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I went to Costco yesterday.

I love Costco.

I love Costco because it is known for treating its employees fairly.

That means a lot to me.

Of course, the great deals you get there doesn’t hurt either.

I won’t shop at Walmart because I have personally known people who work for Walmart and what they have gone through is simply not right. Poor pay, rotten hours, no benefits to speak of, mismanagement of employees’ skills and abilities, disregard of necessary accommodations, etc., etc., etc. Walmart has built its empire on the backs of poor people.

Yes, it costs $55 to join Costco, which is a lot of money for some people. But you can save a lot of money there.

Over the past few years, our weekly grocery costs have doubled. That’s right – doubled. It’s insane.

So I took the time to walk the entire food section of Costco, and I realized that I could probably cut our food budget in half, and possibly more if I could take advantage of Costco bargains. But since it’s just the two of us, I need to be able to store bulk items.

However, we have a normal size refrigerator with a normal size top freezer. We have a small kitchen, and no pantry. We do, however, have a garage that is half empty because I park on the street (and I cleaned out most of the stuff that was taking up that half of the garage as well).

So I’m researching into getting a smallish freezer to put in the garage. I may even try to clean the shelving area (or get a standing cabinet, or put in a shelf unit) to act as a pantry.

My husband and I have gone back and forth on getting a freezer for years. I don’t want a huge one because I know me. I would fill it and then forget what was in there, and the food would get wasted. I need to have enough room to store what I need, but not so much that I can’t readily access what is there. And the savings in groceries should more than cover the extra cost of electricity.

On the upside, I tend to be good about making and using a weekly menu (the only domestic task in which I am actual competent), so I’d just have to do that a month (or more) at a time.  Also, I buy generic ziplock bags online in bulk – so I’m all set for dividing bulk items into smaller units.

So excuse me, I’m off to Consumer Reports to check out ratings on freezers.

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