There's no denying that Costco has some pretty solid deals on things. However, if you only want to shop here a few times a year, the store's $60+/year membership requirement can be a huge deterrent (and will eat into those dollars you're saving as well). Yes, you can still get some Costco products without a membership through services like Amazon Now, but if you want to get into the store it's membership or bust.
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Costco is continuing to push against the near duopoly in the retail supermarket business by launching their online shopping service. The kickoff will be early next year, when their new $78m warehouse at Kemps Creek in western Sydney is complete. It will be used as a base for distribution of massive packs of toilet paper, huge barrels of pretzels and other bulk-sized items.
You'd think that because I write about smart shopping, I wouldn't have a price club "problem". Yet as a new member, it took several visits to get my bulk shopping under control. Enough olive oil to bathe in? A lifetime supply of chips? C'mon, how can you stop yourself? Buying in bulk can be a cost-effective way to stock up on essentials, but there are pitfalls.