37 of the Best Things You Should Absolutely Buy at Costco

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Buying bargain items in bulk is what Costco is all about, and the retailer never fails to disappoint its customers with new deals each week. Given the amount of savings shoppers pocket, the annual membership fee quickly becomes worth it for most folks. To make sure you’re making the most out of your shopping trips, we’re breaking down all the best things to buy at Costco. With the rows of products in-store and endless Costco online shopping pages, options can get overwhelming fast. Not to worry though, as we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a complete list of all the best things to buy at Costco. From the famed rotisserie chicken to quality healthy foods and groceries for less, you don’t want to miss out on these Costco must-haves.

Meat & Seafood

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1. Rotisserie Chicken

Costco’s rotisserie chicken is hands down an excellent value. Whether you have a big group to feed or you’re trying to prep meals for the week, one buy can go a long way. If you prefer to place an order along with other groceries for delivery, the famed rotisserie chicken is available via Costco’s delivery service partnership with Instacart. With that said, you’ll have to pay a bit more if you order online — it rings up for $4.99 in the store, but is over $6 online. Still, it’s a solid deal that should be at the top of your list.

2. Bacon

Who wouldn’t want a cheap pack of bacon? Costco’s Kirkland store brand is less than $5 a pound, so step up those breakfasts and never look back.

3. Salmon

Grabbing seafood at the grocery store isn’t cheap. In addition to convenience, buying in bulk at Costco guarantees you the lowest prices, and salmon is the perfect example, with a 3-lb. pack coming out to about $10 per pound. Be sure to also browse through the store’s featured offers so you don’t miss out on any seafood savings.

Produce

4. Organic Carrots

While this may be a comprehensive guide of what to buy at Costco, produce is not typically your best bet here. No matter how big your family is or how often you eat veggies, it’s better to be conservative with your estimates. Fruits and vegetables go bad more quickly than you think, and there’s nothing more frustrating than stocking up and having to throw most of it away. With that said, if you are shopping for Costco produce, stick with must-have vegetables (over fruit) that have a longer shelf life to avoid throwing spoiled produce in the trash every week. Kirkland (the Costco house brand) carrots are a solid choice since they can last for up to a month if properly stored in the fridge. Plus, organic carrots run for just a little over $1 per pound when you opt for the 6lb bag. And hey, you may even get your squad to make the switch from chip snacking to an option that’s better for them.

5. Frozen Broccoli 

Frozen produce is the other exception to the produce rule. “I’m convinced Costco has THE best frozen broccoli,” Liz Shaw, Nutrition Expert and Author previously stated to NBC News. “Convenience is king in my house and these frozen broccoli florets constantly deliver a delicious, high-quality product without sacrificing any nutrition.” Add the vegetable to your freezer for consistently healthy dishes without having to pay a high price tag. The best part? It can hang in the freezer a lot longer than your standard produce purchase, so you won’t have to worry about using it quickly.


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Milk and Eggs

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6. Oat Milk

Milk alternatives can get pricey and oat milk is no exception. But Costco’s lower prices makes it a great spot to stock up. You can even buy some online in boxes of six for less than $12. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this offer and also the two-day delivery.

7. Whole Milk

For those without dietary restrictions, Costco is also known for its low prices on whole milk. If your family goes through a lot of milk, you really can get the most bang for your buck with this option.

8. Eggs

Having to buy eggs, again and again, is the worst. Nobody wants to go back and forth from the store with something so breakable. It’s best to buy in bulk, and Costco has your back with big budget-friendly crates. Hello, Keto diet fans.

Grocery Items

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9. Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu

If you have the freezer space, frozen items are the way to go when you’re buying in bulk. You don’t need to worry about food waste nearly as much and you can stock up when a good sale hits. To that end, check out the Bibigo Beef Bulgogi Mandu. There are always price cuts on this popular item and it’s a quick, stress-free meal you can easily whip up.

10. Hazelnut Spread

Going with the Costco Kirkland brand will almost always benefit you when you’re shopping at Costco. In fact, the products frequently come from the same factories that make the name-brand options. So when it comes to hazelnut spread, forget Nutella and add this two-pack in your cart, instead. Trust us, you and the kid in you will thank us.

11. Cereal

If you don’t open them, cereal boxes last a while. And let’s face it, a bowl of cereal in the morning and in the middle of the night rules. Luckily, you can buy them in multiple normal-sized or individual packs at Costco. Stocking up has seriously never been so easy. if you have kids, brand-name cereal in bulk from Costco is one of the best grocery deals you can score.

12. Snacks in Packs

In the snack department, more is more. Costco has all kinds of affordable mega variety packs that you can have on-the-go. It’s also a great way to try out flavors that you normally wouldn’t have. if you are packing lunches every am, having these non-perishable items in your pantry is a total time-saver.

13. Animal Crackers

Do you have children in your household? Then you need Costco’s Kirkland Signature Organic Animal Crackers. Kids love them, so while a 4-lb. container may seem like a lot, you’ll go through them in no time. Plus, get them delivered to your home in just two days if you can’t make a Costco grocery run.

14. Condiments

Nothing is more annoying than running out of ketchupmustard, Ranch dressing or any other kind of condiment just as you’re sitting down to a meal. At Costco, condiments normally come in packs of two, so you can always keep one on deck in the pantry, thereby avoiding any condiment catastrophes.

15. Eggo Waffles

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for a simple option, stock up your freezer with Eggo Waffles. A pack of 72 is currently available for $3 off, dropping the price all the way down to an unbeatable $8.99. It doesn’t get much better than this. A warm breakfast for all in under five minutes, check.

16. Ramen Noodles

If you’re on a budget, ramen is your best friend. And Costco can get it to you in a convenient 48-pack for less. Currently priced at $10.99, that means each pack is just $0.22. Place your order and get ready to have a cheap meal for many days to come. Another two-day delivery item. Parents, you’re college kids need this stat.

Beverages

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17. Coffee

Even if you’re brewing coffee at home, it can get expensive. Opt for Costco’s Kirkland varieties and watch your monthly coffee spending go down. You’ll get the same amount of beans for a fraction of other brands on the market.

18. K-Cups

Attention Keurig lovers, Costco’s savings on K-cup packs are calling out to you. The retailer has all kinds of flavors and brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Peet’s and more available for the caffeine fiends. Don’t worry, there are also decaffeinated ones to choose from. Single-serve also saves you time in cleanup later and turns your kitchen into a local coffee shop so everyone gets their own custom hot beverages.

19. Starbucks Coffee and Drink Packs

Starbucks products are everywhere at Costco. Minimize your in-store visits, have the same drink at home and pay a lot less, all thanks to Costco. Quit spending hundreds of dollars a month at your local Starbucks, and just add the Costco Starbucks bottles to your morning routine instead.

20. Sparkling Water Including ‘La Croix’

Sparkling water sales at Costco happen quite frequently. From Perrier to La Croix, don’t hold back on treating yourself to a refreshing beverage. Depending on the pack you get, there are also variety bundles available so can experiment with flavors you may not buy on their own.

21. Bottled Water

Are you all about Fiji or Evian branded water? We get it. Some of you may not be content with tap water and Costco can fuel your craving with discounted packs of these bottled water brands.

22. Alcohol

Costco is a great place to stock up on alcohol. First off, you don’t need to be a member to take advantage of the low prices in most states. In fact, most stores even have a separate entrance that all shoppers can enter through to make their purchases.

Home and Office

23. Electronics

Buying electronics at Costco is a solid way to save. The section is regularly filled with discounts that include hundreds of dollars off brand name goods. We frequently see savings on TVs, laptops, smart watches, headphones and everything in between on the Slickdeals Frontpage. If you’re looking for an electronics upgrade, Costco is the place to be.

24. Lawn Chairs

Summer may be over, but there’s no harm in preparing for next year. Deck your lawn out in these fancy chairs and outdoor tables. Costco always has staple outdoor home goods that fit any budget available for purchase.

25. Mattresses

A good price on a high-quality mattress can be hard to come by. Fortunately, no matter what kind of sleeper you are, Costco has a variety of mattress options at affordable price points. Casper and Sealy are just a few of the well-known brands the wholesaler carries. For those on the hunt for the perfect mattress, let your journey start and end here.

26. Living Room Furniture

Furniture doesn’t last forever, and if you’ve had that old couch for years, why not makes moves to get a new one? If you don’t have the means to splurge, we totally get it. That’s where Costco’s living room furniture selection comes in. Not only is there plenty to choose from, but there are tons of discounts available on top of the regular low prices. Take a gander and we guarantee you’ll find something that catches your eye.

27. Comforter Sets

You should consider changing your bedding more often. If price is holding you back, Costco has what you’re looking for. The retailer has a number of sets in different prints and colors that will work with any aesthetic. With colder seasons coming up, there’s no better time to snag a new comforter and sheet set for your bed.

28. Cleaning Products

One thing’s for sure, you can never have enough cleaning products including wipes, dishwasher detergent, all-purpose cleaners, trash bags and more. These supplies are household essentials and it’s best to not run out of them, which hands down makes buying in bulk at Costco the right move.

29. Laundry Detergent

Laundry is a seemingly never-ending chore. So don’t waste time and money buying small bottles of detergent. Costco’s large laundry detergent containers are an excellent value that’ll ensure you’ll have plenty of liquid for many loads to come.

30. School Supplies

A new school year is upon us. Kick things off with back-to-school bargains at Costco. There are timely deals online and in-stores including small everyday items like Sharpies, Post-its and more, but you can also go all out and scoop up a brand-new, budget-friendly desk.

31. Kleenex

Instead of constantly buying $2 boxes of Kleenex brand tissues, get it all at once from Costco and save. There are coupons currently available with discounts of nearly $5 in instant savings. With the temperatures getting colder, there’s no doubt these tissue boxes will come in handy soon enough.

Other Costco Favorites

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32. Travel Packages

Coming up with a travel itinerary is no easy feat, so let Costco take care of your needs for you. The site has a separate travel section that allows customers to book flights, hotels, car rentals and cruises all in one place. Bundling these experiences also provides you with major savings, and there are tons of deal packages with low prices exclusively for Costco members.

33. Gift Cards

Do you have a loved one’s birthday coming up but don’t know what to get them? Some might look down on gift cards as a present, but it gives the giftee the choice to get whatever they want. If so, you might as well browse through the dozens of gift cards sold by Costco that are routinely priced at 20% off the actual gift card amount. Whether it’s retail, restaurants, lifestyle, gaming or travel, you’re likely to find something for anyone.

34. Glasses and Contact Lenses

Do you wear glasses or contact lenses? Costco’s optical department should be on your radar. The promotional offers are stacked, and considering how expensive eyewear can be, we don’t blame you for taking all the savings you can get. There are exclusive member prices and if you really want to save, consider Costco’s Kirkland branded products. As an added bonus, you can also book eye appointments at Costco.

35. Gas

It’s no secret that gas is cheap at Costco. Some people get Costco memberships for this perk alone. If you haven’t filled up your car’s tank there yet, what are you waiting for? The lines may be a bit longer than other gas stations, but the savings more than make up for it.

36. Pharmacy

Don’t overlook the Costco pharmacy. You can conveniently refill your prescription online and have whatever you need delivered right to your doorstep. There’s even a way to check the status of your order right on the site. Moreover, the prices couldn’t be better with significant coupon savings on items like pain relievers. As if that’s not enticing enough, you don’t even have to be a member to buy from the pharmacy.

37. The Famous Food Court

Finally, what’s not to love when it comes to the Costco food court? We suggest taking a shopping break or ending your trip there. You can’t go wrong with the churros, sundaes, pizza, or even the infamous Costco chicken bake or hotdogs. While not one of the best things to buy at Costco if eating healthy is your top priority, but for an indulgence, these bargain snacks are worth the splurge on your visit. If you have a few loose dollars in your wallet, hitting up the store’s food court is definitely the way to go.

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Slick Tip: One of our own Slickdealers pointed out, “A less common item not on this [original] list: Saffron. Extremely high quality and lower prices [at Costco] than Amazon or grocery stores.” Paella lovers, Costco gets you!


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Isis Briones
Isis Briones
Isis Briones is a freelance writer who covers everything from travel to video games, fashion and everything in between. From Manhattan to Muramvya, Burundi, she's also lived all over the world. There's actually no telling where she could end up next, but she's always ready with a carry-on packed for whatever adventure comes her way.

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