Hooked On CostCo

CostCo is the greatest store ever.

I saved 40% on a 20 pack of Vitamin Water, walked out with a 10lb bag of pancake mix, spent almost nothing on 40oz of mixed nuts, passed on a 3lb box of Wheat Thins, and paid $6.50 for 12 muffins that are bigger than my head (not quite, but they're damn big).

Oh! And free samples at the end of most of the aisles!

I was like a kid in a candy store – literally, when I went down the candy aisle.

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  1. unlikelymoose said,

    Be wary of what they list as "retail" price. Do some comparison shopping with your local grocery and you'll find out that CostCo employs some questionable pricing tactics. You can find a ton of great deals at CostCo, but they also overprice some of their products.

    November 18, 2008 @ 12:21 am

  2. sparx said,

    You know what? I didn't even see a listed "retail price"! I wonder if I'm blind or if this one doesn't list them?

    I just know that I paid almost 50% less than I usually would for Vitamin Water, and got 40oz of mixed nuts for $10 rather than 11.5oz for $5.

    I really want that 3lb box of Wheat Thins though! I might go back there tomorrow.

    November 18, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  3. spudart said,

    I <3 free samples. The best free sample experience I ever had was at the Veggiefest in Seattle. There were tables upon tables giving away free tasty-so tasty samples of veggie food. It was like a glorious field filled with tables of delightful goodies. Actually, it was in some event center, but it felt like a field.

    Michigan Avenue in Chicago often has good giveaways. Oh i need to blog about these two recent ones. They were giving away $550 cell phones a couple weeks ago. And last week, i found two wallets on the ground with money.

    November 18, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  4. sparx said,

    Free cellphones AND wallets?! SCORE!

    November 18, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  5. unlikelymoose said,

    i shouldn't say they list retail prices in the store. I went shopping with my wife at Costco a few years back and she knows what food items should cost and the cost per ounce of certain items are higher than your standard grocery store. But i don't mean to rain on your fun costco parade. Free samples are great. They're especially great because they're a standard thing at the store and you don't feel obligated to buy the product.

    November 18, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  6. sparx said,

    No rain. I totally only bought things that I knew I was saving on.

    November 18, 2008 @ 11:01 am

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