Friday, January 10, 2014
Saving Money In The Pantry
I gave up my Costco membership last year as was finding I wasn't using it enough. I am reconsidering joining, simply due to the fact that I am having trouble finding items in bulk on sale. I have the room to store large quantities, as we have a scrawl space under all of the 1700 sq foot bungalow. A bulk store recently opened up in our town but I was unimpressed with the prices as can do better simply by buying in large quantity.
This week I bought 8 kg (approx 17.5 lbs) of rice for $13.99 which is not a great deal. Last year I paid approximately $3 less for the same bag. This month normally brings sales on rice but I desperately needed rice last week so finally bit the bullet and bought it at the regular price. If I see some on sale now I will still buy it and store it.
I also bought 20 lbs of potatoes for $8 which is an ok deal but not great. The cheapest we generally see the same amount here is usually $5 for 20 lbs in the fall. We eat a fair amount of potatoes and some are currently being stored in the garage which is never heated and nice and cool this time of year.
I prefer to shop local and don't consider Costco to be local, however, they do employ a large amount of people (including one of my stepsons as a meat-cutter) and treat their employees well. So what do you my readers, think. Should I jump back on the Costco bandwagon as now prefer to buy in large quantity bulk and can now split costs/purchases with my Mother who just moved here? I now have less time to scope out bargains and do use coupons but find I am using less and less based on all the scratch cooking we do.
Anyone a die hard Costco shopper? Thoughts?