Monday, June 15, 2009

I Heart Costco

So since we moved to Austin, I have been a Costco addict!! I'm not really sure why, but I do have a couple of theories. First of all, I actually have the room in my house to store 20 rolls of paper towels, 2 giant containers of maple syrup, double loaves of bread, and a 5 lb bag of potatoes because I don't live in CA anymore. Yay, space!!!

Second, when we moved here, it became a family goal to spend less money, in general, so that we could save to buy a house. Costco allows me to buy in bulk, freeze things for future use, and generally save money. I've started buying steaks, chicken, ground turkey, bread, eggs, OJ, soy milk, and all our staples at Costco and it's really made a difference in our grocery spending!! Especially given that I eat basically 3 meals a day at home now and Sheridan and I eat at home every night... Even if we wanted to spend the money on dining out for dinner, it's hard to get out with Patrick since his bedtime is about 7:00 p.m. nightly.

Also, Costco is such a big, interesting store to roam around in, I find it really fun to kill time there. Being a stay at home mommy can be a bit quiet and lonely sometimes, so at least there I can nosh on samples, cheap pizza from the food court, and have lots of strangers stop to tell me how adorable my son is... hehe Poor people, they sure get an EARFUL since they didn't know they just started up a conversation with an adult conversation-starved housewife!! ;) I'm sure none of them want to know the size, consistency, smell and color of my baby's stools, but that's what they GET. Too bad, so sad. Some days that's all I have to share with the world!

Plus, it's a great place to buy cheap booze, which comes in handy for "adult swim" (my term for the adult time that Sheridan and I share at home once Patrick's gone to bed and Mommy's nerves are shot from a day of blowout diapers, crying, puking, snot, drool, putting up with the barking dog, cleaning and cooking). And how unfortunate is it that one can only buy said booze in bulk?? Not at all, actually.

So I guess Costco, for me, is a place to snack, people-watch, shop for neat stuff, save money, stock up on after mommy hours party supplies, and talk to other housewives and strangers that don't work during the day. What's not to love?

Love, Mer


Toddler Tales said...

Amen! I too am a Costco addict... I've had to limit my trips there because I always "need" something... Like two tons of _____. (fill in the blank with almost anything!) Love it!! :-)

Meredith said...

HAHA I'm glad I'm not alone! :)