Friday, May 01, 2009
Less Costco in My Life
I love Costco. Costco has been my very good friend for many years. Raising a large Costco-sized family you can imagine the partnership I forged with the warehouse. Having to buy toilet paper, laundry detergent, cat food, and garbage bags, every four to six weeks instead of every week made my life much easier. Of course, they also have yummy things in the bakery, great meat, reasonably-priced jeans for my boys, pasta in bulk, and a very cheap lunch. Gradually my Costco trips became more frequent, and last year I was there almost every week.
On one occasion late last year a "helpful" employee thought I should get their Executive membership and showed me my total spending at their store for the year. My jaw dropped - I could have bought a used car with that amount of cash! This began a process of rethinking how I was spending our household money as I was still having to visit the grocery store to round out our grocery needs. For the year of 2009, I was going to end my love-in with Costco. This is probably the first New Year's resolution that I have even remotely kept. :D
Today is May 1 and I have gone to Costco twice in four months. Of course, I still need Costco, just not every week! Kirsten seems to have adjusted to our new shopping schedule and doesn't ask me if we're going there any more. Winco (the local low-price grocery) is getting more of my grocery budget and I'm thinking more about other purchases, not making spur-of-the-moment decisions because that item might not be there next week.
Now DH does drop in on Costco the same as always, mostly to purchase items for the business. So today I cheated just a tiny and had him shop for me. You see, I use a lot of honey baking bread and Costco has the best price. I asked him to pick some up for me the next time he went and he replied that he was going today, make him out a list. Well, I could have made him quite a list, but I held back and asked for three items: honey, toilet paper, and pesto. :D
Wasn't I showing great restraint?!