Yesterday J. and I made our second trip to Costco. For those of you who don’t regularly read our blog we received a membership as a Christmas present and are trying to decide if the cost is truly worth it to us. We are aiming to go every 4-6 weeks so we don’t go overboard on bulk products and because the closest Costco is about 30 minutes away.
We still have plenty of everything we purchased last time (rice, oils, sugar, tomato sauce, and toilet paper) so we focused on adding to our stockpile in other ways. The only things we needed were cereal and sponges but we also purchased crushed tomatoes, a big block of cheese, cat litter, and gum. The total bill was $60 and I doubt we will need to purchase any of these items again for a couple months. If you are wondering how green Costco is well it depends on what you are looking for. There are some organic options for canned tomatoes, canned soups, and dairy as well as some phosphate free cleaning options but that’s about it. I prefer to buy our milk and eggs local so we only end up cruising a couple of the aisles. The rest (like the candy aisles right up front) are pure temptation. The other way bulk purchases are green is reduced packaging, hence our decision to purchase cereal at Costco. For products I’m not buying locally or organic anyway I can reduce my packaging although I won’t always save money. Costco like any other store is going to offer better deals on certain products but certainly not all so keep that in mind.
So far the Costco membership isn’t too bad and I would imagine we’ve saved the cost of our membership already. I would prefer that they have less packaging (does each toilet paper roll need to be individually wrapped within the larger plastic packaging (ditto for sponges)? I’d also like them to offer more bulk choices like grains and legumes and of course more organic and local choices are always welcome.
What do you buy in bulk?