[I got a great guest post from a new reader, and newly minted Costco shopper Deborah, about her decision on joining Costco and her thought process. She talked to several friends and got their opinions on if Costco was a good deal or all hype. And, as we all can guess, in the end she joined up because people love Costco and had tons of great things to sway her. Deborah D is a full-time writer who spends way too much time in the house writing about personal finance, credit loans, car insurance, health, wellness, and search engine optimization. She’s always happy for an excuse to get out and shop – especially if it means she’ll save some money.]
Am I Addicted to Costco?
I have to admit that, like many others, money has been tight in my household over the past year or so. I’ve had several friends tell me I should “just join Costco” to get better deals on bulk items and food. The problem is that when money is tight, you often have trouble scraping enough together to go out and shop in bulk to start with. It’s a nasty little catch-22.
I’m also not one to start shopping without doing my homework. The closest Costco is a full 12 miles away from where I live, so I wanted to make sure that the membership was not only worth the investment but worth the drive as well.
So what did I do? I started talking to my online friends, looking for more varied opinions of the store. I was pleasantly surprised by what I learned.
My friend Dave told me that he and his wife love shopping at Costco because of the cost of baby formula and diapers. He said that Costco’s store-brand formula is identical in quality to Similac and is less than half the price. They saved a ton of money on diapers for their two young ones as well. I’m about to become an aunt and I love giving people “practical” gifts, so knowing I could help save significant amounts of money on baby supplies was a huge help.
My friend Tara told me that Costco has great deals on – of all things – scrapbooking supplies. As a crafter, I would have never thought of looking in a bulk/warehouse style store for that type of material. Another point for Costco.
My friend Laura couldn’t tell me enough about how much she loves the store. She loves the higher-end quality of the products, thinks everything is priced fairly, and loves the personality of the customer service team. She said she has never, ever had a problem, even with returns or exchanges.
I did, of course, receive a couple of off-the-wall comments as well. One friend complained about the long lines but stated that it could have simply been his North Jersey location. Another offered to put me in touch with an ex-employee, but I’m not sure ex-employee stories would have been unbiased enough for my decision making process.
At the end of the day, I drove the 12 miles from Runnemede to the Costco in Mt. Laurel, NJ to take a look around. I joined, picked up a few odds and ends, and found myself wandering the aisles while making a mental list of all the things I could really use in the house. I am pretty sure it is safe to say I am not yet addicted, but am well on my way!