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  1. #1
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default The elusive Costco bag

    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.

    nancy



  2. #2
    Janet Bostwick 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.
    >
    >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.
    >
    >nancy
    >

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

  3. #3
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

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


    >> 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.


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


    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


  4. #4
    Nunya Bidnits Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    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.
    >
    > 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.
    >
    > nancy


    Don't expect it to work as well as a styrofoam or hard plastic cooler. There
    really isnt' that much insulation compared to, say, a pizza bag. Whatever
    goes in needs to be good and cold (or hot) and then it will hold temp fairly
    well up to a point.

    It is handy when grocery shopping where you might go to more than one store.
    You can put the cold and frozen stuff in it and it will stay cool pretty
    well as long as your car isn't in the sun for too long.

    MartyB



  5. #5
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    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:

    >
    >>> 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.

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

    >
    >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


    On hot days it's best to let that bag live inside your car's air
    conditioned passenger compartment... or you'll be coming from the
    store with ice cold/frozen perishables only to find your insulated bag
    at an oven-like temperature (those bags hold heat as well as cold). If
    you're going to be shopping any length of time over ten minutes your
    entire car will be like an oven and so will that insulated bag.
    Happened to me just a week ago when I went to my doctor and then five
    minutes later went to shop on the way home, the bag was stiffling from
    waiting over an hour for me at the doctor (was the hottest day of the
    year). I ended up not using the bag and decided instead to rely on my
    car's A/C. Next time I'll bring the bag into the air conditioned
    store with me, maybe stuff it into the ice cream freezer while I shop.
    Anyways on hot days those insulated bags can do more harm than good
    unless you're bringing home a hot meal.

  6. #6
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 2:59 PM, Nunya Bidnits wrote:
    > Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> 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.


    > Don't expect it to work as well as a styrofoam or hard plastic cooler. There
    > really isnt' that much insulation compared to, say, a pizza bag. Whatever
    > goes in needs to be good and cold (or hot) and then it will hold temp fairly
    > well up to a point.


    I have a much thinner cooler bag that really surprised me in
    the past with how cold it kept things, so I feel that this heavy
    one will do a good job, but I really don't expect to store ice or
    frozen food in it for any great length of time.

    It does rather remind me of a pizza bag.

    > It is handy when grocery shopping where you might go to more than one store.
    > You can put the cold and frozen stuff in it and it will stay cool pretty
    > well as long as your car isn't in the sun for too long.


    I think it will be great to hold things for tailgating and transporting
    foods to somewhere that is reasonably close. The capacity is really
    what I like compared to other cooler bags I've had. Ones for which I
    spent a whole lot more than $7.

    nancy


  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag


    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:5012d35c$0$8835$[email protected] com...
    > 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.


    I have some Costco bags but have never seen a cooler bag. I am headed there
    soon. Will look.



  8. #8
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag


    "Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> 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:

    >>
    >>>> 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.

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

    >>
    >>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

    >
    > On hot days it's best to let that bag live inside your car's air
    > conditioned passenger compartment... or you'll be coming from the
    > store with ice cold/frozen perishables only to find your insulated bag
    > at an oven-like temperature (those bags hold heat as well as cold). If
    > you're going to be shopping any length of time over ten minutes your
    > entire car will be like an oven and so will that insulated bag.
    > Happened to me just a week ago when I went to my doctor and then five
    > minutes later went to shop on the way home, the bag was stiffling from
    > waiting over an hour for me at the doctor (was the hottest day of the
    > year). I ended up not using the bag and decided instead to rely on my
    > car's A/C. Next time I'll bring the bag into the air conditioned
    > store with me, maybe stuff it into the ice cream freezer while I shop.
    > Anyways on hot days those insulated bags can do more harm than good
    > unless you're bringing home a hot meal.


    On days like that I fill the bags with blue ice and try to make it home
    within an hour.



  9. #9
    Chemo Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Jul 27, 1:14*pm, "Julie Bove" <julieb...@frontier.com> wrote:
    > "Nancy Young" <rjynlynos...@vverizon.net> wrote in message
    >
    > news:5012d35c$0$8835$[email protected] com...
    >
    > > 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.

    >
    > I have some Costco bags but have never seen a cooler bag. *I am headed there
    > soon. *Will look.


    We use one of these http://www.norchillcoolers.com/ We have two we use
    on our sailboat and they'll keep food cold the entire weekend. so
    taking one to Costco and other stores when it's hot out ensures the
    food will be cold by the time we get home.

  10. #10
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:43:39 -0400, Nancy Young
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 7/27/2012 2:59 PM, Nunya Bidnits wrote:
    >> Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >>> 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.

    >
    >> Don't expect it to work as well as a styrofoam or hard plastic cooler. There
    >> really isnt' that much insulation compared to, say, a pizza bag. Whatever
    >> goes in needs to be good and cold (or hot) and then it will hold temp fairly
    >> well up to a point.

    >
    >I have a much thinner cooler bag that really surprised me in
    >the past with how cold it kept things, so I feel that this heavy
    >one will do a good job, but I really don't expect to store ice or
    >frozen food in it for any great length of time.
    >
    >It does rather remind me of a pizza bag.
    >
    >> It is handy when grocery shopping where you might go to more than one store.
    >> You can put the cold and frozen stuff in it and it will stay cool pretty
    >> well as long as your car isn't in the sun for too long.

    >
    >I think it will be great to hold things for tailgating and transporting
    >foods to somewhere that is reasonably close. The capacity is really
    >what I like compared to other cooler bags I've had. Ones for which I
    >spent a whole lot more than $7.
    >
    >nancy


    The physical thickness of those bags is not nearly so important as of
    what material(s) they're made... space blankets are very thin yet are
    great insulaters. I have several of those bags acquired over the
    years, of different materials, the newer thinner ones insulate better.
    Also those bags tend to keep hot foods hot better than they keep cold
    foods cold... or maybe it's because folks don't mind tepid bbq chicken
    as much as they mind soupy ice cream. When I remember I put a couple
    of those blue ice thingies in my bags before leaving home to shop.

  11. #11
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    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:

    >
    >>> 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.

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

    >
    >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

    Hey, neat. I'll keep my eyes open for that one. Currently, we have a
    zippered bag with waterproof lining It's huge. I put 4 of the 8 inch
    square blue ice thingys in the bottom and take the bag into the store
    with us. We fill it with cold and frozen stuff as we shop, then just
    put the bag up on the checkout counter and let the checker ring up the
    contents. That way everything stays cold.
    Janet US

  12. #12
    Janet Bostwick Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:25:46 -0400, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:

    >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:

    >>
    >>>> 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.

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

    >>
    >>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

    >
    >On hot days it's best to let that bag live inside your car's air
    >conditioned passenger compartment... or you'll be coming from the
    >store with ice cold/frozen perishables only to find your insulated bag
    >at an oven-like temperature (those bags hold heat as well as cold). If
    >you're going to be shopping any length of time over ten minutes your
    >entire car will be like an oven and so will that insulated bag.
    >Happened to me just a week ago when I went to my doctor and then five
    >minutes later went to shop on the way home, the bag was stiffling from
    >waiting over an hour for me at the doctor (was the hottest day of the
    >year). I ended up not using the bag and decided instead to rely on my
    >car's A/C. Next time I'll bring the bag into the air conditioned
    >store with me, maybe stuff it into the ice cream freezer while I shop.
    >Anyways on hot days those insulated bags can do more harm than good
    >unless you're bringing home a hot meal.


    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

  13. #13
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 4:14 PM, Julie Bove wrote:
    > "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 have some Costco bags but have never seen a cooler bag. I am headed there
    > soon. Will look.


    Now I know what I got wasn't the aforementioned bags, but
    this will still hold quite a few items, saving a trip or two
    from the car anyway. Keeping the meat, etc at a cooll temp
    is a bonus.

    nancy


  14. #14
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 3:25 PM, Brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young <replyto@inemail>
    > wrote:


    >> http://i49.tinypic.com/dnowwi.jpg
    >>
    >> It folds flat so it can live in my car trunk.


    > On hot days it's best to let that bag live inside your car's air
    > conditioned passenger compartment... or you'll be coming from the
    > store with ice cold/frozen perishables only to find your insulated bag
    > at an oven-like temperature


    You're absolutely right.

    >(those bags hold heat as well as cold). If
    > you're going to be shopping any length of time over ten minutes your
    > entire car will be like an oven and so will that insulated bag.
    > Happened to me just a week ago when I went to my doctor and then five
    > minutes later went to shop on the way home, the bag was stiffling from
    > waiting over an hour for me at the doctor (was the hottest day of the
    > year). I ended up not using the bag and decided instead to rely on my
    > car's A/C. Next time I'll bring the bag into the air conditioned
    > store with me, maybe stuff it into the ice cream freezer while I shop.
    > Anyways on hot days those insulated bags can do more harm than good
    > unless you're bringing home a hot meal.


    Not too often. Point taken, thanks.

    nancy


  15. #15
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:43:49 -0400, 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.


    I don't remember paying $7 for my big blue bags. Maybe a 2 or 3 pack
    of them since I have 2 of them (and lost the other?).

    I would not have bought one bag for $7.

    -sw

  16. #16
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young 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:

    >
    >>> 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.

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

    >
    > 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.


    Mines different. I must have got the $3 ones that are some sort of
    vinyl with a quilted foil-ish lining.

    -sw

  17. #17
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On 7/27/2012 5:48 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young 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.

    >
    > Mines different. I must have got the $3 ones that are some sort of
    > vinyl with a quilted foil-ish lining.


    I've seen those type of bags.

    This is the label: http://i46.tinypic.com/nocbgo.jpg

    It's got some type of foam insulation with a white
    plastic-y lining.

    nancy


  18. #18
    gregz Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    Sqwertz <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young 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:

    >>
    >>>> 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.

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

    >>
    >> 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.

    >
    > Mines different. I must have got the $3 ones that are some sort of
    > vinyl with a quilted foil-ish lining.
    >
    > -sw


    Silvered foil is for reflecting heat, so a cold bag should have foil on the
    outside.

    Greg

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:22:07 -0400, Nancy Young wrote:

    > On 7/27/2012 5:48 PM, Sqwertz wrote:
    >> On Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:56:30 -0400, Nancy Young 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.

    >>
    >> Mines different. I must have got the $3 ones that are some sort of
    >> vinyl with a quilted foil-ish lining.

    >
    > 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.

    -sw

  20. #20
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: The elusive Costco bag

    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.

    nancy


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