Marc Gander - The Consumer Survival Handbook


A 220 page introduction to all things consumer related by our own BankFodder.

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    This may be a silly one but as I work for the council I can join the above. I go once a month and spend roughly 200 on essentials like tins, pasta, cheese, bread which I find saves me a fortune on going to supermarkets. I can't get everything I want there (icecream for one) but only buying fruit and vegetables for the rest of the month with very little else I find we manage and at 50 per week for the 4 of us is good value.

    If I don't need to spend that much on essentials we have a few treats which is lovely........... I bought a case of hobgoblin on offer for 10 this week and some chocolate. Last of the big spenders me.

    It costs me 30 per year to join.

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    Default Re: Costco membership

    the membership page clearly states u have to be a business owner or manager who can clearly provide proof of business.

    http://www.costco.co.uk/Membership_h...rship_home.htm

    Costco Wholesale UK Ltd, UK Home Office Hartspring Lane, Watford, Herts WD25 8JS
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    • Substantially reduced prices
    • Wide range of quality branded products
    • High quality fresh foods departments, including fresh meat, produce and bakery
    • Purchase supplies and resale merchandise from one source
    • Immediate availability - Open 7 days a week
    • Exclusive early shopping hours for Trade members only
    • Warehouse is self service with products packaged and sold in bulk quantities
    • No hidden charges - All prices are posted excluding and including VAT
    • Pay with cash, company or personal cheque, or debit cards
    • Membership is valid at all of our 555 locations worldwide

    Costco is an exclusive wholesale cash and carry membership warehouse club and is not open to the general public. Membership is required. You are eligible for trade membership if you are a bonafide business owner/manager who can provide evidence of trading. Follow our Trade membership tab above for further details.






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    Default Re: Costco membership

    I joined as an individual member which is open to me as a local government officer. There must be other ways to qualify if people want to enquire. Except for weekends you have no access before 12:00pm presumably to allow trade people greater access to goods/checkouts.

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    [quote=The GodMother;2478004]the membership page clearly states u have to be a business owner or manager who can clearly provide proof of business.

    Hiya, I joined Costco about a year ago. I am a director of a business but I did see a sign that if you work for local counsil, police, fire services, NHS etc you can apply to join.

    Once you have joined you can add additional members onto your card as secondary holders. You can include anyone you like. I had to add my mother inlaw onto ours.

    We do a monthly shop and the quality of the meat is much higher than Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury. Friendly and well trained staff.

    As long as you are happy to have 50000000 toilet rolls at once, its a damm good bargain!

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    I've got how many sheets/rolls?????????????? No wonder it lasts almost 12 months then.

    Have you ever tried one of their personally ordered cakes? Yes 13 for such a size seems very cheap but the QUALITY is superb. I have ordered 4 in the last year and can state that for freshness and general yummyness they can't be beaten.

    Except for the supermarket christmas offers on Baileys etc I will be getting my christmas spirits there. They were selling boxes of Thorntons chocolate at roughtly half-price if I have got the right sizes. Only 3 weeks and I can go again. 6 for a large kilner jar of chocolate brazils............

    Thanks for the info on who qualifies - I think you can have 2 additional cardholders.

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    Yup. I'm a Costco member too. I love it.

    I even love the Pizzas they sell in the canteen!


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    I dont qualify but i dont have one near me.

    I do ue booker tho they are similar but i can go in on a day pass.

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    Costco Rocks, I am a member through a friend who has his own business, this means that I can go in from opening times, can confirm that the meat is superior and cheaper, but know supermarket prices before you co and yes, the pizzas rock and the cakes are 10 for a HUGE one, and they are delicious!

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    *Bookie wonders who she knows who has their own business.*

    And LULA!!! What are you doing buying these huge cakes?


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    And then there are the money-off vouchers which they post to you. It is a litre of Tia Maria for 10, stewing steak for 3 a pack, cadbuty drinking chocolate (1 litre) selling at 15% off - so only going to cost me 3.56. Quaker Oat so simple (twin pack) at 2.99 - going to stock up on those.

    Going to do an on-line check but the brevill handblender VHB011 at 28.74 may be a good buy. Oooooohhhhhhhhhh and the smoked salmon/trout is pretty good too not to mention the sushi tray - havn't bought it yet but I promised my youngest it would go on our 'treats' list for christmas if not before.

    What about the fancy breads - croissants, belgium buns, tear-and-share brioche. Oh well only 3 weeks before I get to go again.

    I have always wanted to try Dom Perignon champagne and If I've got the name right they sell that at 17 a bottle (is that without vat I wonder) - it's normally 36 in supermarkets, so my treat for Christmas Day or for New Years Eve when I'm watching Jools Hollands Hooternanay (how do you spell it?).

    Lulu - only 10 - did you hit the wrong number. They do keep though don't they - it took the 4 of us over a week to eat the last one - still don't understand how the sponge and cream stayed good BUT THEY DID.

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    I'm off to Costco on Saturday.


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    And LULA!!! What are you doing buying these huge cakes?
    It was for my nephews 1st birthday last year, honest guv !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sequenci View Post
    I'm off to Costco on Saturday.
    I might see you there then

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    Perhaps my missing posts will be there !

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    Nah, they're long gone, latest theory is that Webby sold them for beer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lula View Post
    I might see you there then
    I go to the one in Brummieland


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    ahhh Watford

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    Will you be having lunch there - I can recommend the jacket potatoes.

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    The thing about costco imo, there is actually very little that is cheaper these days than your average tesco/asdas, back about 4-5 years ago then yeah costco had quite a few better deals but i guess can't keep up with the big giants...still i must admit i miss there pizza ..yum lol


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    Yeah - some things like coke and breakfast cereals etc when on offer in supermarkets can be dearer at Costco but overall I find them a lot cheaper so really surprised to hear you think that they are not worth considering. Hey-ho, each to their own.

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