Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Costco? Not So Much These Days

Here's what a typical month used to look like:  Pay day comes on the last working day of the month for us.  I'd have to budget (which wasn't really a budget) for a whole month with nothing in-between.  You get used to it, but what I would do is when payday came I would do a pretty large Costco run because we were low on a lot of things, and well, it's Costco-you tend to buy a lot.  I didn't really have a budget, but would just get things we needed.  It was always food in my cart, nothing fun like movies or a kayak.

I'd typically spend $250 at least, sometimes into the $300's.  Then......the rest of the month still had to come!  Yep, around the middle of the month the grocery money started getting thin, then by the end, there wasn't any left, hence charging groceries (ugh!)  I can't tell you how demoralizing that is.  Charging carrots?  Really? 

This is where I have to say that if money-wise you do anything, it's to make a monthly budget!  It's telling your money where to go rather than wondering where it went:).

1 comment:

  1. Oh man, I try to stay out of Costco too, or at least stick to a few basic things that we always get there. We used to joke that everything there was "10 bucks", which is still pretty true, except with inflation many things are now 11 or 12! Count the stuff in your cart by 10s and you've got your total. You must have been buying 20+ items at a time!