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Costco Manager Spills All The Shopping Secrets That Can Save You Big Money

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Costco is a beloved institution — maybe even too beloved. If you’ve ever spent an unexpectedly large amount of money at Costco, one employee has some shopping secrets to help you out.

Thad Kleszcz is the general manager at the Culver City, California, Costco. He shared some useful information with Inside Edition. Apparently, it all starts with understanding the layout of the store.

“We have a general layout that we want people to follow. We would have what they call the horseshoe, where they go up and down the main aisles,” Thad explained.

When you walk into the store, you’re first greeted by big-ticket deals. Thad said, “Electronics right when you walk in. You are going to find some great values on TV sets and computers, laptops.”

As you meander around, you can look closely at the price tag to see whether you’re getting the best deal. If there’s an asterisk and a “.97” in the price, that means the item is being discontinued and is now at its lowest price.

Some of the items, like rotisserie chickens, are almost always a good deal.

“It’s a larger chicken, and the price can’t be beat,” Thad said. Costco sells over 87 million rotisserie chickens each year.

And for the vodka drinkers, Costco sells its brand-name vodka, Kirkland, for a hard-to-beat price. “You are getting almost half off here. You are getting the same or better quality than you would elsewhere with the Kirkland name,” Thad explained.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a Costco member to purchase alcohol from the store. There are other items, like prescriptions, that you can also buy without a store card.

Thad recommends keeping on top of deals, because some items are one-time-only offerings, and they sell out fast. Check out the video below to find out the rest of Thad’s money-saving secrets!

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