So, I mentioned previously that I am cutting the cord with my Costco membership. Here’s the thing: I love Costco. I got nuthin’ but love for that behemoth of a warehouse. But that place… that place with the crazy always-filled-to-capacity parking lot, puts a huge dent in my wallet. And apparently, I am powerless to prevent it.
I envy those people with their superhero capes that can go into Costco, and only purchase what they came in there for. If their list says 6 jars of pickles and 8 gallons of orange juice, that’s what they buy. Nothing more, nothing less. Costco superhero-ness at its very best.
But me? I am not a Costco superhero…. by any stretch of the imagination. My husband and I cannot go into that warehouse and spend a small amount. We’ve tried. Multiple times.
I have figured out that we are “justifiers”. For example, one of us will say to the other, “Hey look at this! They have 4 boxes of toothpaste for this particular price.” Then the other person will hem and haw and say “Do we really need to buy this right now?” And then the other person will proceed to explain and justify why we need to purchase the toothpaste right now as opposed to waiting and buying it at another time. The justifier wins their argument and the product, in this case the toothpaste, goes into the cart.
Doesn’t matter what the product is. If one of us has a compelling reason why we should buy something, in the cart it goes. We are both justifiers and we both do it and don’t even realize it. And this is why, every time we go to Costco, our wallet gets a workout.
Costco is great if you are not a justifier. If you are a superhero and can stick to your list, you are amazing and need to explain your Jedi-like mind trick.
But if you are a justifier, like yours truly, you’re better off not even setting foot in their parking lot. Well, maybe except for their pizza. Hey, they sell it by the slice, and it is awesome!
Are you a superhero or a justifier when you shop at warehouse stores?