Shopping time in Costco

Shopping cart

Brr. Not clothing this time… ๐Ÿฅบ So you definitely won’t find anything fancy in this post. But still, I wanted to share my first Costco Wholesale visit with you, as for me it was a kinda cool experience. ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿป

Costco Wholesale

We visited Costco Wholesale, located in North Miami Beach. This is a multinational corporation that operates a chain of membership-only warehouse clubs, being the second biggest retailer in the world and having 795 warehouses and about 105,5 million members.

Only Walmart is a bigger retailer, and the biggest difference between Walmart and Costco is that Walmart has about 140,000 distinctive products whereas Costco has only 3,700.

The endless rows of Costco
Costco membership

When Walmart is opened for everyone without having to be a member, then in Costco you have to be a membership-card owner to buy from there. (*Well there is a way that you can buy Costco’s gift card /also known as Costco’s Cash/ and you can use it in the checkout*).

But otherwise, Costco has two membership-cards:
1) Costco Gold Star member – which is $60 per year (plus taxes). It includes that you can shop in-store and online, and you will have two cards (for you and someone in your household).
2) Costco Gold Star Executive member – which is $120 per year (plus taxes). Additional to regular Gold Star membership, it also has – 2% annual Reward (up to $1,000), and more benefits & discounts on Costco Services.

The prices

I have visited the US a couple of times before. And one thing that I always remember, was that ‘healthy’ food is pretty expensive and junk food is cheap. But well, I have lived in the US for over a month now, and actually, I can say that when you are buying for the family then the price per shopping cart is approximately the same as in Estonia.

It is cheaper to buy things in bulk – that is for sure. But if to think about the average wage in Estonia and the average wage in the US, then it is definitely more expensive to eat well & healthy in Estonia. ๐Ÿค” (*PS! In that case, talking about shopping & cooking at home. When going out then the prices are higher, plus here the tipping policy is different than in Estonia).

One small dose of Nutella pls
So many food in US overall is sold frozen

When overall looking around in stores, then the biggest difference between example to Estonia or Latvia is that so many more stuff here are sold frozen, not refrigerated. Example chicken nuggets, burger patties, meatballs, etc.

Shopping in Costco

Besides the endless shelves of food, Costco also had huge piles of clothing, beach stuff, books, games, flowers, luggage, mattresses, furniture, electronics, and so on. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ And of course – many of those items also had the ‘bulk buying’ thing – meaning that if you don’t want to buy in bulk, then sorry, you can’t buy it. But many items just had amazing deals, compared to the regular shops.

And as you can imagine, then the best deals of this choice was of course for the clothing stuff. But there were like very regular T-shirts, socks, underwear etc – so just basics.

Couple of T-shirts over here you know
Couple of pairs of socks & underwear also ๐Ÿค”

The cashiers

As the shop itself was huge then there were many cash registers also. The regular ones and also the self-checkouts. Although the lines were long they were moving very quickly! One reason was probably that over there they still had one person who was at the register and another person who was helping to put the stuff on the register and back in the cart. And believe it or not – they don’t have plastic bags. Thank god! ๐Ÿ˜…

Only small part of the cashiers

As only I and our pumpkin went to the store (dad was in the car, as he hates shopping ๐Ÿ˜…), then we wanted & tried to do quickly… ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜… And this was our shopping cart – lots of fruits/vegetables/greens, paper, 0 calories sparkling water, orange juice, salmon, regular and almond milk, some frozen stuff, porridges, coffee, etc. And the price for the whole cart was about $160 which is about 130โ‚ฌ. And there are so many things that will last longer, so I think it was a very decent deal!

Shopping done for this time!

Triinu in Miami โˆž

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