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October 27, 2008 3:20 AM Subscribe
What do you buy at BJ's/Costco etc.?
posted by A Terrible Llama to shopping (59 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
We got a Costco membership this weekend, thinking it would be a great idea for formula and diapers and other items, then discovered they don't carry the brand of formula we use, or the brand of diapers we use, or the toilet paper we use....etc. I didn't know--I thought they carried everything the supermarket carries. I guess it would have to be the size of a football stadium, but I mean, it kind of is.
We went ahead and got less-favored diapers and toilet paper.
I'm fairly certain this is the lamest paragraph I've ever written on the internet, which is saying something: I don't like most toilet paper brands because even though the price/sheet counts are competitive, you use more or less depending on the quality of the sheets, so I always buy Quilted Northern. And I didn't like the diapers, (Huggies) which the baby's grandmother has gotten for us and we don't think are as absorbent or fit as well as Pampers Swaddlers. Since I'm disclosing all our household brand preferences, the formula we buy is Good Start. They only have Enfamil, Similac, and Kirkland.
So, we spent $50. Let's say it costs $5 in gas money to go down there. We need to recoup the costs of the gas money each time we go, plus chip away at the $50 we spent without going down there every week. We can get there once a month. So far, even with buying name brands that we don't generally buy, it seems like the savings aren't that great (we figured out that the diapers we normally get from Target cost like a fraction of a penny more than the ones we bought from Costco, so maybe we saved a dollar or two, but we spent that in gas money getting down there.)
So....what are the best values at Costco for a family with two adults and a baby?