You Can Tell by the Price Tag If Something Is Being Discontinued — 12 Things About Shopping at Costco

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If you’re someone who has a warehouse membership and doesn’t look forward to your monthly (or quarterly) trip to Costco, I’m not sure what or who stole your joy.

I mean, as long as it’s not crazy busy and the lines aren’t to the back of the store…what’s not to love?

You probably love it so much you can’t get enough, and so these 12 things should definitely be in your back pocket before you make you next trip through the aisles.

12. You can sneak your friends in a couple of different ways.

You can bring up to two guests with you on a shopping trip – most people know that – but you can also buy and refill a Costco Cash Card and give it to a friend.

With it, they can spend store credit without having a membership.

11. If you hear a bell ringing, go running.

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Costco Rotisserie Chicken a great keto solution for a Friday , long day and getting home late. Just want to eat and curl up and forget the hard day. But this was really good and hit the spot lol I didn’t eat the whole thing don’t worry but it was juicy and yummy. #rotisseriechicken #costco #costcorotisseriechicken #ketomeals #ketolifestyle #ketolove #tired #hardweek #stresseating

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If a bell rings in the Costco deli it means there’s a fresh batch of their famous cooked rotisserie chicken – and it’s totally worth the sprint.

10. Their markup is relatively low.

Supermarkets jack up prices, especially on meats, by around 30%.

Costco keeps their markups on all products less than 15%, with an average of 10.6%.

9. You can tell by the price tag if something you love is being discontinued.

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Insane deal! $49 down to $10!! Bought myself four for the price of one! . . . . . . . #costco #costcofinds #costcodeals #costcobayarea #costcocalifornia #costconorcal #costcobuys #costcotreasures #costcoforums #costconewitems #costcowhatsnew #costcoforums #costcowarehouse #costcotreasurehunts y@costco #costcoslickdeals #slickdeals #costcodotcom YMMV As always call your local Costco warehouse, press option 1 (administrative services) and give the person the item number. They should be able to tell you the nearest Costco that has the item.

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If you see an asterisk in the upper right hand corner of a price tag, it means your location isn’t going to reorder the item.

Consider if your signal to buy more than one!

8. All Kirkland products are not made equally.

Kirkland is the Costco store brand, and even though all of the products are affordable, not all of them boast the same quality.

The best bets are bacon and maple syrup, and you should avoid the coffee and dishwasher gel packs.

7. No, there’s not more “in the back.”

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Scary sight….. #costcowarehouse #costcodeepdiscounts #costconewitems #costcodotcom #costcoinstantsavings #costcowhatsnew #costcoinstantsavings #costcoclearance #costcoseasonal . . . . . . . #costco #costcofinds #costcodeals #costcobayarea #costcocalifornia #costconorcal #costcobuys #costcotreasures #costcoforums #costconewitems #costcowhatsnew #costcoforums #costcowarehouse #costcotreasurehunts y@costco #costcoslickdeals #slickdeals #costcodotcom YMMV As aluuways call your local Costco warehouse, press option 1 (administrative services) and give the person the item number. They should be able to tell you the nearest Costco that has the item.

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Costco is a true warehouse – there’s no additional storage, so what you see on the shelves is what’s available.

6. There’s a “best way” to work your way through the store.

The best deals are found deeper in the store, and the heart of the store – “center court,” if you’re in the know – is the place to begin. Start at the center and work your way toward the back.

The stuff at the front have the highest markup, so only grab what you absolutely want.

5. It’s a no-fly zone for coupons.

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I know for certain this is a portal to hell #costcocheckout

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Costco doesn’t accept manufacturers’ coupons and they don’t negotiate lower deals. They do have warehouse savings books, if you want a better deal.

4. Soda is often not the best deal.

When your local grocery stores run deals on soda (aka pop or coke), they’re usually better than what you can find at Costco.

The best advice is to really stock up in bulk from them when you can.

3. They sell really reasonable caskets.

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#costcocasket #creepy

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Many people don’t have the cash to buy a $2-$3k coffin when a loved one dies unexpectedly. Costco is there for you, selling steel caskets for as little as $950that can be shipped to 36 states and D.C.

2. Request a “chub” of beef.

It sounds a little weird and maybe dirty, but if you request your ground beef to be sealed in a plastic tube that looks like a huge hotdog, they’ll sell it to you at a discount.

The packaging is much cheaper than the typical foam box and clear plastic top.

1. Order your pizza on the way in.

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Costco Adds Healthier Items to Food Court, Cutting Some Favorites #FACTS JUL. 8, 2018 Costco is revamping portions of its food court menu, replacing some less healthy items — such as barbecue and chocolate frozen yogurt — with #vegetarian salads and #acaibowls Though the changes are ongoing, the most notable victim so far might be the Polish Hot Dog, now officially discontinued That should not, however, be confused with perhaps Costco’s most beloved food deal, an all-beef hot dog sold with a fountain drink for $1.50. The Seattle Times this week spoke to Costco CFO #RichardGalanti who confirmed that while the polish hot dog is gone, the all-beef mainstay isn’t going anywhere. The hot dog combo was first introduced in the mid-1980s, shortly after the bulk-buying store opened. Its price hasn’t changed since, making it a favorite #bargain among Costco shoppers Other recent changes to the food court menu seem aimed at keeping Costco current with trends toward healthier eating. One Costco store in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has dropped both chocolate frozen #yogurt and a #berry frozen yogurt sundae, while adding a desert featuring acai berry swirl and fresh fruit and granola. Costco says the acai dish will be available in all #Costcostores Another new dish at #Costco is an #alpastor #salad with plant-based protein. A #barbecue brisket sandwich and chili have reportedly been removed from at least some stores Distress at the changes may reflect the fact that while Costco’s customers tend to be relatively affluent, they also tend to be older and more suburban. That might make them less eager for change, and suggests challenges ahead as Costco attempts to increase its appeal to younger shoppers while holding on to its #hotdog loving core constituency #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #FOODNETWORK #EATER #TRUECOOKS #NYC #LAEATS #PEOPLE #OKMAGAZINE #LONDON #DAILYMAIL #LEFOODING #bonappetit #huffpostgram #uglydelicious #huffposttaste #foodporn

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If they’re busy, you could have to wait 20-25 minutes for a fresh pizza. Do yourself a favor and order it as you go in, do your shopping, and then grab it on your way out!

Everyone loves secrets, and deals, and being in the know, right? I’m feeling amped up for my next run!

Did you learn anything? Do you already shop at Costco? What’s your favorite thing about it? Tell us in the comments!