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Five Ways Costco Makes My Life Easier {And a Free Shopping Event}

We are so excited to partner with Costco to sponsor our Mom Hour on November 4th!

costco3If I had to shop in only one store for the rest of my life, Costco would take the (oversized) cake. I’m a work-from-home mom of two toddlers, so loading up the crew and heading to a bunch of different stores for groceries, supplies, and clothes is about as enjoyable as sitting through a Caillou marathon. In case you’ve never been to Costco, I’ll let you in on a little secret: THEY. HAVE. EVERYTHING.

Here are five ways that Costco makes my life easier:

*They’re Food Allergy Friendly

We’re a hard family to shop for. I have celiac disease, and my boys are allergic to dairy. I usually cringe when friends invite us over for dinner, since we’re pretty tough to accommodate. Finding gluten-free, dairy-free options usually leaves us pretty limited. On top of that, I try to buy organic whenever possible. Whenever I find a gluten-free, dairy-free, organic product that doesn’t require me to take out a second mortgage, I feel like I should buy a lottery ticket. Luckily, Costco has tons of options for food allergy families. Costco’s brand, Kirkland Signature, is full of organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free choices. Kirkland is great at clearly labeling the front of the boxes, which allows me to know what I’m putting in the cart with just a quick glance. For those who have school lunch restrictions, this makes shopping for lunch box snacks a breeze.

Perfect for snacks and lunch boxes.

Perfect for snacks and lunch boxes.

*I Can Buy Diapers, Books, Laundry Detergent and Wine in the Same Place

If there’s something everyone can agree on, it’s that moms are busy. When there’s one store that carries just about everything you need, it definitely makes life easier. Costco is this store. You can find baby products, cleaning supplies, household items, small appliances, groceries (including a bakery and fresh deli department), clothes, gifts, shoes, seasonal specials, and even tires at the warehouse. The best part? They sell wine . If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle of the Kirkland Signature Sangria. You won’t be disappointed. Even better, if you can’t find something you want in the store, you can almost certainly find it on Costco.com.

"Why, hello there, wall of sangria."

“Why, hello there, wall of sangria.”

*I Shop Less Often and I’m Always Prepared

My kids are only two and three, but with the way they eat, they might as well be linebackers for the Giants. Needless to say, we go through a lot of food, especially fruit. Buying in bulk means that I don’t have to run to the grocery store for fresh fruit, veggies, and meat every few days. It also means that I’ll never be changing a diaper at 9pm on a Sunday and realize I’m just about to use the last one. By buying in bulk, I save time, money, and those pesky extra trips for last minute ingredients. I use my pantry space and freezer to store anything we don’t use right away. I always have enough ingredients on hand to throw dinner together or whip up some quick snacks for unexpected guests. Plus, Costco is king when it comes to convenience. They stock premade fruit and veggie platters, meat and cheese trays,  and assorted freshly baked desserts. 

*I Save Money

In addition to shopping to accommodate our food allergies and my preference for organic foods, I also try to be as price conscious as possible. Costco saves me money. This week, I bought the boys a treat of organic Kirkland Signature fruit snacks. The box contains 72 pouches of fruit snacks, and cost $14.99. A similar organic fruit snack product in my local grocery store has 5 pouches per box, and costs $3.69. Costco has monthly coupons, and if you download the app, you can redeem them right from your phone. No clipping required!

*The Products are Really Good Quality

Lots of the Kirkland Signature brand items are manufactured by large national companies. Costco ensures they only stock the highest quality products in each of their warehouses. The produce stays fresh for a long time, and the meat is  especially delicious! Their clothes both wear and wash nicely, and the household products stand up against other popular brands. Psst- Kirkland Signature diapers are manufactured by Huggies, the coffee by Starbucks, and the batteries by Duracell.

Bonus points for the extra wide parking spaces!

Bonus points for the extra wide parking spaces!

*Bonus: The Extras

Where else can you do a one stop shop and buy furniture, a surf board, car insurance, grapes, and a vacation package to Disneyland? Costco is best known for jumbo packs of toilet paper and cakes that serve 30, but it might be the extra offerings that make a Costco membership so valuable. Costco offers insurance, travel options , a full service pharmacy, optical services, and much more. Many warehouses also sell alcohol and have gas stations attached. Your membership entitles you to deals and discounts on all of the services Costco offers.

*And…

If all of that wasn’t reason enough, my kids lose their minds for the cart escalator in Port Chester. Promising them a pizza lunch after a big shop doesn’t hurt, either. There are always stations where we can get free samples, and there’s usually a cool demo going on, too. Plus, unlike some other places in Westchester, parking is so easy and free!

**Want to see what all the fuss is about? Join us for our exclusive Mom Hour!**

westchester-2Who:: All Westchester area moms {and their friends. Kids are welcome, too!}

What:: Costco is offering an exclusive membership deal for City Moms Blog Network and Westchester County Moms Blog. Buy a new membership ($55) and receive a $20 Costco cash card, plus $43 in coupons will be mailed to your house (including one for a free pizza, $3 off any fresh berry item, $5 off a Costco Photo book, and $25 off of $250 at Costco.com). If you upgrade to an Executive Membership, you’ll get a SECOND $20 Costco cash card.

The Event:: The event includes jam packed swag bags for the first 100 moms through the door, giveaways, breakfast, samples, the membership and referral offer, and the opportunity to shop the store an hour before it opens! If you’re not yet a member, you can join anytime between now and November 4th to take advantage of the special offer. If you’re already a member, or have been in the last 18 months, you can still join us at the event for all of the fun goodies. Plus, if you refer a friend, you get a $10 Costco cash card! If you can’t make it to the actual event, you can still take advantage of the membership offer!

When:: Friday, November 4th from 9am-10am

Where:: Costco at 1 Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, NY

Why:: In partnership with City Moms Blog Network, over 80 Costco stores across the country are opening their doors an hour early just for moms. This is your chance to shop without the crowds and lines. If you’re not a member yet, come see what the fuss is all about. Note: you don’t need to be a member to attend the event or browse, but you do need to be a member to make a purchase.

Cost::FREE!

RSVP:: Join our Facebook page for updates, and RSVP on the form below (scroll down to Westchester County). We can’t wait to see you there!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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