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Do you have a Costco membership and do you think it's worth the money?

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I do not have a Costco local to me, my closest is about 4 hours away, but I've always wondered if it's worth it?
Paying to shop is a weird concept to me and I think unless you went regularly it wouldn't be worth the membership.
I think you are exactly right.
by Rice
Hi Belinda, please look at what I wrote to Rice, re maple syrup. I love the stuff over pancakes, esp.' pancakes with bacon & maple syrup.
by Miro
We do and YES we think it is worth it.

You do have to know your prices and I do find that Woolies/Coles have things the same if not cheaper when they are on special.

However there are a lot of products available at Costco that you CAN NOT buy anywhere else.

Also for bigger ticket items the savings can be HUGE. We purchased a SLR Camera from there and none of the electronic stores (Bing Lee/Goodguys) could even come close to matching it.

Moral of the story... Know your prices and Costco is Great.... oh and ours is very close by, so that makes a big difference...We can buy petrol from there... another bonus : )
Maple syrup . . . . in the jug . . . . mmmmmmm. Not enough reason to join though :-)))
by Rice
I've heard great things about the maple syrup. It's the whole reason I want to go!!
I was going to get one, but who has that kind of money just to have the privilege to shop!
It is a lot to spend on a "what if"
Exactly what I say!
by jonaja
No. We do not have Costco membership. My husband refuses to PAY to shop. We went there once as a guest of a friend. We had a good look around and quickly concluded that it was a bit of a gimmick. If we were members we would probably only go once or twice and then we would have wasted our money. My husband is very good at checking the unit price of all items before he buys. He said that in most cases the unit price is the same or even more expensive than Coles or woolies. Do the math. Just because you are getting 100 toilet rolls doesn't make it cheaper. Our nearest Costco is quite a drive from here, so I wouldn't be going there very often
Haha. We did the same.
by Rice
I might have to find a friend who's a member and do the same thing (but at 4 hours each way it'd want to be really worth it)
I agree with your husband. I think it is criminal to charge people money to spend money in a store. And if the savings aren't there for everyday grocery items then i feel sorry for people who have been sucked in
by redph
I don't but I have friends who are members and the saving on petrol is phenomenal for them. I don't drive enough or eat enough to need a Costco membership.
by Rice
Rice, we buy our maple syrup from Aldi for $5 or $6. It's the cheapest I've ever seen it for. Before Aldi I paid about $9.97 at IGA. The real Canadian 1. I've never bought the flavoured maple syrup!
by Miro
Oh . . . I must look . . . Thanks miro_ :-)
by Rice
Thanks Miro_
I have an Aldi about 20 minutes away so I'll pick up a Maple Syrup to try next time I'm there
LOL! No idea about Jack the Slasher, but rats aren't fun.
by Vee
I don't have one, and we've been fine without Costco.
by Vee
Two things I remember about Costco . . . number one was in Vancouver, the first Costo I had ever seen or heard of . . the enormous rat running around in the car park . . and number two . . . thinking, "Oh, this is just like Jack the Slasher used to be." LOL
by Rice
Not worthwhile travelling the long distance to our closest store and wouldn't make enough cost savings on the things I'd normally buy on special.
We used to have one, but I found it a pain you had to buy in bulk, and a lot of the brands I think were american, we didn't think it was a good idea, we shopped there a few times and gave it a go.I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a big family.
No I don't have a mebership, but a friend is a member & seems to think it's worth the money. She even bought her husbands hearing aids there.
by Miro
Sorry. I left out the 2nd m from : Membership!
by Miro
Not for us as we don't buy in bulk. I did get the membership when they opened first in Sydney but soon found out it was not worth the effort . They do have some stuff which you cannot find elsewhere - so there was that initial excitement, but that didn't last long!

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