3 products you’d better buy elsewhere

One of the reasons Costco has such a loyal fan base is that it’s known for offering a great line of products at competitive prices. But that doesn’t mean shopping at Costco will always result in the best deal. Here are some specific items you might want to buy outside of Costco.

Before you do all your shopping at Costco, crunch some numbers to see if it’s worth sourcing certain items outside of Costco when they’re on sale. You may find that it saves you money on your grocery bills – and therefore less money on your credit card.

1. Condiments

Buying condiments in bulk may seem like a good idea, especially during barbecue season. But in many cases, it’s better to buy things like ketchup and mustard from your regular supermarket once they’re on sale, and for several reasons.

First, grocery stores tend to offer nice discounts on condiments ahead of holiday weekends, so you might get a lower price at the supermarket than at Costco. Also, the condiments tend to sit down a lot. It is common to leave them to cook in the sun during a barbecue or on the table during regular dinner parties.

All told, this means condiments won’t always have the longest shelf life once opened. And so it might actually work to your advantage for not buy giant bottles of it at Costco.

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2. Cereals

Costco tends to carry a nice selection of cereals in bulk. But cereals are one of those things that tend to be frequently sold in the supermarket. And when it does, you’ll often find that the Costco price doesn’t hold up.

Additionally, Costco tends to carry branded cereals, while many supermarkets carry their own store brand versions that taste just as good. But the thing is, these store brands will often cost a lot less per ounce than what you’ll get at Costco, despite the wholesale discount.

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3. Pasta

Like cereals, pasta is one of those items that sometimes tends to be heavily discounted at the regular supermarket. And when that happens, the cost per pound is often cheaper at your local grocery store.

Additionally, pasta is one of those items where consumers don’t tend to be brand-specific. Your children may prefer one brand of cereal over another, for example. But chances are they won’t care what name is on the box of the macaroni you buy them as long as you smother them with melted cheese. And that means when the pasta Is on sale at the supermarket, it should be fairly easy for you to take advantage of these lower prices.

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Food prices are skyrocketing due to inflation these days, so it pays to do what you can to save money. While Costco definitely offers its share of bargains, it’s wrong to assume you’ll always get the lowest price or best deal out there.

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