If you’ve been putting off purchasing a Costco membership because you think it’s too costly, you might want to reconsider. That’s because there are plenty of items at great prices, including these 17 below. The money you save on these items can pay for your membership over time. Continue reading to learn more.
17. Rotisserie Chicken
If you have ever had a rotisserie chicken from Costco, you know how tasty they are. You also know that they’re inexpensive. This delicious three-pound+ are just $4.99 a pop. And, they’ve been that price since forever. That’s because Costco refuses to raise the price of them. They believe that $4.99 is how much a chicken should cost.
Oh, and if you think you’d get a better deal at Walmart, you’d better think again. Walmart sells their rotisserie chickens for the same price ($4.98) but HALF THE SIZE! That’s right; you’d have to buy two Walmart chickens (1.5 pounds each) to equal the amount of ONE Costco chicken.
TIP: According to an article published by TheKrazyCouponLady.com, it takes 12 rotisserie chickens per year to pay for your Costco membership.
Did you know that Costco sells gasoline? Yep, they sure do. And guess what else? You can save as much as 30 cents a gallon in some areas by filling up at Costco instead of a local gas station! That means you could pay for a basic Costco membership by filling up your tank just once or twice a month.
TIP: The lines to fill up at Costco gas stations are typically quite long, so make sure you fill up in the morning to avoid the crowd.
If you’re a wine person, a Costco membership is definitely worth it! Not only are their wines delicious, but they are also affordable. For example, a 1.5 liter (51 oz) bottle of Kirkland Pino Grigio is just $7.99. You’ll pay $10 for a 25 oz bottle of Pino Grigio at Kroger.
TIP: According to an article published by TheKrazyCouponLady.com, it will take just 8 bottles of Kirkland brand wine per year to pay for your Costco membership. Not too bad, huh?
14. Diapers and Formula
If you have kids, you definitely should be shopping at Costco. You can get Kirkland Signature brand baby formula for 46 cents an ounce and the name brand Enfamil baby formula for just 89 cents an ounce.
Costco has some good deals on disposable diapers, too, with prices ranging from $0.19-$0.24 per diaper. And, baby wipes are about $0.02 per wipe at Costco. That comes out to about $20 for 900 Kirkland Signature brand wipes!
TIP: It’ll take 9 months of buying diapers and wipes to pay for a $60 Costco membership.
13. Over the Counter Medications
If you take expensive over the counter medications, your yearly Costco membership could be paid off with just one purchase. At least that’s what happened to one Reddit user, according to an article on ThePennyHoarder.com.
“Generic, over-the-counter medications are absurdly cheap at Costco — I can buy a year’s worth of generic Zyrtec, and it’s more than $55 cheaper than the equivalent generic from CVS or Walgreens,” the Reddit user said.
And, while it’s true that you can access Costco’s pharmacy without a membership, you will need to become a member to purchase some over-the-counter meds like antacids. So, if you’re looking to save money on medications, a Costco membership is definitely the way to go.
12. Organic Foods
If you do all of your grocery shopping at Costco and you’re tired of processed foods, a Costco membership may be worthwhile.
According to ThePennyHoarder.com, Annemarie Rossi of Real Food Real Deals wanted her family of four to eat healthier, so she decided to compare groceries at Trader Joe’s vs. groceries at Costco.
She found that she could save upwards of $1,300, purchasing organic items at Costco! That’s way more than what she would pay for the highest level Costco membership. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
11. Hot Dog Lunch
One of the best-selling items in Costco’s food court is the hot dog and soda combo. In fact, it’s so popular that it’s one of the perks that help persuade shoppers to purchase a membership every year.
You can get this tasty combo for just $1.50! It’s been that price for more than three decades, and Costco doesn’t have any plans of upping the price any time soon.
“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. “We’re known for that hot dog. That’s something you don’t mess with.”
Believe it or not, warehouse clubs are great places to get tires. Not only does Costco offer $70 to $80 off certain brands of tires at various times of the year, but the warehouse club also offers free tire balancing and rotation and free flat repairs! Purchasing just one set of tires will more than pay for a Costco membership.
FYI, you know that you can order your tires on the Costco website and have them delivered to your chosen Costco Tire Center for free
9. Dog Food
Pet owners know that dog food can be expensive. Being able to buy in bulk and stock up on high-quality dog food makes a Costco membership worthwhile for pet owners. Being able to stock up on raw meat makes it worthwhile, too.
Costco member Kimberly Gauthier told ThePennyHoarder.com that she feeds her four dogs a raw diet, so she buys a lot of meat.
“A Costco membership makes this affordable,” said Gauthier.
She also believes Costco has some of the best-priced and highest-quality dog beds on the market.
8. Bulk Food
If you have a large family, you would definitely benefit from having a Costco membership.
“If you have on average four or more people in your family, buying in bulk makes a ton of sense because you use all your bulk purchases before they go bad,” TheKrazyCouponLady.com wrote.
That being said, make sure you have a freezer big enough to store your perishables if your family isn’t able to eat them quickly. Otherwise, your food will spoil, and all your money will have gone down the drain.
7. Toilet Paper
You can never have too much toilet paper. This is true for Brooklyn-based graphic designer Victoria Leta and her boyfriend, who share a membership.
The couple told Acorns.com that the purchase limits set some time ago when toilet paper was in short supply did not affect them at all.
“The Kirkland brand toilet paper can last us months,” she said. For a bigger household, say a four-member family home, a 30-roll pack of Kirkland toilet paper can last for 40 days. And, in case you were wondering how much a 30-roll pack costs, it retails for $20.
6. Peanut Butter
Costco is a great place to stock up on peanut butter — especially if you eat it every day or just about every day. And, you will definitely save a lot of money by purchasing it at Costco, too.
Yes, Costco sells its Kirkland Signature peanut butter, but it sells name-brand nut butter, too, like those from NuttZo. But, if by chance peanut butter is not your thing, you can always opt for the Kirkland Signature almond butter.
5. Printer Toner
If you go through a ton of printer toner, you can refill your cartridges at Costco locations with a photo center. Prices start at $7, but the total amount you will have to pay depends on the type of toner cartridges you have.
Considering how expensive toner can be, a $7 refill is definitely worth a Costco membership cost. After all, you’d pay way more than $7 for a new cartridge.
TIP: Check out the brochures or price charts around the photo department or printer ink for sale to learn how much you’d have to pay for a refill.
If you’re the type who’s big on holiday gatherings and you love pie, you and your guests can have your fill of it from Costco’s bakery. One of the first things you’ll notice about these pies is that they are HUGE!
For example, Costco’s pumpkin pie is 3.5 pounds. Other pies sold there are even bigger, weighing in at 4.5 pounds! That’s sure to fill you up. Not only that but these pies are delicious and cheap. The 3.5-pound pumpkin pie sells for just $5.99.
If you love cheese as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that Costco has a huge selection of it, ranging from fresh mozzarella and brie to Babybel cheeses and everything in between. Not only that, but the cheese is really cheap.
According to an article published by Cheapism.com, you can get Jarlsberg, a cheese that’s somewhat like Swiss but is imported from Norway, for just $5.50 a pound. It’s $18 a pound at Target. That’s a difference of nearly $13!
Yes, you read that correctly. You can actually buy a car through Costco. In fact, there is usually a car parked inside Costco stores that members can purchase through the Costco Auto Program website.
While on the website, you can choose a vehicle to research and get the information for a dealership where that particular car is available.
Not only that, but Costco’s auto program offers competitive prices. According to an article published by Cheapism.com, the average discount on cars is said to be more than $1,000. If that isn’t worth the cost of a Costco membership, I don’t know what is.
There isn’t anything you purchase — at least for the most part anyway — that you can’t return to Costco for a refund, and that includes your membership.
According to Costco’s customer service website, the warehouse club offers a risk-free, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on membership.
“We will cancel and refund your membership fee at any time if you are dissatisfied,” the website says.
To cancel your Costco membership, you will need to speak with a team member at any warehouse membership counter or call their Member Services Center.