Skip to main content

The best purchases of all time: The Costco deals shoppers will never forget

These items won the hearts and wallets of Costco shoppers

If you are a lover of Costco, you could easily spend half a Saturday there, unaware of the hours that have passed. The subreddit r/Costco page is a wealth of information for fans of the big box retailer. They posed a question, and it’s one for the record books: “What was your favorite Costco purchase of all time?” adding, “Rule: You must limit your answer to only ONE item.” For anyone who has ever stepped foot in Costco and walked out with a cart-full, you can imagine how tough this would be to nail down. But the answers may have you spending even more time there the next time you run low on these items.

The Image Party / Shutterstock

Food items

Redditor u/rubbersoul2022 answered his own question, adding, “Mine were brats on sale for $0.99 per package. These were the same brats that they used to sell for $1.50, like the hot dog at the food court. I think that they were regularly priced for $7.99 or $8.99 at the time, but they were on sale for some reason at $0.99 per package,” they said. That’s an entire summer solved right there.

Another, a self-described “simple man,” said his favorite purchase over the years has been chocolate-covered salted caramels. “They were like $8.99 and delicious,” he said. “I got our accountant hooked on them, who in turn, took them to corporate. I got calls from other departments asking where I got them. Used to go over and buy like 10 at a time.”

Nostalgia for the win

One Redditor had a sweet and fond memory shared with his family a long time ago at Costco. “Nintendo 64 Ocarina of Time video game bundle in 1998,” they wrote. “Seeing a pallet of N64 consoles in the electronics section, my brother and I jokingly put one in our shopping cart. Expecting a quick rebuke from our Mom, she simply said, ‘okay.'” That sounds like the perfect way to move to the top of your kid’s list.

Outdoor items

Outdoor items are always a good deal at Costco, and these are no exception. One Redditor responded: “The gazebo I have in my backyard. The Yardistry 12×14′ gazebo kit is worth every penny. We’ve made so many family memories under it.”

Another added that a baby blue spruce made its way into his heart because of his wife. “It was damaged. Last one. No discounts,” they said. “My wife loves gardening and asked me to come to take a look. I said it was damaged. Looked like an ugly duckling while in line and on the cart. She said it would grow out of it. We bought it. Beautiful tree at over 30 feet, maybe more now, I would say.”

It doesn’t take much to make people happy, and Costco is a perfect place to find a good deal, buy in bulk, and make fun memories with family. Here’s hoping your next trip to Costco is as successful as the ones above.

Editors' Recommendations

Julie Scagell
Former Digital Trends Contributor
I am a freelance writer based in Minneapolis, MN. My passions include my dogs, talking about my dogs, and taking pictures of…
Sanding, primer, or both? This is how to prepare a wall for painting
Don't skip these important steps before you start your next paint job
Two people painting an interior wall

Painting is the easiest way to transform any room in your home. A simple coat of paint is all it takes to make a drab space become a vibrant, bright room that everyone will love hanging out in. However, when it comes to actually getting the painting job done, there are some preparation steps that you need to consider.

Painting requires a bit of prep work, regardless of what condition your walls are in. Walls with holes and dents may take longer to prep than walls that just need a coat of paint. Additionally, you may need to consider sanding, priming, and other prepping methods that'll help your painting project go smoothly and ultimately result in a stunning, finished look.

Read more
We found the absolute best places to buy affordable midcentury modern furniture
Here's where to get midcentury modern furniture on the cheap
Interior of a house. Mustard yellow velvet loveseat. Living room with midcentury modern furniture. Concrete floor. Vintage carpet. Eclectic living room.

Furnishing a home or apartment can get uber expensive, especially when you’re all about creating a stylish, cohesive look in your place. So where can you buy midcentury modern furniture cheap, which is in fashion right now and shows no signs of going out of style?

Inexpensive midcentury modern furniture can be hard to come by in a typical, big-box furniture retail store. This style will only be a small part of a vast collection, and normally at a high cost. But there are many other ways to find the chic pieces you’re looking for. Lo and behold, we present our guide to buying affordable midcentury modern furniture.

Read more
5 home pieces you should always buy at thrift stores (and 6 you shouldn’t)
Pick up these home decor items the next time you're at the thrift store
Multiple antique mirrors on gallery wall

Somewhere along the turbulent line of the last decade or so, thrift store shopping became cool again, and we are all for it. More and more people are rebelling against generic, cookie-cutter styles and wanting their homes to look more personalized, more unique, and more one-of-a-kind. At long last, your living room looking exactly like the Pottery Barn catalog doesn't necessarily make yours the epitome of style. Individualism is the more sought-after decor style now, and we couldn't love it more.
When shopping secondhand, be it at a thrift store, online auction, or garage sale, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind, and that's where we come in. By remembering these helpful tips, you can take advantage of the perks and avoid the pitfalls of secondhand shopping.

Do: Wooden furniture
This one can be a bit intimidating. We aren't all antique experts and historians with part-time jobs hosting Antiques Roadshow. But for the most part, it isn't hard to distinguish a nicer-quality piece of furniture from an assemble-it-yourself, particleboard piece of junk. Test for sturdiness by giving it a few wobble tests. Check to see how easy it is to open and close the drawers.

Read more