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You’ll Be Glad You Bought These 15 Things at Costco
Costco is an ideal place to shop for common, useful household items that you need on a regular basis. Here are 15 things you should always buy at Costco. Some of these items will last for months, so store them in your garage or pantry.
Costco sells a variety of laminate flooring options in boxes. The interlocking system makes it easy to install the flooring yourself, eliminating the expense of a contractor. So if you want to make over a room on a budget, see the various styles of laminate flooring available at the warehouse and online.
When you visit Costco in late winter, make sure you visit the aisle that features outdoor furniture. The Zero Gravity Reclining Outdoor Lounge Chair is perennially popular item. Its steel frame, smooth recline, and attractive design make it a classic. It’s portable, too, so you can take it from your patio to your front porch if rain chases you indoors.
Stock up on a year’s supply of eco-friendly LED lightbulbs at Costco. Feit replacement lightbulbs feature instant-on to full brightness, they’re suitable for damp locations, 100% Mercury free and carry a 5-year warranty. Plus, each bulb lasts up to 15,000 hours.
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Costco’s Kirkland bottled water is a great value. After a couple of hours of toiling on your latest do-it-yourself project, there’s nothing like grabbing a cold bottle of this water that you got at a bargain price. Also, you can easily redeem the empties at bottle redemption machines inside of Costco warehouses (in participating states) or recycle them at home.
Buy trash bags in bulk at Costco. You’ll find bags for the kitchen, for yard work, for cleaning up after heavy-duty projects, and even pet waste bags. Having a large quantity of bags around means you won’t run out in the middle of a project.
Costco has a full line of storage sheds you can order and have delivered to your home. These high-quality sheds are large enough to store a small utility vehicle or a riding lawn mower, yet small enough to fit comfortably in most backyards without taking up too much space. A shed is a great way to get your outdoor equipment and toys organized.
Most of us use paper towels every day, so buy them in bulk at Costco and you won’t have to remember to toss a couple of rolls in your cart every time you grocery shop. Kirkland Signature 12-Count rolls are popular because you can tear off a half or full sheet depending on the size of the mess you’re cleaning up.
Work Boots and Sneakers
If you’ve spent more time trying to fix your vacuum cleaner than actually vacuuming, maybe it’s time for a new one. Costco offers a wide variety of brand-name, high-quality vacuum cleaners including the Shark Navigator Lift Away. Costco also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if anything goes wrong with your new vacuum cleaner you can take it back to any of their 700 locations worldwide.
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Lysol Disinfecting Wipes
Even if it’s not flu season, disinfecting wipes are handy to use every day. Use them for wiping down doorknobs, countertops, and cabinet hardware, especially if you have school-aged children. Purchase wipes in bulk at Costco for the best deal. They’re available in a six-count package, and you might want to throw in a multi-pack of Lysol disinfectant spray while you’re at it.
Picture Hanging Strips
There’s no need to make nail holes in your walls thanks to Command Picture Hanging Strips. These removable strips work on paint, wood, tile and more, plus you can choose from different “strengths” depending on how heavy your wall decor is. Once you have these on hand, you’ll find lots of uses for them.
Portable Air Conditioner
When you don’t have central air conditioning and you don’t want to wrestle with window units, check out the portable air conditioners at Costco. You can move these units from room to room to keep the space where you’re living or working cool. From time to time, Costco offers manufacturer rebates and instant savings coupons that can be applied to orders both in the store and on the website.
Costco sells solar-powered products ranging from outdoor lights to solar umbrellas that light up outdoor living areas (ideal for parties). You’ll also find DIY off-grid solar panel kits that can be used for emergency backup systems, RVs, boats, 12-Volt battery charging, small pumps, charging small electronic devices and operating LED lights.