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Why Your Next Shopping Stop Should be Costco

When I first came to Missouri, the term “Costco” was a bit foreign to me. It wasn’t until a year or two ago that my city got one, so I'm still learning about it. I had always been familiar with Sam’s Club because that is what I grew up going to, but unfortunately, it's a bit of a drive from where I live in Kansas City. Now that I'm more accustomed to Costco culture, I can see a little more why it's so popular. 

The first couple of times I went to Costco, I just strolled past the clothing sections because I had only come for food. During one visit, I decided to check out what they had and I have to say I was not disappointed. They had a lot of different good deals on jackets, pants and tops. I was even a bit shook that they had brand names like Adidas or Vince Camuto for cheap prices too. This past winter season, I thought I was going to have to spend a bag on a new puffer to survive the Kansas City winters, but I ended up saving so much on one at Costco. Overall, I would recommend checking out the clothing section someday, but be warned that you may end up leaving with more than you came for. 

Also, another thing I love about Costco is the amount of food they offer. I couldn't decide if this was a pro or a con honestly. For my family, this would be a pro because there are eight of us, meaning that we value buying in bulk and the large portions. On the other hand, this would not be super ideal for a person who lives alone. Something like milk comes in a much larger size at Costco, which is great if you drink a lot of milk each day or live with multiple people. However, if you know you won't be able to finish it, then you're better off buying in a smaller quantity and someplace other than Costco. While we love a good deal, you always want to avoid waste, so just keep that in mind. 

Speaking of food, who doesn't love a good Costco cake? I mean they're big, cheap and they taste great. I’ve heard they use a cheesecake mousse filling for the inside and I love cheesecake, so this could be why I have fallen in love with this dessert. Aside from the cake, I recommend visiting the food court sometime as well. They sell huge pizzas and chicken bakes (my favorite) for when you get hungry post-shopping. Prior to COVID-19 they also gave out samples of different foods. Hopefully, they’re able to start this again soon and I'll try not to be tempted to buy everything I try this time.

Even if you don't have a Costco card, tag along with a friend next time just for the experience. Walk up and down the aisles looking just to look, but make sure to hit the most important areas. If you leave with a new fit or a birthday cake despite it being no one’s birthday, I'd say you had a productive shopping trip. 

I am a third year student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City medical program. When I am not starting a new TV show, I enjoy looking at new recipes, taking pictures, and laughing with other people.
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