19 Foods That Are a Complete Waste of Money at Costco

Costco seems like a bargain hunter’s dream. For all the awesome deals the big-box store offers, however, you shouldn’t buy certain items. You can easily waste money in the food section — but we won’t let you. These are the foods you shouldn’t buy from Costco, including one popular item to avoid at all costs (on page 10).

1. Fresh meats

Buyer woman chooses chopped meat in a shop

Costco meat isn’t the best choice. | sergeyryzhov/Getty Images

Why: Fresh meats, like chicken, ground beef, and steaks, often cost more at Costco than they do at the grocery store. And a good supermarket sale will beat Costco’s prices by a large margin. Plus, a large package of raw meat won’t last long in the fridge.

The exception: If you properly portion the meat and freeze it for later, you might get your money’s worth.

Next: Not even vegetarians can keep up with these items.

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