Happy Friday everyone! Sam and I have a fairly quiet weekend ahead of us which, truth be told, I am looking forward to it. Sometimes there is something nice about quiet weekends where we can relax and just enjoy one another’s company!
Last weekend was the total opposite. Of course I enjoyed the special weekend but it was busy! One of things I did last weekend was getting food ready for the celebration lunch back at our place in honour of Sam’s baptism.
To purchase this food I decided to head to a store I never go to, Costco. Our closest Costco is about an hour away, but that’s not the reason I never go there. The truth is I get a little panicky in Costco. The anxiety stems from the usual crowds of people going all in the same direction. For that reason, I always avoid it! Except with an upcoming party, I knew that it would make sense if a lot of our food came from there.
Sam and I arrived early in the day so that the crowds wouldn’t be too bad. His car seat wouldn’t fit in the cart and I had forgotten my baby carrier at home. Sam moved up to “big boy” status that day by getting to sit in the cart! My diaper bag was a big distraction to him.
It had been a few years since I last stepped inside a Costco store. Maybe it was that I wasn’t paying attention to prices but I instantly had sticker shock! In a good way! I couldn’t believe how cheap certain items were. Being that Ryan and I are pretty budget conscious (aka: cheap), I watch the prices for groceries fairly closely so that I can always find the best deal. That means that I have a pretty good sense of what certain things cost in our cupboards.
Example: At our a more local grocery store a pack of 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts is usually around $20. At Costco I bought a pack of 10 for $23! Now some people may think, “I really don’t need 10 chicken breasts”. But my preferred way of shopping right now is getting a LARGE order for the freezer and filling in every week with fresh ingredients.
A box of 60 granola bars for Ryan’s lunch? Less then $7!
These two small examples of the amazing savings I discovered last week. There are some easy distractions and items that aren’t much of a deal! But I have always been good at sticking closely to a list!
Did I get anxious there? Absolutely! But I guess I have to put on my big girl pants and get over that so that our dollar can go a longer way! I am already composing my 6 week large grocery list for a trip next week to stock up! Thankfully to help with my anxiety, Ryan is coming too! It’s all about baby steps!