After years of shopping the sales and using coupons at the grocery stores, it would be safe to guess, that 80% of groceries, health and beauty, and cleaning supplies sold at Costco can be purchased for less at a regular store on sale with a coupon.
I know that I will shock all of my friends with what I am about to say, but our family recently purchased a Costco membership---yep, we sure did!
After purchasing our membership, we didn't have much time before the store closed, but from what little time we had I noticed some things that I think I am going to enjoy about Costco--yes, enjoy!
::Extra big carts
::Samples around every aisle
::Organic items. Costco has a large and very competitive prices on their selection of organic veggies, meats, flour, staples, etc.
::Costco’s Kirkland's Brand rocks---at least what we bought this past weekend we have liked! No disappointment here!
::The Other stuff, while walking quickly through the aisles I noticed the many non food items like dishes, suitcases, frames, presents, clothes, appliances, towels, kitchen rags and hand towels, bikes, etc. If you watch your prices, Costco had a few amazing deals on the “other” stuff.
::Costco Coupons--Costco comes out with a coupon book about every 45 days. Using these coupons can mean a savings and tip the scale to being cheaper than the local grocery store on sale with a coupon--but be careful, just because you have a coupon doesn't always mean cheaper prices either---so be careful with this one!
::If your Costco sells gasoline, you will pay between 3 and 5 cents less per gallon than other local gas stations.
::The in-store restaurant---grab lunch, or dinner after shopping...we noticed the huge pieces of pizza, soda and hot dog for under $4.00.
So is a Costco membership worth the $55 yearly membership fee?---depends on your family. :)