I never thought the day would come where I’d be a Costco member, but that day is here. And I have a creepy serial killer photo in the corner of my membership card to prove it!
I’ve resisted Costco for years and years, mostly because I’m single, and live alone in a condo that doesn’t have many kitchen cupboards or much storage space. I simply don’t have the real estate to stack up dozens of rolls of paper towels, or store 5-pound bags of anything.
That doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed Costco on very rare occasions. I blogged about a trip to Costco with my friend Tiffany about five years ago, and since then, I’ve gone with my friend Jennifer twice, with my mom to her local Costco in Michigan, and with my mom and sister-in-law on my recent trip to the bay area.
I bit the bullet and joined Costco for one very specific reason: to buy a car. They have an awesome car program where, as a member, you get access to exclusive prices that are lower than what you could likely negotiate on your own, and it’s a set, done deal, with no haggling or stress. My aunt and uncle told me about it, and it made my car-buying process easy-peasy. And now I have a new Jeep Renegade that I absolutely love!
Check out that view! (I’m referring to the Jeep, of course.)
But now that I have a Costco membership for the next year, I might as well take advantage of it. So far I’ve filled my gas tank twice at Costco, and paid approximately a quarter less per gallon than neighboring gas stations. And, the other day, I ventured into the warehouse for the first time.
First item of business was to pick out another big-ticket item: a new printer. Well, that’s not nearly as big a purchase as a car, but then again, what is? I’ve been in desperate need for a printer for about a year, and I found one at a great price, and it works beautifully.
From there, on to the grocery section! They have a lot of fresh produce, but a lot of it is in quantities that I probably couldn’t consume by myself. I can polish off berries like nobody’s business, so I picked up some raspberries and blackberries, and some big salad kits, too.
I bought more veggies from the frozen aisle: cauliflower, broccoli, and a stir-fry medley. They changed the cauliflower and broccoli since the last time I had been there. Now the big bags have 4 smaller bags within it – great for doling out portions!
I also love the individually-wrapped chicken breasts and salmon fillets in the frozen section, so I picked up some of those, along with ground turkey and ground bison from the refrigerated cases, although I ended up freezing them, too.
I go through lots of eggs, so buying eggs at Costco was a no-brainer. I bought 24, and then promptly broke three of them when the case fell out of my car as I was loading all this stuff into my trunk. Whoops. Then, at home, I removed the remaining eggs to rinse the spilled yolks and whites out of the case, and I broke a fourth egg. Whoops again. So I’m down to 20, but even accounting for my clumsiness, it’s still a great deal.
There wasn’t much in the grocery section that I wanted to buy, mainly because of the quantities and lack of storage space, but I did pick up coconut water and some pre-portioned and pre-cooked bowls of brown rice, which I’ve tried before and really like.
And that’s it, folks – the contents of my first Costco haul! I’m set for weeks, possibly months.
There were whole entire sections of the store that I skipped, and aisles I didn’t go down, so let me ask all of you: What do you like to buy at Costco? What should I keep my eye out for? Share in the comments section!
Lastly – I’m proud that I stuck to the healthy stuff. That 62-pound bag of Cheetos was really calling my name!
Keep it up, David!
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