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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

          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

                          1. Parmigiano Reggiano

                              1. Gas
                                Butter Crumb Cake (sooooo wrong)
                                Welch's Fruit Snacks. Thank heaven I have a three year old so I can pretend they are for him.

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                                1. re: gordeaux

                                  They have paneer at Costco?! I will have to check my store for that. I always pick up

                                  carrot juice
                                  organic eggs
                                  haricot vert
                                  fresh fish

                                2. Organic non fat milk. Only one of my kids drinks "plain" milk. I bought the organic milk just to check it out and she raved on how good it tasted.

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                                  1. re: suburban_mom

                                    Oh, I wish our Costco did Organic NF milk; we only get low-fat here :(.

                                    1. re: jawinfree

                                      I wish mine had Organic whole milk and Fage yogurt. :-(

                                      1. re: mcf

                                        Hey MCF - I know, from your posts, that you live on Long Island. I was shopping at the Westbury Costco today and they had the Kirkland organic whole milk sold in a box of 3, 1/2 gallons. And last month they had a large tub of Fage for sale but, sadly, not today.

                                        1. re: EM23

                                          With FAT? I'll have to take a new look at the cases in my stores... I'm pretty hooked on Fairway Grass Fed milk and half and half now, no longer buy those or eggs at Costo. My other Costcos only have low fat and fat free. I want the fat, dammit! Thanks for the head's up; I'm not far and I visit my MIL in the Westbury Bristal every week. But if they have Fage with at least 2% fat at yours, that'd be great!

                                          1. re: mcf

                                            I think so but it was not in stock the other day. They had the 0% individual cups but I don't care for them. I will check on my next visit and will post back here.

                                            1. re: EM23

                                              Thanks so much for the info... and enjoy your new Fairway when open!

                                              1. re: mcf

                                                Hi MCF - just to follow up on the Fage situation - today the Westbury store had only the no fat plain and no fat fruit individual cups. I'll continue to check on my visits as I like the 2% too and continue to hold out hope.

                                                1. re: EM23

                                                  I don't think Costco carries any yogurts with fat, thanks for reporting back.

                                  2. The Chocolate Hand-Dipped Ice Cream Bar from the food court.

                                    Sometimes (well, ok, lots of times) I go there just for that.

                                    1. i presume you're not asking about the kirkland garbage bags (never leave costco without 'em!). Mango Peach Salsa - yum. put it on top of everything.

                                          1. re: RetiredChef

                                            It took me the longest time to train myself to keep the receipt out of the bags/boxes/my pockets, because you need it checked as you leave. As a result, whenever I think Costco, my mind is constantly reminding me to hold the receipt in my hand.

                                            More often than not I leave there with the Amorosa tomatoes, and raspberries when they have them (and they look reasonably ripe). I often get the Foster Farms chicken thighs.

                                        1. a block of Tillamook sharp cheddar

                                          garden fresh salsa

                                          case of san pellegrino lemon and orange soda

                                          1. CJ Mini Wontons.

                                            Fantastic cooked in chicken broth with some broccoli tenders (Costco), soy sauce, and sesame oil. A bit (okay, a lot) of sriracha, also from Costco.

                                            1. Roasted Chicken:
                                              For me, that's getting old. I'll buy it because it's a quick snack and makes a good chicken broth later on, but there's something about the flavor and seasonings that's not quite right

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                                              1. re: prio girl

                                                Yep. WAAAAAY too salty. Too bad, because it's such a great price.

                                                1. re: prio girl

                                                  I don't like rotisseried chickens in general, and Costco's are no exception. Too salty, too oily and they always have a funny taste--like lunchmeat.

                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                    I thought I was the only one that tasted the funny, chemical undertaste of their seasoning in the roast chick. I confess to grabbing one of these once and awhile at my local grocery, but everyone raved about the Costco ones so I picked one up. Awful. Strange tasting. Not even salty per se, just weird.

                                                    1. re: rockandroller1

                                                      They taste very chemically to me. I can't eat one straight. Turned into a strongly flavored chicken salad, it's okay. A cheap work lunch. But I suspect it is full of all kinds of things I normally wouldn't eat in any other circumstance.

                                                    2. re: sueatmo

                                                      They might brine them. Don't know just speculating

                                                      1. re: scubadoo97

                                                        They're definitely brined, but that doesn't typically lead to off tastes. I don't buy them because they have too much flaccid, mushy skin and are factory farmed, but they taste good to me, most folks I know are addicted.

                                                        1. re: mcf

                                                          Convection oven about 475 crisps up skin, finishes cooking the meat enough to make my wife happy.

                                                      2. re: sueatmo

                                                        I agree...they heavily brine them at each store before they cookk them....I wake up 3 AM and drink water, then bruch my teeth again....

                                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                                          I'm guessing they taste like lunch meat due to nitrites. Not sure though. Either way, they're not good.

                                                      3. Gas. Paper Towels, Grapes, avocados, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, seasonal fruits as available. Seltzer, Kirkland cranberry juice, fresh fish (if there's no supper plan yet), And so much more.

                                                        1. TP, milk, eggs, frozen fruit (nice mix they have), ground beef and chicken breast the Perdue NOT Tyson.

                                                          1. Sometimes I find it hard to believe we go to Costco almost every week! And there's only two of us!We get (I can't limit myself to one item...We actually buy a lot of these every week or every 2 weeks.):

                                                            Big bag of giant russet potatoes
                                                            Brussels sprouts
                                                            Green beans
                                                            Baby spinach
                                                            A pineapple
                                                            Artichokes (sometimes)
                                                            Asparagus (sometimes)
                                                            Sugar snap peas
                                                            Manchego cheese
                                                            Goat cheese
                                                            Feta cheese (sheep milk only)
                                                            Sugar (keeps forever and I have 3 hummingbird feeders)
                                                            Bird seed
                                                            Wine (sometimes)
                                                            Sliced turkey breast
                                                            Foil and plastic wrap
                                                            Paper towels
                                                            We have a vacuum packer so we periodically buy meat and freeze in individual vacuum packer bags. We get top sirloin steaks, chicken breasts, and pork tenderloins. Sometimes whole chickens. I'd like to buy fish, but it is more than we can eat and I don't like frozen fish, even if vacuum-packed.

                                                            1. Cheeses; havarti, feta, Cabot Cheddar, grana padano, buffalo mozzarella... some or all.

                                                              1. Mixed Nuts
                                                                Orange Juice
                                                                Peanut Butter
                                                                Canned Tuna
                                                                Clif Bars

                                                                1. Roasted Chicken and baby peppers for the dog..

                                                                  For us humans..
                                                                  Stuffed Salmon
                                                                  Half and Half
                                                                  Mango and Pineapple slices

                                                                  1. oats
                                                                    chicken breasts
                                                                    some sort of fish

                                                                    1. compari tomatoes
                                                                      bagels (I know, I know, but the price is right and I only eat 1/2 each morning)
                                                                      cremini mushrooms
                                                                      spring mix in a box (sometimes)
                                                                      english cukes (sometimes)
                                                                      refrigerated pesto (sometimes)
                                                                      rotisserie chicken (sometimes)
                                                                      paul newman's k-cups (sometimes)
                                                                      butter (sometimes)
                                                                      frozen scallops (sometimes)
                                                                      frozen alaskan salmon (sometimes)
                                                                      frozen jumbo uncooked shrimp (sometimes)

                                                                      1. *Boneless short ribs
                                                                        *Dried cherries
                                                                        *Marcona almonds
                                                                        *Kirkland TP
                                                                        *Kirkland kitchen trash bags

                                                                        I wish they'd carry the "select-a-size" rolls of paper towels.

                                                                        1. These are my steady restock items from Costco recently:

                                                                          Kirkland Vodka
                                                                          Keurig K cups (Newman's Own or Caribou)
                                                                          Frozen fish - Atlantic farm salmon, Ono, whatever else looks good
                                                                          Jennie-O ground turkey (6-pack?)
                                                                          Frozen Normandy mix vegetables
                                                                          Frozen Stir-Friy mix vegetables
                                                                          Frozen Blueberries
                                                                          Frozen Mixed Berries
                                                                          Dentine Fire gum box

                                                                          1. When they have it Beecher's Flagship at 1/2 the price of the store at PIke's Place Market, the stilton that comes in around Christmas and drops to around $3 a pound as it nears best by date and LaTur.

                                                                            1. Kirkland Vodka
                                                                              Kirkland Paper towels
                                                                              Kirkland TP
                                                                              Kirkland liquid laundry soap
                                                                              Cascade liquid
                                                                              trash bags
                                                                              Children's Claritin
                                                                              Mountain High LF plain yogurt
                                                                              3 pack english cucumbers
                                                                              Babybel cheese
                                                                              Kirkland Parmesan wedge

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                                                                              1. re: boogiebaby

                                                                                Yeah, I don't buy the crap Kirkland dishwasher gel, either. Turned all my glassware cloudy white and nothing else had any shine. One load with Cascade and it was all sparkling again.

                                                                              2. a bag of Wm. Macy's cheese crisps

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                                                                                1. re: azveggieguy

                                                                                  lingling dumplings
                                                                                  fish sticks
                                                                                  world market? coffee
                                                                                  Tropicana orange juice
                                                                                  Kirkland trash bags
                                                                                  Kirkland toilet paper
                                                                                  Ulta laundry detergent
                                                                                  Stacy's pita chips

                                                                                  hot dogs and cheese pizza aat the food court

                                                                                  1. re: lilmomma

                                                                                    World Blend, I believe. They replaced their delicious gold bagged bargain organic house blend with it.

                                                                                    1. re: mcf

                                                                                      Just wondering... what other coffees do people like from Costco other than that World Blend. I bought the Caribou one last time to shake things up and was disappointed.

                                                                                      1. re: lilmomma

                                                                                        Kirkland Sumatra. Bought last year, then disappeared; reappeared earlier this year only to disappear again. Ugh! Feels like Trader Joe's.

                                                                                        1. re: ceekskat

                                                                                          We also loved the "Sumatra" coffee, were disappointed whe it disappeared and it never reappeared in NJ. Went to "Charbucks" for a while. Wish they had another alternative.

                                                                                          1. re: jnk

                                                                                            Tried Kirkland's Espresso Blend custom roasted by Starbucks...not bad. With gas at $4.50+/gal. and other rising costs, I don't feel like splurging on Trader Joe's Organic Sumatra at $10.66/lb or Peet's Sumatra at $13.95/lb. Something has to give & it certainly isn't going to be my wine budget :)

                                                                                        2. re: lilmomma

                                                                                          We hated the World Blend. I don't like any of their coffees since they stopped putting out the organic house blend in the gold foil bag.

                                                                                    2. re: azveggieguy

                                                                                      Oh, I envy you....ours stopped carrying them.....I am addicted.

                                                                                    3. Cointreau .... It is $10 cheaper at Costco than at any liquor store I frequent.

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                                                                                      1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                                                        how much of that you drinking that you get it every time you're at Costco? lol

                                                                                        1. re: rasputina

                                                                                          If I could get Cointreau at my Costco I think that would be on my list too!

                                                                                          1. re: rasputina

                                                                                            rasputina: I guess I needed to qualify my statement [or admit I have a problem]. I live about 45 minutes from Costco, so I go between 4-6 times a year. My wife loves Cosmos and we enjoy hosting parties where my Cointreau Margaritas flow freely ....

                                                                                          2. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                                                            Good to know though don't think I've ever seen it at my Costco; will be on the lookout.

                                                                                          3. Strawberries (my 3 year old is addicted - and I can bribe anything from him for a strawberry)
                                                                                            ribeyes or ground beef, one or the other every single trip I swear!
                                                                                            heavy cream (I make my own coffee creamer with it)
                                                                                            blueberry muffins (1 makes a great breakfast split in 1/2 for the kids)
                                                                                            tortilla chips
                                                                                            andouille whenever they have it. They seem to have replaced it with chorizo. /cries

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                                                                                            1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                              I like the AmyLu chicken andouille from Costco.

                                                                                              1. re: Dax

                                                                                                me too, but it's gone at my store! /cries

                                                                                                1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                  Ah, i was not sure you were talking about the AmyLu brand. I think they have some Emeril's but I have not tried it. The AmyLu chicken andouille is surprisingly good. They hooked me with a sample about 6 months ago.

                                                                                                  1. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                    It disappeared from our stores (NYC area) for a while, but my husband said it showed up again last month - he was THRILLED, because he doesn't like their other flavor (Mozz/tomato). They also carry a maple breakfast flavor now that I quite enjoy.

                                                                                                2. re: tzurriz

                                                                                                  ha my 3 year old nephew loves strawberries too - more than cookies!
                                                                                                  eggs cheap but not my favorite. even the organic ones i think are better elsewhere.
                                                                                                  heavy cream although ultrapasturized is great, makes some wonderful scalloped potatoes, wonder what the fat content is using this vs. a lot of butter?
                                                                                                  organic tortilla chips are better, lighter besides being non gmo.

                                                                                                3. Wine, paper goods and dish detergent, Cheerios, organic milk, any fat level, it just has to be organic.

                                                                                                  1. raw chicken for the dogs.

                                                                                                    1. Grape tomatoes
                                                                                                      Carrots, 10#
                                                                                                      Feta crumbles
                                                                                                      Paper plates (the pack that serves you and 1000 friends)
                                                                                                      Spanokopitas, frozen
                                                                                                      Nuts in big cannisters

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                                                                                                      1. re: DuchessNukem

                                                                                                        nuts here have gone up about 1/3 this last year. i think 2 1/2 pound canister is just shy $15.

                                                                                                      2. We have a pretty standard Costco list - olive oil, canned tomatoes, breakfast cereal, Listerine, the 5 packs of feta cheese, coffee beans, scotch, bacon, dry pasta, German sausages, beef shanks. Plus occasionally parmesan cheese and the big containers of mixed Jelly-Bellys, as needed.

                                                                                                        1. Green Olives stuffed with Garlic and Jalapeno
                                                                                                          Einstein bagels
                                                                                                          18 pack of eggs (they are SO fresh)
                                                                                                          pork Tamales
                                                                                                          Amys (?) natural white Queso
                                                                                                          and a big hunk of manchego

                                                                                                          Always ALOT more - but these are everytime staples

                                                                                                            1. 1. Phillapines dried mango slices
                                                                                                              2. Lime Crusted frozen Tilapia
                                                                                                              3. Snow Brooms/ICe Scraper ( the scraper is weak acrylic, not LEXAN, so they break, buy new one, return old one )
                                                                                                              4. Jump Box, generic Chinese make ( to jumpstart cars..... the one under the STANLEY name from Lowes that replaced the VECTOR brand is not half as good as Vector, back before Stanley Bought Black&Decker who bought Vector.... the lineage is like kissing cousins... something that happens, but we do not talk about
                                                                                                              5. Roomba vacuums. They have a habit of failign after 1-2 years, so Costco and Bed Bath and the Great Beyond are the only place to buy these non-repairable items.... refund, pick up a fresh one 5 minutes later. A non-service way to efficiently handle a dissatisfaction.... by NOT dealing with repairs or parts. Everything is disposable at Costco.
                                                                                                              6. Chocolate covered pomegranite bites.... OMG, these are awesome
                                                                                                              7. Dress Shirts. Could no longer get striped dress shirts by size at MEns Warehouse... settled for the lesser ones from Costco... not horrible, but not the quality of MW.... Costco goes to the lesser province of China... of course, it is 17.00 Vs 60.00, but I would have rather had 60.00 shirts made in USA.
                                                                                                              8. Fleece hoodies by Moose River ( Import ) and by Carhartt ( import )

                                                                                                              that is all.

                                                                                                              and like everyone lese, the Sushi is weird tasting.... but come one 35 pieces for 8.99, what does one expect ? rice and seaweed?

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                                                                                                              1. re: locksmithy

                                                                                                                3. Snow Brooms/ICe Scraper ( the scraper is weak acrylic, not LEXAN, so they break, buy new one, return old one )
                                                                                                                5. Roomba vacuums. They have a habit of failign after 1-2 years, so Costco and Bed Bath and the Great Beyond are the only place to buy these non-repairable items.... refund, pick up a fresh one 5 minutes later. A non-service way to efficiently handle a dissatisfaction.... by NOT dealing with repairs or parts. Everything is disposable at Costco.

                                                                                                                If they suck and keep breaking, then why do you keep buying them?

                                                                                                                1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                  I was wondering the same thing as well as being kind of sad to think of the disposable society we live in - poor environment!

                                                                                                                  1. re: viperlush

                                                                                                                    Maybe if enough people returned these cheap products when they break/quit working, then MAYBE(?) Costco, in addition to other retailers, will expect and demand more from the manufacturers. After all, if enough of any one item is returned, it is more likely the "product" and not the customer.

                                                                                                                    I use to detest taking time to return items; but, it got to the point, I couldn't afford to absorb the cost of such poor quality merchandise. (Keurig coffee maker, pressure washer, garden hose, returned the past year)

                                                                                                                    Although people do not like to compare Costco to Wal-Mart, there are items specially made for BOTH retailers; and, with the narrow profit margin, there are short cuts taken that eliminate certain features (like no re-set buttons) on particular items. But in all fairness, some manufactures do provide EXTRA FEATURES on many Costco items. The extra cup size or bowl is not adding that much extra cost to the manufacturing process; especially knowing that "volume" compensates. It's a case of buyer beware.

                                                                                                                    Recently, after purchasing "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook", I soon realized WHY the price for so reasonable. Certain pages (mainly the index pages), had ink smears throughout. This, in no way affected the usability of the book, so I kept it. BTW, it's a great addition ($23.00) to any cookbook collection; another "kitchen bible".

                                                                                                                    1. re: shasta21

                                                                                                                      Good post.
                                                                                                                      Same here with Essential Pepin - a look-like gravy smear on one of the pages - I'm sure not Costco's fault. I 'might' have returned it, but there were no more copies there.

                                                                                                                      I get disappointed with products that become inferior to the one previously purchased. An example is a stainless steel table that I purchased one year and it's a jewel - the next year (or so), I wanted another one -- the steel was so flimsy that it rattled as I walked by - kid you not! This table was bought online and delivered to my home. Yes, one can imagine how ticked-off one can get taking that table apart after putting it together, and getting it into today's itty-bitty car and trotting it up to Customer Service. This makes on-line buying of anything that might possibly be questionably returnable fraught with concerns.

                                                                                                                      It's funny knowing a person who says that they can get 'cat food' at Walmart cheaper than they can at Costco, and they usually add, "when it goes on sale." But won't hesitate to have you pick up something for them at Costco because it is cheaper at Costco. They are so funny, but don't even realize it.

                                                                                                                      1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                        I have read numerous reviews on some of Costco's chrome shelving that people have purchased on-line. According to these reviews and ratings, the on-line racks seem to be of lesser quality than what is sold in their stores. For my garage, I made a store purchase of two six-tier chrome racks, with wheels, and love them. (My Costco garage pantry lol) Thankfully, I have a truck to transport such bulky and heavy items. After reading so many poor reviews regarding the difference in quality between the in-store purchase verses on-line, I would never take a chance on purchasing this item on-line. But, for consumers who do not have the convenience of a near-by Costco, - are they going to go to the trouble of repackaging and paying(?) to return this type of purchase? So, not to be a skeptic, but maybe Costco's buyer offers the manufacturer a special price to save their "seconds" and sell them on-line? (usually with a ten to twenty dollar savings) Know that sounds a little far fetched, but one has to wonder. It would be nice if they acknowledged that these items might be "irregulars"? Some people might not care.

                                                                                                                        Also, you are "right on" about follow-up merchandise being inferior to "first bought".
                                                                                                                        I noticed that about the shower heads they now carry; in addition to "some" of their Kirkland brand cookware. The original materials used made the product superior to what they now sell. That said, I LOVE their new commercial restaurant section but realize not that many Costco's offer this specialty department. Very reasonably priced, it's truly overwhelming.

                                                                                                                        On another note, - even though I rarely buy ground beef, it was good to hear that Costco was one of the few retailers who does not sell ground beef using "pink slime". ....unlike Wal-Mart, of course.

                                                                                                                        1. re: shasta21

                                                                                                                          I, too, rarely buy ground beef, and I had just finished up local grass-fed ground beef in my freezer that I was going to compare with the Costco grass fed ground beef. But it didn't work out that way, so I'll really never know.

                                                                                                                          In Costco's packages 3 of them hooked together make 4 lbs.

                                                                                                                          I did use 4# (all of it) mixed with 4# of their big packages of hot sausages and made 4 dozen good-sized meatballs (along with other ingredients). The fat content was about the same as the farm-bought grass-fed ground meat.

                                                                                                                          1. re: shasta21

                                                                                                                            Since it was focused on local restaurant supply options in Seattle, we split a sub-thread over to our Seattle board: http://www.chow.com/topics/841582

                                                                                                                            1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                                                                                              Thanks Chowhound Team! I never took the time to read/ navigate and understand the ways this ENTIRE board really worked. I apologize. I'll try and do better from here on and post WHERE appropriate.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Rella

                                                                                                                            Rella, Attaching a photo of the ink smears I mentioned in a previous post from a Costco purchase of ATK's Family Cookbook. About 80% of all index pages have these ink smears. Still worth the purchase price, but would have been nice to come with a warning of "seconds/irregular". It seems to be a gamble on what to expect anymore from a Costco purchase. Oh well, I like surprises? lol

                                                                                                                            1. re: shasta21

                                                                                                                              Sorry, only the picture of the food item showed up. The print that was affected was UNDER this picture. Weird!!

                                                                                                                          3. re: shasta21

                                                                                                                            If the product sucks then sure return it. But I don't get buying the same thing again and expecting a difference or repeatedly returning the same thing after breaking it. At some point move on or start thinking User error.

                                                                                                                      2. A book ...usually a cookbook if I find a good one
                                                                                                                        Baking soda, vinegar, TP, waxed paper sheets, a cleaning thing ( sponges, gloves, etc.)
                                                                                                                        Sardines, avocados, a fruit (mango, berries, whatever looks good), box of seaweed squares
                                                                                                                        These things I buy each time, the rest of my shopping is pretty random.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: honeybea

                                                                                                                          I love their book section! I always need a stack of "disposable" novels for my bedside and one in my gym bag, and I don't feel as guilty with Costco's prices.
                                                                                                                          -the rotisserie chicken (although I agree about the odd flavour - I just rip off all the skin & throw it out). At least 3 meals plus 3 cups of very concentrated stock made overnight in the slow cooker.
                                                                                                                          - cat food and kitty litter
                                                                                                                          - beef jerky
                                                                                                                          - pork jerky
                                                                                                                          - Fage yogurt
                                                                                                                          - cottage cheese
                                                                                                                          - frozen chicken breasts
                                                                                                                          - giant bag of rice (okay, maybe only twice a year but this is the only place I buy it)
                                                                                                                          - garafalo pasta
                                                                                                                          - Hawaiian shirt for my husband

                                                                                                                        2. Frozen wild salmon patties. We always run out of these before the next trip to Costco.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                            BBQ Chicken, frozen mango chunks, gum and fresh flowers.

                                                                                                                            1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                              I just bought some of these for the first time. How do you prepare them and what do you eat with/on them?

                                                                                                                              1. re: jrmd

                                                                                                                                Well any frozen fruit you can make into smoothies.

                                                                                                                                1. re: jrmd

                                                                                                                                  I think jrmd was referring to the frozen salmon patties, which would certainly be *interesting* in a smoothie.

                                                                                                                                  The patties, we just pan-fry and eat on toast with mayo, Sriracha and sometimes avocado slices.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: chompy

                                                                                                                                    I just bought them for the first time the other day. Glad to know someone likes them

                                                                                                                              2. Costco (off Rt 309 Philly) has the small containers of Sahara hummus that last us through a summer time of car trips, bike rides and long walks. The Jarlsberg is also good, though quite large. Bulk toothbrushes and dental floss an excellent buy. I worry how all that meat, fish and chicken has been raised and processed so I leave those purchases for the nearby farms.

                                                                                                                                1. It used to be almost always a 'treat' for myself. Either a cookbook, DVD movie, a new 'top," something new in the kitchen appliance department, a box/sack of candy, software, electronic gadget or equipment. a new food-find...
                                                                                                                                  I just don't seem to find any treats anymore. Is it them or me?

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                    It used to be the same for me! But I think there was some kind of double-whammy: I had to figure out why my total bill was always around $300 (it was partly because of my cheap top + cheap movie + cheap book habit) and also, I think the buyers' tastes changed. They definitely don't have as great of movies and TV shows as they used to. I do still buy books, but I notice they aren't carrying some of my fav. authors anymore, like Alexander McCall Smith. He was always good for a book every couple months. :)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                      I don't think it's totally that the buyer's tastes have changed. I think their 'method of acquisition' has changed. They can't get the same deals with the manufacturers (or can't go through middlemen) anymore and that's why you're not seeing certain brands/movies.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: pdxgastro

                                                                                                                                        I even used to pick up some sort of clothing for myself - I think the last was those winter socks at $17 a pair some months ago. I find little anymore in the clothing department, as well.

                                                                                                                                        I used to dress warehouse beginning in Seattle, where I loved their clothing in the late 80's. I know it's a change in my age and because of my age, preferring granny pants (pants waists coming up to the waist). But when they have some nice Peruvian/organic big tees, I'm there for it. Little else calls my name anymore.

                                                                                                                                        Geez, and why did they stop selling 'wash cloths'? What they use to have as a set of towels, the small square towels they have starting selling as washcloths. Hey, maybe this rant should go on the 'disappointed' thread.

                                                                                                                                        No, I don't use the book anymore to enter "why don't you have this anymore."
                                                                                                                                        I always leave with cheese!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                          Funny you rant but then brag about all the cash back money you received. Just admitt, you enjoy Costco and it's savings.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: treb

                                                                                                                                            Hey, Costco is my absolute favorite place in the whole world to shop, no matter what or how I rant and brag. I love it and have loved it from 1988. A loyal customer, investment in Costco, praise it when I wish, and speak from my heart when it fails me.

                                                                                                                                            Let's see I had a big doctor day during which I spent a great deal of time gathering and moving linens, pots and pans, furniture, elderly care items, providing most of which came from Costco: new or from our storage of items we have bought at Costco over the years. YES< YES, I love Costco, always have.

                                                                                                                                            But during this busy hectic day, I stopped in Costco and picked up a prescription, greek yogurt, avocados and tomatoes, 2 bottles of Kirkland extra virgin olive oil, 1 bottle white wine, and rushed on to the next chore. My Costco is 25 miles away. I use it, I have big bills, and most of the time 99.9% I'm happy as can be!

                                                                                                                                            But, you knew that this is how I feel, why did I bother...
                                                                                                                                            Much admiration for your tactful and pleasant post.

                                                                                                                                    2. Certainly nothing I would have shoplifted.

                                                                                                                                      1. Forgot to mention the excellent Kirkland tuna...it's not something I need every trip (seriously, that's a lot of tuna!) but I always want to have it on hand.

                                                                                                                                        1. 6 pack of frozen shrimp dumpling soup.
                                                                                                                                          120 pack of Reactine.

                                                                                                                                          1. No significant other, offspring, or domesticated animals here, so my consumption habits and priorities are a bit different.

                                                                                                                                            Every trip -
                                                                                                                                            Liquor and wine
                                                                                                                                            Fresh seafood if they have the stand set up
                                                                                                                                            Cheese of some sort
                                                                                                                                            Haricot verts
                                                                                                                                            Romaine hearts
                                                                                                                                            Raspberries or blueberries (whatever looks good)
                                                                                                                                            A couple boxes of Pellegrino

                                                                                                                                            Periodically -
                                                                                                                                            Brussel sprouts
                                                                                                                                            A box of navel oranges if they have them
                                                                                                                                            Whole peppercorns
                                                                                                                                            Dental floss
                                                                                                                                            Standing rib roast
                                                                                                                                            A pair of cargo shorts
                                                                                                                                            Aluminum steam table trays
                                                                                                                                            Maybe a case of baby back ribs or a whole leg of prosciutto if I'm having a bbq/party

                                                                                                                                            When I'm in Maui, I hit the Costco on the way out of the airport and grab a couple boxes of fresh pineapples to live off of (so good!) and good coffee for drinking at the condo and to bring back to friends in the mainland
                                                                                                                                            I don't consume their media (books, music, movies), frozen/canned processed food (no desire/no microwave), and chicken (grew up on the good stuff so I'm not a fan of the factory stuff).

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: fledflew

                                                                                                                                              hawaii costco check out all the island food like poke.

                                                                                                                                            2. I love the tortilla crusted tilapia! However, I just moved from southern california to northern california, and can't find it in any nearby costcos. any suggestions?

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: xoxlilnxox

                                                                                                                                                where are your new digs? did you check the Costco website? You may need to move back!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cstr

                                                                                                                                                  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area now... used to live in Orange County. I went to a nearby Costco and someone checked the inventory for me and told me the tortilla crusted tilapia wasn't in stock anywhere in CA. Not sure I believe him though, since I just bought it very recently in the OC!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: xoxlilnxox

                                                                                                                                                    Just checked, there are three locations in SFO.

                                                                                                                                              2. Land o Lakes Cottage Cheese
                                                                                                                                                Kraft Parm...big green can
                                                                                                                                                Kirkland Chicken tenders
                                                                                                                                                ...and a hot dog! Mettawa, Illinois: north of Chicago

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: flowerpainter

                                                                                                                                                  You might want to try the block of some Reggiano Parm vs the big green can of Kraft Parm...so much better than the stuff that has long lost its flavor.
                                                                                                                                                  Runs about $8-$10 and last quite awhile...

                                                                                                                                                  Never seen chicken tenders at my Costco in San Diego.. : (

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: flowerpainter

                                                                                                                                                    Kraft in the green can, are you kidding???? that stuff is not worthy!!!! The Beach Chick is soooooo right.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flowerpainter

                                                                                                                                                      Jumping on the bandwagon here -- that green can does not contain parmesan! Step away from the green can . . .

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: flowerpainter

                                                                                                                                                        Davwud has a great moniker for it in this supplied thread. Should be about 3 replies down. Here is the GCOD reference ---> http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5502...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flowerpainter

                                                                                                                                                          If you're looking for a good alternative to the green can, my Costco carries sacks of grated Parmesan and Romano cheese in the refrigerated section (near the Jarlsburg and Stilton) that, while not Parmiggiano Reggiano quality, are quite a step up from the green can and only $1 more or so per pound. I always have this type of Parmesan on hand for making cheese crisps or tossing into sauces, etc - I keep the good stuff for eating straight, mostly.

                                                                                                                                                        2. A HOT DOG IN MY BELLY!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                            1. Nina brand canned San Marzano tomatoes (I make back my membership fee on this one item alone)
                                                                                                                                                              Milk (half the price of my local supermarkets)
                                                                                                                                                              Eggs (half the price of my local supermarkets)
                                                                                                                                                              Red bell peppers
                                                                                                                                                              Cherry tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                              Brussels sprouts
                                                                                                                                                              Low-carb tortillas and/or Flatout wraps
                                                                                                                                                              Amylu chicken sausages
                                                                                                                                                              Boneless skinless chicken thighs
                                                                                                                                                              Flank steaks
                                                                                                                                                              FLAP MEAT!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                              1. Butter
                                                                                                                                                                smoked salmon spread--I used to get the lobster spread, but the salmon is much better!
                                                                                                                                                                spinach-mozzarella ravioli
                                                                                                                                                                salmon filet
                                                                                                                                                                whitefish spread(okay, maybe i have a thing for fish spreads--yum!)
                                                                                                                                                                organic salad greens
                                                                                                                                                                usually a book or magazine
                                                                                                                                                                roasted garlic rustic bread
                                                                                                                                                                batteries(whenthey are in the coupon book)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: duncanhayden


                                                                                                                                                                  I still have a mega bottle I bought there 3 years ago...expired but people are still taking it!

                                                                                                                                                                  what brand of smoked salmon spread are you buying?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes I wonder why I keep an aspirin bottle around for a couple of years after it's expired. I'm wondering if this sort of thing EVER expires.

                                                                                                                                                                    Is smoked salmon eated as is? In other words, not ever cooked after unwrapping?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Rella

                                                                                                                                                                      If you are referring to the cold smoked a favorite recipe is Lox, eggs and onions.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: wolfe

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. Cold smoked, smoked, cured, all the descriptions of the packages at Costco and other places really mystify me.

                                                                                                                                                                        I only know I can't stand texture of chewy raw-tasting meat, which is what I've had on a bagel and cream chese, and it's not something I'd like to repeat.

                                                                                                                                                                        Probably it's because it reminds me of cured, salted, smoked ham, which even though as a child I always saw them in an outbuilding hanging, I could never get the hang of eating it. I guess salmon would be a good candidate for the ongoing thread of "You'll like it the way I cooked it."

                                                                                                                                                                2. Baby loaf of Vintage White Tillamook cheddar.
                                                                                                                                                                  Wedge of Parmesan.
                                                                                                                                                                  Bag of coffee beans-flavor of the month usually.
                                                                                                                                                                  Cello pack of spinach.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ChefRoux

                                                                                                                                                                      and always something you didn't come in for!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Those big canisters of mixed nuts... so good :-)
                                                                                                                                                                      Also: Cantaloupes, shrimps and ready to cook broccolie florets

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                          Yes - that or regret - regret for waiting 20 minutes or more in line.

                                                                                                                                                                          And also every time I tried to save a few cents at their fuel pumps, I regretted that decision as well, because the parking lot and fuel situation for the West End Costco in Richmond is terrible. Finally all that regret added up.
                                                                                                                                                                          The last straw was trying to buy tires at that Costco, the second time around. Both times were like what I imagined getting TP in the Soviet Union must have been like.

                                                                                                                                                                          I do have some regret we left, because they had some good stuff. But between the atrocious lines and the badly laid out parking and gas situation, it just was not worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                          We go to Sam's now just down the street, lines are usually shorter. I can get the same price on gasoline, and the setup is better, lines are shorter and more cars can move through more quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                          When I needed tires at Sam's, I walked up to the department and they were helpful, and quick, they didnt snicker when I asked if they could be done in under 3 hours. In fact they did everything in less than an hour. And the Sam''s website "click and pull": system means I can shop online and they will have the basket waiting for me , stocked as per my order. With Costco it was a crap shoot if they had the items I really wanted most.

                                                                                                                                                                          I almost wonder if maybe the Costco I used to go to was just very badly managed, for all the raves I hear about Costco in other places.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: PenskeFan

                                                                                                                                                                            Must be your specific Costco, I've purchased several sets of tires, over the years, and have been in and out in an hour and the service was stellar. I'd recommend that you send an email, via their website, about your issues.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cstr

                                                                                                                                                                              The customer service at our Costco is excellent and, not surprisingly, there are lots of employees who've been there for nearly the entire time we've been going there (almost 12 years). We've purchased tires for at least 3 vehicles in that time and have returned for rotations, nails in tires, etc., always with great and prompt service. If your experience was typical at that location I'd be pretty shocked; people do complain and Costco acts on complaints

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: PenskeFan

                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, darn that's too bad. We've been buying tires for many years with prompt service (while we're shopping), and never a wait for gas except for one car ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                              It must be a big town, as I've not seen a Costco and a Sams in one area. I'm a Costco and BJ's member, and in a town we go to often now, there is no Costco, so we scouted Sams. We won't join, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PenskeFan

                                                                                                                                                                                  where was that costco again?
                                                                                                                                                                                  I go to the costco with no lines, so I can't speak there, but everybody loves their tires... and their service is beyond compare.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                                                                                                                    Richmond VA,, the far west end store on West Broad. I quit a few years ago, so it could be different now.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Costco muffins, usually always the chocolate chocolate chip ones which we repack at home and freeze (it doesn't feel like an official trip to costco without the muffins!)

                                                                                                                                                                                Organic Italian lemon juice

                                                                                                                                                                                kirkland trail mix

                                                                                                                                                                                kirkland chocolate covered almonds

                                                                                                                                                                                Wymanns frozen wild blueberries

                                                                                                                                                                                kirklandNormandy frozen veggies

                                                                                                                                                                                precut butternut squash

                                                                                                                                                                                I always want to try the frozen yogurt on my way out (after years and years of seeing people enjoying it) but have yet to :/

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lolabrw

                                                                                                                                                                                  "I always want to try the frozen yogurt on my way out (after years and years of seeing people enjoying it) but have yet to :/"

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's really good and it's a deal. Enough to split, sometimes!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lolabrw

                                                                                                                                                                                    did you ever have Colombo frozen yogurt back in the days when soft-serve fro-yo first came on the scene, before all the sugar-free/fat-free/whipped air products took over? that's what they sell at the Costco food court.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Tuscan EVO
                                                                                                                                                                                    Dried cherries
                                                                                                                                                                                    Espresso beans
                                                                                                                                                                                    Two kinds of imported cheese (various)
                                                                                                                                                                                    50lb bread flour
                                                                                                                                                                                    Jasmine rice

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Phillips Jumbo Lump Crabmeat - 1 lb. in a little plastic tub
                                                                                                                                                                                      Bumble Bee Solid WhiteTuna in water
                                                                                                                                                                                      Skippy Peanut Butter
                                                                                                                                                                                      Lots of Poland Spring Water
                                                                                                                                                                                      Any and all types of the Kirkland big plastic containers of nuts (particular the mixed ones)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes cereal, granola bars, Clif bars
                                                                                                                                                                                      Solo plastic cups
                                                                                                                                                                                      Bounty paper towels
                                                                                                                                                                                      Kirland white kitchen trash bags and green lawn and leaf bags

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                        How much is that lb of crabmeat at your Costco? Just curious.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                                                                                          My husband is the official Costco shopper. He absolutely refuses to bring me along - did that once and I dragged him up and down almost every aisle! He's not exactly the savviest shopper, but said "a lot" when I asked him. Then he said "maybe $16." My guess is probably closer to $17-$18. Sorry to not be more help!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                            I buy organic chicken broth, dried mangoes and dried young coconut, Mary's organic crackers, San Marzano canned tomatoes, Grezzo olive oil, coconut water, Pellegrino or other sparkling water and Pellegrino Orangiata and Limonata, TP, PT, campari tomatoes, avocadoes, blueberries, Bolthouse organic carrot juice, Acai juice, pineapple spears, lox, fresh fish (preferably wild caught).

                                                                                                                                                                                            Every so often I buy a box of clementines or a bag of apples, but invariably, I am unhappy with the quality. Maybe this winter, I'll manage to refrain from buying a box of those clementines. The odd bag of apples is a winner, but most seem to have a few good apples, while the rest are spongy, bruised or rotten at the core, or just tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I have tried the canned salmon and tuna, but find both salty and kind of mealy. I've been suckered into the frozen dumplings that are available for sampling, but when I make them at home, they just taste mushy. The wrappers are soggy and the filling tastes grossly overprocessed.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've always had good luck with their fruit, their peaches and melons this season were huge and juicy and their champagne grapes were delicate and sweet. Just have to know mostly by sight, when the season is ending and when to move on to the next best choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: 1sweetpea

                                                                                                                                                                                                buy the restaurant size oranges. excellent qual.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wolfe

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, that's the claw meat - they were talking about the lump. I used to buy it quite a bit - I have a good crab & shrimp casserole recipe my Aunt gave me that I use it for - also an appetizer crab cake recipe I occasionally make. Very good - It used to be around $14 here in NC but I think it has gone up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Maryland it's $18.00 or $19.00 and the local,mid Atlantic fresh is $22.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also like those big sheet cakes that you can order. Great for birthday parties.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                    costco nuts are good, in the mixed nuts the brazil nuts used to be rancid but they fixed that awhile ago. prices are way up in last 2 years but comparatively good price. even peanut butter is up. love cashews but hate the cashew clusters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    there is a warning about eating too much tuna, esp the solid white because of mercury.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    i think the shucked oysters come in 32 oz bottle, about the only thing i am willing to deep fry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Chicken for the dogs food. Since we generally schedule visits for when we need to restock the freezer with meat for the dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. i don't buy every one of these items every time as it's just little ol' me in my place, but these are all the things i buy at Costco. i rarely deviate from this list unless i'm shopping for someone else:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      organic eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                      organic carrots
                                                                                                                                                                                                      organic spinach
                                                                                                                                                                                                      roasted seaweed snacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                      green tea bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saigon cinnamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kirkland toilet paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kirkland paper towels
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glide dental floss
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the occasional bottle of wine or liquor
                                                                                                                                                                                                      white kitchen trash bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Swiffer cloths
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kirkland environmentally friendly laundry detergent
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cascade dishwasher packs

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i stopped buying PB there when they discontinued the Kirkland Organic, and though it kills me because the price is so incredible, i no longer buy the large jars of Maranatha almond butter since they switched from glass to plastic. i used to get the Kirkland balsamic, but i don't use enough of it anymore to justify the space that huge bottle takes up in the cabinet. i also used to buy the large tubs of Fage yogurt - in fact i'd make extra trips just for that - but i'm off dairy these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                        So you really like their environmentally friendly laundry detergent then? We just bought one of the regular kirkland brand but might get the EF version when it's on sale next. Good prices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Dax

                                                                                                                                                                                                          i like it as much as any other eco-friendly detergent; it's about as good as Seventh Generation, which IMO is the best of the name-brands. and i like the scent, which is a bonus because some of them really don't sit well with me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          but a word of warning, DO NOT buy the Kirkland EF fabric softener, it's terrible. it smells weird, leaves a slimy residue on your laundry, and it's not eco-friendly. (these days i use Mrs Meyer's, which i've found to do a better job than the Seventh Generation i had been buying.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The best thing to use for fabric softener is white vinegar. Actually, it's the best thing to use for a lot of things. And Costco sells a huge jug of it. I bought two for my laundry room the last time I was there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                              this one surprises me - i'd think the acid would contribute to wear & tear on fabric. and the pungent odor does't linger at all? i can't stand the smell of white vinegar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The smell, if any, goes away in the dryer. About twenty years ago I took a part time job working as a JCrew customer support person. We recommended people add some white vinegar to the water when washing their garment dyed items for the first time to set the color. My experience has been that my clothes are softer and the color stays fast longer. Towels are fluffy and actually absorb water better than those dried with fabric softener.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                And you can use it to clean your oven, too! I love white vinegar!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fabric softener makes stuff less absorbent i hate it on towels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    that's interesting about setting the color! and i NEVER use fabric softener of any kind with towels because i like them to actually do their job and absorb moisture ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i still have concerns about the odor in my clothes because i line-dry most things, but i may try it on my towels. thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There's zero odor; you're putting it into a whole lotta water, with detergent and rinsing it. No promises if you use cider or balsamic vineger, though. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nearly everyone is doing wash in HIGH pH,off the scale of life municipal water.Reducing the pH softens the water and helps preserve colour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me with a low pH,aggressive well,3.5 years now can tell the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I add it to all my dark laundry to prevent fading. Never has aged anything. No smell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Blue Agave Sweetener - Large Gedney dill pickles -

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Whole chickens - they have the best prices around here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Limes - when they have them. Limeade is my summertime drink of choice

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Otherwise, it's hit or miss. I've gotten some good paneer once, but have never seen it again. Most of the packaging is too large for my household, so if it doesn't freeze it's not really a bargain. Unless it's something seasonable like the box of fresh peaches, that became a pie and a cobbler.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tardigrade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lamb Chops, Almonds, Old Chedder and extra Old Balderson's cheddar, Chicken, Steak, Bread, Back Ribs, and others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. "What is the one item you always leave Costco with?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Olive Oil

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Cottage Cheese
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Frozen Normandy vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Progresso "Light" Soup (case of 8)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Kirkland Greek Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Organic spinach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any of the high end cheese (Merlot Bella Vitano at the moment)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dried fruit (dried tangerines)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Kirkland Balsamic vinegar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            small size individual Sabra hummus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Big bag of pecorino cheese..sometimes big chunk of Parmesean Reggiano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland Pine Nuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MARCONA Almonds but can't find them anymore! I'd always buy 2!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pure Via sweetner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Artisan Romaine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gluten Free crackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jif peanut butter double pack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The packs of chicken breasts or strips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            scallops (I ask for the ones frozen in the back)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chicken noodle soup sometimes. I can freeze it in small servings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland Chardonnay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Menage et' Trois red wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nina Tomatoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Q Tips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mangos in season
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kirkland Vodka or Absolute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I don't buy all this every week however....I can't believe I buy so much...I'm single!! I LOVE Costco!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lately, it's been flap steak.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Roast chicken, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, cheeses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've come to rely on Costco for so many things.