By: Malika Wichner
You don’t have to hurry to your local Costco to enjoy tons of savings on groceries and more. Shop Costco online instead, and enjoy equally amazing deals without having to leave your home or deal with the ever-present crowds.
Anyone, Costco members and non-members alike, can shop online at Costco. That’s right, you do not have to have a Costco membership to shop costco.com. (But non-members will pay a 5% surcharge at checkout. Sometimes, the deals are so good, that even with the extra 5%, Costco will still have the best price you’re going to find.) The Groupon Coupons team has done the research, comparing Costco and Amazon to help you figure out which deals are worth your time. If you’re a discount lover like us, you don’t want to miss this.
To help end the ongoing debate about which online store to shop at, we compared tons of products across both brands to come up with a few conclusions:
Without further ado, here's our list of Costco Must-Buys, broken down by category.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 60+, 8.5oz., 2-Pack
Even with the 5% surcharge for non-members, it is much more cost-effective to buy this sunscreen at Costco than it is to shop on Amazon.
Bausch + Lomb Lumify Redness Reliever Eye Drops, 7.5mL, 2-Pack
For the same 2-pack of FDA-approved eye drops, you can save nearly $10 at Costco vs. Amazon. If this is a product you use a lot, those savings will really add up.
Listerine UltraClean CoolMint 1.5L, 2-Pack
There is a $3 delivery fee on this item at Costco, unless you spend $75 or more on your online order. But even with the fee, you’ll save by shopping online at Costco.
Huggies Plus Newborn Diapers
Prices on diapers fluctuate a lot on Amazon and they are often out of stock. We don’t recommend shopping for diapers at either Amazon or Costco. Check out our Cheapest Diapers of the Week article, where Walmart and Target routinely win for the best diaper deals. If you are brand loyal to Huggies, Target is often the best price. If you are open to other brands, Luvs at Walmart are a great value.
Similac Nutrient-Packed Baby Formula
Similac Pro-Sensitive HMO Infant Formula, 34oz.
Different sizes at different stores can make it hard to compare prices quickly, so we did the math for you. For a two-pack at Costco, Similac’s Pro-Sensitive HMO Infant Formula is $1.03 per ounce, whereas Amazon sells it in a larger 3-pack, but it costs $1.18 per ounce.
Costco: $69.99 for 2-Pack
Amazon: $123.27 for 3-Pack with 5% Amazon Subscribe & Save discount
Pampers Baby Wipes
Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes
Take it from moms everywhere, baby wipes are a great bulk buy. You will need so many more than you ever thought possible. Comparison shopping on this one is easy, you get 72 more wipes for about $5 less. It’s a no-brainer to buy the wipes at Costco.
Tide Laundry Detergent
Tide Advanced Power Ultra Concentrated Liquid Laundry Detergent, 150 Fl. Oz.
It’s easy to compare the two because the product is exactly the same, but the price is nearly 40% less at Costco. Per load, the savings are $0.30 (Costco) vs. $0.46 (Amazon). There is a $3 delivery fee at Costco, if you don’t meet the $75 online order threshold.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Household Cleaning Pad Variety Pack, 11-Count
One of the best parts about shopping online at Costco, is the automatically applied manufacturer coupons. At the time of writing this article, there was a $3 off coupon on this product at Costco, so the price was actually only $8.59!
Cascade Dishwasher Pods
Cascade Complete Dishwasher Detergent Actionpacs, 90-Count
This was the biggest price discrepancy we found in all of our searching. Including the manufacturer coupon (good through 4/11), you would pay almost twice as much for the exact same product if you bought it at Amazon versus at Costco.
Vet’s Secrets Senior Joint Support + Turmeric, 50-Count (4 Pack Bundle)
This senior dog supplement is recommended for daily use, so you'll probably go through a lot. Bring on the savings! Your very good girl or boy deserves it.
Kirkland Signature Nature’s Domain Puppy Formula Chicken & Pea Dog Food, 20lb.
It’s no surprise that a Kirkland product—Costco’s house brand—would be cheaper at costco.com than on Amazon. But the fact that it is 20% cheaper on Costco is a little bit surprising.
Cat Flea & Tick Protection
Seresto Cat Flea & Tick 8 Month Prevention
There are certain items at Costco online that are so such a good deal that Costco reserves them for their members only. This Seresto Cat Flea & Tick Collar is one of those deals. If you’re a non-member, Costco won’t even let you see the price. Just know it’s a really good deal. You could ask a friend or family member with a Costco membership to buy this for you, or you could just go ahead and get your membership today! Trust us, it’s worth it!