Sunday, March 04, 2007

Today I Am A Costco Member

Kate and I took our relationship to the next level on Friday by getting a Costco membership.

I've long admired Costco as a corporation that treats its employees decently and doesn't give all its PAC donations to politicians intent on flying our country into the side of a mountain, but I never figured I'd be able to make a warehouse club work for me economically unless I had at least one wife and three kids.

Then my Costco member pals decided to have a little come-to-Jesus meeting with Kate and I over pints of ale. I've been through a lot of come-to-Jesus meetings in my time, but never one that promised me two pounds of Tillamook extra sharp cheddar cheese for seven bucks. Or plump-ass whole rotisserie chickens with enough meat to feed four offensive linemen for five bucks. Or a two and one-half pound bag of Costa Rican coffee for eight bucks.

A religion promising good value can really take advantage of a man like me.


jennifer said...

Welcome to the flock! It was the ginormous containers of perfect berries for $5.99 that got me...such a deal!

Kat said...

Costco faves: olive tapenade. cilantro dressing (not in the fridge case). spring mix. (you already named the coffee and the berries)

Just watch out for the pie. It's delicious, but as big as the hood of a car. (cf that $10 pizza, mmm)

An ethical question: would we protest Costco and IKEA at Northcross? I dunno.

Melanie said...

So, Greg, I'm assuming that Kate is not your domestic partner, spouse, or immediate family member living in the same house. (Yeah, she's your GF, but do you live together?) How did you swing a joint membership?

I ask because my neighbor and I are thinking of going in on a membership together, but can't quite figure out how to do that without passing as Lesbian Life Partners. (side note: as I wrote those last three words, I noticed that the last three letters of the security code are "vag" -- HA!)

Greg said...

That’s a good question, Kat. Speaking for myself, I’d be more inclined to support a more ethical retailer than Wal-Mart at Northcross – which is to say just about anyone but Wal-Mart – even if it was big, though a regional destination like IKEA would generate much more far-flung traffic than a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Speaking of ethics, or lack thereof, Kate and I don’t live together at the moment. However, she’s moving in with me this summer, so I didn’t feel too bad about fudging to Costco about our current status. For what it’s worth, they checked our IDs, which have different addresses, and gave us joint household membership anyway.

I think you can also do a small business membership, which you would technically qualify for as a freelance writer, for the same price as a household. I’m not sure how that works with having another cardholder, but I imagine it would present a similar ethical dilemma.

Or you could just always go to Costco together with your neighbor as your guest.

Anonymous said...

Finally, I have some useful influence...BG

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