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February 11, 2007

Costco Shopping Revisited

David's brother Mike recently joined Costco and, as our wedding gift, listed David as a user on his Costco membership. I have posted before about how David and I had considered and rejected the idea of joining Costco, but who can say no to a free membership?

Yesterday we made our first visit to Costco as members. We bought everything. Okay, not quite everything -- we didn't buy any electronics, clothing, or home accessories -- but we got just about everything else: paper towels, toilet paper, dishsoap, Swiffer cloths, gum, body lotion, shaving cream, deodorant, and a ton of food. I have to admit, however, that I was a bit disappointed by the food selection. They didn't have any canned tomato sauce without sugar, or any plain non-organic frozen vegetables (I commend them for having organic frozen vegetables, but those were more expensive than regular supermarket frozen veggies). Much of the lunch meat also had sugar in it, and they had very few cuts of other meat. But we did get enough pepper corns to last us for about a year, and an entire case of chicken stock. We also got a ton of bananas, which made me happy because I usually go out for more bananas a few times a week.

By the time we got in line to pay, our shopping cart was more than full; David could barely see over the mound of stuff in it as he pushed it into the line. When the cashier rang it all up and the total came to $300, David asked, "so how are we saving money?" Honestly, I wasn't sure, though I did point out that we had bought about six months' worth of paper towels and enough toilet paper to last us into the next millenium (okay, probably not -- we do go through the stuff pretty quickly). As we pushed the cart to the car, we started to fear that our little GTI might not be able to hold it all, but hatchbacks were designed to haul a lot of stuff, so we did manage to get it all in. When we got home, however, we were faced with the real problem -- finding room in our house for all of it!

Posted by eklanche at February 11, 2007 09:04 AM


It's been clear to me for some time now that Costco is not about saving money. A lot of the stuff is cheaper, but a lot of it is not - however, the quality is excellent and you always know that at least you aren't getting a bad deal. What I like about it is the convenience. In the summer, I buy vegetables and fruit and eggs at the farmer's market every week, and a truckload of toilet paper at Costco every couple of months, and between the two, I almost never have to go to the grocery store, and I think I'm a happier person because of it.

Posted by: esik at February 11, 2007 11:47 PM

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