Tuesday, December 9

The Warehouse Store

Today, we made our monthly trip to Costco–the giant warehouse store where everything comes in bulk. You can buy tuna in what looks like a 2-pound coffee can and a gallon of mayo to go along with it. Peanut butter comes in jar you can practically take a dive into and you can buy 90 egg rolls in one box! And seriously, who doesn’t need 500 paper plates or 30 rolls of toilet paper at one time?

I need to interject here that I’m not a shopper. As a matter of fact, I would almost rather have my gums scraped than go shopping and that includes any kind of shopping. I don’t like looking for clothes or shoes; I’d rather pass on the grocery store altogether, except we have to eat; and I avoid outlet malls and little cutesy towns that sell country decor, yard ornaments, and all kinds of kitschy wooden stuff. So you’d think that a warehouse store would be the last place I’d want to go into, wouldn’t you?

Well, you’d be wrong. I love Costco…and Sam’s Club. For one thing, they have books–great books at fabulous prices. Where else can you buy a case of toilet paper, a TV, a hot tub, a personalized birthday cake that will serve 40,  a toilet, a giant box of Cheerios, a 4-carat diamond ring, and ten quarts of blueberries all in one trip and still only hit one store? I get my swimsuits at Costco. Speedos for twenty bucks apiece! They appear in the spring and I’m right there to snatch up about five or six suits to last me through summer swims at my neighbor’ s house and the lake and winter swims at the gym.

My sister, PJ, loves Costco too–more than I do, frankly. Heck, she goes every week. She’s there constantly. She gets her mail there. Her kids stay there during the holidays when they visit from out of state. (I’m kidding about the mail and the kids, but she goes a lot!) She used to shop Costco when she lived on the West coast, mainly because she had four growing sons and that was the only place she could buy enough food to keep those boys fed. When she first moved here, we had to remind her that she had an empty nest and no longer needed to buy 12 frozen pizzas, 4 dozen eggs, or 3 gallons of milk every week.

Some people think that warehouse stores contribute to our nation’s obesity problem–food in giant packages encourages people to eat too much. I’d agree with that except that shoving a 500-pound cart of groceries and paper goods around a store the size of a small Midwestern town feels like exercise to me. So it makes logical sense that we’d walk off that giant tub of peanut butter on the trip to buy it, and it’d all come out even. Right? So excuse me, I’m heading to the kitchen to make tuna salad…for fifty!


  1. I've never been to a Costco--though I'd like to because they pay their people well. But there isn't one near. We don't have a Sam's membership anymore (empty nest, remember), but it's still fun to walk around in there! Every time I think I hate shopping, I go and I have fun, so I guess I don't. And the grocery store is sort of a social event--I always see someone I know!

  2. I don't have a Costco in my area either, but I do have a Sams club where I love shopping. I like getting my favorite items in bulk, adds to my overall security, somehow. :) Loved your article.

  3. we don't have CostCo nearby but we do have Sam's Club and as odd as I feel buying Ritz and Saltines in bulk (we're only 3 people and 1 of us is only 6!), I like that I can get enough of our staples that we're not constantly running out. Because the grocery store here is my nemesis. I can spend a day at the mall, no problem. But our grocery store is just ... blerg. They don't staff so we always have to wait in a line of about 20 people, the workers aren't friendly, their card readers need to be replaced...it's a chore.

  4. I hate to shop too, but I love Costco! Thanks to them, I never run out of toilet paper or paper towels. And femine products are always on hand.

    1. LOL, Shawn. You covered all the basics :)

  5. LOL. I'm not a huge shopper either, but you make me sound like one.

    I'm one of those in and out shoppers--except for bookstores. I can spend an entire afternoon at a bookstore.

  6. I'm not a shopper either, and don't live real close to a Sam's Club or Costco. That said, when our son needed regular trips to an Indianapolis suburb to the orthodontist in the 90's, we got a Sam's Club membership as an adventure. Did anyone mention they give away free cookies? Did I dream that? If it's true, what other reason do you really need to go? So I bought a few too many huge bottles of generic Tylenol and they expired, how can you set that up against free cookies, and maybe other food samples? You are supposed to be able to make a killing on buying tires there, but I could never get that to work out with whatever vehicle I was driving. To this day, that was an overwhelming disappointment. Because I don't like to shop, when I do, I want bargains!