Costco without actually shopping at Costco.
If you're serious about your love for Costco, then considering setting up a wedding registry there. Not only do they offer an array of sought-after items ranging from furniture to electronics, but the store's low prices will also allow your wedding guests to save a pretty penny.
Unfortunately, for all the crazy coupon lovers out there, Costco doesn't accept any manufacturer coupons on top of the deals it offers in-store. The company is a firm believer in the fact that it's already offering the lowest possible prices, so it doesn't feel the need to have to accept any other outside coupons.
That secret word? "Chub." And yes, it might feel uttering this word aloud at the meat department, but it's a surefire way to score extra savings. As one Reddit user (and Costco employee) pointed out: "We sell our regular ground beef for $3.49/pound. The way we make it is we take our fat trimmings from cutting steaks and mix it with the chubs to bring up the fat content and increase our profits. The 10 lb. chubs are probably sitting around 5 percent-8 percent fat and only cost $2.99/pound!"
Costco's generous return policy doesn't end with the products you buy whilst shopping at the store. If you are ever unhappy with your membership or simply just don't want it anymore, you can contact the store and get a full refund on the membership fee.
Before you head to Costco to do some major damage, make sure that you're armed with the proper credit cards. For a while, the store only accepted American Express credit cards, but in 2016 they made the switch to Visa. And if you don't have a Visa credit card, you can also use cash, checks, or a debit card.
Several sources have reported that Costco's in-house brand, Kirkland Signature, uses the same manufacturers as the name brand products, even though they manage to offer their goods at more competitive prices. Basically, buying a Kirkland product is buying the name brand counterpart—without paying the name brand price.
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Though the people handing out free samples at Costco don't technically work there, the store encourages said people to allow each and every customer to take as many free samples as their hearts desire.
Costco doesn't keep paper or plastic bags on hand—just cardboard boxes. So unless you want to leave the store with boxes filled with produce and other perishable products, you best not forget to bring your reusable totes.
Health nuts tend to be picky about their produce—and yet, they don't seem to mind the selection at Costco. In recent years, the store has become so well-known for its cheap and healthy goods that it even surpassed Whole Foods as the biggest retailer of organic food.
Prescription drugs don't come cheap, but there are ways to cut costs on medications if you know where to shop. According to one Consumer Reports survey, Costco offers some of the best deals when it comes to drugs—and this matters, seeing as people ended up paying as much as 447 percent more on generic medicines at some of the highest-priced pharmacies compared to the lowest.
Costco might be known for its steep savings on bulk items, but that isn't to say that you can't find savings in other parts of the store. Take the store's food court, for instance: For more than three decades, the hot-dog-and-drink combo here has stayed at the low price of just $1.50, and you can buy an entire pizza pie for just $10.
Costco might not allow any outside coupons, but shoppers can still use rebate apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 to earn some extra savings. When you buy certain products and this is reflected on your receipt, these apps will reward you with cash back.
If you ever hear a bell ringing whilst shopping at Costco, make a beeline for the rotisserie chicken station. This sound means that a fresh batch of chickens has just been put out—and these birds have been known to sell out quickly.
Costco Crispy Cauliflower Review
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. However, I was given a free sample of this product to review. The opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
I’m all for gluten-free, healthy seeming snacks so when I saw the crispy cauliflower at Costco I knew I wanted to try it and review it! I sincerely hoped it would be really good so I could bring it to work to snack on. I didn’t look at the nutrition label prior to purchasing it but just assumed it was a healthy option, I assumed wrong! Today I’m reviewing the Costco SnackYard Crispy Cauliflower!
Ugh. Not good! I couldn’t even swallow one bite. It just wasn’t good. It tasted as though it was laced with green tea? Which I found really weird. The flavor was just awful and the texture wasn’t great either. I had three other people try this and nobody particularly liked it. There’s a ton of other “healthy-ish”, low carb options that taste much better!
I paid $5.97 Canadian for the bag of SnackYard Crispy Cauliflower at Costco.
So the bag is resealable which is nice and if you enjoy the taste of this it makes an easy and convenient snack to bring to work, have at home or enjoy on a road trip.
35 pieces (which is a ton) is 250 calories, 12 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbohydrates, six grams of sugar, three grams of fibre and three grams of protein. This actually ISN’T all that healthy for you! It has palm oil and sugar? And it doesn’t even taste good!
This is a big nope for me! I couldn’t even handle one peice and it’s not much healthier than other snacks.
Cost: 5/10 (not worth any money in my opinion based on taste but it’s not that expensive if you like it)
I buy ALL the meats – ground beef, pork, chicken drumsticks, chicken breasts, corned beef, steaks, pork shoulder, pork loins, etc… So many choices! Plus they have a huge organic selection.
Stocking up on a ton of meat at one time will save you many trips to the grocery store. You can store all of these in your freezer, then simply pull one out to let it thaw the day before you need it.
Or cook up several at once for some quality meal prepping!
Here are my top recipes that use bulk meats from Costco:
The cult-favorite 3-pound (minimum) rotisserie chicken at Costco is always $4.99 across the board, which makes it one of the cheapest you’ll find anywhere. Costco could potentially rake in about $30 to $40 million more annually if it raised the price by a buck, but the chain has purposefully chosen not to — just one of many things we bet you didn't know about this famed bird.