So today I took myself and the kids off for a morning adventure to see what all the fuss is about.
Firstly, there's a $60 annual membership and you can't even walk in the door without one. Crazy no? My initial thought it a shop that makes you pay to shop there is basically ripping you off. But they offer a money back guarantee so I figured I could always get my money back if I wasn't impressed.
Secondly, it took me about 30 minutes to get there and I was there for about 1.5 hours even though I only did a very quick trip around the edges of the warehouse. It is massive to say the least and a lot of my time there was spent manoeuvring around all the other people with my MASSIVE trolley that had fixed back wheels. And it is Monday today - supposedly one of the less busy days there. I can only imagine what a weekend would be like. I'm going to have to make some pretty big savings to make the effort worthwhile.
Thirdly, I have complete baby brain and forgot to take my price book with me so I couldn't compare prices before I bought. I did remember my list. I also have a weekly grocery budget of $150.00. I needed to get anything from Costco plus everything else on my list for the week and not go over budget.
So here is what I bought:
|Item||Price at Costco||Current Price at Coles||My Savings|
|Tomatos - 12 x 400g cans||$7.29 (60c ea)||$1.58||$0.98/can - $11.76 total|
|Lemons - 1.36kg about 10 in the packet||$3.99 (40c ea)||$2.98/pkt6 (49c ea)||9c ea - $0.90 total|
|Greek Yoghurt - 2kg||$5.49 ($1.37/500g)||$5.87/kg ($2.93/500g)||$1.56/500g - $6.24 total|
|Lamb Rack - 0.668kg||$19.16 ($28.69/kg)||$37.99/kg)||$9.30/kg - $6.21 total|
|Deli Ham - 500g||$5.99 ($11.98/kg)||$16.50/kg||$4.52/kg - $2.26 total|
|Proscuitto - 150g||$5.39 ($35.93/kg)||$6.50/100g ($65.00/kg)||$29.07/kg - $4.36 total|
|Ricotta Cheese - 1kg||$5.69 ($1.42/kg)||$5.74/500g ($11.48/kg)||$10.06/kg - $10.06 total|
|Lebanese Pita Breads - 2 packets of 7 pieces||$1.89 (13.5c ea piece)||$3.90/pkt6 (65c ea piece)||51.5c/ea - $7.21 total|
|Whole Almonds - 1.36kg||$13.79 ($10.14/kg)||$10.84/500g ($21.68/kg)||$11.54/kg - $15.70 total|
|Rice Vermicelli - 4 x 375g packs||$4.79 ($3.19/kg)||$2.12/125g ($16.96/kg)||$13.77/kg - $20.65 total|
|Fresh Strawberries - 1.4kg||$9.49 ($1.69/250g)||$2.00/250g punnet||31c/250g - $1.73 total|
|Tuna in Springwater - 12 x 95g cans||$12.49 ($1.04/can)||90c/can||14c/can - $1.68 total|
My Total Savings $88.76
Ok, so I am a bit shocked by the amount I've saved. I really didn't think it would be that much. So I have already made my annual fee back.
A couple of points though
- Some of these quantities are huge and I think we may have to work at eating it all. For example the yoghurt may go off before we finish it. Same goes for the ricotta.
- We don't eat that much tuna and I probably shouldn't have bought it there. Considering I haven't saved that much I would have been better buying it at Coles and not having to store the extra cans.
- The fresh food is in such large packs that most would end up going to the chooks. We might finish off a pack of apples but not 2kg of tomatos.
- I need to find out more about the meat. It didn't have free range or grass fed all over it. I did notice they had Lilydale whole chooks.
BTW - of I have made a gross error in my calculations please tell me. My brain hurts after all that.