Hi, friends! Remember that the Friday Five format has changed a bit and for this second Friday of the month we’re talking food and drinks. Make sure you check out my cohosts, Cynthia and Mar, and visit some new blogs that are linking up as well! Today I’m talking Costco. Specifically shopping for a family of two at Costco. About a year into our relationship, my now husband and I decided to take the next step: we purchased a joint Costco account. It was monumental for us and that’s probably when I knew he was the one. All jokes aside, Costco can be a great money saver but you have to plan ahead and be smart when heading out there or you could find yourself wasting money on items that you go bad before your family of two gets a chance to eat them. Here are five tips on shopping for a family of two at Coscto.
- Stock up on paper goods. Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, etc. Don’t buy that from your regular grocery store! Buy it in bulk at Costco and save your cash! The only limit to this is storage but if you can find a spare closet, you’ll be all set! The Costco sized toliet paper can last us almost a year!
- Frozen items are your friend. I am seriously considering buying an extra freezer just to fill it with frozen goods from Costco. Frozen items are great because they have a very long shelf life, so you have no concerns about them going bad before you get a chance to use them!
- Plan ahead. Remember when I talked about meal planning? You should do that. Think about what you will be making and then decide if it makes sense for you to buy some of those items at Costco.
- Grab the staples that will last you a long time. For us, that’s things like quinoa, eggs (we eat a lot of eggs), oatmeal, snacks, spices and produce that we use a lot of (like spinach).
- Save on the things you rarely think of. Did you know that you can exchange your printer ink cartridges and get them refilled for a fraction of the cost of a new cartridge? Yep. And wine is SO cheap at Costco, it’s crazy. We don’t drink much liquor in our house, but our local Costco also sells liquor for cheap. And don’t forget to gas up before you head home. One trick for the gas station – every Costco pump is equipped with a long cord so that you can choose the shortest line without having to worry about which side your gas tank is on.
It’s possible to save on shopping for a family of two at Costco, you just have to be strategic about it. I like to hit up Costco once every 6-8 weeks to replenish items that we’re missing.
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