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19 Foods That Are a Complete Waste of Money at Costco

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chips scattered Think you should buy chips at Costco? You’d be wasting your money on them — and on soda, cereals, canned goods, some produce, and many other items. | iStock.com

Costco can seem like a bargain-hunter’s dream destination. Giant flats of toilet paper. Huge packs of butter. Oversized bottles of ketchup or jars of mayonnaise. Inexplicably large bags of spinach and salad mix. Inexpensive bags of dog treats. All of those sound like great deals. And many are. But for all of the awesome bargains Costco offers, some aisles in the cavernous store are stocked with items you shouldn’t buy.

One of the sections of the store where you can waste money as easily as you can save it is the food section. We aren’t going to stop you from buying a giant bag of frozen french fries or a huge pack of bacon. But we won’t let you waste your money on foods that are going to go bad before you can use them up, foods that aren’t likely to be good quality, or grocery items that just aren’t a good value.

Read on for 19 foods that are a complete waste of money at Costco.

1. Fresh meats

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Meet, fish, eggs Costco often doesn’t offer good deals on fresh meats. | iStock.com/grinvalds

Fresh meats, such as chicken, ground beef, and steaks, often cost more at Costco than they do at the grocery store. And a good sale at the supermarket will beat Costco’s prices by a large margin. Plus, a large package might be a poor value. Raw meat doesn’t last long in the refrigerator. You can stock up on meat at Costco if you plan to portion it and freeze some for later. But if you can’t take the time to separate it into separate freezer bags when you get home, you might end up throwing out as much as you use.

Next: Bulk packages of produce

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