Mrs Woog goes to Costco

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When it comes to grocery shopping, I am your average Woolies punter. I have it delivered every week as I get crazy in supermarkets and end up buying stupid things like a jumbo tray of mini chocolate croissants or ten kilos of ham because it is on sale. I also tend to peruse the beauty isle too much, or buy home porn magazines that tend to go unread.

I get my meat from the local butcher, my bread from the baker, my candles from Glasshouse and fruit and veg from the local greengrocer. I shop regularly as I do know what I actually want to eat until the day, and I think meal plans are great, but not for me.

So it was against every fibre of my being when Mrs Goodman asked me if I would like to go to Costco with her.

For those interested (and I hope a few of you have actually kept on reading still) Costco was founded in Seattle in 1985, and utilises a sales model of supplying goods at very low prices, in large quantities. Costco limits their markup on all items to a measly 14%, so you are getting stuff as close to cost as humanly possible. As far as set up, it is the food equivalent of Ikea, where most items are stored and sold in pallets, of various size.

Entering Costco is a bit of an overwhelming trip. The shopping trolleys are MASSIVE because EVERYTHING IS MASSIVE! Mrs Goodman is a seasoned shopper, so we parted ways so she could go and get what she needed for an upcoming weekend away, and I could wander like a young kid at Disneyland,  taking in the sheer volumes of… well… stuff.

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Garlic and onions. Pantry Staples.

You could spot the experienced shoppers. They tended to shop in pairs or groups of 3. Mainly sister/mum/sister combos. Their trolleys heaved with all kinds of stuff. I asked one group about their Costco techniques and they told me that they come every three months. They all have a deep freeze. They load up everything that they need and drive to one of their houses and divvy the lot up by a third.

I was beginning to see some merit in this system.

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How do you like dem apples?

Costco sells basically everything, even coffins I am told. I was hoping to see someone buying a 5 kilo box of Carefree, a whole side of beef and a plain and simple casket, but it was not to be. Instead I saw people buying toilet paper. GREAT PALLETS OF TOILET PAPER. I had immediate concerns regarding their diet.

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Maybe less of this….

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And more of this!

So, what did I buy?

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I spent $9.72 on 108 black ballpoint pens BECAUSE I CAN NEVER FIND ONE WHEN I NEED ONE.

At at 9c per pen, I now will not mind lending a stranger my pen, that I almost always never get back.

Are you a Costco Fan?

What is your method of tacking the tomb of this almighty retailer?

Or do you shun this type of shopping?