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I no longer shop at membership warehouse clubs


When we were young, my husband and I spent time in large stores which require cards to enter. I remember Fedco, Price Club and a few others. They prepared and presented a lot of items needed by young families. These included clothing, household, stationary, furniture, and groceries come to mind. Their prices were reasonable and below the amount charged by other stores.

As these clubs faded into our history, we were introduced to Costco and Sam’s. We paid a membership charge. We started spending time in very large buildings offering members low prices on quality merchandise. There were a lot of benefits. We liked most of the products and appreciated the low prices.

We drove home with very large bundles to a fully prepared residence.


Years later, we find ourselves with fewer people, less need for lodging, an overfilled refrigerator and no need for more household items.

It appears we no longer require a membership warehouse club.

Currently we are suffering from too much largess. In view of that, I now purchase food, gasoline, furniture, and household needs at local stores. I no longer drive distances to the membership store. I strive to purchase an amount equal to our needs. 


I have news.

As we age, we come upon a time when “not so much” is needed, required, or purchased.

Our memories of large family celebrations and small children recede into a time long ago.


Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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Kassy said:

As dh and I are retired, we too no longer need more 'stuff'. Sam's club is the only store like this that I am familiar with at all. And that is only because one day Sam's had a 'guest' day. The multiples that you have to buy to save money is not for us. We have no 'need' for a case of much of anything. Our needs are fewer and that makes life simpler. After all, in retirement there are other life-dealing things! :) Plus, I feel good when we buy from the local stores. Got to keep those green backs moving in the right direction!

August 17, 2013 10:16 AM

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