Contest: Win a Costco Cash Card for Your Comments

August 17th, 2009 · 124 Comments

For the first time ever, is running a contest where our readers can win Costco Cash Cards!  And all you need to do is provide information on what you like to buy at Costco.  Many of you are already providing this in other comments on this blog, but now you can get rewarded for it!

Contest Question:

What are the top 5 items you buy at Costco?  For each item, please indicate what brand it is and what makes that product great.  Did you purchase any of the top 5 before shopping at Costco?

Contest Rules:

So, how will this work and what can you win for providing your comments?

  1. Answer the content question by commenting on this blog post.
  2. The contest will run for 10 days, through midnight CST on August 26, 2009.  Any comments posted after the expiration of the contest will not be eligible for the drawing.
  3. At the end of the contest, there will be a random drawing from everyone that has responded and three lucky people will win Costco Cash Cards.  The first place winner’s card will be for $100.00, second place $50.00, and third place $25.00.  The drawing will be held by August 31, 2009, 5 days after the end of the contest.
  4. All winners screen names will be posted here by September 3, 2009.
  5. When you provide your comment, you will need to provide a valid email address in the comment form (NOT the body of your comment).  We need your email address to be able to contact you for instruction on where your Costco Cash Card should be sent.  Provided email addresses are not publicly available and will only be used to contact you in regards to this contest and will not be sold or used to send you unwanted email.
  6. If a winner does not reply to the notification email, no alternate will be picked.
  7. The sponsor of this contest will use to send out the cash cards to the winners in a timely fashion.
  8. This contest is sponsored by a third-party looking to learn about shopping habits of Costco customers.  It is NOT being sponsored by or Costco.
  9. Neither Dave nor I will be eligible to win this contest, even though we may supply a response.

This is a really great question and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s responses.  I’ve been thinking about my top 5 and there are so many great things, it’s hard to pick!


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124 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Ms. Smarty Pants Know It All » Recommended Blog Articles for the Week of August 24 // 2009.08.30 at 11:35 am

    […] to Costco! ran a contest asking readers for their top five favorite Costco items. The replies are great and so […]

  2. 2 ‘My Top 5 Costco Items’ Contest Winners | Addicted To Costco! // 2009.08.28 at 10:22 am

    […] morning we selected the winners for the ‘My Top 5 Costco Items’ contest, the first contest ever. Again, I just want to say thanks to everyone that was […]

  3. 3 Monica // 2009.08.27 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for running the contest. It was fun to read other comments and get ideas about things I would not normally look for at Costco! What fun.

  4. 4 Kimberly // 2009.08.27 at 5:15 pm

    Just so everyone knows, the contest officially closed at midnight!

  5. 5 Patrick D // 2009.08.27 at 5:09 pm

    The five tings we always buy at Costco.
    1. Tamari Almonds
    2. Kirkland Laundry Detergent
    3. Organic Green Beans
    4. Bulk Romaine lettuce.
    5. Gouda cheese

  6. 6 My Top 5 Costco Items Contest | Addicted To Costco! // 2009.08.27 at 8:41 am

    […] want to thank everyone that made my first contest such a huge success!  I never expected to get so many responses, but I had hoped!  There were a […]

  7. 7 Elaine Welby // 2009.08.27 at 3:01 am

    That’s my son here in the picture, isn’t he handsome! I use his e-mail, I don’t have one of my own.

  8. 8 Elaine Welby // 2009.08.27 at 2:59 am

    We buy a lot of the Kirkland brands. oil supplements. 2.kirkland coffee. 3. I can’t remember the brand, but frozen shrimp. 4.I get my son a lot of sweatpants and shirts. and 5.CoQ10, also for my son, who has a heart condition, and has steadily felt better since he’s taken this.

  9. 9 shyni // 2009.08.26 at 11:03 pm

    1. Cadet sweet potato/chicken wraps. I love that there are only two ingredients in this product – sweet potato and chicken. And our dog goes absolutely crazy for these treats, and it looks like they have been discontinued. 🙁 In generaly, we buy way more dog treats than we would if not for Costco.

    2.Kirkland Dishwasher Detergent – we thought our dishwasher didn’t do a good job of washing our silverware b/c the regular name brand detergents we tried never rinsed cleanly and/or left the silverware with a film or looking cloudy. The Kirkland brand totally worked though and we’ve bought this regularly since then.

    3. Hacienda Vieja Tequila – this has become a regular product that we buy at Costco. It’s a great tequila, and more affordable at Costco than elsewhere.

    4. Kirkland Organic 2% Milk – delicious and a great value. I don’t know that we would buy organic milk at the regular grocery store.

    5. Kraft Polly-O String Cheese – these are a terrific bargain and they are perfect for dog treats.

    We didn’t buy any of these products before purchasing them first at Costco.

  10. 10 Kim // 2009.08.26 at 10:41 pm

    1. Costco rotisserie chicken (it’s a whole meal, plus you can use leftovers in a variety of dishes, too).
    2. The organic spring mix (it might be Earthbound Farm) (so good for you).
    3. The organic baby spinach in the produce section (not sure of the brand) (another good for you item).
    4. Kirkland laundry detergent (just as good as Tide).
    5. Wine (explore the adventures of discovered wines – so many possibilities – different brands – most were delightful).
    The only thing that we bought before Costco was organic spring mix and baby spinach.

  11. 11 Dave Price // 2009.08.26 at 7:09 pm

    I use costco for work and personal so, just 5?

    1.) HP Printer ink cartridges
    2.) Panasonic 50″ HDTV Plasma ( GREAT PRICE btw)
    3.) Office Impressions Secure Envelopes
    4.) GAS!!!!
    5.) Men’s Skin Care

  12. 12 d.e. manning // 2009.08.26 at 6:47 pm

    1. gardenburger brand gardenburgers; did buy before costco membership but price is much better at costco.
    2. kirkland brand cheese; did not buy it before costco membership.
    3. costco take and bake pizzas (can’t buy outside of costco’s).
    4. kirkland brand laundry detergent, did not buy it before our costco membership.
    5. vitamin water, glaceau brand; did purchase it elsewhere but costco has best price except for ‘extreme’ sales at grocery stores.

  13. 13 Kimberly // 2009.08.26 at 3:29 pm

    There’s still plenty of time before midnight CST to get your answers completed, or added if you’re new to the contest.

    But I do want to reiterate that answers that do not fully answer the question, all parts of it, will unfortunately be disqualified. While I appreciate the effort to list out your favorite 5 items to purchase, we need a little more information. For a refresher, here’s the full question again:
    What are the top 5 items you buy at Costco? For each item, please indicate what brand it is and what makes that product great. Did you purchase any of the top 5 before shopping at Costco?

    Don’t worry, if you didn’t answer the question completely, just add another comment to follow up with the details that you left out in your original comment.

    Thanks to everyone that has responded and good luck everyone!

  14. 14 Dave // 2009.08.26 at 3:19 pm

    Just like my reminder on comment 7, please make sure you follow the instructions in the original post!. The last few comments have forgotten to indicate whether or not they use to purchase the items prior to finding them at Costco. I’m not the contest administrator, but I think that means they don’t count as valid entries for the contest.

  15. 15 Janice Erickson // 2009.08.26 at 2:07 pm

    Costco is about my favorite place on the planet! We purchase everything there. Food, clothing, furniture, health and household products, automotive supplies, pet items. I love browsing in the book section with a hot mocha!

    It’s really tough to come up with my tough 5 favorite items to purchase, but I will give it my best shot.

    1. Kirkland Signature Non-fat Milk (don’t like the newer milk jugs though!)
    2. Kirkland Signature Paper towels
    3. Fresh Salmon (We buy this at least once a week! Excellent on the bar-b-que!)
    4. Charmin Toilet Paper…it’s been a mainstay at or house for a long time! Squeezable!
    5. Kirkland Signature Yogurt with fresh fruit.

  16. 16 gira // 2009.08.26 at 1:26 pm

    i need to do it again since i put four items
    kirkland multivitamins for adults
    kirklans brand cheese
    kirkland brand walnuts
    kirkland brand yogurt
    kirkland brand canola oil big can /best price/best quality

  17. 17 gira // 2009.08.26 at 1:20 pm

    kirkland multivitamins for adults
    i have doctor in the family and he thinks they are the best and ofcourse can’t beat the value
    kirkland brand cheese
    kirkland brand walnuts
    kirkland brand yogurt
    i think everything is great at costco

  18. 18 Jack // 2009.08.26 at 10:37 am

    1) Kirkland laundry detergent: my wife and kids have lots of allergies, so we use teh “free and clear” version. It’s as good as Tide, Arm & Hammer, etc, at a better price.
    2) Kirkland paper towels: priced like store brand, but performs like Bounty.
    3) Charmin toilet paper: best price we’ve found, and it’s the softest on our hiney’s
    4) Einstein Brothers Bagels: I can’t leave Costco without these
    5) Cakes from the bakery: Much better than any grocery store, at half the price.

  19. 19 Nichole L // 2009.08.26 at 5:34 am

    1)Kirkland brand chocolate covered macadamia nuts! With caramel — so so so good!
    2)ground beef from the butcher section – the only ground beef we will eat.
    3)Kirkland trail mix
    4)Costco pizza – better (and much cheaper) than our local pizza parlors.
    5)Kirkland toilet paper

  20. 20 suzanne c // 2009.08.26 at 12:37 am

    1) Kirkland fragrance-free laundry detergent – the best.
    2)Kirkland solid white albacore tuna -great quality, definitely not the canned cat food mystery mush at supermarkets.
    3) Pacific Gold Beef Jerky-salty goodness.
    4) Neutrogena fragrance-free facial cleanser – 4 large pump bottles for less than $10.
    5)Nature’s Choice recycled toilet paper.

  21. 21 Monica // 2009.08.26 at 12:14 am

    Kirkland Toilet Paper – best deal around on toilet paper. Especially love the individual wrapping that is recycleable. Bought TP before Costco, but not Kirkland brand obviously.

    Creamy Peanut Butter – whatever brand they are currently selling. Always a better price than the grocery store. Started buying at Costco once I realize it really was cheaper and lasted a long time.

    Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats — Can’t beat the Costco price. Didn’t buy before as I couldn’t justify the cost. All name brand cereals at Costco are a great bargain.

    Nature Valley Salt & Sweet Granola Bars – Bought to try at grocery store. Loved them and was thrilled to find them at Costco. They are an amazing bargain at Costco!

    Marie Callender’s Corn Bread Mix — Unfortunately this is a seasonal item, but we found it at Costco and love it. Can’t wait for Fall and the return of the item. Never bought before we tried at Costco.

  22. 22 Dov // 2009.08.25 at 10:13 pm

    Top items:
    1) Tropicana Orange Juice – Family pack of 4, cheaper than all the stores.
    2) Kirkland Trash bags 33 Gallon with draw string, strong and durable.
    3) Kirkland liquid detergent 170 Oz. Excellent subsitute for tide.
    4) Samsonite travel luggage (duffel) 30″ got it in California for great price.
    5) Kirkland Canola oil 5 ltr. amazing price

    all of these plus many more items save me big bucks every month as apposed to my local supermarket.

  23. 23 Nabeela // 2009.08.25 at 7:08 pm

    My top five items are:
    1) Double Fiber Orowheat Bread…it’s just plain healthy 🙂
    2) Oroweat’s sandwich Thins….reason ditto as above
    3) Fuji Apples……always great and fresh at Costco
    4) Fage Greek Yogurt…..what a deal!
    5) Maranatha Almond Butter….ditto as above.

    And no, I had never shopped for these items elsewhere before. The reason is because I have ALWAYS shopped at Costco since I moved to the USA 🙂

  24. 24 Liz C. // 2009.08.25 at 11:18 am

    1. Kingdom Pets Chicken Jerky – I did not buy these until I became a member because it was way too expensive, but my dog loves them and I feel good about giving them to her.

    2. Kirkland Signature Take and Bake Pizza – We always buy the Margherita, the ingredients are always nice and fresh and the end result is superb.

    3. Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips – The price and size of the bag would be worth it for non-organic chips so this is a bonus. I like the flavor and they are not too salty.

    4. Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt – We used to buy these in the store before becoming members, but the price here usually can’t be beat.

    5. Crystal Springs Water (6 gallon sized box) – During the summer our water doesn’t taste very good so we buy water, and this is the best price for any brand in our area.

    I bought the Dannon Light & Fit yogurt before becoming a member for lunches during the week. I bought water before becoming a member, but I was never brand loyal. I also bought tortilla chips before becoming a member, but obviously the Kirkland Signature brand is only available at Costco.

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