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Old 06-24-2015, 06:54 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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We don't go to Costco (I'm too cheap to pay for the membership), but we have a Cash & Carry here that's a smaller version, with no membership fees. It caters mostly to restaurants, but they always have REALLY good prices on produce, which is great for our salads and when we do juices/smoothies. I usually get on a bi-weekly basis:

Green bell peppers (6pk)
Yellow onions (12pk)
Bananas
Cucumbers (6pk)
Mangoes (usually 8 in a box)
Strawberries (4lbs)
Romaine leaves (6pk)
Carrots (4lbs)
Goat Cheese log - I don't even know how big it is, but it's big, lasts about a month
Feta cheese - 3lb bag. More like once a month
A few half gallon cartons of Half & Half because it's so cheap
Butter sticks if I'm going to be baking

Usually that whole thing costs between $30-40.

They also sell ALL the Torani and DaVinci syrups (there's an entire aisle just for them) and they are super cheap. DaVinci is $3, and Torani is like $3.98 or something. Compared to the $7 in grocery stores. Only thing I can't buy there is the meat, and only because it's not individual sizes. Prices are cheap, but I don't have room for a 20lb roast!
Or if you are like me, the will to pay the $200 for that 20 lb roast.
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:01 PM
 
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I'm only a 10-15 minute drive from Costco. Was going every 1-2 weeks with a list, but haven't been for a month or so.

Some of the produce like mushrooms, red onions, blueberries, and potatoes is a good deal if you can eat that much before it goes bad. Smart balance is usually cheaper than the grocery store if there is a sale. The bacon is some of the best rated for flavor and is a good price. Cheese is hit or miss on value depending on sales and so is milk and other basic cooking ingredients. If they are having a sale, I'll stock up on laundry and dishwasher soap. Clothes are often inexpensive so if they have the right size will let the kids grab basic t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, etc.

I like the samples and will sometimes buy whatever I'm trying. I'm finding I've spoiled my crew and they would prefer that all of their meals are home cooked or we go out to eat at some of the local restaurants. We don't eat a lot of prepared foods. My kids do love some of the frozen lo mein and egg rolls.

Currently, trying out the Kirkland brand of kitty litter. If we permanently make the switch, we'll save some money.

My husband buys the disposable coffee cups because he can't seem to keep up the washable ones. It's a frustration saver.

Some snack foods are a decent deal. I sometimes get them for school snacks.

If I didn't live so close, it wouldn't be worth it to me.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Where rhotic consonants are either absent or intrusive
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I usually go once a month, because I just don't have the space to store a lot of back-stock. Typical run will consist of:

Coffee beans
Canned tuna or salmon
Pasta
Frozen veggies
Laundry and dishwasher soap (if we need it)
Frozen fish
Frozen chicken breasts
Whatever fresh produce is in season
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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Last trip was....frozen wild shrimp, chicken tenderlions, hamburger, take and bake pizza, paper towels, edemame noodles (first time buying...we tried a sample...lol), raspberry, dried tart cherries, bottle of Crown Royal, shredded cheese, bacon bits, diet coke, eggs, wrinkle cream.

We also buy the organic chicken brooth, sometimes the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches to have on hand for mornings I just can't adult....and what ever variety of meat they have that appeals to us.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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Organic skinless chicken breasts, Top sirloin, Frozen wild salmon filets, Frozen tilapia filets with pesto sauce, Frozen shrimp, Frozen berries and strawberries
Organic milk (lasts longer), 0% fat free Fage yogurt
Kale salad mix, Fruit bowl, Peaches in season
Rotisserie chicken
Fish oil, Sugar free Kirkland calcium chews, Vitamin D, Prilosec, Probiotics
Disposable shavers, Dental floss, Neutrogena make up remover towelettes, Sometimes deodorant or lotion if I like what they are carrying
Halloween candy (I need a lot)
Chicken broth
Printer ink
Batteries
Electric toothbrush and spare heads
Kitchen trash bags, Dishwashing liquid, Windex, Paper towels
A slice of their supreme pizza as I head out the door

I'm single so have to be careful to buy meats in single portions or fresh fruits and vegetables that I can eat within a week or so. I try not to buy prepared foods but sometimes get crab cakes. Don't care for their coffee - they only sell the Starbucks in French Roast which is too dark for me. Don't care for most of their fresh fruit and have problems with some of the fresh vegetables going bad too soon (the mini cucumbers I bought a couple of weeks ago were already slimy when I got them home). I read someplace where liquid detergent and fabric softener should be used within six months or it starts to deteriorate so stopped buying those items. Have not tried their TP but I am rather picky about my TP. Also I will start buying something that I really like and they will discontinue it in six months which is a drag (e.g., frozen salmon bites, vegetable soufflés).
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:38 PM
 
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It's tuff because I've gone organic.
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But on all these lists ...one thing may be organic.
Costco is the biggest organic grocer - Business Insider
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:40 PM
 
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They have plenty or organic options...I just don't buy them becuse I've not fallen for the hype.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:59 PM
 
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Free samples, amIright??
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:06 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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There is a good selection of organic and there is also a pretty good handful of gluten-free products, many of them are very good quality. It's hard to find decent tasting gluten-free products and Costco sells quite a few of them.
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