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

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is costco a regional thing? i've never seen one in the upper midwest and i'm only aware of them via patton oswalt.

― OH WOW GRANDFATHER CLOCK HAT (arby's), Wednesday, September 1, 2010 5:33 PM (20 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

I'm not sure what the "upper midwest" is but there's at least one in Chicago.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 22:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah i just checked and there's about 5 of 'em encircling the twin cities! guess i need to get to the burbs.

arby's, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 22:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

We have our Costco run as pre-planned and efficient as a commando raid

Un peu d'Eire, ça fait toujours Dublin (Michael White), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 22:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

i've been stocking up on the illy canned iced cappuccino -- i think a package of 10 is about $10.

corn smut (get bent), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

I must confess, Costco is where I buy my Nutella because it costs a fraction of what it does anywhere else.

Father forgive me.

Fartbritz Sootzveti (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

We have our Costco run as pre-planned and efficient as a commando raid

same here. we get in and out of there, no pussyfooting around.

destroy: not accepting mastercard.

corn smut (get bent), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

some the people at costco seem like they would be better off if they went to the hospital instead

jeff, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 23:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

I liked Costco when I lived in CA -- for one thing, CA has rational liquor laws and I could buy beer, wine and spirits under one roof. Also, the buck-fifty polish+drink was a decent cheap dinner before shopping, esp with a couple of bites of dessert from the sample-grannies stationed around the store. Kirkland balsamic vinegar is very good as I recall, if you can figure out what to do with a gallon.

The nearest Costco here is Memphis, and I kept my membership for a couple of years, but it wasn't cost-effective. Sam's Club is a poor substitute.

Donovan Dagnabbit (WmC), Wednesday, 1 September 2010 23:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

pre-planned and efficient as a commando raid

Mine moves stuff around all the time! Wine, produce, baked goods, meat - those don't move. But paper goods, soft drinks, giant 2-pack nutella jars, bread, heavy cream, butter - it's anyone's guess.

Jaq, Wednesday, 1 September 2010 23:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

My Costco raids are reasonably targeted, except when it comes to buying beer sampler packs and whiskey

mh, Thursday, 2 September 2010 00:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

i don't find their alcohol prices that special. i always take a peek anyway, just in case, but there's nothing i can't get at bevmo.

corn smut (get bent), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

one thing i always get is the 3-pack of firm tofu. i love keeping tofu around the house cuz it's so versatile and gets me out of a rut with my cooking. i used some in my pad see ew last night (leftovers tonight! yum!) and made a ma po tofu "gravy" for a tri tip steak dinner last week.

corn smut (get bent), Thursday, 2 September 2010 02:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

16 posts and no mention of toilet paper.

my dad's really proud because his/my costco was the first costco. it looks like the others.

156, Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^Same goes for my dad. They said it was "the first" but maybe it was just "one of the firsts." I believe it was in Reno. He used to use the original membership card until they asked him to stop.

Cunga, Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

The first one opened in Seattle in the '80s. I drive past the Kirkland one every day.

Jaq, Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Commando Costco raids otm.

Toilet paper
Heavy duty foil
Giant tub o laundry powder
2-pk dishwasher detergent
SW diced tomatoes
Sundried tomatoes: huge jar 4 cheap
Kirkland evoo for cooking
Aidell sausages
Tritips are good too

I like their bedlinen too. Cheaper than stores, pretty sturdy.

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

We go maybe once every 3 months...whenever the toilet paper runs low, lol

VegemiteGrrrl, Thursday, 2 September 2010 04:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

i too have availed myself of the heavy-duty foil, diced tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and aidell sausages!

corn smut (get bent), Thursday, 2 September 2010 05:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

jaxon, Monday, 7 March 2011 01:37 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Costco!

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

old man otm

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 01:17 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

more like Jerkland

buzza, Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:35 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

I know of no such disease

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:05 (2 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 (2 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp:

THIS TRADE SERVES ZERO FOOTBALL PURPOSE (DJP), Thursday, 22 March 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I sometimes get these frozen burritos there called Don something or other, and they're good in that they taste nothing like a real burrito but like the absolute ideal cheesy salty mess of a frozen burrito.

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Same with their quesadillas, whose name I also forget.

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

I had been skeptical of the Costco coffees, especially since buying 2-3 lbs of coffee at once is kind of yuck in terms of freshness (especially if you're the only coffee drinker in your house), but I couldn't really not try the whole bean colombian at around $5.50 a pound -- it was so cheap that even if I wound up not using half I'd be saving money over my fancypants coffee (stumptown, grumpy, counter culture etc.). It's actually pretty damned good!

Knut Horowitz, Able-Bodied Investment Banker and Ladies Man (Hurting 2), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

we may have to resort to that. we're going through a pound a week lately, which is getting hella expensive

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mr Veg scored a jar of Maranatha Almond butter last week - AND a 6 pack of 32oz Almond Milk for $8.89 :D

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is that almond butter super watery for you? Even after leaving it in the fridge it is almost too runny to use.

svend, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not for me. I have been buying the small jars for a long time I've never found it watery? the only tiresome thing is stirring in the oil that first time.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I must have got a bad one. It is way too oily to be normal.

svend, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Their organic peanut butter is good too, but they never seem to have it.

svend, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

There's a lot of oil, def. I have found that an immersion blender helps. It's kinda messy but it mixes in the oil way better than a knife.

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Recent purchases included the eternal standbys -- toilet paper and paper towels.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 5 November 2012 22:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

the classics

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I use the Maranatha almond butter. I p much go crazy with stirring it and getting all the harder, drier parts off the bottom and properly mixed in, which gets it into pretty good form. Still on the runnier side but not bad.

Knut Horowitz, Able-Bodied Investment Banker and Ladies Man (Hurting 2), Monday, 5 November 2012 22:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

10-gallon drum of Maker's Mark, casket, socks...

Andy K, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 02:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

del griffith, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 04:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

hahaha, Ann Romney barely able to conceal her disgust at the shirts (which, btw, don't come in "packs" at my Costco?)

Knut Horowitz, Able-Bodied Investment Banker and Ladies Man (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 05:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am BACK at Costco. My sister joined and let me be her +1. I am going regularly just for the meat, seafood, spinach and greek yogurt. Since that is like all I eat.

homosexual II, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 18:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

ooh good call on greek yogurt. I might have to investigate that too!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 18:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

i didn't know about the costco thanksgiving dinner! has anyone tried this?

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2012/11/a_very_costco_thanksgiving_fee.php

les rallizes miserables (get bent), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 01:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Giant bags of baby kale!

Jaq, Sunday, 9 December 2012 17:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I make a costco trip when I run out of kerrygold irish butter.

homosexual II, Sunday, 9 December 2012 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

getting low on almond butter & bog rolls, about time for a trip

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 9 December 2012 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

my gf works at costco. sometimes she'll bring home a gigantic container full of cashews. I can't be bothered to even look at a peanut these days. they're beneath me.

toy_sleigher (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 December 2012 21:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

you think you're better than me?

del griffith, Sunday, 9 December 2012 22:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

at tecmo super bowl? yes fucking yes.

toy_sleigher (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 December 2012 22:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

but there's no need for fisticuffs. let us post our top 5 nuts, seeds, legumes, what have you and let the people decide. Here's my list:
1. Cashews
2. - 5. Fuck the rest of this peasant fodder

toy_sleigher (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 9 December 2012 22:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Anyone see the Costco special on CNBC a couple weeks ago?

I fucking love Costco. I would live in a Kirkland house. I would drive a Kirkland car. I want Costco to run our government. Costco for president.

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha. Hurting, my gf was basically required to watch it! It was cool. I can vouch that Costco is a pretty cool company in many ways.

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

She wa required in the sense that people would talk about it at work

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

Does she work at Costco?

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yes, she manages the food court thing

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

In our town obv. Not at national level

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Nice. I wanted to work for costco after seeing the doc

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Sunday, 6 January 2013 04:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I also had some roasted peanuts at cielito happy hour that were pretty delicious. had some lime juice on them and everything. cashews are still preferred, but I feel bad about the peanut bashing above

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 07:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

pretty surprised nobody has discussed costco return policy in this thread. you can just return anything at any time, no questions asked. weird. gf says people return engagement rings and such on the reg.

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

Electronics have a shorter return period now, thanks to assholes who'd return a perfectly good TV after two years to get a new model. Still way generous, 60-90 days or something.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Sunday, 6 January 2013 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

I want Costco to run our government.

Paradise Costco style. Within a year or two we would all be working for minimum wage or doing migrant labor. And liquor would cost 10% more.

Aimless, Sunday, 6 January 2013 21:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Costco pays way more than min wage

iatee, Sunday, 6 January 2013 21:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

but their biz model doesnt require as much labor as most box stores

iatee, Sunday, 6 January 2013 21:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

A co-worker's friend once "bought" a huge, top-of-the-line TV at Costco (pre-LCD) for a Superbowl party he threw, and returned it thereafter. I thought this kind of thing had become so common that they didn't allow it anymore. (NB: may have been another chain, Best Buy or something)

nickn, Sunday, 6 January 2013 22:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Apparently if you get bad veggies/fruit or something like that you can just call them and tell them and they'll refund your money. You don't even have to bring it back!

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Monday, 7 January 2013 00:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

gf says old people are always returning stuff they let expire

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 January 2013 00:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Do they keep track of people in case of abuse of the policy?

drunk 'n' white's elements of style (Hurting 2), Monday, 7 January 2013 00:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah. They have all purchases and returns associated w/ the membership

Binder, Binder & (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 January 2013 03:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

So anyone try the Kirkland Rwanda coffee? Similar bag to the Colombian, purports to be darker roast, which means I probably won't like it, but I have a lot of faith in the Kirkland brand.

huun huurt 2 (Hurting 2), Monday, 6 May 2013 15:48 (1 year ago) Permalink


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