Along with other big-box grocers like Sam’s Club and BJ’s, Costco holds a special place in the hearts of Americans. There’s something about the prospect of flashing a membership card and having access to thousands of items, usually sold in bulk at discounted prices, that makes us undeniably giddy. Not every food item for sale is actually a good deal, but certain items will cost you far less than what you can expect to pay at the supermarket.
Costco’s baby spinach costs about $0.25 per ounce, about a third of the price at Wal-Mart.
Butter freezes very well, so don’t be afraid to stock up on bulk butter at Costco. The per-pound price is a lot cheaper than at the supermarket.
Everything from gourmet artisanal cheese to blocks of part-skim mozzarella is cheaper, ounce for ounce, at Costco than at the supermarket. Just make sure you’re going to use it before it expires!
Two big bottles of cooking spray, enough to last you a year, will cost you less than five bucks.
The EVOO at Costco is both cheaper and better tasting than what you’ll find at your grocery store.
Ounce for ounce, the bottled herbs and spices you find at Costco are much cheaper than at the supermarket. They tend to be sold in bulk, however, so make sure you’re going to use them up within a couple years.
The food sold at the Costco food court is always a pretty amazing value, but nothing beats the hot dog/soda combo. You’ll receive a jumbo hot dog or Polish sausage with your choice of toppings and a 20-ounce soda for just $1.50, a price that hasn’t gone up in more than 30 years. It’s an insane deal.
If you’re tired of shelling out for 100 percent pure maple syrup at the supermarket, Costco sells the cheapest maple syrup around.
Kirkland’s mayonnaise is basically identical to Hellmann’s, but it costs half as much.
The pure vanilla extract at Costco costs less than most supermarkets are charging for the imitation stuff.
The three-pound (minimum) rotisserie chicken at Costco is always $4.99 across the board, which makes it the cheapest you’ll find anywhere. The closest competitor, Wal-Mart, sells theirs for a dollar more, and the chickens they use are smaller! Costco would rake in 30 to 40 million more dollars annually if they raised the price by a buck, but they’re sticking with it, and we’re grateful for that.
A package of 60 sticks of string cheese will cost just $9.99, or less than 17 cents per stick. That’s a huge savings from supermarket prices.
Yet another example of a Kirkland product that tastes better than the competition (according to Consumer Reports) and is also less expensive.