Lesley Kennedy

Costco Samples Plentiful Any Day of the Week

Shopping at Costco by Tim Marrs

Tim Marrs

Remember those poor college days when you could make a meal out of the samples doled out at the grocery store on Saturday mornings? If only we’d had a Costco on campus.


Well, John Crudele, a columnist for the New York Post, wanted to find out just which day of the week is the best to score free eats at the mega-warehouse-club chain. So he took a couple of trips to Costco and here’s what he found.


Trip number one, according to Crudele, was made to a Manhattan Costco on a Wednesday, when the writer and his friend were greeted with 20  (20! ) samples ranging from salami and flavored mashed potatoes to whitefish and brie to cheesecake and mini red velvet cakes.


“Sometimes people have breakfast, lunch and dinner,” the cake sample hander-outer told Crudele. “And they bring their kids.”


On a Saturday trip—which happened to be Christmas Eve—the columnist headed to a New Jersey Costco and reports 13 samples were offered, including peppermint bark, spinach dip, marinara sauce, and cookies. That would make the weekday the winner, although the holiday may have had something to do with it, Crudele adds.


Offering a sampler’s smorgasbord is actually good business, according to the writer, who adds sales of products sampled increase by 300 percent.


Seems to us the $55 annual membership to Costco should be factored in to the budgets of parents with college students. Whether they go on a Wednesday or a Saturday, they’ll be sure to find plenty to eat. Just don’t be surprised if their dining savings gets turned into beer money.


For more on shopping at Costco, check out “Warehouse Club Secrets” at our sister site, Familycircle.com.


And for more on savvy ways to shop and save everyday, read Rachel Achmad’s posts right here at What’s Cooking.




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