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#1 amabanana

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:43 PM

Anywhere from $400- $900, depending on how long it has been and when I think I'll get back there.

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#2 ~spirited~

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

I went yesterday and spent $300. That's about average, although it has been as much as $500.

#3 Peridot

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

$0

#4 Mel from the Creek

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

We call it the $400 club!!  I love you Costco.

#5 tibs

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Usually around $300.

#6 Madnesscraves

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:57 PM

... What do you buy there that is worth so much??

#7 bailee

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (Madnesscraves @ 13/02/2013, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... What do you buy there that is worth so much??

This. When I think of Costco I think of toilet paper.  unsure.gif I don't buy anything in bulk though as I simply have no space to store it so Costco has no real attraction for me.

#8 Lyra

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:04 PM

Anywhere between $300-$500 I usually buy a big box of huggies and a box of their generic nappies. That always pushes up the total cost

I love going there just before I have a BBQ because I can cater to a huge crowd for a minimal amount

#9 Purescapevalley

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Bulk toilet paper
Bulk kitchen towel
Kitty litter
Cat food
Tinned tomatoes
Tissues
Eggs
Milk
meat
cheese
Bulk flour
Bulk oats
Freezer products
Meat
Fruit and veg
Maple syrup
bulk pasta
tinned tuna in bulk

We go every 6 to 8 weeks.

#10 belindarama

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

QUOTE (bailee @ 13/02/2013, 05:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This. When I think of Costco I think of toilet paper.  unsure.gif I don't buy anything in bulk though as I simply have no space to store it so Costco has no real attraction for me.


I used to have a space issue but since we moved into a house we designed ourselves last year where storage was one of my must haves I love Costco.

We spend $300 or so every 3 months. My weekly shop is heaps cheaper though.

#11 amabanana

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

QUOTE (Madnesscraves @ 13/02/2013, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
... What do you buy there that is worth so much??


Normal stuff.  It's just in bulk so I buy a tray of steak etc rather than one or two pieces.  I buy toilet paper for several months, razor blades for 2 years, cheese, milk, eggs, bread etc etc  Blueberries are cheap ($6.49?/kg) and my kids love them so I buy about 5kg at once. I have room to store it and a very large freezer so no problem there.  Buying in bulk in this instance definitely saves money.

I often get other things like birthday presents (stationary and books), PJs for the kids, toys for birthdays/Xmas, bulk lollies that I repack for gifts at Xmas, kitchen bits and bobs (Kitchenaid scissors for example)  I've also bought snow stuff, slippers and undies.  

Although per item it's cheap it adds up fast when you are buying several items at once!  You certainly have to spend money to save it in this case.

#12 amabanana

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (belindarama @ 13/02/2013, 05:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We spend $300 or so every 3 months. My weekly shop is heaps cheaper though.


Exactly.   I work it out that I spend $100 a week at Costco and $50 elsewhere.  That's not bad when you consider it includes food, toiletries, nappies, gifts and some clothes/toys etc

There is a new one opening closer to me than the current one and I can't wait!


#13 Lyra

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:15 PM

QUOTE (amabanana @ 13/02/2013, 05:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Although per item it's cheap it adds up fast when you are buying several items at once!  You certainly have to spend money to save it in this case.



This is true! I found the first few times I went to Costco I was spending way way over my budget. But, just this weekend, I went to Costco and then the fruit and veg store and my husband went to the wholesale butcher. After all that I *still* have $250 sitting in my food budget, on Sunday that clicks over to $450 and I have hardly anything I will need to buy! It means that we can use that grocery money to maybe go out somewhere nice for dinner as a family or get takeaway

#14 credence

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

Between $400-$500 usually.

But bear in mind that I'll buy a big stack of toilet paper, a giant washing powder, a supersized tray of meat, a whole salmon etc

When I get home I portion foods out to store in the freezer and this will last weeks and weeks.

#15 Libster

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

I spent $500 last time which included $60 for the year. I did a spreadsheet to compare Costco prices with Woolworths prices and I ended up saving quite a bit... here's a list of what I bought copied from my spreadsheet and their prices in case anyone wants to know  original.gif

Sunblest Multigrain bread 2 x 650g $4.99
Easy Mac  Macaroni Cheese 18 pk $13.99
Uncle Toby's Chewy Muesli Bars 36 pk $14.99
Sorbent Long Roll 40 rolls, 275 sheets $24.79
Huggies Infant Boy 192 nappies $58.99
Preen Vanish Oxiaction 375mL trigger 3 pack $11.39
Finish Concentrate Dishwasher powder 2 x 1.5kg $26.99
Extra Juicy 100% Apple Juice 24pk x 250mL $11.69
Handee Paper towel double roll 120 sheets x 8 $17.69
Pears Transparent soap 18 pack $16.69
Colgate Total 4pk x 140g $11.79
Glad Wrap 300 metres $12.49
Penne Pasta 6 x 500g $8.89
Prawn Gyoza 1kg $9.88
Dynamo Liquid 6 Litre $26.99
Reach kids toothbrushes 4 pack $9.79
Kleenex Tissues 8 x 250, 2 ply $18.99
Tasty cheese slices 1.5kg $12.79
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice 2 x 2.83 litres $10.69
Herbal Essences Shampoo 1.2 litre $14.49
Herbal Essences Conditioner 1.2 litre $14.49
Kirkland Kitchen garbage bags 200 $17.99
Heinz tomato ketchup 2 x 1 litre $7.89
Kirkland large Household wipes 185 (2 x 65 and 1 x 55) $13.59


#16 Hufflepuff

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

About $220 every 2 months

Items can include (not every shop):-
Nappies
Wipes
Dishwasher Tabs
Laundry Powder
Cat Litter
Cheese
Milk
Nuts (usually Pistachios)
Meat
Fruit
Frozen Stuff
Peanut Butter
Vanilla Bean Paste
Tomato Sauce
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Toilet Cleaner
Spray & Wipe


#17 ELH05

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:27 PM

Coming from Perth that doesnt have Costco or Aldi - what are the differences between Costco and Aldi ?

#18 Libster

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

Costco has well-known brands and their own brand of stuff is fantastic. At Aldi, you don't have to buy in bulk. Costco has a much bigger range of things to buy e.g. furniture, jewellery, TV's etc

#19 ~flaxen~

Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

About $450 or so. We only go every few months.

We regularly buy:

toilet paper
dishwasher powder
white vinegar (I clean with this and use in washing machine so go through heaps...they sell it in 2L containers original.gif )
mince
pork loin
frozen fish fillets
frozen berries
grated cheese
block cheese (Kids and DH love the Kirkland Monterey Jack)
weetbix
oats
spaghetti
tinned toms
bucket o vegemite
peanut butter

and an assortment of lunchbox stuff like:

muesli bars
almonds
up n go's
milk poppers
craisins
bhuja spicy peas (yum)
kirkland cashew clusters (also yum)

Last visit I bought water bottles for school that are great, as well as ghiradelli brownie mix Tounge1.gif And a few bits and pieces for the present box.

I go with my sister and we go halves in a lot of things original.gif

QUOTE
Coming from Perth that doesnt have Costco or Aldi - what are the differences between Costco and Aldi ?


I would add the quality of the meat at Costco is so much better than Aldi.

Edited by ~flaxen~, 13 February 2013 - 05:08 PM.


#20 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

I would use more in petrol to get there than I could ever save in lower prices. I wanted to go to the one in Canberra when I was there visiting my parents but they would not let me in because I wasn't a member. I understand that you have to be a member to shop there but I just wanted to have a look and see if it was worthwhile joining as we go to Canberra a few times a year.

#21 domlachhan

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE
I wanted to go to the one in Canberra when I was there visiting my parents but they would not let me in because I wasn't a member
If you go to their customer service desk they sign you up for no cost as a 'temporary member' - means you can go in and look (that day only) but not purchase anything.  For some reason the people on the door dont often tell you this is available!

#22 Gumbette

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

Usually around the $400 mark, but once spent well over $1,000 (bought a sewing machine which was $315 but retailed across the road at Spotlight for $600).

#23 Rachel70

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

I love Costco as they have such good quality stuff. Even their own brand is usually good quality.
I do hampers for my DH's workers at Christmas and last year I spent $60 on each hamper, the same hamper elsewhere would cost me $150.
I usually spend around $300-$400 each shop. But I have a large storage space (but I dream of storage like extreme couponing people).
I buy in bulk and freeze, even things like grated cheese freezes well.

#24 Coffeegirl

Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

We go every 4-5 months.  Spend $3-400 each time.

Dishwasher tablets
Bagels
Giant American Style Apple Pies.  I cut them into quarters and freeze them
Sorbent toilet paper
Toothpaste
Alcohol
Meat
Steggles chicken nuggets (frozen)
American pop (A&W root beer is my weakness)
Toilet cleaner
Calvin Klein undies for DH $8.50 at Costco, $34 at DJs  blink.gif

Last trip I bought an Adidas Coolmax running top for $18 and they're over $50 at Rebel.


But you do need to know your prices when you go because some things aren't as cheap.

#25 MintyBiscuit

Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

I go every 6-8 weeks generally, and spend $300-$400. Last time I only spent $290 so I was pretty happy original.gif I don't really buy fresh food, just pantry staples, and load up on things like paper towels and toilet paper. It would be more but they don't sell my brand of washing powder or dishwashing stuff, and I also don't use their nappies. I did buy vanilla beans there last time I went - 10 for less than $15, and they're fantastic quality.

I always know it's time to head back when I have to buy toilet paper with my normal fortnightly shop wink.gif




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