What’s your shopping list like? If you have kids, I’m sure you have a few staples that you’re almost always getting every time you go to the store, which winds up being a regularly scheduled event. If, however, you’re like me and have a large family, you’re in a different league, where simply going to the corner grocery store just doesn’t cut it.
There are four different stores we regularly go to. One of them is Costco, which usually happens once a month. This month it was my turn to go. I wish I had gotten a picture of the cart, because it was full to the point where the employees were staring at me. And not in a good way.
Let’s start off small. Ha.
In this picture you see the toilet paper. One of the greatest deals at Costco is the toilet paper. For this, and about 2 other items, the membership to Costco is worthwhile and would pay for itself. Next to the toilet paper is Guinness. My dad is staying with us while visiting from Ireland. Though Guinness is my preferred beverage, I normally wouldn’t have nearly that much in the house.
Four boxes of energy/snack bars (two different types), dishwasher packets, some bread (this might warrant its own blog post), butter, frozen veggies, a little cheese (but not nearly as much as was on my list), hummus, and salad dressing. There are a couple of other things in here as well, which are a bit more… personal in nature.
Toothpaste, mouthwash, a little bit more of that bread from the previous picture, pasta (both spaghetti and curvy casserole type noodles), coffee filters, 10 pounds of coffee (not nearly as much as I should have picked up), crackers, pasta sauce, cornbread mix, teriyaki sauce, and balsamic vinegar.
Two boxes of wipes. I had a coupon and could have gotten three at the discounted price, but there was no room in my cart. It’s why I only got one box of soy milk (which my wife uses in her coffee, and my 4 year old likes to drink occasionally). There’s two each of the boxes of cereal, Mini Wheats, Multi-Grain Cheerios and Oatmeal Squares.
Starting at the top we have a case of juice boxes for the kids’ school lunches. Down at the bottom there’s apple and grape juice. Not pictured is the frozen orange juice, which I put in the freezer right away. Six boxes of cans of diced tomatoes. There was a coupon buy one get one free, limit of five, but I could only get six (essentially three). Three things of olives, two each of black beans and kidney beans. Two boxes of pumpkin granola, a box of oatmeal, and a big case of snack pack Bunny Grahams.
What didn’t I get? No produce. I didn’t even make it into that section. I would have gotten bananas, apples, grapes, and some other fruit at the very least. I would have picked up some loaves of the ciabatta style bread, salsa, more frozen vegetables and more juice. I didn’t get Pull Ups or batteries either. Cleaning wipes? Laundry detergent? Eggs? Shampoo? There literally wasn’t room in the cart.
Looks like we’ll be going back to Costco in less than a month.