Things you should buy from Costco

Things you should buy from Costco

April 29, 2019 2 By Smartshopperdaphne

When it comes to paying for a membership to shop at a store, it can seem like a waste of money unless the savings outweigh the cost. Costco can be one of those places. You get great value in the items they sell and having access to it can be worth the annual membership.

Here are a few things I think you should always buy from Costco that gives you tremendous value and savings.

Rotisserie chicken

At Costco, these chickens taste great and are a bargain best deal in town. You get at least 3 pounds of cooked chicken for just $5. That is a steal and can feed a family of 4 or 5 for less than a $1 per person. I guarantee you they are losing money on these chickens. But it’s smart because at that price, people will keep coming to the stores which means more sales. Plus they locate those chickens in the back of the store which means they can entice you to spend your money on other items along the way. Sometimes in business, it is good to lose a little to make more. 

Gift cards

Over the years Costco’s selection of gift cards has expanded, but still not the same enormous selection you can find at grocery stores. The considerable difference is Costco sells what they have for less than the actual face value. For example, you can get four $25 gift cards for $75 at Costco.


Costco’s cakes are large, but they are a heck of a deal. They sell half sheet white or chocolate iced with buttercream and layered with vanilla cheesecake or chocolate mousse for $19 and that serves about 48 people.

Prescription drugs and wine and spirits

If you didn’t know this, you should. At Costco, you do not need a membership to buy prescription drugs or alcohol. On that note, over the years I’ve found Costco to be one of the best priced on prescription drugs and a huge selection on wine and spirits for very competitive prices.

So I think Costco is a great bang for your buck on a lot of things but these items I listed are staples. I never had any problem paying for a membership, and it usually pays for itself over and over. One reason I use their Citibank Visa is that I get at least 1% cashback on all purchases throughout the year. I average about $300 to $400 a year, but depending on how much you spend there, it could be much higher. So that alone pays for the membership many times over.