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11 Foods You Should Never Buy At Costco

Eat This, Not That! Logo By © Provided by Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 10: <p>By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!</p><p>From diamond rings to frozen pizzas to a year's supply of toilet paper, there's something for everyone at Costco. But that doesn't mean you should by everything that's for sale.</p><p>Costco is one of America’s most beloved stores, and for good reason. Where else can you make a whole lunch out of free samples, purchase a diamond ring, and buy a rotisserie chicken for just $5?</p><p>Mainly, Costco is known for its bulk items: vats of mayonnaise, gallons of olive oil, a 16-pack of tuna cans. But as much as people love shopping at this members-only store, you shouldn’t buy everything in bulk. Even if you think you’re saving money at the moment — after all, those low prices can be pretty enticing — you’re actually losing it in the long run.</p><p>That's because a lot of those bulk foods go uneaten and wind up being thrown away. A study in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that low-income households waste more food than middle-income homes, due in part to bulk buying. It typically goes like this: We see something that’s a better value when bought in bulk, we get bored stiff of it and by the time we can stomach the idea of digging back into the pile, it’s either gone bad or lost its flavor or nutritional potency.</p><p>Make sure you avoid these common items bought in bulk. And to save even more money at the grocery store, don’t miss our essential list of the <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/best-supermarket-shopping-tips-ever">46 Best Supermarket Shopping Tips Ever</a>.</p>

11 Foods You Should Never Buy At Costco

From diamond rings to frozen pizzas to a year's supply of toilet paper, there's something for everyone at Costco. But that doesn't mean you should by everything that's for sale.

Costco is one of America’s most beloved stores, and for good reason. Where else can you make a whole lunch out of free samples, purchase a diamond ring, and buy a rotisserie chicken for just $5?

Mainly, Costco is known for its bulk items: vats of mayonnaise, gallons of olive oil, a 16-pack of tuna cans. But as much as people love shopping at this members-only store, you shouldn’t buy everything in bulk. Even if you think you’re saving money at the moment — after all, those low prices can be pretty enticing — you’re actually losing it in the long run.

That's because a lot of those bulk foods go uneaten and wind up being thrown away. A study in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that low-income households waste more food than middle-income homes, due in part to bulk buying. It typically goes like this: We see something that’s a better value when bought in bulk, we get bored stiff of it and by the time we can stomach the idea of digging back into the pile, it’s either gone bad or lost its flavor or nutritional potency.

Make sure you avoid these common items bought in bulk. And to save even more money at the grocery store, don’t miss our essential list of the 46 Best Supermarket Shopping Tips Ever.

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