Keep it simple and short (KISS)
By - stockthemup
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.*
You have tax on milk?
I think they’re in Virgina?
Barbaric to tax food
Yeah. I’m really surprised.
to your point, Arkansas also taxes food sales. I ended up there for a year for Americorps and I was incensed at the audacity.
Also clothes, housing, and the literal wage you've agreed to with another party for the benefit of your most prized possession -- your time.
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.
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.
> 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.
Would you say "taxation is theft"?
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).
Lol. Buddy thinks the world runs on "fReEdOm"
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.
Definitely not Wisconsin!
In some parts of the world, milk gets taxed with the same rates as luxury items, like a diamond ring.
Yes. There is food tax in VA, but sales tax is 6-6.5%.
You can buy a single gallon of milk?
Or is it 8 x 1 gallon?
A single gallon
Highly unlikely 1 gallon of milk would cost $2.54/8 = 32 cents.
It’s one gallon of milk Michael, what could it cost?
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.
Wait... Your cows are getting paid?
My Costco only sells gallons of milk in 2-packs. Your's has them individually?
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.
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.
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.
Ohio has single gallons too
NJ also, never seen 2 packs
I mean you don't pump your own gas.
Oregon here, no self serve nor single gallon milk here... sigh.
Apparently Houston TX too.
Just found out.
Also possible Houston Costcos dont sell Fat-free milk.
I would love to buy just one gallon.
DFW has single gallons
I remember seeing 2-packs on the west coast, but so far in PA I've only ever seen individual gallons.
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!
A 2-pack of gallon sized milk is the dumbest thing ever, especially nowadays with how many people drink milk alternatives instead.
Blasphemy. You need to turn in your Costco membership card, Stat. Totally unacceptable behavior to spend less than $209.
Unless you already had another transaction that is about $204 and then forgot to pick up these!!
Came for this
Whatever makes you happy. I am happy with my purchases. 😀
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)
I was just going to say, "Back in my day..."
I'm 27, but I say 'back in my day' a lot.
Yup. That’s where I got the acronym from but first heard about it in software design.
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!
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."
A few weeks ago I saw a guy buying only 6 rotisserie chickens. I thought "he's beating the system" 🤣
Shop smarter, not harder 😀
That’s a polite alternative to the acronym I learned.
It’s not possible to only spend $5 in Costco, this must be photoshopped
Yup. Looks real, doesn’t it?
OP, your Costco is still open at 8:24PM? Does it close at 9PM? TIA.
Stores around here close at 8:30
Yes. 3 stores near where I live close at 8:30pm during Summer, and I think @ 8pm in Winter.
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”
I pay $5 a gallon, feels canada man. Dairy Cartel
Are we uploading receipts now?
That’s the trend
Please show your other bill because you separated your items. Thank you. I will see myself out.
Why would I separate items when my goal was to KISS 😘?
Where I live with that amount of money you can’t even buy a gallon of milk in PR. 6$ and something cents
$6+/gallon at every store in PR?
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.
That will be me.
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?
Keep It Simple Stupid
And not even a rotisserie chicken??
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.
Love getting a chicken and a salad kit.
So you forgot the milk and went back in, kudos to you for restraining yourself from fully loading a second cart.
Obviously photoshopped the shadows are all wrong.
Who would spend time on photoshopping a receipt?
You haven’t lived on the edge until you’ve photoshopped a Costco receipt…
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.
Ah, i can imagine the judgmental looks at checkout.
I guess so, but I wouldn’t care less. Just mind my own business with a smile on my face.
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 😂
Went there for gas and needed to get something from nearby stores.
You did it, you son of a gun!
Yup. And this was not the first time.
What sorcery is this?
Come on, we know there’s another recipe it with the rest of their stuff!
Yes there is, but for gas. Didn’t have to wait long to fill up. That’s why I go at night.
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.
Sucks that you have to pay a sales tax on food items. It's just wrong.
Sure does. I don’t get why gift cards have no tax, but food does. Come on, governor.
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).
This is clearly fake. No way anyone walks away with their budget intact.
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.
My dude, everyone is just giving you shit and you're taking it very literally.
I was joking. Clearly not well.
I’ve left with only a carton of eggs before. And wow our gallons of milk are only sold in pairs!
Glad I was not alone. 😀
And someone else went in for milk and spent $240 to even this out to the average Costco visit.
Just say you did Costco a huge favor. I’m sure Costco loves to see customers like you.
Milk is 2.19 a gallon at my Fry's. Never have I ever gone to Costco and "got milk"
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.
Wut?? Lol It's a grocery store in the Krogers chain.
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.
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.
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)_/¯
That kind of self control is my kink.
Supporting the dairy industry is bad for the environment.
don't think costco is very vegan-friendly..
Why is this a post?
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?
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.
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.
This is dope but let’s get ready for the I raise you posts.
Fake! You can see the photo has been edited!!! 😆
You almost tied the record for least items purchased with 8 other people in the US
I could’ve just bought 1 gallon, but tried to avoid making another a trip.
He only went in for milk.
I just paid $3.89 for a gallon of milk in Florida!
\~$2.57 at Aldi by me.
Did you treat yourself to anything at the food court?!
Nope. My goal was to spend < 10 mins inside the warehouse. The total would be higher if I stayed longer.
You should impress yourself and loved ones doing it
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?
I believe Costco milk has higher quality
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
Why not go to 7-11
Gas price was at least 10 cents higher and I needed to fill up a 18-gallon tank
in nyc, target is always the cheapest gallon,
though i admit to preferring the tall narrow jugs costco uses.
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
Let’s do it together😀
As yes, much like when I walked into Costco and only got 2 hotdogs
The content in this sub is truly thrilling sometimes.
Impossible! No one just buys two items at Costco
That's not how I learned it lol
You are my hero
If you shop every week, do it on Thursdays when Costco has price mark-downs. Learned it from a friend who works there.
Price mark downs are not done on any specific day or time.
They could be any day, but it makes a lot of sense that Costco strategically does it right before the weekend.
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.)
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.
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.
This is the way
Let’s keep this trend going, will you?