Warehouse shopping can be overwhelming.

By Anna Aguillard
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Disposable Dishware

We like Chinet Dinner Plates, Big Red Cups, and Kirkland Signature Crystal Cutlery—you'll always want to have a quick way to serve a meal for an impromptu gathering (like when the entire summer softball league shows up to use your pool.) Want to be extra prepared? Stock up on Dixie brand's Insulated Paper Hot Cups so you can always offer a hot cup of coffee as your guests hit the road.

Charcoal

Costco sells high quality Kingsford Competition Briquets at a much lower price than any other grocery or hardware store. Stocking up is essential for those frequent summer cookouts.

Baked Beans

No, we don't mean the massive 117oz jugs—we mean the boxes of 8 individual cans of Bush's Best Original Baked Beans. There's something comforting about knowing that you have a quick and easy side for any Southern barbecue ready in your pantry.

Pimiento Cheese

Available in Original and Jalapeño flavor, Pawleys Island Specialty Foods' Palmetto Cheeseis a staple. The best news? Costco's 24oz container is good for 4-5 months. (Bet it will be devoured in no time.)

Salsa

Most shoppers who run into Mateo's Gourmet Salsa love the homemade taste but don't realize that it's actually made in Frisco, Texas. Always keep it at-hand to use as an appetizer, or in enchiladas, soups, casseroles, and tacos.

Baking Supplies

Although it may seem excessive to buy a 7 lb bag of U.S. Light Brown Pure Cane Sugar, you'll actually end up spending less money in the long run. Especially during summer months, when you're looking for creative ways to pass time on a rainy day with kids. Yes, baking chocolate chip cookies is always a great plan.

Beach Chairs

You can get a Tommy Bahama Backpack Beach Chairfor about $20 less at Costco. While drugstores and supermarkets sell lower quality chairs for lower prices, Costco's chairs last longer and are more comfortable.

Hamburger Meat

Kirkland's Signature Ground Sirloin and Loin of Beef Patties cost nearly 40 percent less than at your local grocery store. Buy now, make a few tonight, and freeze the rest for next weekend.

Deli Side Dishes

Costco's deli makes great cheese trays and salad trays, but our favorite is theBaby Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing.This dish has inspired countless copycat recipes for a reason. Sub it for coleslaw.

Storage Containers

The reusable kind that were built for leftovers from summertime gatherings, barbecues, picnics, and potlucks. They do have a Snapware Total Solution Plastic Food Keeper Set, which includes38 pieces. That should do the job.

Beer and Liquor

Stock the fridge in the garage with summer beers from the South's craft breweries, such as Atanta-based Sweet Water Brewing Company's Tackle Box and Dos Equis Fiesta Pack. And for the low price, Kirkland Signature liquors won't disappoint.

Cheesecake

There's a reason that Costco's Bakery Cheesecake is one of the most popular items sold at the store—it's rich, creamy, and delicious. For only $12.99, you can take home a cheescake with sweet sour cream topping and buttery graham cracker crust. Top it with your choice of summer berries (we love blueberries) for an added touch.

Gas

Typically, Costco gas sells for about fifteen cents per gallon less than even the cheapest gas stations around. Definitely worth mapping out a Costco stop along your road trip route.

Laundry Detergent

Sweat, grass stains, and sauces of all sorts–'tis the season for blowing through detergent. Stock up on bulk Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Detergentto save.

Items to avoid buying at Costco?

Sunscreen - You won't finish a bulk amount before it expires.

Summer Produce - Unless your planning a gathering, stick to your local grocery store, farmers' market, or produce stand.

Condiments - You won't get through an entire bottle of ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise in one summer.

Giant Containers of Snacks - Less you'd like a giant container of stale cheese puffs in your pantry for the next five years.

Cleaning Products - Over time, cleaning products lose their effectiveness. You'll end up spending more in the long run.