If you had to pick one store that characterizes your family, which one would you choose? 

Hands down, I would have to say Costco is that store for my family.  My parents joined quite a few years ago, and since then, we’ve made weekly trips to pick up milk, granola bars, and other staples.  Quite often, we go just because!  My mom has singlehandedly recruited 10 new members in the past year.  You’d think she works in the sales department!

For those of you who have never stepped inside of a Costco, it’s a wholesale warehouse (just like Sam’s and BJ’s) and a shopper’s paradise.  Besides food items, you can find books, electronics, health and beauty items, furniture, clothing, etc. all under the same roof at discount prices.

There are actually a few things that I will only buy there – contact solution, Aveeno body lotion, and ground flax.  And yesterday, I added a few more items to that list.

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It had been a while since my last Costco trip, and I was excited to see that new products have been added to the shelves (new to me at least).  The [pre-rinsed] quinoa was a steal at less than $10.  And in the dairy section, I was happy to find a case of my favorite almond milk.  Three half gallon cartons for under $8!  I also bought a 10 lb. case of Quaker oats, some flax, sliced almonds, tangerines, bananas, and blueberries (not pictured).  My entire purchase came in under $50.

WARNING: It’s easy to get carried away and spend lots of money on things that seem useful at the time, so go in with a plan and stick to it!  Not that I would know or anything. Winking smile


On a completely different note, if you haven’t already seen The Adjustment Bureau, I highly recommend it! 


Funny story actually…although I had heard of the movie, I didn’t really know what it was about.  I honestly thought it was a political thriller!  Needless to say, it isn’t.  In my opinion, the movie is a mix of different genres – suspense, drama, a touch of comedy, but mostly romance.  Matt Damon and Emily Blunt share a wonderful, natural chemistry that will make you believe in love at first sight.  This is the kind of movie I wouldn’t mind watching multiple times.

Do you shop at Costco?  Any product recommendations?

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau?  If so, what did you think?

By Parita

16 thoughts on “Adventures at Costco”
  1. Can you believe I’ve never been to Costco?? My friend’s family in London are members and when they go, they seriously stock up! I have to say, for a discount store the loot is pretty amazing! What better way to start the week than a fridge full of groceries eh :)! Have a great Monday, P!

  2. I’ve never been to Costco. Crazy, right? It’s right next to my trader joe’s and once I’m done at TJ’s there’s no need for me to go into Costco, plus paying for a membership intimidates me! maybe I can get a free pass and try it out sometime!

  3. Hahahahaha that is SO my mom and I! When I was home we went to Costco twice a week (or more) it seemed like. We would come up with reasons to go…like “well, the mushrooms are cheaper there” (when we were probably saving all of 20 cents).

    They DID, however, carry persimmons which are SO hard to find…and they were beautiful and delicious and we went through three cases of them in as many weeks (or less). I also have the same ground flax in my pantry right now, and the quinoa was used in many a dinner at home. Be on the lookout for this sprouted bean blend…it was a mix of lentils and mung beans and adzuki and it was a great, quick protein addition to meals when I was the only non-meat-eater at the table. 🙂

    [Also, just before I left Pennsylvania, they were stocking Earthbound Baby Kales in bulk…AMAZING.]

  4. hahaha.. i think every Indian household is defined by Costco. I love it so much… bulk of toilet paper and Bounty and pasta. Can’t go wrong. I love going especially for those samples. It’s so great. Even their clothes are nice, once in a while you can get really lucky. My family has recruited many people as well.. and yes, it’s impossible to spend less than $200 in Costco.

  5. hahaha…my family is totally defined by Costco too. It’s a Saturday tradition. One of my dad’s favorite pass times is to just walk through all the aisles of Costco. It’s kind of funny. But, I totally do the same thing when I’m bored though so I don’t judge.

    And, you are right about needing a plan. If you don’t have a shopping list you can easily spend a small fortune.

  6. I’m going to have to be a copy cat and say Costco for my family too! We have definitely recruited quite a few members over the years. 😉 I REALLY hope that my Costco gets almond milk!! As of right now, they only have Silk.

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