I shopped at Costco for the first time today (well, first time with my own membership card, when I wasn't just someone's guest).
I think I did pretty well, actually. I tried to abide by your advice
. The hardest part was not buying any DVDs. There were some really good ones for less than $9 a pop (The Princess Bride
, for example, which we own on video but not DVD). I also was theeees close
to buying Angry Boy a book/magnet/toy, but I refrained. Kind of. Here's what I bought (keep in mind that the only thing I needed
to get at Costco were dog biscuits):
- Dog biscuts. Unfortunately, not the size we normally buy, but we can easily break them in half for Small Dog. $7.99.
- Ziploc Sandwich Bags. I intend to take my lunch a lot when I go back to work--it's healthier and cheaper. Got an assload of bags, which will probably last us through Angry Boy's first year in elementary school. $7.49.
- Whole wheat pasta. Easy decision to buy this (6 regular-sized boxes packaged together). We only eat whole wheat pasta now, and we usually have it once a week. $5.65.
- 36 cans of V8. This is kind of a splurge. I usually buy the bigger bottles of the stuff at our regular grocery store, but I honestly think that being able to grab a cold can of it out of the fridge will make me drink it more often. I apologize for the excess waste I'm creating. $12.49.
- 4 Cars-themed sippy cups. Okay, this was somewhat unnecessary. But then, I thought, we're still using the same sippy cups that we got for AB when he was 1. It's okay if we get some new ones. $4.97.
- Sleeper PJs for ALB. It's getting butt-cold this week, so it doesn't hurt to have another fuzzy-warm sleeper. $7.29.
- PJs for AB. Ditto. Plus, he's outgrown the hand-me-downs he got from Muffin Man (we still let him wear them when it's not too cold, 'cause he likes the designs, but the pants now look like capris). $8.79.
- A book of Disney stories. You got me. Totally unnecessary. In fact, AB just got two new books when he went shopping with his grandma earlier this week. But I had so much fun reading to him last night--I think we read 8 books--that I wanted to get another one. Plus, it's got some stories he hasn't heard before (Peter Pan, for example). I consider it my one needless splurge. $9.99.
- Lightbulbs. Can't have too many. I got a dozen. $4.89.
- Eclipse gum. Don't even know how many packs I got, but it's NSAH's favorite gum. And it's so much cheaper than buying it at the checkout of our regular grocery store. $6.89.
- 5 packs of Glide floss. We floss a lot. $10.99.
- New York strip steaks. These look really good. I'm going to wrap them individually and freeze them. $23.63 for 3 1/3 pounds.
- Dried fruit mix. Angry Boy is always asking for "nut mix," which is my homemade trail mix. I usually toss some dried fruit into whatever nuts we have around, and he loves it. This is a pretty big bag, bigger than I can get at our grocery store. $7.39.
- Edamame. I may be the only one in my family who likes this. AB's had it on occasion, but he's not that into it. It was so cheap, though, that even if I only eat half of it, it'll be worth it. I think I can eat it all, though. Such a yummy snack, and easy to make. Plus, I get a kick shelling the edamame. Maybe not as relaxing as popping bubble wrap, but still fun. $3.99.
- 10 boxes of Kleenex. It's winter, and we have a preschooler. 'Nuff said. $12.59.
- Thank-you cards. Something I'd been meaning to buy for a while but kept forgetting. These are really cute, too. $9.39.
- 48 AA batteries. This might last us through next Christmas. Or maybe just the boys' birthdays. We shall see... $9.59.
The damage? With tax, about $160.
As I was browsing the aisles, I was trying to decide if I'll keep the membership for more than a year. Basically, I asked myself, "Will we save more than the $50 membership cost?" I think I'll really make out like a bandit around Christmastime (all those DVDs, and cheap books and CDs, too). And maybe if I start buying the store-brand diapers, rather than what we buy now. Honestly, I think it might be too close to call this year.
That being said, I can definitely see membership being worth every penny when both boys are older and (1) I need to pack their school lunches (snack bags galore, some of it even healthy!) and (2) they start eating us out of house & home. Angry Boy has already made it his mission to annoy us by chanting "I'm hungry" at least 10 times a day, or until NSAH starts calling him a "hungry, hungry hippo," at which point AB forgets his hunger long enough to assert that he is, in fact, not