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I'm making up my grocery lists for the week (hoping to keep them minimal!). I don't do a ton of shopping at Costco, but a fair bit. I always get frozen veggies, frozen chicken, dried fruit, food service-size containers of tomatoes and applesauce, eggs, butter and our bacon. Well, not the bacon since we got our side of pork 2 months ago. For the same reason, I stopped getting most of our meat there. I have a chest freezer full now.
I have been getting some things there just for convenience, but know I need to look more carefully. Problem is, I'm also cutting way back on driving, so I can't go price check. I know lots of wise shoppers here have figured out what is really a savings there, so I'm hoping to tap that wisdom.
Even if I stopped shopping there all together, the savings from our insurance is enough to justify the fee! I think I'm right on the stuff I get, am I?
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Milk, coffee, romaine lettuce, yogurt, cheese, wipes, Spray-n-Wash, lunch meat, chicken broth, frozen berries.

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almond butter. I got a huge thing of almond butter for $6. (28 oz)
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Wyman's blueberries. They are 6.99 for three pounds and run almost 5.00 a pound everywhere else. Elmer's glue sticks, Pacific Organic Chicken stock (9.99 or so for four vs. about $4 each elsewhere), organic diced tomatos and organic tomato paste. That's about all we get from there on a regular basis. My parents have the membership. It really wouldn't be worth the money for us to have our own though. We did end up 'paying' for their membership renewal because of all of the one time big ticket items be bought with their membership though. A swingset, a couple of GPS units and some other things.
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Besides what's already on your list and mentioned by the pp's, I'd add spices, baking supplies, peanut butter.
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Organic chicken breast for like $5.99lb; organic ground beef for about $4lb. Fruit leather, healthy snacks, vanilla extract.

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dog food, frozen berries, salad in a bag/ spinach, chocolate chips

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Ooh - timely post for me. My mother just gave me a Costco membership for my birthday yesterday (wasn't that awesome of her!?!), and I'm about to go scope it out. (I've been there many times before with her, but I've never had my own family or grocery budget in mind.) I'll be :

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Lurking for ideas as we just got a membership.

I did compare milk though and organic milk is cheaper for us at Kroger's than at costco.

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Wine and salmon is about the only things we ever get there.
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Yeast. It is $4.00 for this huge block that I keep in the freezer. I have a jar from buying yeast in the grocery store for $5.00 and I fill it up at least 6 or seven times from the Costco yeast. I've also had very good experiences with it. Also, organic flour, organic whole wheat bread and butter.
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Yeast. It is $4.00 for this huge block that I keep in the freezer. I have a jar from buying yeast in the grocery store for $5.00 and I fill it up at least 6 or seven times from the Costco yeast. I've also had very good experiences with it. Also, organic flour, organic whole wheat bread and butter.
In the freezer!?! I thought it was supposed to be kept in the fridge!

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I keep mine in the freezer, too. In fact, I'm pretty sure it says on my jar of yeast to "refrigerate or freeze after opening." I think if you freeze it, though, it keeps longer.

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yeast, for sure!

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Another vote for CHEESE. Also, we love their 3 lb multigrain bread. I think it's $3.69 or something. It's yummy. Also, fresh pizza, BANANAs. Um. Other stuff.

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We get fruit leather, organic canned tomatoes, frozen fruit, organic spinach, coffee, contact solution, and soy milk. We sometimes buy cheese, which is cheaper (they don't always have what we buy). Organic Milk is more expensive at the Costco here than at. I think the key to Costco is to only buy the products you would typically buy.
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I keep mine in the freezer, too. In fact, I'm pretty sure it says on my jar of yeast to "refrigerate or freeze after opening." I think if you freeze it, though, it keeps longer.
OK, I better freeze it. I'm just trying to learn to make bread. I wonder if that's why my loaves are always so heavy. Hmm.

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Everyone says bananas- ours didn't HAVE any bananas when we went a couple of weeks back.

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vanilla and evoo

It is my parent's membership and I was surprised at how many items we would use this last visit. Many more organic options than 1 year ago.

We usually snack on fresh fruit or nuts but I did notice the almond butter and the brothers brand freeze dried fruit. Single serves are nice if you are feeding 1 toddler but a bit of waste when my 5 kids can chow down on soooo much food at once. I usually let the little girls pick out one snack item when we are there. Last time they chose Mrs Mays snacks. I got some workout clothes and fleece sweats for the kids to sleep in. My parents swear by the men's clothes. Ladies clothes seem more difficult because you cannot try them on but returns are acceptable. Big tickets items can be a good deal and are easier to price shop for.

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Olive oil, butter, nuts(almonds, walnuts, pecans), granola bars, milk, dog food, contact lens solution, vitamins, popcorn, maple syrup.

I could keep going...we just went and I realized that we should have bought some other things. I need to make a Costco master list because there are a lot of things we like to get there, that are so much cheaper than at our local store.

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Contact lenses, birthday cakes, some fruit (depends on what fruit, how much I am looking to buy, etc), laundry detergent, sometimes paper towels (not always - depends on the sale at the grocery store when I need to buy more), some snacks (depend on what snack), Kashi Dark Choc Oatmeal Cookies, Olay Regenerist serum (one bottle lasts 9 months and was only about $2 more than the one at the grocery store that only last about 3 months), sometimes milk.

I guess, for me, it depends on the product and what the price is at the grocery store. Sometimes it's not always cheaper to get it at Costco, but sometimes it is just easier. For example, I'd rather buy their package of 200 trash bags once every 1.5 years than have to remember to buy them at the grocery store every 2-3 months. The same goes with dish detergent, if Costco is having a BOGO coupon on Electrosol, I'd rather buy it there and not have to buy it again for 1.5 years.

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Contacts for sure. Those alone pay for the membership. If you eat cereal or oatmeal, it's way cheaper to buy in bulk. Pancake mix too. And peanut butter, and turkey dogs.
I could probably accomplish the same savings by using coupons, but it's easier not to have to work at it. Ultimately the reason I love costo is that it allows me to do one or two big shops per month, and then fill in as needed. It's just easier for me that way.

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I have been going with my MIL (her membership) 1x/mo.

I get:

Tiillamook sliced cheese (mh dh insists on the convenience)
Tillamook cheese block
mini babybel cheese
Bacon (hormone, abx, nitrate free)
Organic chicken breasts
Organic Ground beef
Chicken sausage
dried cranberries
dried blueberries
vodka
scotch
Home run inn frozen pizza (cheaper than ordering on the nights I just don't feel like cooking)
Miralax
Ricola cough drops
Baking soda
Vinegar

There are other things, it just depends on the month. I don't buy paper products - not enough room to store them. I am very careful not to just put anything in the cart, always have cash so that I can settle up with MIL right away. Some things are cheaper at Trader Joe's, Aldi, or my local ethnic grocery store.

I wouldn't get a membership for us. Only because I want to keep dh out. He would come home with enough legal pad of paper, socks etc... to last us a lifetime. Not to mention if he saw the caskets......
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Vitamins
Bottled water
Eggs
Milk
Half n Half
Butter
Tuna
Real maple syrup
Garbage bags
Recycle bags
Freezer bags
Tinfoil
Saran wrap
Gallon of Lysol cleaner
Cascade
Sponges
EVOO
Coffee
Fruit (most)
Salad stuff
Frozen Vegetables
Birthday cakes (I don't bake)
Many electronics
Batteries
Construction paper

I'm down to 2-3x/year for a big Costco shopping trip.

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Funny, organic milk is way cheaper at Costco than at Kroger's here. My basic Costco list is:

milk
eggs
cheese
vinegar
laundry detergent
palmolive
chicken sausage (except I haven't seen it lately)
bagels
soap & shampoo for dh since he won't use the "hippie" stuff the kids and I use
about to add frozen veggies since our CSA is ending and there wasn't much to put up this year

The organic peanut butter is much cheaper, but I just don't like it. We switched from Sam's to Cotsco last year and the only think I miss is the huge Maranatha PB, our Costco only has Maranatha Almond butter and my kids aren't into it.

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Funny, organic milk is way cheaper at Costco than at Kroger's here. My basic Costco list is:
Isn't that funny? The cheapest organic milk at hour Kroger's is $2.99 a half gallon. The costco organic selections were nearly $4

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Isn't that funny? The cheapest organic milk at hour Kroger's is $2.99 a half gallon. The costco organic selections were nearly $4

-Angela
And here, I pay at least $3.29/half gallon for organic at Kroger but at Costco I pay $6 or $7 for package with 3 half gallons.

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Bread ($4.00 a loaf at regular grocery store, $2.75 a loaf at Costco)
Butter (same price at Costco as at Wal-mart, but I'd rather buy from Costco)
Bounce (when I still used it)

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