Hey there Delta!
Costco (for me) is quite a distance away, and with the cost of gasoline, it’s not worth the trip. I have Sam’s Club and 2 different BJ’s wholesale near me… and then the RD. I found the breads (Calise and Wonder) to be cheaper than at the other stores. I got my napkin holders on Ebay… along with my chip clips. My soda I get at the local Hess gas stations… 2 12-packs for $5.50… and I catch weekly sales for roughly the same price. BJ’s has the best price on Gatorade.
None of the suppliers carry a varied selection of GOOD hot dogs… lots of cheap ones. RD only carried Old Neighborhood 8/1s and Heb National 6/1s. One of my BJ’s (not both) carry Pearl 6/1 hot dogs. All of them carry the Heb National. None carry Boar’s Head (I’ve requested contact from a local distributor when I called the Boar’s Head customer service #)… except for a couple of local grocery stores (retail price).
What I DID find at RD is my perforated steam pans!!!! which I would have had to order on-line and then pay shipping as well… so I saved there. I also found large cans of Sabrett’s onion sauce, which around here you cannot find ANYWHERE unless you order from one of the Sabrett’s distributors out of NY. But with them, you can’t just order the sauce, you have to order them with some kind of package (with hot dogs or with mustard and saurkraut…). I only wanted the sauce. They had 3 cans that were not dented… I took all 3 🙂
I didn’t care for their selection of tongs… get those on sale at Bed Bath and Beyond for a better price. Been collecting those one-by-one since last fall!
I carry around a clip-board when I go shopping which has side-by-side comparison prices for each of these stores so I know prettymuch who has the best deals on what at any given time. Some of the other customers see me running around and writing on my clip-board and think I work there… It’s pretty funny (I usually know where to direct them when they are looking for something).
Anyway, I was just glad to find another place where I could find a few things that are hard to find. I still keep my eyes peeled for bargains… I just wish my closest Costco wasn’t 40 miles away!!! or I’d check them out too.