Shoppers looking for a bargain have turned their attention to Aldi’s new budget supermarket.
With the cost of living on the rise, savvy Australians are finding new ways to save on their weekly stores, so they are turning to US chain Costco.
There are only 15 stores across Australia, and customers need to sign up for a $60 annual fee to shop there, but mums just can’t get enough of the wholesale store.
Parents of large families have reported cutting hundreds of dollars off their grocery bills by buying in bulk at Costco.
Online moms care about how much money they saved shopping at Costco compared to Coles, Woolworths, Aldi or IGA.
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Australian shoppers have been sent on a new ride after slashing hundreds of dollars off grocery bills at US chain Costco which has just 15 locations across the country.
Parents of large families have reported cutting hundreds of dollars off their grocery bills by buying in bulk at Costco
While many hauls seem steep, shoppers said buying goods in bulk from Costco saved them hundreds of dollars.
Every time I go to Costco my favorite part is seeing how much money I’ve saved. Yesterday was my first trip there in a few years. ‘I spent $593,’ said a woman on Facebook mail.
I placed a (mock) order online with Coles, and chose equal quantities as what I bought at Costco. Coles cost me $783.
She claimed that the quality of the products, especially the meat, is better than other stores and is the perfect place to buy expensive dog food in bulk at a fraction of the price.
We actually ended up saving about $35, which is about six weeks worth of food for our dogs. But the real win is that we already get it, and you don’t have to stress when all the supermarkets are out and out of stock! “
While many Costco hauls seem steep, shoppers said buying goods in bulk has saved them hundreds of dollars. One mom claimed that the quality of the meat is better than other stores
Jess Ndinda, a mother of five, spent $1,100 after filling two trolleys. She doesn’t usually spend $1,000 in her stores but buys all of her meat from Costco that will last up to two months.
Another mom said she was amazed when she saved a whopping $600 after she “smashed Costco’s cherry.”
She bought $500 worth of school lunch snacks that she said would last her the entire semester plus water, meat, toiletries, fresh produce, dairy, herbs, spices, and sauces.
‘I did a little math, had I done the same store in Woolies/Coles, I would have spent $1,160. she said in a mail to a popular group on Facebook.
“Everyone says the $60 membership isn’t worth it, well, if you shop smart, it’s well worth it, and I’ll aim to go four times a year.”
A woman claimed her annual membership “paid for itself” after one store when she saved more than $300 despite driving more than an hour to her nearest Costco store.
She worked out that her membership cost just $1.15 a week for her large family and said it was worth buying in bulk to save money in the long run.
Where are Australian Costco stores located?
Auburn, New South Wales
Crossroads, New South Wales
Marsden Park, New South Wales
Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
Gold Coast, Queensland
Northern Lakes, Queensland
Perth Airport, Washington
$676.12 here but that’s going to be a few months. Online it said: Costco $676.12 and if I’m shopping at Woolworths it’s $1093.32.
“It just shows you that it pays to shop around and buy in bulk if you can.”
Jess Ndinda, a mother of five, spent $1,100 after filling two carts of bulk purchases at Costco.
“We save at least a couple hundred bucks on our monthly grocery bill, but for me it’s more about convenience because things get busy around here,” she said on TikTok. section.
Jess has five children plus two businesses with employees working out of her home two days a week, and her children’s friends frequently visit and go out for events two to three nights a week.
Hubby needs things we can get from the freezer, envelope in the air fryer…and I just want to know I have lunchbox stuff on hand so it’s more about having everything in the house than saving but definitely saving a little money.”
Jess said she doesn’t usually pay more than $1,000 at her Costco stores but buys all of her meat that will last up to two months.
One mom impressed hundreds after she shared savings available including multiple jumbo packages of Jumpy Chips, Tiny Teddies and Vege Chips all for under $20.
The Queensland mum wrote in a post to The Moms on a Budget – Australia Facebook page.
She showed pictures of the store with 40 packs of Jumpy Potato Chips selling for $13.99 while Woolworths sells the snacks in five-packs for $4.15.
There were also 42 assorted packs of Tiny Teddies for only $12.49 which is $1.19 per 100g instead of the $4.50 per 100g supermarket charge.
Other deals included a 32-pack box of Vege chips for $19.99, Sunkist fruit snacks for $18.99 and a 30-pack of Healtheries rice wheels and potato sticks for $14.99.
Hundreds of shoppers in the comments were wowed by these deals.
One mom impressed hundreds after she shared savings available including jumbo packs of Jumpy Chips, Tiny Teddies and Vege Chips all for under $20.
Deals included a 32-pack box of Vege chips for $19.99, Sunkist fruit snacks for $18.99 and a 30-pack of Healtheries rice wheels and potato sticks for $14.99.
“That’s it,” said one mom, “I’m going to sign up on Saturday for school lunches and gasoline as it’s $1.66.”
“The meat packs are amazing too!” Another wrote, while a third replied: Sesame pretzels are regular purchases for me.
The label added that she stocks up at Costco every eight weeks because they “take a big chunk” of her shopping bill.
However, some pointed out that the inventory at Costco is varied and can be unpredictable while others said only those who purchase an annual membership can shop there.
However, you cannot always count on getting these products. Good when you can though! Today we went to Perth and none of the pictures were available for example one of the women said.
“Yeah, but you have to factor in the cost of getting in the door,” one explained.