1. If you don’t save the equivalent of the $55 markup during the year with the upgraded membership, Costco will refund you the fee at the end of the year to make it the price of the general membership. We order all our big purchases on-line with Costco because it’s delivered to your door and you have more payment options that in the store. As for our local superstore, it is in Langford, BC. Also, I question the frozen vegetables you purchased from your grocery store. Regarding TP – the Kirkland rolls have more sheets per roll than almost any other brand, and have maintained 425 sheets per roll for years. I can’t tell the difference. If you know what to buy. On one hand, it provides a minimum price when a farmer sells milk. Technically, *I* am the one with a (regular) Costco membership, but a friend paid me for half of it, with the understanding that she gets some of the benefit. Re: buying meat. No. If you’ve moved away from a cherished town, church etc feel the change and move on and build a new cherished community. at my local Costco than anywhere else I can get them. A lot of the fruits and veggies are also less per unit here. 7. The biggest Costco advantage is their quality. Same with their apples. I even pass all these stores several times/week so no spending on gas to go out of my way to a Costco or Sam’s. That my friends is true ‘savings’. We are slowly comparing prices and making sure the unit cost is cheaper than what we find at the regular grocery store even with sales. I think “is it worth it to shop at X,Y, or Z (now pronounced Zee, by me, after 20 years in the USA)” questions are local, and have local answers. If farmers were paid more than now for organic milk, more would turn to producing it, but then there would be more in the grocer’s dairy case, so they couldn’t ask as much and hope to sell it all. Of course, as someone previously mentioned, DON’T shop hungry! Again, comparison shopping is essential and you need to know your prices and watch the other sales. Bought from MD Costco on 9-17-2012 $8.89 for 1.5 gallon. I don’t have a Costco card, and while I shop occasionally at SS, I won’t buy any perishables there. If you don’t like it take it back. Yes I’m a foodie and quality is very important. Copyright 2020 FindAnyAnswer All rights reserved. after checking the prices they had over charged me $1.20.i tought i made a mistake when i looked at the prices,so i when back and check the price on the sign in front of the items.i had seen right.i mentioned that to the clerk who contact one of the manager.she went to check the prices and after about 20 minutes(no exageration)she came back and refund me the over charged.i am pretty good with numbers so how many people don,t really check their slip.i have never been to costco since. I was actually able to walk out after paying just under $100 instead of the usual $200. I think meat, including chicken, milk and eggs in my area are a better deal at Costco than grocery, but in many things it’s not so I try to stick to my list and NOT use Costco as a place to try new things – there is a huge box of frozen samosas in my freezer I bought MONTHS ago that we still haven’t tried…it was an impulse buy and now I just wish I had that money and freezer space back. Your savings you gave away by buying that card. I try to shop there at Christmas for some people – to help justify the Cdn $60+tx cost of membership. Great article! I’ve found the same to be true with purchasing cheese at Costco… it’s a little more expensive than the brands I would get at SS (only referring to cheddar here), but it’s a whole lot better (my opinion of course!). Try the Executive Membership, what’s to lose? I dont shop there either. Is it possible that $100 MIGHT be a little to short, after all this is a group home of 7-10 people, and I find it hard to believe that Costco’s prices are THAT cheap! Costco came from Price Club. Anyway, it’s wise to know and shop YOUR market area because they are not all the same. These days every penny counts, you have to watch whats going on at the checkout. The fresh chicken in my local costco comes in premeasured 2 skinless boneless breast halves per pack, and 6 packs per overall package and it is always the flat price of $2.99/lb. For instance, cheese is MUCH cheaper at Costco than anywhere else I’ve encountered and believe me I’ve looked. The first year I was an Executive Member, I did not earn the $50 and they refunded the difference to me (which I then applied to the next year’s Executive Membership.) I’d be curious as to where this is Trish. Even when they are “really” busy…its not actually that busy. Future Shop, Visions, Wal Mart and even Canadian Tire beat the pants off Costco each and every week on computers, tablets and television sets and in the case of Canadian Tire – tools that are often on sale for half price. If Almond milk isn’t your favorite, they also had an inexpensive soy option. I find it the best place to shop. By far, they are much more competitive on fresh orange juice, and without question, most frozen foods such as vegatables and frozen pizzas are of higher quality. I suspect this is because supermarkets are injecting with water or saline at some point in the production process to make the product heavier! Each Costco is different, each local/national grocery chain is different, and what people BUY is different. Same with Salsa, I noticed it being much more watery as compared to the supermarket. I will not renew my subscription. These stores are NOT for me. Great article – one important note.. you cannot share a membership with just anyone – has to be a person 18 years of age or older who lives at the same mailing address as you. Wal Mart’s Great Value chips are almost half the price of Lays at the Super Store and the quality is just as good. Costco is one of my favorite stores to shop at, and I consistently save money there. There is no statistically significant evidence to support that organic dairy milk is more nutritious than regular milk. Waiting to shop in the afternoon almost guarantees you’ll wait in a long Costco line up with the other late-rising fools. If you are lucky enough to run into someone that works there, they usually don’t know where anything is. I think it depends on the market. The challenge I have is waste. I find the Green Giant brand pretty good. 36 – 2 ply rolls – 500 sheets per roll. You earn 3% on some things, 2% on some things and 1% on everything else that you purchase using the Costco Amex, so we charge everything we can, even rent and household bills. So, really, you only pay the $100 once! As with many of you, I enjoyed the meat of the article. If you shop mostly at Costco, you miss this (True especially for the Costco/American Express Card). I guess it’s dog food on the table for us and less than !%er Costco members. We don’t buy everything from costco but fruit, chicken, pork loin and baking stuff is our must haves from costco. Considering I buy a ton of produce and other fresh options it would cost me a lot more to shop there. Ouch! Costco Kirkland Signature 2% Reduced Fat Milk = $2.63 per gallon. I would never buy any perishable food at SS (Stupid Store). Ditto the quality of the coffee- the Seattle Mountain blend they carry is one of the best brews I’ve bought in a grocery store- leagues better than grocery store brands and costs pennies a cup. Kevan is correct about the Executive Membership – if you don’t get a refund of at least the 50.00 difference in the regular/executive membership they will pay you the difference. Be very clear when you buy a service if it is covered or not – gas, food, and many of the auto care services are not included. We get weekly flyers from Wal Mart, Super Store and Safeway and with Safeway’s Club Card sometimes that’s also a place to find great weekly specials. I am an executive member and always get cheques of 150-220$ return. Thanks again for doing the work for us detective! I have shopped in the past at Costco and it just doesn’t make sense when you are living by yourself. when they are on sale or when there are coupons. Great site, lots of good ideas. There is my membership fee within the first three months. Have also bought tools there too. Also you can get the membership for cheaper to start out if you do it in the middle of your year of membership due to the fact that its prorated. Also, the customer service is wonderful. The meat we bought, especially the sausages, was excellent quality. Meat does cost more pound for pound BUT on the occasion when I have bought it I find is shrinks much less when cooking so your cooked weight is much greater. This is useful, as Costco (in the US) only takes (or took, last time I looked) American express, *or* cash/check. See the full story on Squawkfox. Those organic ones are a killer on the budget!) His responce was WELL WE HAVE TO KEEP OUT THE RIFFRAFT. Kirkland brand products, specifically, have never disappointed! eggs @ $3+/dozen!!! Just because it says organic, doesn't mean it's equally as good. Or so I’ve heard. I for one, LOVE fresh broccoli stalks. 3. I have lived in the Western Communities most of my life and there are still areas that are hard for me to recognize. Here we have the Great Canadian Super Store and the Great Canadian Wholesale Club, neither of which have any sort of membership fees and beat Costco’s prices hands down – and you don’t have to buy a 5 year supply to get their best price either. Fresh produce I find to be about the same. It has to be included as a weighted average into your prices for Costco since your Superstore (I assume) does not have a membership fee. Re. I had no idea you weren’t allowed to photograph prices in Costco. My way of getting around that is having one membership and taking each of my extended family members shopping when they need something. Additionally Costco’s tenderloin steaks are fantastic! Not all Costcos are the same. We average $300 a month at Costco, but with restaurants, groceries, etc…. Walmart was 17.76% more expensive than Costco, Safeway was 33.13% more expensive than Costco, Safe On Foods was 30.54% more expensive than Costco, and Superstore was 2.58% more expensive than Costco (looking at the “$ more expensive than Costco” row in the chart above). The list goes on… Guess a lot of shoppers are too busy to notice. The prices varies seasons to season, but never above $3.79. How do you account for berries and other fresh produce like corn and asparagus being nearly 1/3d the cost at COSTCO than it is at the grocery store? I still love Superstore (Loblaws) and will continue to shop there as deals do pop up frequently. The costco folks definitely watch for card sharing at my store. superstore sells smaller boxes for 5.99. That’s more than twice as much formula and, after comparing the nutritional info, they were virtually identical. (B) on the right is the Costco Kirkland Signature Brand Organic Butter I normally buy. Specifically ground beef, and chicken on the bone is a great deal when you buy in bulk. I live an hour away from the closest Costco but will still drive there to shop. That’s almost 4 Costco memberships. […] >Price Check Experiment: Is Costco really worth it? But then I wouldn’t see what’s “on sale” at any given time. I often find many mechanics are full of it. A good place to check out when travelling! It doesn’t take long to be aware of say $5 may be a good price for coffee, $10 may be too much for a block of cheese, kleenex 1/2 cent each, ground beef $2 per lb may be good or maybe it will be better on sale somewhere else and you can stock up for your freezer. There are cheaper options at your local walmart for the most part but for USDA Choice or Prime steaks or foster farms chicken (or organic chicken) you … Also, you left out a) “ask for coupons at Customer Service”, and b) “check other places besides your Superstore and Costco”. I also found Costco to be more pricey for fresh vegetables, chicken breasts, milk, cheese, and coffee. I don’t know where you are but 3 loaves of bread will NOT cost me $14+ at Superstore. Some comparison shopping before you head out and get your grocery’s for next week. That adds the cost of a gallon or gallon and half of gas to each trip and therefore reduces the savings by $3 to $6 per trip at current prices. Organic is free of hormones and antibiotics, but the cows diet and how the dairy processes the milk, makes the end result (nutrients and … You can get bulk diapers at a lower price at Walmart. if you look at the meats, it’s the same. Product prices couldn’t be the same everywhere because it would be based on shipping costs and availability. Foods I like are typically 25-30% cheaper at Costco than at any of the local grocery stores. I like to serve as much organic food as possible to my small family: just one child still at home, but we often have company for meals. The selection isn’t as good; but the prices are excellent. And shopping locally is better for the environment, keeps stores locally available for our convenience and saves the time of going to Costco. They emphasize well-managed pasture. The cost for electricity for the trip is about 35 cents so I’m not concerned about that (2.2 cents per km). I go in the afternoon rather than the morning, for the free samples! Here in the Seattle area you can’t beat Costco’s price on meats, nor can you beat their quality. What about the Good Food Box program? Gas savings for car. When I mentioned this to the section manager, he just shrugged his shoulders and said “oops”. The savings on diapers and milk alone pay for our membership several times over. You can make almost a meal out of them, and you can go back for seconds if you want. As with avocados, $5.99 for a bag of 5 is usually more expensive than the local stores until you examine the size of the avocados. One thing to note about the Executive Membership…if you don’t spend enough in the year to earn your membership fee back, they will give you the difference, so your membership is actually free, and if you spend more, then you’re getting money back. and I purchase my veg at a small market in my neighbourhood. Some of their seasonal offerings are very nicely priced, and they are usually things you may not find anywhere else. I LOVE Quality Greens. I then noticed how much nicer hers cooked, and how thicker it was. Whole Foods Market. I am a savy shopper, using price per unit, and store comparisons, and shopping sale items. No offense folks but if you do some conversions & costing,then head to weis or giant, I think you’re going to be quite shocked! This article leaves out some details when comparing prices and expects us to assume that the comparisons are spot on. Beside above, what is the difference between organic and grass fed milk? Thank you! I don’t buy pre packaged stuff and I never eat out so I don’t mind spending a little more on my grocery bill , I think we are discussing shades of difference. I feel the same way about the apples. I am an executive member and always get cheques of 150-220$ return. Those prices make absolutely no sense. If we were to take a survey and ask people which they thought was better, organic or conventional milk, I’d be willing to say organic would win by a long shot. So, for the next year, you redeem your $40 cash back cheque and get a $5 credit, and only pay $55 for you next year`s Executive membership fee. Also if you’re not sure how much you are spending you can always ask at the membership counter and they will be happy to look up your account and tell you how much your rebate check would have been if you were an executive member. Between the three, good deals can be found on most items without ever having to go near Costco. Fresh chicken wings, about $18/$20 for a tray that I later divide into 8 portions and freeze. So in otherwords without the membership fees, Costco would be unable to compete in the “real world”. Invested consumers can contact stores to confirm who is supplying their private-label. Cucumbers and romaine lettuce at my Costco, for example, are waaaay cheaper. The packaging will always change, for the purpose of catching your attention and/or hiding the fact that they are giving you less, yet charging more. Is their gasoline a brand-name or “no name”? So if you run your own ‘price check’ experiment, do yourself a solid by sticking to pen and paper. If you have to have a specific NAME brand packaged product and can store a gallon of mayonnaise, go for it. Also, I love to buy gas there except on the occasion when it’s cheaper elsewhere. Regarding the executive membership, I’ve been told by the employee that if by the end of the year you cash backs are less than the amount you paid for the membership, you’ll get that difference in cash back. I think the same thing happens to the bananas. As with anything else, you pay for convenience and if you shop around you can more often than not get a better deal elsewhere. So instead, breaking even on an executive membership requires spending $2500. You are not saving money. I hit Costco early, but Whole foods around 9pm. As an exercise in comparison shopping it was excellent, for what she bought in her area. The costco rotisserie chicken is also hands down the best deal in down- larger birds for 30-50% less than you pay in the grocery store! My issue with Costco is the lineups. Sure, if you want to get the gross Southern grown chicken at the grocery store you will likely match the Costco price, but you’d have to be brainless to compare the fresh Washington chicken to the Southern grown. I notice that no one has mentioned the biggest negative about (Costco’s and everyone else’s) cash-back cards: there is a category called “Warehouse Stores” that pays only 2% or less back, compared to “Food Stores” that pay up to 5% back. able to juggle my money and not to be a storage space for I’m quite surprised that your savings with Costco were so big, though. And oh yes, the frozen veggies at Costco are WAY better! And as i was pulling it out I said. You have to be careful with the large packages at Costco — they look like big Xmas presents — and they may well not be at a good price and you may well not need that big a size. In Quebec, the Union of Agricultural Producers (UPA) manages quotas on milk production to prevent overproduction of milk. Can make soups, ice creams. Thanks good read. But after studying my receipts, I came to some interesting conclusions. Some quick math chalks that up to almost $200 in savings! I have a family of 5, 4 of them are boys (1 is a man). My roommate and I made separate purchases the fist time we went together and as I passed her my card the cashier reprimanded me, saying I could not share my card with others. I stock up when on sale and never bothered with Costco. Lettuce and fresh broccoli florets are screaming deals! Another thing is the large packages of pre cooked sliced bacon. Electronics may be a few months behind, but Costco provides a two year warranty versus the standard one year. Sure save a lot of running around especially when it’s only for a few items that happen to be on sale. Yeah the break even on the executive membership is total spending of $2,250 a year ($187/month) as this will result in receiving a cheque for $45 at the end of the year. 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