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Buy: Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

Real maple syrup is expensive, but when you want maple syrup, you want it to taste good. It’s no secret that some have a very questionable taste. Mind you, this is not surprising since most syrup out there is actually artificial maple flavoring and corn syrup.

Honestly, there is no substitute for the real stuff and it turns out Kirkland’s pure maple syrup is a great deal. Expect to pay almost half the price of what you would pay for pure maple syrup at your local grocery store, and you’ll have the taste you’re looking for.

Don’t Buy: Muffins


If you’ve ever bought muffins at Costco, you already know that their price is quite ridiculously low compared to muffins found in other stores, especially in relation to their size! And, what’s more, they are absolutely delicious!

However, even if these muffins are good for your taste as well as for your wallet, they are very bad for your health. They are very high in fat and sugar, which, according to dietician Megan Byrd, can “increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.”

Buy: Olive Oil

olive oil
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Olive oil is a staple in most kitchens these days. Most meals require the use of olive oil, even if only for cooking. So why not purchase a few big containers at a time, especially since it will allow you to save money in the end?

Besides being a total bargain, Costco’s olive oil is high quality, extra virgin and even organic. This one is a definite buy for everyday cooking, which will allow you to splurge on a small bottle of fancy olive oil for special occasions.

Don’t Buy: Ground Coffee

ground coffee

Most Americans drink coffee every day, whether it is a single cup or several, so it might seem pretty logical to purchase coffee in bulk. After all, it’s annoying to always have to buy more! And yes, you will save some money for doing this.

The only small problem is that once ground, coffee beans lose their strength and flavor through contact with air. Therefore, stick to smaller containers of ground coffee or better yet grind your own beans for the best flavor.