Today was our second “shopping trip” to Costco in North Lakes and like any good local should: “I ask myself is it worth the journey?“.
Depending on which exit one takes on the Bruce Highway the journey from Beerwah to Costco North Lakes is approximately 90km return, but when you get there the fuel is heavily discounted. (or so they say).
Travel to Costco: Is it worth it and are there saving to be made by shopping there? – (I hope so).
Todays unleaded fuel cost $1.39 / Litre at Costco. I know that because I filled up my tank. Later in the day when I phoned Woolworths to ask the price of fuel I was informed that they, (Woolworths) were not allowed to give out the price of fuel over the phone … so I drove in to check out the price myself and learned that the cost for Unleaded Fuel at Woolworths in Beerwah is $1.42 on the same day, that’s a savings for 3 miserable cents. … mmm not a very significant difference between Woolworths and Costco and certainly not worth the 90km journey today.
Did we save on other products? – Well todays attraction certainly wasn’t the discounted unleaded fuel, but I think we saved on a range of other products, like Milo, Toilet Paper, Washing Powder, Butter, “live culture”, drinks.
** please note ** The author of this post is not very price savvy, but as the keeper of a family of 6 I’m always keen to make my dollar work for me, and yes I still think it’s worth it and I’m planning a third trip.
Perhaps you (the reader) can help me out and and answer the question below.
Is there saving to be gained by traveling to Costco?
Please comment below:
Marlo Geerse says
I don’t even need to read the article to say, YES!
Kelly Zontanos says
over rated. i keep my money where i live. glasshouse country!!!
Marlo Geerse says
It’s only Woolworths that suffers, most of us still shop at our local fruit and veg barns, IGA , Aldi and local butchers. Oh and the corner store for bread and milk.
Its not over rated, it’s called saving money and still eating great food that isn’t home brand.
Zac Berkuta says
When I get a pay rise I’ll stop think about saving money, but with penalty rates looking to be scrapped i can’t see that happening anytime soon
Was the the price of E10 or Unleaded? Costco doesn’t sell E10 and I have seen many try and compare those wrongly.
Glasshouse Country says
Hi Marlo, prices shown are for unleaded, My first journey to Costco I had forgotten that they offered fuel and I filled up else where, this time (my second trip to Costco) I spent most of my time figuring out the “Fuel Pay” machine. – I only thought to write the article after returning home this evening. On my next visit (third visit) I intend to take photographs. – Roland
I am also a family of 6 and it has been great for us, not only for the food, but the amazing return policy they have (ask about it next time your in).
To start with, my partner drives to Brisbane and back 4-5 times a week and his car can only use 98 premium. Filling his tank has dropped from over $100 to average $70 as he also gets better fuel economy.
I spend an average of $500 per month at Costco, but that includes luxury items that we normally don’t buy like shoes, clothes, electrical appliance, and then I stock up on fruit and veg locally, as well as meat, milk and bread on a daily basis.
We have used the optical centre twice already and have saved over $100 for each pair of glasses and the purchase of our dog food alone has given us the membership back.
We live in Landsborough, and yes, the 35 minute drive is worth it alone for the HUGE $15 pizza’s 🙂 I could go on all day.
Greg Young says
Most definitely you easily save your joining fee in just 1 big shop I only shop for essentials between Costco visits at the other majors,
Anja Dunford says
Yes!! Costco saves us over $400 a month. That’s not even fuel just groceries! Love it
Jenniel Neilen says
It can be. But its not a once a week shop
David Keal says
Absolutely yes! Do as much of my shopping as possible there at Costco then the remainder at Aldi and IGA in Beerwah. Thankfully I now never have to shop at Woolies again!
Kristy Dalleau says
Lesley Gillian Manks says
Yes yes and yes…..
Nessa Moller says
Ummm, yeah …
Shane Murphy says
Some great savings there. Especially 98octane fuel.
Sharon Nichole Lindsay says
Yes differently worth the trip for us as we save big time on nappies, wipes, toilet paper etc.. And we only have to go once a month
Annette Harris says
Diane Stirling says
What do they sell?
Marg Aret says
I would think Not unless you live on processed/canned foods…anything fresh needs to be bought more often…