Everybody knows that a trip to Costco isn’t complete without partaking in one or two free samples along the way – that’s like the law at Costco. While this is common knowledge, there is much more to Costco’s wonders that have yet to be discovered. So, worry not, we are here to guide you on your next grocery run with these 15 Cheap Costco Foods That Are Totally Worth It!
15. Rotisserie Chicken
If you’re a fan of chicken and you’re tired of having to pay a ridiculous price to get a decent one – or if you’re simply too lazy to cook one night, Costco has got the best solution for you. Its famous rotisserie chicken is so good, it should win a medal. Seriously. Not only is it one of the best there is, but it’s also one of the cheapest. For only $4,99, you can get your hands on a giant yummy rotisserie chicken with a taste that cannot be matched by any other store brand. Talk about a sweet deal! The most surprising part is, Costco actually loses money on each rotisserie chicken they sell. So, why would they keep the prices so low? It’s all about good business. They know that by selling it for a low price, you’ll buy it more often and will come back for more. Plus, everyone knows you don’t just buy one thing when you go to Costco. Along with that chicken, maybe you’ll buy a tent or some tires – or at the very minimum, a loaf of bread to go along with your chicken dinner.
14. Kirkland Signature Bacon
Is there a single thing better in the world than a perfectly crisp piece of bacon cooked to perfection? If your answer to that question was no, then Kirkland Signature Bacon is the sure way to go. It’s basically as close to perfection as you can get. With the accurate balance of meat and fat on each slice, along with a memorable smoke flavoring, one bite is enough to make you declare this the best bacon in town. And the best part is, you get all of that deliciousness for a lot less cash! But the bacon line doesn’t end there. As well as the traditional slices of bacon, you can also buy the bacon crumbles – which go perfectly in your salads – and the pre-cooked bacon slices for those busy and rushed mornings. No matter which one you get, you’re guaranteed to get a quality meaty treat, and it should definitely be on your Costco shopping list.
13. Hot Dogs
Okay, this one is kind of a given. How do you expect to have a complete Costco experience if you’ve never tried their gigantic hot dogs? The almost-too-cheap-to-be-true hot dog and soda deal has been offered at Costco for more than 35 years! The chain has definitely held the line in keeping the price so low, especially considering the cost of just about everything else has gone up since then. For one dollar and fifty cents, you can get one of the biggest, tastiest hot dogs topped with as many toppings as you want. Ya, that’s right – for $1.50. For a quarter-pound hot dog and 20 ounces of soda. It doesn’t really get better than that. Now, it would be one thing if this combo was just cheap and nothing else, but what makes it so worth it is the flavor it packs. And, on top of everything else, it’s quite filling, so a single one of these dogs will most likely be more than enough to satiate your hunger.
Alright, we couldn’t talk about the hot dogs without mentioning the pizza, now could we? And we’re not talking about the frozen kind either – although they do have a pretty impressive selection nonetheless. No, we’re talking about the greasy, freshly made pizza served right there, in the store. Getting pizza from the food court is like a Costco rite of passage. And pizza is serious business at Costco – as it is for the rest of us. Actually, if you were to consider Costco a pizza chain, just for the sake of it, it would be the 15th largest in the country. Not too shabby for a warehouse that sells clothes and electronics. What makes Costco’s pizza so enticing is, yes, the taste, but also the alluring price tag. Either $1.99 for a slice or $9.99 for the whole entire pie. 10 bucks for an 18″ pizza? Count us in. You can even call and order it in advance to avoid waiting in line. You just need to swing by to pick it up, and voila, you have got yourself a cheesy delight to-go!
11. Sheet Cake
You can buy a lot of things at Costco. Like, a lot. But, if there’s one thing you wouldn’t expect to find there, it’s a cake. But not just any cake, a creamy, quality sheet cake, baked and decorated in-house. Oh, and did we mention how cheap it was? For less than 20 dollars, you can order either a white cake – a.k.a. vanilla – or a chocolate cake filled with buttercream icing and mousse filling, and have it custom-made to taste with nearly 30 cake designs to choose from. To make this offer even more interesting, one cake weighs more than a newborn baby and can feed up to 48 guests. Between its size, taste, and price, Costco’s sheet cake really can’t compare to any other sheet cakes out there. So, for your next birthday party or your next casual day at the office, consider ordering your cake from Costco; it will be more than worth it.
10. Giant Bags Of Potato Chips
If you feel like you’re always running out of potato chips at the most crucial time during movie nights, a little trip to Costco might just be the answer to your problem. It’s no surprise that everything at Costco comes in a ridiculously large size, so why should the bags of potato chips be any different? You’ve got your regular offerings, of course, like Ruffles, Lays’, Doritos, you know, the classics, but you also have Costco’s very own Kirkland brand, which offers up some pretty good deals on chips. If you’re a big nacho fan, you can stock up on restaurant-style Organic Tortilla Chips that feature a blend of ground white and yellow corn. For only $4.99, you get a 40-ounce bag of chips, and each contains about 40 servings. That’s a lot of movie nights! And well, obviously, Costco also sells large containers of salsa to go with them.
9. Parmigiano Reggiano
Ah, cheese. Who doesn’t love it? You can eat it in so many ways, add it to so many things. It just feels like we will never get tired of cheese. If this is something you think about daily, then maybe a little trip to Costco would do you some good. For the hardcore cheese fans out there, this one is for you. Costco takes its cheese seriously. The proof? You can actually buy a 72-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, some of the best cheese found on the planet. While yes, it does not exactly fall into the “cheap” category, it’s still worth mentioning. For the mere price of $900, this entire wheel can be yours. The cheese is aged for at least 24 months by expert cheesemakers before Costco imports it directly from Italy. You’re probably never going to buy the entire thing, but it’s good to know that you could if you wanted to, right? And if you did, Costco sells a wheelbarrow you can use to get it home.
8. Almond Butter
On a regular basis, what’s the one spread you put on your toast the most? Well, unless you’re allergic, it’s probably peanut butter. Well, here is an alternative that you might need to consider trying next time you’re planning your breakfast – Almond butter. As delicious as almond butter is, true fans know how expensive a jar of the stuff can be. Not only that, but it can also be quite hard to find a perfect, creamy almond butter that meets your criteria. But, Costco being Costco, it has delivered the goods with its almond butter as well. Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Almond Butter will probably become your new favorite thing. Great to put on bread, fruit, in smoothies – anything really. With a perfect texture and easy spreadability , a 27-ounce jar for less than 8 dollars is practically a steal!
7. Acai Bowl
Even though acai has been gaining a lot in popularity over the last few years, there are probably still people wondering what the heck an “acai bowl” really is. Let us enlighten you. Acai is a type of berry that’s considered a superfood and really healthy. It can help with various health concerns, including arthritis, weight loss, and high cholesterol, among others. Therefore, it makes this snack a pretty healthy alternative to your usual chocolate sundae from the food court. Costco began selling this hearty option for a very affordable price right from the start. The bowls contain strawberries, blueberries, banana chips, granola, and an acai mix, all resulting in a plant-based, vegan, delectable dessert – or breakfast, it’s up to you, really. The acai base even comes out of Costco’s soft-serve machine, so it’s pretty easy to trick your brain into thinking you’re eating something much more indulgent than a bunch of fruits.
There are two types of people in life; those who don’t really care fmuch or coffee and those who have it running through their veins. There is practically no in-between. So, if you’re part of the latter group, you probably already have your favorite brand of trusty beans you gobble up every day – and chances are, you probably go through a bag way too fast. Or even worse yet, you spend all of your time and money at the drive-thru window of expensive coffee places. Well, we are here to tell you to head over to Costco and wait to be astounded by all of the java variety it offers. Obviously, all of the classic brands are there, like Lavazza, San Francisco Bay, and even Starbucks – but the real star of the show is Kirkland Signature Rwandan Coffee. This particular bag of coffee, compared to the coffee you are accustomed to, offers a bolder aroma and an extremely rich taste. So bold and rich that, even if you don’t like coffee, it could all change after one tiny sip.
5. Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets
When it comes to pretzels, the usual go-to combination is almost always chocolate. You know, for a sweet and salty kind of snack. However, the combo of pretzels and peanut butter might just be even more iconic. It’s the one thing in your life you didn’t know you needed until you taste it. The Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets from Costco are exactly what the name suggests; delicious salted pretzel nuggets filled with an even more salty and yummy peanut butter spread. Not only do these taste heavenly, but their smell is so addicting, you’ll be hooked before you even take a bite. Plus, they come in these huge containers, so they’re the perfect snack to bring to a party, the office, or just to keep for yourself as a little end-of-the-day treat.
4. Butter Croissants
If you want to start your day on the right foot with some fresh, buttery pastry, then you need to head over to Costco’s bakery section right this second. Go ahead and pick up a pack of butter croissants, and wait to be amazed. Costco has mastered the art of many pastries, and croissants are definitely at the top of the list. The best part about these Kirkland Signature croissants is their flakiness. But, not the kind of flakiness that makes them crumble up as soon as you pick them up – no, no, no. The kind that just melts into your mouth instantly. That’s all thanks to Costco using real butter while preparing them. They come in a container of 12 and will only set you back a mere 5 bucks. These will leave you wishing you had bought another pack. Oh, and a little tip; heat them up 10 seconds in the microwave for softer and tastier results.
3. Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie
By now, you know that Costco offers a ton of freshly made, baked in-house foods that are all pretty much delicious. Kirkland Signature Chicken Pot Pie might be one of the most underrated and overlooked of these items, and yet, also one of the tastiest. It’s probably because you need to bring it home and put it in the oven before you can enjoy it, but don’t worry, it’ll be well worth the effort in the end. It’ll even have you wonder why you hadn’t tried this pie sooner. It’s filled with all-white meat, carrots, and peas and covered with a pie dough from Costco’s bakery. Everything is gathered together in the same pot, so you won’t need to make a side dish to eat it with – it’s filling enough on its own. The perfect comfort food, indeed.
2. Cherry Danish
Again, we know what a master of the oven Costco is. They have a huge selection of baked goods, like pastries, muffins, and danishes. In the danish category, you can find anything from the typical cheese danish and apple danish to the more extravagant almond danish. While everything is pretty much perfection, one danish is able to steal the spotlight with its unmatched taste and texture. The cherry Danish might just be one of Costco’s greatest hits yet. The sweetness and tartness of the cherry filling simply take over, and you probably won’t be able to eat just one. Each danish comes individually wrapped in packs of four, and they all taste just as good as they look. To make it a little more flavorful, pop one up in the microwave for a few seconds, and you will have yourself the most magical dessert.
1. Kirkland Signature Pure Vanilla Extract
If you’re more of a “bake it yourself” kind of person, then that’s totally fine! But, you’ll need some basic ingredients in order to bake whatever it is you want to, right? And what is one very common ingredient used in just about every baking recipe? Vanilla extract. Now, imitation vanilla is usually cheap and can be found anywhere. However, if you’re tired of the fake stuff and want the real deal for still a very affordable price, Costco has got you covered. Not only will Kirkland Signature Pure Vanilla Extract not blow your budget, but it will also save so many of your recipes. If you thought you knew the true taste of vanilla, get ready to have your mind blown.