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Old 03-08-2006, 07:26 PM   #31
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Sattie, as a TX expat (now in MD), i had never heard of bj's until i got up here...so they're not an option in TX. in my parent's end of town, costco wasn't either, so sams it is.

good things to know: sams is rather loose about defining "family", which is to say, buy a family membership for not a lot more than a single one, and get several friends to go in with you on it. i think a family membership is 4 separate cards for about $50, but don't quote me on that one.

i can wholeheartedly vouch for the cutting steaks thing. my buddy with the bj's membership does the same thing, and i always get invited over after they have a steak run which is super! good *thick* cuts, with George's fantastic marinade and some lovely wine i bring...heaven!

in addition to the meats, def check out the cheese dept. i found an "antique gouda", aged 3 yrs, which is so phenomenally wonderful i question its legality. also, sams sells huge bags of pasta (like my fave tri-colored rotini), which of course keeps very well. great if you're cooking for one or a big group, just scoop up what you need from the pasta-stash.
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Old 03-08-2006, 09:16 PM   #32
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Love Costco !!! It is across the street and I am there several times a week. I know all the Demo people and most of the Costco workers. they are a great bunch of people.

Sam's Club is almost back to back but I don't like it.

Our Costco takes my Debit Card. I like that..no writing checks.

Had their Polish Dog today and two cups of lite lemonade. Lots of Relish, Onions and Mustard.Yumm
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Old 03-08-2006, 09:30 PM   #33
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Guys, I like the replies... it is very good info, keep it coming!
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Old 03-08-2006, 09:39 PM   #34
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BJ's and Sam's also sell gas, usually a few cents cheaper than other stations. I don't remember if Costco does or not. BJ's also has propane for grills several dollars cheaper than the usual places. I like all of them - for different reasons.
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Old 03-08-2006, 09:44 PM   #35
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Sunday gas at Costco was $2.21 Today when I went in it was $2.25.
I came out about an hour later and it was $2.26........

You have to use your Costco card and a Debit card or buy a gas card I think..
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Old 03-09-2006, 09:19 AM   #36
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Sushi brings up a point about Sam's. They only take cash, check, Discover, or debit cards sponsored by certain companies (meaning all check cards aren't handled through the same company, i.e. my check card is handled by Plus). No Master, Visa, AmEx, or whatever.

However, a way around this is to apply for a Sam's Discover Membership Card. It works both as your Sam's member card, and as a Discover card accepted wherever the logo is displayed. Discover has the cash back promotion on purchases, and the way to "beat" the system is to make your Sam's Club purchase on the Discover, so you get credit for getting whatever percentage back on the purchase. Then go to the Customer Service counter at Sam's and pay your Discover bill! No interest charge on what you purchased, and you got whatever percentage "cash back" from their promotion! It's an extra step, but it's like you paid with cash and got cash back!
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:08 AM   #37
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Sam's, BJ's and Costco all take my VISA debit card issued by my credit union.
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We don't have a big choice of places to shop in our area, so we think Sam's is great. It's about 20 minutes down the road, and every once in a while we go to Sam's and stock up, then do lunch.
I buy certain canned goods there, like 8-paks of Green Giant mushrooms, GG asparagus spears, Le Seur Peas, and reduced fat Cambell's cream of mushroom and chicken soups. I like the big containers of Tone's seasonings they have. The spices and blends are excellent, and so miuch cheaper to buy that way, that even if you end up throwing half of it away, you're still saving money.
We also buy the paper products and such, especially things like heavy duty foil, garbage bags and ziplock bags.
I can find cheeses and other gourmet products there that I can't find anywhere else. They also have a good variety of seafood and beautiful fresh fruits and vegetables.
Around the holidays, I also buy things like giant packages of cream cheese, butter, eggs, nuts, chocolate chips, etc
We do buy some meat there, but I've found that if watch the newspapers for sales, I can often do better on prices. Several months ago, we bought a whole ribeye for $4.95 a lb. at a local market, and it is very tender.
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Thank you kind folks!
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:55 AM   #40
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I am going to check out costco today, and I will report back on what I find. I am just giddy, hope to find lots of good deals! BTW... Albertsons had t-bones on sale for 3.95 a lb. Boy were they ever nice!!!!! I had to pick me up a few of those bad boys!
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