Costco is a gold mine for bargains. But some deals are better than others.
There are great bargains at Costco — even Morgan Stanley analysts say the retailer offers some of the best deals in the industry. However, to cash in on the deals, you need to know a few secrets.
Here are items that Costco members shouldn’t even think about purchasing outside of the discount chain.
And, if you’re considering becoming a member, these are the discount items that make shopping at Costco worth the cost of membership.
Consumer Reports claims Costco’s house brand, Kirkland bacon, actually tastes better than any name-brand bacon testers reviewed. It’s also much more inexpensive, costing between $10 and $16 for a 4-pound pack — about $1.50 less a pound than the leading name-brand bacon options.
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The Krazy Coupon Lady — experts on Costco deals — reports Costco’s pure maple syrup costs half of what you would pay at Amazon. House brand Kirkland’s maple syrup costs just $0.32 an ounce, compared to $0.67 at Trader Joe’s or nearly $0.56 for Walmart’s non-organic option.
A number of experts, including My Frugal Adventures and Consumer Reports, say Costco is the best place to stock up on such things as extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.