I’ve often wondered if we’re actually saving on some of the items that are sold in bulk at Costco compared to smaller packages/sizes at retail stores combined with sales and coupons. This week’s Costco in-store coupons are for products that I happen to have coupons for in my binder and so I’ve decided to calculate the per/unit cost to compare.
Dole Fruit Bowls
Costco: 20×107 mL Fruit Cups $6.99 after $2 in-store coupon = $.35 per cup
Independent Grocer: 4×107 mL Fruit Bowls on sale for $1.67-$1 coupon from back of Squish’ems box = $.17/cup *winner*
Costco: 20 boxes of Scotties Premium 2-ply $15.99 after $4 instore coupon = $0.80/box
Real Canadian Superstore: 16 boxes of Royale on sale for $12.97 – $1 OFF GoCoupons.ca = $1.34/box
Loblaws: Kleenex 6 boxes of 3-play on sale for $6.99 – $1 OFF when you buy 2 boxes from SmartSource insert = $1.08/box (but since these are 3 ply, there will be fewer tissues)
No Frills 6 boxes of Royale on sale for $3.97 – $1 OFF GoCoupons.ca = $.50/box *winner*
Quaker Harvest Crunch
Costco: 1.6 kg box $4.69 after $2 in-store coupon = $.0028/g *winner*
Independent 750 g box on sale for $3 (i have no coupons at the moment!) = $.004/g
Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Costco: 3L $14.99 after $4 in-store coupon = $4.99/L *winner*
Loblaws: 1L on sale for $7.99 (our $2 OFF tearpad coupons expired in December ’12) = $7.99L
By comparing just these 4 products, I am going to draw my own conclusion that retail sale prices with a coupon offer more savings than the larger quantities at Costco even with the in-store coupons. That being said, there are a few staples which are consistently less expensive: milk and bananas come to mind. I’m going to continue to compare prices before making big purchases at Costco.
By registering for the Costco e-newsletter on their web-site, I can stay up-to-date on which items have in-store coupons (aka are “on sale”) and I like to use Flyer On Fire to do a quick check to see if the items are on-sale anywhere the same week.
If there’s an item I’m really serious about taking at trip to Coscto for (it’s a bit of a drive and I, like most consumers, find it difficult to resist adding extra Costco treasures to my cart. I try to restrict my trips.) then I double check with the actual paper flyer (Flyer On Fire is sometimes incomplete) and flip through my coupon book. It takes a little bit of extra time to do this research, as well as to find, clip & organize my coupons, that’s for sure. But when my savings allow me to continue to be home for our family, my time is worth the savings.
Happy Couponing (or Costco-ing)!
Christa Clips ~ January 5, 2013Want more samples & coupons? Subscribe and we'll deliver the best samples & coupons to your inbox!