We don't use convenience foods and bake everything from scratch so it'd be things like flour, beans, sugar, salt, butter, etc.
Our only alternatives are Wal-Mart and 2 grocery stores in town.....no really good cheap bulk places around other than those two.
So, advice? Opinions?
I hate Wal-Mart, but I wanted to be sure Costco wasn't just as bad. Where I grew up we didn't have any Wal-Marts (unfortunately that's not the case anymore) and our warehouse store was Coscto so I wanted to use them because it's familiar and I hate Wally World.
Okay, shutting up now and waiting for everyone's input. Thanks so far!
~ Location - It is in a better location for our family.
~ Business Practices - I feel Costco treats their employees better than the Wal-Mart conglomerate and I like the way they do biz...for this type of biz.
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa
We also do a lot of our holiday shopping there... electronics, housewares, sporting goods, booze... they've got lots of nice high-end items.
Oh, and we got our new cell phone service there a few weeks ago, plus I'm hoping to get my MIL's hearing aid replaced there. Yeah, seriously, they do EVERYTHING now.
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One thing that makes me mad about my Sam's: we're supposed to get a .05/gallon gas discount. However, their prices are so high that even with the discount, they're at least .01/gallon HIGHER than my neighborhood station. And when I filled up there a couple weeks ago, my mpg went down dramatically for that tank. : I certainly don't need that!
I'm going to take my price book into Costco and do some comparison shopping to see if it will work for me.
wife to Sasha, mom to Marlena, nursed for 3.5 years, aunt to 3 adorable nephews
S & Y and 2 DS... H (7) and K (3) and a September 2015 baby!
in addition to organic (though i've heard their organic dairy is feed lot) they even have demos for vitamix!
if you are going to buy in bulk you may want to check out buyer's clubs. i just got one from wilderness family naturals, eden foods, and frontier co-op. also, if you buy like 25# bags lundberg rice gives you a great deal for organic.
Plus I will have nothing to do with Walmart
I love Costco.
My advice may not be appropriate for you. That's ok. You are just fine how you are and I am the right kind of me.
The main thing holding me back from dropping my Sam's membership is that huge bag of Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. Ooooh, those things are my downfall!
I agree with the others: Wal-Mart = bad
Gone but not fogotten.
When we lived in Utah, we had a membership at both. After a terrible customer service experience at Sam's Club, we went Costco only.
And, I'm biased because I grew up and currently live in the land of Costcos! I have two within eight miles and they are in the process of building of smaller scale one about a mile away that is more "neighborhood" friendly. It won't carry everything or have a tire shop, but the items will be more geared towards just groceries and items that people in the neighborhood would want.
I'm surprised Costco doesn't have something comparable... maybe not Ghirardelli, but if not, probably something even higher-end. Valhrona? ;-)
Costco is the best. And, the CEO is paid a reasonable salary, not a mega-millions one like so many big companies. Also, for me, being in the NW, Costco is my local. We're lucky--ours has a coffee roaster in-store, so I can get freshly roasted coffee for about $3 a pound.
Mom to DD1 (11/1999), DD2 (07/2003), and DS (11/2012), all born at home and cloth diapered.
I live closer to a BJs and keep my membership there solely for the occasional laziness factor. But I really don't like them all that much.
Our Costco is fantastic. It's much further away, but close to my Dd's school so I am there a lot. Once a week at the minimum. I also cook almost nothing from boxes and I can do almost all of my food shopping there. I will also say that their in house brand, Kirkland, has always proven to be excellent quality. I only use their diapers and wipes (yeah yeah, sposies, I know) and I think they are great.
I totally agree, Costco is great. In addition to their treatment of employees, organics selection, pharmacy, gas etc, they have great prices on big ticket items like tires and appliances.
Great for home improvement as well. Bamboo flooring for I think about $3/sq. ft.; whatever it cost us, it was more than a DOLLAR a sq. ft. cheaper than any other price I could find for all-wood (laminate is cheaper of course, and if that's what you want, they sell a few varieties of glueless laminate too ;-). They sell all kinds of great tools and housewares and sporting goods, including BIG stuff.
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