Costco … is it worth it?

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We discovered Costco whilst living in the US a few years ago now and fell in love with it then!  For those of you that don’t know it is a warehouse type shopping experience.  You can buy almost everything at Costco … from TV’s, electrical equipment, mechanical tools, meat, vegetables, groceries, clothes, toys, books DVD’s and the list can go on and on and on!  Yes there is a yearly fee, for the normal public it is $60 … I went today and today alone I saved $135.  So I more then paid for my membership.

To give you an idea of price comparissions…today here is my list of purchases along with the Coles-on-line prices (yes, generally a little more expensive then the actual stores)

Item

Costco Size

Costco Price

Costco Unit Price

Coles Size

Coles Price

Coles Unit Price

Huggies 148 pk $58.39 $0.39 per nappy 81 $41.95 $0.52
Plain Flour 8 x 1kg $6.69 $0.03 100g 1kg $1.04 $0.10
White Sugar 3kg $2.39 $07.9 100g 2kg $3.04 $0.15
Tasty Cheese 2kg $18.49 $9.24 per kg 1 kg $12.30 $12.30
Water Cracker 4 pkt $7.59 $1.90 per pkt 1 pkt $3.48 $3.48
Cheese Twist 4 pkt $9.99 $2.50 per pkt 1 pkt $4.85 $4.85
Cordial 2 x 2lt $6.59 $3.29 per 2 lt 2 lt $4.57 $4.57
Tomato Sauce 4lt $6.99 $1.74 per lt 2 lt $6.05 $3.03
Rexona Mens Rollon 6 bottles $18.59 $3.09 per bottle 1 bottle $4.35 $4.35
Cream 600ml bottle $1.79 $0.29 per 100ml 600ml bottle $3.92 $0.65
Butter 1.5kg $8.59 $0.57 100g 500g $4.55 $0.91
Wedges Birdseye 2kg $5.89 $2.94 per 1kg 1 kg $4.72 $4.72
Skinless Franks 1kg (17 franks) $4.99 $4.99 per kg 500g $5.64 $11.28
Cadbury Milk Chocolate 10 x 100g $18.99 $1.89 per 100g 100g $2.34 $2.34
Maple Syrup 934ml $17.99 $1.90 100ml 250ml $10.74 $4.30
Vanilla Paste 360g bottle $23.99 $7.49 per 100g 65g $10.88 $16.74

I personally think it’s worth the membership…although you do need the storage space and possibly room in the freezer!

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