Costco Versus Sam’s Club

Hey all! February just snuck away from us and brought in March and boom Spring Break.

So here we are on a Saturday night watching kid chosen movies for the millionth time this year. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the Corona Virus going on around the world. The moment it started coming closer to home, we became a little more urged to just ensure we had our daily necessities. Trust me, we aren’t ones to hide a surplus, we just need a monthly supply so mama isn’t making multiple trips to the grocery store! This past Monday, after my half day of work, I told my mom that I’d go with her to check out Costco. I’ve had a Sam’s membership since probably 2013. Having two kids (and eventually a third) I knew that it would come in handy. We’ve been sold ever since.

By going to Costco, first trip and brought my three year old, Lucas with us, it was already a big deal. I don’t do well with crowds and my mom normally just says “relax” so going with her is let’s just say interesting. We arrive and the parking lot is packed. No where to park maxed out and way too many senior citizens walking their slowest to get to their vehicles. When we finally found a spot, we quickly began to browse and find our essentials, chips, water and fruit. Not too shabby right? My gosh were we wrong. We ended up with water balloons, chicken salad, apples, dog food and mini tacos. There were no paper towels or toilet paper. There was no kind of water whatsoever. Even worse, the people were so ugly! Not in the “Oh he’s ugly type” but the “how rude” type that you can’t stand. So pushing carts was a huge problem, getting to the checkout was an even bigger issue and then leaving was just OMG! I was exhausted just in the hour we were in Costco.

As we were leaving I told my mom that I could not do Costco again. Maybe it was just the hysteria of everyone worried about the end of the world? Nope, my mom had gone previously and said it’s just like that. If you are a shopper there, I applaud you because I couldn’t!

Sam’s Club just suits us better. Maybe it’s the less crowds and niceness of the people? On a Saturday, we could take all three boys and load two carts of our essentials and still make it to the cafe for pizza and sodas. All without the going crazy and people pushing crazy carts around. Maybe it’s the ease of all the checkout lanes and the option to scan & go on the app. I couldn’t tell you really. I could say it’s because I’ve been a member so long I know what to expect. Anyways, there’s my rant about wholesale clubs.

What about you? Do you shop wholesale? If so, what kind of experiences? And if you don’t shop wholesale, why not?

Xoxo,

Sunset

Have You Click Listed Today?

 

Good Monday to you all!

About a month ago, I started noticing signs being put everywhere in our local Kroger Marketplace. Then the brochures came out talking about this “Click List” option when buying groceries. Since most of my work is done from home and I go out mainly to shop or for appointments I thought it was a total waste of money…

Well here I am to prove even myself WRONG! Kroger Click List (if it’s available in your area) is a new and improved way of grocery shopping. Hate the long lines? Tired of your stinky kids adding stuff to the basket you didn’t have on your list? Yes and yes! Click List allows you to create an entire shopping cart online, reserve your pick up time and pick up the following day. Easy breezy right? The best part, you call to let them know you have arrived in the parking area and they come to you AND place the groceries in your car for you! So there must be a catch right? Of course, not everything in life is this easy. So here it is…the fine print. After your three FREE shopping trips there is a $4.95 service charge for the Click List service. Hey, at first I was skeptical. I could be saving that money and just shopping myself for free. Yes, very true anyone can do that. But what I have noticed in myself is that once I make my list, I order online and then pickup (with coupons and Kroger savings) I always stay in budget! Now, some weeks we may need paper towels or dish soap and that adds to our weekly amount spent, but for the most part I’m able to spend under $55/week on groceries. I’ll be letting my blog followers in on those secrets soon too 😉

Owen has gotten used to the idea of picking up groceries and now he just greets the carriers and we are on our way in less than fifteen minutes. It saves me so much time and energy. I actually meal prep better and I don’t feel so overwhelmed by the grocery shopping, loading and unloading with the kids and worrying if we will get a nap in before the grumpiness sets in! I’m sure everyone knows it’s no fun shopping with a sleepy 3 1/2 year old.

Have you tried it yet? What are your thoughts? Likes and dislikes? Also, if it isn’t available in your area, watch out. I hear it is coming soon to more locations AND when the holidays come, oh baby watch out! I know you don’t want to be stuck in the maniac stores the night before Thanksgiving!

Black Thursday?

There have been so much controversial talk about retail workers working on Thanksgiving… Well here is one more blog to wander on about it… But instead I will talk about my experience. (It’s funny how this blog is all about me!)

Since I’ve met Eric (2011) I’ve been one of the many to stop my Thanksgiving festivities to shop til I drop. It started out as “Santa” shopping, but now I try to do it to where I get Christmas gifts and even some stuff for me and the hubs. Now, let me tell you, yes I do feel for the people that are having to work because that isn’t right. I’m not one of those crazy ladies that fights for things or gets insane and put on the news getting shoved around. Oh no no no no. I’m the one that grabs the hubs, my sister the past two years and then myself. It helps with standing in lines and making sure I don’t react in the worst way. React? Yes, I have severe anxiety and let me tell you, it has put me in some bad positions (I’ve walked out of stores without my items, bad). Luckily, I know that none of the stuff I ever purchase is something I NEED. Everything is a want, therefore if I don’t get it, I’m not upset by it. I’ve met some awesome people and I’ve shared some words with others. But hey, that’s normal. 😉

But enough about how much fun it is. Let’s get down to these “poor” retail workers that are having to work on Thanksgiving and not be with their family… As I stated before, yes I do feel for them, I truly do. I always try to be kind (even when they aren’t), I make everything as easy going as possible, the whole sha-bang. This year my little team made a pit stop at the mall. YESSSSS. I had been doing this for four years and was looking forward to my first year testing out the mall. There were so many stores open. And even though plenty of them weren’t having sales, it was still pretty neat to be around and talk to the workers, see what different stores had to offer. All of a sudden, Eric and I see a Cinnabon pit stop. Oh my gosh, just the thing we needed. We hadn’t had any dessert and were starting to feel the sleepiness setting in. So we walk up and the sweetest girl is in front. She’s got the nicest personality and as we start to converse she continues to tell me how she doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving and her family isn’t from the United States. It was refreshing to see such a happy face. I stood there for about five minutes talking to her and even left her a small tip.

It dawned on me that yes, I do feel for the retail workers that are having to work, but you don’t know the stories of everyone. Maybe they are working Thanksgiving because their family is coming for Christmas. Maybe they don’t celebrate at all. Sometimes it is unfortunate that you don’t have any say and HAVE to work because it’s in the rotation and you signed up for working holidays when you started. Whatever the reason being, yes it sucks, but it is what is going to happen. People will continue to shop on Thanksgiving and retailers are large enough to make people work.

What are your thoughts on the Thanksgiving working retailers? Any scary stories?! Did you see the video of the Wal-Mart getting shut down. Now that is the most insane thing I’ve ever seen!