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Shopping at Costco (The New Normal) for now...

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That's interesting. My 90-day prescription was just refilled yesterday at a Safeway pharmacy. No mention of any limit on the 90-day supply.

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I think Moonstone lives in Canada. Rules may be different there.

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Coronavirus scams include Costco 'stimulus check' ploy, FBI warns

The FBI warns of fraud scheme messaging the promise of money, i.e., “stimulus check” from retailer, Costco, and provides a link, containing malware, ransomware or other fraudulent methods to steal identity, financial or other personal information

 

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DH will be going to Costco tomorrow morning to pick up my prescription. He will likely pick up a few other things as long as he's there.
 

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Non perishable items from Sams Club can be mailed to your home. I already got some hard to get items from them, hand sanitizer and Tylenol and my favorite pistachio nuts.
 

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It's been a week since my last trip to Costco. #confession

I found it a anxiety-riddled and traumatic experience. I was trying to be speedy and efficient and somewhat failing, since they were substituting products in other areas to eliminate the "empty shelves" phenomena, and I kept worrying I was missing something. Most folks were trying as best they could to keep a safe distance. Carts were sanitized, and the guards were up. No difference at the door, however.

This caused me to dread going out to Target yesterday to pick up a prescription. However, there were much fewer people in the store, everyone was doing *much better* at keeping a distance, and, while still somewhat anxiety-producing, it wasn't nearly the same level.

I am out of olive oil, and I really am partial to what I get at Costco (couldn't bring myself to purchase it from Target, but did get the Smart Balance oil I also regularly use, and I had less than a half-cup left of that; I was about to replicate my own personal Hannukah miracle if Target didn't have it.) My Costco list is getting pretty long, and I am down to just one or two onions, so I suspect I will go sometime this week. Hoping I can wait it out until Monday, when I believe there will be fewer people than over the weekend. We'll see.

My very healthy mother is doing one weekly run to a small grocery store right when it opens after their overnight sanitizing and during their enforced senior-only hours. It makes me nervous, but she is in and out, wears gloves, is hyper-vigilant as a retired nurse, and doesn't believe in outsourcing the risk, so to speak. In the end, it's probably safer for both of us this way. We do supply/food swaps either curbside (to/from her car trunk) or from opposite ends of my porch. She lives just a half-mile away from us during the winter, and usually we eat dinner together 2 or three times a week, but I was worried that my spouse--who was still leaving the house for some work things until just this past weekend--was putting her too much at risk. *sigh* She was due to return to ME in about two weeks; she's now here for the duration. #tl;dr
 

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I think Moonstone lives in Canada. Rules may be different there.

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Thanks Dave, yes Kurt I am in Ontario Canada & we are under an Emergency Measures Act which overides DH's drug /health benefits package. Lots of different rules in effect here right now to keep us safe and healthy.


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I think your average population has a lot to do with that. We have a lot fewer people in my area than you do. Glad you got the things you needed.

Dave

Yep, 3.2 million population in the county. Cases rising.

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It's been a week since my last trip to Costco. #confession

I found it a anxiety-riddled and traumatic experience. I was trying to be speedy and efficient and somewhat failing, since they were substituting products in other areas to eliminate the "empty shelves" phenomena, and I kept worrying I was missing something. Most folks were trying as best they could to keep a safe distance. Carts were sanitized, and the guards were up. No difference at the door, however.

This caused me to dread going out to Target yesterday to pick up a prescription. However, there were much fewer people in the store, everyone was doing *much better* at keeping a distance, and, while still somewhat anxiety-producing, it wasn't nearly the same level.

I am out of olive oil, and I really am partial to what I get at Costco (couldn't bring myself to purchase it from Target, but did get the Smart Balance oil I also regularly use, and I had less than a half-cup left of that; I was about to replicate my own personal Hannukah miracle if Target didn't have it.) My Costco list is getting pretty long, and I am down to just one or two onions, so I suspect I will go sometime this week. Hoping I can wait it out until Monday, when I believe there will be fewer people than over the weekend. We'll see.

My very healthy mother is doing one weekly run to a small grocery store right when it opens after their overnight sanitizing and during their enforced senior-only hours. It makes me nervous, but she is in and out, wears gloves, is hyper-vigilant as a retired nurse, and doesn't believe in outsourcing the risk, so to speak. In the end, it's probably safer for both of us this way. We do supply/food swaps either curbside (to/from her car trunk) or from opposite ends of my porch. She lives just a half-mile away from us during the winter, and usually we eat dinner together 2 or three times a week, but I was worried that my spouse--who was still leaving the house for some work things until just this past weekend--was putting her too much at risk. *sigh* She was due to return to ME in about two weeks; she's now here for the duration. #tl;dr


Amy, I'm sorry you're feeling such stress. Your Mother does have the right of it - if you need to go out, probably best to do it first thing in the morning. Using precaution to try and avoid contamination will go a long way to keeping you healthy.

If you need specific things from Costco, can you ask friends or neighbors who are going there if they can get it for you? You could do the same sort of swap thing you've been doing with your Mother. It's not the same as getting it yourself, certainly, but if you need that exact thing this may be the ay to get it.

Good luck with everything!

Dave
 

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My wife prefers Charmin Extra Soft. And I don't argue w/ her on that topic! :ROFLMAO:

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I like Quilted Northern best, followed by Charmin Ultra Soft. I avoid Kirkland brand unless there is no other choice. Kirkland brand is inconsistent, one bag can be soft and then another bag picked up at another time is very rough. It makes me wonder if Kirkland has several TP suppliers which are the big TP brands, and base on whichever manufacturer is making, they just slap the Kirkland brand on it.
 

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I still can't find toilet paper, napkins or paper towels, or Tylenol or flour or yeast or rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Never can cross these and some other things off my list.

I wish we had a Costco nearby. One of our plans was to drive all the way south to a Costco- to get my husband a hearing aide which he desperately needs and has put off because of our move.

I guess anyone who needs any kind of care with a health issue that doesn't have this virus might as well forget it. I have been having a problem with my knee and I am afraid if it gets worse I will not be able to see a doctor. I have an old brace that I am using occasionally. I have an appt in April with the new doctor but I am sure it will be cancelled.

Our lives will never be the same after this thing.
 

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Non perishable items from Sams Club can be mailed to your home. I already got some hard to get items from them, hand sanitizer and Tylenol and my favorite pistachio nuts.


And just before this virus I did not renew our Sams Club membership because the store was so far away. Figures. Irony.

I do not have Tylenol only Ibuprofen. I used that when I had the flu last month. I do have some expired aspirin.

We rarely if ever use over the counter meds. But now I felt we should have Tylenol on hand just in case. Oh well.

Trying to get things is stressing me out lately.
 

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And just before this virus I did not renew our Sams Club membership because the store was so far away. Figures. Irony.

I can't speak to Sam's Club, but I know you can join and/or renew Costco via their website. If you were to go into a Sam's Club warehouse, I'm sure they could also renew your membership right then and there. There is no savings by renewing when it is going to to expire. (At least not at Costco.)

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I still can't find toilet paper, napkins or paper towels, or Tylenol or flour or yeast or rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Never can cross these and some other things off my list.

I wish we had a Costco nearby. One of our plans was to drive all the way south to a Costco- to get my husband a hearing aide which he desperately needs and has put off because of our move.

I guess anyone who needs any kind of care with a health issue that doesn't have this virus might as well forget it. I have been having a problem with my knee and I am afraid if it gets worse I will not be able to see a doctor. I have an old brace that I am using occasionally. I have an appt in April with the new doctor but I am sure it will be cancelled.

Our lives will never be the same after this thing.
I just finished another Costco online order. If you are quick, they currently have Viva paper towels available. I have never used Viva and I looked up reviews and they have really good reviews.
 

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There are 3 Costcos within 10-12 miles of us, and DH and I have been rotating between them each week. We find different things at each. We're pretty well stocked; scored some TP on the last trip when we went first thing Saturday morning. No line, unlike in earlier weeks. We saw the plexiglass at the cashiers on the last trip.

One thing we're careful to do now, is to look but only touch the items we want to buy. I've been guilty in the past of pawing thru items such as bananas to get the bunch I want. I hope others in Costco are doing the same thing. But we're not disinfecting (wiping down) everything we buy.

I always look for Purell or hand sanitizer when we go, and never see any. I'm not even sure where they'd position it if they got some. I look in the front with the toiletries and OTC medications.
I made a batch of my own, and it came out pretty good, but thin, so have to spray it rather than squeeze it.
 
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I went to Costco yesterday. I arrived at 7am for the 8am Senior Time. I was about 100 people from the Front of the line. It was a horrible experience being in Costco with nothing but old folks. They blocked aisles while they read all the printing on the packages to determine what to buy. Folks in the motorized karts were even worse. I think I was the only one there with a prepared Shopping List. Of course when Old Harold ran into his friend Old Bob they spent 20 minutes talking and blocking the aisle. People would not let you maintain the 6 foot distance. I hope they set up one way aisles like some Walmarts are doing.
 

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I stopped by my Costco this past Saturday afternoon. It was a ghost town. Plenty of toilet paper but out of wipes, hand sanitizer, gloves. Got everything I needed and out quickly with only 2 people in line.

Regarding the food court: they’re serving only hot dogs and whole pizza to go and the pizza was limited to pepperoni or cheese.
 

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Non perishable items from Sams Club can be mailed to your home. I already got some hard to get items from them, hand sanitizer and Tylenol and my favorite pistachio nuts.
Good morning Panina
I have not seen hand sanitizers, wipes, or gloves in weeks in our Sams Club store in Chesapeake,VA.
A box of Tylenol 325mg tablets is a very hot item liked TP and paper towels in our Sam Club . Its sell completely out by noon. Even with one per member limitation. LOL.:wave:
 

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Good morning Panina
I have not seen hand sanitizers, wipes, or gloves in weeks in our Sams Club store in Chesapeake,VA.
A box of Tylenol 325mg tablets is a very hot item liked TP and paper towels in our Sam Club . Its sell completely out by noon. Even with one per member limitation. LOL.:wave:
I was surprised when I saw the items online for home delivery. I checked a few times a day before I saw the items and they disappeared quickly. Last night I saw the Tylenol gel online, I got the caplets the other day.

As far as the purell I got the bag for the dispenser that I will open and put in my containers. Again wasn’t available last night online. I have not seen the wipes. I have seen the Meyers spray hand sanitizer online off and on, easier to get. I ordered it two weeks ago and got it yesterday.

I have seen paper towels and TP online at times too.

Gloves I was able to get on Amazon with no problem but that was last week.

When we joined Sams Club in February it was because my other half wanted to buy some garage storage units. He purchased the higher membership that included free delivery of non perishable items. I wasn’t too impressed with Sams Club and didn’t think we needed the higher membership. I was wrong, it has been valuable membership.
 

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One thing we're careful to do now, is to look but only touch the items we want to buy. I've been guilty in the past of pawing thru items such as bananas to get the bunch I want. I hope others in Costco are doing the same thing. But we're not disinfecting (wiping down) everything we buy.

That was my most vivid difference in our one time out over two weeks ago now. I am that guy that looks over the produce for the absolute best there. When I went I was in the mode of a box of chocolates. You touch it you own it. I have since been lucky enough to be in an area that so far has the delivery system functioning pretty well.
 

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That was my most vivid difference in our one time out over two weeks ago now. I am that guy that looks over the produce for the absolute best there. When I went I was in the mode of a box of chocolates. You touch it you own it. I have since been lucky enough to be in an area that so far has the delivery system functioning pretty well.
Grab one of the plastic bags in the produce area, put your hand inside the bag to grab the produce. When you find the one you want, pull inside the bag and turn bag inside out. Then you haven't touched the produce you didn't want. Granted this tactic works in a regular grocery store.
 
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My local Costco had a line wrapped around the building at senior hours opening this morning(8:00). Luckily for me it’s not too far from my house so I turned around and went home.

I will try again tomorrow afternoon. Last time it was not too bad on Friday afternoon.

As a side note premium gas was $2.55 gallon this morning at Costco.
 

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I went to Costco yesterday. I arrived at 7am for the 8am Senior Time. I was about 100 people from the Front of the line. It was a horrible experience being in Costco with nothing but old folks. They blocked aisles while they read all the printing on the packages to determine what to buy. Folks in the motorized karts were even worse. I think I was the only one there with a prepared Shopping List. Of course when Old Harold ran into his friend Old Bob they spent 20 minutes talking and blocking the aisle. People would not let you maintain the 6 foot distance. I hope they set up one way aisles like some Walmarts are doing.

They have the one-way thing at my Costco, that I mentioned in my OP. I hadn't seen that sort of thing before this.

I'm surprised about the standing and blocking the aisle thing. My experience was that everybody was hyper-aware of everybody else, and trying to avoid them. It seemed everyone had a reason to be there, and wanted to "get it and get out." I didn't see anyone standing around. But then, I also didn't experience 100 people all at once. I'm surprised your Costco would let that many people in at one tme. They're limiting things here.

Dave
 

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I went to Costco yesterday. I arrived at 7am for the 8am Senior Time. I was about 100 people from the Front of the line. It was a horrible experience being in Costco with nothing but old folks. They blocked aisles while they read all the printing on the packages to determine what to buy. Folks in the motorized karts were even worse. I think I was the only one there with a prepared Shopping List. Of course when Old Harold ran into his friend Old Bob they spent 20 minutes talking and blocking the aisle. People would not let you maintain the 6 foot distance. I hope they set up one way aisles like some Walmarts are doing.


I know one issue I have is I have to pick up some items to read the expriration dates. First off, I am nearsighted and secondly the dates are always in small print and hard to find or read.
 
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