Why does a woman living alone need a gallon-sized jar of pickle spears, you may wonder. How could this purchase merit any sort of sense? To these questions I say first, I love pickles, second, buying in bulk allows me to practice time-tested frugality, and third, when I buy enough for thirty-seven, it makes the one sitting alone at the dinner table feel a little less lonesome.
I took the plunge and got a Sam's Club membership last October. The warehouse-like arena of goods hasn't changed much since I went there as a child, and who can beat enough free-samples to feed a family for the day? I love buying three boxes of Special K packaged as one, and all for a low low cost. Plus, who can't use six tubes of toothpaste, I ask you?
I'm wiling to exert a little extra effort weaving my oversized cart through an entire isle labeled "laundry detergent" if it means I can have enough hummus to last until Christmas. And what's more, a full freezer means I could make a hearty meal for the young family I don't have yet, but just knowing that I could makes my ten-pounds of kosher dills worth it.
Written by: Erika Fifelski was born and raised in West Michigan, and after a brief stint on the sunrise side, she's home and loving it. Erika enjoys cooking, sewing, vacuuming, and discovering new ways to live sustainably and support local businesses.