For many of us, the internet has changed the way that we relate to the most basic items in our home. People spend days searching for the “best” cleaning products, food staples, and toiletries online, and while some of the boutique brands they find may be worth the effort (and price tag), most of the time equivalents that are just as good or better are sitting front-and-center at your local big-box store.
Smart shoppers know that quality doesn’t have to be expensive, and we’re here to tell you that finding it doesn’t have to be complicated, either. Picking up a box of generic acetaminophen instead of Tylenol may be a no-brainer to most of us, so why do so many shoppers balk at buying store-brand items? If you’re in the market for something a little more exotic than aspirin, then take a look at our list of Inflatable Surfboards and Other Weird Stuff You Can Buy at Costco.
And it’s not just Costco. At that chain and at competitors like Walmart and Target, you’ll find everything from ice cream to light bulbs, skin cream to suede boots. And while such goods might carry a store-specific name (for instance, Kirkland at Costco, Great Value at Walmart, or Archer Farms at Target), chances are they’re made by the same manufacturers that produce the big-name brand equivalents. (They also might have better staying power. These are brands that disappeared in the last decade.)
The amount and variety of merchandise sold by these big-box stores is amazing. 24/7 Wall St. has assembled a list of 30 of the best things to buy at Costco, Walmart, and Target.