For years I'd heard from friends on the west coast that Costco was 100x better than any BJ's or Sam's Club - now that we finally have them on the East coast, I have to agree with them. Granted, it really makes the most sense if you need all your items in bulk - but we're only a family of two and I buy all my meats there for far less than the local grocery stores. I also buy some juices and bread. I always end up buying a book there b/c they have great titles at great prices. And of course it's a great place for household items like paper products, cleaning supplies and toiletries too!