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What is the one item you always leave Costco with?

I find quite a few items that I automatically go for at Costco. I wonder what other people just have to have. These are a few of my go for items:

Roasted chicken
Molcajete chile rojo salsa
Kirkland Margaritas
Mario Batali Marinara Sauce (tho' haven't seen it last couple of visits)
Garafalo dried spaghetti
Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toscano
Pkg of 5 avocados (big with buttery pulp and resonably priced)
Bistro Scalloped potatoes

What's yours?

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  1. Nathan's hotdog, coke and soft serve.
    I can live without the rest.

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    1. re: latindancer

      oops....a little freudian I guess....

      Hebrew National.

      1. re: latindancer

        You guys still get Hebrew National down there, we get Kirkland. Sigh!

      2. re: latindancer

        We have Kirkland now too, but I'm pretty sure its a requirement to have one either before or after you enter the store. Doesn't it void your membership agreement if you dont?

        Almost always frozen boneless skinless chicken parts - thighs or breasts. Usually ground beef. And after a quick look in my pantry, too often diced tomatoes.

        1. re: drongo

          Must be those darned hotdogs mentioned just above! ;) LOL

          me:
          Kirkland balsamic vinergar
          Big bag baby carrotts
          2 pack greek yogurt
          2 pack cottage cheese
          2 pack philly cream cheese
          Pure protein bars
          Random cereals/granola bars

        2. Dog food! It's why we have a Costco membership...
          But, also... avocados, Parmigiana, cleaning/laundry supplies, TP... sometimes marcona almonds, other snacks. Got some NASTY Kirkland peanut butter yesterday... I'm guessing those two big jars will go into the dumpster.

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          1. re: onrushpam

            Donate the unopened jar to a food pantry. They'd love to have it.

            1. re: onrushpam

              I go to Costco for the beasties as well. Dog food, bird seed, chicken for my dogs (they get drumsticks or thighs to be eaten raw. The bones are so good for their teeth. And lots of cardboard boxes for my rabbit, especially in winter. My rabbit loves to sculpt and redecorate her cage with many boxes. She is like a kid making a fort. I always get lemons for myself, Meyer if they have them. I spurge on one or two prepared items, last time it was shepherd's pie which goes over very well at my house.
              In winter I love to have some refrigerated soups stashed in the fridge. Last time it was a two pack of miso soup, very tasty.
              Unless the line is too long I always snag a smoothie or berry berry sundae from the food court.

              1. re: givemecarbs

                I've always been told that bones, especially chicken bones, were dangerous for dogs. They can splinter and sharp edges pierce their innards.
                I don't leave without the chicken strip treats and boneless/skinless thighs for my guy. For us, its a whole bunch of other goodies.

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  Cooked or frozen bones are a no go because of the splintering . Fresh, unfrozen are fine.

                  1. re: mucho gordo

                    I would rethink the chicken strip jerky treats--regardless of testing results, the ones from China are still linked to dog illnesses and deaths. :(

                    RAW chicken bones are fine unless your dog is a gulper (in which case feeding frozen is one of several management choices). My coydog will not keep weight on without raw in her diet, so I feed home raised rabbits and beef trim in addition to Costco kibble.

                    Guess why *I* go to Costco...? LOL! :) yep. Cat food and dog food. Everything else except the pizza and hot dogs is just 'on the way by'!

                  2. re: givemecarbs

                    I had a dog who choked and died on a chicken bone... snatched from the fridge as I was unloading groceries. It was years ago and I still shudder at the thought.

                    1. re: givemecarbs

                      Please listen to the advise others are giving you. Chicken bones, raw OR cooked, are extremely dangerous to ALL dogs. I have witnessed too many sad endings when uninformed pet owners fed their pets poisonous food items including bones and chocolate. I'm sure your veterinarian will be glad to discuss this with you. Or, go on-line and learn about what constitutes a healthy diet for your dog.

                      1. re: shasta21

                        Isn't poisonous the wrong term for bones. Aren't they hazardous/dangerous/lethal rather than poisonous? Just trying to keep terms straight.

                        1. re: shasta21

                          Once again...raw bones that are NOT the weight bearing bones of large mammals are safe for a healthy dog. Raw chicken bones are still relatively soft. My dog crushes a chicken carcass like it's nothing. People don't realize that dogs aren't chewing - they're tearing and gulping - and their shorter digestive tracts and more acidic stomachs enable them to eat things that we can't. Do you REALLY think that dogs evolved from the wild only eating the meat off of a carcass? My vet knows I feed raw and has absolutely no problems with it. My dog has stellar teeth and looks and moves half her age.

                          To bring this back to the thread...I buy LOTS of chicken at Costco for my woof.

                          1. re: Vetter

                            the problem is that we don't give dogs HAIR to eat. wolves eat plenty of bones, but they're all wrapped up in hair, so they don't catch.

                    2. The need for coffee and chicken pieces are what trigger a visit. But butter, yogurt, dish detergent, and granola bars are purchased if needed at the time of the visit. I can't seem to get out w/out a hot dog.

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                      1. re: viperlush

                        Might rethink the whole hot dog thing. Turns out 10:45 am isn't the best time to get a hot dog. Should have gone for the iceream.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          Coffee for sure. I can never ever leave without coffee, and a few bottles of wine. And cereal.

                          Also, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc.

                        2. Greek Yogurt
                          Imported Parm