In the comments someone asked what I buy at Costco and I thought it would make for a good post.
I was extremely reluctant to join a big box store. For one, the store itself overwhelmed me. The thought of buying such large amounts of a product overwhelmed me too. I went several times just to look around before I actually joined. And then I went and bought some stuff with my sister just to see how those items would play out in my kitchen.
I eased in to this decision. And now, after several months of shopping at Costco I can honestly say I'm thrilled with the store. We have the exact same grocery budget that we had previous to joining, but I feel like we have more food. Also their are certain products that I'm able to afford there that I feel are way out of my price range at the regular grocery store i.e. good cheese.
I have friends with no children who shop at Costco and love it. But I feel it's only been practical since we have 4 mouths to feed and can throw back a 1/2 gallon of milk in less than 12 hours. I guess it just depends on who you are and what you buy.
Here is a list of what I buy regularly.
all kinds of cheese
sandwich meat (turkey, ham)
frozen berries for smoothies
frozen vegetables for stir fry
frozen wild Alaskan salmon
all kinds of nuts
juice boxes for school lunches
golf fish crackers
zip lock backs
advil and tylenol (adult and kids)
photos! I've started having all my photos developed here. Excellent quality. Get the lustre finish.
That list sums it up. But I'm always trying new things. We have bought some clothes there on occasion and have been very happy with them. As for fresh produce I try to have a specific plan for it before I buy it because of the large amounts it comes in.