I now have too many great grocery stores to choose from! I only live in a small town, but boy howdy, we're blessed with great shops.
The Grocery Outlet (my favorite)
Fred Meyer's (everyone claims it's too spendy but honestly, their eggs and almond milk are ALWAYS the cheapest)
Food 4 Less (cheap, but dirty, busy, and I can never find anything)
Trader Joe's (adorable but smallish. Love their tortillas and Two Buck Chuck, though!)
My parents got me a Costco membership, so now I have to know:
What are the best things to buy at Costco?
Walk me through it, because this was the first and last time I shopped at Costco:
I had just given birth to Gianni-Be-Good. I think it may even have been my first outing. First outings after having a baby are monumental, life changing, desperately needed, and always, always, always, horrible.
We were broke as a joke but everyone kept telling me to use Costco.
You'll save so much money, they said.
It'll be fun, they said.
I spent half my week's budget and only bought toilet paper and milk. I left in tears. I was leaking down my shirt, my body hurt, and when my husband gently asked me to cover up better when nursing (in my car. There were pedestrians walking by) I nearly murdered him in several different ways. The baby was crying, my back hurt from my trendy sling, and I just wanted to never leave my house again.
Hence, the fear of Costco.
I used to love grocery shopping, back when I never left the house. It was like, my only outing. My only reason to wear actual clothing. Now I leave the house quite often, and I'd rather grocery shop LESS, even if it means spending more at once. (Though I may have a heart attack the first time). If you hear a loud scream, it's me.
Do you grocery shop once a week? Twice? Twice a month? I have friends who only go twice a month, but my math has never been good and doubling everything I buy sounds...weird. I just can't imagine my groceries lasting two weeks! Is this possible?
What should I buy at Costco and what should I avoid? I'm the kind of person who will actually go to all those above mentioned stores all in one day, just to get the best price on everything, thus spending five times more on gas. Unless you talk me out of it.
So, please. Thoughts?