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East Ender
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I could use a $25-30 check right now. I could use it to put some gas in my car 🙂

That would be about a thimble full??;)

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Posted : March 2, 2012 8:40 pm
BeachcomberStt
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OldTart

I will stop by the Customer Service Desk next time I'm at CostULess. I hope I am due a check 🙂
Thanks for advice.

East Ender

Yeah, about a thimble full, maybe less 🙁

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Posted : March 2, 2012 9:26 pm
JulieKay
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Gas is less expensive here right now then it is in Austin, Texas, where I visited two weeks ago. 🙂

It's bad everywhere. No idea what will happen here. 🙂

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Posted : March 2, 2012 9:39 pm
speee1dy
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juliekay, how much is it in texas

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Posted : March 3, 2012 12:15 am
JulieKay
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It was just over $4.00. Saw gas today on island for $3.99.

I have friends in CA paying $4.50+ right now.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 1:42 am
WillsSweetPea
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wow, guess if we move we will not be eating a lot of Little Debbies...

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Posted : March 3, 2012 3:55 am
WillsSweetPea
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Unleaded tonight here in Virginia Beach, VA $3.59 a gallon, but they have warned us it will be up to $4 at least by summer. :0(

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Posted : March 3, 2012 4:01 am
speee1dy
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my husband saw gas on stx for over 4 a gallon yesterday

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Posted : March 3, 2012 10:09 am
JulieKay
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Ziggy's was $3.99 yesterday. We'll see what they put up today. 🙂

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Posted : March 3, 2012 12:35 pm
jbatl
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OH! And restaurants - so far I've found you can't get good Mexican food here. 🙂 I lived in Austin, TX for a long time and guess I got spoiled. I'd love for someone to steer me somewhere good!

Yes, as you lived in Austin, you are DEFINITELY spolied on good Mexican food. However, if you haven't tried Miriams, you definitely should and would love to hear your feedback. Have been and am VERY impressed.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 1:35 pm
STXBob
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Here's a quick look at gas prices around the 48 states: http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_gastemperaturemap.aspx

Their home page says the average price today is $3.711

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Posted : March 3, 2012 2:48 pm
JulieKay
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OH! And restaurants - so far I've found you can't get good Mexican food here. 🙂 I lived in Austin, TX for a long time and guess I got spoiled. I'd love for someone to steer me somewhere good!

Yes, as you lived in Austin, you are DEFINITELY spolied on good Mexican food. However, if you haven't tried Miriams, you definitely should and would love to hear your feedback. Have been and am VERY impressed.

What is Miriams nearby - what part of the island? 🙂 *gets out eating shorts*

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Posted : March 3, 2012 2:58 pm
trainwreck82
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There is a great Mexican place next to Pueblo in Contant on STT.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 3:08 pm
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Having recently moved from StX to Sarasota, I can say that it's not really the particular items, but the QUALITY and SELECTION of goods that I realize we missed on StX, ...as well as the prices of course. Strawberries, for example, are $5 to $6 a quart Plaza, but have about a 36 hour frig life when you bring them home. They're $1.50 a quart at Publix and last all week because they haven't been sitting in a shipping container at some port. Same with grapes and bananas. I also have yet to see or run over a pothole, which my car budget is really beginning to appreciate.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 4:08 pm
BeachcomberStt
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There is a great Mexican place next to Pueblo in Contant on STT.

Not to confuse anyone with directions to the Stt Mexican Restaurant, "Ay! Que' Rico!", is located in Sub Base between Doctor's Choice Pharmacy and Pueblo. John's Auto Center is across from the the restaurant.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 4:22 pm
trainwreck82
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There is a great Mexican place next to Pueblo in Contant on STT.

Not to confuse anyone with directions to the Stt Mexican Restaurant, "Ay! Que' Rico!", is located in Sub Base between Doctor's Choice Pharmacy and Pueblo. John's Auto Center is across from the the restaurant.

Ah, didn't realize it's Sub Base when you cross that street. Used to live in Towers Condos and assumed that was all Contant.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 4:43 pm
East End Doug
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How do I get a rebate check from Cost U Less ? is it a signup or a card? I need to save every penny these days

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Posted : March 3, 2012 6:43 pm
pamela
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just go to the customer service counter. They will issue you a card and you use it each time you purchase. About four times a year you will get coupons good for $30 or more to use for shopping. I got $280 once and had a blast!

Pamela

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Posted : March 3, 2012 6:46 pm
JulieKay
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So I was driving around this morning this discussion was rambling around in my head, and I wanted to share them, if they're useful...

I agree that the selection, and sometimes the quality, of goods are narrower on STX.

For me though, it's the difference between an attitude of scarcity, and attitude of abundance. I personally find many abundantly wonderful foods here - it's what I focus on. I focus on the abundance. Just as an example, the tomatoes at ARTfarm this morning were off the hook - and they were abundant, plenty of them for everyone.

An attitude of scarcity focuses on what we don't have. I could go around all the time missing what we don't have here, or what isn't as fresh. But I don't. Because for me, I feel like since I moved here 6 months ago I'm eating wonderfully and more healthfully than I have in years - and the food I do eat is fresh and alive.

So I don't miss grapes and strawberries, or Little Debbie snack cakes, or cheap potato chips. If I can't find it here, I don't sweat it. I'm too busy eating fresh okra, greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, peppers, fruits of all sorts, fresh breads and pastries, lobster and wahoo, both at home and then even more good foods in some great local restaurants, and so much more I'm not going to go on and on. 🙂 And making friends on island means there's always plenty to share with each other.

My random thoughts, thank you for letting me share. 🙂

Oh, and I found Miriams - I'm eating there this week! Thank you jbatl!

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Posted : March 3, 2012 7:13 pm
BeachcomberStt
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You don't save money when shopping with the CostULess card. Read OldTart's explaination a several posts up and she explains it throughly. You get a check of a certain amount which can only be used in the store for purchases. You can't cash it at a bank.
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Pueblo now has a " Loyalty Rewards Card" system (free) that is based on a point system. I don't remeber all the terms and conditions. You can pick up an application at their Customer Service window and about a week later you go pick up your Rewards Card. You use it for every purchase you make at any Pueblo store. For every dollar spent you earn 1 reward point. When you earned 500 points you earn $5.00 Loyalty Reward Discount. You can use the $5.00 on your next shopping trip or accumulate points for savings at a future date.

PriceSmart. You get nothing for shopping there, but like I said before I do find their prices cheaper on my regular grocery items when I compared prices to CostULess. So, in the long run you have a savings.

I'm going shopping soon to both places. I will give a price comparison between the 2 stores concerning several grocery items. If anyone wants a specific item price comparison, PM me soon and I will add it to my list.

Pueblo Sub Base (only?) has a gallon of any % milk for $4.99. Half gallon $2.99. I think that is the cheapest on island concerning REAL milk.

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Posted : March 3, 2012 7:48 pm
chefnoah
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Guess we don't have it so bad in Denver...paid $3.11 for gas today.
Saw a few places as high as $3.30

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Posted : March 5, 2012 4:20 am
jbatl
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Glad you found Miriams, Julie. For those curious, if you're heading into C'sted from the east, it's on your right just before you get to town. Looks like a gas station/car wash. Big sign.

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Posted : March 5, 2012 11:43 am
East End Doug
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I went to Cost u less and was informed the discount was St. Thomas not St. Croix. Is this true? Once again the poor step child gets none.

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Posted : March 6, 2012 7:37 pm
OldTart
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I'm going shopping soon to both places. I will give a price comparison between the 2 stores concerning several grocery items. If anyone wants a specific item price comparison, PM me soon and I will add it to my list.

In order to make the comparison fair it would be a good idea to stop at the customer service desk while at CostULess and ask them what price percentage is calculated in the payback certificates. Figure that into the equation (as well as PriceSmart's annual fee).

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Posted : March 6, 2012 8:59 pm
BeachcomberStt
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I'm going shopping soon to both places. I will give a price comparison between the 2 stores concerning several grocery items. If anyone wants a specific item price comparison, PM me soon and I will add it to my list.

In order to make the comparison fair it would be a good idea to stop at the customer service desk while at CostULess and ask them what price percentage is calculated in the payback certificates. Figure that into the equation (as well as PriceSmart's annual fee).

I am doing my research concerning how CostULess Rewards program works exactly.

I did check with CostULess Customer Service desk and I wasn't due any check because I only had 400 points. You need 1,000 points to get a check.( I forgot to ask how much it would have been.) 🙁

Membership at PriceSmart is $10.00 a year. Not too hard on the wallet.

I will get this research going in the next several weeks, so all is fair and worked out correctly.

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Posted : March 9, 2012 12:17 am
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