Costco is one of America’s favorite places to shop, and its members swear there are certain Costco products they simply can’t live without. With that said, here are ten of those must-buy Costco items.
10. Rotisserie Chicken
This is one of Costco’s most popular items — so popular in fact that there’s a Costco Rotisserie Chicken fan page on Facebook with over 12,000 followers and counting. And, if you’ve ever had one of these birds, then you know just how tasty these rotisserie chickens are. Costco sells them for only $5, but get this: They sell about 157,000 rotisserie chickens a day! In 2017 they sold 87 million of them!
FUN FACT: The chickens are injected with a special saline solution to boost their flavor.
9. Kirkland Signature 1/4 Pound Plus Beef Dogs
One of the best sellers in Costco’s food court is the hot dog and soda combo. In 2017 alone Costco sold 135 million hot dog and soda combos, which, by the way, you can get for a mere $1.50 — the same price it’s been for more than three decades! According to an article published by CNN, this hot dog is one of the reasons why shoppers pay $60 or $120 for a membership every year. “I know it sounds crazy making a big deal about a hot dog, but we spend a lot of time on it,” Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal told The Seattle Times in 2009, according to CNN. “We’re known for that hot dog. That’s something you don’t mess with.”
FUN FACT: Costco has been able to keep the price of the hot dog steady by slashing other costs at the food court.
Believe it or not, you can actually get a good deal on caskets at Costco. Weird, right? But, it’s true. You can get a casket from Costco for about $950, plus free shipping, while the average cost for a metal casket in 2017 was $2,400, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.
And, according to BUSINESS INSIDER, a blogger by the name of John Moore reported that he saved more than 50 percent when he purchased a casket through Costco for a relative’s funeral. “I wanted to give her something nice while also reducing my financial pain. The decision (at least for me) wasn’t hard to make,” he wrote.
TIP: Not all Costco locations sell caskets. You’ll have to check with your local store to see if they do.
Ivo Parashkevov, a creator of Charlie, a personal-finance artificial-intelligence bot, told BUSINESS INSIDER that consumers should fill up their gas tanks when visiting Costco because their gas prices are typically 20 percent lower than the prices at other gas stations. “The downside is you might have to wait” because members line up to save on gas, he said.
DID YOU KNOW?
Even though Costco is a membership warehouse club, you don’t actually need to be a member to purchase gas from them. You will, however, save more on gas if you use a Costco credit card — which requires a Costco membership.
6. Prescription Drugs
According to Clark Howard Inc., Costco pharmacy prices are very competitive. They’re so low, in fact, that it’s possible to be able to afford them without insurance. And, the best part of all is that you don’t need a Costco membership to visit the pharmacy. Keep in mind that you can’t check out at Costco without a membership in your name, so if you plan on shopping there as a non-member, you’ll need to tell the Costco employee at the door that you’re there to pick up a prescription. You may not even have to though since some locations have a separate entrance for non-members that leads directly into the pharmacy.
5. Toilet Paper
According to an article published earlier this year by Reader’s Digest, toilet paper, at the time the article was written, was the best-selling item at Costco. After all, it’s high-quality (it’s reviewed and tested by toilet paper engineers before it’s sold to customers) toilet paper at warehouse prices, so it’s no wonder they sell more than a billion rolls of the stuff each year! So, how much exactly is a billion rolls of toilet paper in terms of money? It comes out to about $400 million a year!
Whether it’s Kirkland (Costco’s private label) Signature vodka or all of Kirkland Signature’s liquor, one thing’s for sure: alcoholic beverages are some of the best-selling products at Costco. In fact, members rave about Kirkland Signature vodka, which is made using the same water source that Grey Goose uses — plus, it’s less than half the price! According to The Cheat Sheet, Costco’s CEO said it was the company’s No. 1 selling liquor item in 2017. Other alcoholic beverages sold include spiced rum, Canadian whiskey, Anejo tequila, and small batch bourbon — all of which cost less than $22 a bottle!
Whether it’s Kirkland Signature bacon, or bacon crumbles or pre-cooked bacon, Costco members are going crazy for this stuff. Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “What in the world is so special about Costco’s bacon?” Well, for starters it tastes better than most other brands and it’s also about $1.50 cheaper per pound than the competition. Perhaps that’s why Costco’s Kirkland Signature bacon earned Consumer Reports‘ stamp of approval.
FYI, Kirkland Signature bacon packs come in bundles of four and costs $15.
2. Giant Teddy Bear
Not only does Costco sell food, household items and caskets, but it also sells companionship. According to the company’s website, their 93″ plush teddy bear gives a lifetime of love and companionship. And, it must be true because this not-so-little fella is very popular. It’s been seen on TV several times on shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Big Bang Theory.” It also has quite a few fans on social media. In fact, there are more than 17,000 posts using the hashtag #CostcoBear on Instagram alone!
FUN FACT: The nearly eight-foot-tall Costco bear, manufactured by Hugfun International Inc., made its debut in stores in 2014 and costs a whopping $289.99!
1. Don Lee Farms Plant-Based Burgers
Don Lee Farms burgers have been flying off the shelves at Costco. In fact, they sold a million of them in just 60 days! So, what has people so fascinated with these burgers? The fact that they’re plant-based for starters. So many people are turning to plant-based diets, and these burgers are considered by some to be “far superior to the average veggie burger,” according to an article published by CookingLight. They’re delicious and made from soy, oats, flaxseed, coconut oil, and beet powder. The purpose of the beet powder is to replicate a “bleeding” burger. Each patty contains 260 calories, 12g of fat, 2g of saturated fat, and 15g of protein. And, preparing them is pretty simple. You just cook them from frozen in a skillet or on the grill in extra virgin olive oil for three to four minutes per side.
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