Dr Oz: Big Box Store Bargain Buys
Dr. Oz did a show about Big Box Stores with Hitha Herzog, a financial expert and retail investigative journalist who has been looking at big box stores for over a decade. Do you know what are the best things to buy at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Target? And how does Costco’s Kirkland vanilla ice cream compare to brand name ice cream? Be prepared to save LOTS of money…
Dr. Oz: Frozen Baked Goods at Costco & Sam’s Club
The baked goods in Costco’s and Sam’s Club’s bakery department are delicious, but did you know that you can save a lot by buying the baked goods frozen? You actually pay an extra “thaw” fee to buy them from the bakery versus from the frozen foods section. But actually, this applies to vegetables and other frozen foods as well. My personal favorite tip is to buy the big bags of organic frozen vegetables at Costco. You will pay less per ounce and get organic vegetables than you will for non-organic vegetables at a regular grocery store!
Costco’s Meat is Restaurant Grade!
Dr. Oz said that the quality of the meat at Big Box Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club are higher than what you get at other stores. It is actual restaurant grade meat. So you pay 40% less for the meat and get a higher quality – amazing! Plus, you can buy the frozen beef patties and thaw them out as you need them (and keep the rest frozen in the freezer for months).
Dr. Oz Big Box Brands
The next shopping tip is to stick to the Big Box Store Brands. Kirkland products are fantastic for everything from paper towels to hair products to dishwasher and laundry detergents. But here is the real question… what about Kirkland’s Vanilla Ice Cream?
Dr Oz: Costco’s Kirkland Vanilla Ice Cream vs Brand Name Ice Cream Test
Dr. Oz did an ice cream taste test. His employees did a blind test where they tasted both Costco’s Kirkland-brand vanilla ice cream and another big brand name vanilla ice cream. Kirkland’s ice cream was actually the preferred one! They said it was creamier, had more flavor and tasted more natural.
Dr. Oz: Is Costco’s Gas Cheaper?
One final tip is to buy gas at Big Box Stores like Costco. Hitha Herzog said that her mom actually freaks out if she buys gas anywhere but Costco, because it is about 20 cents less than buying gas anywhere else. And who doesn’t want to save money on gas?!?
What are your favorite things to buy at Costco, Sams Club, Target and Walmart? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear what you get!!!