This Is When A Costco Membership Isn’t Worth The Money

This Is When A Costco Membership Isn’t Worth The Money

Not every visit to Costco is a day at the
park and there are definitely some circumstances where shelling out $60 for a Costco membership
is a total waste of money. Here’s when buying a Costco membership is
totally not worth it. The main reason people shop at Costco is because
you can save money by buying items in bulk. That habit doesn’t make a lot of sense if
you are in a one-person household. Sure, it may be tempting to stock up on ground
beef or a giant block of Parmesan cheese, but how much can you eat before these items
go bad or collect ice particles in your freezer? There’s only so much one person can eat, and
because Costco sells their items in bulk, chances are you’ll get sick of the monotony
of eating the same thing over and over. Salmon steaks may sound amazing tonight, but
how will you feel four days from now? Are you really going to be happy eating the
same breakfast cereal every morning for a month? Even though your bulk rice purchase won’t
go bad for a very long time, that still leads to the issue of where you’re going to store
it. Especially considering one person doesn’t
usually live in an enormous house with tons of storage space. Unless you have an abundance of storage space
in your home, buying items in bulk may mean you end up with a huge bag of dog food in
your bedroom or a 25-pound bag of jasmine rice in the trunk of your car. Costco rarely sells small sizes of anything,
so unless you’ve got a temperature-controlled storage shelter in your backyard, you can
expect to fill your bathtub with rolls of paper towels. This may seem like an unimportant reason to
some, but in this day and age of tidying up and only living with items that truly spark
joy, you really have to consider how all these bulk bargains are going to take up your living
space. If trying to find places for all these giant
containers is just going to stress you out, a Costco membership won’t be right for you. “We haven’t much…space.” Costco gas prices are pretty legendary, but
if your nearest Costco is a long distance away it may not be worth the round trip cost
plus the wear and tear on your car. It’s not a bargain if you end up spending
all your shopping savings on filling up your tank, plus the cost of your time to travel
to another town just for a shopping trip. If there are other destinations in the vicinity,
or if you really love driving, you could make a day of it. Still, unless your store savings make it truly
worth it, you’d probably be better off shopping somewhere closer. Besides, do you really want to spend a sunny
Saturday afternoon driving four hours round trip just so you can buy giant bulk groceries? This where we all have to be honest with ourselves
about how often we really prepare meals at home. If your favorite local restaurant has your
meal prepared within five minutes of you being seated, a Costco membership probably isn’t
for you. Everyone gets lazy at times and sometimes
you’d just rather order pizza than prepare anything that you have expiring in your refrigerator’s
meat compartment. If you’re the type of person who loves planning
out their meals in advance and doing a lot of meal prep for the week, then a Costco membership
may be perfect for you. But if you’re like the rest of us who enjoy
cooking at home on occasion but have been known to place a last minute takeaway delivery
because a new bingeable series has dropped on Netflix, you may not benefit from that
Costco membership. Just keep your pizza delivery place on speed
dial and save that membership money for driver tips. Sure, you could Uber to your nearest Costco,
but your driver isn’t going to be thrilled when you try to shove a giant television in
their back seat. There goes your 5-star rating right there. You could also ask a friend for a ride, but
then they’d probably make you share your groceries. You might be better off using a grocery delivery
service like Instacart that will do your shopping for you. But not having a car also means you won’t
be able to see every item in stock and you might miss out on Costco’s ever-changing inventory
and in-store sales. Also, you won’t get to take advantage of all
the free samples, so is there even a point? Plus, do you really trust a stranger to pick
out your preferred ripeness of bananas for you? Having to walk up and down stairs every single
day is bad enough, but imagine doing it while carrying a heavy case of bottled water. It might make you fit, but it also might get
pretty tiring. There are many perks to living in an apartment
or condo building, but ease of access with Costco merchandise isn’t one of them. Before you go shelling out money for a Costco
membership, you need to consider how far away your parking space is from your home, and
whether or not your building has an elevator. More frequent trips to the regular grocery
store, where you can purchase items in smaller, lighter quantities, may be better for your
living situation and your back. “My back!” With long lines, harsh fluorescent lighting,
large crowds, and busy parking lots, Costco can seem very overwhelming at times. To make things worse, these minor annoyances
could contribute to major health issues, since research has shown that stress and boredom
can negatively impact your health. That’s a pretty compelling reason to stick
to your friendly neighborhood market. Plus, Costco stores are gigantic, and there’s
something stressful about having to walk all the way to the back of a giant warehouse for
a package of toilet paper or another simple necessity. It’s a lot of work, and sometimes a lot of
anguish, with very little reward. Sometimes you just want to get in and get
out. Costco is not that sort of shopping experience. Hey, no judgement here. We’ve all been there. You go to the store for a gallon of milk and
$200 later you leave with the milk plus a supersized package of Oreo cookies, a ridiculously
huge wine glass, and a cart full of other items you may or may not actually use. Costco uses sneaky little tricks to encourage
impulse buys, which includes everything from the layout of their stores to moving items
around, and even offering limited times items that will make the average consumer want to
buy more. In other words, you’re not leaving Costco
with just a bulk supply of tampons and no rotisserie chicken! If this sounds like something you could see
yourself doing, maybe reconsider that Costco membership. If you enjoy deciding what to eat for dinner
based on what’s in season, then Costco probably won’t work with your lifestyle. Plenty of people enjoy buying and eating locally,
and spending the day at your farmer’s market is a great way to find dinner inspiration. If that describes you perfectly, a Costco
membership is probably not the best fit for you. Sure, Costco does have a great produce department,
but unless you plan on using it up right away or freezing a lot of it, you can expect your
perishables to go bad before you can use them. If you’re not a fan of food with a long shelf
life or processed items, you’d be better off sticking to your local store. There, you can buy what’s in season, and in
quantities you can actually use up before they start to rot. With 18-inch-long cinnamon sugar churros,
delicious pizza, and the legendary Costco chicken bake, it’s no wonder that one of the
major attractions of Costco is the food court. But taking advantage of those super-low food
court prices isn’t a reason to shell out for a membership. You don’t even need to be a Costco member
to take advantage of those $1.50 hot dog and a soda deals. You can definitely enjoy those treats without
a membership. The easiest way to do it is find a Costco
with a food court right outside. As long as you’re paying in cash, there will
be no questions asked. But what if your local Costco has an inside
food court? At most stores, you can still partake without
a membership. Just tell the card checker at the door that
you’re only there to eat! If you’re nervous about trying to waltz in
with no card, just use a gift card to get in, even if you have no balance on it. Then mosey on up to the food court and eat
all the frozen yogurt you can handle. No membership, no problem. “I mean, a dollar fifty for a quarter pound
hot dog. And a drink! Tres bien, right?” If you already have another warehouse store
membership or an Amazon Prime account, it may not be worth it for you to add a Costco
membership to the list of yearly membership fees. Marketwatch breaks down adding a Costco membership
in addition to already having Amazon Prime down like this: “Ultimately, choosing one over the other will
come down to a person’s needs and preferences. If saving money is important, Costco may be
a better bet, but with convenient shipping and the added perks Amazon Prime may fit a
consumer’s lifestyle better. You can order stuff from Costco online, but
you’ll pay for shipping.” Another consumer quoted in the article puts
it like this: “I’d rather pay a little more for paper towels
right to my door than have to deal with the Costco parking lot.” Amen to that. And if you’re already paying for one, do you
really need to pay for another? One of the best ways to save money at Costco
is to comparison shop before you even leave the house. According to a BMO Capital Markets Study,
the prices on Costco’s wholesale website are on average 17 percent cheaper than the prices
on Amazon. The issue is, that doesn’t hold true for all
items all the time, and those prices aren’t always the same as what you’ll find in the
store. Add in factors like what’s on sale according
to your local grocery store’s weekly flyer, coupon codes and discounts offered via online
retailers, and if your local market has a store savings card that provides extra discounts,
and it gets more complicated. You could be paying a lot more for that bulk
item at Costco. This is where mobile price comparison apps
come in handy, and also why it’s a good idea to check out the Costco website before your
shopping trip. Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial
officer, told Consumer Reports: “Our job is to provide great products and
services at great savings to members, but we also want to wow you. The website makes that possible with savings
on large appliances, exercise equipment, and luxury items you might not expect. The website has plenty of offerings you won’t
find in the store.” A tip like this can help you find the best
prices, but if you’re the kind of person who isn’t interested in doing research before
you hit the stores, it won’t help you. You may be better off sticking to a place
where you’re most familiar with their pricing system and what days they offer the best sales
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  1. When I go to costco, jeezuz I have to do the dip, dodge and avoid method. I just wanna get my stuff and go and people make it so difficult cuz it's so packed. And the parking lot is a nightmare. I park faaaaaaar away cuz everyone wants to park close. So it is not always worth it unless you have a huge family.

  2. Don’t use Instacart!!! They’re crooks with shady shoppers. The last time my boyfriend and I used them, we got ripped off for close to $500.

  3. If all you did was buy a rotisserie chicken once a week, you'd more than pay for the membership. Eggs are cheap, and you get to see a lot of things you'd never see at your typical supermarket or Walmart. If you really don't want to pay the $60/year, you can always ask a coworker if they have a membership, and either go shopping with them, or get them to buy you a gift card. But, seriously. The rotisserie chicken. (IF YOU LOVE THEIR ROTISSERIE CHICKEN, GIMME A THUMBS UP!!!!!!!)

  4. I go to sams….u are going to use 24 rolls of TP 1 person or 6 people in your house!
    I guess the people dont have freezers either?!?

  5. Sam's Club membership isn't worth the money, either. You be better off going to the regular grocery store instead.

  6. Around the first month of every month, at Costco I buy AT LEAST:
    1: Cat food
    2: Cat Litter
    3: A case of beer (ale only)
    4: Sometimes I buy some additional alcohol (blended Scotch or Irish Whiskey) {NEVER a bourbon)

    The savings on just these items is worth my Costco membership.

  7. I live about an hour and a half from a costco. I bought a membership in Nov. 2018 and it was totally worth it. I've gone every month since.

  8. Our membership pays for itself within two weeks of renewing it each year and enjoy nothing but savings for the rest of the year.

  9. I like Costco and this negative video will not stop me from going. I am a single household and love Costco. None of the reasons stated makes sense. Lady, do you work for the small chain grocery stores? Stop it!!👎👎👎👎👎

  10. My issue with Costco is that over the past few years, it has become so busy that it's not worth going there. It's hard to move around in the store when there are literally thousands of other shoppers in the way. It's an ordeal.

  11. WHAT FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY store paid for this video 😅 they make it seem like shopping at Costco is THE WORST THING EVER!

  12. costco is for household with many people or for businesses that need to feed many people at once.

    doesnt take a genius to figure it out

  13. Costco has been playing the mind over matter game for years, and most of their members, including myself, have fallen for it. You look at their prices, and many of them will say something like $7.89 or $4.90 as opposed to something like $10.00 or $8.99, because those few cents that they are subtracting tend to make us believe that they are the place for the bargains, and yea, if you do the math, it’s economically much better to have an amazon prime account and/or shop at your local grocery store. I’d rather pay just slightly more for the convenience of the delivery and wait 2 days than having to waste my gas having to go there and fry my brain over their horrible parking. And as for the food and produce they buy, yea it’s just better to buy that as needed, I think that’s self explanatory, even for people that have large families to feed, at least where I live, it’s actually cheaper to go to my local supermarket than going to Costco, like why pay $3.90 for 2 dozen eggs when I can get a dozen for $1.20 each on average, and yea maybe the savings are small, but if I’m going to be paying a yearly membership, it matters, I’m not gonna pay more to spend more.

  14. I have a smaller house so just me and Mom Dad grandmother in the summer but we still have a Costco membership mostly for the specialty Stuff Plus the giant bags of rice since we're Dominican and go to a lot of rice but I have a lot of specialty things I've learned to love from Costco that I can't find anywhere else so I still renew my membership LOL

  15. Well you can also buy tooth brushes and air pods galaxy pods washer and dryer refrigerator tires rims milk toilet paper water is all for one person also labtops tv what more does one person need ??

  16. I live alone with a diabetic cat so my cat can only eat wet food. My cat also runs through cat litter like a boss. You just have to be smart on what you buy; for example, Parm cheese stays good for a long time and it is expensive and I love cheese. It also helps that Costco is less than a mile away from me so gas and liquor prices are a plus. Not to mention the hot dog deal! Just don't be dumb people and know your market! 🙂

  17. I live an hour from Costco, I still have a membership, the Executive, Costco send you a check every year for some percentage of the total you’ve spent that year. Costco also has the best meats for great prices. I’m always buying steaks, ribs, briskets, bulk chicken, wild salmon. I bought my tires there a few months ago, same price as TireRack but no shipping fee, got free mount and balance and lifetime rotation, nobody can beat that!
    And I always fill up my car with gas when I leave. And yeah I live alone and it’s still worth it! This video is dumb👎🏻

  18. The laundry detergent is great as is the toilet paper .My daughter likes the gas and it's in town. We don't buy that much but we like some of their packaged frozen foods. Thanks.

  19. You're wrong. I am a single person with 2 medium dogs nd buy many items repeatedly
    Lettuce 3 pack save 3 ($2.50) = 7.50 x3month = 22.50 saved
    Herring in white wine 3 jars at 4.99 compared to at the big box $9.98 = 15.00 savings
    Cashews = 4.00 savings
    Water 36 = 2.86 $ 2.00 saved x 3 = 6.00
    $99.00 SAVINGS A MONTH vs 3.00 monthly membership cost.

  20. This entire video is retarted. Just say that if you dont need food in bulk then dpnt go to costco. Costco is way better for a full family. Idiots

  21. Also not sure if you have one around your area…but Costco Business Center is Awesome especially if you have a family or just like getting in bulk the brand and flavor you want. Instead of buying all the bulk boxes with mixes of stuff you don't want in them. Its Frickin Great!!! And your Costco membership covers them also. This video is really for ummmm NO ONE!!! HAHAHA! Millennials no patience and no brains on how to save money!!! Millennials=I rather pay 10.00 on a Big Mac delivered by Door Dash or 15.00 more for products delivered to my door, plus I have a 100.00 membership to the gym since i'm lazy and can't walk to shops because i have to park so far. Again FRICKIN JOKES!!!

  22. Well, certain things I need to buy in bulk to make them more economical for me and I like to cook at home a lot plus I live right within walking distance of a Costco and I bring my own cart when I go so I don't have to do much heavy lifting.

  23. I don't know if I agree with this one… While I know gas prices vary greatly by region, my wife and I pay for our membership several times over each year just from the savings on gasoline alone. Where we live 93 octane is typically 30 to 50 cents per gallon cheaper than the local Exxon or Shell.

  24. I have both amazon prime and Costco membership….. both are good at what they offer …. and with 5 people in our home…. both fit our needs perfectly…. plus I know when yo go to Costco when it is not busy because I go there that often….

  25. This video sucks and wasted my time. I was curious to see the negative of shopping at Costco…. ….but….This video did nothing but state the obvious. Nice try Walmart….. Or Amazon…lol

  26. I'm in a single household and it's worth shopping at Costco because I save a lot of money.
    Just to name a few, the huge bag of baby bell with 28 cheeses is for only $13. Whereas at Loblaw's, Metro and Sobey's a small bag with only 12 cheeses for $10.99.
    Vitamins are definitely cheaper, especially the twin pack. Dishwashing liquid 10 litre for only $8.00. Toilet paper, laundry detergent, fabric softener etc are in large sizes and much cheaper than elsewhere. I live alone and I've always bought non-perishable items and many other things that can be frozen in bulk!
    Organic vegetables and fruits, especially the huge packets of blueberries and Raspberries for my smoothies are worth it, because they're so much cheaper than these grocery stores that I've mentioned above.
    The only things that I don't buy at Costco are eggs, fish and meats; I buy these at the grocery stores that I've mentioned above.
    I usually shop at Costco 4 times yearly and it's nearby; ONLY ONE TRIP covers my $60. yearly membership!

  27. I have saved on car insurance and gasoline as well as buying my cell phones there for years and when I got my tv the warranty doubled

  28. Omg how entitled can you get? The majority of people cook at home and don't eat out. And yes the same majority is also on a budget.

  29. "People don't want to cook and order pizza out" you can order a whole pizza at Costco's food court and take it with you. And why pay for Amazon and Costco is like saying why have Netflix and Hulu!?!

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