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post #21 of 33
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OK this is a timely thread. I've been wondering about this question as well.  Imakcerka, hope it's OK if I add to the question:  is it worth it to get a Costco membership if we're just a family of four? 

 

 



 

This really depends on your shopping/eating habits.  I'd go in to the customer service desk and let them know you'd like to try it out.  They'll usually happily give you a "day pass" for lack of a better word, so you can go do some shopping and see if it's worth it to you.

 

I have my membership through DH's work, so we don't actually pay for it, so for us it's a no-brainer.  I go a few times a year, and stock up on things that are cheaper there, since I can get some things in larger quantity than anywhere else (like a 5# bag of organic quinoa, or a 3# brick of Philly cream cheese), and some things cheaper than anywhere else (like bricks of Tillamook cheese, or clamshells of organic blueberries).  But, before DH's work gave us memberships I didn't have one, because it is only a few (smallish) shopping trips a year, and it is out of the way (closest one is about 35 minutes away with traffic).  However, I have a good friend who I take with me when I go, and she leaves with an overflowing cart every time - so it's so dependent on your life. 

post #22 of 33

I can't see using a 3 lb block of cream cheese unless I was on a cheese cake making binge. My family, I'm certain, wouldn't object. 

 

We've had Costco membership before and it usually went to waste.  Either we hardly went or we'd go and I'd end up buying stuff I never knew I needed.  It seems to work well for people who are really smart and disciplined about stocking their pantries. That I am not. 

 

The selection of organic food is pretty intriguing. 

 

Also, I figured maybe it would make more sense to shop there when our kids were bigger.  You know, when your teenager is eating you out of house and home.  But, now they're teenagers and all off us except dd have weight issues, and it just doesn't seem like a good idea to have lots of food on hand, even if I did get a great deal for it.  They don't eat it if it isn't there.  

post #23 of 33
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It depends on what you get.  This is my normal 3 week list

 

Eggs

Whip

Shredded cheese

Frozen brocc

Bananas - so much cheaper there and DD2 eats up to 2 bananas a day

Potatoes

Red onions  6 bucks a bag about 10 in the bag.  Normally 2 to 3 dollars a red onion at the store

12 large blue berry muffins

Two full chickens

frozen bag of chicken breasts

Feta - we use a lot of it

Grape seed oil, so much cheaper there.  I get a large bottle for 7 and one half that size at the store is maybe 7 to 14.

Peppers, I eat them with ranch.  Cheaper to buy in bulk for me

Red Bull... yeah I actually spend 32 on that

Garlic bbq chicken wings for DD2.  If she doesn't like whats for dinner thats her go to.

 

 a few other things here and there. 

 

 

Those things last me almost 3 weeks.  I do know families that share a membership.  Technically you're not supposed to do it.  You just have two people use the same address.  Each membership allows two cards per household. 

 

post #24 of 33
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Originally Posted by Imakcerka View Post
Those things last me almost 3 weeks.  I do know families that share a membership.  Technically you're not supposed to do it.  You just have two people use the same address.  Each membership allows two cards per household. 

 



Actually, you can also take a friend with you and both use your card (or if you have a friend with a membership, both use her card).  You can't write a check, but if you're using a Debit card or paying cash, they'll let you do it. 

post #25 of 33

I just buy non-perishable staples there that are way less expensive then the local grocery store. This is what I usually get;

 

10 lbs organic sugar

1-2 cases organic soymilk

a few bags of snacks and nuts 

Pasta sauce

granola

 

stuff like that :) 

post #26 of 33

Good suggestions! 

 

Does Costco carry King Arthur flour?

post #27 of 33
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Good suggestions! 

 

Does Costco carry King Arthur flour?



I wish they did!  

 

They have a version of white-whole-wheat flour that is really good (*almost* as good as king arthur as I've determined by making scones with it at home, my personal flour goodness 'test 'winky.gif).  They do get large bags of organic sugar from time to time, and sugar in the raw, which is excellent.

 

 

As for Costco for 'only' a family of 4, we're 2 adults and 2 kids under 5 (who don't eat very much) - and I find it works for us.  I buy things at Costco to work all our meals around - we end up eating lots of the same things in a few different ways.  We do eat things up, we might (at times) just end up with a bit less variety if we weren't shopping at Costco (I do usually hit the local grocery store weekly for specific things, and Costco maybe 2x/month for produce/staple-type items).  And by less variety, it's not like we're eating peanut butter sandwiches multiple times a week -- it's more like lots of spinach and black beans in everything until we've eaten up half of it and I get something different.  

post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by journeymom View Post

OK this is a timely thread. I've been wondering about this question as well.  Imakcerka, hope it's OK if I add to the question:  is it worth it to get a Costco membership if we're just a family of four? 

 

 



We have the executive membership and it pays for itself (costs $100 but I usually get between 100 and 120 back at the end of the year, then I just bring that check in to pay for the next year).  We're a family of four, with an 8 yo and a nearly 3 yo.  We do buy some non-food items there, though.  All of our store-bought jammies and at least some clothes for kids and me, laundry detergent and some other cleaning stuff, dog food, toilet paper, etc.  If you ever buy a really large item like a computer or furniture that probably makes a big difference.  They also have gas and tires, eye glasses, photo processing.  I don't have any trouble spending enough money there.  shy.gif  And as for the 3 pound block of cream cheese, it costs about the same as 3 small packages of cream cheese at the grocery store and you can freeze it.  I have trouble getting through the bag of spinach that's as big as my torso, unless I use it for soup.  

post #29 of 33

 

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the bag of spinach that's as big as my torso

 

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post #30 of 33
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I pick up the spinach sometimes.  When I'm in the mood for lots of salads.  I like spinach more than regular bags of salad.  Much tastier. 

 

 

post #31 of 33
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Originally Posted by journeymom View Post

OK this is a timely thread. I've been wondering about this question as well.  Imakcerka, hope it's OK if I add to the question:  is it worth it to get a Costco membership if we're just a family of four? 

 

 



it is definitely worth it for us. 

post #32 of 33

Costco. The quality of the meat and clothing is much better. I have a membership to both as well. 

post #33 of 33

I used to have a Sam's membership way back when (10 yrs. ago?), and the best thing that came of it was some $12 outdoor chairs we still use. Mostly it's cheaper for booze, meat and snacks. I recently got a Costco membership since we prefer supporting that company & am testing the waters. Best deal so far was a giant laundry detergent for $8 with a coupon. Otherwise, I've been buying, ummm, booze, meat and snacks. And frozen berries for smoothies. Oh, and some organic lettuce and spinach when I bother to drive out the 30 min. - when we're on a kick, we go through one lg. clamshell of each per week. A lot of the other stuff my sister and I priced out was not cheaper per unit than the grocery store, but sometimes more convenient to buy in large numbers, like granola bars.

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