The Best and Worst Costco Deals

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WHAT SHOULD YOU BUY IN BULK?

Costco has developed a loyal following, due to the widespread belief that buying in bulk equates to big savings. It’s true that stocking up on some products can be a major money-saver, but not all items in the store are steals.

Read on to find out which 10 Costco deals are the best — and which ones are the worst.

THE 10 BEST DEALS AT COSTCO

A Costco Gold Star Membership costs $55, but it can definitely be worth the investment. The retail giant offers deep discounts on a wide variety of products that can save you a significant amount of money.

Stephanie Nelson, The Coupon Mom, has conducted extensive research on wholesale clubs and offers her expertise on some of the best items to purchase at Costco.

1. DAIRY PRODUCTS
“Although quantities are large, if your household consumes larger quantities within the freshness period, expect to pay 30 percent less than supermarket prices on eggs, butter, cream, half and half, egg substitute and cheeses,” Nelson said. “If your household is smaller, you can freeze butter, egg substitute and cheeses (grated).”

2. GIFT CARDS
Costco sells gift cards for major retailers at 15 to 30 percent off face value. For example, you might be able to score two $50 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que gift cards for $79.99 or two $50 Hornblower Cruises gift cards for $69.99. Whether you need a gift for someone else or are heading to a participating establishment with your family, this is a cost-effective way to save money.

3. FRESH PRODUCE
Not only can you stretch your dollar further while eating healthy, the retail giant also sells organic produce. In fact, the Seattle Times reported in June that Costco has surpassed Whole Foods to become the biggest organic grocer.
“The overall cost per pound is lower than the typical supermarket,” Nelson said. “If you can’t use all of the produce in time, consider dividing the food and cost with a friend or shopping partner.”

4. EYEGLASSES
Get high-quality frames and lenses at seriously competitive prices by shopping at Costco. The retailer topped the charts of a recent Consumer Reports analysis of eyeglass stores.
Plus, the site found that Costco shoppers spend a median of $186 per pair on glasses while prices average around $300 at independent retailers, private physicians and specialty stores.

5. BAKING INGREDIENTS
“You may not be able to use a 25-pound bag of flour or have the storage space, but you can save dramatically on baking items such as chocolate chips, vanilla extract, basic spices, nuts, vegetable oils, evaporated milk and especially baking yeast,” Nelson said.
She noted that you can save up to 80 percent off supermarket prices on items such as yeast and extracts by shopping at Costco.

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Source: GoBankingRates | Laura Woods

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