Inflation has cast its evil spell on just about everything we buy, and that includes clothing and shoes. This is a real bummer for those of us who are looking to spruce up and add to our wardrobe for the summer, but it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker. If you can find the items you desire at a discounted price, you can perhaps pay even less than you would have pre-inflation.
When looking for price cuts and deep sales, consumers should head to Costco. The clubhouse giant is offering a slew of seasonal apparel for less than what competitors are touting. GOBankingRates consulted retail experts to get the scoop on the latest savings opportunities on trendy new threads and kicks — but be aware that some of these sales are time-sensitive.
“Right now, you can get Skechers Ladies’ Two Strap Sandal at Costco for just $16.99 ($5 off),” said Kristin McGrath, shopping expert with BlackFriday.com. “This pair of shoes is a great dupe for the Birkenstock version, which can retail for over $130 depending on the style you’re looking for.”
Speedo Swim Skorts
Shoppers can find great deals on swimsuits at Costco right now, such as this Speedo Ladies’ Swim Skort.
“It’s perfect for lounging at the pool or playing beach volleyball with friends — for just $14.99 ($3 off),” McGrath said. “This is a great deal as you’ll find other swim skort styles at stores like Athleta for typically around three times the price.”
32 Degrees Men’s Tees
“Thes 32 Degrees Men’s Air Mesh [shirts] are super lightweight and quick dry so they’re perfect for layering under button ups for the office or for working out,” said Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst with DealNews.com. “This 4-pack is normally $19.99, but it’s currently on sale through May 23 for $15.99; shopping at 32 Degrees direct means paying around $22 for something similar but not exact.”
32 Degrees Women’s Tees
“This 3-pack is regularly $13.99 but it’s currently on sale for $10.99 through June 7,” Ramhold said. “That’s 3 t-shirts that are stretchy and made with quick dry fabric, so they’re perfect to wear in the summertime; plus shopping direct from 32 Degrees will have you spending closer to $6 per shirt, if not more.”
Unionbay Men’s Cargo Shorts
“Despite the bad reputation cargo shorts have, plenty of people still find them useful and comfortable,” Ramhold said. “These Unionbay Men’s Cargo Shorts have a relaxed fit and go for $18.99; shopping elsewhere, you’ll pay around $30 or more for this brand of cargo shorts.”
Mondetta Ladies’ Space Dye Jacket
Ramhold noted that jackets from Mondetta can cost around $26 if not more, but at Costco, this Mondetta Ladies’ Space Dye Jacket is currently on sale for $14.99 through May 13. “This one is ideal for anyone who wants a lighter jacket for workouts during cooler times, so it’s a good idea to grab it now way before fall temperatures hit,” Ramhold said.
Calvin Klein Men’s Jeans
Calvin Klein Men’s Jeans can go for $60 or more per pair — but not at Costco. “At Costco they’ll only set you back $26.99,” Ramhold said.
Levi’s Men’s 505 Jeans
“Similar to the CK jeans, these will cost you between $60 and $70 if you’re shopping the 505 line elsewhere,” Ramhold said. “At Costco, they’re only $19.97.”
Kids Headquarters Kids’ 6-Piece Cotton PJ Set
“There are several different themes for this set, including Mermaid and Deep Sleeper,” Ramhold said. “These include basically three sets of pajamas so it’s a great bulk package. You can find them at other stores, but you’ll pay closer to $33 for the identical items; at Costco, the same set is only $19.99.”
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