Now, I know what you’re thinking:
“Maddie, I can’t buy in bulk! I can’t eat
all that perishable food before it goes
bad.” That’s an easy fix: Your freezer
is your friend! Can’t finish that loaf of
gluten-free bread? Stack it in the freezer.
It’ll make superb toast. That 4-pound
container of strawberries? Pop the frozen
strawberries into a blender and you’ve got
yourself a smoothie.
This buy-in-bulk approach ensures
that you have all your edible necessities,
no extra shopping required. It means
fewer trips to the store, which means
more time to allot to studies. Bet you
never thought of Costco as a timesaver.
Food and clothing that
won’t bust your budget
Bulk items aside, Costco is the place
for those on a budget or with student
loans galore. I happen to be in both of
these categories. When I shop at Costco, I
don’t have to resort to peanut butter
crackers or protein bars for dinner. Nope,
not with Costco in my corner. At every
turn, there’s an employee handing out
samples—in other words, free food.
That’s not even counting the Food
Court. The wide variety of menu items is
enough to satisfy every craving, plus the
prices are crazy low and rarely change.
I’m talking $1.99 for a massive slice of
pizza and $9.95 for a whole 18-incher. Is
that not every college student’s dream? A
cost-effective, high-volume pizza party?
Costco is the key.
Not only that, but Costco has a large
selection of clothing for men, women and
children. I’ll admit, it can be a fight to
find the must-have pieces, but I’ve gotten
my hands on several gems. Anyone who
knows me knows that I wouldn’t be
caught dead without my blue pleather
jacket. And the endless supply of socks
and underwear is the absolute greatest.
It’s true that most college girls are exclusively interested in a mess of lace and silk,
but not me. Nope. I’m a 21-year-old
miser. I’m all about the path of least resistance—the path of cost-efficiency.
But wait, there’s more
Another perk? Costco’s return policy.
All you need is the item and the corresponding credit card—then, total reimbursement. It’s that easy.
Now, I don’t mean to suggest that
Costco is solely for college students.
Absolutely not. Costco is for all—for
those who don’t want to loosen their
purse strings, for those with big families
that need big portion sizes or even for
those who are addicted to the $1.50 hot-dog-and-soda combo.
My point, though, is that students
tend to overlook the warehouse, writing it
off as a shopping center for the older generation. Those students are missing out.
Take advantage of this untapped,
high-volume, cost-effective gold mine.
Go get yourself a membership card and
As a kid from upstate
New York, I’ve spent
my fair share of time
across the border in
Montreal. While my
family adored the
trip, it was a long day.
Soon we were
and lost in a maze of
We got a second
wind, though, when
we noticed the
warehouse with the
logo! Even though
we didn’t speak the
same language as
90 percent of the
customers, we felt
right at home.
And, to my fellow
Americans who love
sold hockey sticks
and pucks—in bulk!
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