It is time for my monthly Costco grocery haul! I’m gonna buy an entire month’s worth of groceries all in one day! (Minus the fresh produce that’s a separate thing!) Today though, my budget is five hundred dollars and that’s to feed a family of five!
The store that has everything! You can literally buy anything you need from birth (diapers) through your last day (casket). But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be buying it!
It is really common to think that Costco has the very best deals. Don’t be fooled!
First, let me just say that this is an amazing store, I am a huge fan! I do my monthly grocery shopping there every single month actually!
But, though it is filled with great deals, there are a few things that you really shouldn’t be buying there. In fact, these few products are really a “bad deal” when you buy them at Costco.
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5 Things to Stop Buying at Costco
3. Shampoo and Conditioner
5. Cleaning Supplies
If you’re not going to be buying these things at Costco any more, where should you buy them? Remember that smaller regular grocery store just down the street? Yep, they will actually have the best deals and don’t forget about Target! Target is always stepping up their savings game.
Here is the breakdown of costs for these 5 products:
Costco Price Per Item Couponing Price Per Item
Cereal $0.14 per oz. (average) $0.09 per oz. (average)
Deodorant $1.35 per oz. $0.48 per oz.
Shampoo and Conditioner $0.30 per oz. $0.12 per oz.
Razors $3.99 per razor $0.80 per razor
All Purpose Cleaners $0.05 per oz. $0.02 per oz.
Aren’t those prices just awesome and I’m not talking knock off brands here! I am talking about name brand, great quality products for super cheap prices! Those Costco prices are at minimum double what you should be paying!
How do you get these low prices? Match sale prices at your grocery store or Target with coupons and money saving apps. As a matter of fact, I will do that part for you! Every Tuesday right here on Pennies into Pearls I find all the rock bottom prices for you. Not only that but I match up any coupon deals and amazing app deals that you can stack on top of the sales to save you the very most money!
If you are new to couponing then you will want to take a quick peek at Casual Coupoing 101 to get yourself familiar with how couponing works. I call it “casual” because it is not going to take you any time at all! I spend less than one hour a week and save $100s each month! YOU, you won’t have to spend even close to that amount of time if you visit Pennies into Pearls every Tuesday. I will have all the hard work done for you!
So, with a little bit of watching you can get these products for less than half of what it would cost you at Costco. Does this change your view of your Costco shopping list a little bit?
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