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post #41 of 94
My fam has been bugging me to get a costco membership now that baby number 2 is onthe way, but im not sure its worth it...were a mostly vegan family...the only animal product we eat is eggs, (well dh and ds do!)...do you thin it would be worth the purchase...cheap peanut butter and almond butter would be nice!
post #42 of 94
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post
My fam has been bugging me to get a costco membership now that baby number 2 is onthe way, but im not sure its worth it...were a mostly vegan family...the only animal product we eat is eggs, (well dh and ds do!)...do you thin it would be worth the purchase...cheap peanut butter and almond butter would be nice!
Since I buy my meat local, I don't buy much at Costco. I love the savings on frozen veggies and berries. I also buy the huge bags of potatoes and sometimes other fresh veggies if I know I'll be using them.
Oh, and mushrooms! As pp's have said, the yeast is a fantastic deal.
In fact, I have several vegan friends with Costco memberships.
Costco has more than just food too. Like I mentioned before, we have saved hundreds of dollars on our insurance (both auto and home) through Costco. We also bought our patio furniture and various electronics through them.
It sounds like you may need to go check out your Costco and see if it would be a savings for you. They will let you in on an "exploratory" trip. Or you can see if you can go with someone else who has a membership.
post #43 of 94
coffee
meats (we don't use enough fast enough to justify a whole side o' beef or pork)
batteries
cheese
TP
canned veg, tomatoes, beans
frozen veg
spices (cinnamon, steak seasoning, sea salt, pepper)
eggs

Other than the occassional drugstore game trip, I hate hate hate shopping the sales. I spend too much, I buy things "on sale!" that aren't really good for us. Going to Costco keeps me sane. I may pay a touch more sometimes, and a touch less others, but the price is consistent, I don't need to check sale fliers, and the return policy is unbeatable. Love Costco.
post #44 of 94
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post
Chicago west burbs. We can buy the big bottle of Sky Vodka for $20.99, and the big bottle of Dewars for $27.99. Not sure how much of a savings it is exactly since my dh was making the 'liquor runs' before this.
our WA state Costcos can't carry liquor :-(. Wine & beer only and even then, the prices aren't that good due to state liquor control policies.
post #45 of 94
GRRRR... not much savings today. I need to ONLY go there for bulk dry/canned goods and cleaning supplies cause the produce is SO expensive!! Today 6 coloured peppers were something like 8 bucks. The mandarin oranged were about 1 buck/lb- sounds good except superstore had them on for 3.50 cheaper for same amt. Milk was 4.19 for 4 L- pretty much the same as anywhere. Cheese was pretty much the same deal as superstore. Cream was 1 buck more than advertised in Walmart. The only good deal I found (which was great) was 4 kg organic can sugar for 5.49. Sighh... I hate superstore but it appears I must keep going. That and "cheap tuesday" at Save-on-foods.
post #46 of 94
flour, raisins, honey, maple syrup, pecans, sugar (white + brown), yeast

we bake/cook from scratch so these things get used up well, for others it might go bad/get bugs before all was used
post #47 of 94
We get as much as possible there. We have discovered, that most of the time, it is way cheaper at Costco.

Hydroponic Boston Lettuce (huge heads) two $3.99

Demi Baguettes (5 mini crusty French style loaves for $4.99 which we freeze and heat up in the oven which is like having fresh baked on a busy night w/o the work. They have no strange ingredients either)

Laundry soap

Dishwasher Det.

Paper Towels

TP

Massive bag of torilla chips $4.49 (Up since summer, but still a great deal since a bag half the size is nearly the same at the grocery store)

3 pounds of guacamole in three 1 lb containers $8.69 (Avocados here are around $2 each. Can't make it for this price. I freeze the containers then cut them in half so that I only defrost what I need. I store them in freezer bags in the deep freeze until needed.)

3 pints of natural no funky stuff strawberry frozen yogurt $4.49

Half and Half $1.75 (vs. $2.30 or more at the grocery)

1 lb bag of mini orange/red/yellow peppers $4.99 (12 oz is usually about this price and they often don't look as good as the ones at Costco.)

Maple Syrup

Shampoo

Razors

Toothbrushes

Bed Sheets ( amazing flannel sheets Queen size for $30)

DVDs

Canned goods ( I had a coupon over the summer for canned tomatoes. 12 cans ended up costing about 20 cents each)

The last time we needed to go and we had their coupons we saved an additional $45 off our bill. That just about paid for the membership. Coupons were usually $2 or $5 off.

We find that by buying in bulk like this we actually don't go to the grocery store half as much as before. This saves money because we aren't suckered in by "sale" items. We do look at the ads and purchase what we need from them, but we find that sometimes the sale price isn't much of a sale when we compare the price at Coscto. We can't buy booze at ours and that's a bummer. I have noticed that even different Costco's in our area offer different items. I went to one a few miles away (we have two) and noticed they had some things that the one I usually go to never has.

The next time I am driving out of state, I may stop into the nearby Costco to see if I can get anything interesting there
post #48 of 94
Birthday cakes. Seriously, it's about the only time we go. DH picked up DS's cake today and had to renew the card. We'll pick another up in July and renew next November.

I've never been impressed with Costco's prices. I can always found items cheaper at grocery stores. I think Costco is more of a convenience.
post #49 of 94
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Birthday cakes. Seriously, it's about the only time we go. DH picked up DS's cake today and had to renew the card. We'll pick another up in July and renew next November.

I've never been impressed with Costco's prices. I can always found items cheaper at grocery stores. I think Costco is more of a convenience.
And the savings on birthday cakes alone is enough to make your membership worthwhile?!
post #50 of 94
The only things I get are trash bags and milk and butter.
Their diaper and wipes end up being more than Target ect.
Though I would make prob. get electronics thru them, but we never buy them lol

If you dont want to shop sales, then Costco is the way to go. If you are used to shopping sales and doing coupons and whatnot, the savings just wont seem like enough.
post #51 of 94
white vinegar
baking soda
wheat bread
juice boxes/pouches
chicken bb's
cheese
fruit leather
nuts
clothing
Annie's Mac & Cheese
organic instant oatmeal
vanilla extract
cinnamon & parsley
cat food

There's probably more......
post #52 of 94
eggs
dog food
bagels
pancake mix
whole roasted chicken
frozen veggies
shampoo
toothpaste
post #53 of 94
we save a bunch of money on gas. It was $2.17 a gallon at Costco. The local gas stations are charging between $2.35 and $2.45 a gallon.
post #54 of 94
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Originally Posted by mags.bubble View Post
Chicago west burbs. We can buy the big bottle of Sky Vodka for $20.99, and the big bottle of Dewars for $27.99. Not sure how much of a savings it is exactly since my dh was making the 'liquor runs' before this.
Do you go to the oakbrook one or the bloomingdale one?? I have to check the liquor next time. I dont see any great deals on the beer but the wine is usually not bad.
post #55 of 94
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Originally Posted by RasJane View Post
Oh, and mushrooms! As pp's have said, the yeast is a fantastic deal.
In fact, I have several vegan friends with Costco memberships.
Costco has more than just food too. Like I mentioned before, we have saved hundreds of dollars on our insurance (both auto and home) through Costco. We also bought our patio furniture and various electronics through them.
It sounds like you may need to go check out your Costco and see if it would be a savings for you. They will let you in on an "exploratory" trip. Or you can see if you can go with someone else who has a membership.
I also like their mushrooms when I need them and see them...

But to food and more- My sister and BIL swear by using all the other services. They even booked their honeymoon thru costco. All their presents come thru there as well.
post #56 of 94
Oh they sell nice shelfbra tanks there as well, 2 for 10, with adjustable straps and extra long lenght, great for nursing!
post #57 of 94
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Originally Posted by mirlee View Post

Demi Baguettes (5 mini crusty French style loaves for $4.99 which we freeze and heat up in the oven which is like having fresh baked on a busy night w/o the work. They have no strange ingredients either)
Yes! Those, and their bagels. It's one of the few places I can buy bread that isn't full of soy. I bake most of ours, but it's nice to have those in the freezer for the days I don't get it done.
post #58 of 94
Oh! I buy tires there as well! Way cheaper than other places and with a great guarantee!
post #59 of 94
I didn't read all of the responses but some things we save on:

Contacts! It is $3.xx something cheaper per box vs. Walmart (at least the last time I checked) and the savings per year basically pays for our membership.

Laughing Cow cheese is something we buy on occasion, but it is 5.xx per package at my local co-op, and 8.99ish for a 4 pack at costco.

Boursin cheese goes for $6-7 per pack at our local grocery stores. Costco sells a 3 pack for 8ish (we use for a super quick alfredo-esque sauce).

Tillamook cheddar used to be 6.xx for 2 lbs (sliced). It is now up to 8.xx for 2 lbs but it is IMO still a good deal.

I try to buy mostly Ecover dishwasher tabs through frontier but we do pick up Electrosol when it is buy one get one ($10 per container) which is pretty cheap. (but not earth friendly! )

Salad mix (organic) big container for the price of a small container. We eat a lot of salad or split it with my parents.

Giovanni shampoo or body products (they don't always have them)

Coleman hotdogs (haven't had in stock at my store for a few weeks). WAaaaaay cheaper than what WFs or similar charge. I haven't seen it yet but I know some people have Coleman bacon and meatballs at their stores (Colemans' stuff is all nitrate/nitrite/hormone/antibiotic free).

Eta: huge jar of organic salsa for about $6 per very large jar. It contains about 5x the amount in a normal jar (which is close to $4 per jar at my co-op IIRC). It seems more liquidy but no complaints from me.
post #60 of 94
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Originally Posted by traceface View Post
And the savings on birthday cakes alone is enough to make your membership worthwhile?!
No, I don't even factor in cost/savings. I buy the cakes because they are the best, imo. Yum!
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