Don’t Balk at Bulk: How Singles Can Still Get Bang for Their Buck at Costco

Indianapolis - Circa January 2020: Costco Wholesale Location.
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You don’t need a big family to score discounts on bulk-portioned items at Costco. As a single person, there are several items you can purchase to make the most of your Costco membership.

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If you’re a single person or in a one-person household, here are several items worth the price of a membership.

Stock Up on Non-perishable Items

Costco has a wide selection of non-perishable items like canned goods, rice, pasta and other pantry staples that can be purchased in bulk at a lower price. 

Janice Costa, writer at Business Insider, picks up her favorite on-the-go breakfast at Costco (24 individual packages of Nature’s Garden trail mix for $12.99). Protein bars such as the favorite Kirkland Signature protein bars have a long shelf life and pack quite a bit of energy, per Cheapism.

Snag Some Pre-Cooked Chicken

Costco’s $4.99 rotisserie chicken is arguably one of the retailer’s best-known bargains. Costa said it’s perfect for a lazy dinner and can feed one person for a good part of the week.

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Pre-grilled chicken is another good ingredient to keep around the house. It can be thrown in a salad or put on a sandwich for a little added protein. Costa suggested it also makes portion control easy. She keeps a few packages in the fridge and then freezes the rest. You can buy 10 portions at Costco for $15.99.

Kirkland canned chicken is another high-protein option, Costa added. A six-pack costs $12.99.

Buy in Bulk and Freeze

If you have the freezer space, you can still take advantage of Costco’s bulk sizes by purchasing items like meat, poultry and fish in bulk and then freezing them for later use. According to Mashed, shoppers can freeze items like bread and cheese to get the bulk discounts without anything going to waste.

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Look for Deals on Household Items

Costco often offers bulk discounts on household items — like paper towels, ice melter and laundry detergent — which can save you money in the long run. You can pick up a pack of 12 large paper towel rolls for $18.99, per Costa, or spend $9.99 for 12 pounds of ice melter.

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Josephine Nesbit is a freelance writer specializing in real estate and personal finance. She grew up in New England but is now based out of Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University and lives with her two toddlers and fiancé. Her work has appeared in print and online publications such as Fox Business and Scotsman Guide.
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