I love Costco! My problem is that I've never been able to walk into Costco without spending at least $100 and to be completely honest most of the time I spend no less than $200. I heard a rumor a long time ago and recently it came up again in casual conversation so I made it a point to do some research (and by research I mean google) to finally get to the bottom of this rumor. What is the famed tale? The claim is that apparently a lot of the Costco Kirkland products are actually made by big brands. As it turns out it is true, Starbucks and Duracell are just two of the big brands that are involved in producing products for Costco under the Kirkland brand. Here are a few more that you may want to start buying and saving on asap according to hip2save.com :

Shopping for a furry friend?

All of the Kirkland Signature Dry Dog and Cat Foods are made by Diamond Pet Foods in five company-owned manufacturing facilities in the U.S.

As just an idea, a 40lb bag of Kirkland Signature Super Premium Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Dog Food sells for around $28.99 at Costco (= 72¢/lb), whereas a 28lb bag of Diamond Naturals Grain-Free Dog Food sells for around $39.99 at Specialty Pet Stores (= $1.43/lb). No wonder their pet food is one of their best-selling items!

Huggies/Pampers vs. Kirkland Signature Diapers

Rumor has it that Costco’s highly rated Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers may actually be made by Kimberly Clark (the manufacturer of Huggies) and are just an “older generation” Huggies. While this is not publicly advertised or verified, many members rave about these diapers on Costco.com.

Pureology vs. Kirkland Signature Moisture Haircare

If you’re looking to save on hair care products, consider grabbing these large bottles of Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner at Costco. A 33.8 fl oz bottle of shampoo regularly sells for around $9.99 and the matching conditioner sells for just $7.49. This product smells amazing, is sulfate-free, paraben-free, and color-safe. And, rumor has it that this product is actually made by Pureology!

As a price comparison, a single 33.8oz bottle of Pureology Hydrate Shampoo alone sells for $69 at Ulta Beauty stores. That means you can grab serious savings by purchasing hair products at Costco!