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post #61 of 94
I'm trying to decide if it is worth the cost, we dont have costco, but a Sams (ugh.)
post #62 of 94
How much does a membership cost?
post #63 of 94
It's $50, and for us it is one of the best $50 we spend during the year. We not only buy a large amount of our foods there we also go and get eye exams.

Regular Costco items for us:

OG Milk(3/$9)
Olive oil
cheese sticks
butter
lemons
chocolate syrup
Energy drinks for DH
Nuts of all kinds
Snacks of all kinds
Ziploc bags(super deal)
Vanilla
soy milk case
Dh's contact lens solution
granola bars

I'm sure there is more. Ours never has Annies Mac n' cheese, sometimes they have cheddar bunnies. For us our every few month stock pile works wonders, we live in the middle of nowhere and we have to drive to the nearest small city(1.5 hours), so it is a big shop for us. Some things are just phenomenally cheaper-others not so much. The things we buy are a good deal and it saves us a ton of money. It seems like a lot when you get a bill for 400 or so, but then realize that you pay so much more in a conventional grocery store-it all balances out over time.
post #64 of 94
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Originally Posted by True Blue View Post
organic ground beef for about $4lb. Fruit leather, healthy snacks, vanilla extract.
I wish that our costco still had the organic beef!!!
We get Lara Bars, really the only option that DS and I can eat in convience foods due to Wheat Free Diets. We also get the shelf stable soy milk and cat food. We also have been getting some of our produce, Half and Half, and Rotisserie Chicken. The chicken works out to be cheaper than getting it and roasting it our selves when it is all said and done for. We make chicken soup after we are done Yummy!

We were buying the cat food at a store that shall not be named (sorry about the Harry Potter reference) and it works out to be cheaper and better quality at Costco. Go figure! We also get our holiday picture cards there.
post #65 of 94
Nutella
post #66 of 94
Organic milk
spring mix
grape tomatoes (not organic but herbicide free)
bread
pitas
chicken breasts
oranges
grapefruit
construction paper
diet coke :
post #67 of 94
I have a membership for diapers only at this piont. We do disposable since we are in Atlanta and Kirkland is the best brand, so I dont care if it is more. Plus their wipes are fantastic.

I never see anything organic there.

I buy batteries and excedrin there, but maybe I am paying more than I should. I need to do a price book as well.

I will be checking out their milk, because Publix is $5.79 a gallon, and we go through that every two days. I tried Target, but my son wont drink their organic one.

Why I stopped going there:

they are the most expensive place for dvds, unless you find one of their gems, but that is so incredibly rare, you would need to work there and go through the selection every day.

They just stop carrying stuff and have no clue when they will get it back in, if ever. That happened to the rollers we use for cat hair.

They hassle me constantly at the check out about upgrading my membership. Dont need it, dont want it and they really really hassle me. I pay by check, so how could I be getting money back?

Everyone that goes there acts like they are on a cruise, just mingling around, eating samples. Rude rude people. And my costco is always crowded.
post #68 of 94
I'm trying to decide if I shoudl rejoin- coming back to look through this thread. There are a few items I always get- and big sizes are helpful for my family, but I don't think it is always cheaper and I feel like this periodic HUGE grocery bill from there really throws my attempt at a strict monthly budget for food. I usually spend 100-200 but only go every few months. And I don't get everythign there, so I still hit TJs in those times.

The organic and preservative free selection is growing, but is limited. But then I do like to get stuff like batteries, Tp, etc. there.

And oh I hate going there too- too big, crowded, always lines. Ugh.

some things I like, though I think it varies from store to store:
pesto
packs of pasta
12 packs of cans of soup just to have on hand as back up food
carrot juice yum
tub of organic spinach for $3
whatever veggies are less "dirty" wrt to pesticide residue
TP
batteries
babywipes, though I use cloth mostly
sometimes wild salmon or chicken
cheese, as I don't buy that organic generally (too pricey)
occasional frozen food for dh
love these pot stickers they have
perrier
lara bars if they have them
tatziki (sp? greek yogurty stuff)
6 pack of organic, free range chicken broth
kerrigold butter

It's very hard for me to keep the expenditure down there!
post #69 of 94
Here are some products we've bought at Costco over the last several years. We've found them to be good value for our geographical area (less than or equal to typical sale prices, without the hassle of driving from store to store), but YMMV.

I've starred the ones that seem like especially good deals.


Consumables:

* White vinegar
* Baking soda
* Kirkland natural laundry detergent & dish liquid
* Kirkland baby wipes
* Name-brand contact solution
* Kirkland multivitamins and fish oil capsules

Organic chicken thighs
Lamb chops
Bananas (not organic)
Amy's frozen burritos
Mountain High plain yogurt
Sun-maid organic raisins
Almond butter
* 5 lb. jars of honey for cooking
Block cheeses for cooking
Some raw-milk cheeses, local & imported (most are cheaper at TJ's)
* Fair trade, shade-grown coffee
40 lb. jasmine rice
Canned chicken for emergency supplies/donations to food pantry
Bottled water for emergency supplies/car trips

One-time or occasional purchases:

Electronics and appliances (usually bought from Costco.com)
Socks
* Children's PJs
Other casual clothes as available (e.g., Keds & women's PJ pants)
* Batteries, both disposable and rechargeable
* Spray bottles for homemade cleaning products
Mops, brooms, rubber gloves
* Packing tape
* Bankers' boxes
Sturdy USA-made hand truck, for moving said boxes
White board w/ accessories
Ticonderoga #2 pencils (we will never, ever run out )
* Construction paper
* Roll of white butcher paper for children's artwork
Scrapbooking carts, used to hold craft stuff and homeschooling materials
Made in USA gift items: dried fruit trays, Mag-lites, etc.

(BTW, I was happy to find the freeze-dried fruit snacks and fruit/nut/seed bars... and they taste fine... but it was kind of a let-down when I noticed in the fine print that they're made in China. : )
post #70 of 94
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
Annie's Mac & Cheese!
Our kids love that. We also get milk, eggs, cheese, sometimes yogurt, butter, some cereal, wipes, (diapers if you don't do cloth -- we only do cloth part-time now), sliced bread, juice, bottled water, bananas, some clothes (their jeans are really cheap and DH loves them), canned tomatoes, pasta ....
post #71 of 94
Where is everyone getting/finding the yeast and the almond butter. We go every week and I haven't noticed these two items.
post #72 of 94
The yeast in our store is usually down the aisle where the spices and baking items are. They had a pound of yeast for $4.99 last time, but I couldn't get it because it was active and not rapid rise. Our favorite all purpose dough recipe calls for rapid rise. oh, well.

As for savings, starting this month, you no longer need to bring your coupons with you! The deductions are automatically done at the register when the item is scanned. They are still sending coupons out though. We saved $49.35 with the "coupons". I had cut mine out, but there were a couple of items on discount that I didn't realize and missed clipping those coupons. Right there is the cost of membership.

Ours is still carrying Annie's Mac and Cheese, but it is the shells and liquid cheese kind. It's good, but it's also $8.99 a box! I was really hoping for them to carry the traditional elbows and cheese pack. That was half the price for 12 boxes.
post #73 of 94
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Originally Posted by mirlee View Post
As for savings, starting this month, you no longer need to bring your coupons with you! The deductions are automatically done at the register when the item is scanned. They are still sending coupons out though. We saved $49.35 with the "coupons". I had cut mine out, but there were a couple of items on discount that I didn't realize and missed clipping those coupons. Right there is the cost of membership.
Great to know! I need to run over there and get tax cut. Even easier if I don't need to remember the coupon.



-Angela
post #74 of 94
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Originally Posted by mirlee View Post
The yeast in our store is usually down the aisle where the spices and baking items are. They had a pound of yeast for $4.99 last time, but I couldn't get it because it was active and not rapid rise. Our favorite all purpose dough recipe calls for rapid rise. oh, well.
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/yeastbreadtip.htm
http://www.nestle.com/NutritionHealt...rise+yeast.htm
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/468...-vs-rapid-rise


you can use the regular.
post #75 of 94
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Originally Posted by Adamsmama View Post
Where is everyone getting/finding the yeast and the almond butter. We go every week and I haven't noticed these two items.
I don't buy yeast at CostCo but the almond butter is by the peanut butter, jelly, nutella, etc one row away from the beginning of the freezer section at the CostCo I go to.
post #76 of 94
After reading this thread, I think we may join again.

We had a membership years ago and it cost us too much money. DH would run thru the store like a kid in a candy shop, tossing stuff into the cart left and right.

We would end up with way too much! And this was back before I cooked.

Now I have a much better handle on the home food situation and based on what others are listing, I think we will try it again.
post #77 of 94
I'm glad I found this thread too. I actually have been trying to shop more at Costco because I feel like when I shop at regular grocery stores, I just seem to run out of everything so quickly. So now I'm just trying to buy as much as I can in bulk, even if it means I don't shop with as much variety each week. When I make my list each week, I also write the estimated price next to each item since I have a pretty good idea what it will be, and then when I get to Costco I don't end up with as much of a shock at what I've spent.

We buy:
organic PB
toilet paper
milk
cheese
whole chicken and chicken breasts
hamburger
bread
laundry soap
garbage bags
ziploc bags
almonds
fruit
frozen veggies
olives
spaghetti sauce
granola bars for lunches
potatoes
post #78 of 94
Thanks to everyone that posted prices! I've been trying to decide if I should buy a membership. Our grocery store has really good everyday prices, so I know I would be comparing it to that. I'm beginning to think that (some) bulk items would be a big convenience, though!

I need to buy a Costco gift card anyway, so maybe I'll browse while I'm there.

Can anyone tell me if they carry Newman's Own stuff?
post #79 of 94
they have raw milk cheeses at costco AND tjs??
I wonder if I'm missing some organic stuff. I tend to get the old standbys. I look for new, interesting stuff but never see it

does anyoen else have trouble working it into a budget? I don't know, I spend so much there, but it's really not easy to get there (it's not far, but far enough and just so darn huge and inconvenient imo) so I don't want to go often. I also think it's just easy to buy too much there, things that I don't need in bulk and that just adds to my monthly food expenses, even if we do wind up eating it all.
post #80 of 94
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Originally Posted by hummingmom View Post
* Roll of white butcher paper for children's artwork

Ohhh, where can I get this at?

Thanks!
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