You get what you get and you shouldn't get upset. I cannot believe the rude comments by others regarding Costco. Yes, not all the employees are customer friendly but I would not pin point it to all the Hispanic workers. Really people, get over yourselves. The meats are choice, the specialty items are fun and useful. Found Built brand neoprene lunch bags with included snap lock containers for $14.97! Online and elsewhere they are at least $20. Love that you can throw the bag in the washer, hang to dry and it is as good as new. Would not have thought to buy had I not seen them at Costco. Do your research. Wired ribbon has tons of yards and is another great deal. The trick is trying not to spend $500 each time we shop!
Make a list, stick to the list, don't buy things that are not a true bargain. Don't look around when you first walk in, that's where all the shiny big ticket items confront you. It is a warehouse shopping experience, but they do manage to slide in a lot of products that are not at warehouse-friendly prices. I pay attention and have saved hundreds of dollars over the year on coffee, frozen blueberries, facial products, meat, bread, deoderant, etc. Love the $15 sweaters. The stores may be crowded but they are always clean. The new store in Pacoima is not as crowded as Glendale or Burbank.
This newly renovated market has the most amazing prices. They have wonderful selection of meats and vegetables with unbelievable prices that can't be found in any other stores such as Ralphs. I usually call in advance and place my order with the meat dept; they even offer to marinate my BBQ which always comes out perfect. I just put it on the grill and get all the credit for the most delicious food. Highly recommend Balboa Market.