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    Costco - Is it worth joining?

    A new Costco has just opened up near me and I believe it is £20 a year to join for a couple. Is it worth paying this for the discounts inside or are the prices not that different?

    45 Comments

    yes its worth it

    Yes, especially if you have a big family

    choc1969;3956629

    Yes, especially if you have a big family



    reported for being fattist

    Original Poster

    My family is just me and my girlfriend! Is it still worth joining?!

    ukdannyb;3956642

    My family is just me and my girlfriend! Is it still worth joining?!



    yes, its worth it

    acecatcher3;3956638

    reported for being fattist

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    Get outta here lol :w00t:

    ukdannyb;3956642

    My family is just me and my girlfriend! Is it still worth joining?!



    yes

    Yeah i would say so as my local costco do the best cakes and they make them to order. I aslo get the packed can or bottles of juice.

    Original Poster

    Cheers for the advice, just need to convince the bird that it's worth it too!

    ukdannyb;3956837

    Cheers for the advice, just need to convince the bird that it's worth it … Cheers for the advice, just need to convince the bird that it's worth it too!



    Cake :w00t:

    http://www.costco.co.uk/Depts&Servs_main/Depts_servs/Bakery/images/bakery.jpg

    Banned

    'You are eligible for trade membership if you are a bonafide business owner/manager who can provide evidence of trading.'

    Is this the case? I wouldnt mind joining but cannot ptovide evidence of trading!

    choc1969;3956879

    Cake :w00t:



    Oh they look so fine, i had one for my birthday it was yummy.

    Banned

    choc1969;3956879

    Cake :w00t:



    God those cakes are brilliant! Everytime it's someone's birthday in the office, one of the reception girls goes to Costco and gets one. They are only about £10-12 and are massive.

    No, seriously, massive. If you've never seen a cake the size of a small family hatchback car, get along to Costco and see their cakes!

    ukdannyb;3956837

    Cheers for the advice, just need to convince the bird that it's worth it … Cheers for the advice, just need to convince the bird that it's worth it too!



    just tell her...

    "yes, it is worth it"

    Original Poster

    acecatcher3;3956999

    just tell her..."yes, it is worth it"



    :-D

    I'll see if the straight forward approach works!

    I think she is willing to join (as I'll pay) but as we went shopping yesterday she's reluctant to go tonight as she thinks I'll buy loads of things for the sake of it.

    ukdannyb;3957183

    :-DI'll see if the straight forward approach works!I think she is willing … :-DI'll see if the straight forward approach works!I think she is willing to join (as I'll pay) but as we went shopping yesterday she's reluctant to go tonight as she thinks I'll buy loads of things for the sake of it.



    She is probly right, i often go there for one thing and come home with a trolley full.

    The problem with Costco is that you will spend a lot and not really realise it. For two people if you have a big freezer you'll love it as a lot of frozen goods are available, if you go once monthly you will make a saving on your yearly food bills. You will save at least £10 per month so easily getting back the £30 expenditure (Its £25 for an individual - 2 cards - + VAT). An example of a saving is 24 Pepsi cans for £4.50ish while in Asda it would be £5 for 12 on a good day!

    BlondeBella;3956965

    Oh they look so fine, i had one for my birthday it was yummy.



    They are good cakes and not sickly sweet like most they do for children

    choc1969;3957395

    They are good cakes and not sickly sweet like most they do for children



    Yeah and you can feed the whole family on them too. always an added bonus.

    i am joining costco just so i can feed my kids solely on huge cakes!!

    Joining Costco if you qualify is a no-brainer. At any time during the membership year you can leave and they will refund the whole years membership fee. No questions. No quibbling.

    vikingaero;3957506

    Joining Costco if you qualify is a no-brainer. At any time during the … Joining Costco if you qualify is a no-brainer. At any time during the membership year you can leave and they will refund the whole years membership fee. No questions. No quibbling.



    so you could leave after 364 days and get all your joining fee back :whistling:

    Banned

    so how do you join if you are not a trader?!

    I think council workers can join for free and goverment workers

    If you are employed in certain sectors, ie banking/financial or are a qualified professional like a solicitor, dentist, etc, then you can qualify that way. It is very worthwhile. Their fresh meat is about the same price as the supermarkets but the quality is far better. The food is sized for catering purposes but if you've got the room then it's excellent. You can save the joining fee on the savings for toilet roll and kitchen roll alone and if you need tyres for the car then you'll save big-time there too. You'll enjoy the experience. Just don't expect them to sell absolutely everything 'cos they don't but they do stock some unusual stuff that you just can't get anywhere else so it makes it a discovery. As a final plus, everything's priced up properly and clearly, unlike the dreadful Makro crowd where you'll spend more time looking for a price label for something than walking around and trying to get a member of staff in Makro is impossible. Stick with Costco. Far superior.

    Loved costco saved a fortune with soap powder. and their veg is fab too

    and as for the dannishs.......

    Funnily enough, we just joined today. The Costco Uk website gives a list of who is eligible - traders plus local authority, government workers, nhs etc. Individual membership is £25 plus vat, free spouse card, £12 for another card at same address. They take your photo so no lending out your card.

    We didn't buy much today but I can see us shopping there for certain things or just going for a look every now and then.

    I would say you need a biggish freezer and storage space to make the most of Costco - or go with a friend and split the stuff. eg we bought 6x750ml bottles of Fairy Liquid for about £6, which seemed cheap, but you need space to keep the big packets.

    Based on what people were buying at the till I would say soft drinks, bottled water, laundry products, were the most popular. Previous posters are correct - the cakes and pastries are very good value. Didn't get any as I still have a couple of Krispy Kreme Christmas cards to use.

    Some things were expensive - £4 for a water melon - so I would say you need to know the prices in Tesco/Asda so you get the things which are the best value. They had some cheapish books, but again not as cheap as the Book People.

    They had loads of big name tellies - again, no cheaper than elsewhere but they had a 5 year Costco warranty.

    I need new specs - £10 for an eyetest and designer frames starting at around £60.

    They will give you your money back if you change your mind about joining - so I would give it a go for a few months. The place is clean, tidy, hygenic, and very well-organised. Lots of helpful staff, cheap 'cafe' (£1.20 for a potato and filling, tea about 60p), nicer to shop in than a lot of supermarkets.

    Oh, individuals can only go after 12pm, traders can go earlier. Hope this helps. I would be grateful if any HDUK's could list what they feel are the best deals there - the place was huge and it was a bit much to take in on the first visit.

    Banned

    Cancelled my membership last July.

    Didnt use it enough and found myself buy stuff I didnt really need for the sake of it!

    Will miss the pastries - but not much else.

    Am I correct in thinking anyone can go in for a look round anyway. Is it only at the checkout you need to produce your i.d

    Me and the mrs keep saying we will go and look round.

    You can look round on a visitor pass. Without a visitor pass you won't get through the front door i'm afraid.

    Banned

    yes x

    Original Poster

    I work for a bank and paid £28.75 for a year's membership. I enjoy going to places like that anyway [/sad] so I thought even if I don't save the money it'll worth it for the fun factor.

    Bought my girlfriend's dad a massive bag of dog food which was apparently a good price, also bought a box of clementines to snack on at work. Not sure how much cheaper they work out than the supermarket but they are much better quality than the easy peelers you get from ASDA.

    The cafe bit there is ridiculously cheap, only about £7 for an 18" pizza!!!!

    Walked around most of the place and definitely noticed things we will save money on and I think it'll be a monthly trip on top of going to the supermarkets for groceries.

    ukdannyb;3979999

    I work for a bank and paid £28.75 for a year's membership. I enjoy going … I work for a bank and paid £28.75 for a year's membership. I enjoy going to places like that anyway [/sad] so I thought even if I don't save the money it'll worth it for the fun factor.Bought my girlfriend's dad a massive bag of dog food which was apparently a good price, also bought a box of clementines to snack on at work. Not sure how much cheaper they work out than the supermarket but they are much better quality than the easy peelers you get from ASDA.The cafe bit there is ridiculously cheap, only about £7 for an 18" pizza!!!!Walked around most of the place and definitely noticed things we will save money on and I think it'll be a monthly trip on top of going to the supermarkets for groceries.



    Glad you decide to join, We often go about once a month for stuff like washing power and even just to get some sweets.

    Original Poster

    It definitely seems better than Makro.

    Looking forward to going back for the picky food as we'll be laying on a buffet at our engagement party.

    ukdannyb;3981291

    It definitely seems better than Makro.Looking forward to going back for … It definitely seems better than Makro.Looking forward to going back for the picky food as we'll be laying on a buffet at our engagement party.



    I no our local costco makes stuff for buffies not sure if its all round but its worth a try to see if they do.:thumbsup:

    i go with the mother in law and we just get saop powder soft drinks etc its not really that much cheaper imho, tvs and such like can be found cheaper elsewhere and once you work out the cost of bulk individually then its not really that diffent from asda, if you have a big family then it defo worth it

    The vouchers the sent out for discounted goods/foodstuffs used to be good if I remember correctly. And the cakes - damn.

    ukdannyb;3979999

    Bought my girlfriend's dad a massive bag of dog food which was apparently … Bought my girlfriend's dad a massive bag of dog food which was apparently a good price



    Good price or not, he shouldn`t be eating dog food :shock::


    Might be worth joing just for Panasonic 46pz80b for £770

    good price, sells for £1270 in John Lewis

    I had some photos developed at Costco this week at 15p per print plus vat, 7x5 size, one hour service, no minimum order. I was very impressed with the quality. You can get prints cheaper online but I thought they were good value as there was no minimum number of prints like at Tesco, The enlargements seemed cheap too, though I can't remember the prices.

    We go to costco quite a bit. We get the Nappies (kirkland - their own brand) mainly because they are such good Nappies. It is worth joining just for them. Huggies are very good price in there, but they are **** nappies iMO! £15 for a big box of about 150 nappies kirkland. Also get washing tablets from there, RIBS - the ribs are nice and they are £5.99 for 2 big racks. And box of hot chicken wings for about £2.99 I think.

    Also get cat food from there. Erm, eat in the cafe, I paid just over £1 for a big hot dog with onions etc and a refilable drink!
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