What Would You Change About Costco? Store Devotees Reveal Frustrations

For some reason — maybe it's the $5 rotisserie chickens or the $1.50 hot dog combo — Costco inspires regular shoppers to become superfans. There is great devotion to the house of Kirkland, leading to items like puzzles of a Costco store and a pretty boring Kirkland brand sweatshirt selling out regularly. And though devotees love most things about the warehouse chain, there is room for improvement, according to Reddit users on r/Costco. Someone asked what one thing they would change about Costco, and community members' responses are pretty universal. Do you agree with these popular complaints, or would you toss another suggestion on the pile?
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Best Costco Buys for Spicy Food Fanatics

If you're someone that splashes hot sauce on every breakfast, sprinkles pepper flakes on pizza before you taste it, or doesn't eat a snack without it having a kick, you should probably consider getting your spicy food fix in bulk. Costco has plenty of fiery options to stock your pantry, fridge, and freezer that range from mild to going-to-need-a-glass-of-milk. Next time you make your weekly Costco run, put these hot commodities on your list.
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Designer Sunglasses You Can Buy at Costco at a Discount

Since Luxottica monopolized the eyewear industry with its purchases of nearly every well-known brand from Chanel to Versace, buying a pair of designer sunglasses has become akin to highway robbery. In 1999, you could buy a pair of Ray-Bans at a gas station for $19. Today, a pair costs $160 online. Unless you shop at Costco. Members of the discount wholesaler can buy an array of big-name designer sunglasses (and Kirkland brand sunnies!) for a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Alexander McQueen, Montblanc, Saint Laurent, Ray Ban, Maui Jim … the list goes on. Here are some of the most popular discount designer shades that Costco offers. If you don’t see anything you like below, check out to see its entire sunglasses selection.

The 8 Best Places to Find Cheap Maternity Clothes

With its loose fabric and added breastfeeding bib, the first-of-its-kind Baroque maternity dress, dubbed the Adrienne, marked a key moment in fashion history. Rather than simply donning an apron or just making do as expecting mothers did prior to the 14th century, women had options. When it comes to maternity clothing today, we might have the opposite problem: too many choices and little time to sift through them. That's why we've done the research for you. Here are the eight best places to find cheap (and cute) maternity clothes, including plus-sized garments for people of all body types.

Secret Rooms, McDonald's Fries, and Other Bizarre Things Found in Houses

Sure, you might find money in your dryer, snacks under your couch, and random socks here and there, but have you ever found a secret room you didn’t know was in your home? What about a suitcase full of money behind your walls? We found some of the most insane and interesting things people have discovered in their homes, from underground shelters to attic treasures. Take a look at some of the most noteworthy and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever found something shocking in your own home.

The Cheapest 'OMG' Airbnb Rentals Around the World

Thanks to Airbnb's new "OMG" category, travelers can stay in a range of quirky vacation rentals ranging from converted school buses and sky-high treehouses to a Beatles-themed submarine surrounded by redwood trees. The best part is, many of these stays are affordable, with some of the most spectacular starting at under $50 a night. Many of these locations are remote, but the surrounding nature views and architectural wonders make them stays you’ll be sure to remember.

Ridiculously Easy Bubble-Up Bake Recipes

Culinary fads come and go, but some are destined to stand the test of time. Bubble-up bakes may just be one of those. After all, what’s not to love about taking an easy casserole and adding another layer (and heartwarming carbs) by topping the whole thing with torn-up refrigerated biscuits? We’re loving the seemingly unlimited array of available recipes, too.

The Coolest Cars of the '90s

As the ‘80s came to an end, auto sales were in the gutter. The ‘90s became a time for many automakers to focus on reinvention and, for some, reintroducing discontinued models and including features from past versions. The Japanese auto market surged in popularity and pricing, and The Big Three followed, making for a decade filled with eclectic and iconic rides that left their mark on automotive history. From supercharged engines to aerodynamic designs, here are some of the decade’s best; Cheapism pulled MSRP figures from J.D. Power to give you an idea of what these legendary rides cost. Let us know in the comments if we left out your favorite.

7 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making

7 Common Carpet Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making. This article originally appeared on Angi and is syndicated by Cheapism. If you have carpet in your home, you may think you’ve come up with the right way to clean and maintain it. It seems simple: vacuum, spot treat stains, and repeat. But you might be accidentally making a carpet cleaning mistake that could cause long-term damage to your cozy flooring. To keep your carpet looking fresh and clean, avoid the following cleaning blunders.

26 Vacation Rentals That Celebrities Love

Wondering where celebrities love to stay around the world? Some of the most famous names in entertainment have stayed at rental properties ranging from beachside villas to neon-clad homes that you can experience a star-studded stay in as well. From the former homes of celebrities to an entire island, these luxurious properties come with expansive space, magnificent views, and everything from private chefs to private beaches.

How to Vacation at Home (or Close to It) With Your RV This Summer

When people picture RV vacations, it’s usually an epic, cross-country adventure or maybe even visiting all 50 states. If you’re like most Americans, though, rising inflation and outrageous gas prices may have you second-guessing a recreational vehicle vacation this summer. Nearly every RVer we spoke with in the Cool RV Stuff Facebook group — the largest one — said they have been staying closer to home. Fortunately, there are many ways you can enjoy an RV staycation right at home or close to it this summer.

Best German Restaurant in (Almost) Every State

Full of rich, meaty, carbohydrate-dense dishes like bratkartoffeln (pan-fried potatoes), bratwurst (sausage), roulade (thinly rolled meat), and schnitzel (cutlet), German cuisine is some of the best comfort food around. Luckily, you don’t have to book a flight with Lufthansa to enjoy a tall, wheaty glass of weissbier alongside a steaming bowl of käsespätzle (cheesy egg noodles) because we’ve gathered a list of the best German restaurants in (almost) every state. And if we missed your favorite restaurant — particularly if you know of one in Mississippi where we couldn't track one down — let us know in the comments.

The Best Restaurant Biscuits in Every State

The perfect biscuit, for many people across the country, is not easy to come by. From the Pacific Northwest to the South, people revere biscuit recipes, only tweaking them when absolutely necessary. In this big old biscuity world of ours there are just so many options out there. That’s why we took a look at every U.S. state and Washington, D.C., and found the best biscuits. Check out these tasty options featuring everything from added hatch green chilies to biscuits used as the foundations of French toast.

The Wildest Dishes You Can Find on In-N-Out’s Secret Menu

The late chef Anthony Bourdain, a New Yorker through and through, famously said that In-N-Out was his favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. "This is like a ballistic missile ... a perfectly designed protein delivery system,” Bourdain told Eater in 2015 before taking a bite of In-N-Out’s burger. His order? A double-double, animal-style. That’s how you know Bourdain was a real fan and not just an East Coast interloper. Like In-N-Out fanatics everywhere, he celebrated the chain’s secret menu. But even In-N-Out devotees might not know about the Flying Dutchman, Roadkill Fries, or the monkey-style burger. So here’s a rundown of the strangest, most hush-hush items you’ll find on In-N-Out’s secret menu.

Tallest, Fastest, and Wildest Theme Park Record Breakers

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s always on the hunt for your next great theme park adventure, there are some seriously insane rides around the world that might pique your interest. Whether you’ve got a need for speed or you want to reach new heights, this list will help you pinpoint some of the fastest, tallest, and wildest rides around. Let us know in the comments section if we missed any other record breakers.

Things You Didn’t Know About Mushrooms

It’s neither plant nor animal, it can glow in the dark, and it can be deadly. No, not aliens. We’re talking about mushrooms — those strange, mouthwatering morsels that grow in the depths of the forest. But the more you learn about fungi, the more they do sound like extraterrestrial organisms pulled straight from the pages of a sci-fi novel. Here’s a list of the weirdest, most compelling mushroom facts that’ll leave you with an appreciation for the bizarre and fascinating world of fungi.

Costco Products That Last So Long You'll Get Sick of Them

We all love saving money by buying in bulk, but what happens when you've bought more than you can handle? It's easy to get sick of the food you buy in big quantities before you run out, whether that's due to finicky kids, freezer burn, or just plain boredom. Here are some products you might want to think twice about buying in bulk at Costco so you don't waste your money on unused goods. (Not a Costco member? You can apply here.)

Hiking Horror Stories — With Happy Endings

Hiking is supposed to be a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy nature, but if you don’t bring enough water, miss the “no trespassing” signage, or lose sight of the trail, this can go from good to bad quickly. From heat stroke to freezing cold conditions, it’s easy to find yourself in extreme weather conditions and unprepared for a hike. Here are 15 hiking horror stories that had happy endings.

Companies That Benefit From Natural Disasters

Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, pandemics, and other disasters that are out of our control usually cost a lot to recover from, triggering serious headaches with the damage they cause — yet are welcome news for some companies. Here are some corporations that actually benefit when things go terribly wrong, and may be in a good position to profit as climate change makes life harder for many of us. Notice how new many of these companies are, with several dating back no more than a handful of years. What other companies and industries benefit from disaster? Tell us in the comments.

What Boomers Need to Know About Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency, often shortened to “crypto,” is a speculative asset especially popular with millennials and Gen Z. Fans will talk all day about the potential in the technology and the potential for striking it rich, while critics (rightfully) focus on its huge fluctuations in value and potential for scams. As two-thirds of the investment’s value evaporated this summer from its peak, a Federal Reserve exec called it an invitation to “theft, hacks and ransom attacks” often used for “money laundering and financing of terrorism.” North Korea specializes in crypto scams and El Salvador’s idea of making bitcoin its national currency has gone over about as well as Prohibition. Here is what baby boomers should know about cryptocurrency.