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  1. #21
    Jeanine Alyse Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Jul 27, 10:43*am, Nancy Young <rjynlynos...@vverizon.net> wrote:
    > I'd read about it here over the years, but I've never seen
    > it for sale. *It must be my week for picking up stuff I wanted
    > for a while. *There it was today, a pile of them. *$6.99.


    Same size and quality cooler bag at TJ's and each are two dollars less
    as well. I keep five of them in my SUV for grocery shopping or
    whatever else a bag comes handy to.
    ....Picky

  2. #22
    gloria p Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 12:56 PM, Nancy Young wrote:
    > On 7/27/2012 2:24 PM, Janet Bostwick wrote:



    > it's
    > a great cooler bag. It's a big lined and insulated canvas bag,
    > 26" wide by 17 high. Keeps food frozen for up to 5 hours.
    >
    > http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg


    Any of those bags, coolers, etc. work a lot better if you remember to
    put in a couple of those frozen blue ice thingies or even a disposable
    bottle of water or two, frozen solid.

    I don't always remember, but when I do, it really helps keep the
    contents of the bag colder.

    gloria p


  3. #23
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:36:34 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    > On 7/27/2012 7:02 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >> On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:22:07 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    >
    >>> I've seen those type of bags.

    >>
    >> Since you showed me yours I'll show you mine.
    >>
    >> http://i47.tinypic.com/302b247.jpg
    >>
    >> It measures about 26" x 9" x 18" There's Velcro on the front (those
    >> three white strips, and also on the underside of the lid flap. The
    >> Velcro doesn't exactly shut it up tight unless you fill it exactly to
    >> it's intended volume dimensions. Looks like yours is more 2
    >> dimensional to solve that problem.

    >
    > That's a lot like my other insulated bag, and I never have
    > stuff in it where the Velcro lines up efficiently.
    >
    > This bag has a zipper top, no Velcro. It opens out to a
    > flat, say, 18 X 8 rectangular bottom.


    Sounds like the same dimensions, except they fixed the closure
    problem. My bags are 3-4 years old.

    -sw

  4. #24
    Jeanine Alyse Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Jul 27, 5:28*pm, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compost> wrote:
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:36:34 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:
    > > On 7/27/2012 7:02 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    > >> On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:22:07 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    >
    > >>> I've seen those type of bags.

    >
    > >> Since you showed me yours I'll show you mine.

    >
    > >>http://i47.tinypic.com/302b247.jpg

    >
    > >> It measures about 26" x 9" x 18" *There's Velcro on the front (those
    > >> three white strips, and also on the underside of the lid flap. *The
    > >> Velcro doesn't exactly shut it up tight unless you fill it exactly to
    > >> it's intended volume dimensions. *Looks like yours is more 2
    > >> dimensional to solve that problem.

    >
    > > That's a lot like my other insulated bag, and I never have
    > > stuff in it where the Velcro lines up efficiently.

    >
    > > This bag has a zipper top, no Velcro. *It opens out to a
    > > flat, say, 18 X 8 rectangular bottom.

    >
    > Sounds like the same dimensions, except they fixed
    > the closure problem. *My bags are 3-4 years old.

    As mentioned up-thread, I also use the blue freezer flats and/or
    plastic bottles of frozen water in them if what I'm packing needs more
    than an hour's drive to destination. I've been using four of my five
    Trader Joe's bags for more than five years and they are still as good
    as when new.
    ....Picky


  5. #25
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:18:22 -0600, gloria p <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >
    >Any of those bags, coolers, etc. work a lot better if you remember to
    >put in a couple of those frozen blue ice thingies or even a disposable
    >bottle of water or two, frozen solid.
    >
    >I don't always remember, but when I do, it really helps keep the
    >contents of the bag colder.
    >
    >gloria p


    We bop all over the area doing errands or engaging in mini-adventures
    each weekend and unless it is really cold outside, we always have
    coolers with blue ice in the car.

    These trips invariably turn into food runs of some sort - we'll find a
    new bakery or hit a farm stand or an ethnic grocery somewhere and all
    the food booty arrives home perfectly with the aid of the coolers.

    A couple of weeks ago we went to a casino on Pennsylvania and stopped
    to pick up sausage, cheese and rendered lard at the place linked
    below. Oh and a coconut custard pie. To-die-for.

    http://www.mountainfolk.com/dietrich.asp

    In fact, we just got home from an extensive road trip that
    incorporated 5 states and two countries and had we had coolers with us
    the whole way. Most hotels have fridges with freezers or at minimum,
    ice machines, and there is always some way to keep the coolers
    stocked.

    I am always looking for unusual artisan breads or locally made
    chocolates or foodstuffs and the former freeze well, then get popped
    into the cooler for the rest of the trip and the latter two...well,
    the latter two often get eaten along the way, but at least don't melt
    or spoil in a hot car before the get downed.

    This trip we hit the bakery that was my neighborhood go-to when I was
    a kid. They are not the same, sadly, but we got a corn rye and a
    pumpernickel and some nifty marble cake and seven layer cake. A few
    days later we wound up spending the rest of our Canadian money on
    many giant Toblerone bars at duty free before we crossed back over to
    the US. Oh, and we found a pecan pie in Pennsylvania at the Bingham
    Family Restaurant. Oh man, is that thing good. We had a piece while
    listening to Matt Lauer and Bob Costa drone on interminably last
    night.

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...nsylvania.html

    So you see, coolers and ice packs rule.

    Boron

  6. #26
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Friday, July 27, 2012 2:56:30 PM UTC-4, Nancy Young wrote:
    Keeps food frozen for up to 5 hours.
    >


    Have you tested this in your hot trunk? Or is this just their claim?



  7. #27
    sf Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:24:35 -0600, Janet Bostwick
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I know about Costco carry bags, but I haven't ever heard of Costco
    > cooler bags. Describe please.


    I didn't know Costco had reusable bags with a Costco symbol on them,
    but I see they come in bundles with an insulated bag.
    http://www.ilovecostco.com/reusable-grocery-bag I've never seen them
    where I shop, so I wonder what part of the store they are hiding in.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  8. #28
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:48:12 -0700, sf <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:24:35 -0600, Janet Bostwick
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I know about Costco carry bags, but I haven't ever heard of Costco
    >> cooler bags. Describe please.

    >
    >I didn't know Costco had reusable bags with a Costco symbol on them,
    >but I see they come in bundles with an insulated bag.
    >http://www.ilovecostco.com/reusable-grocery-bag I've never seen them
    >where I shop, so I wonder what part of the store they are hiding in.


    In my store, the uninsulated ones are carried around the laundry
    soaps, garbage bag,bathroom tissue area.

    It seems an email to customer service at Costco.com is in order. They
    have been responsive to me in the past.
    Janet US

  9. #29
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    "Janet Bostwick" wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..

    >On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young <replyto@inemail>
    >wrote:
    >
    >>On 7/27/2012 2:24 PM, Janet Bostwick wrote:
    >>> On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:43:49 -0400, Nancy Young
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:

    >>
    >>Oh, so I didn't get the bag I've read about. Oh, well, it's
    >>a great cooler bag. It's a big lined and insulated canvas bag,
    >>26" wide by 17 high. Keeps food frozen for up to 5 hours.
    >>
    >>http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg
    >>
    >>It folds flat so it can live in my car trunk.
    >>
    >>nancy

    >


    Costco has no problem with bringing your cold carrier into the store.
    They just check to make sure that it isn't a pet carrier. Apparently
    shoppers have been trying to bring their animals inside the store on
    hot days.
    Janet US
    ====================

    I'll never understand why people take pets with them to the store. I've
    only ever been in one Costco and the place was huge. It's not the type of
    place where you're in and out in a minute.

    Jill


  10. #30
    sf Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:38:18 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I'll never understand why people take pets with them to the store. I've
    > only ever been in one Costco and the place was huge. It's not the type of
    > place where you're in and out in a minute.


    There's a whole group of pompous people who like to carry small dogs
    in large "bags". The ones I know could easily be called narcissistic
    - but are too old to get the double takes they got when younger, so
    they use the dogs as a way to attract attention to themselves.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  11. #31
    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 1:43 PM, Nancy Young wrote:

    > I'd read about it here over the years, but I've never seen
    > it for sale. It must be my week for picking up stuff I wanted
    > for a while. There it was today, a pile of them. $6.99.
    >
    > That is one big Costco sized cooler bag. Very handy. Even
    > if I don't have cold food, it's handy to carry a bunch of
    > stuff into the house at once after a Costco run. It'll come
    > in handy on the holidays, etc. too.


    ALDI has big ones, too, and I use it for my Giant shopping. But the ALDI
    bag was way cheaper than $6.99, I think no more than $3.99.




  12. #32
    Cheri Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 17:38:18 -0400, "jmcquown" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> I'll never understand why people take pets with them to the store. I've
    >> only ever been in one Costco and the place was huge. It's not the type
    >> of
    >> place where you're in and out in a minute.

    >
    > There's a whole group of pompous people who like to carry small dogs
    > in large "bags". The ones I know could easily be called narcissistic
    > - but are too old to get the double takes they got when younger, so
    > they use the dogs as a way to attract attention to themselves.


    You know, there could be a lot of truth in that. Not the "pompous people"
    part because we know that's true, but the "attracting attention to
    themselves" using Fido."

    Cheri


  13. #33
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 4:47 PM, Janet Bostwick wrote:

    > Costco has no problem with bringing your cold carrier into the store.
    > They just check to make sure that it isn't a pet carrier. Apparently
    > shoppers have been trying to bring their animals inside the store on
    > hot days.


    I wouldn't think of bringing an animal into a store that sells
    food. Or any other store aside from a pet store, for that matter.

    I would worry/be concerned/whatever that they wouldn't know I
    brought my own bag in with me. Seems like a good way to sneak
    out a free bag.

    nancy


  14. #34
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:43:47 -0400, Nancy Young
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    snip
    >I would worry/be concerned/whatever that they wouldn't know I
    >brought my own bag in with me. Seems like a good way to sneak
    >out a free bag.
    >
    >nancy

    Wouldn't that be true of any other grocery store that sold their own
    bags and had them displayed throughout the store?
    Janet US

  15. #35
    sf Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:43:49 -0400, Nancy Young
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'd read about it here over the years, but I've never seen
    > it for sale. It must be my week for picking up stuff I wanted
    > for a while. There it was today, a pile of them. $6.99.


    I finally remembered to ask about those bags when I went to Costco a
    couple of days ago (out of sight, out of mind). The ones that store
    stocks when they have them (which isn't very often with years in
    between) sound cheap and ugly. The person I spoke to said they cost
    less than $6.99... I think he said $1.99. They were supposedly some
    sort of stiff plastic, so I don't care that they weren't in stock. I
    have a couple of heavy cloth Trader Joe's bags now. TJ's even has
    what resembles a tall backpack on wheels for $12+. I don't know what
    they're called... is it a "granny cart"?

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  16. #36
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag


    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:43:49 -0400, Nancy Young
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I'd read about it here over the years, but I've never seen
    >> it for sale. It must be my week for picking up stuff I wanted
    >> for a while. There it was today, a pile of them. $6.99.

    >
    > I finally remembered to ask about those bags when I went to Costco a
    > couple of days ago (out of sight, out of mind). The ones that store
    > stocks when they have them (which isn't very often with years in
    > between) sound cheap and ugly. The person I spoke to said they cost
    > less than $6.99... I think he said $1.99. They were supposedly some
    > sort of stiff plastic, so I don't care that they weren't in stock. I
    > have a couple of heavy cloth Trader Joe's bags now. TJ's even has
    > what resembles a tall backpack on wheels for $12+. I don't know what
    > they're called... is it a "granny cart"?


    The Costco bags are green with a print. Not necessarily ugly but not pretty
    either. They are plastic. Very sturdy. Have had mine for years. The only
    problem is that they are so huge that when filled, they are hard to lift.
    Unless perhaps you filled them with chips or pillows. Can't remember how
    many came in the set but I think it was 2.

    They seem to be made by the same place that made the Winco bags. And one of
    the ones that I have from them is also very huge but not as huge as the
    Coscto bag. Those came as a set of two with a huge and a smaller one that
    is really bigger than your normal shopping bag. They are also the same
    shade of green so I once accidentally grabbed the Target bag when I went to
    Winco.

    My Trader Joe's bag is very old. Red plastic. Very sturdy. I much prefer
    the plastic bags because I can use cleaner on them or hose them down in the
    sink with hot water and soap.

    I do have a sturdy fabric bag from Target that the cashiers seem to hate,
    perhaps because it doesn't fit well on their bag holders. But it does wash
    well in the washing machine. The other fabric bags I have, do *not* wash
    well and tend to fall apart when you try to wash them. I will not buy those
    any more.

    I am on the lookout now for nice, sturdy plastic bags that are generic and
    not attached to any store. I have a few. Would like to get a few more and
    then I'll ditch most all of the fabric bags that I have. Exceptions would
    be the large Toys R Us bag and the large Value Village bags since those
    never hold any food and likely wouldn't need to be washed for a while.



  17. #37
    Michael OConnor Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    I belong to Sam's Club instead of Costco, but I bought one of those
    insulated bags when I was there. As I don't drive I had to wait 15-20
    minutes for a taxi and the bag kept the frozen items frozen when I got
    home. The only problem was the bags are not terribly durable (I
    wouldn't put more than about ten pounds of cold or frozen foods inside
    as the handles are flimsy) so I think the next time I go to Sam's I
    will get a second bag. As I remember they cost about three dollars.
    and were nylon with foil lining.

    http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/samsclub/0084487500035_A?$img_size_300x300$

  18. #38
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 9/12/2012 2:09 AM, sf wrote:
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:43:49 -0400, Nancy Young
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I'd read about it here over the years, but I've never seen
    >> it for sale. It must be my week for picking up stuff I wanted
    >> for a while. There it was today, a pile of them. $6.99.

    >
    > I finally remembered to ask about those bags when I went to Costco a
    > couple of days ago (out of sight, out of mind).


    I haven't seen them since, and I only saw them at one location I
    don't usually visit. They happened to have them on the aisle, for
    all I know all the stores have them somewhere I don't look.

    > The ones that store
    > stocks when they have them (which isn't very often with years in
    > between) sound cheap and ugly. The person I spoke to said they cost
    > less than $6.99... I think he said $1.99.


    This is different. It's canvas and it's a cooler bag. A very large
    cooler bag, the picture I posted makes it look like a normal size
    thing. http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg

    > They were supposedly some
    > sort of stiff plastic, so I don't care that they weren't in stock. I
    > have a couple of heavy cloth Trader Joe's bags now. TJ's even has
    > what resembles a tall backpack on wheels for $12+. I don't know what
    > they're called... is it a "granny cart"?


    Sounds like one of those tripping hazards people drag around.

    nancy


  19. #39
    sf Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:07:13 -0400, Nancy Young
    <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > This is different. It's canvas and it's a cooler bag. A very large
    > cooler bag, the picture I posted makes it look like a normal size
    > thing. http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg


    Oh, I either missed it or didn't remember it was a cooler bag. It
    looks like the TJ's bags I have except they are black instead of blue
    and they don't have a zipper or liner.
    >
    > > They were supposedly some
    > > sort of stiff plastic, so I don't care that they weren't in stock. I
    > > have a couple of heavy cloth Trader Joe's bags now. TJ's even has
    > > what resembles a tall backpack on wheels for $12+. I don't know what
    > > they're called... is it a "granny cart"?

    >
    > Sounds like one of those tripping hazards people drag around.


    Huh. Nobody trips over them around here. I'm looking at them and
    thinking I'll probably need one someday. I have a car that I'll drive
    just a few blocks if I think I'm going to have that much "stuff" to
    lug home - but someday driving won't be an option. I've watched too
    many people get old to think otherwise.

    --
    Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

  20. #40
    ImStillMags Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Sep 12, 6:03*am, sf <s...@geemail.com> wrote:
    > On Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:07:13 -0400, Nancy Young
    >
    > <rjynlynos...@vverizon.net> wrote:
    >
    > > This is different. *It's canvas and it's a cooler bag. *A very large
    > > cooler bag, the picture I posted makes it look like a normal size
    > > thing. *http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg

    >
    > Oh, I either missed it or didn't remember it was a cooler bag. *It
    > looks like the TJ's bags I have except *they are black instead of blue
    > and they don't have a zipper or liner.
    >
    >
    >
    > > > *They were supposedly some
    > > > sort of stiff plastic, so I don't care that they weren't in stock. *I
    > > > have a couple of heavy cloth Trader Joe's bags now. *TJ's even has
    > > > what resembles a tall backpack on wheels for $12+. *I don't know what
    > > > they're called... is it a "granny cart"?

    >
    > > Sounds like one of those tripping hazards people drag around.

    >
    > Huh. *Nobody trips over them around here. *I'm looking at them and
    > thinking I'll probably need one someday. *I have a car that I'll drive
    > just a few blocks if I think I'm going to have that much "stuff" to
    > lug home - but someday driving won't be an option. *I've watched too
    > many people get old to think otherwise.
    >
    > --
    > Food is an important part of a balanced diet.


    You would be better off walking and using a granny cart anyway if your
    store is only a few blocks.
    Exercise is a good thing ;-)

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