Thursday, February 9, 2012

costco

Gentle Readers, please educate me on Costco. I've never stepped foot in one. Are the savings worth braving the craziness that everyone complains about? What are the best deals or the must-buys at Costco?

Big stores like that tend to overwhelm me, which is why I avoid them.

8 comments:

Danelle said...

Hey Rebecca!
I remember reading this article about warehouse shopping a few months ago at the krazy coupon lady's website. http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2011/09/15/extreme-couponing-tip-warehouse-woes/
Read throught the comments, too, b/c people do chime in & give positives to warehouse shopping. I dropped our Sam's Club membership a few years ago b/c I found I was able to get most of what I purchased from there cheaper/free from drug stores using coupons. However, I'd imagine that in your case, since you don't have time to be sitting around clipping coupons all day long, warehouse shopping would be beneficial. Kirkland (Costco brand) diapers & wipes are great! And who can't resist a cheap slice of greasy pizza? (a fun indulgence every now & then.) Hope this helps! :-) Danelle

AMRJ said...

First, we have a Costco membership and if you ever want to visit one, let me know and I would be HAPPY to take you before you decide to commit. The only one I know that is close to the Hill is the one in Pent City which can be a bit of a nightmare on key days (ie Saturday and Sunday) but as long as you go in with the idea that it will take you a while, you will be fine. And Friday nights are actually a pretty good time so keep that in mind. I like Costco best for meats (chicken breasts/thighs/lamb/steaks/ground turkey/sliced turkey for sandwiches), paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels) and sometimes their produce (berries and apples mostly but sometimes bagged salads). I also love their refrigerated pizzas and their warm rotisserie chicken (which serves as the perfect meal to eat at home after a shopping trip!). I also stock up on the candy for the office, snacks for our lunches (granola bars, pretzels, little 100 calorie packs of cookies). I also buy trash bags, ziploc bags, and laundry detergent there. Finally, I love buying movie vouchers there given that the movie theaters are SO expensive these days. I think the Regal tickets are $8 or $9 a piece there and they are the super duper saver passes so you can use them for everything, including the "no pass" movies. Happy to answer more questions if you have them!
-Amy
PS its also good for parties - if you ever need meat trays or cheese trays or liquor or waters, etc, they have good prices i think on those types of the things.

Amy- Taylors East said...

In the past we've only belonged to Costco for diapers, which was still worth. I found the quality to be just fine, no complaints. I don't go often, but usually it's just diapers and paper towels (for making homemade wipes).

ASP said...

Hey! We loooooove Costco and shop there about every other week. We love the buttwipes for O but didn't really care for the diapers--we're faithful Pampers people. ;) Seriously though, Costco is great for staples like bread, paper towels, tp, cereal, snacks for o and us, deodorant, shavers, meat, desserts, tons o'stuff. Costco.com is great too! Most items have free shipping and there's a bunch of good stuff online that's not available in the store. Oh, and there's always Carter's pajamas and outfits for like $8. I think you'd like it. You can always go in and take a free tour just to see what's in the warehouse. Oh, and one more thing (can you tell I love Costco?!), their return policy is the best! Anything you buy there can be returned because they guarantee the quality of the merchandise they sell. Their pharmacy prices are less than most place too! ;) Have fun!

kerryandtorey said...

We like BJs for things like paper products, trash bags, dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, etc... but we have a big storage area to hide them in. Also, it was good for formula, diapers and wipes (but I do like diapers.com for the delivery part). We have never stocked up on frozen foods because we don't have freezer space. The Costco in Pentagon City is a nightmare to park at so that is why we picked BJs. It is super close to our house so if you ever want to check it out- just let me know!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

So there are deals. I am not a member but my Bestie swears by many of their food prices. However, be aware that a lot of things are actually MORE expensive. You can get pretty much anything from a drugstore (toiletries, laundry/other soaps, make-up, paper goods, etc) at a MUCH better price (and usually free) if you use coupons. So I think it depends how you will use it. You might be able to get a week long pass to go try it out to see if you like it. Personally it overwhelms me but I do have friends who love it.

Rachel said...

So I've been shopping at the Pent city Costco for ~1 year now. We are limited on how much we can buy at a time due to storage space. But it is much cheaper on some things, but not everything (especially if you shop sales and/or coupon). Some of the best deals we have found: milk, lettuce (2 heads of the living lettuce which lasts 2 weeks for 2.99), most produce, some canned goods, coffee, to-go coffee cups, individual hummus packages for lunches, some meat, vitamins. I've heard you can avoid paying for the membership by having someone get you a gift card to there, which then gives you access (in fact on my last trip I bought a gift card and am going to try it on my next trip to test it out since I'm due for renewal in April). Online also gives you some random deals on things like bank checks.

emmy said...

I've belonged to Costco, Sams and BJ's. They all seemed about equal to me. When I had two teen aged boys and an infant at home they were a godsend, but when it was just my daughter and me at home the membership was a waste of time and money. Avoid shopping there on Saturday mornings. They are having a sample fest and the whole world shows up for the free snacks. Sunday afternoon is a better choice. Paper products are a good choice. They usually have good buys on major electronics and mattresses, but they don't have much of a choice. I liked their meat choice and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you entertain check out the bakery. I probably saved a fortune on tires when they first opened, but in recent years the buys haven't been so great. Unfortunately for me, the hazard of shopping there was the awesome display of books. My kids never walked out of there without a fresh supply of books that I could have gotten at the library. Go to the guest desk and ask for a guest pass to get started, it will help you decide.