About Me & My Love of Costco

My love affair with Costco began several years ago in Tucson, Arizona. It was a beautiful, sunny day the first time I walked through that warehouse door that would forever hold a special place in my heart. At first, it was just a casual flirtation but over the years my love has only grown.

I have to go at least once a week, sometimes I’ve been known to go as many as three times in one week! When I’m visiting other cities that have a Costco, I feel compelled to go and see what bargains they have, if the store layout is the same, and what new and exciting products they have.

My husband, Dave, and I used to live in Austin, TX where we shopped weekly at the Costco  about 7 minutes from our house. However, in 2010 we relocated to London (yes, the one in the UK).  While the move has been exciting with tons of new things to try out and see, our Costco shopping takes a little more planning.  It is a much longer drive to our Costco of choice in Watford, about 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic, and I have to make the trip in a Zipcar instead of my own vehicle.  But we still continue to shop all the time at Costco and have found lots of great bargains on things that we didn’t want to bring from the US or couldn’t (like electronics), as well as many new favorite products.  And after more than two years of driving here, I am relaxed enough while driving to not break out into a cold sweat every time we get in the Zipcar to do some shopping at Costco.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to experience the joy of Costco in locations around the world.  I have obviously been to Costco in the US and UK, but also Australia, Korea, and Japan.  I’m looking forward to visiting the new location in Spain too.

If you have a question, comment, thought for me that you don’t want to post as a comment on here, or you have some other reason you would like to contact me, you can email me at kimberly@addictedtocostco.com.

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Costco Material Connections (or, Does Costco Pay Me to Write this Blog?)

I know several people have made comments on my blog, or someplace else online, questioning my blog and my connections to Costco.  I want to make it very clear to everyone that I do not work for Costco and have never worked for Costco in any capacity.  I do not receive free goods or services from Costco and I am not paid to express favorable opinions of Costco; I receive no direct or indirect payments from Costco (unless they place ads on my site through the Google AdSense network which I do not control).  All of the Costco products and services that I discuss are purchased with my own money using the membership that my husband and I pay for each year.  I do sometimes receive samples from Costco vendors, however, I always point this out in my posts and do not let it sway my opinions or reviews.



231 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 Carlos // 2017.02.02 at 2:34 am

    Missing your updates. Hope you are in good health!

  2. 2 Maya // 2016.08.04 at 1:54 pm

    were you ever able to try Sebamed products? i’ve heard that they’re really great cuz they’re natural and formulated for sensitive skin, but i haven’t gotten around to trying them. i’ve done plenty of exploration on their website, but i know they come to costco sometimes to do roadshows. i think i might go to the next one to get some free samples. have you guys heard anything about them? here’s the link to their website in case you haven’t heard of them: https://www.sebamedusa.com/.

  3. 3 Alan Barcelowsky // 2016.03.29 at 5:13 pm

    I just can’t believe we are still not getting a Costco here in The Villages, Fl…I ove Costco and SAMs Club just does not comparing.

  4. 4 Greg cason // 2016.03.06 at 10:01 am

    Any truth to rumors portland,ore will be gitting a new costco.

  5. 5 Married to a Costco Fan // 2014.09.11 at 10:43 am

    Hi! My husband is addicted to Costco as much as you are. I would love to give him a Costco themed birthday party! Just wondering if you’ve ever had one or have any ideas on the subject. Thanks for your help!

    • 6 Kimberly // 2014.09.12 at 5:14 am

      @Married – I’ve not had a Costco themed birthday party, at least not overtly. But I think that is a great idea for a Costco fan. How themey are you wanting it to be? Or do you just want a more subtle nod to Costco with all of the stuff for the party coming from Costco?

  6. 7 Jon // 2014.05.18 at 3:58 pm

    In the US Costco has always promoted how their toilet tissue is better than more expensive brands. They have always carried other brands for those who don’t care for Kirkland tissue.

    Recently they changed how they make Kirkland tissue and the reviews have been horrible. Now Costco in the US has ended selling competing brands and will only sell Kirkland. Charmin was the first to be deleted from the Costco systems. Seems Costco would rather its US customers buy it’s inferior product rather than give their customers what they want.

    Anyone else notice their choices at Costco US are going away and becoming only Kirkland brand?

    • 8 PHIL // 2014.05.18 at 8:05 pm

      I also noticed the quality slipping. Especially the fact that it tears in all directions except the perforations!

    • 9 Elaine // 2014.08.11 at 12:17 am

      My husband told me last week that he didn’t like Costco TP and I should go back to whatever we were using before{Charmin), so I guess I will.

    • 10 Stephany // 2014.08.22 at 12:13 am

      It might not be in all stores, I just went to 3 locations in California and the all had diff brands other than Kirklands, while mu parents use the K brand, I prefer charmin

    • 11 KJ in CA // 2015.01.28 at 8:09 pm

      Untrue statements. Costco sells Quilted Northern and Charmin at the store I shop.

      I have found the Kirkland Signature items to be as good or better than the name brand items. I hope Costco continues to expand their offerings of KS items….I haven’t found a better value anywhere.

    • 12 Bill Diehl // 2016.11.15 at 3:59 pm

      We were unhappy when we realized that Costco no longer offers Charmin toilet paper. The Kirkland brand is definitely inferior to Charmin. We are going to write a suggestion in their suggestion book to reintroduce Charmin. The suggestion book is located at the exit of the store so perhaps other members will do this too.

  7. 13 David // 2014.04.30 at 12:41 pm

    There has been word that Costco is possibly looking at some land to build a store in Amarillo, Tx. Have you heard about this yet?

    • 14 Kimberly // 2014.05.01 at 5:14 am

      @David – I haven’t heard about this, well, a rumor or two, but I think that was last year. You might try asking on the Locations page too though.

  8. 15 Michael // 2014.02.07 at 9:09 am

    Very displeased with Ameriprise Costco insurance rates in Virginia. I recently added another car (3rd) to my Ameriprise policy in Virginia. The cost to add an additional car to my policy was basically the full price for an independent policy for the newly added car. I am the only driver, so I thought the cost was unreasonable (I can only drive one car at a time after all.) I should add that I’ve had Ameriprise Costco insurance for many years (over 10 years at least, if not longer.)

    I called another insurer with whom I’ve never done business, and they insured my cars for almost 40% less than Ameriprise was charging. They told me that they have a new underwriting approach to insurance in Virginia, which seems clearly to have worked in my favor.

    The bottom line is that Ameriprise is not competitive on multi-car policies in Virginia.

    • 16 Steve // 2014.08.19 at 4:15 pm

      If you are a veteran, check out USAA for insurance. I’ve never had better rates!

  9. 17 Lisa // 2014.01.16 at 1:52 pm

    I thought the big chunks of Parm (the proper stuff) were only during specialty cheese “shows” – at least that’s when I’ve bought mine.

    • 18 Kimberly // 2014.01.17 at 4:21 am

      @Lisa – That is a staple at Costco and something that they sell under the Kirkland Signature brand. Though if you want a whole wheel of it or something that would be a special thing (they sell the whole wheel at Costco.com right now).

  10. 19 Joseph M // 2013.10.07 at 12:47 pm

    Costco used to carry Pomegranate wine a few years ago. I bought one of these bottles in a Costco near the Woodfield Mall in Chicago. Ever since then, I’ve never seen this wine offered again.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    • 20 PHIL // 2013.11.01 at 3:00 am

      Joseph: I would say take a wine making class and then get the pomegranate juice from Costco and make your own. But, I always go on the Costco website to “contact” page and let them know what products I miss or would like to see. They always write back and thank me for the input – If they get enough feedback requesting something they will consider getting it back into the store.

  11. 21 Harry Ingle // 2013.09.10 at 11:15 am

    Is it possible to renew my old Costco card? I moved to Fairhope, AL and wasn’t close enough for convenience but now with New Orleans in the picture and maybe Mobile, I would like to renew my membership.

    Harry Ingle

    • 22 Kimberly // 2013.09.12 at 4:34 am

      @Harry – How long has your membership lapsed?

    • 23 Mylane // 2015.03.22 at 12:13 am

      Yes it is possible to renew your Costco membership with your old card. I just renewed my Cosco membership after a 4+ year hiatus from Costco. And to boot my account is a business account and they didn’t even require me to show them my current license.

  12. 24 dina bloem // 2013.08.31 at 6:20 pm

    Kimberly, please have Costco get the ocean saline nasal spray back in the store, I love it and need it!!! Just two bottles, I don’t need the small bottle, and the gel. just two bottles of the spray!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will pay a little more

  13. 25 Mark // 2013.07.07 at 7:45 pm

    An interesting comparison. We have been enjoying the ‘Spring Mix’ lettuce at Costco, a variety of fresh lettuces in a clear plastic box about the size of a shoebox. At our Costco, the spring mix costs $4.48 for 16 Oz. The other day, we were out (and our Costco is about 38 miles away), so we went to our nearest WalMart, which usually has pretty good produce. They had a box of the Spring Mix lettuce. It was $4.98 for 10 ounces! Costco was about 40 percent cheaper. Same quality. I still wish our Costco would re-stock the Exceline Chicken Quesadillas instead of the other brand. There is No Comparison in the taste and quality.

  14. 26 Sarah // 2013.06.12 at 9:00 pm

    They have it at other Costcos in the area so I’m ok for now. I’m stocking up just in case!
    but here’s what the Costco people said in response to my inquiry. Pretty form letterish. Doesn’t even say if they are discontinuing it. Doesn’t give me any hope that it will be there next year. Well, at least they responded to my email.

    Dear Sarah,

    We appreciate you taking the time to email Costco Wholesale.

    It is our goal to provide our members with the highest quality name-brand products while keeping our stock focused on the best selling items. Since we price our items as low as possible, all items must demonstrate high sales in order for us to continue to stock them.

    Our buyers review the possibility of re-introducing products. I will forward your e-mail to them so they are aware of your interest, as we value our member’s input.

    Thank you,

    Tiffany C
    Member Service Center
    Costco Wholesale Corporation

    –Original Message–
    Date: 6/11/2013 5:36:58 PM
    Subject: Kirkland Signature Questions

    Have you stopped carrying the hunks of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese? I can only find shredded at my local Costco (Gaithersburg, MD). It is a staple in our house and we really miss it. Hopefully it’s just on back order. It was the most delicious Parmigiano Reggiano cheese ever.

  15. 27 Sarah // 2013.06.11 at 6:16 pm

    Do you have any idea what happened to the big chunks of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. My Costco (Gaithersburg MD) says they aren’t selling it any more. We need it! The shredded just isn’t the same.

    • 28 Kimberly // 2013.06.12 at 8:26 pm

      @Sarah – OMG! I can’t believe they’d get rid of that! I’m with you though, I always have some in my fridge and only buy it from Costco. They’ve sold it for years,and it seems rather popular. I can’t imagine that they would really just stop selling it all together. Maybe they’ll be replacing it with something else or a different brand.

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