Here are 10 of the best Costco buys, according to a long-term employee

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It’s safe to say that 100 employees would have 100 different “best of” lists.


Key points

  • If you’re patient, it’s worth waiting for Costco to make a sale on the products you’re interested in.
  • One perk of shopping at Costco is the store’s generous refund policy.
  • Inventory varies by Costco location. If you’re looking for something in particular, you can save time by checking with your local Costco store before you head out.

It came to our attention last month when a long-term Costco employee named Veronica posted on Insider, sharing the top 10 things she bought at Costco in 2022. After all, who better than a Costco employee to know where they’re hiding? The bargains? And given the current state of inflation, it’s nice to have some inside information.

Without further ado, here is your “best of” list.

1.Vitamix

One quickly realizes that Veronica is all about working out and staying healthy. The first healthy item she mentioned that she bought is a Vitamix E520 blender. She refers to the blender as the “holy grail” for making fresh smoothies and sauces. And Veronica likes the fact that it’s versatile enough to make baby food, soups, and more.

Inside tip: According to Veronica, the blender typically retails for $399.99 (as it does today). If you’re in the market for one though, keep an eye out because he says he’s seen it sell for as low as $299.99. Waiting could result in an additional $100 remaining in your bank account.

2. Yakisoba stir-fried with seasoned chicken

We’re not sure which Costco location Veronica employs, but she seems to have snagged a stir-fry kit that isn’t available at all Costco locations. The package came with pre-made sous-vide chicken, fresh vegetables, yakisoba noodles, and stir-fry sauce.

Inside tip: According to Veronica, the stir fry kit can be made in less than seven minutes. Better yet, at $6.49 per pound, you can feed your family of four for around $22.

3. Good chicken enchiladas

Another sign that the long-time employee is health conscious is their focus on nutrition. Obviously, these enchiladas appealed to him because they contain 20 grams of protein, 2 grams of net carbs, and no grains.

Inside tip: While we realize going through the reader comments section is usually not a good idea, two readers disagreed with Veronica’s take on enchiladas. Readers named Debra and Jen complained about the taste. While Debra says she threw hers away, Jen said she was grateful for Costco’s liberal return policy.

4. Sharper Image Power Percussion Deep Tissue Massager

Veronica says she uses the deep tissue massager almost every day, especially after working out. She appreciates that the different accessories target different muscle groups.

Inside tip: This is another product to keep an eye out for if you are interested, as the price has been known to drop.

5. Fairlife Protein Drinks

Once again, Veronica’s “best of” list relates to her training habits. Sharing that she works out five times a week, her favorite snack is a Fairlife protein drink. One drink contains 30 grams of protein and two grams of sugar.

Inside tip: The Fairlife brand is one of the best-selling proteins at Costco.

6. Kirkland Signature Breakfast Blend Coffee

According to Veronica, she won’t be buying her coffee blend anywhere other than Costco, paying $39.99 for a 120-pack of K-Cups. She calls Kirkland Signature Breakfast Mix “perfect.”

Inside tip: One coffee does not fit all, as evidenced by another reader’s comment. This one came from someone who goes by the username “All American.” According to AA, other retailers, including Kroger, offer a 120-pack of K-Cup pods for a much lower price, so it’s worth shopping around.

7. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

Veronica seems enthusiastic about these collagen peptides and says she thinks they have helped her grow her hair and nails. She says that she mixes the unflavored collagen into her coffee every morning.

Inside tip: Normally sold for $31.99, Costco has dropped the price to $21.99 on occasion.

8. hunting boots

This one was a bit of a surprise, given that hunting boots are not related to health nor are they something that everyone wears. Still, Veronica was excited to have gotten a pair for $79.99 as she saw some styles sell for over $100.

Inside tip: If you can’t find hunting boots in the store, they can sometimes be purchased on the Costco website. Although that wasn’t the case when we reviewed today, it’s worth keeping in mind when it’s on the market.

9. Saint Laurent sunglasses

We must admit that the sunglasses that Veronica bought do look pretty cool. She suggests the black-grey SLM3, retailing for $116.99.

Inside tip: When shopping for glasses, be sure to visit Costco’s optical department for potential savings. Whether you normally pay with cash or use a rewards credit card to earn points, it pays to save where you can.

10. Glad Take Away Containers

As someone who prepares meals, Veronica says these containers come in handy.

Inside tip: If you are concerned about the negative impact of plastic on the environment, you can always opt for Ello’s 2-Compartment Glass Food Containers. Not only do they look great, you get four containers with lids for $16.97.

Whether these are your top 10 purchases or not, it’s interesting to take a look behind the curtain at how a Costco employee shops.

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