Oh Costco. Who doesn’t love Costco?! This amazing place is right up there with Nordstroms in my favorite places to shop ,) You too, right?! Seriously though, if you have a family or prefer to buy in bulk, Costco is where you should be shopping.
When we first started shopping there years ago, I noticed the Kirkland brand, but was somewhat hesitant to try it. Depending on the place, store brands are often not comparable in quality to their name brand counterparts. Over the years, I began slowly trying some of the Kirkland brands and have been incredibly impressed. Costco reports that approximately 20 percent of the products carried in their warehouses carry the Kirkland brand. While I have not tried all, I have tried or looked into most products a family will use on a regular basis. Today I am sharing the Kirkland products you should be buying at Costco.
1. Organic Milk – starting off with one of the biggest savers. Kirkland Organic milk is significantly cheaper than name brand organic milk. Think almost $1 per gallon cheaper! Non-organic milk is also cheaper, but not as significant difference as the organic.
Also, the organic soy milk is cheaper than name brand soy milk.
2. Organic Beef – This is one of the places I have found the price of organic ground beef to be consistent. Our local butcher and grocery store tend to fluctuate in price with one being cheaper than the other depending on the week. Costco’s price remains constant and lower than both.
3. Coffee Pods – you should be buying your coffee pods at Costco regardless of the brand. But if you are looking to save money, you should be buying the Kirkland Brand. These pods come to $0.40 each while comparable name brand pods cost $0.55-0.65 per each! That is a huge savings when you drink coffee every day!! And you do, right?! I love the morning blend flavor. Now they just need to start making some Kirkland Nespresso pods….
4. Trash Bags – At less than 8 cents per bag, these trash bags are remarkably cheaper than brand alternatives. Glad Forceflex from Costco is double the price at 14 cents per bag. And when you are talking about something that houses your trash, it does not need to be some flashy name brand. Especially when these hold up as well as their more expensive friends. While they do not have as stretch sides as Glad Forceflex, they do have the fitted top that secures to your trash bin.
5. Laundry Detergent – I am super picky on how my laundry detergent smells and I love the smell of the Kirkland brand detergent. It is $0.20 per packet/load compared to the Tide Pods at $0.22 per packet/load. And while the price difference is not great, it does add up. Especially when you do laundry on a daily basis! Also of note, Harper has very sensitive skin, and despite this not being dye or scent free, it does not seem to bother her skin.
6. Wipes – Kirkland wipes are my FAVORITE. Seriously. I could write a whole post dedicated to these. I will likely continue to buy even after my kids are no longer in diapers because I use them for everything: wiping off counters, faces and hands post meals, walls and woodwork, floors…you name it. I like that these are very durable and do not have a large amount of moisture. Some of the other brands leave a film behind because they have so much moisture in them. These are also hypoallergenic and work well on sensitive skin. Like all Kirkland products, these are quite a bit cheaper than name brand alternatives. Unfortunately, I do not love Kirkland diapers as much as I do the wipes 🙁
7. Toilet Paper – I am not a toilet paper snob…but my mom is. And she agrees that this is comparable to many name brand options. The Kirkland rolls cost $0.77 and the Charmin Ultra Soft rolls cost $1.00 per roll. Kirkland paper towels are actually about the same price as competitors and not as great of a cost savings especially when, while these are absorbent, lack some of the thickness of the name brands. So, toilet paper = yes, and paper towels = no.
8. Dishwasher Pods – I read an article once that reported Kirkland Dishwasher Pacs were made by the same company that makes the Cascade products…while I have yet to see anything to substantiate this, I do feel that these clean just as well as the name brand products. At under $0.20 per pac, they come in cheaper than the Cascade pacs that come in usually at or just above $0.20 per pac.
9. Nuts – Nuts are expensive! The Kirkland brand carries several varieties of mixed and individual nuts and I have yet to find them cheaper per pound. Aaron loves to snack on these and I try to always keep a jar on hand for easy munching when we have friends over for drinks.
10. Olive Oil – I use olive oil on a daily basis – so I need the bulk size of olive oil. In addition to reedit the large size, I feel their olive oil has a great flavor. And like almost all of the Kirkland products, it comes in a fair amount cheaper per oz. than name brand options.
Next time you are at Costco (probably tomorrow, right??), keep your eye out for the Kirkland Brands! Tell me, what are your favorite Costco finds or Kirkland products?
- Tarah ManningApril 6, 2016 at 8:16 AM
I tried their toilet paper once and wont be buying it again. I think there is a big difference between it and the Charmin brand as far as quality.
I totally agree with you on all the other items though. Especially the baby wipes! I love them!
- Seetha RamDecember 1, 2016 at 10:24 PM
This is nice. Thanks for sharing with us. This is good to know
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- LalaMarch 15, 2017 at 10:45 PM
I love everything Kirkland! Never been disappointed. Just hope they come out with pods for Nespresso machines!!
- Proud Grandma January 18, 2018 at 7:36 AM
I too vote for Nespresso capsules!