We were longtime Costco members in SoCal, where we had a store less than 10 miles away. Here in Louisville we have recently 'rejoined' the company even though the closest stores (2 of them) are in Cincinnati- about 100 miles away. We combine a trip for tourist reasons with a stop at Jungle Jims and now at Costco for long-range shopping. Now we keep a large cooler ready for a bag of ice and a 200 mile round trip! Pies at Costco are not only great...They are cheap!!
6 or 7 dollars for a 12 inch pie is a real bargain. They don't skimp on the filling, and the crust, while not my Mom's prize-winner for flakiness, are a heck of a lot better than most other commercial bakeries. My preferences- in order-
3 Berry (blackberry raspberry & blueberry mixed (sometimes they use strawberries in place of the blueberries.
Lattice crust apple or cherry
We like the Banana Walnut muffins, but will pass on the Danish (too sweet) and the chocolate cookies and muffins (too chocolatie for my tastes).
We have found that they carry our favorite bread... a sourdough crusty loaf with whole roasted garlic cloves spread thruout the bread. And it is only $2 a loaf. We buy several because we know that one full loaf will disappear on the trip home !
Outside of the bakery We will get some of the 6lb bags of Dole frozen fruit pieces and depending on impulse moves, we may get some poppers or similiar snack junk.
Recently we got several (4) whole Boneless Pork Loins. We cut and bagged these at home and stocked our 'pork freezer' for awhile. I am hoping that they will have another Pork-Butt sale in the near future I want to stock up on those critters also. Their Burger and other Beef is usually very high quality also.
Before switching to digital photography I used to use Costco's Kirtland brand 35mm film. It was Agfa film, great quality and dirt cheap. Before Walmart really got into the immediate return film processing Costco had a pretty good photo service. Since I do nothing but digital now I have lost track of that service as far as quality goes.
We always cruise the Book aisle to check out recent stock. A lot of the regular grocery stock can be matched in price at other places, but some items like their McCormick Garlic seasoning is dirt cheap and in large quantities for heavy use in the kitchen. Someone else mentioned one time about buying rice in large bags at Costco. We have seen it, but don't use it enough to warrent a 50 lb purchase.
I will be heading up to Columbus, Ohio this week and will be sure to do a Jungle Jims and Costco stop on the way home.