10 Costco items that give you the best bang for your buck


Costco is the perfect shopping destination if you’re looking to save money on products like high-quality groceries, clothing, toys, and household items. But like any retailer that offers great deals, not everything lining Costco’s aisles or appearing on its website pages is going to give you the best value.

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One way to save at Costco is to buy its store brand products, which are labeled as Kirkland Signature. Again, some of these items are better buys than others. To help you sort it all out, here are 10 Costco items that give you the best value, according to shopping and deal experts.

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Kirkland Signature Aller-Tec

“This alternative to Zyrtec is an unbeatable deal at Costco, as their brand costs around $14 for 365 pills; the Zyrtec brand will set you back closer to $40 for just 120 tablets — and that’s at Costco,” consumer analyst Julie Ramhold told DealNews.

“Shop elsewhere and you can expect around $40 to get you around 90 pills. If it’s something you take regularly due to allergies, you can’t beat Costco’s house brand price.

Kirkland Signature Almond Flour

“At Costco, you can get 3 pounds of their almond flour for about $12 or so, or about $4 a pound,” Ramhold said. “Everywhere else you’re looking at spending $5-$6 per pound, so if you need a gluten-free or keto-friendly option for baking, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen.”

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Kirkland Signature Tissues

“It’s the Costco brand of Kleenex and you can get 12 boxes of 84 sheets for about $20, or about $1.62 per box,” Ramhold said. “You may be able to find in-store brands of facial tissue elsewhere that are cheaper, but you’ll also get less overall. If you regularly keep tissues for any reason, this is one of those Costco must-haves.

Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberry Spread

“It’s my favorite strawberry spread, so for sure it’s going to rank up there for me,” Ramhold said. “It’s about $10 for a 42 ounce jar, which seems like a lot, but it’s one of the best items to buy in bulk. It’s organic, made with only fresh organic strawberries, organic cane sugar, fruit pectin and citric acid.

Ramhold added: “Although you can find cheaper spreads that use the same natural ingredients elsewhere, they are not organic. So if it’s something you care about besides good quality, it’s a no-brainer.

Kirkland Baby Formula

“[This] is one of the best store-brand items to buy at Costco, especially since many infant formula brands are becoming hard to find nationally,” said Gigi Lehman, editor of Living on the Cheap. “Plus, all infant formulas are governed by their own set of FDA regulations, so consumers can feel confident buying a private label rather than a branded product. says a friend who is a new parent, “Bigger sizes, less expensive than name brands. Huge amount of savings per box. Really makes a huge difference.

According to the Costco website.

Kirkland Signature Diapers

In other baby items, Lehman said, “Costco’s Kirkland Signature diapers would be made by Kimberly Clark, the makers of Huggies. (Kimberly Clark products are the only other diaper products sold by Costco.)”

A quick check of the Costco website showed that a box of 192 (size 1) or 174 (size 2) Kirkland Signature diapers cost $34.99, while the same sizes and quantities of Huggies cost $10 more at $44.99.

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean HE Laundry Detergent Capsules

“When shopping for cleaning products like laundry pods, for example, you’ll find prices as low as $23.49/152 pack for Kirkland brand laundry pods, while Gain Flings (pods) are around $37. $/152 pack at Walmart,” Vipin said. Porwal, founder and consumer expert at Smarty.

Kirkland Signature Fabric Softener Sheets, 250 Count, 2 Pack

“A somewhat similar situation for dryer sheets can be found with Kirkland Signature fabric softener sheets at Costco, which sell for $10.49 for a 250-piece pack, while the same amount of Kirkland Signature brand at Walmart is selling for $20.01,” Porwal said.

Athletic brand clothing

“While clothing options are more limited at Costco, if you (or your kids) like to wear Adidas, Puma, Fila and other athletic brands, the savings are huge when you shop at Costco rather than Amazon,” said said Marie Clark, editor-in-chief at Cost Contesse.

A quick look at the Costco site yielded two packs of Adidas youth t-shirts or shorts for $17.99 each, after saving $4. At Amazon, a single comparable Adidas t-shirt costs $15. So even without the $4 savings, you’d still be saving at Costco.

Quality luggage

“If you’re looking for the absolutely cheapest luggage, head to Amazon, but if you’re looking for quality brands that last like Delsey, Swissgear and Samsonite, then Costco has the best prices,” Clark advised.

Luggage brands and selection vary from store to store and season to season. However, a quick look at the Costco website yielded a Swissgear Workpack for $99.99. On the Swissgear website, the same bag is listed at $169.99 – $70 more.

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About the Author

Cynthia Measom is a personal finance writer and editor with over 12 years of collective experience. His articles have appeared in MSN, Aol, Yahoo Finance, INSIDER, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times and The Network Journal. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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