So I have a confession to make….I like shopping at Costco. Let me explain…
What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you think about Costco? For me I think consumerism, over consumption, mass production, gluttony, excess, waste and bulk. I have been doing my best to follow a minimalist lifestyle. Now my lifestyle by some would not be considered minimalist but I think we all have our own values and definitions.
Every time I walk into Costco I get a little overwhelmed. Everything is massive and in bulk. It makes me want to buy things I do not need just because I can. No I don’t need a 50 pack of razor blades. It instantly makes the wild women in me come out and want to hoard. Then I get disgusted by how much excess we have access to and the immense consumption by people. Its like I go through the twelve stages of grief but Costco version.
Here are some reasons I like Costco.
1. I get free access
Thank you to my mother in law for this one! My in laws love Costco and keep an annual membership with them. They are kind enough to let us go with them whenever we want. So I don’t have to pay any membership fees. Personally, I would never pay a fee just to be allowed to shop somewhere. So if I ever lose this access I would be okay with that but for now I take full advantage.
2. I shop with a plan
Before I ever make a Costco run I make a list. Similar to a grocery list expect we do not purchase food. We only buy non-perishable items or items that have a long shelf life. I do this because I easily get distracted and overwhelmed. I am sharing my recent visit and what we purchased below. All of the items are bulk items that will last a long time and I know I am getting a good price on them. We only buy certain items. We are not the kind of family that stores weeks with of food.
Premier Protein, 18 pack
Maxwell House Coffee, 3 lb container
Finish Dishwasher, 125 tablets
Kirkland Signature Bath Tissue, 30 Rolls
San Pelligrino Water, 15 750ml glass bottles
Listerine Mouthwash, 2 pack
Nubz Dog Treats, 22 treats (can break in half)
Dog Jerky Treats, 60 oz bag
Total Cost $110
I could not find the receipt but I know what the total was. This is the usual list for when we go. I get the protein because its cheaper and lasts a long time and the same goes with the other products. Next time I go I will make sure to keep the receipts so I can compare actual prices.
3. I do not go every month
Usually our list is the same everytime we go, so that doesn’t change much. I can not even recall the last time we went but it has been months. I’m guessing that we go 3 times a year. I am curious to see when the next time is we go and thankfully this blog post will help me see how often we actually are visiting. Our last trip was on December 12,2021. So let the countdown begin.
There you have it! It sounds to me like I go because I get in free and it saves me money. Sounds about right. I do enjoy going but I also tend to get overwhelmed. Everything is so…well…massive. In the past my husband and I have gotten trash cans, pillows and even a shower head. All for a great price and they have all worked great.
Do you shop at Costco or any of the other bulk grocery stores? Would you ever pay for a membership? I would love to hear your thoughts on these stores.