If you have a baby in diapers, or using formula, you should be using a wholesale store. I fought it for awhile, because a Costco membership was $50 annually. Now, it might be hard to plop down that initial $50, but don’t forget that that is $4.17 a month. Their baby formula alone saved me $60 a month. Holy cow, in the time Blake was using formula I saved $480! Tell me that isn’t worth $50. Let’s not get started on how badly mothers are being ripped off on formula. I don’t know the numbers on diapers and wipes, but Stu and I think we’re saving about 40% there.
The reason I choose to promote Costco in particular is that I LOVE their store-brand, Kirkland. Everything I have bought that said Kirkland on it has completely exceeded my expectations, if fact, I would go so far as to say these products have been better than their name brand equivalent. Everything. This includes diapers, wipes, formula, milk, cheese, water, plasticware (we’re remodeling), paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products, snacks, medicine, and on and on and on. The produce is not only about 30-50% cheaper than the grocery store (depending on what you get), but the quality has put our grocery store to shame. Most of their produce and meat is organic, and there are great selections. Now I do understand that buying things like produce in bulk sounds scary, and it does have to be done thoughtfully or you end up throwing a bunch away. But after our recent food awakening (we read In Defense of Foodby Micheal Pollan), we have decided that produce should be the bulk of our diet. Therefore, I have gotten very creative when it comes to preparing all kinds of veggie-tastic meals (back when I got to prepare my own meals, I miss you kitchen!! Kisses!!). Anyways, even if you don’t buy into the bulk produce thing, alot of meats can be bought in bulk and frozen.
Hey, speaking of bulk, if you have the time to find them, many warehouses have wholesale stores. Around here, we have Ann’s House of Nuts. If you live around here and haven’t discovered that place then you don’t even know how sad you are to be missing out! Trail Mixes and candy, and dried fruit and (of course) nuts for next to nothing! Pure excitement.
So, Costco, you totally owe me a free membership.
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