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Why the Eastside Rocks #4:
There’s nothing like bulk goods at warehouse prices… from appliances to office supplies to clothing to food, food, food… anyone who’s serious about saving money has a Costco membership.
There’s really no comparison to anywhere else. Need a gallon of yellow mustard? 8 pounds of frozen burritos? 3,000 multivitamins? Costco’s the answer.
Seriously, though, Costco is great, especially if you have a family and you’re buying in bulk already. But it’s not just about food—don’t forget they also have a pharmacy (which is usually cheaper than the others in town), a vision and optical center (with an optician on staff), a tire service center, and a food court with some amazingly cheap meals ($1.50 on average). It is totally worth an annual membership fee.
A drawback? You often can’t get out of there for under $100.