The Costco Dilemma

When I left New York City and moved to Rochester, I saw that there was a Costco here. It’s about a twenty minute drive from our house. It seemed like a good idea to join. I think membership was a little less than a hundred bucks for the year, and Megan and I can both go there and take advantage of the good prices on bulk food and lots of other things. Since we’re both car owners now, we can also get discounted gas if we’re in that part of the city, which is nice. I find myself wondering, though, whether a Costco membership is worth it in the long run.

The questions come about when I think about the fact that for a lot of the bulk items, it’s just too much for a two-person household. I mean, I don’t need a fifteen pound sack of potatoes. Megan doesn’t eat them anyway, and I’ve cut back on carbs. I like apples, but I don’t need a ten pound bag of those, either. I can’t eat them that quickly, and some are bound to go to waste. There are a few things that I do like to get virtually every time that I’m there. I like to get the big boxes with three different flavors of Nutragrain bars, for instance.

Since I also try to eat a lot more fresh fruit, dried fruit, and nuts now, I also like to get the big tubs of salted peanuts. It would be better if I got them unsalted, but I still sometimes give in to that craving for salty snacks.

I do get a bit of a discount on things like the peanuts, Nutragrain bars, protein shakes, and a few other items, like bulk paper towels and toilet paper. What I’m not sure about is if it’s worth it when thinking about the savings I get on those items if I visit maybe eight or ten times per year, versus the hundred dollars that I pay to be a member. For now, I’m keeping my membership, but I’m not sure if it’s cost-effective in the long run. What do you guys think? Is it worth it to keep the Costco membership with only a two-person family?

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