Is Costco cheaper than Woolworths?

Up coming, wheel your supersized trolley into the entrance and attempt not to promptly acquire a pair of 1.64 carat diamond drop earrings for $4,479.99, or the adjacent 4.43 litre bottle of laundry detergent for $31.99 since: a) how odd is it they offer diamonds? and b) Coles typically sells 2-litre bottles of detergent for $10, and which is cheaper.

Pause briefly – fairly overwhelmed – underneath the shadow of 3-storey substantial warehouse cabinets stocking everything from listening to aids to coffee equipment to tents. Then pull oneself collectively and head to the again of the store for fresh food.

At the very least, that is how it went for me.

I finished up expending $421.60 on meals and home products (not including the membership price).

That’s a significant shop for me.

When I bought dwelling, I created an Excel spreadsheet listing almost everything I acquired and commenced scouring the Woolworths internet site for similar selling prices for similar quantities.

I ran two analyses. The first when compared the Costco things I had acquired to their exact-model or equal-branded merchandise at Woolworths. I couldn’t locate up-to-date costs for brussels sprouts and pork mince, so I just gave Woolworths the reward of the doubt and entered the exact same Costco selling price.

Just like the meals you consume, a little bit of wide range in your store purchasing behaviors can be pretty a good detail.

My Woolworths cart arrived out substantially additional high-priced at $541.92, implying a Costco ‘saving’ of a whopping $120.32.

But compared with Costco, Woolworths and Coles normally offer you a option of manufacturers moreover their ‘homebrand’ solutions, which are of commonly superior top quality and cost.

So, in my next investigation, I in contrast my Costco costs to the Woolworths homebrand substitutes.

Woolworths even now came out a lot more costly, but much less so, at $488.24. Given I in fact dropped $476.60 in whole to shop at Costco (which includes the membership) it is not very clear I was that much superior off (whilst potential Costco journeys would minimize the per-take a look at value of membership).

So certainly, on equilibrium, Costco arrived out more affordable. But there are several critical caveats to that.

First, there is no promise that Costco is more affordable on each product. Costco refreshing salmon, at $31.99 per kilogram, price additional than Woolworth’s $27 per kilogram.

The 1-kilogram tub of salted pretzels I bought since I was absolutely sure it would be cheaper at $11.39 truly expense additional than if I’d bought 5 200 gram bags for $2 each and every at Woolworths.

And I forked above $19.99 for a 1.2 kilograms packet of strawberries at Costco, when I could have paid $18.72 for the similar total at Woolworths. Importantly, I could also have just purchased a smaller punnet.


There ended up some sizeable Costco financial savings, even so. I paid out just $7 for each kilo for pork sausages on specific, when compared to $10 at Woolworths. A 620 gram tub of ‘all purpose’ seasoning price tag me just $11.99, as opposed to $18.91 for the identical sum at Woolworths. Popcorn, bathroom paper, rooster thighs, blueberries, capsicums and carrots were being all significantly cheaper.

Only problem is you have to purchase them all in bulk, which can be complicated for solitary-man or woman or smaller homes, these as mine.

Base line, I’d say Costco is fantastic for stocking up on lengthy-existence shelf objects in bulk and there are undoubtedly cost savings to be experienced on fruit and vegetables for substantial people who can acquire in bulk and be certain not to waste it prior to it goes off.

But you also have to component in your time, how near you dwell to a Costco and your personal tastes for organic or lower-plastic packaged meals.

Absolutely everyone should hold an eye out for half-priced specials at Coles and Woolworths and stock up on any usually utilised things.

And check out out Aldi, as well, because their knock-off models are normally the lowest priced of all. Their ‘Teddy Tots’ consider on Small Teddies, for example, would have price me $10.46 for 42 mini packets, in contrast to Costco’s $11.48 and Woolworth’s $14.

Just like the food you take in, a bit of wide variety in your keep browsing behavior can be really a good detail.

But if you will justification me, I’ve received a kilogram of strawberries still left to eat…

  • Assistance provided in this post is common in nature and is not meant to impact readers’ decisions about investing or money merchandise. They must usually seek out their personal qualified information that requires into account their individual own situation just before making any economic conclusions.

Jessica Irvine is creator of the new book Dollars with Jess: Your Best Guideline to Residence Budgeting. You can abide by extra of Jess’ revenue adventures on Instagram @moneywithjess and sign up to obtain her weekly e-mail e-newsletter.

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