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 9).
1. Fresh meats
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.