On Christmas Eve, we went to Costco, in an effort to start our year off right in terms of savings. Happy holidays for savings!
I’d say Costco is great for non-perishables that you don’t need to put in the fridge. Even some perishables, like cakes and pies are very cheap and some meat, like the rotisserie chicken and marinated chicken wings are a really good deal. For perishables such as the cakes or 5 pound chicken wings, I usually separate them into single serving portions, put them in aluminum foil and freeze them. They taste just as delicious when they are defrosted!
All along Costco there are a lot of temptations of things to buy, and I’m sure Costco lures many shoppers in with their value prices on things they wouldn’t consume in bulk. I passed by 3 pounds of pistachios for $9.99 and was quite tempted, but only eat pistachios when they’re in front of me. I don’t readily seek them out in the grocery store.
I think I fell in temptation to their tres leches cake though. The price was so agreeable and it looked so delicious that I bought the entire thing. I went home and scarfed down 1/8th of the cake and could eat no more. 7/8ths of it is now sitting in my freezer, waiting for when the sugar craving strikes again. I’ll have cake for the next few months instead of being tempted to buy $5 cake at the hipster pastry shops.
Below are the everyday deals I saw.
Organic chicken – $6 a pound compared to the $12 I normally see in grocery stores or FreshDirect.
Rotisserie chicken – 3 pounds for just $4.99
Chicken wings – 5 pounds at $2.89 per pound of garlic sweet chili marinated wings. So good and I eat about half a pound of chicken wings $1.5 in wings per meal. The frozen wings were $2.30 a pound, I figured the cost of the spices rubbed on the chicken and labor was worth it to just pay the extra.
Charcuterie pack – Chorizo, salami, etc variety pack for $9.99 a pound. Compare at $13+/pound
Prosciutto – $9.99 a pound, compared to $20+/pound at the deli. Not sliced as thinly, but hey just as delicious to me.
Swiffer Wet Wipes – $14.99 for 60 wipes. At .25 that’s a pretty good deal. I could just use paper towels in disinfectant, but over the course of the year I’d save maybe $5, and I’d rather not have to pour disinfectant every time. I choose my frugal battles.
BedHead Shampoo and Conditioner – $16 for the pack (16 ounces+ per shampoo and conditioner)
Philosophy Microdelivery Face Wash (32 ounces) – $33.99 at Costco and $44+ at other online retailers.
Levi’s Jeans – $25
Starbucks Frappuccino – $14.99 for 15 of them. I’ve usually seen these only for $2+ per bottle. Though I advocate drinking cheaper coffee, this isn’t bad for celebration days. Maybe for a nice picnic or when you get to the top of a mountain hike.
Lindt Chocolate – A giant 5 pack of Lindt Chocolate in the best Novelty presentation ever. Imagine getting this as a stocking stuffer. I wouldn’t care it was from Costco — it looks pretty festive. At $2 a bar, that’s a great deal for gourmet chocolate.
Oatmeal – $7.99 for 10 pounds of oatmeal. This comes out to 15 cents per serving for breakfast.
Goya beans – $9.99 for 10 pounds. Usually $1.29 per pound elsewhere. 20 cents or so per serving.
Folger’s Coffee – $10.99 for 400 servings. 3 cents per cup of coffee?!
Green tea – 100 packs of green tea by Kirkland for $11.99. Not bad for 12 cents per cup of tea.
Pocky – 12 packs for $8.99
Manuka Honey – $39.99 for 35 ounces. More than 60 percent discount compared to other brands.
Dairy and Bakery
Organic 24 pack eggs – $6. It usually costs $3.99 each at cheapest at the grocery store (lots of $4-$6+ for a dozen eggs at the grocery store)
Chobani Yogurt – 20 for $13.99
Pumpkin Pie – A little larger than a 12″ diameter, weighing in around 3.5 pounds. $5.99. I could not make a pumpkin pie for nearly this cheap.
Veggies and Fruits
Brussel sprouts – $2.25 per pound in 2 pound packs. Compare at $3+ per pound at the grocery store.
Organic Beets – 3 pounds for around $5.69, all peeled and cooked, over 70 percent cheaper than online.
Items I haven’t seen anywhere else in my region
A whole duck! for $2.99 per pound. Maybe for next Thanksgiving or other holiday.
Tres Leches Cakes – $12.99 for a cake a little larger than a 12 ” diameter.
Food court deals
Chicken Bake at the food court for $2.99. Unfortunately we exited Costco as they closed, so we weren’t able to visit and try it. It does look delicious though, and we’re excited to try it next time.
18″ pepperoni pizza for $9.99. Price hasn’t increased since 1989. Considering how Food CPI has probably at least doubled, this is pretty amazing.
Large soft drink and 1 foot hot dog for $1.5. There’s a great story in their Costco magazine called Order in the Court about how this price hasn’t changed since 1985. Some pretty great deals for me!
Berry smoothie for $2.99. Juice Generation charges $8 a smoothie, and even if I made this at home, it would come close to over this amount given how much fruit is in it.
Items that were not deals
Ribs for $5+ per pound. The grocery store has normal baby back rib deals for $1.99.
Organic Broccoli was $1.99 per pound but I would’ve happily paid for a non-organic version for $.99 at the grocery store, so not sure about this one.
Bread was $3.99 per sliced loaf, whereas some other stores have them for $2.29. I was a bit surprised about this one – maybe I read the wrong sign or something since everything else was cheaper here.
I’m sure there were other things that were deals, but we were only in there for about an hour and I don’t know the price of everything. I’m trying to learn though! If I learn normal market prices of 10 new items every time we go, I’ll eventually be able to see how much cheaper everything is. On average there are 4,000 items in a Costco. They pay their staff above market and it shows – they’re all happy to be there it seems. Also, they get time and half on Sundays (but no extra discount!) so if you’re looking for part-time side hustle or job, consider them! They do pay the people who hand out food separately and less if you’re considering that.
In the end, my delicious CostCo meal cost $2 and was incredibly tasty and healthy. White rice for carbs, brussels sprouts for veggies, and chicken wings for protein. Life is good.
Something I recently started doing is reading the grocery flyer, because how are you supposed to know if something is a deal if you don’t know the original price in your neighborhood? I hear the sneaky ones advertise deals that are the same price week after week because most people don’t read them every week. Guilty as charged.
What are your favorite deals at Costco? Do you have other favorite discount stores?