Shopping at Costco
To my American readers this might seem a little strange . . . but my son and I went to Costco on Saturday. And we had SO much fun. There are three Costco's in Australia - all new, and it is our first experience with shopping "American" style. We couldn't get over the "super-sizing" of so many products, things just didn't come in what we would consider regular size - everything was huge (even the trollies)!! Just like the Tabasco sauce. We usually buy (for around $5) the baby size - but at Costco we bough super-size for just $10. A big saving.
Not everything was cheaper - but heaps was. However, I avoided the 12 cans of sweetcorn (even though cheaper - where do I keep it) or the 60 rolls of toilet paper (storage problem again) or the litres of sauce etc . . . .My son and I just walk and walk and walk (its huge) and said "wow, look at this" at all the products we don't usually get in Australia.
There were a few American products we couldn't resist, such as Hershey's Chocolate Syrup and the Wing and Rib Sauce and I was very excited to find a large bottle (1 litre = 2.11 pints) of Maple Syrup. In fact the Maple Syrup turned out to be my biggest bargain. I usually buy 250ml of Maple Syrup costing $10 - 1 litre = $40. But the bottle I bought at Costco was $15 - a saving of $25.00. That really impressed me.
It isn't a place I would do my regular shopping, but once every few months it is a place I would certainly visit to stock up on products - in particular their meat, cleaning products and toiletries. My son definitely wants to go back. For big families, this certainly would be a useful place to shop.
I don't usually get excited over grocery shopping but this was so much fun - we were like two kids in a lolly shop!!