You don’t compare Costco with a dollar store!
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Whenever I see people talking about Costco, there are always people saying “I get similar items at dollar stores” or “I get a better price at 99 Cents Only Stores”.

I don’t understand what these people are thinking. You simply cannot Compare Costco with dollar stores.

Obviously, these people never used Kirkland Signature products before. They don’t know about a higher level of life-style we are enjoying because of Costco.

Costco elevates my life-style. It makes me enjoy items that only rich people can afford. I buy jumbo shrimps, imported beers, and organic soy milk, and much more. I would never afford those items if there was no Costco.

Dollar store’s fruits and vegetables are not usable. I feel sorry that some people must eat those to save money. Fruits and Vegetables from Costco are far superior in quality compared to any supermarket product.  

I shop at 99 Cents Only Stores frequently. I like 99 Cents Only Stores too. I buy instant noodles, candies, and miscellaneous items from 99 Cents-only stores. But 99 Cents store will not replace Costco.

You don’t compare Costco with Dollar stores. Some people have no idea what they are missing out. 

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All out with a coupon book
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I didn’t go to Costco for about 1 month. My refrigerator was almost empty. Then the new coupon book came out. The coupon book featured all kinds of staple items. It was my chance to stock up.

The coupons saved $38.25

Costco Coupons

Costco Shopping Cart

costco items

Costco Receipt

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Fruit and Nut Medley
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I try to eat healthy. So, instead of candy, I try to eat Fruit & Nut Medley by Kirkland Signature. 

Fruit and nut Kirkland

Fruit and Nut Medley comes in a 56oz bag for $12.28

It contains the following food items.

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Golden Raisins

It’s Kirkland Signature (good quality food) I enjoy them too much.

2 Pancake Mixes – Regular & Fancy
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Costco carries 2 pancake mixes.

  • Coach’s Oats – MultiGrain Pancake Mix
    4 pound – $7.79     $1.95 per pound
    Fancy grains, need to mix egg & water.
  • Krusteaz – Buttermilk
    10 pound – $5.49    $0.55 per pound
    Regular mix (still very good) – just add water.
  • Syrup used – Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup – $19.79

costco pancake mix
2 pancake mixes from Costco

I didn’t know which pancake mix to purchase, so I got them both. But I had a higher expectation on the expensive yet smaller pancake mix by Coach’s Oats. Per pound, the MultiGrain Pancake Mix was 4 times more expensive than Buttermilk.

Krusteaz Buttermilk (cheaper, bigger one) has a classic pancake house taste. This is a solid, good pancake mix.

Coach’s Multigrain Pancake mix is different. You may find this too fancy for your taste. I can tell this pancake mix is a high class with a lot of grain. It’s grainy and breaks down easily. This doesn’t have that classic taste. It’s a very good pancake mix.  It’s richer and fancier compared to Buttermilk. But if you crave that classic pancake-house taste, this is not for you. 

Personally, I am happy I got them both. My next purchase will be the Krusteaz. I like the price, taste, and that it doesn’t require an egg to prepare.

Costco Tote Bag, shopping bag
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Costco tote bags are must-have items. If you don’t own them, you are missing out.

They sell three bags for less than $5.00. It’s roughly $1.50/bag. (April 2008)

At first, I thought Costco’s tote bags were supposed to be free for the members. But if you think about it, $1.50 for a bag is a good price.

Costco Tote Back, shopping
Costco Tote-Bag. Simple design with hand straps and shoulder straps

Look at the above picture. Those three bags contain the following items (carrots (10lb), potato (10lb), large watermelon, lemon (5lb), beef jerky (x2), cereal, bread (x2), shampoo, vitamins (x2), yogurt (18pk), tuna (16pk)

With Costco tote bags, a fit person can carry all those items in one trip (I did). Try doing this with any other shopping bags or boxes from Costco. It’s impossible to carry all that with conventional methods. It’s worth investing a few dollars in these bags. If you live in an apartment, this is a must.

I bring these bags to Costco when I shop, so the cashiers would put items in the bag.

Show this bag to your family and friends, I guarantee they would like to have some too. I’ve already given some out. I had to buy some more.

Why I like Costco tote bags.

  • Convenient 
  • Save time
  • Save the environment
  • You don’t have to take boxes from Costco (more trash).
  • They can carry items from different stores. Most stores have small bags. You often need big bags like these.

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