Busy Moms on a Mission – Shop, Share & Save!
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“Excuse me sir, could I please get some help picking up these 200 tiny grape tomatoes that I just dumped out of my cart?” I asked, pleadingly with one of Costco’s checkers, as I was standing in the check-out line.
You could hear the Costco staff muttering under their breath, “Why lady â€¦ why?” as the tomatoes were being stepped on, squished, and were rolling around the cement floor. But then in Costco-fashion, the workers came rushing to my side – broom, dustpan, and all.
My friend Kristi and I had decided that morning that we were tired of buying produce at Costco and having it go bad on us. As in – we didn’t eat it fast enough, so we’d end up dumping out the last portions. So we tried something different.
We did our shopping trip together, with a goal of sharing and saving some money.
Off we went to Costco, barely finding a parking spot. Hitting the store early, it seemed everyone else in our town was thinking “Costco,” because of the 100-degree weather we’ve had. We squeezed into this tiny parking place (with tires up on the curb – oh well!) and practically jogged up to the store. We moms were on a mission!
I’ve shopped at Costco with my friend Hoppi in the past, as we’ve shared items between our two households. Keeping these ideas in mind – this is why shopping with a friend has worked well for me:
Â· You get fresh ideas, from one mom of hungry kids to another
Â· You try something you’ve never tried before, but always wondered if it was good
Â· You can buy bulk items, divide them in half, and then split the bill
Â· You can share a little bit of what you bought with your friend, just for a “try”
Â· You can compare prices together
Â· You will always have a good laugh or a good cry
As the drama continued, over in Kristi’s line, a man behind her dropped 5 cartons of eggs! What a mess that made, and along with my grape tomatoes smeared to the floor – we both couldn’t wait to get out of the store. We stopped off at the deli line and shared a yummy Costco turkey wrap! Delicious! Then we headed out to load up and head home.
When we got to Kristi’s house, and as I began to open up the back of the Suburban, the whole pack of FUJI apples went rolling out of the back – into the driveway and down the street!
“No!!” I screamed, having had enough shopping drama for the day.
We divided our peppers, green beans and sweet peas – into Ziploc bags – gave each other a hug, and decided we needed to do this more often.
Yes, we were 2 busy moms on a mission.
So why not shop, share and save a few bucks – and do it with a friend? What are your secrets for saving and sharing?
(Photos: Fun at Costco. Kristi is an ex-neighbor, running partner and a great friend!)
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