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Avoiding the Costco yearly fee and other tips?

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Avoiding the Costco yearly fee and other tips?

rworange | | Dec 2, 2009 07:41 AM

A segment on GMA this morning said that if you buy a gift card through a friend to you can shop at Costco using that card without paying the yearly membership ... one of the two reasons I refuse to shop at Costco.

Paying a store for the priviledge to shop annoys me to no end.

The other tip was anything ending in 97 cents was a clearance item and as low as the price will get.

The other reason is I don't shop there is that my household has never exceeded two and Costco and two people is like an Easter ham ... too, too much for two.

That being said, my three stepchildren are moving in next year, so I might re-think Costo if I have eliminated my two barriers to shopping there

I know there are a gazillion endless threads about Costco favorites ... but here's the real question ... do you REALLY do major food shopping there. I'm a extreme bargain shopper at food markets ... what food products are so great that you buy them every week.

I mean ... all politics aside ... I can get milk at Wal-mart for $2.20 a gallon and right now I have coupons for 40 cents off. Another store had a sale for the large Quaker Oats at $1.50 and I had a coupon for $1.00 off.

Also there is a super bargain market near me, Grocery Outlet where I can fill in the blanks with major deals ... $1.49 for 32 ouncesof Lascco herring in sour cream recently ... Yoplai, Oskos, Brown Cow, etc yogurt for 25 to 33 cents each ... Haagen Daaz for $1.49.

Is Costco worth my time and for what?

Also is there anything there that is so mind-blowing delicious that I can't get it easily elsewhere?

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