For months we have been going back and forth between purchasing a Costco membership. The frugal side of me didn’t want to spend $50 on something I wouldn’t physically see. I felt like that was money I was throwing away or being frivolous with. One of our family friends has a membership there and we had been going with her. When she left the country for 6 weeks, we were running low on dog food and decided that with as much fresh veggies and fruit we eat that it would be worth it just for those three things to buy our own membership.
We did it Sunday night. I’ve been two times since. The first time Mr. Money and I went grocery shopping and the next I had to return peaches that someone (not me) didn’t check to make sure they weren’t moldy. They were pretty gross. I’ll have to say Costco was amazing about taking them back.
We bought a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, and even some things we hadn’t planned on because they were a really good price. One of my fears is that I’ll go over board with the membership and buy things just because they are a good price in bulk. I tend to do that sometimes. I think as long as I make a list before hand and go in prepared to buy just those items I’ll be fine. If I don’t have that list, I think it will be a million times harder to stay on track.
All in all, I am really glad we bought a membership. I think it will definitely pay for itself over a year. The only thing I am worried about is that we should have bought a Sam’s Club membership over Costco, but then again, it is MUCH closer for me to go to Costco, and with gas going up again, I think we made the right decision.
Do you have a membership to a bulk wholesaler? Do you think they are worth the money?