Is a Costco Membership Worth It?

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I recently renewed my Costco membership a few months ago and admittedly, I have yet to go to to Costco and take that picture that gets forever emblazoned onto the Costco membership card.  I'm not sure what's stopping me.  Maybe it's because I don't need 5kg of ground beef anymore now that I'm not cooking for a high-metabolic needs guy anymore.  Maybe I can't bother with the line ups.  Maybe I can't fathom spending $75+ every time I go to Costco.  Or maybe I just don't have enough will power to just hit up the sample ladies at Costco to try the food samples but NOT buy the food.

Whatever it is, this got me to ponder whether a Costco gold star membership for $55 is worth it.

To figure out whether a Costco membership can really pull its weight, I am going to list the pros and cons of shopping at Costco.

Costco Pros

  • is a costco membership worth itThe quality of food is really high.  I find their meats really nice and of good quality, the prewashed salads seem to last forever (much longer than Loblaw's Superstore), and they have a great variety of different foods
  • The free sample tasting kiosks.  'nuff said.
  • You can buy in bulk and separate them into individual portions and freeze them in your chest freezer.  And voila, you have your own grocery store whenever you need frozen meats
  • Their return policy is ridiculously amazing (especially for big purchases like electronics)
  • Delicious cheap hot dogs!
  • You get to feel elitist when you walk through the the doors and they check for your membership card (hey, if you're into feeling like a VIP, Costco is where it's at!  At least for the first 10 seconds when  you walk through their doors)
  • They have good prices on a lot of things that are delicious and super expensive elsewhere.  Some examples are cheeses (Balderson cheddar, asiago cheese) and Mary's organic crackers (that stuff is like crack for me, so expensive elsewhere but you can get a large box for the same price as a small box elsewhere)
  • Their pharmacy usually have lower dispensing fees than other pharmacies
  • Their photo prints are of high quality and are consistently economically priced
  • Lots of good “pot luck” type foods/ platters that you can easily grab (for a reasonable price) to bring to your gatherings

Costco Cons

  • The line ups.  Sometimes the line ups (especially on the weekends) at Costco are long enough to drive me to want to put a gun to my head.
  • They only accept American Express or Cash or Debit (which will- if you're a credit card points addict like me- make you sign up for an American Express card that you will seldom use)
  • You really can't walk out of there without spending at least $75 to $100 (unless you are really disciplined)
  • Annual membership fee of $55 (usually there are perks like a $10 gift card or free Cineplex movie tickets when you first sign up, but these wonderful perks don't exist when you renew your membership in subsequent years)
  • Sometimes the prices aren't really THAT great.  For example, buying Costco toilet paper can cost more than buying toilet paper that is on sale at the local grocery store chain.
  • Food wastage!  I admittedly still have a tub of hummus that has been sitting in my freezer for about 11 months.  I hope it's still good.  I think this is probably the biggest deterrent of going to Costco, especially if you live alone or if you don't typically eat like a horse.

At the end of the day, if I had a family to feed I think a Costco membership will be a no brainer.  But if you live alone or you don't consume very much, or if you live a ways away from a Costco, it might be a more difficult choice.  It all boils down to if you value high quality foods (because Costco is hands down super high quality) and a good return policy on big ticket purchases.

I still have yet to get to a Costco, but I'm pretty confident that I will be able to visit Costco before my membership ends to stock up on meat and cheese and Mary's organic gluten-free crackers.

Readers, do you think Costco is worth it or not?

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  1. JJ on January 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Don’t forget their gas. Often times it is 4-5 cents/L cheaper than Superstore and if you use your Costco Amex you can get 2% cash back as well. Great bargain.

  2. thestarvingartistcanada on January 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    It’s worth it with discipline. (And children at home in diapers).

    Some of the quality of food items they have is VERY hard to beat.

    Milk and cream prices are consistently 25-35% lower than Loblaws, SuperCentre, No-Frills. (At least where I live)

    Ingredients for baking (Like AP flour) is 1/2 the cost of supermarket flour. (Yes, you have to deal with a 20kg sack… I use it in about 2 months, so I break even on flour alone.)

    Some of the cheese prices are fantastic. For my family it makes the difference between enjoying cheese and having none.

  3. thestarvingartistcanada on January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Oh yes… the paper towels = win. The toilet-paper = fail.

    Your favorite bubbly water is also several dollars cheaper per case.

  4. kudy on January 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    The closest one to me is 45 minutes away, so that’s the reason I’ve never even considered it. Interesting fact that they don’t take visa/discover/mastercard, I didn’t know that. I also thought it was weird when I learned (standing at the register) that Sam’s Club doesn’t take Visa.

  5. JoeTaxpayer on January 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    It really doesn’t take much for the membership to pay for itself. But – the cons you list can be turned into a set of rules for saving at Costco, eg know how much of a perishable you’ll eat before it spoils, know the unit price for items you buy, etc.
    I have no idea what ground coffee costs by the can. Because there are no standard sizes any more. I do know the price per pound when they have coffee in their coupon book – $2.50 per pound. I stock up on that sale and that alone comes close to paying for my membership. This months coupon book has $10 off TurboTax, already cheaper than at the office supply stores.
    The key thing, I’d say, is to avoid the huge containers of junk food, even at the great prices, do you really need 10 lbs of goldfish crackers? But the 3lbs of mixed nuts? Great for a party.

  6. Echo on January 7, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I spend about $350 a month at Costco, so I hope it’s worth it 🙂

    Seriously though, some of the items can’t be matched in terms of price or quality. That’s where we get our bread, meat, dairy, cereal, peanut butter, coffee, spices, and much more.

    Saturday afternoons there suck, and I hate that they only take AMEX…but those are the only cons I can think of.

  7. Tracey H on January 7, 2013 at 7:35 am

    My first comment is for those who use it mostly for the cheap dispensing fees in the pharmacy. You don’t need to have a membership (at least that’s true here in Canada) to use the pharmacy. Just tell them at the door that you’re just here for the pharmacy.

    We’re a couple and Costco is definitely worth it for us. You do need to know your prices (there are many grocery items won’t buy at Costco because I can get them much cheaper on sale with coupons). There are some products I will buy if I can’t find them on sale elsewhere. And there are some products that are always cheapest at Costco–you just have to know what the good prices are for things you buy. Toys, books, magazines, electronics, office supplies, etc. are usually great deals. We usually pay for the membership on those items alone. And the only place I’d buy meat when we have company is at Costco. I’ve been disappointed by grocery store meat too many times to trust it for company.

  8. schultzter on January 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

    The Costco membership is definitely worth it; and go for the executive membership right off the bat – the extra money you get back from doubling the cash-back (Amex cash-back plus Costco cash-back) more than pays for the membership fee – it’s basically free.

    And just for the steaks I will never give-up my Costco membership! We’ve bought grocery store and even local butcher steaks when we didn’t have any Costco ones left in the freezer. It’s just not worth it!!! Once you’ve had a Costco steak there’s no comparison – even restaurant steaks have trouble competing with what I can cook up at home.

    And if you stick their house brand, Kirkland, as much as possible there’s huge savings. I recenly compared coffee prices (ground and grains where a grinder was available) and it’s pointless to go anywhere else there’s at least 50% off.

  9. BeachBoy on January 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    For me it’s not worth it. True the prices are “good” but rarely better than sales at grocery stores. But grocery stores you have to go to many stores and also different weeks.. where Costco you pay a low price all the time in one place.
    I only buy stuff that never gets at a discount in stores, I ask my parents to buy it because the $55 would not cover the savings.. Things like pine nuts and parmesan brick are at the lowest price possible at Costco.
    For everything else, I prefer to buy when it’s cheaper in other grocery stores.

  10. Jamie on January 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    So I have always heard so many good remarks about the meat. Do they have Organic or Grass Fed meats?

  11. Koala on January 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I had a Costco membership for a year, but decided it’s not really worth until I move, there’s not enough space!

    If you need a large number of stamps, Costco is one of the few places where they are a bit cheaper than the post office.

  12. krantcents on January 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I had a Costco membership and I let it expire. I found that Target had similar prices and thought it did not matter. Particularly when Target offered a 5% rebate credit/debit card. I rejoined Costco for one reason, gasoline! The 3% rebate pays for the membership by itself and more. Gas prices are almost always below market prices by at least $.10. There are a few other things I buy there is an advantage.

  13. Justin on January 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Best thing at Costco are those pork tenderloins, the one that weighs 5 or 6 pounds. From there you can cut it your self and get 30 3/4 inch pork chops for $18-$20. I usually go on a weekday so I don’t have to deal with all of the traffic because it does get crazy on weekends. I go once a month with the roommates and drop $200 and that pays for most of our meat. Definitely worth it.

  14. Money Beagle on January 8, 2013 at 10:34 am

    It’s definitely worth it for us. We buy mostly items that can stock in our pantry (very little fresh stuff) so that we don’t have wasted food. We do use what we buy.

    Costco also has coupons so that we can save even more money off their regular prices. For example, I buy cat litter there, and even without a coupon it’s still $2 cheaper per bag than I’ve found anywhere else. With a coupon that jumps to $5 per bag of savings. Considering I have two cats and go through quite a few bags, I’m probably saving half of my membership fee right there!

  15. kc on January 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

    We used to have a card, (it was supplied with work, but rolled back during the 08 cut backs); however, I must agree with you and the pork tenderloins!! when we had the whole family living at home (there were 6 of us) you could not beat a costco membership for groceries. now that it is just two of us it isn’t worth it. we don’t need the bulk sizes. a large family would be nuts if they don’t use costco. keeping in mind close to store to make it worth it.

  16. Megan on January 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I have a label maker.

    It was a gift from my Aunt Trina, who has no costco in her home-town.

    My mum takes her to our local costco when she comes to visit, and she goes bananas.

    The last time she came to visit, after the costco trip, I found her and my mum in a state of what I can only call retail-hangover. Aunt Trina had purchased so many items that were such good deals! One of these was the label maker. She was looking at it like it was a disappointing one night stand.

    I told her how cool it was and she looked at me with unmixed disgust. “No one needs a label maker” she growled, pushing the offending object further away from herself.

    She took it with her when she went home – but what do you think her wedding gift to my husband and I was?

    I love my label maker.

    But I’m never getting a costco membership. 😉

    (disclaimer: I’m mostly vegan and live 4 blocks from an all-year farmers market, so I’m fully aware I’m a special case when considering the possible benefits of costco)

  17. schultzter on January 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Mmmmmm, pork chops!

    Actually we just buy the regular package of pork chops and I slice them in half. They’re still thicker than regular pork chops but definitely more edible.

  18. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    @Megan- Hahaha disappointing one night stand 🙂 Now I want a label maker!!

  19. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    @kc- Unless you have a chest freezer 😉 perhaps?

  20. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    @MB- Nice! Your cats must love costco too!

  21. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    @krantcents- We’re getting a target soon here in Vancouver! I’m quite excited. We don’t have Costco gas here in BC (or at least vancouver) but that would be awesome if we did.

  22. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    @Koala- Oh yes… I have always been tempted to buy that huge roll of stamps haha..but never got around to it.

  23. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    @Jamie- I’m not sure, not that I’ve seen… I think that would be a good idea for Costco to look into.

  24. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    @BB- That’s exactly what I think too.

  25. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    @schultzer- yeah kirkland stuff is pretty amazing. Their steaks do look really good and they don’t look like they turn brown very quickly lol!

  26. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    @Tracey- Thanks for the tip Tracey! I remembered that point but forgot to put it in the post.

  27. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    @Echo- Bread is always good at Costco for sure!

  28. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    @JT- Very analytical JoeTaxpayer! Hahah no i dont’ think anyone needs 10lbs of goldfish crackers. Maybe another post could be: Is Costco contributing to the obesity epidemic?

  29. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @Kudy- Hmm never been to a Sams club! Good to know about no visa there 🙂

  30. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @TSAC- Yes.. the cheese at Costco is amazing!! Such good quality.

  31. Young on January 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    @JJ- We don’t have Costco gas, or maybe I just don’t notice it? I like how Superstore gives out Superbucks!

  32. kc on January 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Yes we have a chest freezer in the barn, (it’s half full of garden grown veggies)… the only prob is/was the sizes of things, per case lot is great if you live in a house with tons of room for storage. We have a super small farmhouse with no storage room. Trust me if I could swing it we probally would have a card. Then it comes to the 1/2 hour drive while the closest store is 10 minutes away.

    Another way to look at buying into the card is this,,,

    $55 a year. If you go to the store once a month it costs you $4.58 to use the store. In reality you never save anything for this is a sales ploy. The price is the price no matter how you slice it.

  33. BeachBoy on January 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Wlel they meat is good but nothing that great. They have cheap filet mignon although not triple A but much better than the ones wrapped in plastic they sell at the grocery stores when they are on sale.
    We sitll get the same quality at lower price when we wait for a discount at a local supermarket here in Montreal. So yes it’s a good price, all the time, but nothing special.

  34. Jessica @ budget for health on January 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I have a few friends with a membership who either invite me to come along when they go or they’ll pick up what I need and I write a check. They had a $4 off coupon for ciobani last time I went! No membership required 🙂

  35. Megan on January 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    It’s actually kind of amazing – especially for spices and fuse boxes!

  36. KK @ Student Debt Survivor on January 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    We don’t have a costco membership, but we do have a BJs membership. Bf swears by it for the tires alone. Apparently they are much cheaper and the warranty is much better than buying elsewhere. We also find that the cheese and deli meats are good values. Their eyeglasses are also a good deal from what I hear (I’ve never bought them there myself).

  37. Geoff on January 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Only a great bargain if you can go at off times. Most times I see people lining up for 30 minutes to save $5 in gas. (Warden and ellesmere location)

  38. bb on January 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I haven’t done this in a while so I don’t know if it’s still possible, but I used to get a member to refill a gift card for me. They let you shop there with a gc, no membership required. Yes, I’m that cheap!

  39. Teacher Man on January 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    This is hilarious and a great tip!

  40. Away on January 12, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Hmmm, do you think they might be using more preservatives? Perhaps carcinogens? Just a thought… Same goes for salads and fresh fruits… Who knows, I could be wrong too…

  41. Justin on January 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

    @BB – Thats true! Just talking to the girlfriend and her trick is for someone to buy 5 – $10 gift cards. That will be good for 5 visits to Costco! No membership required and good for a while!

  42. Eliabeth @ Simple Finance on January 12, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I can’t make myself get a membership either, and I’ve got a family of four to feed! Even though we have a deep freeze to store stuff, I’m just not a “bulk buying” type of girl!

  43. Cyber6 on January 13, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Cost is definitely high quality at a value. One of the American channels aired how Costco operates and about their Ceo, Google it, it validates the general consensus here. They test each and every products at their Seattle hq before putting on the shelves. Other stores can’t deliver products at these unbelievable price. Bought Heys 3pcs luggage for $170. No one can’t beat that.

    If you spend $400/mon at cost you should get the Exclusive membership and get2% back.

  44. Peter on January 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I get the executive membership. Costs ~$100. But if you don’t save enough annually to cover the cost of the executive membership, you can approach the membership desk & they will refund the difference from the 2%. My in-laws use this every year to get a free membership as they never buy enough to make the executive membership cost effective. They don’t advertise this widely…

    For me, milk was a $1 cheaper at costco. We buy at least 1-2 every week… so save right there the costs of the membership. It is now only $0.60 cheaper than the supermarket. However, between buying bread, milk & the staples, we buy enough to get a check with our executive membership that pays for the cost of the membership the following year and then some… Trick is to be religious about only getting the essentials…

    And I would join solely for their return policy. It is gold & we have abused it at times to get & try out things we would otherwise not buy…

  45. bb on January 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Does she know they’re reloadable? I would normally get my friend to put $50-$100 on, but I guess if you go with the smaller denominations it’s a way to control the spending. Now that I think of it, I have about $20 left on my card. Woohoo, it’s Christmas again!

  46. L I on January 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

    We’re considering dropping our membership, or at a minimum dropping down to the least expensive. It’s a half hour drive, savings are dubious, no gas, and I’m not a fan of the crowds and the criminal bag search at the exit.

  47. schultzter on January 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Criminal!? My kids love the silly face that gets drawn on the receipt by the bag checkers. That and the sample food are the highlights of shopping at Costco (for them at least).

  48. Teacher Man on January 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I used to LOVE the sample food as a kid. I was probably the one that the employees hated, always trying to sneak in for an extra!

  49. Justin on January 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Yep, but 5 – $10 cards means 5 trips to Costco. Its easier then hassling someone to reload one card again and again 🙂

  50. Mom on January 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Get some friends or extended family together, and figure out what you all need, and split up the multiple packaging – and the cost. For instance – I use olive oil, but I don’t need an entire gallon of it, so some others take the extra bottle(s). I’m left with one, pay for one, and the others chip in their costs. Or, a variety pack of canned soup – if you only like one type, someone else could use the rest.

    It’s a little more work to split everything up, and works best with things that are single packages bundled together, but it’s great for people who don’t really need or can’t store a huge amount.

  51. Khai on January 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    You’ve forgotten another Costco cons: very limited choice of brands and brands which they ha are usually not the cheapest ones.
    Even for a family is very hard to justify large bulk packages, you have to be very disciplined in meal planning to use everything. You’ve suggested toilet paper as an example of item which is cheaper elsewhere, but in my experience any grocery, cleaning or (especially) electronics item can be obtained somewhere on sale for a lower price.
    Gas mentioned in previous posts is a great bonus, but very few locations in GTA have a gas station.
    So my answer to question whether Costco is worth their membership is a big NO.

  52. Erick on February 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

    If you don’t want to pay with AMEX at the warehouse, you can use your favorite cashback/travel card (ie Capital One Aspire Travel World) to buy a CostCo cash card from

    Also, if you decide a Gold membership is worth the cost, you might as well go for Executive, since there’s really no down side. Lots of extra discounts and if your 2% cash back doesn’t cover the difference in membership price, their customer service department will.

  53. Family of Five on May 18, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I could go through that is about 2 months.

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  55. Murray on August 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    We quit Costco 2 days ago but on a matter of principle.

    Costco refuses to post English signs over their products in Montreal!!

    Imagine! Costco has Spanish signs at some of their US locations BUT refuses to put English signs at many of their Canadian warehouses!…at-costco/

  56. Kyle on August 24, 2014 at 11:09 am

    That is a weird circumstance Murray. The sad thing is that if they put up English signs they’d probably lose customers because of that too… As someone of French heritage but who identifies as Canadian (definitely not as “French”) I’m afraid I don’t understand the passion in the language debate…

  57. Murray on August 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Interestingly enough Kyle, a year ago when I first wrote to Costco regarding the signs I asked them to post bilingual signs in Ottawa as well as there is a significant % of French speakers in Ottawa. It is simply courtesy. Everyone understands the prices and people will shop at Costco as long as their prices are lower and the quality is there! While we will not be members our daughters (in Ottawa) can pick up the few things that we need. 🙂

  58. Andrew on September 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    How could you not shop at Costco?
    2% back with the executive membership. Last years cheque was $140. The membership cost $110.
    Milk is $2.50/4L cheaper than Superstore an we consume at least 3 a week. $7.50×52=a $390 savings on milk alone.
    Tires: the michelins were $300 cheaper than a tire shop.
    Nectarines: Superstore $2.89/lb, costco $2.87/Kg
    Nann breads for the kids homemade pizzas: Superstore 2 for 3.99. Costco 12 for 3.99
    Bananas are cheaper, apples are cheaper, coffee is cheaper.
    Ski helmets are half the price of a sporting goods store.
    Lawn fertilizer, Half the price kg for Kg at Home depot.
    The little fitting that tells you how full your propane tank is (we have a propane cooktop). $10 at costco, $35 at home depot.
    Propane, a 20lb tank will cost $12 to fill, take it to a gas station and it will cost minimum $25.
    Is Costco worth it? Your damn right it is. BUT, you need to know the prices of stuff you buy and compare.
    Today cheese was cheaper elsewhere. Pure OJ is half the price at Superstore this week.
    Price compare the cost per kg, ml and you will save.

  59. Mi AM on March 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I had Costco executive membership for about 3 years and finally decided to give up. Pricing is quite of a game and they are not really better but worse than others. They keep models that are not available in other places most time and spec wise these models are poorer.

    Their groceries are always over frozen, most times having freezer burn and while brought home would not last as long. Their business strategy is quite deceiving.

  60. Charles on July 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

    @Mi AM
    I have no idea how Mi AM could get the ideas above. I have found over the many years shopping at Costco that I have saved big time. Also there are fewer products but higher quality for a good price usually. For example. Try buying a 100 foot extension cord for $39.95 (12 ga) anywhere else!)
    Their meat quality is excellent. Also when you buy an executive membership the warranty is if you do not save at least the extra you pay, they will refund the difference!
    I am not sure what frozen products Costco has. I cannot think of any right now. Another point is the warranty: Satisfaction Guaranteed and NO time limit. It have returned products I have had for 1-3 years as they proved they were not working correctly like their eavestrough “non-plugging” foam inserts. Soon I will be taking back the ones made of perforated aluminum. They do not work either.
    Where else can you get a warranty like that??? I don’t know of any. Also I am confused because I read comments here that seem to be referring to American Express which has been replaced by CapitalOne Mastercard with a cashback policy.

    Are some here talking about U.S. Costco’s???

    I thought the authors were Canadian.

  61. Colleen on July 16, 2016 at 3:17 am

    As I live alone, it is often not worth to buy too much in bulk, so I don’t have a membership. But a family member does, so I go with them a couple times a year and load up on nuts, Magic Erasers, Himalayan Pink Salt, Advil, eye drops, and gum for my students! All much cheaper than buying elsewhere.

  62. Kyle on July 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Smart idea Colleen. I’ve had good luck purchasing supplies online in the USA over the last few years (I am also a teacher). I’m fortunate though that I live fairly close to the border and have family that I can ship it to.

  63. Kyle on July 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Good examples of the value Charles. The authors are in fact Canadian!

  64. Justine on August 23, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Sometimes they have items that are not available anywhere else. Some prices are cheaper than other places but NOT ALWAYS. Most locations are always busy. And particularly Costco in Vaughan is doing a horrible job on customer service.

  65. Mystery Money Man on October 11, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I think you hit the nail on the head re: Costco being a no brained for families with kids (I’ve got 3). I certainly don’t have to worry about food going bad!
    Also, I try to schedule my fuel fill ups around my Costco trips as much as possible.

  66. Sharoon on October 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Costco is worth it for fuel savings alone and for those with kids it’s a no-brainer.

  67. Samantha on October 26, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Costco actually offers tremendous value for your money, however they carry quality items in general, which makes them pricey in the eyes of some people. Costco also have an unmatched money back guarantee policy, and that alone is worth shopping there.

  68. Leonie on January 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Kyle,
    I think this article needs to be updates regarding a few points.
    1. Costco only takes Mastercard or cash interac now.
    2. If you have access to a No Frills Supermarket pharmacy, the prices are the same as Costco ( drug price and dispencing fee). Costco pharmacy is an awful experience. There are endless lines with people getting frustrated and loud because it takes forever, and the model is volume at the expense of service. My No Frills pharmacy is a joy to deal. I can renew my prescription online or a an auto phone service. The pharmacy is never busy.
    3. Now that the PC points card and World Elite Mastercard has come, you get 7cents off a litre of gas. Superstores are more pletiful than Costcos and tou are more likely to live work near one.
    4. Lastly, Costco sources most of it goods from the States, so has become terrible expensive with the exchange.
    5. Kirkland brand is cheap, but the Vancouver stores do not carry alot of their lines. My bro from Los Angeles was shocked, as his local store has alot of Kirkland merchandise.

    PS I still think their Toilet Paper is awesome. That roll lasts forever.
    It may be cheaper on sale at other supermarkets, butit does not last as long. The test is in the weight of the packet, not the number of rolls.

  69. Alexa on March 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    BS considering their price is so high and not everything is worth buying in bulk.

  70. Megs on May 30, 2017 at 12:36 am

    You didn’t mention the biggest pro for Costco. Even if I don’t shop there for food my membership saves me at least $1000 a year. The services. I get my Internet and home phone through their Primus service and save $480 a year over the cheapest other plans. I save 30% on my home insurance. My cell phone… paying $32 for 200 min and 200mg instead of $45 anywhere else for a plan with fewer minutes and less data. And I save about $300-400 every time I buy glasses. When I had a business I saved even more with their services like check printing, and their credit card processing services were considerably cheaper and better than I could get elsewhere.

  71. Chip on June 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I think there’s a bit of exaggeration happening and bad math. On gas, you save $.10-.15 per litre. For an average 50l tank, that’s $5. When you take into account having to drive 10-15 km to get to the nearest Costco, you’ve saved $4 (assuming you’ve consumed 1l of gas costing $1). That doesn’t even include monetizing your time coz you lose by waiting for a pump at least 15 min. Today, Rona had a 12 pack of Cashmere toilet paper at $7 ($.58 a roll). Costco – 32 rolls at $20 ($.62 a roll). Same stock of paper. I can provide similar examples from charcoal to olive oil to pop. And spare me the meat is better argument coz most people wouldn’t be able to tell if they were staring at the grading stamps, let alone based on marbleization. They’re like any other large retailer – some products are cheaper, and some they mark up in hope you by on impulse, convenience, and need

  72. Ferdu on November 17, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Certainly no their tire. Especially their tire service, worse of any store I even experience. Employee there seems annoyed to see me. And I am not a frequent user of their tire service, it is only maybe second time in three years? I would never buy tire from Costco again, just because how they treat me and how long it takes for them to service my tire, 3.5 hours!!! after second appointment, a month later!

  73. Wally on April 8, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Great post! I have been contemplating getting a membership at Costco so the break down of pros and cons will help a bunch! Still leaning towards no membership for now.

  74. Just a Canuck trying to save a buck. on May 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Here in Vancouver, its worth it just for the gas savings.

  75. Patrick on June 23, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    It depends on your life situation. I am a reluctant costco member (My wife likes it) for now but I do not understand why singles or really older retired people still go there to buy industrial quantities of chicken or serviettes. We buy only whole foods and avoid any prepared foods; Its junk food full of salt fat and sugar. On that diet you will need their jumbo super sized furniture. Just go and take a look at peoples baskets

  76. Electralily on July 31, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I was a very reluctant Costco shopper too. I got my first executive membership in my 50’s, retired and living alone. I would go with a friend from time to time, and never felt I needed a membership until the year I decided to move. I knew i would be buying a new tv and some furniture so I took the plunge. I saved a lot on those items, and for a short while I couldn’t seem to spend less than $200 per visit. These days I buy gas and use the pharmacy, and saved a lot of money on my last pair of glasses and a Samsung tablet. I don’t buy veggies I know will go bad before I use them (celery, lettuce, zucchini,etc.) But prices of items I will use quickly (blueberries, cherries, apples) are great. I live close to a Costco and often drop in on a weekday afternoon to spend $10, eg for for milk (that can be frozen) and a box of berries. My rebates have always paid for my membership.

  77. mary on November 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I am single an shop an but my gas at Costco . I save a lot of money.

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