I’m a shopping expert – three things to always buy at Costco and two things to avoid

COSTCO attracts thousands of shoppers each year Want to buy in bulk at low prices.

From food and cleaning supplies to electronics, you can find some absolute bargains at retail.

We spoke with Stephen Robinson, a shopping expert and marketing veteran to find out what you should always buy at Costco.


We spoke with Stephen Robinson, a shopping expert and marketing veteran to find out what you should always buy at Costco.

But not everything on the rack at Costco is worth changing.

We spoke with Stephen Robinson, founder of Outrank and digital marketing veteran to find three things to always buy at a retailer.

Plus, Stephen shared items that were always on the shelf.

Toiletries and bathrooms

Cleaning sprays, soaps, and toilet rolls may seem expensive at first glance, but buying them in bulk can pay off in the long run.

“Some of the things I always buy at Costco are housewares and cleaning supplies,” says Stephen.

“This retailer is known for offering competitive prices on household items such as toilet paper, tissues, laundry detergent and cleaning supplies.

“On top of that, these products are often available in larger packages, which can be cost-effective, especially for families or individuals who use them frequently.”

For example, 16 Andrex reels sold for £11.85 at Tesco and £11.75 at Sainbury’s.

That will amount to £23.70 if you buy two sets.

But Costco’s Kirkland brand of 40 rolls can be purchased for £18.59.

That equates to about 46p per reel compared to the Andrex brand’s 74p per reel.

cabinet food

“Buying groceries in bulk is a great way to save money at Costco,” says Stephen.

“It’s well known for its bulk purchases, which can yield great value for items like rice, pasta, canned goods and pantry staples.

“I’ve found that buying these items in bulk can save money in the long run.”

Spices can be a great option to buy at Costco.

For example, Hellmann’s mayonnaise costs £5.89 for two tubes of 750ml each.

At Tesco, the same brand and size sells for £3.90 each – meaning two will cost £7.80.

Electronic device

Shoppers can also get electronics at reasonable prices if they know where to look.

“Some electronics and home appliances can also be discounted at Costco,” says Stephen.

“Of course, this isn’t always the case, but you might get lucky.

“From TVs and laptops to kitchen appliances, you can find great deals at Costco, especially during promotional events or seasonal discounts.”

We’ve seen the TV available for purchase for as little as £180.

What items should I avoid?

But not everything is worth picking up at Costco, and you should know to avoid wasting your cash.

“Some of the smaller items can be found cheaper elsewhere,” says Stephen.

“Also, if you only need a small amount of something, I’d recommend trying another retailer first as they may be better suited to your needs.

“Before bulking up everyday items like toothpaste, shampoo, or condiments at Costco, I recommend comparing prices and considering if you can use a larger quantity before purchasing. whether they expire or become obsolete.”

Who can shop at Costco?

Costco is a retail chain that sells items in bulk. It also sells items under its own brand, Kirkland.

But not everyone can shop at Costco – you need to be a member.

However, not everyone is eligible to become a member,

You need to have – or be retired – a certain type of job to be accepted.

This includes people working in the public sector – such as NHS staff, police, teachers and local government staff – or those working in banking and finance.

You can find a full list of accepted jobs and degrees on the Costco website.

Costco memberships start at £15 a year for online shopping only.

This increases to £33.60 a year for individual members who want access to the repository.

There are also commercial memberships for businesses starting from £26.40 a year.

Each membership includes a free membership card for spouses and partners living together.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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