The best deals you can find at Costco, according to employees

Make the most of your membership.

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Make the most of your membership.
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  • Costco membership provides access to a store known for its deals and bulk quantities.
  • Business Insider reached out to Costco employees to find out what they thought were the best deals in the store.
  • Employees highlighted a huge range of products, from bananas to hearing aids to the $1.50 food court hot dog.

Costco membership is supposed to bring about some major savings. The retail chain is famous for selling items in bulk, which can help you save money, if you know what you’re doing. It also boasts a food court that hawks cheap and yummy eats, and tons of surprising and quirky offerings.

But Costco employees themselves know firsthand which deals are worth it – and which are best to skip.

A Costco employee with 15 months of experience told Business Insider that seasonal items can make for pretty good deals when supplies of the product are running low. “They are marked with an asterisk on signage and can be marked down quite a bit,” they said.

But there are plenty of other products that Costco workers think are worth your money. “You just have to pay attention,” said one worker with two years of experience at Costco.

Business Insider spoke with 48 Costco employees to get their ideas on what items you should consider buying at the retail chain.

Here are some things you might want to consider picking up on your next Costco run, according to employees:


Kirkland products

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– three Costco employees with 10 years of experience, 25 years of experience, and nine years of experience, respectively.

More information on Costco’s range of Kirkland products can be found here »


The $1.50 hot dog from the food court

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Hollis Johnson

– three Costco employees with three years of experience, two years of experience, and 19 years of experience, respectively.

Costco hot dogs have cost $1.50 since 1985»


Cheese

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This is not Costco cheese.
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– a Costco employee with five years of experience,

Costco’s cheese wheels are significantly more expensive, however. According to the chain’s website, the “Kirkland Signature Whole Wheel Parmigiano Reggiano” goes for $899.99. Check that out here»


Jewelry

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– two Costco employees with two and a half years of experience and six years of experience.

More information on Costco’s jewelry selections can be found here»


Toilet paper

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– five Costco workers who have worked at the store for 10 years, six years, two years, three and a half years, and 22 and a half years.

A pack of 36 Kirkland rolls of toilet paper goes for $25.99»


Dog food

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– two Costco workers with seven and a half years of experience and two years of experience.

A 40-pound bag of Kirkland mature dog food goes for $42.99»


Alcohol

– two Costco employee with seven years of experience and three years of experience.

Kirkland Signature American vodka sells for $16.99»


Electronics

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Spencer Platt / Getty Images

– four Costco employees with two and a half years of experience, 10 years of experience, 12 years of experience, and four years of experience.

TVs and tuner-free displays at Costco range in cost from $189.99 to $3,499.99, according to its website»


Water

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– five Costco workers with two years of experience, 12 years of experience, six years of experience, 15 months of experience, and two and a half years of experience.

At Costco, packs of Poland Spring and Arrowhead Spring water bottles can only be purchased in-store»


Eye glasses

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– two Costco employees with 23 years of experience and 10 years of experience.

A pack of three reading glasses goes for $18.49 at Costco»


Name brand products like Tommy Bahama, Birkenstock, and Adidas

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Adidas sneakers in an Adidas store.
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Mark Matousek / Business Insider

– a Costco employee with two years of experience.

At Costco, most shoes can only be purchased in-store»


Vacation deals

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– a Costco worker with six years of experience.

Learn more about Costco vacation deals »


Microwave popcorn

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– a Costco employee with three years of experience.

A box of 44 Kirkland pocorn bags goes for $11.49»


Folding chairs

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These are not Costco folding chairs.
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– A Costco employee with three years of experience.

A pack of 32 folding chairs goes for $799.99 at Costco»


Bananas

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These are not bananas from Costco.
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Christopher Furlong/Getty

– a Costco employee with two years of experience.

About nine bananas go for $1.39 at Costco»


Oven-roasted turkey

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This is not a Costco turkey.
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– A Costco worker with four years of experience.

At Costco, slices of oven-roasted turkey are sold for $6.89 a pack»


Clothes

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– three Costco employees with six years of experience, three years of experience, and two and a half years of experience.

More information about clothing at Costco can be found on the store’s site»


Stamps

– a Costco worker with six years of experience.

A sheet of 100 Forever stamps goes for $48.75 at Costco»


Produce

– a Costco employee with four years of experience.

A worker with 10 years of experience added, “We get first pick before any other grocery store.”

More information about produce at Costco can be found on the store’s site»


Rotisserie chicken

– three Costco employees with 15 months of experience, two years of experience, and three years of experience, as well as one employee from Minnesota.

Costco charges $4.99 for its famous rotisserie chickens»


Steaks

– A Costco employee with two years of experience.

A Costco worker who’s been at the store added that the chain’s Issa steaks were an especially good deal.

More information about Costco’s steaks can be found on the chain’s website»


Hearing aids

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This is not a hearing aid from Costco.
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– two Costco employees with 23 years of experience and 10 years of experience.

More information about Costco’s hearing aids can be found on the chain’s website»


Over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and prescription drugs

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– four Costco employees with four years of experience, two and a half years of experience, 12 years of experience, and 23 years of experience.

A bottle of Centrum for adults goes for $20.49 at Costco»


Gift cards

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Flickr/Mike Mozart

– a Costco worker with six years of experience.

A four-pack of $15 gift cards for Krispy Kreme goes for $44.99»


The food court

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Hollis Johnson

– two Costco employees who have worked at the store for two years and 15 months.

Read all about Costco’s food court selections»


Baby clothes

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Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty Images

– a Costco employee with two years of experience.

More information on baby clothing at Costco can be found on the store’s website»


Sundries

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These are not from Costco.
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– a Costco employee with five and a half years of experience.

A pack of 12 sugar free Orbit gum packs goes for $9.99 at Costco»


Spices

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– a Costco employee with two and a half years of experience.

A bottle of Kirkland Himalayan pink salt goes for $4.99 at Costco»


Chocolate covered almonds

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These are not from Costco.
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Eric Steuer/Flickr

– a Costco worker with six years of experience.

More information on Kirkland’s milk chocolate-covered almonds can be found on the chain’s website»


Tires

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These are not from Costco.
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– a Costco worker with six years of experience

More information about buying tires at Costco is available on the chain’s website»


Gas

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Getty/Kevork Djansezian

– a Costco worker with six years of experience

Read all about Costco’s strategy of providing customers with cheap cas here»


Fragrances

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Yelp

– a Costco employee of one year told Business Insider, “We have very cheap fragrances for men and women. In one case, we had a a cologne for men that went off the shelf like crazy. We were selling it for $59.99. The retail price was $500.”

Most fragrances at Costco cannot be ordered online and are only available for members»


Furniture

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Apoorva Mehta

– a Costco employee with 10 years of experience.

They added: “When we are trying to get rid of something, they mark it down super cheap.”

A Dreamliner sleeper sofa costs $1,799.99 at Costco»


Deals listed in Costco’s monthly coupon book

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Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

– a seasonal employee at Costco told Business Insider that “the deals that are in the monthly book are the best value.”

Learn more about Costco’s latest monthly coupon book here»


Everything in the store

– three Costco employees with six years of experience, three years of experience, and four years of experience.

More information on Costco’s prices can be found on the store’s website»

Are you a current or former Costco employee with a story to share? Email acain@businessinsider.com.