Jump to content

Spinoff: How much do you spend at Costco?

  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 Lagom

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.


#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


#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 CalEliKat

Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:06 PM

Bulk toilet paper
Bulk kitchen towel
Kitty litter
Cat food
Tinned tomatoes
Bulk flour
Bulk oats
Freezer products
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 Lagom

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 Lagom

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 ACO

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):-
Dishwasher Tabs
Laundry Powder
Cat Litter
Nuts (usually Pistachios)
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 )
pork loin
frozen fish fillets
frozen berries
grated cheese
block cheese (Kids and DH love the Kirkland Monterey Jack)
tinned toms
bucket o vegemite
peanut butter

and an assortment of lunchbox stuff like:

muesli bars
up n go's
milk poppers
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

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 boofloo

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

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
Giant American Style Apple Pies.  I cut them into quarters and freeze them
Sorbent toilet paper
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

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.