5 Items You Should Absolutely Buy at Costco

Like many Americans, you probably find yourself wandering the wide aisles of your local Costco it might seem that prices are better but perhaps not a slam dunk.

After all, you often have to buy five pounds of a spice when you might need a small container or pick up eight steaks at a time but might have just two living at home.

But there are some items that are nearly automatic deals, if you spot them and take advantage. Here are five:

Seasonal Items

If you are patient and can wait for prices to fall then you can take advantage of big discounts. Such as summer beach-themed items, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, kayaks, and paddleboards.

One item I took advantage of was the Body Glove Tandem 15′ Inflatable 2 Person Paddleboard. It retails for $1,499.00. It started with a Costco discounted price of $999.00 and recently you could purchase this inflatable paddleboard for $599.

Fruits and vegetables

In regular grocery stores, certain fruits and vegetables can be pricey. Costco usually has larger cartons for a fraction of the price.

Bananas at my local store are around $0.69 per pound, I can purchase a bunch of bananas at Costco for $1.69.

Rotisserie chickens

While the rotisserie chickens you might find at a supermarket weigh around two pounds, Costco’s rotisserie chicken is three pounds, making the $5 price point an even bigger bargain and a great meal for the family. For Costco this is a typical “loss leader” to get you into the store, much like the famously cheap $1.50 hot dog and soda deal at the snack counter.

Paper products

Things such as bath tissue, facial tissue, napkins, and paper towels are a great Costco buy! Sure, you’ll have to lug them home with you, but you’ll get a lot more from your money buying these products in bulk.


Buying electronics at Costco is a solid way to save. The section is regularly filled with discounts that include hundreds of dollars off brand name goods. I frequently see huge savings on TVs, cameras, and laptops.

One great example was the Samsung 60” TV I recently purchased. Its advertised price was $599.00. However, one day when I happen to be walking in the store they had the same set marked down to $399.

It wasn’t the holidays, it wasn’t an open box … it just happened to be a special going on. You never know when a flash sale or special price is going to happen, so when inside the store, pass by items you are interested in and see if they are priced right.