How Costco Keeps me Sane.

Yes, you’ve read that right.

Never in my life did I think I’d be writing a thank you note to Costco, but here I am. This past year has been full of surprises: my husband opened his second business, we moved to a bigger place, and I’ve started working towards my goals. I’ve reduced a lot of noise in my life, but my days are still filled with a lot of uncertainties because I chose the path of freelancing. Other projects are in the works, but freelancing is my only source of revenue for the time being. If you’re self-employed, you know the struggle of inconsistent working hours and if you’re anything like me, you search for at least one constant in your life. Thankfully, I found mine and believe it or not, Costco has been helping me stay sane for the last few months. Here is why:

You always find what you are looking for.

Over the weeks, I’ve built what I call my “Costco inventory”. There always needs to be bananas, oranges, avocados, tomatoes, spring mix salad and cucumbers at home (among other things of course). Not only do I find these on a weekly basis, but they are always fresh and from the same distributor! At least this is true in any Canadian Costco. I’ve got 99 problems, but finding fresh produce ain’t one.

Date time with the spouse.

I love going to Costco with my husband. It’s almost guaranteed that I’ll have his full attention for at least one consecutive hour and during that hour, we have no reasons to argue about anything. “Yes honey, we do need both that apple pie with that box of croissants for the week. Might as well add the brownies.” You always have to be ready for a sugar craving. You just never know.

Nothing like having your home stocked for your day, your week, your month (or even your year).

Costco shoppers, you do pick-up a rotisserie chicken that’ll only last a day, right? Maybe I’ve said too much… But just as some Costco products literally last less than 24 hours in our household, others seem to last for months. I’m looking at you Coarse Ground Malabar Black Pepper! Seriously though, having enough toilet paper to last us weeks and seeing the fridge fully stocked has a really calming effect on me. Perhaps my brain gets the message that it won’t have to worry about the gathering and hunting for at least another 7–8 days. What can I say, the survival instinct is strong.

One word: Athleisure.

I work from home and I make it a point to never ever work in my PJ’s. I know some freelancers go as far as wearing business clothe when working from their home office. Unfortunately, I’m not that hardcore. That’s why I decided that athleisure was going to be the only acceptable dress code at the Nelly Daou Headquarters. And thanks to Costco, I was able to build a whole athleisure wardrobe for a very affordable price. That definitely counts as a business expense, yeah?

You may not appreciate Costco as much as I do and that’s totally okay. I’m not trying to convert you into becoming a Costco member. The point of this story is to show you the importance of having something (anything!) to look forward to, especially if you have an unpredictable schedule. You could be having the worst day or week, but you can always rely on an activity that gives you a positive view of the near future. Your brain will thank you for it.

A few tips before your next Costco trip:

  • Don’t go shopping on an empty stomach unless you plan to eat every sample Costco offers you.
  • Stick to your grocery list. It’s so easy to leave Costco with a $400 bill when you were only supposed to spend $200. Not that it ever happened to us…
  • Try not to go on weekends. That place can seriously give you panic attacks if you’re not ready for it.
  • Bring re-usable bags unless you don’t mind bringing home one item at a time.

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