In my defense, I had just been walking in the park… So, yes, not flattering. And, yes, I’m huge. And, no… there’s just one in there.
I have some friends who always shop at Sams and Costco. You open their fridge and see giant containers of salad dressing. When I moved to Virginia, my own sister (who lived alone and never cooked), for some reason, had a huge jar of sweet relish. But most people buy logical items in bulk. Their second fridge or freezer is full of goodies, and they have wine or gallons of cleaning supplies stashed in nooks and crannies.
Well, I think it’s a disease.
And I think we’ve acquired it. Maybe Sams infects the store with some odorless gas–the more you go, the more it alters the function of your brain. So when you go to “regular” stores, you make comments like, “Let’s wait and buy that at Sam’s.” If this is describing you, we should form a
club support group. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, only it will be Bulk Shoppers Anonymous (BSA). “Hello, my name is Jania, and I shop in bulk.”
We hardly buy things at the regular grocery stores anymore. Well, I take that back. We really went to town at Wal-Mart yesterday. But it was mostly on fruit and household items… (For some reason, Wal-Mart is the only place I can find my contact solution here…) I refuse to buy milk there–because it’s about 10 pesos cheaper at Sam’s. I don’t like the way the meat looks or smells, so we buy that at Sam’s. I can’t find good fresh spinach, so we buy that at Sam’s. Do you see a pattern, here?
Cleaning supplies…Sam’s. (We are the people with a three liter container of dish washing soap under our sink to refill our tiny normal sized bottle.) Toilet Paper… Sam’s (I think we have enough to last us until after the baby’s born. True story.) Cereal… Sam’s (I can’t seem to pass up the Raisin Bran. Thank you, Mamaw. I do walk straight past the Cocoa Pebbles after trying so hard to choke them down for weeks.) Bread…Sam’s (We get double fiber bread in a two pack for our toast.)
We’ve become professional shoppers, as we know where everything is located. We have even changed our route in the store, so that by the time we get to the check out line, our frozen items are still frozen. And somehow, we always go for just a few things and leave with items that we didn’t know we needed. This was what we left with today:
- Milk– I have a milk problem of ginormous proportions. It all began when I realized that I could drink a glass while cooking breakfast and then I wouldn’t throw up. And if I drink a glass before bed, it satisfies my hunger then too. We wanted a gallon, but opted for two.
- Veggies– Victor and I are on a diet. Plus, we really miss good salads in this land of burritos and gorditos. So today we bought a giant bag of frozen green beans (you can’t buy them fresh or in cans here), a giant bag of broccoli (we’ve realized that’s the best part of the mixed veggie bags), a HUGE bag of fresh spinach, a bundle of green onions, a container of tomatoes, and a bag of shredded carrots (such a disappointment–there’s really no flavor).
- Meat– Today we bought ground beef and thinly sliced beef that I promptly bagged into smaller portions and froze. The one meat that we’ve decided to keep shopping small for is chicken. We used to buy the frozen boneless skinless breasts from Sam’s, but I discovered (at my husband’s prompting) that real chicken with bones tastes better and makes better broth. What I will NOT buy from Sam’s ever again: chicken nuggets. Ugh. I don’t think I can ever eat another chicken nugget.
- Eggs– Victor and I eat five eggs for breakfast (together). At that rate, it only makes sense to buy a sixty-pack from Sam’s. Today, I discovered brown gunk and feathers stuck to our eggs–which really made me feel like I had chosen well. Go figure. I’ve also decided that boiled eggs are a nice snack during the day. Unfortunately, I am kinda lazy–so that only happens occasionally.
- Ice Cream– Every time we go through the yogurt/ ice cream aisle, we debate buying ice cream. This is actually the first time that we’ve done so. Our Sam’s has Starbucks, Haagen Daz, and Blue Bell ice cream, but we chose the Sam’s Club brand of Neopolitin. NOT a bad choice. Plus, Victor got really excited about having a gallon size container when we finish to plant things in. (Yeah, it isn’t really on our diet, but it did taste great!)
So, after rearranging the refrigerator (the bottom freezes veggies, but it keeps my milk perfect–so I refuse to lower the temperature…), I have decided that another Sam’s trip won’t be on the agenda until next week. Or maybe when our bag of mixed lettuce runs out…