The 7 Best Ways to Spend $5 at Costco

The 7 Best Ways to Spend $5 at Costco

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Shopping at a bulk store like Costco is a surefire way to find bargain prices on all kinds of goods — but the problem, I've found, is that you buy such large quantities to get the deal, that you often end up spending more money total than you would have at a typical grocery store. So while the price per ounce may be way cheaper, your out-of-pocket per trip is higher. (That $19 I just dropped on two liters of olive oil comes to mind.)

Of course, there are a bunch of things at Costco that are still only $5 or less. So with the help of my assistant (my mom, who's ready to come out of retirement to be a Kitchn reporter now), I dug deep to come up with this list.

If you're gonna spend just $5 (or less!) at Costco, you should do it on one of these seven groceries.

Note: Prices can vary by season and location; all were accurate at the time of reporting.

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1. Kirkland Signature Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken, $4.99 for a three-pound bird

You knew the rotisserie chicken was going to be on this list. The price is actually consistent at every Costco — it's $4.99 and always will be. It's a real crowd-pleaser and a great option if you're in a rush to put dinner together.

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2. Earthbound Farms Organic Greens, $4.50 for one pound

Most of the greens in the refrigerated section are less than $5, for not-too-giant quantities. That includes an Asian chopped salad, a sweet kale gourmet salad, and various containers of lettuces, kale, and spinach. This mix of organic greens is a favorite among Kitchn staffers.

Related: A Nutritionist's 10 Favorite Costco Finds for $10 or Less

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3. Del Monte Bananas, $1.99 for three pounds

We've seen this price as low as $1.39 for three pounds, which actually makes Costco's bananas cheaper than the 19-cent ones at Trader Joe's. Even at $1.99 for three pounds, this is a darn good deal.

Related: We Compared Produce Prices at Costco, Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Whole Foods — Here's What We Learned

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4. Kirkland Signature Ground Saigon Cinnamon, $2.99 for 10.7 ounces

I know we've said that spices are one of the things that shouldn't be bought at Costco (see: 5 Things Kitchn Editors Never Buy at Costco), but cinnamon really is one of those things you can get through in a few months — especially with fall coming. Sprinkle some into oatmeal, shakes, smoothies, baked goods, and tomatoes (yes, really!).

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5. Heinz All Natural Distilled White Vinegar, $2.89 for 1.32 gallons

Whether you're buying it for cooking or cleaning purposes (or both!), this is a great deal.

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6. Kirkland Signature Sharp Cheddar Cheese, $4.99 for two pounds

Cut the cheese yourself for savings; the pre-cut or shredded stuff is always way more expensive. Plus, this way you can control how it's eaten (think: cubed, shredded, sliced, etc.)!

7. Chicken Caesar Salad, $3.99 at the food court

You probably thought I was going to include that $1.50 food court hot dog. (Another item that is always the same price no matter which store you're in.) It's delicious and has a cult following, for sure, but I wanted to give some love to this salad, which four registered dietitians all suggested as the healthiest thing to eat at the Costco food court.

Read more: The Healthiest Thing to Eat at the Costco Food Court, According to Four Registered Dietitians

What are your favorite Costco groceries for $5 or less?

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