Costco

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you recommend a Costco membership?
    Yes : (128 votes)
    73 %
    No : (9 votes)
    5 %
    I don't have a membership, but I may get one in the future : (24 votes)
    14 %
    I don't have a membership and I'm not interested in one : (11 votes)
    6 %
    Polls are fun : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 62
    Member
    525 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    Member
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @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
    Member
    9124 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    love costco.  better than sams and bj’s. 

    Post # 65
    Member
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @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
    Member
    2178 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    Member
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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
    Member
    1060 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @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 # 70
    Member
    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @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.

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