Before I couponed the fabuless way I did most of my shopping at Costco! I would go there at least once a week and spend at least $100.
The only way I used coupons was to use the ones in the Costco coupon booklet. Buying in bulk was saving me money, but I had no idea how much more money I could be saving.
When I started couponing I had to still shop at Costco sometimes because I was still in stockpile building mode. I missed it, I love shopping at Costco, but when I walk through the warehouse now it makes me sick to see how much I used to pay for things I now pay pennies for.
We often get this question in our inbox:
Do you use the Costco coupons?
The answer is rarely. I find that almost every time I can get an item for less if I wait for a sale and use my coupons from the newspaper or coupons.com.
Can Costco coupons be used anywhere else?
No they can only be used at Costco!
Items I used to buy at Costco, but can now get for less shopping the fabuless way:
Chicken Now I stock up on this and freeze it when I can get it for $1.88/lb or less for boneless skinless
Carnation Instant Breakfast
Hamburger $1.88 or less I stock up and freeze
Cheese I buy cheese for $2/lb or less and buy several. These can be frozen. They have a long shelf life in the fridge as well as long as you do not open them
Fruit Snacks I have BUY fruit snacks for .10 a box
Granola Bars I can get these for about .40/ 10 pk or .04 each or less
Produce I buy the produce that is on sale where I coupon shop or get it from HCP
Shampoo I like to get FREE shampoo
Razors will not pay more than $1 for razors
Toothpaste I only buy free toothpaste
Bagel Bites I lie to get my bagel bites for free
Cereal do not pay more than .50 a box and often get FREE cereal
See more of my stock-up prices!
After getting the hang of couponing I found that I did not need to shop at Costco much at all. Instead of spending $5,000 a year at Costco I was spending more like $500 a year at Costco. So here is the next big question we get…..
Is it worth it to keep your Costco Membership?
Yes. To me it is. Why?
It costs me $50 (even with my executive membership) a year but look what I can still do with it…..
Electronics: Costco has great prices for electronics and a 90 day return policy no matter what!
The Return Policy: Costco will ”guarantee your satisfaction on every product with a full refund.”This means you can return anything for any reason, even dead trees! haha.
Clothing: It is hard to beat Costco’s price for name brand jeans!
Gifts: We love to shop Costco at Christmas time, we always find some great gifts there!
Gas Prices: Costco has the lowest price in town for gas! Yes, I can get if for less at Albertsons some of the time with my preferred card gas rewards, but not every time.
Prescriptions: Costco usually has the lowest price for prescriptions! Don’t believe me? Check out the Costco Drug Price Checker! Type in any prescription you usually buy and I bet it will be less. They even give you the price for the generic alternative! Thanks Fab FruGAL Megan for reminding me of this!
When my stockpile runs low and I need to go get a good price for things I need Costco is where I go!