It’s only fitting that I kick off this blog with a post about BUDGETS! What is the food budget of a Costco Cook? Actually, I hope to figure that out for myself while writing for you. The last time I followed a strict budget I was aiming at $300 a month for two adults. That was a long time – and two children – ago. I’m now aiming at $400 a month for two adults and two little monkeys, ages almost-one and almost-three.

Shhh, don't tell mom how much food we're going to eat one day.

Shhh, don’t tell mom how much food we’re going to eat one day.

How do I intend to do it? Well, I must confess that when it comes to grocery stores I’m polyamorous. Although Costco is featured in the title of this burgeoning blog, my other love is Safeway. These stores put together are a dynamite duo! The bulk savings of Costco and the Just for U app at Safeway are a budgeting mom’s dream come true.* I also like to keep Cash & Carry ready and waiting in the wings. They’re closer to me than Costco if I somehow run out of a staple before the month’s end, and they even have a few things that I can’t get at Costco (ahem…Timm’s Cascade Jalapeno Chips…) And then of course there’s my good friend Trader Joe’s. Gotta love that guy for delicious brie and fresh produce.

BUT! By running to too many places I definitely allow myself to get off track. My goal is to venture yonder to the northlands just once a month for one giant Costco run keeping the total at $200 or less. This then leaves $50 a week for purchasing things fresh. I do much better if I keep this to one store because sadly $50 spread out over two or three places goes REAL fast. This requires a lot of meal planning.

So, with regards to groceries I’ll be using this blog to…

  • Look at my total expenses so far this year (sure to be ugly)
  • Plan a master grocery list to keep staples stocked and meal plan
  • Keep track of all grocery purchases going forward
  • Share all my favorite go to recipes!

I hope you’ll share some of your recipes, tips and tricks too.

I’d also like this blog to be a place I can talk about parenting, both my wins and my massive failures, record memories of my incredible children, and talk about personal finance from the perspective of a young(ish) family. I hope you’ll read along, and welcome to the world of the Costco Cook!

*Okay, let’s be honest. If I’m dreaming, it’s Whole Foods. But I didn’t get to marry Will Arnett either, and life has still turned out pretty okay.

NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 28:  Will Arnett leaves Whole Foods on June 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK CITY, NY – JUNE 28: Will Arnett leaves Whole Foods on June 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)

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