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Old Apr 24th 2015, 8:25 pm   #61
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Okay, so I found a recent Costco bill in my purse.

Most of this is stock stuff, but I'd be interested in some price comparisons.

1lb unsalted butter - $3.69 expensive
6 large cans of salmon - $9.59 (pink or red sockeye - 170g or 213g?)
1kg jar of pickles - $4.99
1kg bag of sugar - $1.59 high
1kg bag salad topper (pine nuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries) - $9.59
4L milk - $4.49 expensive
1kg havarti cheese - $13.99
big block of 2yr Balderson cheddar (can't remember the weight) - $14.99
6 months worth of parmesan, 1.25kg or so - $23.08
11oz box of baby spinach, organic - $3.99 why buy a box when you can buy it in a bag & save $2
24 Omega3 eggs - $5.99 decent price .... but
3 loaves Dempsters 12-grain bread - $6.89
15 pots (140g ea) greek yogurt - 11.99
2.5kg lean ground beef - $19.43
wow, what a grocery bill

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Her butter price is on par with what we pay.

The salmon is a good deal in my view considering 1 can is pushing 3 bucks around here and that is the store generic.

That sugar price is actually cheap, I spent almost 3 dollars for the same amount as it was not on sale when I needed it.
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Not wanting to rub it in in any way, but we have two within a 20 mins drive.
IKEA: Same in these parts, although the Richmond one seems rather pointless compared to Burnaby.

On the earlier subject of cheese, we find proper cheese is available in some of the Farm Shops round here or otherwise Granville Island (where Wensleydale and other rarities can be found, along with lots of smelly French and Italian stuff), the latter only makes sense if 'in town' and also because someone else pays for the vehicle, gas and tolls!

Vacuum sealers are essential for bulk buying, otherwise you just end up throwing freezer burnt stuff out. Walmart have much cheaper rolls of 'bag' that the Foodsaver ones. They also have other brands of machine as well.

The vac-seal reuseable bags are good for preserving costly cheese too!
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Old Apr 24th 2015, 8:34 pm   #64
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Her butter price is on par with what we pay.

The salmon is a good deal in my view considering 1 can is pushing 3 bucks around here and that is the store generic.

That sugar price is actually cheap, I spent almost 3 dollars for the same amount as it was not on sale when I needed it.
we dont eat/use butter, its imperial marg on special $0.99/454g tub, buy enough till the next special rolls around

Sugar was noted as 1kg, was it suppose to be 2kg - if its 2kg, then the $1.59 is a half decent price

Canned Salmon , is it pink or red, 170g or 213g. That makes a difference to the price. If & I mean if I bought canned salmon it would be on special cloverleaf or store brand 'wild red sockeye omega 3' (never the pink stuff) which it has been around here for $2.49 for a 213g can
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Vacuum sealers are essential for bulk buying, otherwise you just end up throwing freezer burnt stuff out.

The vac-seal reuseable bags are good for preserving costly cheese too!
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My usual shop is Freshco, and my top of the head comparison:


1lb unsalted butter - $3.69 $4
6 large cans of salmon - $9.59 I'm a tuna guy- $1.20 a can
1kg jar of pickles - $4.99 $2 I think for a 850g
1kg bag of sugar - $1.59 Don't buy!
1kg bag salad topper (pine nuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries) - $9.59 Don't buy!
4L milk - $4.49 (we get the PurFiltr milk as it lasts longer and we like it more) Same but it's not the pur filter
1kg havarti cheese - $13.99 $6 for 500g marble
big block of 2yr Balderson cheddar (can't remember the weight) - $14.99 Pukka cheese I pay $6 for 250g. I bought some of the nice stuff from Costco, got it home, the pack was split! No quibble cashback but I couldn't be bothered to queue to replace.
6 months worth of parmesan, 1.25kg or so - $23.08 stopped buying this...
11oz box of baby spinach, organic - $3.99 wut?
24 Omega3 eggs - $5.99 12 eggs $3.50 I think?
3 loaves Dempsters 12-grain bread - $6.89 $2.50 a loaf, shop for a deal
15 pots (140g ea) greek yogurt - 11.99 400g Mediterranee, $3.50
2.5kg lean ground beef - $19.43 3 500g frozen tubes for a tenner

So some you win, some you don't. It annoys me that that yoghurt is consistently a buck cheaper in walmart.
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On oil, which is it - is it olive oil, light or regular, or do you use canola, vegetable oil, other?

I will buy olive oil on super special in the less than $4 range, sometimes below $3. One Litre will last at least 3 months
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As for Salmon, we're just finishing the last of 2014's Sockeye.

The last batch was $50 for three fish which weighed just short of 20kg total, so $2.50 per kg including head, tail and bones.

Based on about 45% fillet recovery, that's still only about $5.50/kg of fillet and we use all the trimming to make Pate and make fish stock too.

Salmon caviar is worth a bash at making too, although it is an acquired taste.
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As for Salmon, we're just finishing the last of 2014's Sockeye.

The last batch was $50 for three fish which weighed just short of 20kg total, so $2.50 per kg including head, tail and bones.

Based on about 45% fillet recovery, that's still only about $5.50/kg of fillet and we use all the trimming to make Pate and make fish stock too.
good deal

Did you use the head, tail & other bits to make soup with or chucked it out?
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Alright, in the interest of comparison, I went onto Grocery Gateway and compared their prices, which is roughly in line with Longos. The second price is the Longos price in my list below. Where I had multiple brands to pick from where I'd otherwise bought just the Kirkland brand or whatever, I picked the cheapest one.

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Okay, so I found a recent Costco bill in my purse.

Most of this is stock stuff, but I'd be interested in some price comparisons.

1lb unsalted butter - $3.69 ; $4.29
(yes I know you can get marg for cheaper and such, I tend to use it mostly in baking though, so I have to get the proper butter.)

6 large cans of salmon - $9.59 ; I think it was pink, and the cans were larger than the standard 150g cans from the grocery store. a 150g can of pink salmon at Longos is $2.69 though, so I think I'm up on the deal.

1kg jar of pickles - $4.99 (it's actually a 2L jar!) ; $3.99 for a 1.5L jar

1kg bag of sugar - $1.59 (this was icing sugar!) ; $3.29 for the same size and brand

1kg bag salad topper (pine nuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries) - $9.59 ; can't really find an equivalent

4L milk - $4.49 (we get the PurFiltr milk as it lasts longer and we like it more) ; $6.29 for the same PurFiltr stuff; $4.49 for the normal milk

1kg havarti cheese - $13.99 ; $5.49 for a 180g wedge of the same brand

big block of 2yr Balderson cheddar (can't remember the weight) - $14.99 ; $7.53 for 250g (I think my brick from Costco was 800g)

6 months worth of parmesan, 1.25kg or so - $23.08 ; $7.18 for 220g

11oz box of baby spinach, organic - $3.99
*I usually get the bag for cheaper, but I was making a new recipe for friends for dinner that specifically called for baby spinach and the bag was normal spinach... usually I get the giant bag of regular spinach and I think that's $2.99, I think it's a 1kg bag

24 Omega3 eggs - $5.99 ; $4.29 for 12

3 loaves Dempsters 12-grain bread - $6.89 ; $3.69 per loaf

15 pots (140g ea) greek yogurt - 11.99 ; $4.49 for 4x100g of same brand (Liberte 9%)

2.5kg lean ground beef - $19.43 ; $7.04 for 375g
I think Costco wins on everything I buy, which is actually encouraging as I've never compared the prices before!
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Alright, in the interest of comparison, I went onto Grocery Gateway and compared their prices, which is roughly in line with Longos. The second price is the Longos price in my list below. Where I had multiple brands to pick from where I'd otherwise bought just the Kirkland brand or whatever, I picked the cheapest one.



I think Costco wins on everything I buy, which is actually encouraging as I've never compared the prices before!
Baking is why I buy butter. Margarine just doesn't work well for baking.

My wife buys margarine for her toast and bread. I never use the stuff for anything.
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Did you use the head, tail & other bits to make soup with or chucked it out?
Anything with recoverable 'meat' goes in to pate and the rest gets boiled for stock, usually for fish pies and such.
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Baking is why I buy butter. Margarine just doesn't work well for baking.

My wife buys margarine for her toast and bread. I never use the stuff for anything.
Yep, I use it on toast or bagels so rarely that it's not worth keeping a separate tub of margarine in the fridge, plus I just prefer the butter. About 90% of my butter usage is in baking, and I agree, margarine doesn't work.
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Baking is why I buy butter. Margarine just doesn't work well for baking.

My wife buys margarine for her toast and bread. I never use the stuff for anything.
understood ...

to each there own, yet there are alternatives to using 'butter' for baking - light olive oil, marg, even coconut oil on special is cheaper than butter.
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we dont eat/use butter, its imperial marg on special $0.99/454g tub, buy enough till the next special rolls around

Sugar was noted as 1kg, was it suppose to be 2kg - if its 2kg, then the $1.59 is a half decent price

Canned Salmon , is it pink or red, 170g or 213g. That makes a difference to the price. If & I mean if I bought canned salmon it would be on special cloverleaf or store brand 'wild red sockeye omega 3' (never the pink stuff) which it has been around here for $2.49 for a 213g can
Pink, 213g

Sockeye runs between 4.88 to 5.88 per can depending on brand. Pink is 2.57.

3 pack of sockeye is 12.88

0.79 if you want salmon cat food.


These are the stores online prices, they may vary up or down inside the store.
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