5 things you should always buy at Costco—and 5 you can skip

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1. Bulk non-perishable items: Cost-effective for long-lasting products like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, and canned goods.

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2. Meat and poultry: High-quality cuts at competitive prices, ideal if you have enough freezer space.

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3. Dairy products: Lower prices per unit for cheese, butter, and milk, but consider consumption rate and expiration dates.

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4. Organic produce: Wide selection of organic fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, suitable for large families or heavy organic consumers.

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5. Electronics: Competitive prices, extended warranties, and bundle deals on items like TVs, laptops, and cameras.

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On the other hand, here are 5 items you can generally skip at Costco:

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1. Fresh produce: Bulk quantities may not be suitable for small households or slower consumption rates.

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2. Small household items: Everyday items like cleaning supplies and kitchen utensils can often be found at lower prices in regular stores or online.

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3. Perishable items: Limited shelf life makes bulk purchases of items like bread, eggs, and fresh seafood prone to wastage if not consumed quickly.

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4. Clothing: Limited selection and styles compared to dedicated clothing retailers or online stores.

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5. Books and DVDs: Small selection with limited options, better deals and variety can be found in dedicated bookstores or online retailers.

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