The Magic of Costco

 - by Brittny

So recently Eric and I have been debating whether or not to keep our Costco membership.  We don’t go super frequently and when we do it seems like we end up buying lots of things that we don’t really need.  Not things that we don’t *want* mind you, but let’s be honest, I probably would have survived just fine without a box of 72 mini quiches.  Originally I had justified our membership because it was supposedly the cheapest place to get diapers, however our boys don’t do well in Huggies or Kirkland Signature diapers and Costco doesn’t carry Pampers.  For just about anything else we just don’t have enough people to really justify the massive bulk purchases.  So we’d decided to at least let our membership lapse for awhile and wait until we next really felt like we needed it.

Our Sam is what you might call a picky eater.  In fact, I’ve recently noticed a pattern in the foods he will eat.  Pretty much everything he eats is a combination of a carbohydrate and cheese.  Macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza, crackers & cheese, english muffins with cheese, nachos, rice with cheese, goldfish crackers, etc.  Those are his main staples (yes I realize that he gets the cheese eating gene from the Anderson side of the family and that his mother is totally to blame for his poor eating habits *hangs head* ) and I have a hard time getting him to eat just about anything else.

However, today I realized that Costco has magical powers.  When we walked into Costco today Sam was telling me that he was SO thirsty, so I told him I’d get us a “cool fruit drink” (aka a berry smoothie) on our way out. Now, back in August I bought a Blendtec blender and we have, consequently, had a lot of smoothies around our house.  Sam won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole.  But when we got it at Costco it was the best thing he’d ever had!  He excitedly drank it the whole way home.

Tonight he wanted more of his “cool fruit drink” so I offered that we could make a smoothie in our blender.  Sam helped me get the fruit and juice in the blender and I even let him push the button.  But when I gave it to him… nothing.  He didn’t even touch it.  In the end I had to drink the whole pitcher of smoothie myself.

When we go to Costco he will eat *anything* the sample ladies are handing out, or anything that comes from the takeout window up front.  Eric had mentioned this to me before, he got Sam to eat all kinds of things while on an adventure with him.  I blogged about this phenomenon a little over a year ago, but without actually realizing it.  However, if we buy those same things and bring them home, we might as well be trying to poison him!

So, the upshot is we might have to hang on to our Costco membership for awhile.  At least until we can convince Sam to try new foods at home…


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