Should I get a Costco membership?
Just wondering if there are any pro's to having a membership at Costco?
It's just the two of us here, but I've heard the meat is pretty good there. It doesn't seem too expensive for a year, but I want to make sure it's worth it as I'm not exactly rolling in dough :)
What are your thoughts?
If this helps at all, I cook pretty much every meal the wife and I eat and spend ~$125-150 weekly at the various grocery stores I shop at....
From Costco website:
"RISK-FREE 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
On Membership: We will refund your membership fee in full at any time if you are dissatisfied.
On Merchandise: We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell, and will refund your purchase price, with the following exceptions:"
I like the easy return - since everything you buy is with your membership card, they can retrieve the receipt if you lose or forget it. They also let you return almost anything you don't like.
Some things I like - some not so much. You never save money when you buy too much or things you do not need. I find I sometimes I am tempted to buy too much (size is too big) because I don't want to stop at another store.
One surprise for me is how much I like the quality and price of some of the Kirkland (Costco) brand items.
The cost savings of gas and one set of tires will more than bring a positive return on your investment in the membership fee.
Even if you hate the place, walk never drive, then simply sell "single visit (cash-only) memberships" on Craigslist, and you'll recoup your money in no time.
I looked into tires recently and the cost was not that much better than at my local tire shop. The difference was mostly that Costco's included road hazard, etc. within the price but for about a $40 difference for four tires, it was not worth the ride out there for the change, rotation, etc. (my tire shop is walkable from my work, Costco is about 15 miles away).
What was your savings?
This was for an older model Yukon. They don't carry much for my Audi.
I LOVE costco. It's just my husband and I, but between paper towels, TP, and chicken, it pays for itself. They have super high turnover on their veggies (the ones they have), so they're always fresh, great deals on mushrooms, and they have a huge variety of sausages and deli meats. Plus everything else. I can't get enough.
Another way around getting membership but still able to access and shop at Costco, is to get friends who are members to buy you gift cards (you pay them back of course). With gift cards you can enter the store like a reg. member, buy and pay for your items. If your purchase > the balance on the card, you can make up the difference with cash or AmEx (at least here in Canada) but not credit cards nor debit cards.
My parents are on this "gift card plan" and it works well for them. Every 4-6 weeks I buy a new $100 gift card for them and they simply pay me back. Easy peasy.
That's interesting. When my mom was out of the country, I switched my membership from having her as a secondary to a close friend, so he's my costco-husband, and I'm his amazon prime-wife. It's a good tradeoff. Now that my mom moved back to the US, I wasn't sure how to handle another member.
If you are already shopping at more than one food store, I don't know why you wouldn't add Costco. You could go there every other month and stock up on the things you like.
We buy salmon burgers, some cheese, fresh nuts, coffee, canned tuna and canned salmon. We bought some ground beef there that seemed pretty good when we ate it. The thing I don't like about the meat is that you have to buy in large quantities. I don't seem to mind buying other things in large quantities.
We also buy paper towels, dishwasher detergent, paper napkins and other paper goods.
I bought a cast iron wok there recently.
I'd buy a membership and see if it is worth it to you for one year.
Also, Costco has the cheapest gas around here.
OK I'm pretty much sold on the idea. Not sure how I like buying in bulk, I guess we'll find out.
Buying meat in bulk is OK. I have no problem using the freezer and those ziplock "pump" vacuum bags work pretty well so there is no freezer burn.
I'll have to look into this. I get my paper supplies pretty cheap by buying the Kroger store branded stuff, I'll have to compare that to Kirkland brand. I may head up there tomorrow actually and get a one day pass just to compare pricing.
Thanks for the input everyone.