Now it is time to discuss items which items are always cheaper on sale with a coupon than Costco’s everyday or with a coupon prices.
Since, I’ve posted on items that are FREE after coupon before, it goes with out saying that if I won’t pay for them at a grocery store or drugstore, I won’t buy them at Costco either.
1. Cereal. You can consistently get cereal for a $1.00 or less per box. It is never that inexpensive at Costco.
2. Feminine Hygiene Products. On average you can get a small boxes for $1.50 or less. Costco’s prices are almost 50% more.
3. Bread. Even if you prefer a more “fancy” bread, you can always beat Costco’s prices when it is on sale at the local grocery store (without a coupon).
4. Frozen Chicken Breast. I don’t pay over $1.65/lb for frozen, skinless chicken breast. It is over $2.00/lb at Costco.
5. Frozen Pizza. Pizza goes on sale ALL THE TIME at the grocery stores. And most of the time there is a coupon to go with it. Buy it at Costco and you’ll pay at least 25% more.
6. Laundry Detergent. Unless you are an ECOS only user, you will pay less per load for laundry detergent after a sale and a coupon (up to 50% less).
7. Household Cleaners. You can get most cleaners (409, Lysol, Windex, or Clorox) for under $1.25 per bottle. You’ll pay nearly 50% more at Costco.
8. Paper goods. The great thing about napkins, paper plates, and plastic silverware is they store easily. Purchase and stock-up around Memorial Day and Fourth of July at a discount and use it through the rest of the year.
9. Peanut Butter. On average, Peanut Butter is $1.25 per jar after coupon. Buy the huge two-packs and you’ll be paying 50% more per ounce.
10. Snack Crackers. A $1.00 per box is the average price for snack crackers after sale and coupon. Most of the large boxes of crackers will run you 33% more per ounce at Costco.
11. Shampoo and Conditioner. Again, $1.00 per bottle is the magic number after sale and coupon. Purchase it at Costco and you’ll pay almost 75% more per ounce.
12. Lotion. Consistently $1.00 per bottle (or even free) after sale and coupon. It is almost 75% more per ounce at Costco.
13. Canned Veggies. Stock-up around the holidays for $.39 a can and pay 33% less than Costco prices.
14. Non-Organic Produce. Apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc. are close to 100% more per pound versus on sale at a store. Stock-up when it is on sale and avoid paying the Costco premium.
15. Bacon. Bacon typically goes on sale every six weeks for $2.50 in our area. Buy it at Costco and you’ll pay almost 25% more per pound.
What about you? What things did you used to purchase at Costco that you can get cheaper on sale with a coupon? Has anyone cut their Costco spending in half since they have started couponing?