Jump to content

Spinoff: How much do you spend at Costco?


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#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.

Next.

#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 CalEliKat

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 boofloo

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




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.

Beautiful in our eyes: Georgia's story

I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.

'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.

Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Mum describes giving birth during Cyclone Pam

A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.

6 signs you're done having babies

There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.

Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.

'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.

How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

How to play with your baby

The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
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.