A trip to Costco can be an all-day activity. It’s easy to get lost in the endless aisles of electronics, furniture, clothing and food (not to mention, those free samples!). However, don’t let yourself get caught up in the prices of it all. That’s right, not everything at the warehouse is a deal, despite what you might think.
According to an employee and Reddit user 84awkm, frozen food is a better deal than the fresh section–and the reason is actually kind of surprising. “We do bake plenty of stuff from scratch (the ‘Birthday’ cakes, apple pies, pumpkin pies, etc.), but some items are brought in from outside and just thawed and packaged or baked and packaged.” So, basically, some of the “fresh” food is actually originally frozen. Interesting. Might as well just buy the items frozen then.
The employee gives an example of baguettes from the bakery vs. frozen section. “Two in a bag is like $4.49, but a frozen box of 20 is [about] $24. Bake them yourself when you want bread; an added advantage is that they can still be warm and ultra fresh when you eat them.”
However, there is one exception to this “frozen is better” rule. It’s usually cheaper to buy frozen or uncooked chicken, except when it comes to the rotisserie chicking from the Costco deli. “[It’s] $5 and a minimum weigh tof 3 pounds,” Reddit user systematically_wrong says. “Take it home, tear the meat from the bones, and split it between 3-4 meals.” Sounds like you definitely get more bang for your buck this way.