The purpose of today's run was to pick up a few pictures from my friend's 40th birthday party last night. That cost around $9. But I also knew I needed milk. After almost 20 years as a Costco member, I've finally figured out why the milk is placed at the back of the store - so suckers like me can walk up the isles while passing all the good deals in the end display units and pick up things that are a "good idea" or a "great deal" or "SO NICE!" So, unless you're a horse and go through the store with blinders, you can NEVER get out of their with the one or two intended items.
I ended up with evaporated milk, Montreal steak spice, Dove condition at a great price ($5.99), whipping cream, a 12-pack of YOP (darn things were on coupon! At least they're healthy), KS seasoning salt, a package each of chicken wings and ground pork and of course, my bag of milk. I do NEED these things, but did I REALLY need them NOW?? Probably not, but that's the Costco-Way, right? So, $69.16 later, this is after I spent over $100 at a regular grocery store over the last couple of days is not too bad, I guess.
On Friday, I wasn't so lucky. What the heck did I go in for again, coming out $361.79 later? Oh yeah, the microwave to replace the friggin smokin' dead one. Then I needed a few t-shirts for summer since the weather was begging me to put something on a little cooler, so 4 of those in different colors went in the cart, the Tropicana OJ was $2.50 lower than usual without a coupon, flour, Chipits, garlic, Quaker Chewey bars were $2 off so I HAD to get two boxes, blueberries, eggs, frozen mixed berries (price has gone up to $15/bag!), and a gigantic container of garlic for the upcoming bbq season. What the he**? I didn't think my bill was more than $200 with the microwave! That's the Costco-Way!
Is it just me or is it that the price of groceries have gone WAY up over the last year?
PS. I noticed the price of the Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate Brownies went up to $7.99 from $6.29 today. I think this is the result of the Sam's Club closing up. No more competition!