Do you belong to Costco? If not, you should. Scott and I refer to it as a "Carnival for Adults". You can get pizza, hot dogs, ice cream and churros for all under $2, eat free samples all around the store, buy cheap movies and books, get cute baby clothes and fun toys at Christmas, and find some of the best groceries in town. Also, since it is a "club" you feel cool getting in and reaping all the benefits of membership that "non members" are missing out on. It's like you are being sneaky by shopping there.
The Costco experience is so popular lately that it has been the central focus of two recent movies. King of California and Employee of the Month, both of which weren't too shabby. I loved how in Employee of the Month the employees had a secret hideout on one of the shelves in one of the freakishly tall aisles. And they got to it by riding up a fork lift. How awesome is that?! In King of California, Michael Douglas thinks there is buried treasure hidden under one of the aisles and blows a hole in the concrete to scuba dive and find it. I would love to be in a Costco in the middle of the night and just have free reign to room, eat things, and try everything out. (That reminds me of the movie Where the Heart Is and the scenes where Natalie Portman's character is living in a Wal-Mart and she has the store to herself all night long. I would love that, except for the having-a-baby-in-the-aisle-in-the-middle-of-the-night-thing she had going on...but I digress...)
Returning to my original theme, I'm sure I could easily spend hundreds of $$$ at Costco each time I went, but we generally are able to restrain ourselves a bit. Costco is always super fun, until you get to the register and realize you just bought 3 things and spent $150. If that hasn't happened to you, wait until you have to buy diapers, wipes and formula.
Cha-ching! Even still, I love Costco and I can't wait to go again. I should buy Costco stock so I can make some of my $ back.