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  • Post #1081 - July 2nd, 2020, 10:44 am
    Post #1081 - July 2nd, 2020, 10:44 am Post #1081 - July 2nd, 2020, 10:44 am
    HonestMan wrote:Yeah, Bacon at the Bollingbrook Costco was out, got some other (smaller) version of uncured bacon, that wasn't the Kirkland brand. Also no Kirkland toilet paper.

    If you want to travel a few miles northwest, the Naperville Costco had plenty of Kirkland toilet paper yesterday. Also, it looks like beef prices are coming back down. They had the prime full packer briskets for $3.49/lb.
  • Post #1082 - July 2nd, 2020, 3:10 pm
    Post #1082 - July 2nd, 2020, 3:10 pm Post #1082 - July 2nd, 2020, 3:10 pm
    Can someone who has visited the Chicagoland Costcos tell me more about how the Metawa location differs, if at all?

    TIA
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  • Post #1083 - July 2nd, 2020, 4:58 pm
    Post #1083 - July 2nd, 2020, 4:58 pm Post #1083 - July 2nd, 2020, 4:58 pm
    pairs4life wrote:Can someone who has visited the Chicagoland Costcos tell me more about how the Metawa location differs, if at all?

    Have not been since corona came to town, so things may have changed but compared to Lincoln Park, the Mettawa store is way less crowded, even though it seems physically smaller. The Mettawa parking lot is more conventionally shaped and much easier to deal with. We are not huge Costco devotees so this may not be true for others but the items we typically buy (mostly non-food supplies and non-perishable food) seem similarly stocked at both stores. But again, our last visit to either of these stores was in early March, so it could be quite different right now.

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  • Post #1084 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:42 pm
    Post #1084 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:42 pm Post #1084 - July 2nd, 2020, 7:42 pm
    FYI, the dark chocolate covered dried mangos are back in stock.
  • Post #1085 - July 6th, 2020, 7:57 pm
    Post #1085 - July 6th, 2020, 7:57 pm Post #1085 - July 6th, 2020, 7:57 pm
    Received a letter from Costco advising their Business Center in Bedford Park, IL will re-open on August 31, 2020. This is located south of Midway Airport just off Cicero Avenue. They had closed May 4th to divert this location and employees into a fulfillment center for food and essentials intended for home delivery.

    This Business Center Costco is like a Restaurant Depot with a lot of food and supplies aimed at restaurants. It also has had unusual hours like closed Sundays, closed early on Saturdays, no tires or photo center or pharmacy. It does have a food court and sells gasoline.

    On the day Illinois sheltered at home on a Saturday at 5:00 pm, this Costco was one of the last places I visited. I bought three pounds of garlic, which is down now to less three bulbs, and a seven-pound can of artichoke quarters.

    Another oddity, if an item is on sale at the regular Costco, the sale price is not offered there.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    Costco Business Center
    7300 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60629
    Cathy2

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  • Post #1086 - July 8th, 2020, 2:54 pm
    Post #1086 - July 8th, 2020, 2:54 pm Post #1086 - July 8th, 2020, 2:54 pm
    Costco Niles well stocked this morning. TP, water, paper towels etc. Picked up a beautiful pair of TriTip, package reads choice could easily be prime. Prime packer cut brisket, average 16/lbs, in stock for $3.49 pound.

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  • Post #1087 - July 8th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    Post #1087 - July 8th, 2020, 3:21 pm Post #1087 - July 8th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    G Wiv wrote:Costco Niles well stocked this morning. TP, water, paper towels etc. Picked up a beautiful pair of TriTip, package reads choice could easily be prime. Prime packer cut brisket, average 16/lbs, in stock for $3.49 pound.

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  • Post #1088 - July 8th, 2020, 4:07 pm
    Post #1088 - July 8th, 2020, 4:07 pm Post #1088 - July 8th, 2020, 4:07 pm
    I can't remember the last time I saw tri-tip at the Mettawa Costco. I'm surprised to see the Niles Costco has it. Can anyone tell me if they've seen it recently at Mettawa?
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  • Post #1089 - July 8th, 2020, 4:14 pm
    Post #1089 - July 8th, 2020, 4:14 pm Post #1089 - July 8th, 2020, 4:14 pm
    Costco really does vary by geography. Never see brisket at the Burlington VT store. But, OTOH, there's always flap at $8.99/lb, which is almost worth the trip!

    Plus, they have large sizes of some of the fine Vermont cheeses and beers, which is a great deal. Dunno whether or not youse guys in the Midwest have heard about them or not, but Vermont is making some world-class cheeses and beers these days.

    Just sayin'!!

    Geo
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  • Post #1090 - July 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
    Post #1090 - July 15th, 2020, 10:29 am Post #1090 - July 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
    Today's Costco email highlighted some online only special sales. A Staub 11-inch baking dish for $39.99 including shipping and handling. That seems to be a decent price. Throwing out there in case anyone is interested.
    -Mary
  • Post #1091 - August 26th, 2020, 9:59 am
    Post #1091 - August 26th, 2020, 9:59 am Post #1091 - August 26th, 2020, 9:59 am
    We are a small household with an electric car and have never had need for a costco membership. But pandemic shopping patterns have convinced us to give it a try. Planning now for my first trip. What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!
  • Post #1092 - August 26th, 2020, 10:05 am
    Post #1092 - August 26th, 2020, 10:05 am Post #1092 - August 26th, 2020, 10:05 am
    annak wrote:We are a small household with an electric car and have never had need for a costco membership. But pandemic shopping patterns have convinced us to give it a try. Planning now for my first trip. What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!

    If you need canned tomatoes, they have a 6lb can of San Marzano from Italy for $4. They're not DOP, but you can't beat the price.
  • Post #1093 - August 26th, 2020, 10:15 am
    Post #1093 - August 26th, 2020, 10:15 am Post #1093 - August 26th, 2020, 10:15 am
    annak wrote:What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!

    Kirkland TP, Bounty paper towels, dish soap, clothes soap, plastic bottles of water in cases, though if you drive an electric car that might not be for you. Booze, wine, beer, soda, cheese, meat, choice or prime beef. Shit-tons of frozen foods, that we never buy, giant jars of peanut butter.

    Veg are hit or miss, lately they have had MightyVine tomatoes.

    Costco is a wonderland for overweight middle Americans who don't dig cans of aerosol cheese from walmart, of which I am a proud member.
    Hold my beer . . .

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  • Post #1094 - August 26th, 2020, 10:28 am
    Post #1094 - August 26th, 2020, 10:28 am Post #1094 - August 26th, 2020, 10:28 am
    annak wrote:We are a small household with an electric car and have never had need for a costco membership. But pandemic shopping patterns have convinced us to give it a try. Planning now for my first trip. What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!


    If your a small household I am not sure Costco provides value for 1-3 person household unless you are a glutton and need 1 gallon of Mayonnaise.

    For a small household from my anecdotal experience most food items go bad before consuming such a large quantity. Costco is a good deal if you own a restaurant or have a large household in which I see the value it provides.
  • Post #1095 - August 26th, 2020, 10:48 am
    Post #1095 - August 26th, 2020, 10:48 am Post #1095 - August 26th, 2020, 10:48 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    annak wrote:What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!

    Kirkland TP, Bounty paper towels, dish soap, clothes soap, plastic bottles of water in cases, though if you drive an electric car that might not be for you. Booze, wine, beer, soda, cheese, meat, choice or prime beef. Shit-tons of frozen foods, that we never buy, giant jars of peanut butter.

    Veg are hit or miss, lately they have had MightyVine tomatoes.

    We still shop Costco as a household of two now that our kids are grown. Everything Gary mentions (although I prefer Charmin to Kirkland on the TP), with special shout outs for Kirkland Parmesan and Romano, big pieces of cambozola, brie wheels, Kirkland thick-cut bacon, lamb rib chops (if they ever stock them again), organic orange juice, mineral water, and a variety of OTC drug and household items such as Ibuprofen, toothpaste, and batteries. We aren't fans of their peanut butter, an item my husband is very particular about. Their rotisserie chicken is very reasonable and is good as these things go. Produce can be okay but often is nothing special and is in awfully large quantities for two. In the winter, the MightyVines are nice to have. It is helpful if you have some pantry and freezer space if you shop Costco.
  • Post #1096 - August 26th, 2020, 11:45 am
    Post #1096 - August 26th, 2020, 11:45 am Post #1096 - August 26th, 2020, 11:45 am
    HI,

    I regularly buy two-pound chunks of sharp cheddar cheese. Usually it is around $5.25, but presently it is $5.99. They also have mild cheddar and cheddar-Jack.

    Olive oils of various kinds are available. I buy their blend of olive oil, canola and grape seed, which I use for frying. If you are a Canola fan, they sell two three-liter bottles for $6.99.

    I use Kirkland laundry detergent that get very favorable reports. I buy the Cascade dishwasher detergent and the rinse they offer.

    If you have a cook-out, their Mary Ann hot dog and hamburger buns are very well priced.

    I like their big bottle of peppercorns. I have not bought any vanilla lately, because I am waiting for the price to come down.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #1097 - August 26th, 2020, 2:01 pm
    Post #1097 - August 26th, 2020, 2:01 pm Post #1097 - August 26th, 2020, 2:01 pm
    annak wrote:...But pandemic shopping patterns have convinced us to give it a try. Planning now for my first trip. What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!


    I'm nosey. Would something like a Jewel "curbside pickup" work for your fam?

    My must buys at Costco are:
    Gas (sorry)
    Roasted Chickens
    Kirkland Fish Sticks
    Ibuprofen
    Kirkland Laundry Detergent
    Kirkland Fabric Softener
    Clorox Color Safe Bleach
    Kirkland Toilet Paper
    Kirkland Smoked Pork
    Vacation Packages
    Rental Car Comparison Shopping
    New Tires
    Car Insurance

    Most of my money goes to their crazy ass clearance prices. I have a BLAST walking through, and coming across unbeatable clearance prices for:
    TV's
    Pickles
    Beef Jerky
    Frozen precooked spare ribs (not very good)
    Pre-seasoned Tri-tip roasts (crazy good for 1.97/lb in cryocvac)
    Mismarked lamb chops
    Bratwursts
    End of season oddities like garden hoses, weed killer, lawn fertilizer, swim goggles, clothes, shoes (their shoes have never been of a good quality, imo, but I can't resist a pair of winter boots for 4.97, or summer slides for 2.97.)

    My best haul was booze and those trip tip roasts. One day I walked in and found four or five diff single malts, and hendrick's gin all clearanced out at stupid prices. I walked in to get a $19.99 fall jacket for one of my nephews. I walked out with 2 bottles of a Balvenie, 2 btls of Hendrick's, 3 btls of some of the Glens, and a bottle of a single malt from freekin Colorado that we really enjoyed far more than I thought we would.

    So, my guess is that you'll be ordering for delivery, and all of their products are not available for delivery. But, Costco clearance is just crazy when you'll (hopefully) be able to shop "in store" again.

    If it's feasible for you though, check into select location Jewel curbside pickup. You will get the weekly ad's sale prices, and a Jewel csr will bring your bags out, and put them in your car (if you'd like.)

    Tony's also offers curbside pickup, but their prices are very hit or miss compared to their ad prices.

    I'm digging on Jewel curbside these days.

    Costco used to be a once a week walkthrough for clearance prices and grabbing a chicken for dinner, inbetween restocking on their staples.
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  • Post #1098 - August 26th, 2020, 2:43 pm
    Post #1098 - August 26th, 2020, 2:43 pm Post #1098 - August 26th, 2020, 2:43 pm
    nobody's mentioned the pharmacy yet. That's one reason I go to Costco even though I'm a one person household. I also go for their Kirkland toilet paper, 12 pack of Kleenex tissue,I like their cheese selection particularly the Tillamook extra sharp cheddar. And then just Cause I'm there anyway I'll stock up on my contact lens solution, various Vitamins and minerals etc. but I do like their pharmacy a lot. You have to shop competitively for each drug that you get, I get most of my drugs at Costco but not all. The employees could not be more helpful. I also buy organic sugar, fair trade chocolate chips, good prices on nuts.
  • Post #1099 - August 26th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #1099 - August 26th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #1099 - August 26th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Yes, to everything that's been mentioned. Plus: their bacon from Canada, when you can get it. Ditto the Piller's knackwurst and Euro-wieners. The Delice de Burgogne triple-creme. Whitefish salad. The mixed-nut jar. Best huge bag of rippled tater chips in the known universe.
    Omeprazole, ibuprofin, and coated aspirin.

    Hell's bells, it's just fun to troll the store! And their Kirkland store brand wines can be excellent values, particularly the Aussie and Argentinean ones.

    Geo
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  • Post #1100 - August 26th, 2020, 3:10 pm
    Post #1100 - August 26th, 2020, 3:10 pm Post #1100 - August 26th, 2020, 3:10 pm
    I get prescription glasses there. Literally 1/3 the price of LensCrafters. My eye doctor first recommended them to me.

    We are a household of 2. We go about once a month. Regular purchases for us are: smoked salmon, mixed nuts, beer, toilet paper, paper towels, dish detergent, coke, mineral water.

    Less common : pork shoulder, strip steaks.
  • Post #1101 - August 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    Post #1101 - August 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm Post #1101 - August 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    lougord99 wrote:Regular purchases for us are: smoked salmon

    Yes, Big Yes!
    Hold my beer . . .

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  • Post #1102 - August 26th, 2020, 3:50 pm
    Post #1102 - August 26th, 2020, 3:50 pm Post #1102 - August 26th, 2020, 3:50 pm
    Seebee-

    Where do you see the clearance items. I dont think that I have ever noticed them and certainly not any clearance booze. Is it all the items ending in 97 cents?

    Thanks, Will
  • Post #1103 - August 26th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    Post #1103 - August 26th, 2020, 6:39 pm Post #1103 - August 26th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    When I wore contacts, the savings on those alone paid for my membership.
  • Post #1104 - August 26th, 2020, 8:31 pm
    Post #1104 - August 26th, 2020, 8:31 pm Post #1104 - August 26th, 2020, 8:31 pm
    annak wrote:We are a small household with an electric car and have never had need for a costco membership. But pandemic shopping patterns have convinced us to give it a try. Planning now for my first trip. What are your current must-buys? Grateful for guidance!

    King Arthur Flour 12#/$5.99
    Whitefish salad
    Nuts of all sorts, if you've got the freezer space
    A lot of things don't seem any cheaper, but if you look they're larger packages than supermarket items.
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  • Post #1105 - August 27th, 2020, 6:52 am
    Post #1105 - August 27th, 2020, 6:52 am Post #1105 - August 27th, 2020, 6:52 am
    WillG wrote:Seebee-

    Where do you see the clearance items. I dont think that I have ever noticed them and certainly not any clearance booze. Is it all the items ending in 97 cents?

    Thanks, Will


    Some stores will have a "clearance section" but it will not be labeled in any way. At my most frequented store, their clearance section is in a corner between the start of the food and the end of the booze, but again - not labeled in any way. In that same store, and all others, however, clearance items are mixed into the regular aisles. Anything that ends in a .97 or a .00, though I believe the .00 also means that they will not be re-ordering that item. If you do a quick search for Costco clearance prices, you'll be able to get more info. Once you train your eyes to look for the .97 or .00, Costco is an absolute riot. Some of the stuff isn't worth buying, obviously, but when you come across a jackpot....it's a hoot. Pants, jackets, shoes, swim goggles, pretty damn expensive single malts (I just happened to be there - right place right time) food - another good one was 8 ct pkgs of (soup sized) sourdough boules - shelf stable, and cryovac - 1.97. Another good one a few years ago was 3lb pkgs of thick cut peppered bacon for 1.97. Short dated, yes, but I have a freezer, and I am not scared to use it. I usually buy my bosses holiday gifts at Costco, and then tell them about it (we're cool like that.) Last year's gifts were 3 packs of pyrex glass pie baking dishes for 3.97 each. Previous year was a fancy pack of wood cutting boards for a similar stupid price. My previous 2 tv's were a joke of a price. One was pre-deemed as too big for the room by wife 1.0, until she saw the price. (She has also since stated numerous times that she LOVES it.) When my son could actually stand going to Costco and being seen with me, we made it a hilarious game where he would sit in the cart and point out all of the .97's and .00's as we sped through the aisles. I can go into Costco with a list of needs, but I can strategically speed down all of the aisles looking for clearance ONLY in about 15 minutes. It infuriates my better half. I'm done with the store and have the clearance intel, and examples in the cart, while she's still touching some full priced set of "cozy socks," or contemplating windshield wipers, barely inside the front door.

    Also - for those that said eyeglasses...YUP!
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  • Post #1106 - August 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    Post #1106 - August 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm Post #1106 - August 27th, 2020, 2:17 pm
    polster wrote:If your a small household I am not sure Costco provides value for 1-3 person household unless you are a glutton and need 1 gallon of Mayonnaise.


    That's not really accurate. Sure, they have oversized containers of some items but it's mostly multi-packs of normal-ish sized items. It's up to each consumer as to what works for them but as half a household of 2, we shop there weekly for lots of staples and specialty items. I though I posted earlier but apparently not. Some examples of deals are double-paks of Rao's jarred pasta sauce - 2 large jars for $10 (1 sells for $7 or $8 - or more - elsewhere). 6-packs of Wild Planet tuna, about $4-$5 a can elsewhere for $15. Four 2-packs of frozen Beyond Burgers are $14.99. Roughly half-price of other stores.
  • Post #1107 - August 27th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    Post #1107 - August 27th, 2020, 2:42 pm Post #1107 - August 27th, 2020, 2:42 pm
    I'm a household of 1 and here are things I buy fairly regularly.

    Paper towels, tp, garbage bags, laundry and dishwasher pods: if you got the space, it's a great deal

    Allergy meds: the Kirkland brand items are so much cheaper than other stores

    Bottled water: if that's your thing

    Two brothers coffee: it's better than the other coffees they sell and reasonably priced

    Beef: used to buy this much more but now this forum has made me a Joseph's convert!!

    Canola/vegetable oil: decent stuff to deep fry with

    Low sodium chicken stock: I usually have homemade stuff in the freezer but this comes in handy when I didn't preplan

    Lump crab meat: once/twice a year, get a craving for crab cakes and they always have some

    Rotisserie chicken: always convenient and cheap

    Bourbon: Limited but decent selection w the occasional hard to find item. Just don't buy angels envy. :)

    Butter: they sell 4 packs of 1lb butter. I've gotten good about taking 1 at a time, clarifying it and leaving it in the fridge. Become a habit during the pandemic

    Aged Parmesan cheese: I'll buy it if I have a need for it. And then I have a tasty cheese to snack on. Cheaper than at grocery stores
  • Post #1108 - August 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    Post #1108 - August 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm Post #1108 - August 27th, 2020, 3:21 pm
    If you see an asterisk, this notes this is the last of this particular item and will not be restocked.

    These may be seasonally available items, so you just might not see it until next year or never again.

    Right now you are seeing holiday gifts and decorating. If you wait until Thanksgiving, the best items may be gone.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
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  • Post #1109 - August 27th, 2020, 4:22 pm
    Post #1109 - August 27th, 2020, 4:22 pm Post #1109 - August 27th, 2020, 4:22 pm
    Family of 2 + a dog who eats raw.

    I buy chicken legs, and now stew beef for the dog. Chicken legs are raised, hatched, and processed in the US and generally no more than 99 cents # pound for roughly 8-10#s.

    I buy gas.

    It's a decent basic cheese pizza in the food court by the pie or slice if you are in the mood but you don't need membership for that.

    Dog's meds are cheaper at Costco as well as her supplements.

    I buy butter and vegan sugar and the KAF flour as well. Oh and Ibuprofen, hydrocortisone creme, electric toothbrush heads, Lysol spray (new since pandemic), Coke Zero by the case (but they may have discontinued it I notice), sheet cake, b/c why not great value and decent old school bakery taste if you like that sort of thing.

    You can also get a refund if you don't like it I think that is pro-rated.

    Oh, also travel discounts, best rates on last minute cars at desirable non-airport locations to rent through the majors.

    Also paper, pens, and basic office supplies, No #10 envelopes, etc.
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  • Post #1110 - August 27th, 2020, 5:45 pm
    Post #1110 - August 27th, 2020, 5:45 pm Post #1110 - August 27th, 2020, 5:45 pm
    Pairs-

    What is vegan sugar? or more to the point, non-vegan sugar? Something to do with the refining process? Do you mean raw sugar?

    -Will

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