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Old 07-18-2019, 09:24 AM
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I am a newbie— took out a membership yesterday primarily because I need new glasses and they will be half of what I would pay at my eye doctor. I took a walk around but was thoroughly overwhelmed. Sensory overload . It is just my DH and me (and three cats) so I really don’t need all the huge quantities that seemed to be available. So— what might I zero in on for my next visit? What are some of your favorite Costco purchases?


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Old 07-18-2019, 09:29 AM
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I always buy the Kirkland Free & Clear laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, K-cups, and household cleaners. They have good steaks, not cheap, but usually good quality. Frozen chicken breasts are another staple item. I'm sure there's more. When I think of them, I'll post again.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:37 AM
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Go in on some of the XXXL sized tissue, paper towels, toilet paper. Then you just split them up between the two people (families). I'm considering doing this with my parents. We would each go 50% on the membership, too.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:39 AM
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It's the same here with Costco- just DH, dog, 2 cats, and me. We also don't have a huge pantry to store things for the apocalypse so we have to be careful how much we bring home.

Things I like to get at Costco (not all at once ):

Charmin Toilet Paper
Laundry soap and fabric softener
Light bulbs
Organic bread
Ultimate fish sticks in the freezer section
Fresh veggies
Meats and fish
Pecans
Vitamins
Sensodyne Toothpaste
Granola bars for DH's work
Printer cartridges
Printer paper

I bought heavy hotel weight towels and 4 Kirkland dog blankets there years ago and and all have held up great. I really love the towels.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:42 AM
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I love their optical department! I have gone to my regular optometrist, but my prescription is filled at Costco.

I love their rotisserie chickens! I think they were $4.99 and the size of the chicken is huge compared to the regular grocery stores. There is so much you can do with that fully-cooked meat as the base.

I use their produce. The berries are wonderfully priced, and the sizes of the blackberries and raspberries are not that much larger than the largest grocery store size. I buy strawberries and blueberries too. I don't buy their boxes of oranges because there are too many for me. I also have purchased their mushrooms and their organic salad mix.

I have purchased books there, and they have excellent prices, especially on the bestsellers.

I have purchased vitamins there and other non-prescription drugs like their version of Excedrin.

If you see something you like but it's too large, like a package of meat, you can always freeze it or share with a friend.

I have purchased jars of sundried tomatoes there.

Before the holidays, they have great food gift sets if you have anyone you need to get a special gift for. I used to get my custodian and secretary gifts there because they were showy, but reasonably priced. You have to go in October though, because they come out early and disappear!

Finally, their wrapping paper, ribbon, cards and gift tags are great quality.

Your post reminds me that I haven't been to Costco in awhile. Hmmmm...


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Old 07-18-2019, 09:46 AM
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Their Kirkland toilet paper is a super good deal so we stock up on that. We buy our favorite brand of coffee as well. I like the sliced turkey breast and freeze the extra. DH likes the chicken breasts that are packaged in smaller portions that we can freeze. The fruit is usually amazing so we buy the grapes (freeze some of them), apples, bananas or whatever looks good. I love their flowers and usually get some for friends who need a pick-me-up. Try the samples that are usually available, you're bound to find discover something new to try. We discovered a smoking hot sliced cheese last time.

I agree that Costco glasses are a great deal. Last month they told me I could take my current frames (not purchased there) and they would put my new prescription in them! If you like spray cleaner for your glasses, buy Kirkland glass cleaner and they'll refill the bottle for free!

We've tried so many things at Costco that we have enjoyed!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:04 AM
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Cat litter ..

Chocolate covered nuts

Tissues, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels..

Pasta sauce .. cereal.. we used to buy pop but they don’t have our flavors anymore.

Try their special occasion cakes. $20 and sooooo good!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:25 AM
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It is just my husband, myself, and our adult special needs daughter, but Costco is a major stop when we go to the city. Our Costco is a 3 hour drive away. We really stock up as our tiny rural town has only one grocery store and no department stores such as Walmart or Target. And their house brand (Kirkland) is top notch.

-Yes! Glasses!! My usual $700 pair anywhere else is about $300 at Costco. You're right, that savings more than paid for my membership.

-Pork Loin - the whole loin. We cut it into chops and roasts at home and vacuum seal for the freezer.

-Chicken - the unfrozen packages. They are packaged 2 breasts to a sealed bag, so easy to throw in the freezer. People rave about their rotisserie chicken, but my family doesn't like dark meat.

-Toilet paper
-paper towels
-Kleenex
-Tillamook Cheeses - huge savings from the grocery store and, unopened, have a long shelf life in the fridge.
-Butter - usually cheaper than our local grocery store
-Batteries - Back in the day of AlphaSmarts and battery-powered cameras, my husband (the district tech director) would get all the district's batteries at Costco. Not so much of a need now, but they are a good deal if you need that many
-Cakes. When I was teaching, their 1/2 sheet cake fed our entire grade level and made a very cheap celebration. I think at that time they were less than $20. The same cake at our local grocery store was $75!
-They have been advertising "flights" of cheeses. An assortment of different cheeses vacuum sealed, but in smaller chunks. I really want to try those.
-Fresh pineapple.
-Berries when in season
-Coffee
-Cleaning supplies of all kinds
-Vitamin supplements
-my husband's generic Prilosec
-Aleve (Kirkland brand)
-Chewing gum
-Aluminum Foil
-ziplocs
-paper plates (we use a lot during the summer)
-Pecans - you can't beat their price. I store them in the freezer to keep fresh
-Chocolate Chips
-Olive oil
-real vanilla. The price is high right now, but it's still the cheapest around
-Pepper, coarse-ground
-Avocado oil
-Books!
-When I was teaching: sticky notes and clear tape (any office supplies came out of our classroom budget)
-Bath towels - great quality
-Cat litter is cheaper (I used to buy it there, but have switched to Neon brand and purchase that directly from the company)
-Ham
-Hormel's precooked bacon
-We have a big dinner on Christmas Eve - get a whole package of NY strip steaks, cut them ourselves, along with a bag of the BIG shrimp. Wouldn't be able to afford those any other way.

I even purchased an electric dryer online. Same price as Lowe's AND they had FREE shipping, set it up, and hauled off the old one - all FREE! Woo-hoo!!

Once you get familiar with Costco, you may want to change your membership to the Executive level. It's more expensive, but you get cash back. Every year my cash back more than exceeds the extra cost of the executive membership.

(and no, I haven't received any compensation for this testimonial! ) Enjoy your membership!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:27 AM
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Rotisserie chickens
cut-up into little pieces rotisserie chicken
toilet paper
napkins
organic bread and crackers, etc.
laundry soap and other cleaning supplies
eggs and hard boiled eggs
water
various veggies
meats
sangria

What I have had really bad luck on is fruit besides watermelon. It seems to always be bad and ready to spoil.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:21 AM
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Besides the usual paper goods, we get our tires at COSTCO. We have nothing but praise for their tire dept. I agree, glasses are a bargain. My prescription is thick so I save a lot. Sometimes they even have deals where a 2nd pair of glasses is dirt cheap.


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Old 07-18-2019, 11:33 AM
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I think the others pretty much covered it. We have a Costco right up the street. Donít forget gas is cheaper than anywhere in Phoenix area. My DH goes once a week if not more. Yes, we buy our glasses there.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:53 AM
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Meat,organic fruit,artichoke jalapeno dip,cat litter,cereal,Tide pods,soft serve yogurt at the snack counter.

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Old 07-18-2019, 12:14 PM
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Kirkland brand just about anything is a good deal.
Milk is cheap at Costco compared to the grocery store. Actually all of their dairy products are cheaper (whipping cream/heavy cream, half and half, "Redi whip" whipped cream in the spray can)
I like the Kirkland coffee, but not everyone does.
Butter, unless there is a fabulous deal at the grocery store, is cheaper.
Kirkland allergy meds, tylenol equivalent, IB equivalent, etc - all much cheaper.
Great deals on appliances that are name brand but the model is made especially for Costco so it is cheaper in price or has some extra with it for the price.
Printer ink used to be cheaper but they stopped selling our cartridges because the printer is so old.
Cereals when on sale are a steal.
Quaker Oats box is a huge bargain compared to the grocery store.
Clothing items can be a great deal including shoes but there is no changing rooms to try stuff on.
Fruits and veggies are a bargain if you can eat that much.

I've never been unhappy with a meat product, but the price isn't always as good as the grocery store sale.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:21 PM
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And you'll save $$ renting cars through them when you travel.
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:50 PM
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My parents always pick up for me:
zyrtec
contact solution
dishwasher pods
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:16 PM
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They have good produce! Grape tomatoes, avocados, etc.

Deli roasted chicken. $5 and the chickens are BIG!

Bakery cakes

Clothing

Maxwell House coffee

Hamburger (huge package, but we separate it by pounds and freeze in freezer ziploc bags)
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:28 PM
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Oh, My! I love Costco. It is just DH and I, with kids and grands visiting some weekends...I am there once or twice each week.

All paper products are bought at Costco, as well as meat ( I share with DD or freeze half), berries, salad mixes. I love their 18 ct brown eggs. We always have Kirkland ice cream bars in our fridge. I bought one of my couches at Costco, along with my dining room set, two TVs, Treager Grill, Cutco knives, patio lights, sheets, towels...you get the picture.

My all time favorite at the moment is their Street Tacos. Wonderful! DH and I can get 3 meals out of them. (fresh food section)

"Hi, my name is Coopsgrammy, and I am addicted to Costco."
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:01 PM
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We donít go often, maybe 3 times a year. Itís not close to us, and there are only two of us.

We buy the big quantities and freeze/store stuff.

Last time we went we spent about $450, but it was the first time we had been there since last fall.

We mostly buy household stuff. We donít buy much food. I do like the muffins a lot, and we use a lot of mozzarella cheese.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:15 PM
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I buy a lot of what others have mentioned...plus leggings...I buy a lot of workout gear from Costco (which I mostly wear while watching Netflix, but I feel they would work well to work out in too )


I just bought this salad topper from them...so yummy! Quite a big bag so I gave some to my friend. Different seeds and dried cranberries for salads...really jazzes my lunch staple up!
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:17 PM
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Kerrygold butter,
Kirkland organic milk,
roasted chicken,
gluten free Kirkland pizza,
Udi's gluten free bread,
pool chemicals - Clorox,
M & M's,
Kirkland olive oil,
paper products,
wine,
clothes,
tires,

If you see something you want you in clothing or seasonal you need to purchase it that day. It may not be there the next time you shop.

Happy hunting.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:31 PM
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Kerry gold butter
Cheese
Kirkland Irish Cream is better than Baileys
Rotisserie chicken
Paper towels
Kirkland Greek yogurt
Frozen wild blueberries
Frozen cherries
Nuts
Books
Skinny pop popcorn
Vitamins
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:48 PM
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Just FYI, the Costco vodka is rumored to be Grey Goose, just repackaged. Even if it isn't, it is just as good and a third of the price. Killer deal!
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Interesting......vodka is (one of) my drinks of choice
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:59 PM
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They have two Kirtland vodkas...one is $12.99 and this vodka snob says it's solid for mixed drinks. Splurge on the $20 Grey Goose knockoff for sipping/shots.
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:11 PM
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I forgot to mention : we buy eyeglasses and cars at Costco! Amazing deals!
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:55 AM
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We buy quite a bit but my favorites are: shrimp with cocktail sauce, canned crab meat, mini cucumbers, individual cups of humus and guacamole, their "homemade" chicken salad. One of my favorite meals is to get the pulled pork and make lettuce wraps with it.
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