There’s only one place where you can shamelessly buy food in bulk, all at a fraction of the normal cost. Yes, we are talking about Costco. But while this holy haven is revered for its endless amount of options, weeding through the store can often be an overwhelming experience—that is, if you go unprepared.
To save your frazzled nerves and help you get the most bang for your buck, we’ve rounded up the most affordable and best quality goods that Costco has to offer. So, consider your next shopping list complete!
Frozen wild Alaskan salmon
While fish is usually the priciest meat to splurge on at the grocery store, Costco offers an inexpensive option for all seafood lovers. For just $14 per pound, you can enjoy a succulent cut of salmon without making a dent in your wallet.
At only $5, an entire rotisserie chicken is even cheaper than its frozen alternative. It’s ready-to-eat and makes a quick and easy meal for the whole family. Plus, you can shred it or slice it for lunch the next day to put in savory sandwiches or tacos.
Most shoppers will argue that Costco pizza is takeout quality without the takeout price point. From classic cheese to more decadent flavors like chicken alfredo, you can find nearly any type you desire for as little as $10.
Dave’s Killer Bread
They don’t call it “killer” for nothing. You can get two for the price of one at your local Costco, making it easy to enjoy one now and freeze one for later.
A cooking staple, olive oil is sold at the food mecca for only $18 a bottle.
If you love cheese as much as we do, this next item is for you. From gouda to feta and all that’s in between, Costco’s selection of cheeses will leave any shopper satisfied.
La Terra Fina Chunky Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip
This savory dip is the perfect appetizer for your next gathering, making party planning a breeze. It tastes great heated up and paired with pita chips, spread on a sandwich, or even slathered on a bagel in lieu of cream cheese!
Since you already use it for everything, why not stock up on it? Costco’s $15 option is great for all your cooking and baking needs; plus, it’s a total lifesaver if you want to rejuvenate hair and soothe dry skin.
There’s no doubt we all love cheap—but good!—wine. Say hello to Costco’s Kirkland brand wines, which retail for only $20 a bottle. While this may seem a little steep compared to your average Two-Buck Chuck, your taste buds will definitely thank you later for the slight upgrade.
Although offered in relatively small-sized packages, this favorite fruit is offered for lower prices than at your local grocery store during off-seasons.
It’s safe to say we’re now just as excited as you are to make our next trip to Costco.
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expensive grocery foods bacon
Your family members may love it, but the cost of bacon is up 34 percent, mostly thanks to a pig virus that affected the pork industry in 2013 and 2014.
expensive grocery foods oranges
A 2013 frost in Southern California and a citrus disease in Florida has decreased the supply of oranges and tangerines, causing their prices to rise 43 percent.
expensive grocery foods canned vegetables
An increase in demand, mostly from older shoppers, has caused the cost of canned vegetables--corn, green beans, peas--to rise 40 percent in the past 10 years.
expensive grocery foods whole chicken
Sure, it's very versatile to cook with--but chicken's prices are sensitive to the cost of feed and have therefore risen sharply for the past decade.
expensive grocery foods eggs
Eggs have had by far the largest increase in consumer prices from 2005 through 2015, with prices increasing more than 110 percent, mostly due to an avian flu outbreak.
expensive grocery foods hot dogs
The same virus epidemic affecting the bacon and sausage industry has also led to a sharp increase in hot dog prices rising: 43.5 percent.
expensive grocery foods coffee
Last year, a less-than-normal rainfall in Brazil, the world's largest grower and exporter of coffee, caused the price of morning joe to surge--as did a growing demand.
expensive grocery foods margarine
Rising margarine and butter prices have been largely driven by supply and demand, as the consumption of both by the average American continues to rise.
expensive grocery foods bread
Flooding and droughts are largely responsible for increasing flour prices, which in turn, have contributed to bread prices jumping 43 percent since 2005.
expensive grocery foods apples
Weather changes in Washington state, where nearly 60 percent of domestic apples are grown, have led to a nearly 42 percent price jump.
expensive grocery foods dog food
As the trend toward feeding household pets healthier foods rises, so, too, does the demand--pushing prices up by nearly 38 percent.
expensive grocery foods rice
Prices of rice, pasta, and cornmeal increased 44 percent in the past decade, mainly after Vietnam and India, two of the world's largest rice producers, implemented export restrictions.
expensive grocery foods flour
Both global demand for grain and extreme weather have undercut grain surpluses worldwide, leading to a 35 percent increase in flour and flour mixes since 2005.
expensive grocery foods potatoes
Potatoes are not suffering from lack of supply; rather, a strong demand has allowed farmers to raise prices even as they ship more potatoes.
expensive grocery foods baked goods
Consumer prices for bakery products (including biscuits, muffins, cakes, cookies, and crackers) have increased 36 percent thanks to the fluctuating price of flour.