Many, many years ago, a new type of store opened in our fair city. The first of which that had the audacity to actually charge people for the honor to shop there. Being the curious yet
cheap frugal person that I am, I insisted on having a closer look before committing myself. So I sauntered inside...
...and was unceremoniously kicked out for not having a Membership Card.
Harrrumph!!!! Like some kind of Secret Society, I wasn't even allowed a peek!
Well, that did it. As I stood empty-handed outside their doors I vowed then and there, "As God as my witness, I will never again step into Costco", dodged the onslaught of crazed shoppers like a lone salmon swimming upstream, and slunk off to Wal*Mart.
I stayed strong though; enduring years of family and friends raving about great deals, special items and Members Only Privileges. Then Daughter started going with her friends' families and providing first-hand praise... the pressure to succumb to the Dark Side became nigh-unbearable.
When it was discovered that as a healthcare worker, I was entitled to a discounted membership rate, I was done for.
So today in true Scarlett O'Hara fashion, I declared "Oh, fiddle-dee-dee" broke down, AND broke my Vow of Costco Abstinance.
It was quite the experience.
After hours of wandering around aimlessly pushing The Largest Cart I have ever attempted to manuever, I was sorely tempted for a bit of revenge by asking some poor Costco employee to get me down a box.
"No, not that one down here.
I want THAT one on the top shelf!"
Nah ... I couldn't.
But I also couldn't get over some of the merchandise.
Like cans of stewed tomatoes big enough to feed Italy.
Or crates of hockey sticks stacked above racks of fresh sliced bread.
Now I have to worry about the temptation of bulk shopping sprees resulting in the need for a larger van, bigger freezer and a whole lot more storage space in my home.
Oh, well. I'll worry about that tomorrow.
After all, "Tomorrow is another day!"
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