M.G. asks from Novi, MI on January 08, 2010
Costco Worth It?
What is really worth buying at Costco? We'd be interested in products for babies and kids, as well as food. I don't have time to stand there with a calculator. I can barely manage the 3 kids in the carts that (yeah!) seat three.
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M.T. answers from Chicago on January 10, 2010
J.H. answers from Chicago on January 10, 2010
I honestly don't shop at either one - we did shop at Sams Club but really didn't have room for all the Bulk items. If you are looking for convenience by shopping at home, saving money by getting products that are extremely concentrated and getting products that are all green and environmentally responsible I'd love to share more information with you! You can visit my website at www.livetotalwellness.com/jodihorsley, call me at ###-###-#### or message me!
K.D. answers from Dallas on January 08, 2010
Yes, cosco does have its downfalls. What I like most about shopping in bulk is that I am not always at the store! I agree with you about pampers, theyre my fave too, and I was never brave enough to try their brand of diapers because the package is so huge! I do like their wipes though.
In my opinion the biggest perk of all is being able to buy large quantities of things that you use everyday. I would say that the absolute best way to save money on groceries is to get a deep freezer. You can buy large quantities of meat and portion it out, then freeze it. You can buy bread and milk, which afre two other things you probably go through fairly quickly, and both can be frozen. I found this site helpful, I had no idea some of the things that can be frozen and for how long! Stilltasty.com
In short, the best way to get your moneys worth out of shopping in bulk is to have a big freezer. It will pay for itself very quickly.
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M.J. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
I don't know much about costco, but I am happy with my sam's club membership. I would also encourage you to find a way to shop without kids...even for regular grocery shopping. the more people you have with you while shopping, the less you can pay attention to coupons, sales items etc.
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M.K. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
MILK Costco's Kirkland brand of milk is one of the lowest priced on the market -- plus it is hormone-free!
BREAD I get two loaves of SaraLee bread at Costco instead of one at Jewel for the same amount of money.
KIRKLAND DIAPERS & WIPES I think the Kirkland Brand is an outstanding value with highest quality. It's the EXACT same diaper as the Huggies Supreme (much nicer than the regular Huggies). So you are paying for the "upgraded" diaper at the regular Huggies price. It is definitely worth a try. There certainly are cheaper diapers on the market, but I don't mind paying a bit more to get the significant increase in quality.
KIRKLAND PAPER PRODUCTS Toilet paper, paper towels, tissues and napkins. Very high quality.
KIRKLAND LAUNDRY & CLEANING PRODUCTS Detergent, fabric softener, cleaning wipes, etc. Again, very high quality
Pretty much anything Kirkland brand! You may be able to find really cheap alternatives (if you shop Aldi brand, etc.), but you cannot find anything as high quality for the price.
CARTERS BRAND PAJAMAS FOR KIDS Better pricing than the Carter Stores. Usually *more* than 50% the tag price at the Carters Store (even though you rarely pay tag price at Carters of you have coupons, sales, etc.)
YOUR BIGGEST THREAT Stick to your shopping list -- don't buy extras that you may not end-up using. It can be tempting to throw something "fun" into the cart!
One note for the future: As you start ramping-up your shopping at Costco, they might suggest you pay an upgrade for an "Executive membership." Regular membership = $50 and Executive = $100. However, Executive gives you a 2% rebate per year...and if it does not cover the cost of the extra $50 they will give you a refund of the difference. I mention this because I do so much shopping at Costco, my annual rebate is much more than $100...so it always covers the upgrade AND the basic membership fee.
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C.P. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
We decided not to renew our membership to Costco years ago when our oldest son was little. You'd really have to buy a lot of stuff to make up for the $40-45 membership fee alone. Also I found that target prices on bulk items like papertowels were the same as costco. For kids, they don't carry anything organic. And you have to buy such large quantities of some things, that I would spend my entire weekly budget and only have a fraction of what I needed. On things like diapers and wipes, you have very limited choices. If you use the brands they carry, then the prices are good. But target prices are very comparable without the membership fee. If I lived in Minnesota where there's no yearly fee, I'd still shop there occasionally. And when we lived in Colorado we bought a lot of groceries there because the grocery stores were kind of aweful and very expensive. It's just not a one stop shop.
S.S. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
You have a lot of great ideas from these moms!
Two quick things that we always get at Costco: bananas and batteries.
J.C. answers from Chicago on January 10, 2010
We find it to be worth it, but not for diapers. Diapers are an interesting subject - I learned from a friend who works in retail that the prices vary by geographic region, so in some areas you can save $$$ at Costco on diapers, but in other areas, not so much. I found that Target or TRU had good prices. Although the Costco-brand diapers are pretty decent as off-brands go.
Most of our Costco savings come from fresh produce - again, I think it depends on where you live. Our local markets have expensive, poor quality produce. We also buy things like canned goods (diced tomatoes), juice and snacks during the T-ball and soccer seasons, cleaning products (their dishwasher soap is super cheap), batteries, and soy milk by the case. Their regular milk and eggs are also a good deal (their milk is hormone-free.)
D.N. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
As a former Sams Club member, I like Costco much better. I agree with the other posters that their diapers were not my favorite, as I do like Pampers too. But their wipes are just fine. I will also agree, that pricing is all relative and that with coupons, you can probably get a better deal at Target/Walmart per unit than Costco. I know you don't have time to whip out the calculator and figure out the best deal, but that is really what you need to do with the most frequently bought items. If you get a chance to go by yourself, just on a fact finding mission, you will feel more confident about your purchasing power.
V.N. answers from Chicago on January 09, 2010
I think it depends on what products you use. I Loved Costco and moved away to an area that did not have one so we began using Sams which I was never too impressed with. However, when we moved back to an area that had Costco we went and did a price comparison with the products we used. Costco did not carry the brand of items that we wanted and Sams did. Of the products that were the same Sams cost lesss. I literally made a list of the price of each item and compared to Walmart, Target and Jewel. (I did not have a baby at that time :) The clothes at Sams is not anywhere near the quality of Costco so we just don't buy that.
What we buy is: paper towels, toilet paper, cheese, diapers (Pampers), wipes, canned products (ie: tomotoe sauce, green beens, etc), cereals, frozen food, garbage bags, dish washer soap, meat. Just things that came to mind.
We definetly save a lot of money but it is because they have the products we prefer.