Health Products and Services That Cost Less at Costco
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23 Health Products and Services That Cost Less at Costco

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Health Products and Services That Cost Less at Costco
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Whether you're new to Costco or you're one of many regular shoppers who joined with cheap TVs, bulk toilet paper, and other great deals in mind, you may not have considered all the health-related goods and services available at the warehouse club. Cheapism compared prices on a handful of items at Costco, Walmart, a regional supermarket chain in Columbus, Ohio, and online sources. The warehouse club undercuts the competition, sometimes by significant amounts, on products from organic food to medication to insurance. Here's where consumers can find savings to keep the whole family healthy, even pets. Not a Costco member? You can apply here.

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Related: 14 Smart Things for Singles and Couples to Buy From Costco

Women's One A Day Multivitamin
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Women's One A Day Multivitamin

Price: $18
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Vitamins are a good deal at Costco after determining the price per pill. A 300-tablet bottle of women's One A Day multivitamins costs $13.99 (roughly $.05 per capsule) compared with $7.58 for 100-count bottle ($.08 each) from Walmart.

Collagen Peptides
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Collagen Peptides

Price: $37
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Collagen Peptides are all the rage with good reason. Collagen is an excellent way to support your overall health and specifically boost your skin health, heart health, increase muscle mass, prevent bone loss and relieve joint pain. More health benefits are being added as collagen peptides are being studied. Collagen peptides are typically sold in tubs with two scoops being a serving. They can be added to hot or cold beverages and have no taste unless you get the flavored variety. Costco sells a 24-ounce tub of the unflavored variety for $36.99 compared to $42.98 on Amazon for just 20 ounces.

BlenderBottles
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BlenderBottles

Price: $18 for two
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A quick and easy healthy meal or snack is a protein drink or smoothie. BlenderBottles make these particularly easy with their patented wire whisk to avoid lumps. The Pro series is sold as a two-pack at Costco for $14.99. Just one of the same BlenderBottles costs $12.99 on Amazon.

Orgain Organic Protein Powder
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Orgain Organic Protein Powder

Price: $35
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To pair perfectly with your new BlenderBottle grab protein powder at a lower price from Costco. For 2.74 pounds of Orgain Organic Protein powder the cost is $34.99 (80 cents per ounce) at Costco. The cost at Walmart is $18.98 per pound ($1.19 per ounce).

Organic Spring Salad Mix
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Organic Spring Salad Mix

Price: $4 a pound
Demand for organic food products may be outstripping supply, but Costco is well-stocked with large quantities of organic vegetables and undercuts other retailers on price. Organic spring salad mix, for example, sells for $3.89 a pound at the membership club and $3.50 for just five ounces at a local market.

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread
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Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

Price: $9 for two loaves
Sprouted grain bread is trendy these days, and Costco is a price leader on Ezekiel, a well-known brand. The price for a package of two 32-ounce loaves at the warehouse club is $8.59 (13 cents an ounce). The same brand in a single loaf, 24-ounce size sells for $4.99 (20 cents an ounce) at the local grocery store.

Wholesome Chips and Dip
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Food Should Taste Good Chips

Price: $7 for 28 ounces
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Healthy snacks for easy after-school nibbling include products such as Food Should Taste Good multigrain chips. The chips come in a 28-ounce bag for $6.99 (25 cents an ounce) at Costco and an 11-ounce bag for $5.29 (48 cents an ounce) at the local supermarket.

Related: 25 Best Gluten-Free Finds at Costco

Wholly Guacamole Dip
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Wholly Guacamole Dip

Price: $14 for a 20-pack
Pairing perfectly with a healthy chip snack, organic Wholly Guacamole makes for a great anytime snack. Costco sells the dip in a 20-pack of 2-ounce cups for $13.99 (roughly $1.43 per container) compared with a four-pack of 2-ounce cups for $6.69 (roughly $1.67 per container) at the local grocer.

Related: 12 Tips for Shopping at Costco If You Live in a Small Home

Organic Blueberries
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Organic Blueberries

Price: $7 for 18 ounces
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that organic produce is the top seller in the organic food space. Costco meets the demand with an array of fresh fruit, such as organic blueberries, at budget prices. Eighteen ounces of the sweet orbs go for $6.99 at Costco compared with $4.99 per six ounces at the local grocer.

Skinny Pop Popcorn
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Skinny Pop Popcorn

Price: $6 for a 14-ounce bag
Skinny Pop Popcorn, a family favorite, contains 150 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 75 milligrams of sodium in each serving. Costco charges $5.99 for a 14-ounce bag, the equivalent of 43 cents an ounce, while Walmart's $3.83 price on a 6.7-ounce bag comes out to 57 cents an ounce.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Lunchmeat
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Oven-Roasted Turkey Lunchmeat

Price: $7 a pound
Prepare a healthy brown-bag lunch for any member of the family by pairing gluten-free bread with lean, oven-roasted turkey breast. The sliced lunchmeat is available at Costco for $6.79 a pound compared with $7.49 per pound at the grocery store.

Organic Apple Slices
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Organic Apple Slices

Price: $7 for 8 bags
Pre-sliced organic apples are a healthy grab-and-go snack that will appeal to young and old alike. The apple slices are tagged at $6.99 for eight 4-ounce bags ($0.87 per bag) at Costco. The local grocery store had them for $4.99 for just five 2.2 ounce bags ($.99 per bag) and the bags are half the size as the Costco version.

Organic Kombucha
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Organic Kombucha

Price: $14 for eight bottles
Kombucha has a host of health benefits including gut health, liver health, mental health, and a reduced risk of cancer, infection, and heart disease. Organic kombucha costs $13.79 for eight 16-ounce bottles at Costco. This comes to $0.10 per ounce. Neither Walmart or the local grocer sells kombucha in packs — just individual bottles —and the lowest price we found was $2.50 per 15 ounce bottle at the local grocer. That's $0.16 per ounce.

Kirkland Blanched Almond Flour
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Kirkland Blanched Almond Flour

Price: $13 (not including delivery fees)
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Almond flour is a great substitute if you are gluten free or low carb, but the price can be steep. Instead purchase a three-pound bag from Costco for $14.99 or $5 per pound compared to $10.98 for just a two-pound bag or $5.49 a pound at Walmart.

Kind Bars
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Kind Bars

Price: $19 (not including $3 delivery)
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Nut bars are a tasty, filling and healthy snack to have on hand and Costco carries the popular brand Kind Bars. They cost $18.99 for a 20-count box or 95 cents each. At Walmart the same brand bars can be found at $7.28 per 6 count box or $1.21 per bar, making Costco a better buy even with delivery added in.

Ibuprofen
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Ibuprofen

Price: $12
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Ibuprofen, a common pain reliever and fever reducer, is cheaper at Costco than elsewhere. The cost for Costco's Kirkland Signature brand ibuprofen is $11.99 for 1,000 200 mg capsules. The price for the same quantity and strength of Walmart's house brand Equate is $13.98.

Cymbalta
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Cymbalta

Price: $35 for a one-month supply
In a Consumer Report study conducted in 2018, secret shoppers called 150 pharmacies, including Costco, inquiring about the cost of five commonly prescribed medications without insurance. Costco was cheaper by far. For example, Costco priced the anti-depressant Cymbalta at $35 for a month supply compared to $195 at CVS.

Lipitor
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Lipitor

Price: $13
More than a quarter of American adults 40 and older take the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lipitor, a commonly prescribed statin, cost $13 at Costco and $135 at CVS/Target, the Consumer Reports study found.

Dental Insurance
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Dental Insurance

Price: $89 annual premium
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Costco offers members living in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington individual and family dental insurance with premiums starting as low as $89 a year through a third-party provider. Coverage includes orthodontics, preventive, basic, and major services. Compare this against an average yearly cost of just under $200 for an individual plan, according to the National Association of Dental Plans.

Vision Services
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Vision Services

Price: $184 for eyeglasses
Costco Optical (not available at all locations) can save members money on contacts, glasses, and prescription sunglasses with a current prescription. Many stores also host independent optometrists who conduct exams. Costco charges a median of $184 for eyeglasses, according to Consumer Reports, a price that is hundreds less than some competitors. The warehouse giant ranked top in customer satisfaction with a much larger selection than its competition. Still, Costco faces some stiff competition, particularly for consumers with simpler prescriptions. It's possible to buy a pair of single-lens specs from an eyeglasses website for less than $50.

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Flu Shots

Price: $19.99
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Costco typically provides flu shots to members and non-members alike for $19.99, no insurance required. The same shot costs roughly $40 at Sam's Club. Be sure to check your insurance before you get the shot — it can be free with no copay at some locations, such as CVS.

Related: Where to Get Cheap Flu Shots: Walmart vs. CVS vs. Costco

Bone Density Test
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Bone Density Test

Price: Free
Costco offers a host of free health screenings for conditions such as diabetes and osteoporosis through health clinics at some locations on select days. This is quite a bargain considering that the going rate for a bone density test is $125. The schedule can be downloaded from the pharmacy website.

Pet Medication Temaril-P
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Pet Medication Temaril-P

Price: $0.78 per tablet
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Costco even throws a bone to the family pet: The warehouse club fills more than 150 commonly prescribed medications for dogs and cats. For example, Temaril-P, prescribed for itching and coughing in dogs, could be a daily medication the animal takes for life. The cost is 78 cents a tablet at Costco and 88 cents at 1-800-PetMeds.