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for the love of the big box

There was a time in my life when I didn't have a Costco Membership.  I know. There was a time I told my Mom to stop telling me how great it was and that I was fiiiine and that I just went to Target and Wegmans and we were good. 


I love me some Costco now.  Love because they have absolutely heard the voice of the people with what they stock, and love because it saves money, like only it can.

So, for that friend who just got a membership, here are some things I love there, in no particular order.

 Frozen Foodsmassive bag of frozen veggies.  my kids love these.Lots of options of lunches on the go. We like the ramen bowls and they've had some good burrito bowl options.  So much cheaper than if my husband has to eat out and ends up paying too much for something simple.  Great price on frozen shrimp + salmon
 Fresh FoodsBagged salad! That kale/cranberry slaw will be your lifeRotisserie Chicken- already off the bone!  This can be hard to find but I'm sure it's there.  I th…
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