Ah, Costco, the place where you save money shopping for items like giant boxes of cat litter, bulk bottles of olive oil, and the famous $1.50 hot dog.
The king of big-box bulk stores, Costco is sure to have what you’re looking for (and some things you’re not). It offers more than just the expected, though. Here are eight bizarre things you can buy at Costco.
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There’s no harm in being practical about major life events, and many worry about their final expenses. Costco has a modest selection of caskets in various colors and materials.
Prices start at $1,129.99, which is quite reasonable compared to what you’ll get at a funeral home. You can even have the casket shipped to the funeral home of your choice.
While Costco probably brings to mind bulk items, like giant containers of peanut butter or enough supplements to last a year, not everything the retailer sells fits that category.
In fact, you can purchase a vacation from Costco Travel and save money over booking it yourself or through a travel agency.
For example, you and a friend can jet off to Costa Rica for a week or score some serious Disney deals via Costco. You can even build your own package to the destination of your choice, whether that’s in Tahiti or Tampa.
If being able to buy wedding bands at Costco doesn’t surprise you, then the sheer variety of options will, as there is something for everyone and every budget.
Whether you’re seeking a simple band that won’t break the bank or want to go all out with a $8,000 platinum ring that’s encrusted with diamonds, Costco has your back.
But don’t let those prices scare you, as Costco also has wedding bands for around $150. Oh, and you can get engagement rings too.
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5,400-serving emergency food pallet
Maybe you like planning ahead. Really planning ahead. The emergency food pallet contains 36 5-gallon buckets of just-add-water meals with a 25-year shelf life. The pallet includes:
- 288 servings of pasta alfredo
- 288 servings of potato pot pie
- 432 servings of apple cinnamon cereal
- 1,152 servings of orange drink
All this for the low, low price of $3,000.
If you know, you know — Wagyu beef is some of the best meat out there. Unfortunately, it’s also very expensive, which is where Costco fits into the equation.
Known for being streaked with yummy fat, Wagyu beef is available at Costco in several different packages. You can opt for the $1,000 New York Strip (11 pounds), the $1,100 boneless ribeye (12 pounds), or $130 for 4 pounds of the beef and ground form.
And while that sounds like a lot of money for some beef, it’s actually a pretty good deal.
7-lb bucket of Nutella
If you absolutely can’t get enough of this chocolate and hazelnut spread, you're in luck. The retailer sells Nutella in a giant bucket – almost seven pounds of it, to be exact.
While most people might pick this up for their restaurant or food truck, we won’t judge you if you deem this product worthy for personal use. Unfortunately, this item can only be shipped to commercial addresses, so you may just have to dream about having this much Nutella all at once.
72-lb wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is delicious, albeit on the expensive side. However, if you buy it in bulk you can get more for less.
If you’re a chef at an Italian restaurant, you might want to head to Costco to pick up a giant 72-lb wheel of the stuff, which will make a near $1,000 dent in your checking account. However, if you’re just a regular cheese aficionado, this may be a bit much.
Don’t want to head to a gym to enjoy a sauna? Look no further than Costco, as they sell a variety of saunas for your warming pleasure.
If you’re looking for a high-end unit, opt for the $5,000 infrared sauna that can fit the whole family. Or, you can purchase a four-person steam sauna shaped like a barrel for $4,000. And if you’re on a stricter budget, there’s a small infrared sauna for two with a $1,900 price tag.
Costco is well-known for carrying large amounts of household items, such as toilet paper, paper towels, pasta sauce, and frozen items. And yes, buying items in bulk is a great way to avoid throwing away money.
But sometimes, even the most practical stores can surprise you with a bizarre product for sale — and Costco is no different. And if you’re considering buying a big-ticket Costco item, check out our Costco Anywhere Visa card review to see if it makes sense for your purchase.