Today, I made a trip to Costco. My membership expired, I got conned into getting their American Express card, and I left with way more than I had intended to buy. However, I did win the $100 game*, which is a definite WIN in my book. Let’s take a look at what Costco does to me, and why this game exists in the first place:
What I had intended to buy:
- Steaks for a dinner we’re having at our place on Friday
- A pork shoulder to make pulled pork in our new slow cooker
What I left with (along with my justifications):
- Steaks (allowed)
- Gas (necessary)
- A tray of catfish filets (Husband’s favorite! And fish is “brain food,” as my mom would say.)
- A 4-pack of microwave dinners (I had a coupon. And sometimes I just get caught with nothing at home!)
- An 18-pack of 100 calorie fudge bars (I ran out of Häagen-Daz five™ Ginger ice cream- which is delicious and all Kira‘s fault, by the way. And I bet these are better for me, despite their having definitely more than 5 ingredients. 100 calories! Come on!)
- 4-lbs of strawberries (They’re in season! And a lot cheaper than at other stores. Besides, it’s fruit. Fruit’s good for you!)
- A pineapple (They cost the same at Henry’s but are about HALF the size there. Not a lie. Besides, we have an awesome pineapple cutter.)
- I didn’t get the pork shoulder because they were huge and in two-packs.
So, really, I started this entry with the thought that I’d tell this other story about how I planned to cook the catfish for dinner tonight, picked a recipe, wrote it down, and then went to my kitchen, found out that I had like… 1 of the ingredients (2 if you include the catfish), and proceeded to make it another way. But then I decided that was much more boring than me WINNING it BIG at Costco today! Yay!
I love this game. It makes me feel awesome at failing when trying to stick to a list.
*The $100 game, invented by Kyle (of Husband’s band, The Notice fame) and adopted by me via Twitter, involves trying to leave Costco having spent less than $100. Not including gas. (That part was my addition; otherwise I’d always lose.)