CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Costco is definitely a good value if you're spending that much.
There is a Costco warehouse in Oxnard, CA. As far as the best card to use at Costco for warehouse purchases, TrueEarnings gives 1% cash back but the Fidelity FIA Amex gives 2%. It's a question of whether you want the potential hassle that some people report with FIA, or the generally better service/website you get with Amex.
We don't really buy much from club stores. We do have a Sam's membership and I visit about twice a month mostly to get good deals on seasonal produce and baby supplies. I don't dispute savings, they just don't have what we use.
Our daughter has a very restricted diet so my wife makes almost all of her (and our) food from scratch. This means we use very little packaged food. Unfortunately it also means we spend twice what most families do on groceries. We are regulars at the local health-food store, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, farmers market, etc.
It looks like my best bet will be the EDP. I value MR points pretty high so being able to score 4.5 per dollar is pretty good.