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I want to start shopping at costco but ive heard you really only save money if you get their petrol. Does anyone who shops at costco find any savings without using their petrol?


Posted by mom119776, 16th June 2019


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  • Yes, though it honestly depends on what products you buy regularly. We found their nappies good value, and some things like Passata (which we use regularly) are also a lot cheaper. You need to keep an eye out though – not everything is cheaper. Mind you, we’ve also done very well with some things like Hoover vacuum cleaner, Sealy mattress, at much lower prices.


  • Some products are significantly cheaper whereas others are on par with a supermarket special. Depends on what you are after. I have saved heaps there over the years.


  • No it is far too much to drive for a bargain!


  • Toilet paper, bottle water, cooked chicken, pizza and all the desserts and baked goods yum


  • It depends on what you’re buying – if you have space for bulk amounts, then yes, it can be cost and time saving. I tend to buy up big on things I use lots of or that don’t go off/can be kept for a long time.
    Sometimes it’s also fun to just add something different in to your repertoire ie asian soup packets etc.
    We don’t have petrol at our ‘local’ store so can’t comment on that.


  • I’ve never shopped there but, from what I’ve heard, unless you buy in bulk, you don’t see much saving. Which is okay if there a lot of you sharing the stuff or you have plenty of storage and freezer space, but that doesn’t work for most of us. Non-perishables would be okay but you wouldn’t want bulk fresh produce because it would go off before you got through it all. Interesting to read all the comments here from who it works for and those it doesn’t.


  • We don’t have one close to us. The cost of getting there would be more that the price savings.


  • I have to admit. I paid the high fee and purchased some items and didn’t return again. Probably not worth it for me.


  • Tried it one year, wasn’t worth it for us.


  • Things like the meat and the nappies, pet food etc are really good savings too, but the petrol is amazing!!


  • I love Costco for filling up our freezing. I love the meats and chicken there as it tastes better once frozen. Also frozen dumplings are a favourite on our list. Anything else i normally get from Woolies or Coles to save on storage space as our home is small.


  • I love shopping at Costco, especially things like toilet paper, washing powder and fabric softener, it lasts longer.
    More over I find that buying nappies in bulk for my grandson is cheaper and food that you can cook for the whole week and store in the fridge/freezer.
    Sometimes when its Christmas or time for get together at work or with friends, Costco is the place to buy large quantities of prepared foods like sandwiches, platters or cakes and salads of different kinds.
    It saves time and everyone is happy. No need for being a slave, you get time to enjoy your friends and work mates.
    Then no dish washing, you can buy disposable plates in bulk.


  • I find I spend a large amount when I go but I end up saving overall in the long run.
    Some stuff is cheaper in bulk and other stuff not cheaper than woolies or coles.
    The nappies are cheap and cat food and cleaning products lol. You can also cancel your membership and get refunded , there’s a cooling off period if you’re not happy.


  • Costco is also good for stocking up the freezer.


  • You will only save if you have a big family or have people to share the goods with, as all their items comes in bulk.
    I’ve been several times and walked out the door with at least $300 bill.
    Also there is a yearly membership fee


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