17 Foods You Should Always Buy at Costco from 17 Foods You Should Always Buy at Costco Slideshow

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17 Foods You Should Always Buy at Costco
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17 Foods You Should Always Buy at Costco

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.

Baby Spinach
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Baby Spinach

Costco’s baby spinach costs about $0.25 per ounce, about a third of the price at Wal-Mart.

Bacon

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Bacon

Not only did Consumer Reports find that the bacon sold under Costco’s store brand, Kirkland Signature, tastes better than most other brands, it’s also about $1.50 cheaper per pound than the competition.

Booze

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Booze

Top-shelf booze is usually a lot cheaper at Costco than the liquor store, and in some states you don’t even need a membership to purchase it.

Butter

Butter

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.

Canned Goods

Canned Goods

If you’re okay with buying whole cases of canned goods, when the math shakes out, the individual cans in those packs are a lot cheaper than you’ll find at the supermarket.

Cheese
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Cheese

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!

Cooking Spray
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Cooking Spray

Two big bottles of cooking spray, enough to last you a year, will cost you less than five bucks.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The EVOO at Costco is both cheaper and better tasting than what you’ll find at your grocery store.

Herbs and Spices
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Herbs and Spices

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.

Hot Dog and Soda

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Hot Dog and Soda

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.

Maple Syrup
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Maple Syrup

If you’re tired of shelling out for 100 percent pure maple syrup at the supermarket, Costco sells the cheapest maple syrup around.

Mayo
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Mayo

Kirkland’s mayonnaise is basically identical to Hellmann’s, but it costs half as much.

Pure Vanilla Extract
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Pure Vanilla Extract

The pure vanilla extract at Costco costs less than most supermarkets are charging for the imitation stuff.

Rotisserie Chicken

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Rotisserie Chicken

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.

String Cheese
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String Cheese

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.

Vanilla Ice Cream
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Vanilla Ice Cream

Yet another example of a Kirkland product that tastes better than the competition (according to Consumer Reports) and is also less expensive.

Wine

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Wine

Costco tends to have some pretty decent bottles available in the six-to-nine-dollar range; they’re of a much higher quality than the cheapest bottles at your local wine shop.

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