Since the dawn of bulk stores, there’s been no denying their level of convenience. They allow you to stock up on some of the items you use most often, while saving in the process. Large packs of food, cleaning supplies, and more – all without paying typical sticker price. Shoppers can also pick up items in one stop, rather than making multiple trips or stops to complete their shopping list.
However, that doesn’t mean everything should be purchased in bulk. Just beause they sell it, doesn’t mean it’s the best deal, that it will outlast its expiration dates, or that you’ll even need that much of each product. Especially at Costco, which also requires a membership in order to gain access to listed savings in the first place.
The next time you’re heading to fill your pantry, remember to avoid these eight products. Doing so will help you save funds in the form of excess product, as well as time spent on storage.
1. Produce – It’s generally not as fresh and isn’t sold with as much variety. And is hard to eat in bulk status. (Especially items that are more rare for all of your exotic cooking ventures.) Get your produce at the grocery store instead for fresher foods each time you shop.
2. Lotions and creams – Unless you’re moisturizing a very large family, these products will expire before you have a chance to save from a bulk purchase. In this case, it’s better to buy small and spend less. While also gaining less product.
3. Milk – Again, unless there are plenty of milk drinkers, it’s likely to go bad before you’re able to use it all. Shopping at grocery stores can allow for a better price on smaller sizes of these items.
4. Canned goods – Though these are able to last for quite some time (and through all types of cooking seasons and preferences), when coupons are available, canned goods are generally found for a better price at the grocery store.
5. Entertainment items – When shopping for CDs, DVDs, and more, it’s better for your budget to shop elsewhere. Because they don’t specialize, Costco usually charges more for these products. Book or other entertainment stores might also offer discounts or points for regular purchases.
6. Electronics – With things as important as electronics, they need to work. Costco simply isn’t available to offer the right type of troubleshooting or informational services. Head to the experts instead.
7. Diapers – When they go on sale, generic diapers are actually far cheaper at chains such as Target or Wal-Mart. (Name brand diapers can also stay below Costco sticker price as well, if you’re looking out for the best deals.) Especially when coupons can help cut down the fees as well.
8. Clothing and shoes – While these items most often come at a lower price, you’re also getting what you pay for. Almost all of Costco’s clothing items are cheaply made, and won’t last as long as their sturdier counterparts.
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