all-purpose COSTCO thread (show your membership card and receipt at the door)

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btw, paper products usually are cheaper on sale at other stores, costco just makes you feel awesome by buying a ton at once

mh, Thursday, 2 September 2010 13:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Since I started making the cat food, I get 20 lbs or so of organic boneless skinless chicken thighs every 2 weeks in addition to the usual staples: wine, tp, paper towels, heavy cream, sour cream, butter, diet coke, Beecher's and buffalo mozzarella and romano and Tillamook cheeses, olive oil, 2 gallons of white vinegar at a whack. Enormous bags of various chips. The Evergood hot links are tasty. And their aspirin is a deal, since our TJs don't carry it anymore.

Agreed about their linens! Also, bath towels.

Jaq, Thursday, 2 September 2010 14:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

My wife likes to MEANDER through Costco, like it's a park or something.

It is, literally, the most aggravating thing in my life right now.

feel free to answer my Korn Kuestion (HI DERE), Thursday, 2 September 2010 14:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

It is, literally, the most aggravating thing in my life right now.

Sympathies, seriously.

Cosctco:

Toilet paper
Paper towels
Dishwasher liquid
pork roast (we cut it in half, freeze half as a roast and make chops out of the rest)
chicken
occasionally salmon or roast beef
duck confit as needed
cheese (good English cheddar, manchego, mimolette - hard cheeses that can last since we're buying a lot plus a bag of Babybels)
pasta
Italian tuna in oil
Olive oil
Sonicare
Razor blades

I have a weakness for their polishes. That's pretty much the only times I eat one.

Btw, that list is in order. We make a beeline for the back of the store and work our way back up to the registers where we often spend as much time in line as we did picking everything up.

Un peu d'Eire, ça fait toujours Dublin (Michael White), Thursday, 2 September 2010 14:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

Italian tuna in oil

Oh! I hope mine carries this. I've gotten a few good deals by the case on Amazon, but they don't always have it.

Jaq, Thursday, 2 September 2010 14:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

We usually buy 2 or 3 cases of bottled water there at a time (and when needed). For around $3.70 a case, you cannot beat that anywhere. 35 16.9oz bottles per case is a great deal. We try to avoid hitting the store on the weekends. Place is nuts. But I must say, that it is a great place to get a cheap bite for lunch -- A large polish hotdog and diet coke for $1.50 is nice.

van smack, Friday, 3 September 2010 22:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

I spit on people that buy bottled water at mine because we have fucking great tap water

mh, Saturday, 4 September 2010 00:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

jaxon, Monday, 7 March 2011 01:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Thats how I feel when I have to go too. Always so fucking crowded with rude as hell people pushing and shoving.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 March 2011 01:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

i know i feel like a shirley manson/kate moss lookalike in black lingerie and a gun in my mouth.

hauntological-hysteric theater (get bent), Monday, 7 March 2011 01:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Why can you find these nowhere else? They're better than pizza.

Crouching Seward, Hidden Raggett (kelpolaris), Monday, 7 March 2011 01:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

I got my Amex/Costco rewards thing. It is nearly $300. I apparently can cash it out at Costco, or spend it there. I kind of want a new television. I think I will buy one on Amazon, then cash out at Costco or just buy ten cases of Red Bull.

mh, Monday, 7 March 2011 01:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Costco!

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

How is this place even possible. I bought this two-pound thing of smoked pulled pork and it was like, I don't know, maybe $8? And it's really good! It tastes like pulled pork from a legit barbecue joint.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

our Costco list is still pretty much the same as upthread

add to that list occasionally:
batteries
wiper blades
Brita water filters
Giant block of sliced pepper jack cheese!

they started selling Rosie's chicken sausages, no Aidells last time. Rosie's sausages are pretty gross, I don't think I'll get them again. The chicken is way over-processed, has the consistency of a corndog. Had to cook them with really strong flavored sauces to disguise the icky taste.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

my boss has been promising me a membership here for a while, still waiting. MIL took me on a shopping spree at our local costco for my b'day, loved it.

just1n3, Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

Giant tubs of Buffala Mozzarella! 2LB bags of chocolate covered Acai berries for $7.50! Variety cases of Kirkland brand beer (made by Saranac, I think) for $18.99! I bought a fucking 42-piece snapware set for $24. I bought an HD video camera for $200.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Don Pedro burritos are pretty good for frozen burritos. The Cedarlane ones less so.

A few weeks ago when I was there an old black dude who was handing out Oreo samples intoned "America has changed, but the Oreo is still the same."

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

old man otm

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

their giant bags of green beans are p good come Thanksgiving time

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

I used to think "this shit isn't for me, it's for people with five kids." But you can make it work if you have even a little bit of storage space in your apartment -- we go every two weeks, and we stash stuff like cans of tomato paste, boxes of chicken stock and rolls of paper towels in pretty much every free nook and cranny of our kitchen. We buy the giant thing of salad greens and make ourselves eat a lot of salad. We buy the six pepper pack and actually use it. We buy a big bag of apples. We buy huge things of meat and fish and divide them up and freeze them -- you get like good flounder for the price of supermarket salmon! Prime steak for the price of choice! Giant loaves of whole grain bread at like $2/loaf!

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah when I first met Mr Veg he was living in a tiny apartment and every single cupboard/closet in the whole place, kitchen/hallway/bathroom/bedroom were filled with Costco toilet rolls, lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

more like Jerkland

buzza, Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

guys they started carrying these containers of dried shiitake mushrooms at very reasonable prices. I bought multiple in case they do not have them later.

mh, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

Last time I got a tub of goma wakame. It was pretty good.

L'ennui, cette maladie de tous les (Michael White), Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wish I could snap my fingers and change the Sam's Club in Tupelo into a Costco.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

I wish you could snap your fingers and turn Tupelo into Kansas City

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

That too! Although if I could have done it a few years ago, I'd be dead of Too Much Barbecue disease by now.

any major prude will tell you (WmC), Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

I know of no such disease

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

I got a 48-count Durex Pleasure Pack for $10 this week.

Then I realized the probable reaction of a girl who sees me reaching into my industrial can o' condoms.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

what you should really do is empty it almost all the way so you can reach into it dramatically and fish around like "gee, do I -- have -- any -- left -- aha"

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

xp:

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

ws

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

can you stash the bulk pack somewhere and have a smaller, 'normal size' box you can refill?

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm just going to put a couple at a time in my bedside table. Though I kind of want to test the giant metal can o' prophylactics experience.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

maybe I can find a gallon jug of lube to go with it

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha

it'd be funny if you had a spare room in the house that just had a mattress on the floor, a giant jug of lube and a huge bulk can of condoms

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

that room would inevitably smell horrible

mh, Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^d3athdr0ne's apartment

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

eek

forget I said anything

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

costco hotdogs are good, so +1
on the other hand, they tore up my familiy membership card b/c it had a picture of my dad on it, and i was apparently not the authorized user, so – 2
their vanilla extract is surprisngly good +1

net 0 i'm going to BJs

aka vanilla bean (remy bean), Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

otm vanilla extract!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

how to obtain costco lunch w/out being costco member:

1. approach costco front entrance
2. take the "out" exit, as if either to talk to management/"go to work"/return something
3. wait in line, decide whether you want polish or regular
4. free drink

kelpolaris, Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

it'd be funny if you had a spare room in the house that just had a mattress on the floor, a giant jug of lube and a huge bulk can of condoms

― Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:34 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

a condo with nothing but condoms in it?

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Sunday, 25 March 2012 20:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

condo(m)

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

In the process of moving from this house to a new apartment, I may have to stage the bare mattress, jug o' lube and condom scene for a photo.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

:D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

should there also be a bottle of cheap vodka?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 25 March 2012 21:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

costco also apparently has a gel-foam-mattress-in-a-box as I learned today. It's probably like double king size though.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Sunday, 25 March 2012 22:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

oreo guy was back, but today he was doing an elaborate spiel about some layer cake that all his customers have been waiting for since it last went out of stock. He's really quite a gifted sample barker.

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Sunday, 25 March 2012 22:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

not too far off from the luckypeach ranking, although it sounds like maybe the writer just got a bad sandwich? I fucking love that sandwich and it's nothing like what was described.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:28 (5 months ago) Permalink

I wish Costco had standalone food courts, I really want their pizza now.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:29 (5 months ago) Permalink

foodcourt gives me bowel spasms just walking past, let alone eating there

not a fan imo

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:30 (5 months ago) Permalink

I wish we had that turkey sandwich, sounds chill

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:30 (5 months ago) Permalink

The chicken bake sounds awful when you consider the whole of its existence, but I want to try it

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

Yeah it's probably good but it's so disgusting in theory.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:48 (5 months ago) Permalink

me irl

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 19 February 2016 03:54 (5 months ago) Permalink

the chicken bake thing is foul

just1n3, Friday, 19 February 2016 05:06 (5 months ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Sort of embarrassed to be excited that the new Costco visa has better rewards than the old Costco Amex. Costco visa plus exec membership means we get 4% back

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Friday, 24 June 2016 02:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

our costco has huge tubs of jellybellys :D

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 24 June 2016 02:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

have to love workplace convo that is just you and coworkers talking about Costco credit cards and benefits and what is best to buy at Costco

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 24 June 2016 02:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

That's like my replacement for ( non nba) sports talk

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Friday, 24 June 2016 03:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

Costco Travel is great too if you're looking at relatively standard destinations and non adventurous trips.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Friday, 24 June 2016 03:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

Man, Costco travel (and car rental) made us our membership money back in one purchase, essentially. We had booked a cruise to Alaska via the cruise line, and not only was it easy to just transfer the booking over to/through Costco instead, the move instantly earned each of us $500 in trip credit. Car rental, too, we've essentially saved more on a rental than our membership costs. The 4% back credit card is a great development, and Costco gas prices (really sympatico with the credit card) here are typically around $0.30 less a gallon than at the public pump. More awesome Costco: our vision insurance (like that of many) covers one check-up and pair of prescription glasses a year, but of course my kids' eyes are changing quickly, so we decided to go out of insurance to Costco, where they have an independent eye doctor who was awesome, and whose prices were more than fair. And they were fast, with new glasses in just a couple of days. And where us can you get a good quality birthday cake that feeds 48 for just $20? Plus Costco has the best return policy on basically anything, which is more or less worth the price of admission.

I love Costco. They're apparently good to their employees, too.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 24 June 2016 11:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

i love costco more than i should and i need help

assawoman bay (harbl), Saturday, 25 June 2016 00:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

i used to buy FAGE greek yogurt bc i liked the full fat stuff but costco greek yogurt is so much cheaper and has the same protein content that it persuaded me to switch to 0% fat yogurt. it's more watery though. also the huge bags of frozen blueberries or strawberries. every day i microwave some of them + plop on some greek yogurt it's like a dream breakfast

assawoman bay (harbl), Saturday, 25 June 2016 01:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

perhaps in a move to take some wind out of Citi, the Chase Freedom Visa is offering 5% rewards on Costco purchases, July thru September. It's one of those thingies you have to "activate" on the credit card website.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 16:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

whoa i still have a chase freedom that i never closed, i think? would probably be shut down as suspicious activity if i tried to use it though ;)

assawoman bay (harbl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:52 (4 days ago) Permalink

tuscan pork tenderloins: a bit too salty but too economical to turn down. i cook about 8 at a time and freeze about 8 in each of two vacuum seal bags. takes 15 min to cook and great cold the next day at lunch!

assawoman bay (harbl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:53 (4 days ago) Permalink

just got "organic no-salt seasoning" and i'm putting it on everything, too

assawoman bay (harbl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:54 (4 days ago) Permalink

yo yeah that stuff is great

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 02:34 (4 days ago) Permalink

We also bought some kind of steak seasoning mix there and H made rack of lamb and roasted vegetables with it a couple weeks ago, and it tasted like food from a good steakhouse.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 02:36 (4 days ago) Permalink

is it the montreal seasoning? my father in law swore by that, his tri-tip was from the gods

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:21 (4 days ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that's what it was!

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:25 (4 days ago) Permalink

It was off the chain, seriously

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:26 (4 days ago) Permalink

yeah it's dope

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:32 (4 days ago) Permalink

that and mustard powder: boom

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:32 (4 days ago) Permalink


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