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Costco is the land of endless free samples and some great deals on bulk items.
Shopping at Costco is truly a unique experience, but with its great prices it can be hard to leave the store without a trunk full of heavy boxes. The convenience of online shopping, and the thought of never having to lug heavy bags of groceries ever again, make services like Amazon’s Prime Pantry and Jet.com’s grocery department very tempting. The good news for Costco lovers and bargain hunters alike is that you don’t need to count the warehouse giant out of the running if you prefer to do your grocery shopping from a screen.
Yes, you can order from Costco online – but there are some caveats. Here’s what you should know:
Normally, you have to be a member to shop at Costco. The membership options are either a $US60 or $US120 annual fee. To shop online, you don’t have to have a membership card, but there are caveats. For non-members, most online items apply a 5% surcharge at checkout. Depending on how much you plan to spend at Costco every year, the 5% surcharge may cost you less than an annual membership would.
Also important to note, some items on the site have a delivery fee. If you spend over $US75 on an order, these separate delivery fees are waived, which is not hard to do given that most of the items are big, bulk buys. Additionally, the prices and availability of items are based on your zip code, so for the purpose of this article we used a Manhattan zip.
Whether or not you’re a member, you can still take advantage of the great deals Costco has to offer when you shop on their website. We did the grunt work and scoured Costco, as well as its competitors, to figure out what deals are actually worth it.
Check out our list of 28 great deals you can find online at Costco:
Scoshe BoomBottle Wireless Speaker
You don’t have to buy everything in bulk at Costco. This bluetooth speaker is waterproof, dust-proof and has a built-in bottle opener, plus it’s sold for a great price at Costco.
Compare to $US101.95 at Amazon.
Charmin Ultra Strong Toilet Paper
Many everyday items, especially ones that never expire (like toilet paper), are worth buying in bulk. If you live with a lot of people, 30 rolls isn’t as much as it seems. Even if you live alone and have the space to store the larger packaging, you can save a good deal of money on buying this everyday essential in bulk.
Compare to $US44.95 at Amazon.
Crest 3D Whitening Toothpaste
Like toilet paper, you’re always going to need toothpaste. When you buy this everyday essential in bulk at Costco you get more bang for your buck. The Costco price is almost fifty cents cheaper per ounce than most competitors, which may seem trivial, but it adds up quickly.
Compare to $US5.71 for a 2-pack of 3.5-ounce tubes, at Amazon.
Alive! Women’s Multivitamins
If you’re taking multivitamins every day, you can save a lot by choosing to buy a larger pack with more tablets, like this one from Costco. This is the exact same name brand you’ll find at other stores, but the Costco pack offers more than double the amount of tablets at a lower price.
Compare to $US16.08 for 60 tablets at Amazon.
Culturelle Daily Probiotic
Probiotics are another type of supplement meant to be taken daily, so , if you plan on actually doing that, why not buy a package that will last you longer?
Compare to $US23.24 for 60 capsules at Amazon.
Curad Adhesive Bandages
I always find myself rummaging through drawers looking for loose band-aids. While 480 adhesive bandages may seem excessive, you can easily spread out these six packs so you’re always prepared for impending cuts and scrapes. Each box ends up costing just under two dollars, so you can leave a box in your bathroom, car, and office without feeling like you’re spending too much.
Compare to $US6.13 for 100 bandages at Amazon.
Kraft Easy Mac
The only way to shop for Kraft Easy Mac is in bulk. This cheesy, delicious microwave dish is so good, you’ll wish you’d bought an even bigger box. Plus, you’ll save almost $US0.20 per microwavable cup when you buy the 12-count over one of their smaller options.
Compare to 4-count, $US3.94, at Amazon.
EkoSmart Yoga Mat
Costco has great deals on more than just groceries. Take this set of two yoga mats you’ll find for for $US10 less at Costco than Amazon.
Compare to $US50.94 at Amazon.
Honey Nut Cheerios
Save on a breakfast-time favourite when you buy two boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios instead of one. On Amazon, one box of the same size goes for $US6.19, more than the $US4.60 value of each box at Costco.
Compare to $US6.19 at Amazon.
K. Bell Women’s No Show Socks
Costco and Amazon both offer the same packs of nine pairs of K. Bell’s ladies’ no show socks, but Costco is the clear winner here boasting a price tag that’s more than $US5 lower.
Compare to $US13.24 at Amazon.
You can save a lot of money when you choose to buy generic brands. Costco’s in-house brand, Kirkland Signature, has the same active ingredients as name brand allergy medication Zyrtec, but is much cheaper.
Compare to Zyrtec, $US29.99, 70-count, at Amazon.
Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock
Chicken stock has a long shelf life and can be used in a wide variety of recipes, making it a great bulk purchase. When you break down the price, each 32-ounce container comes to just over two dollars, which is cheaper than Amazon’s equivalent offering.
Compare to 365 Everyday Value Organic Chicken Stock, 32 oz, $US2.99, at Amazon
Note: currently unavailable on Amazon
Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Not only is Costco’s in-house brand of extra virgin olive oil a good deal, but experts say it’s actually some of the best you can buy. So, if you want great quality at an affordable price, this purchase is a no-brainer.
Compare to Colavita Premium Olive Oil, 2L, $US22.99, at Amazon.
Kirkland Signature Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is another kitchen essential that’s always good to have around; it makes cooking and cleaning up afterwards a breeze. This bulk two-pack from Costco is half the price per foot of its competitors.
Compare t0 365 Everyday Value Parchment Paper, $US4.49 at Amazon.
Note: currently unavailable on Amazon
Kirkland Signature Shelled Pistachios
Pistachios are a delicious snack, but are usually much more expensive than other types of nuts. You can feel good about buying these at Costco knowing you’re getting a great deal. The Costco value is $US0.67 per ounce compared with a $US1.07 price per ounce value on Amazon.
Compare to Keenan Farms Shelled Pistachios, 36-ounce, $US38.21 at Amazon.
Kirkland Signature Sea Salt Grinder
Having good salt on the table will enhance all of your dishes. If you use salt often to cook and season your food, don’t waste your time on small grinders. These big ones from Costco are a much better deal.
Compare to Morton Sea Salt, 26-ounce two pack, $US16.77 at Amazon.
Kirkland Organic Maple Syrup
Sorry Aunt Jemima – this stuff is the real deal. 100% pure, grade A Amber, organic maple syrup. What all of that really means is this is high quality, delicious maple syrup straight from real maple trees, and at a reasonable price compared to its competitors.
Compare to Butternut Mountain Farm, 32-ounce, $US14.94 at Amazon.
Kirkland Organic Diced Tomatoes
These organic diced, canned tomatoes will last long and are great kitchen staple to have on hand. At Costco, when you buy these cans in bulk, each can comes to only $US0.97. At under a dollar per can, this is a hard bargain to pass up.
Compare to 365 Everyday Value, $US1.49 per can, at Amazon.
Note: currently unavailable on Amazon
La Croix Lime
Get your La Croix fix for less at Costco. When you break it down, the value per can at Costco is only $US0.31, which is a pretty great deal.
Compare to $US13.48 at Jet.com.
Neutrogena Rainbath Shower Gel
Sometimes you can find great deals at Costco without buying in bulk. This shower gel smells amazing, feels amazing, and is almost $US10 cheaper at Costco than Amazon.
Compare to $US24.52 at Amazon.
Novaform Memory Foam Pillows
You truly can find almost anything at Costco, like these memory foam pillows. They’re a great deal when compared to their selling price on Amazon.
Compare to $US76.88 at Amazon.
Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice
These microwavable pouches help you cook healthy grains quickly and easily. They’re super convenient for last-minute meals when you don’t have much time to cook and they’re also really tasty. At Costco, when you buy this six-count package, the price per pouch comes down to $US2.10. You can save $US0.30 on each pouch when you choose Costco, which adds up if you plan on eating these often.
Compare to $US2.42 per pouch at Amazon.
Skippy Peanut Butter
If you love peanut butter, you know these two seemingly large jars won’t last long. You get more product and save over five dollars when you choose to buy this pantry staple at Costco.
Compare to 40 oz, 2-count, $US17.56 at Walmart.
Speedo Junior Goggle Set
Simply put, kids that like to swim need goggles and Costco has the best deals. Get three popular Speedo goggle styles for only $US16.99.
Compare to $US24.36 at Amazon.
Starbucks Pike Place K-Cup Pods
If you like Starbucks brews and have a Keurig, this should make your purchasing decision easier. You can save over $US5 when you buy this 60-count pack of K-Cup pods at Costco.
Compare to $US42.15 at Amazon.
Tide Pods Spring Meadow Scent
Laundry pods are one of the easiest and most convenient forms of detergent. Just pop a pod in with your load of laundry and you’re set. 152 pods may seem like a lot, but if you do laundry often, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. Competitors offer the same pods for less loads and more money, so this is the best deal.
Compare to $US19.97 for 81 loads at Amazon.
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Save on this childhood classic snack when you buy them at Costco. The same pack of single-serve, mixed fruit flavored snacks is almost $US10 cheaper at Costco than at Amazon.
Compare to $US19.79 at Amazon.
Ziploc Sandwich Bags
This is a lot of Ziploc bags, but if you work or live with a lot of people, you should probably buy these in bulk anyway. They never go bad and they’re great to have on hand for taking food with you on the go. When you do the maths, by buying in bulk you can save around $US8.
Compare to $US2.87 for 90-count at Amazon.
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