Post # 62
I LOVE our Costco membership and would definitely recommend getting one. We save a lot of money buying our meat and veggies in bulk (and it’s just the two of us). We have a food saver though, so we portion up our meals and then seal and save them.
Post # 63
@angelinthesnowxo: Just an fyi the executive membership doesn’t give casb back on gas only the American express gives cash back on gas. But either way you’ll get your money back if isn’t $55. Enjoy your Costco membership!!:)
Post # 64
love costco. better than sams and bj’s.
Post # 65
@angelinthesnowxo: So funny – we just had this conversation yesterday…
Let me start off by saying that we do have a membership, and there are only two of us. That being said, I am NOT convinced that things are cheaper overall. I think it’s REALLY easy to get sucked into the whole “I’m buying in bulk so I’m saving a ton of $$” theory, when in reality, you have to be kind of savvy to really get bargains…
As PPs have said, some things are deals – but some things are actually MORE expensive (like meats – we were going to buy chicken breasts in bulk yesterday, until I realized it was $3.49/lb, and we had been buying them at our regular grocery store for under $2/lb!)… I mean, if we bought it at Costco yesterday, we would have spent almost $30 on chicken, only to get almost 50% less than we’d get for $30 at our regular store.
I think your best bet is to spend some time comparison shopping and make an evaluation of where the savings really are. ID the items on which you can truly save, and then purchase other items elsewhere. Otherwise, I would say that -overall – you’re paying for the privilege of bulk shopping, not bulk savings…
They do have really good hot dogs – great for the pocketbook, not so grat for the waistline…
Post # 66
We love Costco. We buy paper towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, vitamins, tylenol, etc there– it’s so much cheaper! We also buy some food items occasionally, but we don’t have a lot of storage space, so not as much as we’d like to.
We’ve also bought a lot of other things there at great value. We order our contacts through their vision center, and save $30/box. We put 4 new tires on my car for $150 cheaper than the next competitor. We’ve purchased 2 cameras, a bluetooth headset, iPod docking station/stereo, memory foam mattress pad and lots of other items for about 20% less than other stores (we almost always comparison shop those types of items). Their return policy is also HUGE– you can return pretty much anything at any time for a full refund, just keep your receipt.
My only criticisms are 2 things: the shoppers themselves and their weekend hours. Shopping on a weekend afternoon is pretty much like navigating an obstacle course, everyone is a sample-chomping maniac, kids are running rampant, carts are pushed with reckless abndon OR you run into Costco zombies who walk around slowly, staring at everything and clogging up the aisles. We have found our Costco is least busy on Friday nights, and we typically do a big shop then. They do close at 5:30 on Saturday and Sunday, which always seems problematic when we need something urgently. That being said, Costco has great business practices, treats their employees incredibly well and operates a pretty ethical model.
Totally worth it.
Post # 67
@angelinthesnowxo: I assume this is the case at all Costco’s, but you can go as a guest with a friend who has a membership to try it out before you sign on for a membership yourself.
If you can, I’d make arrangements to do a “test trip” and see if the value is there for you. It really depends on your spending habits and whether you’re used to shopping sales at regular stores or are used to shopping at regular priced grocery stores, etc.
For example, I find that I can get toilet paper and paper towels on sale cheaper at Shopper’s Drug Mart (Cdn chain) and they give points which gives free merchandise, so it makes more sense for me to shop for these products there. It helps if you are aware of the per unit prices of bulk items when you go to Costco so you can make wise decisions about whether something is a good deal or not.
However, their books, clothes and seasonal items are almost worth the membership on their own, imo.
Post # 68
@codysgirl16: That’s a good point.
I always compare the prices to what I normally pay for them individually to make sure the unit price is actually cheaper.
It’s easy to get excited to see so much food/supplies/TP for a cheap price, but that doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest
Post # 69
@NLbride: I know you posted this like 2 days ago (I haven’t had as much free time these past couple of days), but I wanted to say that my fiance and I did a lap around the store prior to committing to a membership. We both wanted to actually check out prices, what types of products were being offered, what their produce looked like, etc.
As I said earlier in this thread, we did end up going with a membership. One thing that sold us was seeing a package of fresh (well, for landlocked Nebraska!) tilapia with like 12-15 fillets for about $25. I (no joke) paid $20 for 3 tilapia fillets at Hy-Vee a few months ago. $20 for 3! We just looked at each other and were like, “$25? Is this for real? That’s awesome!”
My fiance is a bit of a produce snob, and he was mostly impressed with the selection available at our local Costco. He was even more impressed with the huge quantities of Greek yogurt you could buy … He goes through that stuff like crazy.
Those are just a few examples, but we ultimately decided that it would be worth it for us to get the membership. There are definitely some things we wouldn’t get there because it probably won’t be cheaper or we won’t use enough of it to justify buying large quantities. There are quite a few things we use a lot of (and quickly!), though, so buying in bulk will, at the very least, save us a trip or two to the store!
Post # 70
@angelinthesnowxo: Depends how big your family is and how much you guys eat. I don’t always find Costco to have the best “deals” but they do have stuff in bulk so you can grocery shop less. It isn’t necessarily cheaper, but you get a ton of it. There are certain things, like gas or propane for the BBQ, that are cheaper but it’s rare.
ETA: we got our membership as a gift. I will not be renewing (unless we happen to get it as a gift again). In other words, I wouldn’t pay for it. There are plenty of stores with great deals (hello, Wal-Mart) that it is nonsensical to me to pay money to shop.