Thursday, September 08, 2022

Game Changer

Our neighbors/friends recently remodeled their entire kitchen with brand new cabinets and appliances including a refrigerator. They offered us their old frig which we graciously accepted and put in our garage. This has turned out to be a game changer. (Hey, that could be the title of this post!) With three kids, we tend to go through food quickly. There are weekly trips to Wegmans and Aldis (yes, I know the store’s name is Aldi, but I call it Aldis) and at least 1-2 visits each month to Trader Joe’s. They have great frozen meals that the kids enjoy.

Last month, Wegmans was out of its boxes of chocolate chip waffles which Pedro Tulo often eats for breakfast. However, the store had a bulk 48-pack of waffles. With the second refrigerator, there was plenty of room to store the additional 38 waffles instead of the traditional box of 10. So now, instead of getting one or two bags of Trader Joe’s gnocchi with gorgonzola, a favorite of the kids, we might get 3 or 4. Having a little ice cream party for Luigi’s birthday? We got multiple containers and various flavors of ice cream!

Next up is the ultimate question. After saying good bye to Costco several years ago, is it time to go back?


Amy said...

The answer is YES, definitely time to return to Costco. The key is to go on a weeknight when it's not busy at all, instead of fighting the crowds on the weekend.

Sean said...

Thanks Amy. Definitely leaning towards going back.

Havey said...

If you go on weeknights, Mon - Wed are the lighter evenings. Thur & Fri are busier, as folks are preparing for the weekend.
Dawn & I go to the Chantilly Costco at 9:15 am on Saturday. They open at 9:30 & most Saturdays, the doors open about 5 - 15 minutes early. We can be loaded up & out before the actual crazy of a weekend day at Costco starts.
If you do go back, buy paper goods & cleaning / laundry supplis when they're on sale (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, detergent, etc.). I buy them whether we need them at that time or not. The savings of $4 - $5 on each of a couple of items is worth the lost space in a closet.