Costco customers seem to be swallowing the cost of membership fees to gain access to the wholesale retailer.
The good thing about shopping at Costco, though, is that you don't have to walk around hungry. Instead, you can pop on over to the food court and buy yourself some lunch or a snack on the cheap. Years ago, Costco had an amazingly delicious vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream dessert that was perfect for kids (and adults) who have a hard time choosing between the two flavors.
There are certain products that will generally cost you more money at Costco, so you're better off buying them at the grocery store instead. Pasta is a staple item in many people's pantries -- certainly in mine. Pasta is one of those items that supermarkets tend to discount.