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Old 11-14-2016, 09:52 AM
 
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Ugh. Don't get me started on Costco. Oh, wait. Here I go. My wife is addicted to that store and I think it's very overrated. I do think there is a place for it; specifically large families who need to buy things in bulk. The prices on some items are good, but many people fall prey to the misguided belief that "Because it's at Costco, it must be a good deal," which is false. And we don't qualify for the ideal bulk buyers. There are only two of us, and it takes us a long time to go through, well, anything. I dread it so much she never tells me in advance when we're going. She just pulls up to the parking lot and promises it won't take long.

Of course we went yesterday to buy toilet paper. Picture Costco on a Sunday in Houston, Texas. She surprised me again, I groaned, and in we went after searching for a parking space for 10 minutes. That should have been an omen, because we looked around a little until I pointed out the lines, which were about 15 deep. We left once again without buying anything.

As for grocery shopping, my wife and I have a flexible schedule even though we work, and I agree with OP. We like to shop on weekdays. I don't like crowds. They make me anxious and frustrated, and 10:00 AM is my golden hour. It's after people head to work and before people make a quick trip on their lunch break, so it's usually fast.
I don't understand the addiction to just browsing in these stores. Go in, get your crap and get out.

My sister was just telling us how she spent THREE hours in the texas version of a super store - HEB. Again yuck!

I tell you, if she wasn't so afraid of computers or the internet, she would find better things to do - lol!

She refuses to LET her husband get a computer. I think he would love looking up things. But then maybe he's a porn addict and it would just fuel his addiction! Just kidding - I think. You never know -lol.
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I work and I generally like to shop on weekdays after work or during lunch hour. Because of my travel schedule I ended up doing my shopping on Sunday. It wasn't too bad except for Wal-Mart but Wal-mart is always bad. I go to BJ's warehouse for the cheap gas. There isn't too much I need in bulk but sometimes I like to walk around the store just to see what's there. I avoid Walmart and BJ's on Saturday afternoons. Even the line to get gas is super long that day.

Honestly, I am not bothered by retirees or young kids. I find it annoying when people have to be talking on their phone. They are oblivious to everything around them, getting in people's way, blocking aisles, etc. Ugh....and I know I am guilty too because people always seem to call me when I'm in Publix.
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have better things to do on the weekend than to wander around stores.

I get that done during the week so the weekends are free for better things.
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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....haven't even mentioned parking lot congestion and traffic in and around stores along with impatient inexperienced drivers texting while driving....not worth the hassle, imo. (Tampa Bay area).

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Old 11-14-2016, 11:54 AM
 
Location: South Florida
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I don't understand the addiction to just browsing in these stores. Go in, get your crap and get out.

My sister was just telling us how she spent THREE hours in the texas version of a super store - HEB. Again yuck!
Wow, I don't think I could spend that long in any store. I'm not sure I could spend that long at the mall.

Another thing I don't get is people who go to the store every day. My best friend goes to the store almost every single evening for one thing or another. I prefer to go once a week and I get annoyed with myself if I forget something and have to run out again. If I didn't need produce, I would love to get away with going once a month.

I guess for some people, going to the store is fun or entertaining. I have to say, it can be a good way of getting some walking in. At my old job, we challenged each other to get 10,000 steps a day and if was hot or rainy, I used to go to Target at lunchtime and walk around the store.
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Old 11-14-2016, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Ugh. Don't get me started on Costco. Oh, wait. Here I go. My wife is addicted to that store and I think it's very overrated. I do think there is a place for it; specifically large families who need to buy things in bulk. The prices on some items are good, but many people fall prey to the misguided belief that "Because it's at Costco, it must be a good deal," which is false. And we don't qualify for the ideal bulk buyers. There are only two of us, and it takes us a long time to go through, well, anything. I dread it so much she never tells me in advance when we're going. She just pulls up to the parking lot and promises it won't take long.

Of course we went yesterday to buy toilet paper. Picture Costco on a Sunday in Houston, Texas. She surprised me again, I groaned, and in we went after searching for a parking space for 10 minutes. That should have been an omen, because we looked around a little until I pointed out the lines, which were about 15 deep. We left once again without buying anything.

As for grocery shopping, my wife and I have a flexible schedule even though we work, and I agree with OP. We like to shop on weekdays. I don't like crowds. They make me anxious and frustrated, and 10:00 AM is my golden hour. It's after people head to work and before people make a quick trip on their lunch break, so it's usually fast.
There is only one of me but I have come to appreciate Costco. I shop there after work about once every 4-6 weeks and take a list. Mostly I buy cleaning supplies that can be stored, vitamins/supplements, shavers, meats and organic chicken breasts that I repackage into smaller quantities, frozen fish that where I can take out a few filets at a time, frozen fruit, roasted chicken, yogurt, pens, pads of paper, printer ink refills, electric toothbrush and replacement heads, packaged salad, etc. I try to stay away from their processed food and don't care for most of their clothes or household goods or fresh fruit and would never go there for a single item such as TP. Costco has the best prices on car rentals too. They don't sell run flat tires so I have not been able to buy tires there. I have not used their gasoline either because I am picky but it may be a good bargain.





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Old 11-14-2016, 12:52 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Costco gas is advertised as Tier1. 3 of my cars require 92 octane and it is currently $2.20/gal. So far, last 20 years, never an issue. Their television set policy is second to none. On my last TV, it dropped $300 over 90 days, and I had all of that refunded to my CC. I didn't know they didn't sell run flats. But I have so far always replaced runflats with non run flats. Their prices beat anyone significantly. We pretty much never buy anything in bulk except maybe Duracell AA batteries. The Kirkland batteries are garbage. They don't last and most have corroded open in a short time. Avoid them.
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Old 11-14-2016, 01:45 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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For those who are retired I am curious about something.

As every day is essentially a weekend for you, why do your grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday when families are also doing the same?

It's a free world so of course you can shop whenever you like but I'm curious why. Wouldn't say Tuesday at 10 be less stressful and crowded for you?
Why would you think otherwise? Of course we shop off-hours.
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Old 11-14-2016, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I try not to shop the first week of the month and on weekends. Just because I can! I try REALLY hard to avoid Costco on the weekends!
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Old 11-15-2016, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Wow, I don't think I could spend that long in any store. I'm not sure I could spend that long at the mall.

Another thing I don't get is people who go to the store every day. My best friend goes to the store almost every single evening for one thing or another. I prefer to go once a week and I get annoyed with myself if I forget something and have to run out again. If I didn't need produce, I would love to get away with going once a month.

I guess for some people, going to the store is fun or entertaining. I have to say, it can be a good way of getting some walking in. At my old job, we challenged each other to get 10,000 steps a day and if was hot or rainy, I used to go to Target at lunchtime and walk around the store.

I couldn't spend that long in any store 'shopping' either...and I have no desire to 'window shop, unless I'm actually looking for windows! lol Working in a super Walmart I see who shops when. Everybody shops all the time! We do have regulars who show up every morning on the way to work, others who show up after work and hordes who show up in between. I see MANY of the same people every day and sometimes multiple times a day. Personally, I don't get it. If I don't HAVE to be there, I'm not going to be. I can think of several retired 'regulars' who show up every Sunday morning about 7 AM when it's nice and slow. By 9 AM we are usually starting to get busy. I am off on Tues. and Wed. so if I HAVE to do any shopping I really need to do it early but I rarely do. Too lazy to do it. lol Then I get there around noon or 1 PM and kick my butt for it. It is handy for me to work there because I can pick up things as I need them but many times I don't. By the time I get off work I'm whooped and don't want to fight the crowd OR stand in line either. I do try to force myself to do some shopping on Mon. afternoon but NOT the first week of the month. Chaos rules!


I do believe that some of the people who are in the store all the time are there for some 'social' aspect. One couple, I know for sure, is. They used to only come in on Thurs. evening but now I see them almost every day sitting on a bench in the lobby and talking to everyone.


We have a group of retired men who meet at McDonald's every morning and a few of them use the store as their exercise regime. The store is about 10,000 sq. ft. and they just walk around and around and around. Our version of 'the mall' I guess. lol
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