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Big Haul at Costco

February 28th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Today dh and I went to Costco, even though I swore I'd never again go on a weekend once I retired... so I had to eat my words! Actually, we had not been in over a month and our Am Ex rebate check for $294.41 was in the mail yesterday when we got home from a business trip. And, since the frig was pretty bare, we stocked up... now the pantry and freezer are full, and we have cleaning supplies and paper products to last at least 6 months.

Our cart totaled $354.80 but we paid only $60.39. This was on top of getting $38 off for products that had coupons (e.g., Brita filters, Skinny Cow, vitamins, etc.). I found out Costco now automatically deducts the coupon amount when the cashier rings up, so I wasted a lot of time cutting coupons this morning. But I really can't complain... the savings are nice no matter how you get them.

I usually budget ~$200 a month for Costco where I buy our meat, soy milk, organic cereal, cheese, coffee, tea, canned tomatoes, Skinny Cow, pasta, cat litter, vitamins, dried blueberries, Romaine, some fruits/vegetables, and cleaning and paper products (some items are bought every few months). I always pay with the Am Ex card and then pay the balance in full each month. I like the tiered rebates: 3% for gas and restaurants, 2% for travel, and 1% everywhere else... and the card has no fees, other than the Costco membership that is required.

2 Responses to “Big Haul at Costco”

  1. homebody Says:

    You and me both! I am anticipating our rebate in a week or so since the bill closes 2/28. Can't wait. Plan to stock up and also get some pots for planting tomatoes. Ours is going to be near $500.00!!! Highest ever due to granddaughter's birth and much travel this year to see her including rental car, 2 weeks of vacation home, etc. Well worth it.

  2. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Way to go on your Costco stock up trip!

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