I went to one of my favorite stores today: Costco. I love the big, open spaces and the brightly lit merchandise. I love being able to buy Dockers for only $15 (no tax here in Delaware, either) and more toilet paper than any one household – even ours, where the plunger is put to use at least once every week … but that’s another story – can use in half a year.
My extensive experience as a happy Costco shopper may be of use to you. I present 9 tips that can help you become a happy Costco shopper, too.
- Make a list and remember to take it with you. Believe me, you’ll forget what you need when you see the treasures await you.
- Flow with traffic, not against it. A big-box store provides big, bad shopping carts. Let’s be safe out there.
- Take a minute to try out the shopping carts or the flatbed-type carts. You’ll feel more confident about controlling whichever you choose, and your fellow shoppers’ ankles will be eternally grateful.
- Yes, it’s a good price. Trust me. Just throw it in your cart and move on.
- Yes, you need it. See #4.
- Give yourself enough time. I shop because I have to, not for pleasure or for sport. If you like looking, touching, hefting, checking, and all those other –ings that go with shopping, get there well before closing time.
- Grab the good cardboard boxes that have been emptied of stock. They are really handy when you’re loading your car.
- Be prepared for checking out: Costco only accepts cash, debit card, check, or American Express. It would be pretty painful to have to leave your hard-earned merchandise behind. (Note: Some Costcos do have magical money machines.)
- Eat at the food court. The food is good, hot, and comes in very generous portions. Plus, where else can you get a Hebrew National and a drink for only $1.50? Very nice.
There you have it: 9 handy tips for you to use when you become a Costco shopper. A happy Costco shopper. Say hi if you see me!