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Old 03-10-2017, 12:56 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, not Paris. #MAGA.
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Originally Posted by prospectheightsresident View Post
I live in a household of 7 (although, I'm moving out to start full time position soon), we spend on average $80-$90 per week, total, shopping at the city Asian and African food supermarkets. For us, Costco or Sams Club would likely be more expensive. Having written that, I can't understand (for the life of me) why people with car access are wasting money shopping at Pathmark, etc., spending more money than they have on overpriced products.
Update: Costco isn't worth it for me now that I have commissary access. With a very few exceptions, I've found that the commissary is significantly cheaper than Costco. Note, while I got my Costco membership primary for the gas benefits, I'm finding that recently gas on base has been cheaper than Costco (when I first got the membership, gas at Costco was about $.10 less per gallon than gas on base . . . I guess it was a promotional period).
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Old 03-11-2017, 02:07 PM
Location: Maui, Hawaii
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Costco gas and most food items in general are a better deal than Safeway or the small local grocers. Wal-Mart and Target are still good for the smaller things like 10 pounds of flour, a cake mix, etc.

Prices in Hawaii are quite a bit higher than most mainland areas so yes, we've found it's worth the yearly fee and buying some things in bulk sizes, overall we save, esp on the gasoline.
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:02 PM
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In my situation the cheaper gas makes it worth it. I work in a different state, and my state has higher prices to begin with. Plus the club is cheaper than the Sheetz across the street and it's right down the road from my office so I don't make a special trip to get it. The club also has some great meat prices and I can fill up my chest freezer and not buy meat for weeks at a time. We also have the business memebership so we can shop the extended hours. It's not going to be worth it for everyone, and some people are sure to buy things they don't need or will waste, but if you have some self-control and it's not a long trip it's probably worth the investment. But everyone would have to figure it out individually.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:47 AM
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I mainly use my Sam's membership for Loratadine (generic version of Claritin), better quality of ground beef than I can find at Kroger and especially Meijers (yuck), and I buy Member's Mark toilet paper for my elderly mother. Its cheaper to buy it at Sam's in bulk than where she normally goes to buy it. And of course there are other products to take a gander at and normally buy a thing or two or three.

Only problem is prices on too many things is high in my opinion for a store that's supposed to be cheap because they sell in bulk and require a paid membership. My Loratadine is only about $13 for 400 pills, however many things are overpriced. They've really overpriced one of my favorite items there - blackened salmon in the frozen seafood section. Five small cut down to size pieces wrapped individually for around $18 last time I was there. When they first started selling it it cost $9.99. My local Sam's is more expensive than the one in Omaha where I lived just prior to moving back to my hometown, Toledo.

I used Sam's optical department but think I'll go to a different optometrist next time. At Sam's its $70 or so for the eye exam, no special deal. Might even be higher these days, haven't gone for a couple of years.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:24 PM
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costco going to deliver right to your house, that's pretty good news, wonder if it includes meat, fruit and perishables. Costco Wholesale expands test of home grocery delivery
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:57 PM
Location: trapped in the body of a dying animal
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I don't like the idea of paying for the privilege to shop somewhere... but there are practical reasons for it. A few items that my wife *requires* are cheaper at Sams than anywhere else. Those few items alone more than pay for the membership.
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:28 AM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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they're running a good promotion for sams club for 20 dollar membership. I wonder if they have good meat? I never had the meat there.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:54 AM
Location: Way up high
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We have both sams and costcos. The sams is actually going to save me some money on a grill I want. It's $50 cheaper than Amazon (different brand name but same grill) and with Discover having their 5% bonus in April on Warehouse clubs I'll get some money back too!
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Old 03-27-2017, 07:12 AM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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So, like I tried to say, but didn't exactly, I pay the $45. as an entry fee, because I want the option of buying things there that I can't buy at my other 3 grocery stores.
I buy the same things there every month. Sometimes I'm saving a little, but not always.
I buy...
Coffee beans 40 oz. $15.
Nexium $21 ish
2# bags of sea scallops $30.
Tubs of mixed, heirloom cherry tomatoes $5.
Olive oil
Meat (esp. lamb and ground beef)
This week I impulsively bought a pasta bowl set. $25.
They also have a brand of Orange Chicken with fried rice that we like.
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Old 03-29-2017, 03:02 PM
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Costco membership is worth it.. why?

1. discount on gas
2. sometimes good deals on products in bulk or individual items, even some clearance stuff if you're lucky and if it's clothes if you find your size. not always the case that Costco is cheapest though.
3. $4.99 world class roast chicken can't be beat.
4. $9.99 pizza can't be beat.
5. $1.50 100% beef hot dog + drink can't be beat.
6. save lunch money, stop by Costco food sample/demo displays for free hot foods, cold foods, snacks, energy drinks, smoothies, sometimes desserts.
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