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2012-04-22 07:07:14 PM
Who is this written for? That one crazy old hermit who hasn't been out of the house in 20 years?
 
2012-04-22 08:33:07 PM
I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.
 
2012-04-22 08:42:31 PM

Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.


Your milage may vary, I think they should be beaten with a bamboo cane on the buttocks and thighs.
 
2012-04-22 08:50:01 PM

Ambivalence: Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.

Your milage may vary, I think they should be beaten with a bamboo cane on the buttocks and thighs.


Fortunately, those are just a few aisles from the lasagna. (the cane, not the buttocks and thighs, but then I've not been to all Costcos)


Whether it's a warehouse store, supermarket or dollar store, the savings on money comes from being a smart shopper. Yes, there are people who spend more at Costco than they would have otherwise if they didn't have a membership. While there are people who definitely benefit from their prices and do save a lot of money. It's all about knowing what you're doing, what you need and understanding value.
 
2012-04-22 09:02:42 PM
Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.
 
2012-04-22 09:03:10 PM
I know someone who is constantly throwing away spoiled food because of that "bulk is better" mentality.

I might want to borrow that cane...
 
2012-04-22 09:28:29 PM

Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.


Yes, Costco has quality meat and produce.
 
2012-04-22 09:44:26 PM
Customers may believe they're paying for a chance to save money, but some experts think membership fees actually cause consumers to spend more.

spend more than what??
more than similar people who are not members?

so these people buy food and then dont eat it - more?
or they buy more at costco and less at other stores?

when adjusted for geo-demographics, do costco shoppers buy more or less in total than other shoppers?
meh, I could look this up on my work computer, but then I cant share the results
 
2012-04-22 09:57:13 PM

namatad: Customers may believe they're paying for a chance to save money, but some experts think membership fees actually cause consumers to spend more.

spend more than what??
more than similar people who are not members?

so these people buy food and then dont eat it - more?
or they buy more at costco and less at other stores?

when adjusted for geo-demographics, do costco shoppers buy more or less in total than other shoppers?
meh, I could look this up on my work computer, but then I cant share the results


Here's the so-called theory. You go into Warehouse store. You buy shiat in bulk: So instead of buying 5 dollars in cookies, you buy the BIGO'BOX of cookies at say $15. Now the BIGO'BOX of cookies may have 4 boxes of cookies in it, So you just saved a $5dollars. But did you really need that many boxes of cookies right now? And you still have to buy food for the week.

People with big families will save a lot more, and they can eat through the massive amounts of perishables quickly. Or if you have lots of freezer space/storage.

For me Cosco is worth it because I get my hearing aids and batteries incredibly cheap. (Paying $1,700 vs paying $3,500) Gas is also twenty cents cheaper. I also get bulk stuff I know can store (Toliet paper, cleaning supplies,)

If I ever do manage to work myself out of this area I'm in, I can get a freezer and fridge and stock up on some stuff.
 
2012-04-22 10:06:44 PM
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2012-04-22 10:06:54 PM
I went to Costco the other day.. I bought the big sack of dog food ($30). 2 shorts ($30), 1 plastic thing of apples ($6 I think), 1 bag of trail mix ($15) .. It came out to $100 so I must have bought something else..
 
2012-04-22 10:07:17 PM
Yep, 20 year old, etc, got it - change the world, etc.

Heh
 
2012-04-22 10:09:20 PM

Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.


Lasagna for all! It's a human right, dammit, and it may also cure cancer.
 
2012-04-22 10:09:25 PM
If you buy flour, salt, sugar, rice, canned goods, and other staples then use said staples to cook real food then it's worth it. If you buy frozen food, candy and chips then you spend more then you should on things you will throw away.

Meat is not the best at these places. It's cheap enough but not the freshest. For fresh vegetables stick to H-Mart if you have one nearby.
 
2012-04-22 10:09:38 PM
Costco vs Wal-mart:


windsofchange.net
 
2012-04-22 10:10:11 PM
As a lover of Sam's Club, I'm not really sure what the hell the article is talking about.

What does the regular grocery store have that Sam's doesn't?

I can live pretty well on $75 biweekly at Sam's. If I bill my free time at $20/hr (pretty reasonable). Only shopping every other week saves me $40/month, which easily covers the monthly fee. While Sam's prices can't beat coupon prices, they usually beat standard prices. Again, time saved not clipping coupons and shopping sales is worth spending a bit more.

Besides, my mom is my guest member so it is really only $37.50 a year.
 
2012-04-22 10:10:13 PM
My Costco and Sam's memberships are worth it to me because a) I can afford them and b) they give me access to the stores.

I buy from them the things I will use before expiration when buying in bulk. We vacuum seal and freeze some things, and store others in the pantry. This of course results in going to the normal grocery store for smaller things like veggies, but who cares?

Not to mention the warranty and return policies at the club stores are so far much better than other stores. I'm willing to pay, whether I make up the cost difference vs normal grocery stores or not.
 
2012-04-22 10:10:54 PM

revrendjim: Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.

Yes, Costco has quality meat and produce.


Sams isn't all that bad, but ya, Costco destroys it.

An earlier thread was about olive oils being sneakily cut with canola. some chef on Npr said one of his favorite olive oils for quality was from Costco.

I wish I had one nearby.

/now I has a sad.
 
2012-04-22 10:11:02 PM
benbroc - what is that?
 
2012-04-22 10:11:29 PM
They sure said "BJ's" a lot in that story,



/BJ's
 
2012-04-22 10:11:29 PM
My hubby goes to Costco once a week, but he doesn't buy a lot. In fact, he usually has much less than most other shoppers. Then he goes almost every day to the grocery store. He's used to doing daily shopping (he's not Amurrican), so for him it's weird to shop once a month in bulk. I can't convince him to buy double of everything instead of having to keep going back. Then again, we rarely throw out food so maybe he is doing something right.

/css
 
2012-04-22 10:11:37 PM
I love Costco. But I take a list of stuff to buy and that is what I buy. There are lots of good deals on stuff I don't need. But I don't buy stuff I don't need so I come out ahead. I only go once every three months or so. What I save on generic allergy medicine alone pays for my membership.
 
2012-04-22 10:11:43 PM
THIS JUST IN PEOPLE: if you don't think about how you're spending your money, you may be wasting it.

the bigger problem is people don't care about wasting their money. businesses know this and actually try to use it in sales. saying stuff like "oh you'll never miss a few dollars" yeah, neither will you. if it isn't a big deal to me, it is less of a deal to you and you can take it off the price.

i finally had to tell the car sales people that i don't care if they were losing money on the transaction, i am not their accountant, i am trying to spend as little money as possible. (not that i even believed that, it was just annoying that EVERYONE was telling me...)
 
2012-04-22 10:12:11 PM
I believe it takes a lot of work to shop properly at a warehouse store like Costco. You really have to know what prices are in the outside world - not everything is cheaper there, even in those larger quantities. So, you have to choose wisely.

We are not huge shoppers there ourselves - there are only 3 of us in the house. We don't want Darth_Lukecash's BIGO'BOX of cookies - that would take us 2 months to eat, by which time they would be kinda stale and icky, and probably quite pitchable, thereby costing us money. The times I have shopped there, I have found massive quantities of TP and Paper Towels at reasonable prices, but shopping my local grocery stores I can find them cheaper about once every few weeks, which is plenty long enough for us to use the BIGO'PACK of TP.

I also agree with I_Am_Weasel that you have to know your stuff and be smart, no matter what store you are in. Dollar stores are also not always cheaper, though one might think they are,

I am sure there are markets for Costco, but we aren't it. I can very easily see going in there, dropping a few hundred bucks and still needing to get other stuff the next day (and being stuck with large amounts of stuff we will never use before it goes bad.)
 
2012-04-22 10:13:19 PM
FTFA: "Sam's Club charges $40 for basic membership, BJ's $50...."

hmmm, pay $40 a basic membership and then BJs are $50?

ok, sign me up.
 
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2012-04-22 10:14:02 PM
We shop at costco even there's only the two of us- between gasoline, booze, movies, kleenex, and the occasional electronics purchase we save a lot. We'll be spending almost $600 on a new TV this week; the 14 year old tube burned a component and I don't want to figure out why that component was overvoltage enough to pop.
 
2012-04-22 10:14:14 PM
Costco free samples are the tits, though!
 
2012-04-22 10:14:42 PM
I take my kids there on weekends around noon. We cruise back and forth through the food free sample area for about 30 minutes and then we're so stuffed we don't need to go buy lunch. Last week they had some really awesome chicken/mozzarella/basil meatballs and some ham/pretzelbun sandwiches. Luckily my kids are cute (ages 3 and 6) and the old ladies handing out the free samples give them big pieces, and all the other customers smile and let my kids break in front of them in line to grab 3 or 4 of the samples before running back to my cart with the loot. Last year they had some guys serving some really yummy turkey and roast beef and they'd hand you big slabs of it. I could barely walk out of the store afterwards because I was so stuffed from all the food.
 
2012-04-22 10:14:51 PM

AeAe: I went to Costco the other day.. I bought the big sack of dog food ($30). 2 shorts ($30), 1 plastic thing of apples ($6 I think), 1 bag of trail mix ($15) .. It came out to $100 so I must have bought something else..


I could never go to Costco without dropping at least $100. Did not matter if I walked out with a cartload of stuff or just a few things. I was spending at least $100 each time.

I dropped my membership this year. While I do miss getting free food samples (i.e., my Sunday post-lunch snack), I also enjoy having more money in my pocket.
 
2012-04-22 10:15:14 PM
Meh, the only reason I have a Costco membership is for prescription glasses. Even after the membership fee and them not accepting insurance their prices beat everyone out there, even Wal-mart, by a huge amount. Of course I can still do an out-of-network reimbursement request off my insurance making it even better.

Medical prescriptions are also a bit cheaper, even cheaper than Wal-mart's "top 500" or whatever generics they do cheap.

There just isn't that much I'd care to by there. I try to avoid too much frozen/processed crap, which accounts for at least half of what carry (in terms of food). There are some fair deals in other areas. The problem is *having* to buy in such bulk amounts. It's hard to walk out of there without spending low three-figures.
 
2012-04-22 10:17:26 PM
Excuse me, ma'm, where are the lamp shades?
 
2012-04-22 10:17:40 PM

T. Dawg: I know someone who is constantly throwing away spoiled food because of that "bulk is better" mentality.

I might want to borrow that cane...


If you buy perishable foods at Costco without a specific plan to use them (35 people coming over for mom's birthday) you are a moron. Dry, canned, and other non-perishable items? Absolutely. I buy toilet paper twice a year.
 
2012-04-22 10:18:51 PM
I only spent $135 this week at Costco and then $35 more at Wal-Mart to get the stuff I couldn't find there then $40 more at Kroger for a few more missing items. But that lasts me at least 2 weeks for 3 meals a day with some items like the paper bowls lasting for 3 months and at least half the items lasting for the entire month.

a month ago I got a whole year's worth of a Zyrtec generic at costco for $12. It will last me for 3 or at least until it all expires.
 
2012-04-22 10:19:15 PM
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I go there to feel loved.
 
2012-04-22 10:20:05 PM

RogermcAllen: As a lover of Sam's Club, I'm not really sure what the hell the article is talking about.

What does the regular grocery store have that Sam's doesn't?

I can live pretty well on $75 biweekly at Sam's. If I bill my free time at $20/hr (pretty reasonable). Only shopping every other week saves me $40/month, which easily covers the monthly fee. While Sam's prices can't beat coupon prices, they usually beat standard prices. Again, time saved not clipping coupons and shopping sales is worth spending a bit more.

Besides, my mom is my guest member so it is really only $37.50 a year.


Um, Kroger has tons of shiat sams doesn't. More produce variety, triscuits and all their delicious flavors. Differing snacking options. Cereals, grains of all kinds really.

have you actually shopped at both?
 
2012-04-22 10:21:03 PM
Winco for the win! Warehouse prices and you don't have to buy by the case.
 
2012-04-22 10:21:37 PM

revrendjim: Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.

Yes, Costco has quality meat and produce.


but don't buy the potatoes or apples. They are frozen in shipment and become mealy faster than store bought usually.

and yes i tested it. store bag lasts in the dark for about 3 weeks, costco usually one goes in a week and then by the end of the 2nd week you are trimming large quantity of potato darkness.

/takes potatoes seriously.
 
2012-04-22 10:22:45 PM
Yeah, I completely stopped reading after I saw proponent for lasagna just so I can come in here and comment on how stupid it was.
 
2012-04-22 10:24:13 PM
I love the Big Pack of TP from Costco, but I live in a house with 3 females, so we use a fair amount of it.
The two children like cereal, milk, eggs, yogurt...all great things to buy there, cause we use it before they'll go bad.
The meats are good quality, we own a chest freezer, so that works out too. My wife's business requires a lot of paper and ink, those are also good things to get there.

We go every couple of weeks, spend between $125 and $200 a trip, but over the course of a year make up way more than the annual membership. Filling up the tank on the way out for 20 cents less per gallon than the other gas stations is just icing on the cake.

I guess it all depends on your family, how much you like going to the store, and what kinds of things you need to buy.

/Would much rather go to Costco than Wal Mart, even for something like lightbulbs
 
2012-04-22 10:24:16 PM

Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.


I'm a big proponent of the Costco bulk bamboo canes.
 
2012-04-22 10:25:02 PM
Grain-free dog food, milk, eggs and gas. The $ I save from buying just those four things from Costco is worth the membership.
 
2012-04-22 10:25:25 PM
I_Am_Weasel

Whether it's a warehouse store, supermarket or dollar store, the savings on money comes from being a smart shopper. Yes, there are people who spend more at Costco than they would have otherwise if they didn't have a membership. While there are people who definitely benefit from their prices and do save a lot of money. It's all about knowing what you're doing, what you need and understanding value.



What the Weasel said. Just because it's at BJ's, doesn't mean it's cheaper. In fact some things cost just as much as anywhere else. There are deals to be had, but you just can't toss things into that giant cart they provide and think you're saving money. You need to be a saavy shopper to reap the biggest benefit.
 
2012-04-22 10:25:45 PM

I_Am_Weasel: Ambivalence: Pocket Ninja: I feel that I should have the authority to beat about the head and shoulders with a bamboo cane those individuals who use the word "proponent" to describe their feelings toward warehouse-bought frozen lasagna.

Your milage may vary, I think they should be beaten with a bamboo cane on the buttocks and thighs.

Fortunately, those are just a few aisles from the lasagna. (the cane, not the buttocks and thighs, but then I've not been to all Costcos)

Whether it's a warehouse store, supermarket or dollar store, the savings on money comes from being a smart shopper. Yes, there are people who spend more at Costco than they would have otherwise if they didn't have a membership. While there are people who definitely benefit from their prices and do save a lot of money. It's all about knowing what you're doing, what you need and understanding value.


Even if you find a location that has the buttocks and the thighs, you wont find 'em next month. Believe me, I check buttocks each time I go.
 
2012-04-22 10:26:13 PM

mxwjs: THIS JUST IN PEOPLE: if you don't think about how you're spending your money, you may be wasting it.

the bigger problem is people don't care about wasting their money. businesses know this and actually try to use it in sales. saying stuff like "oh you'll never miss a few dollars" yeah, neither will you. if it isn't a big deal to me, it is less of a deal to you and you can take it off the price.

i finally had to tell the car sales people that i don't care if they were losing money on the transaction, i am not their accountant, i am trying to spend as little money as possible. (not that i even believed that, it was just annoying that EVERYONE was telling me...)


You're right not to care and not to want to hear about it, but one of the biggest shocks of my financial life came when I looked at the financials of publicly traded auto dealers. Turns out, they actually do lose a little on every sale and make it back on volume. Their margins on new car sales were razor-thin or less. They made their mine on volume incentives from the manufacturers and on non-warranty service and repairs. It's like movie theaters, all of which would have to change their financial model or fail if they weren't selling 5-cent tubs of popcorn and 3-cent Cokes for fifteen bucks.
 
2012-04-22 10:26:48 PM
My wife, me, plus our seven kids (one with type one diabetes) we didnt get a lot of value from a sam's membership so we dropped it. I make most food from scratch with fresh ingredients because it's easier to control our oldest's blood sugar. The perishable stuff was cheaper and better quality elsewhere and no membership required.
 
2012-04-22 10:28:12 PM
It's not just for buying in bulk. The Sam's Club a mile from my house sells gas on average 4c a gallon cheaper than any other gas station. I use about 15 gallons per week. So I'm saving a little over $30 on gas alone per year so it makes sense to pay the $45 for the membership even if I'm not buying massive quantities of groceries.
 
2012-04-22 10:30:27 PM

Jamdug!: Is Costco any different from Sam's Club? I don't think there are Costco stores in my area.


Yes, Costco pays their employees a living wage.
 
2012-04-22 10:31:05 PM
I shop at clubs. I live alone and travel 4 days a week. It saves me a shiat ton of time and money on the following:

Cleaning supplies like Windex, Clorox wipes, detergents and Pledge.

Simple electronic replacements parts like toner, and batteries.

All toiletries like shampoo, soap, shaving cream and deodorant.

Protein shakes and powder.

Nuts.

Household disposables like, storage bags, foil, dish towels, paper products, light bulbs and plastic ware.

Socks, and even some clothes. I really don't care if my cargo shorts I wear for chore day are designer. That said, my socks are gold toe and from time to time I find Lucky jeans.

That leaves my grocery shopping simple. I only need shop the perimeter. Fresh stuff :)
 
2012-04-22 10:31:50 PM

Smackledorfer: RogermcAllen: As a lover of Sam's Club, I'm not really sure what the hell the article is talking about.

What does the regular grocery store have that Sam's doesn't?

I can live pretty well on $75 biweekly at Sam's. If I bill my free time at $20/hr (pretty reasonable). Only shopping every other week saves me $40/month, which easily covers the monthly fee. While Sam's prices can't beat coupon prices, they usually beat standard prices. Again, time saved not clipping coupons and shopping sales is worth spending a bit more.

Besides, my mom is my guest member so it is really only $37.50 a year.

Um, Kroger has tons of shiat sams doesn't. More produce variety, triscuits and all their delicious flavors. Differing snacking options. Cereals, grains of all kinds really.

have you actually shopped at both?


I should clarify, Sam's has everything you need to eat nutritious well balanced meals. Sure you won't find everything, but it large parts of flyover country Kroger doesn't really stock much more produce variety than Sam's.

Who the hell needs 100 kinds of triscuits? Buy a box of the regular and season yourself.

Different snacking options? Have you ever seen the candy/chip/peanut/jerky section at Sam's? What else could you possibly need?
 
2012-04-22 10:31:54 PM

Too_many_Brians:
but don't buy the potatoes or apples. They are frozen in shipment and become mealy faster than store bought usually.

and yes i tested it. store bag lasts in the dark for about 3 weeks, costco usually one goes in a week and then by the end of the 2nd week you are trimming large quantity of potato darkness.

/takes potatoes seriously.


Costco is better for canned goods, bulk soda, and staples like sugar and rice and then go to Kroger or Publix to get the meat and produce when you feel lazy. Don't by meat or produce from Wal-mart either. They are good for dairy and frozen foods and electronics. Even better for produce is Super-H where you can get guava, mangoes and Japanese ramen and then whole foods for good cheese. All the high end really have good produce. You need to shop within 2 days of eating for produce.
/at least in the Atlanta area - never went to the farmers market tho, they have guava there too.
 
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