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Here Is What The Stars On Costco Items Mean

| by Sean Kelly
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Ever wonder what those asterisks on Costco labels mean? Here’s your answer.

The popular grocery chain includes asterisks on its labels to indicate that an item might not be stocked for much longer. Costco Insider detailed what that means for shoppers:

Some of you may be wondering what that star or asterisk you once saw on an item price tag meant.  Or maybe some of you never even noticed it, or knew to look for one.  While most items don’t have a star in the upper right-hand corner, there are always a few that do in the store.  What it means is that there is no more of the item in the store — what you see in front of you is the last of it.  If you’re really curious you can go to the membership counter and ask if there is more on order or if it is discontinued.  

When some of my favorite seasonal items come into the store for a small period of time I make sure to watch for the star, at which point I will buy enough to last me for the year. One example of this is the Smuckers Strawberry Lemonade, with which I watched the sign over the summer, and at the end of the summer I bought three jars, to last me the year.  With the amount of rotating inventory at Costco, and how you never know when they’ll have an item and when they won’t, the star can be a lifesaver.

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This isn’t the only trick you can keep in your back pocket when shopping at Costco. Those without memberships can shop there by asking a friend with a membership to buy them a cash card, Country Living reported.

"It works like a gift card and a membership card in one, so you can test out the waters before you commit," according to the site. "And if you rack up more than what your gift card is worth while scouring the aisles, that's okay — you can cover the difference with cash or another accepted form of payment."

Here's another useful Costco tip: Many customers say the Kirkland brand, Costco’s private label, is just as good as the name-brand items it rivals.

"I can't recall a single Kirkland product that our family didn't love or doesn't consistently use," blogger Melody Hansen said, Country Living noted.

Take advantage of those asterisked items at Costco, because they won’t be there for long. 

Sources: Country Living, Costco Insider / Photo credit: Country Living

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