Warehouse Membership- Worth it?
J. and I never really thought much about getting a warehouse membership because we don’t tend to need things in such large quantities. But now that we are focusing more on stocking the basics, cooking more, and stockpiling a bit it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Whole Foods offers thing in bulk bins but the prices aren’t that great so when J.’s mom offered us a Costco membership as a Christmas gift we decided to try it out.
We have a couple within 20 miles, and while that may seem far to go we will only use it every month or so. In which case I don’t think it’s that bad and I haven’t found anything closer. I wish we had checked out the Costco when we were in Lancaster, I think it would focus more on the items we were looking for. We ended up going to the one in King of Prussia and it was a bit small. Crazy to say that in relation to a warehouse store, I guess what I really mean was the selection was limited. I had visions of 7th Generation toilet paper in bulk but was sadly disappointed. I didn’t see any 7th Generation products but they offer some organic foods including cases of tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes. Since we didn’t can anything this year they were a great find. We also picked up eggs, rice, vegetable oil, cereal, sugar, and some socks. They had organic produce but I prefer to buy that local. I wanted to pick up flour but the only 25lb bag was torn and I don’t really need 50 lbs right now. The in-laws also picked up an Aerobed and mattress pad.
I realize that warehouse stores don’t offer many green options but but larger packaging (I think) adds up to less overall. It also means I go to the store less which means driving less. The temptation is in buying stuff you don’t need because of it’s there. We tried to behave but doing so meant we just avoided half of the store.
I was torn about the bed. It seems the most efficient bed for guests is an inflatable air mattress but I’ve never had one last more than a year and they seem to develop a slow leak after the first use. We could get a guest bed but it seems like a waste of space for something that would be used one or twice a year. I thought about a feather bed or perhaps one of those foam mattress pads but our parents are older and I think that would be to low to the ground. A fold out couch would have been an option when we bought our couch but it’s too late now and I don’t think it would fit folded out in our living room anyway.
What do you do for overnight guests? Have you found the warehouse membership to be worthwhile or do you end up with too many impulse buys?