Costco Shopping Tips: 26 Things You SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Buy!

Costco Shopping Tips: 26 Things You SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Buy!

August 9, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– Hi everyone. Okay, today I’m going to take
you guys with me to Costco, because there are things you
should be buying at Costco and there are things you
should not be buying at Costco. Every time I go to Costco
I get really bad anxiety, because I see all these families buying things they should not be buying that are super overpriced. I just think, oh the
money they could be saving and using towards vacations
or other fun things. Today I’m going to show you guys what you should and shouldn’t buy, and I’m also gonna share some tips to make sure that you
always get the best price because not everything at
Costco is a crazy deal. Let’s get started. (electronic music) – All right guys. Are you ready to get started? Obviously I could spend
probably all day here and go up and down every single aisle and tell you whether it was a deal or not. This video would end up
being over an hour long, and I’m sure you don’t want to watch that. I’m gonna pick and choose
a handful of the best items or most popular items that
most families are looking for to give you guys a headstart on what you should and shouldn’t buy. Before we get started, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, so you guys don’t miss
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close to Christmas season, and I don’t want you guys to miss out. Halloween candy is something
that you should buy most of the time at Costco. You’re looking for 18
cents or less per ounce. You’ve heard me say this before, but you really do need to
get out your calculator and do math. This is $15.99 divided by 90 ounces. Total cost is 17 cents or a little bit under 18 cents per ounce, so this is a great price for candy. All right guys, let’s talk about TVs, because we’ve actually purchase two of our TVs here from Costco
during one of their sales. Price check the TVs that they have here, especially when they get closer to Black Friday and the holidays, because you really can get
some great deals on TVs. Printer ink is one of the things that will vary depending
on what printer you have, but typically it’s a
lot cheaper to get your ink here at Costco in
their huge multi packs. Or if you want to save even more money, you can just bring your
cartridges in to get refilled and save even more money. Carter’s pajamas are here all the time for infants and toddlers. Anything under $9 is
typically what I’ll pay for pajamas for my kids in those sizes, so make sure you come here. You don’t have to use a coupon like you do at the actual Carter’s store, and they usually have
some super cute prints. Costco can also be a really good place to get all the snow gear you
need for you and your kids. Coats are $16.99. Snowpants are $14.99, and a lot of these are name
brand, like London Fog. This is a really cheap option, especially for kids that grow super fast. Batteries are also a really
good thing to buy here. The Kirkland brand, yes,
is the Costco brand, but most of the time these store brands are actually made and manufactured by the same people that make
the brand name batteries, like Duracell or Energizer. This 72 pack of batteries is $18.99. That’s a steal guys. You cannot forget about the toys. Costco has really great deals on toys. If you’re not sure, all you need to do is pull up your phone,
do a search on Amazon and see or use one of
the price-checking apps that I’ve talked about
before or listed below in the Youtube description. To give you an idea, this brand
new toy from The Lion Guard, it’s the Defend the Pride Lands Playset. Amazon has it right now for $21.16, and Costco has it for $14.99. That is a huge difference in price. That’s gonna be the difference between buying more toys for your kids or putting that money
towards a travel fund or something else fun for your kids to do. Don’t believe me? Let’s try it one more time. These are the Disney toddler dolls. Costco has them for $15.99. This is gonna be one of the huge items that a lot of girls will want. $15.99 for these types of
dollars is not a lot of money. I’m betting they’re $20 or more online. Let’s check. Yep, these are $24 to $18
to $20 through Amazon. Do you guys see how great
of a deal these dolls are and other toys are through Costco? You guys have to price check these, especially for Christmas gifts. Here’s another one to
quickly show you guys, because I literally cannot get over or show you guys enough how
different the deals are. This is the Nano or the Zipp Nano drone. It’s $24.99, which is a
great deal for a drone. If your kids want a drone,
this is a really cheap option. Online it is $36. Since it’s October when
I’m filming this video, you guys have to know
about costumes at Costco. Costumes are as cheap as $15.99, and these are the Rubies costumes, which typically go for about $30 online. I would get here early if
you want to get costumes for your kids before they’re all sold out. It’s October, and they already
have Christmas stuff out, so you want to hurry and get over and get some of these costumes. They have everything
from Disney princesses to fireman to Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s lots of stuff here, and this is the place to
buy really great costumes at a great price without having to deal with coupons or discounts or
deals or anything like that. These kitchen bags from Kirland, I will not buy any other brand, because this price is always
the best price for trash bags. You get 200 trash bags for $12.99. The price literally cannot
be beat by any other brand, and these trash bags are awesome. I just buy these every single time. Since we’re moving over
to the food section, I have to give you guys a little tip. Bring your weekly ad with you for whatever grocery
store is in your area. It’s one that you should probably
just get in your mailbox. Bring it with you to Costco, because if you’re not good with remembering prices or price points, having this to help you,
especially with produce prices, meat prices and those types of things, will really open your
eyes to how expensive some of those items are that you thought were great deals all along. I’m going to show you a few of those deals in the Smith’s weekly ad and
the prices here at Costco and how they compare. This apple juice is a great
example of not a good deal. They have 228 ounce bottles for $8.29. 64 ounce apple juice goes
on sale for $1.67 or less multiple times throughout the year, so you should never be
buying apple juice here. Another good example of things I will not buy at Costco is soda. This is one of the things
you will overpay for every single time you come. These 36 packs are $10.49,
which after doing a little math, ends up being $3.49 per 12 pack. Do not spend that much money on a 12 pack. 12 packs should be under $3 for sure, and I typically won’t buy a 12 pack unless it’s $2.75 or less. Sorry, don’t buy soda here. You’ll waste your money. One thing that I do love about Costco is that they will do a price
per item or a price per ounce. You can quickly see how much, diapers is a really big one, you want to know how much
it costs for each diaper. Right now, these are 19 cents per diaper. Those are 21 cents per diaper. The Kirkland brand of diapers
is a great price point at 15 cents, 16 cents
for size one diapers. If you’re going to buy diapers here, I would go with Kirkland brand if they work good on your kids. If they don’t, it’s cheaper
to buy Huggies and Pampers and those other brands somewhere else. When it comes to baby
wipes, you want to be at one or two cents per wipe. Kirkland’s are two cents per wipe, and the Huggies version
is two cents a wipe. These are both pretty good deals. Apples is another thing I
will never buy at Costco, because it’s usually a lot
cheaper at the grocery store. I won’t spend more than 99
cents per pound for apples, and here they are always over that price. Every single time I’ve come,
the apples are too expensive. One thing you guys know I love
about Costco is their cakes. It’s like the best deal ever. It is $18.99, and they serve 34 people. They are amazing. Okay, I’m breaking out the ad, because grapes are $1.28 per
pound right now at Smith’s. I like it when they get down to 99 cents, but that doesn’t always happen. For some reason, grapes
are typically expensive. If you see here at Costco, their grapes are $1.87 per pound. It’s drastically different. That’s another example of prices that are just too high here. Today, I typically wouldn’t
buy blackberries here, because they’re typically
cheaper through Smith’s, but today they’re actually
cheaper through Costco. A six ounce is $2.50, and this 12 ounce is $4, and it’s organic. This is cheaper than what
Smith’s has going on this week. It’d be an example of how
the ad really helped me to know whether it was a better deal to get my stuff here at
Costco or buy it at Smith’s. Prices are always going
to change with meat. That’s why I like to have the ad with me. The boneless beef chuck or rump roast is $2.99 a pound at Smith’s, and it is $3.99 a pound here at Costco. Sometimes that’s cheaper at Costco, so again, this is one of the
ideas that you have to have an ad to help you know
what a good price is or if you should go to a different store to buy some of your meat. I would be crazy if I didn’t mention this. This is the best rotisserie
chicken in the world. It’s $4.99 for a three pound chicken. It’s the best deal out there of any grocery store I’ve ever seen, so in case you don’t get these, it’s definitely something you need to get and to break up and put
into different food items or casseroles or things that you’re making and have a great meal. Hot dogs started to gross me out when I realized what was in them, so now I only buy Hebrew National or other kosher 100% beef-only hot dogs. Typically for just one
package it’s about $5, but you can get 4 packages for $8.99 here. This is the deal of the century if you’re like me and are
picky with your hot dogs. Bread is also another
item that’s typically a lot cheaper at Costco. I know there’s lots of
different kinds of breads, so I can’t really break it down for you, but our bread has always
been cheaper here by far. We always get our bread here at Costco. Cereal is one of the things that is hit or miss here at Costco. Sometimes it’ll be a good deal. Sometimes it won’t, so you can’t just buy it,
expecting it’ll be a good deal. This is 55 ounces of honey nut Cheerios. Since boxes are typically about 11 ounces, I divide it by that. I end up with five boxes. This is equal to five boxes, and then I take $7.89 and divide it by 5, and get a $1.57 a box. You guys know a $1.50 a box or less is typically what I go for, so this would be a deal
that our family would grab, especially because going to another store to find a better deal than
that would waste my time. Okay, this is the perfect example. I’m so glad I found this. This Kirkland apple sauce, you know the pouches that
your kids love or whatever, you can get 24 of them for $9.99, which is only 13 cents per ounce, which is awesome. Then I come over here. Last week they were $10.99 without the manufacture instant rebate, and they had less packages of applesauce, but they are exactly the same product. That’s why I’m telling you guys. Sometimes, some items will be cheaper depending on whether
they have this or not. Things you might buy or
not buy will totally change depending on what’s happening from week to week or month to month. Don’t forget about the gift cards. These gift card offers are awesome. From theme parks to restaurants to American Girl Doll gift certificates. There’s so many ways
to use these gift cards or use them to help buy presents. Nuts are another thing you’ll typically want to buy at Costco, because they are a ton cheaper
than the grocery store. Okay guys, I hope I blew your mind today and helped you realize some things that you might be buying
that are too expensive when you go to Costco. Hopefully it’ll save you guys some money. That’s the whole point of this video. Obviously I couldn’t get to everything, so if you guys do like this video and maybe want me to do like a part two, comment below and let me know. I wanted to make sure you
guys knew what you should buy, what you shouldn’t buy, so you guys can save more money when you go to the grocery store. The grocery store is the easiest bill that you’ll have every single month. You can save the most
money on if you’re smart. Then you could take that money to help pay off bills or pay off debt or start working on that
vacation savings fund that I’ve talked about
in my budgeting video. If you haven’t seen that, click on the little I in the corner, and it will help you out. Going on vacation and doing
fun things with the family and having money to do those things, is super doable if you’re
smart with your grocery budget and what you buy at the grocery store. I hope this video helped. All right, I’m gonna go checkout, so I can hurry and go
get my kids from school. I’ll talk to you guys next time. Please make sure you
give this video a like, and if you have any questions or want me to do a part two
of this Costco type video, comment below and let me know. All right, bye guys. (electronic music)