By Janardan Bautista
It’s a tough world out there once you leave the convenience of on-campus dining plans. Like most sophomores here at USF, I elected to opt out of the meal plan for my second year in an attempt to save some cash in the long run. Before I knew it, I was taking chunks out of my schedule and wallet, trying to find the time and the best deals on groceries out there. Not too long ago, I had a revelation: wholesale shopping could be the answer to my grocery dilemma.
Wholesale dealers like Costco and BJ’s, have phenomenal discounts on a wide variety of food and kitchen supplies. Groceries that are better than Publix and deals that are lower than Wal-Mart. Almost sounds too good to be true right?
Instead of spending more for less, wholesale shopping allows one to pay less for more. Instead of making trips to Wal-Mart or Publix every week, I make a trip to Costco once every three weeks. I save time and money, which are two things that college students know are always in short supply.
Costco memberships cost $55 for one year, which in all honesty, is completely reasonable given the amount of savings that could be made.
To maximize the payoff, my roommates and I all chipped in for a premium membership (which costs $110) to take advantage of the two percent cash back bonus. Between the four of us and all the food we eat, we’ll at least break even, if not make a small profit off the membership; a win-win scenario.
Interested in saving time and money? Look into getting a Costco membership here.