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What is the one item you always leave Costco with?

SoozyQ Feb 26, 2012 01:43 PM

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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    sueatmo Nov 13, 2013 01:33 PM


    1. Nevy Nov 13, 2013 07:17 AM

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

      1. l
        laliz Nov 13, 2013 04:45 AM

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

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          Maggie19 Nov 13, 2013 12:23 AM

          Berry Smoothie

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          1. re: Maggie19
            cwdonald Nov 13, 2013 01:21 AM

            My Costco card.

          2. Kholvaitar Nov 13, 2013 12:19 AM

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

            Olive Oil

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              tardigrade Sep 25, 2012 12:48 PM

              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
                golfer1 Sep 26, 2012 05:32 AM

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

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                Maggie19 Sep 20, 2012 10:58 PM

                Blue Agave Sweetener - Large Gedney dill pickles -

                1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 19, 2012 08:27 AM

                  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
                    Dax Sep 19, 2012 11:54 PM

                    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.

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                      goodhealthgourmet Sep 20, 2012 01:11 AM

                      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
                        Leepa Sep 20, 2012 08:55 AM

                        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
                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 20, 2012 09:30 AM

                          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
                            Leepa Sep 20, 2012 10:16 PM

                            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
                              divadmas Sep 20, 2012 10:29 PM

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

                              1. re: Leepa
                                goodhealthgourmet Sep 21, 2012 02:02 AM

                                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
                                  mcf Sep 21, 2012 02:49 AM

                                  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
                                lcool Sep 20, 2012 10:32 PM

                                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
                                  mcf Sep 21, 2012 12:06 AM

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

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                          rasputina Sep 19, 2012 07:37 AM

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

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                            jbsiegel Sep 16, 2012 03:28 AM

                            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
                              Dax Sep 16, 2012 11:59 PM

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

                              1. re: Dax
                                jbsiegel Sep 17, 2012 01:45 AM

                                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
                                  1sweetpea Sep 18, 2012 09:00 PM

                                  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
                                    cstr Sep 18, 2012 09:47 PM

                                    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
                                      Chowrin Sep 19, 2012 09:28 AM

                                      buy the restaurant size oranges. excellent qual.

                                  2. re: Dax
                                    wolfe Sep 20, 2012 08:07 AM

                                    How does this look?

                                    1. re: wolfe
                                      Jeanne Oct 25, 2012 03:53 PM

                                      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.

                                    2. re: Dax
                                      wolfe Sep 20, 2012 08:11 AM

                                      delete please

                                      1. re: Dax
                                        lcool Sep 20, 2012 10:27 PM

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

                                      2. re: jbsiegel
                                        jbsiegel Sep 19, 2012 08:54 PM

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

                                        1. re: jbsiegel
                                          divadmas Sep 20, 2012 09:15 AM

                                          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.

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                                          forkit Jun 25, 2012 12:07 PM

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

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                                            lolabrw Jun 22, 2012 02:57 AM

                                            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
                                              treb Jun 22, 2012 10:00 PM

                                              "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
                                                goodhealthgourmet Sep 19, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                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. Tripeler Jun 21, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                Uh.... a headache?

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                                                1. re: Tripeler
                                                  PenskeFan Jun 21, 2012 10:21 AM

                                                  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
                                                    cstr Jun 21, 2012 07:42 PM

                                                    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
                                                      ferret Jun 21, 2012 11:38 PM

                                                      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
                                                      Rella Jun 21, 2012 09:43 PM

                                                      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
                                                        wolfe Jun 22, 2012 12:37 AM


                                                        1. re: PenskeFan
                                                          Chowrin Jun 25, 2012 11:45 AM

                                                          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
                                                            PenskeFan Jun 27, 2012 02:03 AM

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

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                                                        Lexikaetzchen Jun 21, 2012 06:27 AM

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

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                                                          ChefRoux Jun 13, 2012 09:27 AM

                                                          More stuff than I need.

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                                                          1. re: ChefRoux
                                                            coney with everything Jun 25, 2012 08:52 PM

                                                            and always something you didn't come in for!

                                                          2. pdxgastro Jun 9, 2012 12:37 PM

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

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                                                              duncanhayden May 22, 2012 10:31 PM

                                                              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
                                                                coney with everything May 23, 2012 08:52 PM


                                                                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
                                                                  Rella May 24, 2012 12:41 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                    wolfe May 24, 2012 12:56 AM

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

                                                                    1. re: wolfe
                                                                      Rella May 24, 2012 01:58 AM

                                                                      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. biondanonima May 22, 2012 03:34 PM

                                                                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. Tripeler May 22, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                  The Receipt!!!

                                                                  1. PHREDDY May 21, 2012 12:03 AM

                                                                    A HOT DOG IN MY BELLY!!!!!!!!

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                                                                      flowerpainter Apr 19, 2012 06:47 PM

                                                                      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
                                                                        Beach Chick Apr 19, 2012 11:07 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          treb Apr 20, 2012 08:37 AM

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

                                                                          1. re: flowerpainter
                                                                            Rilke Apr 20, 2012 10:13 AM

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

                                                                            1. re: flowerpainter
                                                                              Cheese Boy May 1, 2012 12:38 PM

                                                                              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
                                                                                biondanonima May 21, 2012 11:43 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                xoxlilnxox Apr 2, 2012 03:40 PM

                                                                                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
                                                                                  cstr Apr 3, 2012 05:04 AM

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

                                                                                  1. re: cstr
                                                                                    xoxlilnxox Apr 3, 2012 06:55 AM

                                                                                    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
                                                                                      cstr Apr 3, 2012 08:35 AM

                                                                                      Just checked, there are three locations in SFO.

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                                                                                  fledflew Mar 28, 2012 04:26 AM

                                                                                  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
                                                                                    divadmas Mar 28, 2012 02:45 PM

                                                                                    hawaii costco check out all the island food like poke.

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                                                                                      shades Mar 29, 2012 02:19 PM

                                                                                      whitefish salad

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                                                                                    MeMeMe Mar 28, 2012 03:01 AM

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

                                                                                    1. coney with everything Mar 27, 2012 09:29 PM

                                                                                      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. Tripeler Mar 27, 2012 10:12 AM

                                                                                        Certainly nothing I would have shoplifted.

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                                                                                          Rella Mar 26, 2012 12:45 PM

                                                                                          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
                                                                                            khh1138 Jun 8, 2012 08:38 AM

                                                                                            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
                                                                                              pdxgastro Jun 9, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                                                              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
                                                                                                Rella Jun 9, 2012 11:23 PM

                                                                                                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
                                                                                                  treb Jun 10, 2012 09:39 PM

                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                    Rella Jun 11, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                      treb Jun 11, 2012 10:03 PM


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                                                                                              jay seigle Mar 18, 2012 09:48 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                chompy Mar 13, 2012 07:56 AM

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

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                                                                                                  caitlink Mar 18, 2012 10:33 AM

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

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                                                                                                    jrmd Mar 28, 2012 11:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                      pdxgastro Jun 9, 2012 12:28 PM

                                                                                                      Well any frozen fruit you can make into smoothies.

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                                                                                                        chompy Jun 12, 2012 02:49 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          scubadoo97 Jun 12, 2012 05:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                      honeybea Mar 10, 2012 04:05 PM

                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                        khh1138 Jun 8, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                        locksmithy Mar 10, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                          viperlush Mar 13, 2012 04:33 AM

                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                            prio girl Mar 13, 2012 11:12 PM

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

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                                                                                                              shasta21 Mar 27, 2012 12:04 PM

                                                                                                              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".

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                                                                                                                Rella Mar 27, 2012 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                  shasta21 Mar 28, 2012 02:32 AM

                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                    Rella Mar 28, 2012 04:22 AM

                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                      The Chowhound Team Mar 30, 2012 12:35 AM

                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                        shasta21 Mar 30, 2012 01:09 AM

                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                      shasta21 Mar 28, 2012 02:56 AM

                                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                                        shasta21 Mar 28, 2012 03:00 AM

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

                                                                                                                    3. re: shasta21
                                                                                                                      viperlush Mar 28, 2012 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                  Linara Mar 8, 2012 06:26 AM


                                                                                                                  1. keli175 Mar 8, 2012 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                      tastesgoodwhatisit Mar 7, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                      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. DuchessNukem Mar 7, 2012 03:25 PM

                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                          divadmas Mar 28, 2012 02:37 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          rasputina Mar 7, 2012 12:03 PM

                                                                                                                          raw chicken for the dogs.

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                                                                                                                            Isolda Mar 6, 2012 10:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                                              tzurriz Mar 6, 2012 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                Dax Mar 6, 2012 11:37 PM

                                                                                                                                I like the AmyLu chicken andouille from Costco.

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                                                                                                                                  tzurriz Mar 7, 2012 12:13 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                    Dax Mar 8, 2012 01:13 AM

                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                      biondanonima May 21, 2012 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                    divadmas Mar 28, 2012 02:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                    hawkeyeui93 Mar 5, 2012 12:31 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                      rasputina Mar 7, 2012 12:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                        CrazyOne Mar 7, 2012 10:48 PM

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

                                                                                                                                        1. re: rasputina
                                                                                                                                          hawkeyeui93 Mar 8, 2012 01:27 AM

                                                                                                                                          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 ....

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                                                                                                                                          ceekskat Mar 13, 2012 11:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                          azveggieguy Mar 3, 2012 02:49 AM

                                                                                                                                          a bag of Wm. Macy's cheese crisps

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                                                                                                                                            lilmomma Mar 5, 2012 12:15 AM

                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                              mcf Mar 5, 2012 12:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                lilmomma Mar 6, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  ceekskat Mar 13, 2012 11:17 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                    jnk Mar 28, 2012 10:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                      ceekskat Apr 3, 2012 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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 :)

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                                                                                                                                                    mcf Mar 28, 2012 02:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                angelsmom Jun 21, 2012 01:02 AM

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

                                                                                                                                              3. boogiebaby Mar 2, 2012 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                  mcf Mar 3, 2012 03:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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. wolfe Mar 2, 2012 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                    fuji315 Mar 2, 2012 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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. CindyJ Mar 2, 2012 05:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                      *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. mcel215 Mar 1, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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. mattstolz Mar 1, 2012 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                          chicken breasts
                                                                                                                                                          some sort of fish

                                                                                                                                                          1. Beach Chick Mar 1, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Roasted Chicken and baby peppers for the dog..

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

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                                                                                                                                                              jbsiegel Feb 28, 2012 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Mixed Nuts
                                                                                                                                                              Orange Juice
                                                                                                                                                              Peanut Butter
                                                                                                                                                              Canned Tuna
                                                                                                                                                              Clif Bars

                                                                                                                                                              1. mcf Feb 27, 2012 07:11 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  bjd001 Feb 27, 2012 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    sinfullydecadent Feb 27, 2012 06:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      helou Feb 27, 2012 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        prio girl Feb 27, 2012 04:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                          CanadaGirl Feb 27, 2012 06:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                            sueatmo Feb 27, 2012 06:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              rockandroller1 Feb 28, 2012 10:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Vetter Sep 14, 2012 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                scubadoo97 Mar 4, 2012 02:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                They might brine them. Don't know just speculating

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                                                                                                                                                                                  mcf Mar 5, 2012 12:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    wolfe Mar 7, 2012 07:28 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  PHREDDY May 21, 2012 09:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Rilke May 21, 2012 10:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  CanadaGirl Feb 27, 2012 03:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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. coney with everything Feb 26, 2012 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    a block of Tillamook sharp cheddar

                                                                                                                                                                                    garden fresh salsa

                                                                                                                                                                                    case of san pellegrino lemon and orange soda

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                                                                                                                                                                                      RB Hound Feb 26, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      The receipt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        RetiredChef Mar 1, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Beat me to it

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                                                                                                                                                                                          RB Hound Mar 1, 2012 08:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        brooklynkoshereater Feb 26, 2012 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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. ipsedixit Feb 26, 2012 11:21 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            suburban_mom Feb 26, 2012 08:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                              jawinfree Feb 28, 2012 11:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Mar 1, 2012 09:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  EM23 Mar 2, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcf Mar 3, 2012 02:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      EM23 Mar 4, 2012 02:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Mar 5, 2012 12:23 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          EM23 Mar 29, 2012 10:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcf Sep 18, 2012 11:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              gordeaux Feb 26, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                jules127 May 21, 2012 12:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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. Rilke Feb 26, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Raspberries :P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  escondido123 Feb 26, 2012 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Parmigiano Reggiano

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    treb Feb 26, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Greek Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Imported Parm

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. viperlush Feb 26, 2012 06:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        viperlush Feb 27, 2012 05:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          IndyGirl Mar 18, 2012 10:08 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          onrushpam Feb 26, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leepa Feb 26, 2012 07:30 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              givemecarbs Feb 27, 2012 03:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mucho gordo Feb 27, 2012 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  viperlush Feb 27, 2012 05:13 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meatrabbits4all Mar 30, 2012 01:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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'!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    debbypo Mar 18, 2012 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shasta21 Mar 26, 2012 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        escondido123 Mar 27, 2012 01:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vetter Sep 14, 2012 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chowrin Sep 15, 2012 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lilmsmuffin Feb 26, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        latindancer Feb 26, 2012 05:46 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          latindancer Feb 26, 2012 05:52 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hebrew National.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wolfe Feb 26, 2012 07:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            KaimukiMan Mar 7, 2012 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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