Shopping at Costco isn't a seasonal affair or a sale-based excursion: It's a regular search for low-priced, high-quality staples. Buying in bulk leaves little margin for error. Pick up canned food that isn't to your taste, or some paper products that aren't quite up to snuff, and you're stuck with them for weeks to months. That's why it's important for a trip to Costco to include a solid foundation of items you can supplement with low-stakes purchases. We looked at each of Costco's online categories to see which items are most popular based on number of reviews, overall rating, and, of course, price. The following are what you need to pick up now, but also central to any great Costco list.
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