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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Costco vs. Target

I shop at Costco and Target, as a result I've decided to start keeping some records on how much I pay for what and the sizes of those items. Here's what I realized.

Buying Downey at Target is less expensive than buying Suavital at Costco.

I paid $7.99 for 120 load bottle of Downey at Target a couple of weeks ago. Regular price is $8.49 if I recall correctly.

I bought a bottle of Suavital at Costco for roughly $8.50 and it too is a 120 load bottle.

Basically there is no price difference between the inexpensive Suavital at Costco and the Downey at Target. I can use a coupon at Target to bring the price even lower when it's on sale.

Bottom line is this. Sometimes shopping at Costco simply isn't worth it. I have to get laundry detergent tonight so I'm heading to Costco and Target at 5 PM to check the prices. I drive by Target every day so stopping off isn't a big deal, besides I need to stop at Office Max and use my perks before they expire at the end of the month so I might as well get an ink refill.

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