If you’ve noticed, I have finally relieved the sidebar of the Costco ticker. That’s right, I’ve done my Costco shopping now. I waited until Thursday, the day the coupons became valid. Never go shopping at Costco on the same day the coupons come out.
I didn’t know this because I’ve never been organized (or desperate) enough before to use my coupons on the first day. I know this now, and I am still grateful that my children didn’t have a complete meltdown in the 25 minute line.
I am also grateful that their mother didn’t have a complete meltdown in the 25 minute line.
I was not grateful for the total on the receipt. I saw that it was 3/4 of my entire month’s approximate grocery budget and just about fell over. And then I looked again and realized that I had also bought several things of vitamins, winter jackets for the girls, and a number of other non-grocery items. So now everything is hunky dory with the grocery budget again.
I am not sold on this once a month shopping thing. But I realize that I’ve only been doing it for one month (and two shoppings). So I’m going to give it a three month trial before handing down full judgment.
But, see, I had thought that it would greatly reduce my shopping and driving time. And it just doesn’t. I still have to get fresh foods during the month. And gas. And things like fresh bread for Friday nights. So I still visit almost every store almost every week. There has got to be a better way.