Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Costco is the largest national warehouse chain. It has a great reputation for delivering quality goods at great prices.
But you need to shop strategically, or that oversized shopping cart can fill up with things that might not be a good value. Here’s some things Consumer Reports says are worth buying at Costco.
Joining Costco can lead to big savings in your household budget, but it’s important to know what to get … and what to forget …
when you’re filling your cart.
Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports says, “Here in the Consumer Reports’ labs we have tested a slew of Costco products and we have found plenty that did really well.”
Definitely bring home the bacon. Kirkland brand is top-rated and crisps up nicely.
Kirkland Signature Olive Oil is another good pick-up. It has a distinct flavor and is a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
But there are things to skip. Don’t bother with the Kirkland facial tissues. When Consumer Reports tested for strength, they rated just so-so. But do grab the Kirkland paper towel. Testers found it has excellent absorbency.
A check-in to the dishwasher labs at Consumer Reports found Kirkland Signature Gel struggles to clean dishes, so instead, get the Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs, which do much better.
If you’re entertaining, Consumer Reports says several good choices include Cuisine Adventures Spanakopita, Hannah Classic Hommus, Kirkland cooked, tail-on shrimp, and Kirkland Signature Vanilla Ice Cream –– which beat out Breyers in Consumer Reports’ taste tests.
And, when the party’s over ...
... break out the Kirkland Signature Trashbags. Consumer Reports says they’re strong enough to handle most messes.
When you’re tallying your savings, don’t forget to factor in the cost of the membership fee to shop there. But be aware that Costco has a generous return policy. It accepts virtually everything except electronics anytime. With electronics you typically have 90 days to return your purchase.