This is the part two of my video of Costco Shopping, series things you should and shouldn’t buy at Costco. Thousands of you comment and tell me that you want me to do this video, so we’re going to add more things to our list of things you should and shouldn’t buy at Costco, so you can save the most money.
Before we get started, I need to add a little disclaimer, this video is to help you know what kind of price points to look for. Obviously, if you think the quality of something at Costco is better than that in your grocery store, you might be willing to pay more money for it. So it’s like a comparison video to help you know what things you should be buying at Costco, what things you should be buying to the grocery store. But quality or your preference is going to trump a price if your budget allows. So I want to make sure that I made that clear before we go into the video, and if you have not seen my first Costco video with 25 different things you should and shouldn’t buy, I’m going to link you to that at the end of this video, so you can catch up.
Let’s talk about cheese pieces which are good deal at cost. So typically I like to buy my cheese, it’s shredded or slice or block for a dollar. When we go to grocery stores, we may find that they don’t always do this, so I’m fine with $1.99 for every 8 ounces, and I think it is a great deal. The shredded cheese version of the Chile’s is the same great stock up price, which is less than$1.67 per 8 ounces, in a huge bag of 5 pounds of cheese, so make sure you need that much.
Costco is my favorite dishwasher detergent, which is 9 cents per tab, this is like the same price as Amazon’s crazy subscribe promotions, but you can get it here at that price anytime. They have a manufacturer’s rebate, so it’s a great deal. There are many different versions of laundry detergent, and it’s hard to know whether you’re getting a great deal or not. I’m going to give you a little tip when it comes to laundry detergent, every tide is different too, so look at a price per wash load that will totally help you out, for me anything that’s 19 cents or lower is what I will buy. So for example, this would be the one I advise, it’s a great deal of stock up price, it has a manufacturer rebate which is 13 cents a load. So I suggest that the laundry detergent at 19 cents per load is the deal price, you’ll also notice that you can get a better deal on other brands.
So 13 cents with gain and 10 cents a load for all, although it’s in the wrong section. Now they’re moving into summer, $19.99 life jacket at Costco is a great deal for the kids or for the infant ones. They also have great prices on the older kids and adults, this is where we always get our life jackets because they are the cheapest prices.
I want to take a timeout for a minute and answer the question, how do I know that these places are good? I used to run a deal blog or money-saving blog for six years, I was aware of what kind of crises are out there, what the great prices are, what the bad prices are, what kind of deals are being offered all the time. I have a lot of knowledge so I thought it’d be a good idea to put in a Costco video, because everyone likes to shop at Costco. But since the prices are raising this year, do you know there are raising prices on the membership? I want you to know whether it was worth it or not to keep your membership and what things you should be buying, here are the things I advise you to buy.
Let’s talk about Disney DVDs and new releases, and Costco usually has the best prices or matches the best prices on those new release DVDs. They have special manufacturer rebates on some DVDs, so it is a good idea to check Costco before you purchase anywhere else, unless you’ve done like a pre-order somewhere. And in that case, pre-orders are going to be cheaper than what you’ll find at Costco.
So let’s talk about Gatorade, because I know it’s easy to buy at Costco. This is one of the times when you might be tricked, you’ll notice that the Gatorades here says 45 cents a bottle, which you think is a great price until you realize 45 cents a bottle is for the 16.9 ounces, not the 32 ounce bottles.
The big stores like Kroger and Smith’s and all those grocery stores do a sale for Gatorade and Powerade for about 50 cents for the 32 ounce bottles a couple of times a year. So that is the place you want to stock up, you will not want to buy them here at Costco unless you’re in a pinch. When it comes to bottled waters, Costco is the place to buy it, they charge for $6.99 for 80 pack. And as you know, typically most grocery stores charge for $1.99 for 24 package, which means 10 cents per bottle of water, this ends up being a half cents per bottle of water. So it is a great place to get your water.
Obviously with everything I’ve been talking about today, it comes down to convenience. So if it’s convenient for you to go to more than one store or get a deal at multiple source, that’s what you want to do. If there’s only one thing that’s cheaper at a grocery store, then obviously you’re not going to drive to get it, it’s not worth your time to go to another grocery store, unless there are a lot of things, but if you buy them at Costco and you will save a lot of money, all the things you should buy in this video and the first video that I did for you .
Toilet paper is one of the tricky ones because everyone has the brand which they like more than others. So this is the tip I’ll give you for toilet paper, I typically won’t spend more than 20 cents per single bowl. Sometimes the rules are like jumbo rolls, where they’re double or mega rolls, then you have to do a little bit of math on the prices, this may take a lot of time. So I’m going to say it’s a yes and a no depending on what the prices are and what brand you’re purchasing, if you can get 20 cents a roll or less, then you’re getting a great deal.
Now let’s talk about paper towels which had gone up in price so much of the last a couple of years, I can’t even believe it. When it comes to paper towels, I try to go for a dollar roll which is not very possible all the time. So you have to go a little bit higher than you imagined, but with the price point, Costco is not your first choice, I’ve tried Amazon and other places to get the best deal.
Now it’s time to talk about prepackaged formats of chips, which is what a lot of people will buy. Thirty cents or less a bag is what you’re looking for, 25 cents per bag is what I’m looking for, typically in all of these, they’re like 40 cents or more per bag, but this one here happens to be 24 cents per bag. So this is a separate price for this one, every time you have to look and check what kind of manufacturer rebate they have because it is different and it might get to 30 cents or less per bag. When that happens, watch prices.
Another item that I don’t buy at Costco is brown sugar which costs $4.99 for 7 pounds and many times throughout the year, I have seen brown sugar goes as 50 cents per pound, and so it’s not the best price here, you can get the cheaper one at grocery store, when they have their baking skills, which happen about twice a year so stock up when you have those sales, that’s when you get the best price on things like brown sugar.
Look like the powdered sugar is no different, it is too expensive here obviously. If you see it in Lowe’, grab it, because it’s a decent price. But I know that I can get it cheaper a few times in the air when they go as $0.50 per pound. So look for those sales, they always have one in November for all the baking skills they have and they usually have them in the spring as well, so just be on the lookout for a better price.
Flower is something you definitely want to buy at Costco, all of the brands seem to be like an awesome price. Power grocery stores are normally 40 cents per pound when they are on sale and the price per pound is 22 cents, and for this land is 26 cents per pound. So this is a way better deal for flower.
So cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, these go and sell every year in November for about 75 cents a can. Costco goes for $6.69, which makes them over $1 per can. So I would recommend that you stock up on this in November instead of coming to Costco to buy your cream of chicken or Campbell’s cream.
Don’t wait till you are out of something and go to buy it, the price will be very high. The idea of saving money is to think ahead of time and stock the things up when they are on sale, when you need that product, you can go down to your basement and grab it. With inflation, $1.30 is usually what you can get them on sale for, and today this is a great price for eight cans, $9.99 ends up being about 130 ish per can. So if you like the stuff, buy it at Costco because it is a great stock up price.
I have to tell you that you should not buy a blue apron gift card here, I bought it because I wanted to do a video on blue apron and saw if this was cheaper versus Berkshire shopping. This is not a good deal at all, their website offers like a $30 promotion, it’s only gives you $20 off and you can’t use it with any of their coupon codes. It’s not like a true gift card, I was so annoyed when I bought it and returned it. So do not buy this year, if you can get a better deal, I’ll give you a link below unless you want to try out.
If you’re going to buy granola bars from Quaker, it is better to find them at Costco, because it is a little bit under fifteen cents for each, you’ll see on Amazon subscribe that Amazon Prime pantry is 16 cents a bar. So this is a great deal, if your kids love them. Speaking of that, the Nature Valley bars seem to be overpriced here. I typically found that they charge 26 cents a bar, so check another place to get your nature Valley Journal, if you like that brand.
Time to talk about proof snacks, fruit snacks. I won’t pay more than $1 per box. If it is good enough, I’ll do $1.50 per box, it ends up being ten to fifteen cents per package of fruit snacks. Kellogg is more expensive probably because of organic.
I hope what I said helped you, I hope it gave you some ideas of things to buy and things not to buy at Costco. Like I promised, I’m going to link you to part one of all the Costco deals and all the things you showed in Stoudamire Costco. Because if it helps you out, I think we can probably do a part 3, if you are up for it. There are so many products here, and there’s the largest Costco in the worl, I would love to go to that Costco and show you more things which you can get, make sure that you leave comment below, if you want me do another video.
Along with this video, I’m going to give away for you, so make sure you check the first comment below this video in the comment section, it’s bigger on your phone. You have to scroll all the way down to the very bottom to see the comment section. But my comment will be pinned at the very top for you and you can enter and maybe I’ll give away like a Costco gift card or maybe a couple, so you can use those.
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