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Keep it simple and short (KISS)

Keep it simple and short (KISS)

CookieButterLovers

Image Description: OP's Costco receipt showing a purchase of two 2% milks (1 gallon each) for a total purchase amount of $5.21 including tax (wherever milk is taxable). *Note: Image descriptions are intended to help those who are blind, for those who might not be familiar with certain Costco products, or added for context or search results purposes when the exact product name is not included in the post title.*


Abixsol

You have tax on milk?


CeeGeeWhy

I think they’re in Virgina?


lajhbrmlsj

Barbaric to tax food


CeeGeeWhy

Yeah. I’m really surprised.


RockFan2021

to your point, Arkansas also taxes food sales. I ended up there for a year for Americorps and I was incensed at the audacity.


FiscallyMindedHobo

Also clothes, housing, and the literal wage you've agreed to with another party for the benefit of your most prized possession -- your time.


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FiscallyMindedHobo

Nope. Me and the person hiring me (or that I am hiring) are legally prohibited from entering into an agreement where we don't pay some portion to the government even if we'd both like to do so. I would like to hire someone to be run my office for 50k per year. We both agree with each other that taxes aren't needed as part of this agreement. We are both about to get hurt by an uninvolved third-party that wants their pound of flesh. The government has interjected themselves into the employment agreement of which you speak.


Jaytim

It's because literally every business operating within a country/state/city was only made possible through the taxes the government collects. Libertarianism is a fantasy world.


FiscallyMindedHobo

> It's because literally every business operating within a country/state/city was only made possible through the taxes the government collects. Yes, this is precisely why societies and communities never existed before the invention of centralized power, and that once you remove centralized power (e.g. a cooperative commune), chaos is created and nobody knows what to do or how to be productive in any way.


Jaytim

Would you say "taxation is theft"?


FiscallyMindedHobo

No. That's an oxymoron. By definition, it's not possible. I would say that most taxation is either unfair or unrepresentative and that te proceeds are often used incredibly inefficiently, often harming those they are intended to help (i.e. those that need it most).


Jaytim

Lol. Buddy thinks the world runs on "fReEdOm"


stockthemup

Bingo


aishunbao

Yup, 2.5% tax on grocery checks out. I used to do the same OP (just buy a gallon of milk or a large can of tomatoes when I lived 3 blocks from Costco.


dgloo1

Definitely not Wisconsin!


DrawerNo5108

In some parts of the world, milk gets taxed with the same rates as luxury items, like a diamond ring.


stockthemup

Yes. There is food tax in VA, but sales tax is 6-6.5%.


FavoritesBot

You can buy a single gallon of milk? Or is it 8 x 1 gallon?


stockthemup

A single gallon


hwc000000

Highly unlikely 1 gallon of milk would cost $2.54/8 = 32 cents.


FavoritesBot

It’s one gallon of milk Michael, what could it cost?


hwc000000

$10?


ClearlyCanadian99

There is no tax on milk in Canada, but at that price, even if you add a 50% tax... It's still cheaper than what we pay in Canada for milk.... I guess Canadian Cows are paid more than US cows.


cherry_monkey

Wait... Your cows are getting paid?


Chickenfat67

My Costco only sells gallons of milk in 2-packs. Your's has them individually?


my_clever-name

Ours in northern Indiana sells individual gallons, not 2-packs. If they were only sold in 2-packs we would have to buy milk somewhere else. It wouldn't get used quickly enough.


Chickenfat67

Yeah, no way we can finish 2 gallons before it expires. Fortunately the local grocers take turns putting their milk on sale for equal or lower price.


FearAndGonzo

Same, we can't even get through a 1 gallon in time, buying the 2 pack at Costco is just not an option. I wish they would do singles at our store, it would keep us coming back weekly instead of just every so often since milk drives our grocery location more than anything else.


Xearoii

Ohio has single gallons too


lsnj

NJ also, never seen 2 packs


Footsteps_10

I mean you don't pump your own gas.


danbfree

Oregon here, no self serve nor single gallon milk here... sigh.


jewfro451

Apparently Houston TX too. Just found out. Also possible Houston Costcos dont sell Fat-free milk.


sconeperson

I would love to buy just one gallon.


SlowLoris08

DFW has single gallons


jaeyoon25

I remember seeing 2-packs on the west coast, but so far in PA I've only ever seen individual gallons.


boilerup35

I was pissed when I found out the stores in Colorado sell in 2 packs. I had to go to a different store since we wouldn't finish that much milk during our week vacation. 2 gallons is a lot!


junkit33

A 2-pack of gallon sized milk is the dumbest thing ever, especially nowadays with how many people drink milk alternatives instead.


DavePelz4

Blasphemy. You need to turn in your Costco membership card, Stat. Totally unacceptable behavior to spend less than $209.


waltzinair

Unless you already had another transaction that is about $204 and then forgot to pick up these!!


9thjedi

Came for this


stockthemup

Whatever makes you happy. I am happy with my purchases. 😀


OptimalConclusion120

KISS is actually an acronym in design for [Keep It Simple Stupid](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/KISS_principle) (coined by the US Navy apparently)


ZacW94

I was just going to say, "Back in my day..." I'm 27, but I say 'back in my day' a lot.


stockthemup

Yup. That’s where I got the acronym from but first heard about it in software design.


Waakaawaka

I always thought it is a reference from The Office where Dwight was giving sale advice to Ryan before his pitch. TIL it’s a real acronym!


NookinFutz

And when you hear the VP telling the developer to KISS, you realize that your target audience probably started using the internet in the age of AOL. Ditto for IT "consultants."


DrawerNo5108

A few weeks ago I saw a guy buying only 6 rotisserie chickens. I thought "he's beating the system" 🤣


stockthemup

Shop smarter, not harder 😀


pixelkarma

That’s a polite alternative to the acronym I learned.


illumiflo

It’s not possible to only spend $5 in Costco, this must be photoshopped


stockthemup

Yup. Looks real, doesn’t it?


LynnK0919

OP, your Costco is still open at 8:24PM? Does it close at 9PM? TIA.


DSOTMAnimals

Stores around here close at 8:30


stockthemup

Yes. 3 stores near where I live close at 8:30pm during Summer, and I think @ 8pm in Winter.


Direct_Log_8621

My wife went to a Costco to buy healthy food and added only 80 to your bill .. $805.00 that is .. This reminds of a fav song my daughter keeps singing.. “Costco - I love you like I hate you”


elysiansaurus

I pay $5 a gallon, feels canada man. Dairy Cartel


Dick_Demon

Are we uploading receipts now?


stockthemup

That’s the trend


fekoisko

Please show your other bill because you separated your items. Thank you. I will see myself out.


stockthemup

Why would I separate items when my goal was to KISS 😘?


zctel13

Where I live with that amount of money you can’t even buy a gallon of milk in PR. 6$ and something cents


stockthemup

$6+/gallon at every store in PR?


thegratefuldad7

No F'n way. I don't believe ANYONE can go into Costco and buy only this. Next time, someone will claim they only bought one gallon of milk.


stockthemup

That will be me.


withthelocals

You ok?


stockthemup

Totally fine. Got a full tank of gas, 2 gallons of milk, and more importantly some cardio out of this trip. How about you? You good?


gummyneo

Keep It Simple Stupid


animimi

And not even a rotisserie chicken??


stockthemup

Not this round since we cooked dinner. I did many times in the past where I got a rotisserie and salad kit to make a healthy dinner.


animimi

Love getting a chicken and a salad kit.


bebopblues

So you forgot the milk and went back in, kudos to you for restraining yourself from fully loading a second cart.


sendmeyourpjs

Obviously photoshopped the shadows are all wrong.


stockthemup

Who would spend time on photoshopping a receipt?


keithmcdermott

You haven’t lived on the edge until you’ve photoshopped a Costco receipt…


sendmeyourpjs

Few things, I didn't make up this joke it's been around for awhile. I was being sarcastic. Technically you did in fact alter this picture - so you would.


keithmcdermott

You haven’t lived on the edge until you’ve photoshopped a Costco receipt…


Stormtrooper149

Ah, i can imagine the judgmental looks at checkout.


stockthemup

I guess so, but I wouldn’t care less. Just mind my own business with a smile on my face.


Stormtrooper149

Haha, that’s some commitment to go till the end and leave with just milk. You could get milk for similar price at other grocery stores right? Is Costco nearest store to you? Or did u go for something which isn’t there and bought milk so you won’t leave empty handed? Really curious 😂


stockthemup

Went there for gas and needed to get something from nearby stores.


Bek2828

You did it, you son of a gun!


stockthemup

Yup. And this was not the first time.


unoriginalname86

What sorcery is this?


bobby-jonson

Come on, we know there’s another recipe it with the rest of their stuff!


stockthemup

Yes there is, but for gas. Didn’t have to wait long to fill up. That’s why I go at night.


withthelocals

You ok?


peacefulwarrior75

This weekend I popped into Costco to get a couple of things; they were out of a few, and I only spent $20. It was very strange.


88mcinor88

Sucks that you have to pay a sales tax on food items. It's just wrong.


stockthemup

Sure does. I don’t get why gift cards have no tax, but food does. Come on, governor.


PrincessToiletSparkl

Gift card aren't supposed to be taxed (at least not in any state I'm aware of) because they aren't a service or merchandise. You would be taxed when you use the gift card, and the tax rate then would depend on what you buy with it. There are some exceptions. For instance, I know prepaid T-mobile cards bought in store from Target in Michigan are taxed (because it is paying for a taxable service, and you are then not charged tax when you redeem them), but you can get around paying the tax by buying them online. But back on topic, yes charging tax on food is just wrong. I figured no state could be that wrong, and now I'm shocked to learn there are 13 states that do so (and 3 of them don't even offer any sort of discount rate or income tax credit to offset it).


Grand_Admiral_D

This is clearly fake. No way anyone walks away with their budget intact.


stockthemup

Why would someone fake this? As I’ve said in a reply to another post, it took me a few tries to master self-discipline.


Pawn01

My dude, everyone is just giving you shit and you're taking it very literally.


Grand_Admiral_D

I was joking. Clearly not well.


hit_it_steve

I’ve left with only a carton of eggs before. And wow our gallons of milk are only sold in pairs!


stockthemup

Glad I was not alone. 😀


Tee_hops

And someone else went in for milk and spent $240 to even this out to the average Costco visit.


stockthemup

Just say you did Costco a huge favor. I’m sure Costco loves to see customers like you.


trainpayne

Milk is 2.19 a gallon at my Fry's. Never have I ever gone to Costco and "got milk"


stockthemup

Is Fry’s a store selling computer hardware? There’s no Fry’s where I live, but Costco milk to me tastes better than most grocery stores.


trainpayne

Wut?? Lol It's a grocery store in the Krogers chain.


danbfree

Dairy and eggs are two things that cheaper is not better. The difference in how the animals are fed and housed makes for such a FAR superior product, I actually go out of my way to not buy cheap eggs and milk.


trainpayne

I go out of my way not to buy Costco milk bc of the stupid ass squared jugs they use. They always slosh out and make a mess. Plus, now they sell them in 2 packs where I live. I only need one at a time.


danbfree

Yep, they are a pain but it's intentional to save shipping costs to keep the price low, they can fit more to a pallet that way. Eventually you do get used to them if you care to. ¯\_ (ツ)_/¯


tortugastation

That kind of self control is my kink.


AQDelumni

Supporting the dairy industry is bad for the environment. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-021-03047-7


oldDotredditisbetter

don't think costco is very vegan-friendly..


GoogleRage

Why is this a post?


stockthemup

I don’t understand why people call this fake or down believe this. What not normal about going to Costco to get gas and a couple of things you need that costs < $10 on a weekday?


Pawn01

They are giving you shit. Saying you've done the impossible. You're so overly defensive that they are then piling on, because you can't take a joke. Lighten up bud.


bandley3

That’s twice as many items that I bought today, albeit half the price. I really went there for just a slice of pizza since I was in the area but decided to pick up a little something for dinner whilst I was there. The carnitas were more expensive than I thought so I picked up a pack of pulled pork instead and saved myself a little in the process.


Vince_BK

This is dope but let’s get ready for the I raise you posts.


chaospotato1877

Fake! You can see the photo has been edited!!! 😆


JerrysWolfGuitar

You almost tied the record for least items purchased with 8 other people in the US


stockthemup

I could’ve just bought 1 gallon, but tried to avoid making another a trip.


Fangpyre

He only went in for milk.


carbphrek

I just paid $3.89 for a gallon of milk in Florida!


eponymuse

\~$2.57 at Aldi by me.


benirehtac

Did you treat yourself to anything at the food court?!


stockthemup

Nope. My goal was to spend < 10 mins inside the warehouse. The total would be higher if I stayed longer.


benirehtac

I'm impressed!!!


stockthemup

You should impress yourself and loved ones doing it


ekaj8

Never really understood why Costco sells milk by the gallon. It is more expensive there than at any of my local groceries. Is there a difference in quality or something?


stockthemup

I believe Costco milk has higher quality


PrincessToiletSparkl

Must be your area. For me (Michigan) Costco is often slightly cheaper than Kroger. However, Costco has this habit of charging different prices for different fat percentages of milk. I buy fat free, which is usually the cheapest. 2% costs more and isn't cheaper than Kroger as often as the fat free is. 0


bobbolders

Why not go to 7-11


stockthemup

Gas price was at least 10 cents higher and I needed to fill up a 18-gallon tank


stonecats

in nyc, target is always the cheapest gallon, though i admit to preferring the tall narrow jugs costco uses.


ickywickywackywoo

If this is Sterling, I totally feel you and have pulled this power move several times. I have gone there *just* for gas and a mocha ice thing


stockthemup

Let’s do it together😀


PeaBrain47

As yes, much like when I walked into Costco and only got 2 hotdogs


AuntieLiloAZ

Almost impossible!


IAwaitAGuardian

The content in this sub is truly thrilling sometimes.


NorgeGod

Impossible! No one just buys two items at Costco


mommalove17

That's not how I learned it lol


MomentEnvironmental9

You are my hero


stockthemup

If you shop every week, do it on Thursdays when Costco has price mark-downs. Learned it from a friend who works there.


Pawn01

Price mark downs are not done on any specific day or time.


stockthemup

They could be any day, but it makes a lot of sense that Costco strategically does it right before the weekend.


Pawn01

I promise you there isn't that much thought put in to it usually. It goes like this; "This has been here too long and isn't moving at this price. We need to sell through it and get another item here instead." This idea either comes from the regional buyers office, or from a GM or AGM at a local warehouse. You're usually able to tell by looking at the sign to see where the mark down has come from. (.97 Buyer Markdown) vs (.00 Warehouse Markdown.)


PrincessToiletSparkl

I know what you are saying is true for most items. But for food items with a relatively short expiration date, and for which they probably have a fairly regular delivery schedule, would they not react by trying to clear out excess inventory? I wouldn't know personally...I see wildly varying prices on stuff like milk and eggs, but I don't go there often enough to see any sort of day to day patterns.


Pawn01

Absolutely they would react. You'll see this most often in produce. Let's say blackberries have a sellby of 3 days from today. We know that on Tuesdays and Thursdays we get more produce and blackberries are on the truck. We have 100 units right now, and 300 coming in. Those 300 will obviously expire later than the current. I'm marking these berries down to 1.97 to get the 100 out of here. The alternative is we destroy them when they expire. The aggressive 1.97 is going to make me sell out today most likely. This strategy applies to lots of items, fresh or not. Sometimes we have an idea of when another item is coming so we have a good lead time, a week or two. Sometimes we just don't wanna throw things away.


the_hunger_gainz

This is the way


stockthemup

Let’s keep this trend going, will you?