I'm a solo shopper at Costco on a budget. Here are 15 of my favorite store-brand items to buy.

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On the left, White and gold container of kirkland's extra-large peanuts at costco. On the right, stack of green containers of kirkland's multivitamins at costco
Costco sells a variety of its Kirkland Signature products.Savannah J. Frierson
  • I shop at Costco for just myself on a budget and love some of the store's Kirkland Signature items.

  • There are great toiletries at the wholesale chain, like bar soap, body wash, and face towelettes.

  • From the large croissants to the artisan rolls, I love the freshly made foods from Costco's bakery.

This plant-based bar soap is a fantastic alternative to national brands.

Green and white pack of Kirkland's bar soap at Costco
This soap is made with 5% shea butter.Savannah J. Frierson

If you're a bar-soap aficionado, make sure to check out Kirkland Signature's option.

The bars are plant-based, with 5% shea butter to moisturize your skin.

A pack of 15 bars of soap costs $10.99.

If you prefer body wash, there is also a Kirkland Signature option for that.

White and yellow package of kirkland's body wash at costco
Kirkland Signature's body wash is made with pure plant extracts.Savannah J. Frierson

This Kirkland body wash contains 100% pure plant extracts and is rich in antioxidants.

It both washes and nourishes your skin, leaving behind a citrusy scent.

A package of two 27-ounce bottles costs $9.99.

These facial towelettes are good for cleaning your skin.

stacked white boxes of kirkland's facial towelettes at Costco
Each box of Kirkland Signature's facial towelettes contains 180 wipes.Savannah J. Frierson

Suitable for a variety of skin types, Kirkland's daily facial towelettes are great for removing makeup or any lingering dirt and oil.

It costs $12.99 for 180, so you can keep one flip-top pack on your bathroom counter and another in your travel bag.

For pain relief, I grab a box of the chain's ibuprofen.

shiny blue box of kirkland's ibuprofen at costco
Kirkland Signature's ibuprofen is a fair price.Savannah J. Frierson

These ibuprofen liquid softgels contain the same active ingredient as many popular pain relievers, and you can get two 180-count bottles for nearly the same price as a single name-brand one.

The two-pack costs $12.49, so you can stock up your medicine cabinet on a budget.

Peanuts are a tasty, salty snack.

White and gold container of kirkland's extra-large peanuts at costco
These peanuts are roasted and salted.Savannah J. Frierson

Kirkland's extra-large peanuts can satisfy a craving for a salty snack. Enjoy a handful as a pre-or post-workout boost or to tide you over between meals.

Selling for $6.99, the 40-ounce container will likely last you a while.

 

When you're craving something sweet, Kirkland's chocolate-chip cookies would fit the bill.

Clear package of kirkland's chocolate-chip cookies at costco
These cookies are baked and packaged in-house.Savannah J. Frierson

These mini chocolate-chip cookies from Costco's bakery are made and packaged fresh in-house.

The cookies are chewy and big enough to be a standalone snack, though they can also be part of a larger treat.

A 23-ounce container is $8.99.

If you'd rather bake your own goodies, make sure to have parchment paper on hand.

green and white package of kirkland's parchment paper at costco
Parchment paper is great for baking, roasting, and cooking.Savannah J. Frierson

Kirkland's parchment paper can help make your baking endeavors easier.

This package of two 205-square-foot rolls is $10.49, and you should be able to prepare many delights with it.

Kirkland's pack of trash bags will likely last a while.

purple and white boxes of kirkland's kitchen trash bags at costco
Each pack comes with 200 trash bags.Savannah J. Frierson

Each box contains 200 13-gallon Kirkland flex-tech drawstring bags that should withstand just about anything you throw in them.

You can get a pack for $17.99 and not have to replenish for months.

With Kirkland's black pepper, you probably won't need to restock on the staple anytime soon.

stack of orange and black packs of kirkland's black pepper at costco
Each pack comes with peppercorns and a grinder.Savannah J. Frierson

Kirkland's black-pepper packs come with fresh peppercorns and a grinder for $6.59.

Crackle fresh black pepper onto nearly any meal to kick up the flavor. Once you run out, you can get a refill of the peppercorns.

Light, fluffy, and buttery, these croissants are the perfect breakfast.

Clear package of kirkland's butter croissants at costco
Each container of a dozen croissants costs about $5.Savannah J. Frierson

These croissants from Costco's bakery are truly a favorite of mine.

A freshly baked dozen of large, butter croissants costs just $4.99. Other stores may sell half the amount for double the price.

You can have them for breakfast or use them as the base of a sandwich.

To make them last longer, simply freeze and reheat the baked good.

 

Kirkland's thick-sliced bacon is another great breakfast option.

clear packs of kirkland's thick-sliced bacon at costco
3 pounds of this Kirkland Signature bacon costs about $15.Savannah J. Frierson

This is my go-to bacon purchase whenever possible.

The chain's hickory-smoked, thick-sliced bacon comes in two 1 1/2-pound packages for $14.99 — which is a great deal compared to many other grocery-store options.

You can keep one package in the refrigerator and the other in the freezer.

 

These Kirkland bread rolls are some of my favorite.

stack of clear bags of kirkland's artisan rolls at costco
This bread is tasty as is or toasted.Savannah J. Frierson

For $5.99 a dozen, Kirkland's freshly baked artisan rolls can be used as sandwich bread or served as a standalone dinner roll.

At room temperature, they are soft with a little crunch, but you can lightly toast them to bring the crispy exterior to the next level.

You can also freeze what you don't use to extend their shelf life.

Kirkland's stuffed peppers are a fresh prepackaged meal.

Clear pack of kirkland's stuffed peppers at costco
Stuffed peppers are a tasty and wholesome meal.Savannah J. Frierson

Get your vegetables, protein, and starch in one tasty meal. This is the perfect option for someone who doesn't like to cook fresh very often.

These stuffed bell peppers are freshly prepared and nutritionally dense, costing just $4.29 per pound.

Though, for another quick meal option, you can get an all-beef hot dog with a fountain drink for just $1.50 at Costco's food court.

 

For an on-the-go snack, try these organic fruit-and-veggie pouches.

purple and white box of kirkland's fruit-and-veggie pouches at costco
This multipack comes with two flavors.Savannah J. Frierson

These pouches can work as a standalone snack or as part of a larger smoothie.

Get a multipack of 24 single-serve pouches for $11.79 and choose from flavors like apple, strawberry, and spinach or apple, mango, yellow carrot, and peach.

The store has its own brand of multivitamins.

stack of green containers of kirkland's multivitamins at costco
You can buy these multivitamins as a two-pack.Savannah J. Frierson

Kirkland's adult multivitamins come in gummy form, which makes them even easier to take in the morning.

Each bottle contains 160 gummies, and a two-pack costs $10.99.

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