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Pick the best, forget the rest at Costco

Posted July 22, 2014

Costco is definitely a place to stock up the pantry. Although there are quality goods at great prices, certain items should be skipped.

Shopping strategically is key at a warehouse such as Costco. Consumer reports checked out the mega store because it’s the largest warehouse club in the country.

“Here in the Consumer Reports’ labs we have tested a slew of Costco products and we have found plenty that did really well,” Dan DiClerico said.

When it comes to washing clothes, Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean and the Ultra Clean Pacs are the best buy for laundry detergent. It’s just nine cents per load, and 14 cents per load for the pods.

For the kitchen, Kirkland Signature Trashbags are strong enough to hold all waste, and Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs should be bought rather than the gel to clean dishes.

Tests show Kirkland paper towels are very absorbent. but skip the Kirkland facial tissue and toilet paper.

Other good choices among Kirkland brands are bacon, olive oil, cooked tail-on shrimp, and the signature vanilla ice cream, which beat out Breyer’s in Consumer Reports’ taste tests. Hannah Classic Hummus was also among the delicious go-to selections for food.

Another great buy are Kirkland car batteries.

When calculating the savings, don’t forget to factor in the cost of the membership fee.

Returning items is not a problem with Costco’s generous return policy. They accept virtually anything at any time, except for electronics, which must be returned within 90 days of purchase.

If you’re looking for another list on what you should get and forget at Walmart, visit consumerreports.org.


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  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 23, 2014

    I shop as Costco but I have to say that the product and brand selection is extremely limited.

  • busyb97 Jul 23, 2014

    Skip the fruit right now. ;-)