Anyone who knows me or who has read my blog, knows of my displeasure with Costco for dropping chocolate frozen yogurt from its food courts and replacing it with trendy frozen acai.
That change disrupted my life for months and has turned me from a Costco lover to a Costco hater. I no longer go every week and now spend as little time and money as possible when I’m there. I also downgraded my membership from Executive to regular.
So I’m up for any Costco bashing I see, which is why this recent Cooking Light post, 6 Things You Should NEVER Buy at Costco, According to Superfans.
Some of the items mentioned, like rice, cereal or soda, are on the list because you can buy them cheaper at other stores if you wait for sales.
That’s really the unspoken secret of Costco, it takes a low markup on items so its prices are normally lower than other places regular prices. But supermarkets will put items on sale, selling them below cost sometimes, just to draw you in with the hope you’ll buy other, higher-priced items while you’re there.
Bananas are something I regularly buy at Costco because at 39 cents a pound they’re cheaper than at supermarkets. But now I’m watching more closely for sales. A local store recently had them for 19 cents a pound, cheaper than Costco. So I skipped going to Costco entirely that week.
One item is on the list for health reasons — Costco muffins. “The chocolate muffins are the biggest diet-crashers, weighing in at 690 calories apiece, while the blueberry muffins are 600 calories each — 174 more calories than the average muffin,” the piece notes.
I would occasionally buy these to include in breakfast buffets when we had overnight guests, but I’ve switched to Thomas’s light multigrain English muffins instead. Costco used to carry those too but dropped them as well. again, shame on you Costco.