- Food and Cooking
Each month, we drive 45 miles to the Costco outlet in Durham, North Carolina. For many years, Costco has been a vital source of supplies for my large family. Lately, I have been shopping with my twelve year old daughter, fifteen year old daughter, eighteen year old son and nineteen year old son. We fill three carts and I make three shopping lists. My sons will have on their list: twelve gallons of milk, coffee, dog food, butter, toilet paper, bottled water and soft drinks. I give my twelve year old a short list that can vary depending on what is on sale and what we need this trip. I like to keep my fifteen year old with me because she gives me the most valuable input and has a better sense of what we need than my other children.
The Costco excursion is a recurrent pleasure that provides each family member enough fun to make it worthwhile and also distributes the shopping, loading and storing of supplies among family members as opposed to having me do it all.
My boys enjoy going because they like to sample the food, check out the electronics and are always provided with 3 items of their choice at the snack bar. My youngest chafes at the limits that are set on her and she enjoys the responsibility and liberty of doing some shopping independently.
We schedule our shopping trip to follow receipt of the Costco coupons that are mailed each month.
Without question, the following items are things we consistently save money on at Costco:
· Dairy Products· Frozen orange juice and frozen vegetables and fruits
· Meats, fish and poultry
· Fresh produce
· Pet food
· Paper products
· Coffee, peanut butter, syrup and jam
· Over the counter medications and hygiene products
The Costco milk that is sold in North Carolina leaves enough clearance to allow freezing. I prefer the Costco brand of bath soap, vanilla ice cream and coffee over what is normally available in the grocery store.
If there is a Costco membership store in your region and you have not explored it; a one day membership pass is available.