What Not To Buy at Costco

What Not To Buy at Costco

How many times have you walked out of Costco spending WAY more than you intended to spend? If you are honest with yourself, you will say “more than a few times”! It is so easy to overspend at Costco. You walk in to the store just intending to buy a rack of ribs and some muffins and you walk out after spending $300!

If you are getting great deals and can afford to spend the money, then that is fine. However, if you got sucked in by a tasting stand or an impulse buy and ended up spending a fortune…then that is a problem.

As I said in my “What To Buy at Costco” post, we are conditioned to think buying in bulk will save you money but the truth is, Costco is a business too and they need to make a profit. With that in mind, you need to know that some items at Costco just aren’t that great of a deal and you should buy elsewhere!

Now – before you say “I shop at Costco because I don’t want to have to worry about coupons”, let me tell you this: If you simply watch the sales at the grocery stores and stock up whenever there is a good deal and never use a single coupon, you will STILL save money over buying certain items at Costco!

So without further ado, here are the items that you should never buy at Costco:

Soda/pop – while soda prices vary around the country, as a general rule, you should never buy your soda at Costco. I know that, compared to the everyday price of soda in the grocery stores (typically $5 for a 12-pack), Costco prices are pretty good. BUT – you need to keep in mind that soda goes on sale almost every week at grocery stores. During the summer months, I see it as low as $2.25 for a 12-pack, but you can usually get the soda you like (Coke vs. Pepsi) for about $2.50 for a 12-pack about once a month. That is much cheaper than the $10 for a 36-pack at Costco! Simply stock up when it goes on sale and you will save money!

Cereal – even without using coupons, if you just shop the sales and stock up at a good price (not even a great price…just a good price) you will STILL save money on cereal if you take advantage of the drug store and grocery deals!

Breadcheck the sales in your area because you can usually always get bread much cheaper at the stores. The one exception to this is gluten-free bread. I have found that the twin packs of Udi’s gluten-free breads are a fabulous deal at Costco (more on me going Gluten Free coming soon) !

Toiletries- I have shown you time and time again how you can get free-to-almost free deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair care and more at the drug stores.  Some weeks you don’t even need to use coupons to do it.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – this is the protein that we eat the most in my house and I tend to be quite psychotic about it.  If you live near a Wegmans, the price on a similar-sized package is $1.99 per pound every day of the week.  Compare that to the $2.99 per pound price at Costco!  The Costco price is STILL better than the non-sale price at most grocery stores…but just watch the sales at your store because you can often get it cheaper!

Dried Spices – unless you will use up that huge bottle of Oregano within a year, you are better off buying them in smaller quantities.  Dried spices only have a shelf life of about a year and, while they don’t “go bad”, they will lose most of  their flavor after that.  A better solution? Grow your own herb garden in the summer and freeze the herbs to get you through the winter!

Books/CDs/DVDs – it used to be that Costco had much better prices on these items, and for some books, that is still true.  But these days, you will often find better prices on Amazon.com!

Like I said, Costco does have some great prices and there ARE certain things that you should be buying at Costco.  I just want you to be careful and not overpay for others!

Do you have any other products to add to the list?

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!

Scarecrow Bars

It always seems like we go to more events and parties for the kids in the Fall than around Christmas and while I have a few crowd-pleasers in my standard lineup of food to take to parties or church (everyone always goes nuts for my Oreo Truffles as well as my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and even my white chocolate cheesecake bars (although those are a little messy), I am always looking for something new!

A friend of mine made these scarecrow bars recently and I admit that, when I first saw them, I thought that they were just rice krispie treats with some candy corn and peanuts on them….but they are just so much more! A crust made from cake mix & butter topped with ooey-gooey marshmallows and THEN topped with a sweet and peanut buttery version of rice krispie treats. Everyone (except those with a nut allergy) will love them!

If your kids won’t eat peanuts (mine won’t, although the love the flavor of them…they just won’t eat them whole) you can leave out the peanuts, but you will need to add some more crisped rice cereal to make up for them.

These are best served the same day that you make them. While I like nothing more than an easy recipe that you can make in advance, like traditional rice krispie desserts, they tend to get harder as time passes.

Scroll down for the complete directions!

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine cake mix and butter completely mixed
  3. Add eggs and beat until incorporated
  4. Press mixture into the bottom of ungreased 13x9 baking pan.
  5. Bake until it sets and the edges are lightly browned (about 15 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot crust.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another few minutes until marshmallows puff up.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. While the crust is baking, combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in a saucepan (use one large enough to also hold the cereal and peanuts).
  10. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  11. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  12. Stir in cereal and peanuts.
  13. Spoon the mixture over the marshmallow topped base and spread to cover (use wax paper to help you cover the crust evenly).
  14. Sprinkle candy corn over mixture evenly and gently press them in to the topping.
  15. Let cool before cutting in the bars or squares

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