The Costco Experiment, part 1

Our credit union started offering this nifty software that shows you how you spend your money.  All you have to do is set up a few categories and check to make sure it is correctly categorizing everything and voila! You are all set.  I thought this would be fun.  Instead I learned that we spend an obscene amount of money on food.  I won’t even tell you how much.  Its embarrassing.  And we’re only two people.  Two people who, while employed, we aren’t exactly raking it in.  So it was with a heavy heart that we decided to look at big, bulk members club type organizations.

First off we established some ground rules. We didn’t want to sacrifice quality of product. We wanted to be able to buy the same or MORE organic products, not less.  We wanted to continue to by recycled paper products.  Also the business had to treat their employees decently. This brings us to Costco.  We have one (we also have a Sam’s) and after investigation it seems to fit the bill.  Apparently they are decent to their employees and they carry a rotating stock of organics. They also have some very high quality products.  So we have embarked on the Costco experiment.  I will be posting results as things progress.  Just to get the ball rolling, a few photos:

Kiwi and Tomatoes bought at Costco. The rest of the produce was ours.
Our fridge, Costco-i-fied. Not too shabby actually.

Most of the fridge contents were from Costco.  Salad greens, the Naked Green Machine juice (6$!!!) the cherries on the bottom shelf, etc.  There are HUGE quantities of blueberries and raspberries on the top shelf.  And the glass container of shredded chicken breasts are recently crock-potted form the enormous bag of Costco boneless, skinless chicken breast that now reside in our freezer (6.5 # for 16$, individually wrapped in plastic, no chemicals, only kosher salt and water).  You can’t see the 1# package of smoked salmon, the organic turkey meatballs or the organic basil and mozz ravioli nor the contents of our pantry (maybe in another post).  Our weekly grocery bill was the same so far, but I’m actually buying even healthier things than usual.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Stay tuned (provided this sort of thing interests you)!


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