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Old 24-02-2008, 1:07 AM
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Default COSTCO your best buys

Over the years I've found the Lidl shopping thread very useful and wondered if anyone wanted to share their Costco recommendations?

I've found you need to be quite careful shopping at Costco as the prices are not always cheaper. Don't forget to check the price including VAT if applicable. Also, it's easy to get carried away buying things in large quantities that you don't have the storage space for, or catering sizes that you can't use fast enough. However, you could always split a large pack with a friend/relative. If you're not sure you'll use it then don't buy it! Remember you need to recover the cost of your annual membership before you save anything although this can be done in one hit if you buy a large item.

Brief details about Costco on their website http://www.costco.co.uk/default.htm
NB They don't take credit cards.

My regular or recent buys are......

wine (current favourite Casillero del Diablo, was Fetzer Merlot but not sure if they have it anymore)
own brand water 35 x 500cl for packed lunches (but don't forget to recycle!)
parmesan cheese (Reggiano)
Ottavio extra virgin olive oil 4x1L multipacks
Robinsons summer fruits 4L (decant into a 1L bottle)
skippy peanut butter
finish dishwasher tablets
persil gel tablets
comfort easy iron 5L
huge bags of wild bird seed/nuts (way cheaper than garden centre prices)
black peppercorns
saffron (multipack,way cheaper than supermarket but find others to share with!)
sourdough baguettes (if you like this type of bread)
mini garlic and coriander naan breads
mini goats cheese discs (long date, ideal for snacks, tarts etc)
cucumbers (2 huge ones for £1.49, better value than Tesco/Sainsburys)
baby tomatoes (though like most stores these can vary)
duracell batteries
glide dental floss!
toothbrush heads
lawn fertiliser/weedkiller granules, big box, seasonal

Well that's enough for starters but over the years we've also bought electrical goods, home furnishings, clothes, books etc.

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Old 24-02-2008, 7:38 AM
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Toilet rolls, tissues and kitchen rolls when on offer,usually BOGOF making them really cheap. Usually get enough to last me a year.
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Old 24-02-2008, 7:46 AM
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The sides of salmon........ Lovely
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Old 24-02-2008, 7:49 AM
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yellow e cloths for cleaning 24 in a pack for about £6.50
scones,chocoate croissants, contact lens fluid way cheaper £9,00 in boots for one,£12.00 for three in cost co!!
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Carrot cake and chocolate cake!
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Old 24-02-2008, 8:17 AM
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I will be going next weekend for my first visit. I have heard that the hot chicken and bacon wraps are to die for. My boss used to buy the huge trays of Danish Pastries and they were gorgeous!

In terms of Costco vs Tesco Value, what is the price difference? Thanks
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Old 24-02-2008, 9:54 AM
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Autarkey dog food. Big sack is about £12. It is classed as working dog food and therefore VAT free.

John West tuna in sunflower oil x 10 £3 something. Way cheaper than any supermarket!
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TV's !! all Costco tellys come with a 3 year guarantee free ....

Frozen Crab claws/legs
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Croissants
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I buy some of the things metioned here, but also:
The double pack of raisins - my kids love them!
Toilet Duck Three Pack
Detol Surface Cleaner
Oxy Vanish - both white and multi colours
Washing Powder
and the big cakes for birthdays! Great value for money but a bit sweet
and occassionaly the danish cinnamon whirls - YUM!
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Old 24-02-2008, 11:21 AM
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can we have some more prices please, i was going to join years ago but didnt bother, now with a baby i may reconsider.
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Old 24-02-2008, 11:37 AM
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Mrs Scrooge

Did you know that their Highland Spring Still Water (20x750ml) is on bogof this week (ends today). Sorry I can't remember the cost.

Fit_Like

The Oxi Vanish 1.5kg is also on offer this week - buy 2 save £5 = £6.93 incl vat for 2.

Our other regular purchases are:
either fresh (£5.99 for 8) or frozen beef burgers (£9.99 for 20) (DS loves them). They are not particularly cheap but are excellent quality
frozen beef slices (£9.99)
blocks of mature cheddar - we go through loads - just bought one - 1.23kg - cost £5.84
packs of mozzarella cheese
packs of sausage rolls
naan breads
wraps
milk - if we are in we will pick one up - 6 pints £1.55.

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The big Hot Dogs at the Cafe
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I buy Huggies Nappies at Costco - they are about £15.00 plus vat for 186 nappies. In a few weeks time there is a coupon for almost buy one get one free - the last time this was on I bought 4 boxes and i am still using them.

Sometimes the Johnsons Baby wipes are as little as £3 odd plus VAT for the box of 6, next time they can be £6 - even at £6 its cheaper than Boots etc.

I have also bought the Johnsons Baby bath - its about £6 plus VAT for 6 bottles.

The biggest tub of sudocreme is about £6 plus VAT - again cheaper than I have seen elswhwere.

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Large Pitta breads something like £1.30 for 3 packs x 6 breads
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What a great thread!

The meat and fish is fab quality
Pitta breads
Mozarella cheese
Feta cheese
Peanut butter
Washing powder
Cans of coke
Stamps of course!
Sometimes their fruit and veg, especially for summer BBQ's
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Old 24-02-2008, 12:01 PM
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Agree the in store bakery stuff is usually very good (although they sometimes have an alarmingly long list of ingredients!). Croissants and danish pastries freeze well (I've been known to interleave the danish pastries to stop them sticking with the small baking parchment circles you get from Lakeland, how sad is that?!!).

I haven't used it for that but Costco is a good place to shop for food and drink for parties as they have big packs in the deli and chiller cabinets. I used to buy the big chocolate cakes for my kids' birthdays when they were younger and the huge pizzas!
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Good idea mrs scrooge!

Definitely the large birthday cakes - when I'm there I always try and pick up some of the fax forms at the bakery - just fill in the child's details and fax to them a couple of days before you need to collect the cake. Have also used these cakes for other special occasions such as a thank you / leaving do.

When the passports are around (usually Oct / Nov?), most of the deals on there are pretty unbeatable and worth stocking up on - I still have a garage full of loo rolls, kitchen rolls, tissues, bold tablets, finish tablets, not to mention the huggies nappies from end of last year!!

The kirkland signature, costco's own brand, can be pretty good too - in the past I used their baby wipes happily, although I have never tried their nappies.

Teabags are usually a good buy, as is coffee in the large tins - I usually decant some coffee into a smaller container and seal the big tin with foil to try and keep it fresh though.

Baby car seats when they have them can be good value, as can strollers etc.

Batteries - kirkland sig are fine for these too.

Black bags and bin liners - I always get these when I'm there. Disposable gloves - a large pack lasts ages for any messy jobs, and I always keep a pair or two in the car in case I have to get under the bonnet.

Their flowers are gorgeous too, and I think good value for what you get.

Office supplies such as printer refill cartridges and paper can be good, but need to compare with staples, viking or online.

I'm sure I'll think of more soon!
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I haven't used it for that but Costco is a good place to shop for food and drink for parties as they have big packs in the deli and chiller cabinets. I used to buy the big chocolate cakes for my kids' birthdays when they were younger and the huge pizzas!
Also for parties, the huge tins are great - eg sweetcorn, pineapple, corned beef and tuna for sandwiches.

Forgot the whole garlic sausages in the dei cabinets, and the austrian smoked cheese whic the kids love.

Best thing of all are the regular food sampling demos, usually on a weekend, although there can be a bit of a scramble to get there sometimes!
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I buy my mince, chicken breasts, chicken satay sticks ( £5 for 25) Mozzareella sticks, bacon, muffins etc. They are all great quality and cheaper than supermarket. The frozen chicken breasts are £8 for around 15/16 breasts. Also buy the southern fried chicken reasts from the freezer - they are £10 for around 15 breasts too = big though. I ry and go once a month to stock up the freezer.

I also buy the box of greeting cards - just under £9 for around 30 cards - Hallmark and great quality. Packs of wrapping paper are great about £6 for 240 assorted sheets llasts years!
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