With costs skyrocketing for industries at all levels, it’s no surprise that many grocery stores have succumbed to inflation. After all, the pressure to raise tariffs has been building for some time, due to ongoing problems within supply chains. However, it seems that, for the most part, Costco has held its prices in the face of this year’s record inflation.
Unfortunately, it is unrealistic to expect consumers to be forever immune to the high costs of production, transportation, raw materials and labor. Some Costco shoppers are noticing their receipts have increased more than usual — and not because they’re stocking more than before. Loyal Kirkland customers have found six Costco items that aren’t as affordable as they once were, meaning many of these popular products are going to set you back a few bucks more than you expected.
Members may have picked up this classic bakery item countless times over the years. This batch of 12 beloved flaky pastries has many Costco fans dreaming about how amazing they taste after a few cooking hacks.
But where they used to be $4.99, the croissants now cost a dollar more at $5.99, driving the price up 20%. Could it be due to shortages of wheat and dairy products? It’s hard to say for sure, but it seems likely that the inflated cost of the ingredients would have an effect on the final product. Either way, if it’s a staple for you, you’ll probably buy it again – it just won’t be as good a deal.
This price hike has been ongoing since the start of 2021, after factors such as high demand, inflation and swine flu caused pork shortages. While Costco intended to push back on price increases, it finally happened. Customers posting on Reddit have noticed that Kirkland’s bacon has seen a big price hike recently.
How much has the price of bacon gone up? It’s not cut and dry, but according to a review by Initiatedthe thick-sliced variety was $10.99 for three pounds in May 2021. A Costco location is currently offering it for $17.99 — an alarming change from a year ago, raising the price by more than 60%.
In addition to the rising costs, u/Whynotmekay on Reddit even alleged, “The price of bacon has gone up but the quality has gone down. With the current supply chain issues, it might be best to wait for things to settle down before paying a premium for what may now be a mediocre product.
Butter croissants aren’t the only baked goods to become more expensive. Kirkland’s muffins also fell victim to the rising dollar. A box of a dozen muffins is now marked at $8.99, according to a Reddit post. It won’t break the bank, but if it’s a regular purchase for you, it’s bound to add up.
This food became a TikTok sensation when a mother and daughter discovered Just Bare Lightly Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks were a copycat of fan-favorite Chik-Fil-A Nuggets. (And it’s true – we even tried it for ourselves.)
Social media nuggets have been making their way in and out of Kirkland’s frozen section for months, due to insatiable demand. People would arrive early on the day it was stocked just to get their hands on it. They were great for snacking or adding to a meal. With four pounds of chicken for just over $13, it was also a bargain.
But his popularity may take a hit. Now that chicken prices have risen due to demand and falling supply following an outbreak of bird flu in the US, Just Bare seems to be caught in the crossfire, with an increase of $6 per bag .
Costco shoppers on Reddit shared their woes over the extra cost, acknowledging the effect of inflation on the highly sought-after item. Some, like Costco user/member u/Infinitexz, are willing to ditch the product entirely because of the new price: “I haven’t been to Costco in about a month and if they’re $20, I’ll unfortunately stop to buy them. They’re good but they’re not worth $20.
On the other hand, if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash to try it out, you might have a better chance now of finding the nuggets in stock.
For those who like to be on a budget, this price spike will be hard to bear. Instagram account @costcoorganic saw A5 grade Japanese Wagyu New York steaks jump 20%, to $119.99 a pound. Costco members used to enjoy the delicacy for a deep discount, at $100 a pound.
According to the blog costcountessa, the steak was worth the splurge. “Costco Wagyu Beef Grade A5 New York and Ribeye Japanese steaks are real, authentic Japanese Wagyu grade A5 imported from Japan. You can see the difference, and we think you’ll taste the difference,” the blogger wrote.
Business Intern explained what makes wagyu steak a cut above the rest: “The term wagyu literally translates to Japanese cow… bred for physical endurance, giving them more intramuscular fat cells. The fat is distributed more evenly throughout their muscle, that’s why wagyu beef looks pink and tastes so tender.”
Truth be told, the regular price can reach upwards of $200 a pound – so Costco might still be a good buy if you’re dying for a taste of marbled, buttery meat.
The disposable plastic bottle is neither an environmentally friendly nor particularly healthy water container for you. But in areas where the tap is too contaminated to drink safely, bottled water may be a necessity. It’s also good to have on hand for emergencies. Unfortunately, this too recently caused a price shock at Costco.
Redditors were appalled at the shocking increase in Kirkland’s 40-pack of water bottles. According to user u/ooziemummy, the plan has gone from $1.89 last year to over $4.00 today. This may be due to the low supply of plastics available, but whatever the reason, it may be hard to justify paying more than double if you can find a clean alternative for everyday use.
Although these are more expensive, another item is facing a reduced offer. Costco, Walmart and other stores still have a purchase limit on this endangered item.