The Costco Craze

@marlina (66607)
Canada
January 7, 2017 3:44pm CST
While I was resting my tired body this afternoon, I was watching a documentary on the Costo Craze. I am quite sure that I watched that particular documentary years ago, but couldn't remember much. So since there was not much on TV that interested me, I decided to watch it again. It was quite interesting. Both our sons have a Costco membership, but we do not have one. I think that people spend more there while they believed they are saving money. The sizes are way too big for us as we are only 2 in our household now. If I need something in the grocery department and I know that the price is cheaper, then I ask one of our sons to get it for me on their next shopping trip.
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@katsmeow1213 (29023)
• United States
8 Jan 17
I go to Costco every week. I have 6 living in my house.. down from 7 as the oldest moved out. I will buy cereal and lunch foods at costco, and anything else that they might be having a good sale on. Then I go to the normal grocery store and get everything else. I've always been a "unit price" shopper. Things that I buy regularly, I know the unit price by heart... such as cereal. I tend to stick with cereals that are around $2.00 or less per pound. When Costco has their cereal on sale I can get a huge box of Lucky Charms or Frosted Flakes for close to $2.00 per pound. If they don't have any good sales I get the generic stuff at the grocery store..
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
8 Jan 17
For a big household I guess it is well worth it.
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• United States
8 Jan 17
@marlina My mom used to shop at a warehouse store and there were only 3 people in our house. She liked to buy paper products and health and beauty items in bulk. She also had a deep freezer so if she found something at a really good price and she could freeze it, she would buy it.
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• Preston, England
8 Jan 17
my mum used Costco a lot - I never shop enough to need a membership card
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
9 Jan 17
@arthurchappell , Is Costco very popular in England?
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• Preston, England
10 Jan 17
@marlina there is a big one in North Manchester - not aware where others may be
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
10 Jan 17
@arthurchappell Just read this on their site: Costco operates 28 warehouses across the UK.
Costco Wholesale operates an international chain of membership warehouses, dedicated to bringing our members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise.
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@Platespinner (19373)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
7 Jan 17
At one point we had both a Sams Club membership and a Costco Membership. I looked at what we were buying at each placed and decided that Costco was more fun, but Sams was more practical. We dropped the Costco membership, and I only use Sams for a few items that we actually save a significant amount of money on.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
8 Jan 17
I don't even know if we have a Sams Club here.
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• United States
8 Jan 17
I used to drive 45 minutes to go to a Sam's club, then it closed down. There's only 1 left and it's even further away than that.. There are a couple of BJ's around but I don't like them much. Thankfully a Costco opened up a bit over a year ago and it's 10 minutes away from my house!
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@garymarsh6 (12738)
• United Kingdom
8 Jan 17
We have Costco here in the UK. Only certain members of the public can join it depended on profession although it may have changed now. We did not join because as you say the sizes are too large for us although I guess if you teamed up with another household it could be worth it,.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
8 Jan 17
Yes, the sizes are way too large for a household of just 2.
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@rebelann (35804)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Jan 17
Well, I've been hooked on Costco for over 10 years. Before I retired I'd spend my lunch hour there and now I only go about once a month if I need to. They let me order online and as yet I have not paid a shipping charge, it's a limited list of items but it has what I need. I also go in the store to get some of my foods like frozen veggies, eggs and chicken stock. It's a little better than sams but only by a little. If I shop online at sams they will charge me a shipping charge. Since I retired I've lived on pension first then when I turned 63 I got SS, now I simply shop if I need to and only for things I really need. But thats what I like, I don't like walmart or grocery stores, their prices are too high for what I want. I live alone but buying bulk has saved me a ton of gas and wear and tear on my car.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
8 Jan 17
I guess if it works good for you, you are right to use it when you need it.
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@rebelann (35804)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Jan 17
Yep, so far so good @marlina
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Jan 17
If one was close I might, I like stocking up.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
One also needs a lot of storage space for that.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Jan 17
@marlina we have it actually
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• Canada
7 Jan 17
I have watched that documentary several times as well. We just got a membership this past summer, and prior to that my mom would buy the main things I needed from there. I usually only make one trip a month, for certain items.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
8 Jan 17
I have noticed that some of their prices are not the best.
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@jstory07 (61208)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Jan 17
We have a Costco membership for the two of us. e buy in bulk and divide the stuff up into smaller portions.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
30 Jan 17
Do you find it is worth it?
@PainsOnSlate (19800)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
We used to have a card only because we had some pop and candy machines. When we got rid of them the card went too. One is coming into my area (under construction) and I'm wondering if we will be sucked in and join...probably not. My kids have cards too - I'm not sue why.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
Our 2 sons have cards too
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@jhechorain (1220)
• Susanville, California
10 Jan 17
I have learned some good things about Costco recently. Their computer sales are something surprising and also how they treat their employees is a plus. I also loved the huge pumpkin pie for $6 that we had a couple times on the holidays.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
11 Jan 17
Glad that Costco treat their employees well. So many companies do not.
@Fishmomma (11562)
• United States
9 Jan 17
I had a membership there years ago when my children were here. Now most of the time its my husband and I and we don't need a lot of food. Before I moved here there were a lot of neighbors that would go there and occasionally they would buy a few items for me, but now none of my neighbors have memberships.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
9 Jan 17
I guess even your neighbors don't think it is worth it now.
@BelleStarr (34940)
• Portland, Connecticut
9 Jan 17
My kids love Costco too, I have walked around a couple of times but have yet to buy anything.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
9 Jan 17
I get too tired when walking there. Too big.
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@JudyEv (108309)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Jan 17
Sometimes the large sizes at these places are too much for us too although if it is something that can be stored safely then I might be tempted.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
If it is something like paper products, then one can store those safely.
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@Juliaacv (25979)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
I have the same thoughts myself. We have never had a membership, as we never felt our population, which when our son lived at home, was 3, was enough to merit buying things in the gross like a lot of what is sold at Costco. And its also a drive for us, which means having about 45 minutes to commute each way. Our son has a membership, but there is a store in the city that he lives in. I have always managed to find everything that we need at the Real Canadian Superstore and I'm happy with that arrangement.
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@marlina (66607)
• Canada
7 Jan 17
I like the Superstore too.
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@simone10 (22232)
• Louisville, Kentucky
10 Jan 17
We have a membership to Sams which is very similar to Costco.
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@Gillygirl (16445)
• Sutton, England
7 Jan 17
I haven't heard of Costco before. I would buy things in bulk for a cheaper price provding I had the storage space.
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@TRBRocks420 (66732)
• Banks, Oregon
7 Jan 17
You definitely save you can get huge amounts of stuff for cheap. Sadly there isn't one too close to me.
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@PatZAnthony (11971)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
7 Jan 17
We don't go to Costco or other places like this, but hear some really enjoy their membership.
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@RasmaSandra (14791)
• Riga, Latvia
7 Jan 17
I'm not familiar with this. I wonder if we have it in Latvia.
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Jan 17
I refuse to buy a membership to shop in a store. I find it all so ridiculous, my sister used to have one to Sam's Club, no thanks
• United States
8 Jan 17
A couple weeks ago I paid $8 for a 20 lb pork loin.. Every month their sales are different. Sometimes you can get a 3lb box of cereal for $3. I shop there every single week, so the cost of the membership is well worth it. Plus the membership comes with other perks as well. They have an auto center which is usually cheaper than other places. We also ended up getting the Costco credit card which offers cash back on every purchase, and it's got a wicked low interest rate.
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@fishtiger58 (30572)
• Momence, Illinois
9 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 No kidding well that changes things, although I'm not sure where there is a Costco I will have to research that.
• United States
9 Jan 17
@fishtiger58 there are other places similar to Costco. It's not for everyone, smaller households may not use it as much as I do.
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