Do many of you belong to the warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam’s Club? Do you find it worth the annual membership fee? At this point in our lives, I’m not too sure.
We’ve belonged to Sam’s club for several years, and when we were holding rallies it was a good place to purchase bulk items like paper cups and napkins and coffee. But that bulk buying really doesn’t work for most RVers. I mean, what fulltimer needs a case of chicken noodle soup or fifty pounds of flour?
Last year we joined Costco, another membership warehouse club. The membership just came up for renewal, so yesterday we stopped at the Costco in Mesa to pay our renewal fee. While you may be able to save on some items, just a quick walk through a corner of the store convinced me that you have to be very careful and know what you’re shopping for.
They had TurboTax business tax software for $79.95, but I saw it the day before at Staples for $75. And the Winegard Rayzar flat plane digital TV antenna we bought for $42.99 at Camping Connection in Kissimmee, Florida was $49.95 at Costco. That’s a heck of a deal, paying over $60 a year for a business membership so I can by stuff for more than I can at other places that don’t require a membership! So where are the savings?
Thursday Terry made a delicious roasted chicken dinner, and yesterday her sister Lisa and her husband Jim came over for dinner and Terry used the rest of the chicken to make her wonderful chicken noodle soup. Terry makes her own noodles, which are thick and more like German spaetzel. Yummy!
I had to tease Jim, because while we were here last year we went shopping with them to pick out their first computer. Jim had absolutely no interest in a computer but Lisa wanted one, so being the good husband he is, he said okay. Well, it was probably more like “Yes, dear.” Now Lisa says Jim uses it more than her! I do believe he’s even peeked at the blog a time or two!
We always like spending time with Jim and Lisa, and I think if we lived in this area we’d hang out together a lot. In fact, we’re having a family dinner at their house this afternoon, which will include Terry’s parents and her other sister, Dani. And guess what we’re having? Fried chicken! So if you hear me clucking, now you’ll understand why.
After reading yesterday’s blog about politically correct terms, reader Marie Thomas sent me today’s thought for the day, which definitely applies in my case.
Thought For The Day – I’m not insane, I’m just mentally hilarious.