1. "gas might be cheaper." In response to Reply # 0
I feel like those stores are for big ass fams. my fam of 4 can't really take advantage of the 'savings' on big box stores. with that said, I know a single lady with no kids that be doing Costco runs lo. Ye shrug.
we have a BJs membership. I haven't been in forever, but I keep it going since my mom uses it. and its not close to me.
6. "that's what i meant mostly when i said "lesser."" In response to Reply # 4
not that Costco has a huge variety either. those wholesale type companies limit variety on purpose. that said, i always felt like Costco had more options than Sam's when it came to specific items and ALSO that they just had more...stuff (???)...in general.
11. "RE: you don't have Costco?" In response to Reply # 2
Costco sells better quality products IMO, e.g. more natural and organic options, i.e., Honest Kids juice boxes, organic tortilla chips.
My mom and dad like Costco for the following items: toilet paper, paper towel, Mobil 1 engine oil, eggs, butter, milk, dried fruit and nuts, large containers of spinach, electronics (specifically: TV and laptop gifts), almond butter, crackers, printer toner, AAA and AA batteries, laundry detergent, OxiClean powder, dish/dishwasher pods and soap, big ass bags of Kettle chips with Himalayan sea salt they don't need, computer paper, pain killer, vitamins and frozen chicken pot pies. These are routine purchases for them. I should note they have a large freezer in the basement to supplement the freezer in the kitchen. They buy a lot of Kirkland products (Costco's generic brand).
I recently purchased a new set of tires in November during one of Costco's many holiday sales. The free rotation and warranty policy is solid. The Citi Costo Anywhere Visa is a good credit card, too. Personally, I go to Costco weekly for the gas. They always have the cheapest fuel within a 30-mile radius of the crib. Every now and then, I'll stop by during the late morning or afternoon hours for the food samples.
They have reoccurring sales of household items every year. I always go for the Scotch shipping tape bundles. I go through thru that stuff fast due to my eBay hustle.
I should note that I'm bougie and I don't do business with the Walton family in general. I avoid Sam's Club and Walmart like the dickens. LOL.
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5. "Buying bulk at the regular market saves money" In response to Reply # 0
Like grabbing that 20lb bag of rice vs. a couple of 1lb bags. Or the giant bag of coffee, etc.
One thing my mom did (and I do) is stock up during sales. Argue with my girl about this because she'll get two if they're on sale, and I'm like why not get six or eight? It's not like we ain't gonna eat them.
8. "Not really that you get good price...you just get a LOT at one time.." In response to Reply # 0
The unit price tends to work out the same as just buying from regular store in my experience. We kept Costco membership for about 3 years until we determined it wasn't really saving us anything beyond getting big ass sheet cakes for the kids birthday parties....
9. "It's hard to say, and depends on which store" In response to Reply # 0
We have Costco, Sam's and BJ's in our area. Some goods, like detergent, paper products or bottled water, are well priced for the amount vs. what I can get at local stores or Walmart. On the one hand, the proces pretty much stay low, though they always have coupons and specials running. The bad thing is you buy in bulk, so while you can get a great deal on, say cereal, you have a HUGE box of cereal you have to go through or have it go bad.
Brand selection is also a factor. Each store has their own house brand, which may be fine. But if you are particuular about your katchup, toilet paper, aluminium foil etc, it pays to have a look at each store and see what they have and what you can afford to switch out.
I do a bit of grilling and smoking year round, and their butcher section is usually better than I can find at local markets. Even then, I have to figure out what store carries what. For instance, I can get racks of ribs anywhere, but Sam's and BJ's have 2 packs, and Costco has 3 packs, often for the same price. If i'm cooking a brisket, Costco has a better selection of whole packers vs. flats (flats can be found at any store, but I've a better chance of getting the packer (flat + point) at Costco), and even then, it depends on which Costco I go to if I want, say, a Prime brisket over a Choice brisket. Beef short ribs are good, but I've only found them at BJ's, and even then, only 1 of the 3 in my area has them in the case.
In short, it can be worth it, but you have to know what you want and which store carries it. Have a look around before plunking the annual membership.
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13. "The big thing I want to do budget wise cook at home waaay more. " In response to Reply # 0
We live in the city so it's just so easy to get some take out. Like there was this spanish spot accross the street from my house and I use to be able to feed my whole family breakfast for literally 5 dollars.
I don't bother to use the rice maker because I can get a box of rice instantly from accross the street for 1.50. A whole chicken for $10.
Well neighborhoods changing and lot of that pricing is gone and the boys are eating more. I need to just start cooking again.
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