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chewingthefat

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Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 12:07 PM (permalink)
I usually make my Costco runs on Tuesday or Wednesday, they are fully restocked from the weekend. Yesterday, Saturday, I had to make an emegency run, never again. I was amazed at how totally frustrating it was with people leaving carts and the flatbeds everyway possible to block traffic, the out for a stroll gazers were in full force walking about 1/2 mph, and the folks who wanted to have lunch from the sample booths were 10 deep. My favorite store in the world was like Times Square on New Years Eve, they needed traffic cops. I'm a normal speed shopper, if there is such a thing, but I will never do my Costco thing again on the weekend. Anyone else a weekend Costco shopper?
 
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    jellybear

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    Re:Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 12:28 PM (permalink)
    Sorry, I'm a Sams Man. I cant afford to cough up 50 bucks for the privelege of shopping there.
     
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      John B

      Re:Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 2:19 PM (permalink)
      I agree about avoiding Costco on Saturday. During the week it's a nice, peaceful place but on Saturday it's dangerous!
       
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        chewingthefat

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        Re:Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 5:17 PM (permalink)
        jellybear


        Sorry, I'm a Sams Man. I cant afford to cough up 50 bucks for the privelege of shopping there.

         
        Sams charges the same for a card, Sams doesn't sell gas, at least in any I've seen, Costco has the cheapest gas in the country, more than makes up for the membership fee, also you get back 2% of your yearly purchases, I get $500.00 a year, the max, since I buy a ton of goods for my restaurant. Employees are nicer too, IMHO!


         
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          JayL

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          Re:Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 5:59 PM (permalink)
          Sam's and Costco charge pretty much the same for normal memberships.  I have a standard Sam's card and an Executive Costco card ($100)...but as said above...if you shop there, you'll make that back and more.

          Sam's does sell gas...just not at every store. 
          <message edited by JayL on Sun, 03/22/09 6:02 PM>
           
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            mayor al

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            Re:Costco on Saturday Sun, 03/22/09 6:33 PM (permalink)
             The Costco's we shopped in SoCal could be counted on to be 'busy' or overcrowded from open-to-close daily. The store here in Louisville has it's busy times Noon-hour, and weekends (after church on Sunday). They don't ionvoke the One hour early opening for Exec Card Holders at our store, so I can enter at opening time on a weekday and be sure of a mellow experience. Seldom a wait of more than one customer at the check out lines.

              We did the Exec Card version for one year, but went back to the cheaper membership after that, as we just didn't buy enough (consistently) to warrent the extra costs.
             
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              MikeS.

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              Re:Costco on Saturday Mon, 03/23/09 7:02 AM (permalink)
              My local Costco is never as busy as the Calif. stores were. I still try to only go during the week. Why fight the hassle?

              Not all Costcos carry gas either as I rudely found out last week. Needed gas after visiting PP to make the 83 miles trip home. Passed 2 or 3 regular stations only to get to Costco and find they didn't sell it there.

              As to the Executive membership last year I got a 150 refund. This year I got 101. So I made one dollar back over the membership.
               
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                sop that

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                Re:Costco on Saturday Mon, 03/23/09 7:57 PM (permalink)
                I have not been to a Costco in Southern Cal that has not always been crazy.  I usually park way out so I don't have to drive around with all the others looking for an up close spot.

                Truth is that the weekends are worse, but no day is a walk in the park.
                 
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                  Baah Ben

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                  Re:Costco on Saturday Mon, 03/23/09 9:22 PM (permalink)
                  I wish I could pay for a Costco card!  We only have Sam's here and it's not as good IMHO.  But, it's better than nothing for sure!

                  Chew - I always felt that Costco (those I use to go to in NMB, FL and in NJ) always had their best foot forward on the weekends.  I also agree with you about the customers.  I enjoy the samples!!  Far more of that on the weekends.
                   
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                    Davydd

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                    Re:Costco on Saturday Mon, 03/23/09 11:01 PM (permalink)
                    I finally got a Costco membership because I bought four new tires for my pickup truck and they were $60 cheaper than the next nearest competitor for the tire I wanted. So that paid for my $50 membership and added $10 in my pocket.

                    My problem is a lot of stuff is in bulk and too much for just two people. So I am very selective. My other problem which is really not so much of a problem is I have a retiree employee 10% discount at Target and Costco and Walmart cannot beat that on any national brand item they sell that matches Target. Also, I have a Target Visa card and charge everything I possibly can and pay it off at the end of the month. For every $1,000 of charges I get another 10% discount card to shop one day at Target. Combining discounts, once a month I stock up at Target and get an effective 19% discount. Frustratingly I don't need and spend that much but every once in a while I hit the jackpot like when I bought a 47" HDTV with the 19% discount on an already discounted sale price. Last week Target had a 15% discount on all Archer Farms brand food items. With my multiple discounts I stocked up and filled my freezer with an effective 31% total discount.
                     
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                      MikeS.

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                      Re:Costco on Saturday Tue, 03/24/09 1:23 AM (permalink)
                      Davydd, NICE way to save!
                       
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                        ocdreamr

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                        Re:Costco on Saturday Tue, 03/24/09 6:23 AM (permalink)
                        My dog pays for my Costco membership!  He likes the chicken jerky strips.  A 3 pound bag at Costco is $14, while a 4 oz pkg. at the grocery store runs $3!
                         
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                          fabulousoyster

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                          Re:Costco on Saturday Tue, 03/24/09 9:14 AM (permalink)
                          I try to go to BJs on Sunday morning as soon as it opens.
                           
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                            leethebard

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                            Re:Costco on Saturday Tue, 03/24/09 10:44 AM (permalink)
                            ocdreamr


                            My dog pays for my Costco membership!  He likes the chicken jerky strips.  A 3 pound bag at Costco is $14, while a 4 oz pkg. at the grocery store runs $3!



                            My dog's favorite too. As to the original question, we find weekdays around 4-6, the least busy. We live in a senior retirement area, and they line up a long way for samples. Past 62, I'm no spring chicken, but I've better things to do than spend lots of time on long sample lines. Having said that, our Executive membership easily pays for itself every year!!
                             
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