The Costco Craze
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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• United States
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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• United States
@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.
@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.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
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.
• United States
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!
• United Kingdom
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,.
• El Paso, Texas
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.
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.
• Susanville, California
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.
• United States
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.
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.