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AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Jingleheimer posted:

On a Saturday or Sunday I don't think it really matters when you go to Costco, it's going to be busy no matter what. Going right when they open is probably the best way. If you know exactly what you need and sort of know where it is, you can get it real quick and beat everyone else to the registers and not have to wait in line. And then there probably won't be a huge line to get out because most people are still trying to get in rather than out.

This advice might not work if you need to get a ton of stuff and spend an hour filling up your cart, but if you're only getting a few things you'll be in and out in no time.

If you're going during the week though then right before closing is definitely the best time to go.

This is a great way to not get samples.

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AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Taima posted:

3% on travel and eating out is the X factor though, I mean obviously that's still an insane total but if he's putting hella business travel and expensed meals on the card it seems at least kind of reasonable.

You would be amazed how fast expensed meals adds up if you're paying for a group. We go out pretty often on an expensed tab and the dude who usually throws down the corporate card has a ludicrous number of loyalty points at the places we go.

Or just plain business expenses. Some stuff for restaurants or small offices is cheaper at Costco than the usual suppliers, that can escalate quickly.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



FizFashizzle posted:

What's the best easily prepared late night snack to get at costco

like something i can just throw in the oven that's relatively healthy delicious.

Mozzarella sticks, of course.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



GORDON posted:

Is it possible for a two person household to go through a 25 pound bag of rice, eating it maybe twice a week, before it goes bad?

If so, how does one store an opened bag of 20 pounds of rice, to avoid insects and spoilage?

I don't think a 25 pound bag of Costco rice is a logical purchase for 2 people.

You can keep (white) rice more or less indefinitely if moisture or bugs don't get in. Sealing tupperware bins work, and you can transfer a more reasonable amount to a smaller container as you use it.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



ShortyMR.CAT posted:

Have you ever ordered a DAWG and told the cashier that you don't want the drink? They get real antsy about it. I'm not tryin to get a cheaper hot dog. I just don't want the cup my dude because I'm on a diet and don't drink soda.

*orders slice of pizza to wrap my DAWG in*


COSTCO! GET IN THE GAME!

Have you considered that the cup will function normally with non-soda liquids like water?

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Thwomp posted:

Holy poo poo. My Costco today had these Kirkland steak treats.

Like thick jerky (so much so you have to refrigerate it after opening) and oh my god it is amazing.

PBUC

https://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Premium-Extra-Thick-Steak-Strips%2c-12-oz.product.100333696.html ?

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



wookong posted:

Never been to Costco. No idea if there's any in the deep south. Maybe? Who knows.

https://www.redliondata.com/costco-store-map/

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Xaris posted:

Nothing is exactly wrong. Costco glasses are good, good warrenty; however, their actual impact and importance has gone down over the last 10 years. They were great back in the 90s to late 00s because the competition was $400 Luxotica monopoly bullshit and getting a pair for like $150-200 was a great deal then. It's less so now because you can actually get super high quality glasses online for like <$50. Costco still has some advantages for glasses like trying them on first, or fittings (it's not hard to do yourself). If that's worth it, that's up to you to decide if the additional $$ is worth it. I personally feel like no.

I still do my eye exam at Costco because it's like $45 (tho the wait list can be pretty bad).

Glasses becoming practically disposable over the last decade has been a great innovation for those of us who are clumsy and have bad eyes.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



lgcty5 posted:

Ours has both those and the 'boneless, skinless', but packed in olive oil. My kid can put away an entire can of the latter in like 2 minutes so I am glad that they have them cause I'm not looking to spend 15 minutes fishing (ha) out tiny bones so they can get their sweet, sweet Omega Protein Bomb.

Prepare to have your mind blown, the bones are edible.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



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also i went at like 9:45 and was feeling pretty nausea and not having eaten anything, i got a pepperoni slice for breakfast-lunch. it was actually pretty good this time and would get it again if they were always like that. Usually I feel their pizzas end up just being way too soggy of a greasymess but the crust actual had some structure to it this time, pepperoni was nice and crispy, and cheese just didn't all slog off in a greasy cesspool but was well melted still. kinda a shame their pizza ends up being so hit or miss sometimes.

I'm not too picky on the toppings, so unless there's a rush I just order the type that's not on the heating rack to get a slice fresh out of then oven. Or call ahead for a full pizza.

Cheese is the best, by the way. It's no lower on calorie counts than the others, so they are throwing more on there.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



You have to do donuts in the parking lot after filling up half of each grade.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



sweet thursday posted:

Me too. I don't know why. It just feels better walking around Costco, the lines almost open up

If executive members got separate checkout lines, I would jump on that so hard.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



naem posted:

last time a bought a bunch of emergency canned food I just ended up eating it all instead of grocery shopping for a month lol

Is there really a scenario where anyone would need more than a few days of food and water in a developed country?

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



JK Fresco posted:

Hurricane Katrina was pretty bad

And even in that worst case scenario more than ~3 days of food/water wouldn't have made a difference.

e: I mean, don't disregard planning or anything, but "resort to your stockpile of supplies" is ... not the best plan.

AreWeDrunkYet fucked around with this message at 01:16 on Jul 8, 2019

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



FilthyImp posted:

One of them was YOU MIGHT NEED TO WAIT LIKE 10 MINUTES

For the 5-8 gallons I usually fill up, any sort of line for gas is an immediate nope. Might be a different story if you have a giant SUV and drain the tank all the way every time.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Toxic Mental posted:

Also am I crazy or is the cheese pizza better than the pepperoni? I swear the pepperoni has like 3x less cheese the regular plain cheese pizza

Compare the calorie counts. The cheese and pepperoni are comparable, it's coming from somewhere (it is more cheese).

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



The Hambulance posted:

How do the robot vacuums do with oriental rugs on hardwood floors? Will it get tangled in the fringe?

Tuck the fringe under the carpet, that usually works out ok.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Cyrano4747 posted:

The upside is that if you sign up and don't break even they'll refund you and let you cancel it.

We just did that with our executive membership. We did the math and we spent something like 70% of what we'd need to break even on it.

There's probably a subset of executive members that don't meet the minimum then fail to do that which works out in their favor.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



EVG posted:

Wow, thatís similar to I was looking at, Oahu and Kauai. But for 2 from Chicago. If youíd like to weigh in on which hotel you picked and activities were the best, Iíd love the input. (ALSO how was the Costco there??). Because our 2 island trip was coming out to around 5-6k for the 2 of us, it sounds like you managed to book more cost effectively.

Just to add a couple things,
-The Crouching Lion trail is marked as closed, but it's really just a sign that people walk around. Gorgeous views in every direction in only a few miles if you do the loop.
-If you're around Waimea Bay, stop by the beach and jump off the rock everyone is jumping off.
-Try some garlicy shrimp from a food truck parked by a shrimp farm.

If you're looking at Oahu the North Shore is much more of a traditional vacation spot, and you can take day trips to the city for Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, etc.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



canyoneer posted:

Entirely correct though. rear end in a top hat tourists violating access is how things go from "temporarily closed" to "forever closed"

I'll try to do better in the future. It seemed like most of the folks on the trail were locals, but that's no guarantee they know any better.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



edit: Wrong thread

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Saw the same thing at a non-Costco grocery store just now. Credit card transactions were randomly getting declined and lines were getting silly.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Looks to be a wider debit/credit processing outage, a bunch of large retailers are impacted.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Barry posted:

100% agree. I'm usually the first person to bang the drum of "fresh garlic or no garlic" and I'll still shout that from the rooftops for any "serious" cooking, but man it is so nice to have a limitless supply of minced garlic sitting around for immediate use. It's great for cooking some eggs or stir fried vegetables where I'd normally forego garlic because it takes longer to peel/mince or peel/clean the press.

The convenience is nice, but I just don't trust it to be sanitary.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Chinatown posted:

imitation crab is good

fight me

Imitation crab needs a name change, it's just good for what it is and obviously not crab. People wouldn't look down on 'cod strips' the same way.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



bird with big dick posted:

What should I make with my Costco crab I was going to make seafood chowder but then my gf pointed out that a heavy rear end chowder is maybe not the best when itís 95 degrees out.



Just make a non-cream based soup.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Home Depot seems to semi regularly restock chest freezers.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Pershing posted:

So I finally bought a big bag of garlic from the 'Co....how should I cook this? I seem to remember somebody in the thread had a roasted garlic recipe. I'm also going to be cooking italian sausage if it helps.

It's garlic, it goes in everything.

But to eat it directly, cut the tops off entire heads of garlic, slicing through each clove. Drizzle on some oil, put on some salt, and bake until soft. You will be able to push the finished product out of the peel like butter.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



SirPablo posted:

At least one of the churches i was at earlier this year was clearancing them out for $50.

The deadline to eat the whole thing doesn't change though, right?

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



fizzymercy posted:

The healthcare workers skip the line thing is interesting. I'm supposed to be able to use my hospital ID to skip the line but I'm scared to try it cause just clean the kitchens and break areas. I'm always afraid I'll show them my ID and they'll laugh at me for being a janitor and wanting to skip the line. Also I kind of like standing in line because you really get to have fabulously weird conversations with people that way.

Only assholes will begrudge you doing this.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Captain Beans posted:

1.99/lb chicken breasts at kroger? are you posting from 2002?

im legit very envious of those prices

Just spot-checked a few Krogers (Texas, Illinois, and Virginia), and all of them had boneless skinless chicken breasts from $1.79-$1.99/lb

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Hed posted:

Photo Center is closing, but they'll still have an order-online and ship direct-to-consumer service:

Given the square footage of the space and the profitability I'm not surprised.

Couldn't it be replaced with a kiosk?

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Mercury Hat posted:

Wow, ours had the four pack of AMC theatre tickets on clearance for $11.97 today.

Those should be useful in 2022.

AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



fizzymercy posted:

Having good credit sounds magical :allears: It's like you fill out a bunch of mystical paperwork and *poof* free money!

That's more or less normal. The poorer you are, the more expensive everything is.

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AreWeDrunkYet
Jul 8, 2006



Gaius Marius posted:

Coffee is disgusting. It looks like dirt and tastes like hot bitter water. Humans have evolved past it with the invention of monster ultra zero.

If you really want to min/max it,

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