Dessert/ Dinner

Not What I Thought

Hi guys!

Just finished watching Revolutionary Road….guys, I really WANTED to like this movie but I just thought it was awful!!! Surprising actually because normally the inner English major in me really loves dark, deep books and films. I have been wanting to see ever since it was in the theater but it was just soooooooooooooo slow. I liked the theme of the movie but it moved at such a glacial pace that I found myself checking my watch to see if it was almost over. Anyone, anyone?!

Anyways! I wore my sweet new t-shirt today in celebration of making it on the Amazing Grass website! lol

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Midafternoon I snacked on a delicious and green bar—

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Such a rainy day and Dexter didn’t move all day (I wouldn’t either)!

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Such a rainy, rainy day. Hate to tell you all but I had split pea soup for the THIRD time tonight!

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It was just sooo good and I hate to waste. Plus, its raining and I’m in jeans and a sweatshirt—what better weather for soup? 🙂 I did jazz it up tonight though with a diced hard boiled egg (yep, craving still there) and Parmesan cheese. It seemed like an odd combo but worked really, really well!

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This is definitely a combo I will have again in the future!

Dessert was my last Vita Muffin with almond butter—

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Since we, errr, don’t have a microwave anymore I tried heating this up in the oven while Ryan’s dinner was re-heating (he had Cuban roast pork & yellow rice). Guys, not a good idea. I love these chocolate delights but they really are made for the microwave. It got all hard and crispy and wasn’t as delicious as it normally was….even with a glob of almond butter 🙁

Ryan and I are thinking of joining Sam’s Club (a wholesale club). Anyone have thoughts? I feel like we go through food SO fast, especially produce, and it would save money buying things like bananas, berries and spinach in bulk. I’m just worried though because its just the two of us—are there real deals to be had at these places (Costco included) or are they really just meant for large families?

Off to the tub to read MFK 🙂

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115 Comments

  • Reply
    Peabody
    July 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I belong to Coscto, which is about the same as Sam’s. I love it. I buy a lot of produce there that goes in my smoothies.
    Some stuff is a bit much for just the two of us but they just have a lot of good stuff.
    Oh and I wanted to make you super jealous. Tomorrow is my birthday and I got ALL Anthropologie gift certificates for it. 🙂

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    Recipes for Creativity
    July 1, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I haven’t seen Revolutionary Road yet, but it’s on my Netflix queue…I hope I like it!

    I had a Sam’s club membership years ago when I wasn’t the healthy eater I am now, so I don’t really know how they are with high quality produce, which is probably where you would spend the bulk (no pun intended!) of your money. I think they let you get a guest pass and walk around, so definitely check it out first!

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    earthybrit.wordpress.com
    July 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I love split pea soup, and I love adding cottage cheese to it. A deal is a deal, if you and Ryan can save money and be able to go through the huge containers of food you get at Sam’s , do it. It makes sense to buy in bulk. I do and it’s just myself.

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    Stephanie
    July 1, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I liked Revolutionary Road, well as much as you could like an extremely depressing film.

    I would recommend joining Sam’s! I wouldn’t worry about it only being just the two of you. If you go through food quickly, then it is definitely a good idea.

    Oh yeah, you have totally motivated to not only to try, but to make pea soup. I’ve never had it and your recipe is so simple and it looks delicious. Who could pass it up?

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    Maria
    July 1, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Haha Dexter looks way to comfortable to move ;). Interesting but seemingly delicious combo! Sorry to hear that the vita muffin didn’t turn out :(, even with that delicious glob of frosting!

    I would highly recommend getting a Costco membership. All we basically get there is household goods (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, etc) and produce. Seriously, you get 6xs more organic spinach than TJ’s (which is cheap too), for only 2xs the cost! With you and Ryan chugging those green monsters, it would come in handy!

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    Maggie
    July 1, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I hate wasting things too. Love the shirt 🙂
    Bobby and I have a membership to Costco but we’re going to cancel after this year. If you shop sales at normal groceries you can *always* beat their prices. We also ended up buying a lot of things that we probably wouldn’t have bought otherwise, just cuz they were cheap. And I don’t think they have that great a selection… I don’t know, I don’t think it’s worth it. The thing I might miss is the $5 rotisserie chicken though.

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    Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    July 1, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    We have a Costco membership and there is only two of us. Very rarely does food go bad. I think it is worth it. Although, I feel like Sam’s club doesn’t have very good produce or healthy options. Costco has tons of organic produce, hummus and cases of Larabars! We haven’t been to Sam’s club in about a year (we used my parent’s card) and we were somewhat healthy eaters then… we obviously never went back. That is how the one is here at least. They may vary.

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    Tracy
    July 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Jenna, I eat pretty similar to the way you do and think Sam’s is definitely worth the membership. A giant tub of organic spinach that would be $7 – $8 at Publix or Kroger is $3.50! Some of the stuff is kind of excessive but their organic fruits and veggies alone will save you money. Plus their wine is really cheap!

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    Shannon
    July 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Oh man! I really wanted to see Revolutionary Road! Bummer that it wasn’t very good 🙁

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    diana
    July 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Love the blog!
    I just had to say that I felt the same way about that movie.
    I think the book might have been very good, but the movie was just terrible – I actually skipped through some scenes just for it to be over!
    Happy 4th of July!

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    LK- Healthy Delcious
    July 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I prefer costco to Sam’s but both are good, as long as you’re not tempted by all the other crazy stuff. I find that the food/ produce section isn’t as “bulk” as other sections. If the store is conveniently located (our isn’t) its totally worth it.

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    Cassie
    July 1, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I have a BJ’s membership and I think that Ive saved a TON of money buying produce there and theres only 2 of us here too. The only downfall is that the selection isnt as good as Wegmans or Whole Foods but I can get my tubs of organic spinach for 3.99 which is cheaper than anywhere Ive seen. Bananas are a good buy there too! I think that its a GREAT idea for you to get a membership especially since your a smoothie lover like me!

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    Amanda
    July 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE your kitty!! He is soooo cute! I have an all black cat too. I found him at 6 weeks old on the beach about a year ago. His name is Taj….Love your blog:-) Aloha, Amanda

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    Lauren (Runandrejoice)
    July 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Costco is definitely better if you have one in your area! Things Sam’s is good for are produce that you eat regularly if not daily, cereal, vitamins, and paper goods! It’s just sooooo hard not to fall in to their marketing schemes! The one in my area has like zero healthy options, but I know that they differ regionally.

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    Nikole
    July 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I have a Costco membership and love it. You get two cards with each membership so maybe you could split it with your parents. That is what my fiance and I do. They have the Sabra hummus in big containers which I love! They also have great soups, salads, fresh produce and wonderful salsas (especially the peach mango). They also here have great deals on wine, beer and books…oh the books. I buy so many books there.

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    kailey
    July 1, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    well leftovers for three days sounds delicious to me!! that soup looks so comforting and creamy! yum!

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    Ingrid
    July 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I would totally recommend joining either Sam’s or Costco. I belong to both, but prefer Costco. Just like everyone has said about saving on organic fruits and veggies (SOO true)… they also have the 26 oz jar of MaraNatha almond butter for 6.50! At Whole Foods the small jar was 12.99! Definitely worth it! And you can get gas for your car for cheaper almost always.

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    Darcie
    July 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I watched Revolutionary Road on a 5-hour flight from New York, so maybe that explains my lack of disappointment (anything is better than rereading SkyMall for the 100th time), but it DID manage to make me throw up. And I’m usually fine on planes! I had to pause it and run to the lavatory because of that scene in the bathroom… UGH. Just thinking about it now gets me all light-headed!

    I think Sam’s Club is worth it, at least for produce. I live with two other girls and we’re all vegetarians, so we go through the fresh stuff pretty fast (it seems like you do too). It’s good for non-perishables as well though. Huge jars of almond butter for like $6 and tons of frozen goodies for cheap. We love it!

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    haya
    July 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    i had a sam’s club membership while it was in canada (i’m so sad they closed down all our stores in march!) and most of the time, i was just shopping for myself! my store didn’t have a whole lot that i can remember in the way of organic produce (besides maybe spinach) though, so if that’s what you’re into, you might want to check it out first.

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    Kyle
    July 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I HIGHLY reccomend a membership to Costco or Sam’s. Me and my mom (2 people!!!) buy produce there, and we save a TON. We once added up our expenses and it turned out to be about 5-6 dollars per person, per day. That’s cheap.

    We go through their huge bag of spinach (3 dollars!) in a week.

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    Jess
    July 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    We have a Sams club membership. I really like it for some things (HUGE container of hummus for $5 and pineapple for $2.99). The only thing I don’t like is that they have a limited amount of organic produce. We do buy our TP and other paper goods from there.

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    Alison
    July 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I’ve never posted before, but I love reading your blog. We used to belong to Sam’s Club but have since moved to an area devoid of Sam’s. My family is small: husband, 7yr old daughter and me. Even so, I feel like the membership price was worth it. We only bought things that we knew were a better price than what we would pay at the grocery store. The produce, namely the huge tubs of spring greens and spinach for $3.50(!), made it especially worth the trip. I also remember buying a bag of six red bell peppers for about $3.
    It’s quite true that the warehouse clubs offer all sorts of junk, but there are some good healthy hidden treasures as well.

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    Ally
    July 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    It’s just my husband and I and we belong to Costco and really like it. Last fall, I bought 3 lb bags of chopped butternut squash and froze them–it was great! Also, for produce and whatnot, I think it’s great if you go through a lot of a specific item quickly. And we also get our paper towels and stuff like that there too.

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    fifi
    July 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    If you can do Costco, I would highly recommend it. I had a membership even when I was living by myself – you can get great deals on produce there (I just got a HUGE bag of baby peppers there for $3.99). They also send out coupon mailings every month so you can save even more. I had storage space, so I always stocked up paper towels, tp, etc. as well.

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    Rebekah
    July 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Love Sam’s Club and it is just my husband and I. We always go there for oatmeal, nuts, fruits, salsa, hummus, fruits, and toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc. I think it is definitly worth it in the long run!

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    Katherine
    July 1, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    my husband and i have a Costco membership and it’s wonderful! in addition to household items, we get great deals on produce, as well as fresh meat and poultry, which we freeze and my husband uses for weeknight dinners when i’m having a veggie meal. it’s absolutely worth it!

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    Trace
    July 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Sam’s has a 10 dollar guest pass for you to check out the place before you invest in a pass. But in my opinion, a sam’s club card isn’t worth it. They have limited options and the prices are much pretty much the the same its just more of it. For example cherries could be 3 dollars a pound at the store, so they sell a 3 pound case for a little less than 9 dollars. Check it out first.

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    Tina
    July 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    We belong to Sam’s & Costco, but I prefer Costco. I agree with everything everyone else said. I buy a ton of books there for much cheaper than anywhere else. I also just bought my Blendtec there and it came with extended warranties since I bought it at Costco. We have also bought TV’s, couches, brand name clothing, and I just got my sister a really nice wood mantel for her fireplace! I also buy a lot of my organic dry goods there. It really is worth the membership, I even upgraded and now I get money back at the end of the year!

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    Speakout
    July 1, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I agree with most folks here- Costco is the way to go. I get a tub of Organic Spinach (a full pound) every week for about $4. Great for Green Monsters! They also have Sabra hummus- and Almond butter- I love their mini peppers, too. Not all the produce is organic- but some is.

    PLUS- And this is important- Walmart (Sam’s Club) is evil. Don’t support them. Did you ever see this? http://www.walmartmovie.com/ Once I saw it- I haven’t been back.

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    Kelsey
    July 1, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    i saw your picture on the AG site, very cute!
    i love that my family has a costco membership because the bulk sized produce is the perfect size for everyone. and it is usually priced much better than the normal grocery stores. i say go for it! 😀

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    Kt
    July 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Sams Club or Costco are so much fun to just walk around, I love their book and cookbook section, I can never help myself. You can even find a microwave there!! You have to buy in bulk, but if you go in with someone else, maybe your Mom and split some things then it’s well worth the trip. Ryan will love going on Saturdays, they usually have all kinds of freebies that they’re cooking for samples.
    Yucky day, just bought a stand for my bike and made it a spinning bike, nothing like a spinning class in my garage. 🙂
    Also, I also saw your movie, I found it very dark, and didn’t like the ending at all, I love sappy, happy endings..

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    whitney
    July 1, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I highly recommend sams club or costco card! I have a costco card and my parents have sams club. I only buy food for myself and I still buy fruit and fresh produce at costco. The prices are better and I go through fruit like its my job.

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    Jamie
    July 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I have to travel 2 hours to get to Sam’s – but even then it’s worth it! I bought a bag of 8 avocados for like $2!!! Their produce is so awesome and fresh and cheap. You will save tons of cash!

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    Jenn
    July 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Sam’s Club ROCKS! I get the huge tub of organic spinach there. They have lots of produce, but, of course, you’d have to check where the veggies come from. They have eggs (for your cravings)! I don’t think it has to be just for super large purchases. Plus they even have cool workout clothes sometimes, books, and all sorts of stuff. You might get your membership worth in spinach!! Have a great evening in:)
    Jenn

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    ttfn300
    July 1, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    i think wholesale clubs are totally worth the money, even for 1! i go through so much produce, and have even found greek yogurt there!

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    MMiller
    July 1, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I used to belong to Sam’s club and now belong to Costco! We are down to just the 2 of us and we go often! It is definitely worth the cost of membership! Ours has Gass also! The savings on the gas alone was worth the membership fee! You won’t be disappointed!

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    Katy G.
    July 1, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    My husband and I belong to sam’s club. We buy most of our produce there because it’s cheaper and it lasts for about two weeks for us without going bad. I used to belong to Costco and actually liked it better than Sam’s Club. I think we might switch over when our year membership is up for Sam’s. But wholesale can definitely work for a couple.

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    Rebeca
    July 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Mmm hard boiled eggs make everything better!

    I love those wholesale clubs- for someone who juices/GMs most days it’s worth it just for me. I know my parents’ Sam’s club has Chobani ctrs for 4.99 for 32oz. My supermarket has the 16oz for 3.19. If you eat one ctr of it a week, you’ll have made your money back in savings halfway through your year membership. Not bad, plus they have Morningstar, cheese, fruit and veg, kashi cereal, etc. As long as you only buy what you’ll actually use since it’s easy to get caught up, you can really save. (If you have BJs it’s marginally better because they take coupons).

    Can you tell I’m the biggest bargain hunter around?

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    Matt
    July 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I have a Costco membership because I like the products there. I eat enough for a family so it is logical for me. Sam’s isn’t that great though; I had a membership there and canceled it because the place is disgusting. I also read an article about some of the things that they put in their good and it really turned me off.

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    Danielle C.
    July 1, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    My husband and I belong to Costco, we preferred them over Sam’s because they are ‘local’ to us with their headquarters in Issaquah, WA. Plus there aren’t many Sam’s around here (and about a billion Costco). Anyways, it’s just the two of us and we buy our produce there…sometimes we get meats because the prices are killer. We get the staples like kitty litter and stuff that we go through and the prices are so much better.

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    Heather
    July 1, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Your pic on the AG website is cute!!

    I read RR and wasn’t a huge fan either. Just too slow.

    We have a Sam’s membership (free b/c of my FIL’s business). I wish they had the same type of stuff as Costco, but we definitely like it. I think that it helps to be a bargain shopper, knowing what is and what isn’t a deal compared to the grocery store.

    Hope the weather improves!

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    Lynn
    July 1, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    The one thing about Sams that my husband and I love is CHEAPER gas!!!!!!!!!!! and of course bulk items like toilet paper, etc!

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    Heather
    July 1, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I loved Revolutionary Road, but it’s one of my favorite books and I think the book is WAY better. I love Kate Winslet though and think she can do no wrong.

    So, I belong to Sam’s AND BJ’s and go to Costco with a friend. I think it’s worth it for the produce alone. I get a 1lb tub of organic baby spinach for under $5 at Sam’s and that would be perfect for salads and green monsters. As far as shelf stable stuff goes, I don’t buy *too* much of it – I get some nuts, dried fruits and spices. My favorites: the gigantic tubs of Sabra hummus. Is there a BJ’s in Tampa? I know they are all over Orlando, but I think I like them the best since they take coupons, send out coupons, and sell roasted garlic Sabra (Sam’s only has original & roasted red pepper). Is it sad that I know which warehouse stores sell what varieties of Sabra? What a loser.

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    Sam
    July 1, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Oh too bad about the vita muffins! congrats on the amazing grass website! i posted on your last post about the coconut shampoo, well i would love to see another beauty post if you have the time!

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    Laura
    July 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I highly recommend Costco if you have one near you. I do most of my shopping for staples there and it it is just my husband and me. They have a lot of organic stuff for really good prices. My parents have a Sam’s membership and I really do not think it compares to Costco. If nothing else, you should see if you can go into each of them and compare before joining to see which you like best.

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    polly
    July 1, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    hey girl!

    D, Abbers, and I are SAM’s club members. (free with hubby’s job) and love it! Besides getting Egglands Best eggs, organic spinach, organic raspberries, bananas, sometimes chicken/salmon, big ol’ things of dishwasher soap, shaving cream, and other odds and ends… we LOVE the book section!! So many wonderful novels for like $7 bucks or less. Gotta love it! I bet you and Ryan would love it, no need for a big family, as long as you have BIG eaters. 😉 That fits you guys and us guys quite well. 😛

    XOXO

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    patti
    July 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Oh, I am so glad I am not the only one who didn’t enjoy Revolutionary Road…I fell asleep

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    Kathleen
    July 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yes, worth it in my opinion. A pound of organic spinach was $3.86 two weeks ago! We also buy skim milk there (no antibiotics in it), organic eggs occasionally, some meats (much cheaper than the supermarket but we have an issue with freezer space), some cereals (the do have nature’s path granola but it’s too high in calories imo), crushed tomato cans, large container of grapes at times or strawberries (the husband doesn’t eat either one so it would be just me eating them), portabello mushrooms at times, pineapple (was 2.99 dollars last week), water bottles (I need to buy a reusable container but I drink so much water it’s ridiculous), and soap? We still need to shop at the supermarket but we save a lot on the above items so it’s worth it.

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    Amanda
    July 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    You’ve gotta join Costco. The deals on produce are pretty darn good, especially spinach and other veggies. I also love the clothing section because I always seem to find really great deals on brands like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein to name a couple.

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    KatieF
    July 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    A Sam’s Club membership is probably worth it if you have an idea of what you will buy there. My husband and I have a BJ’s membership (very similar to Sam’s Club, and we’re a household of 2 humans + 1 dog) and we use it for very particular items. Examples include natural peanut butter, Greek yogurt, nuts (almonds, walnuts), frozen fruits and veggies, toothpaste, paper towels, tissues, some Kashi products and hormone-free meats. I would suggest going in there and seeing if you can look around without a membership and see if there are things you will actually buy and if those things are a good deal (and if you will use them before they go bad). Good luck!

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    Kathleen
    July 1, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Oh almost forgot, I also buy bulk frozen fish-last week I bought mahi mahi which was like 10 bucks for 10 big pieces. I would never buy fish without Sam’s. The only thing is the Salmon is Atlantic not wild so I will buy that in the supermarket if I can find a deal. I think they also sell nut butter but I buy it at WH so I didn’t look.

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    Danielle W.
    July 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I am a member at Sam’s, and it’s only my husband and I in the household. For us, it’s worth the yearly charge because the produce is such a great deal. I can get a 2lb tub of strawberries for $3 and a HUGE tub of spinach for like $5. I don’t really but anything else but produce for both of us, and chicken for my husband. I would totally recommend it.

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    Ally
    July 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I think it’ll be worth it for sure! You said you used one whole bag of organic spring mix just for lunch and it made me think “Why doesn’t she shop at Costco/Sams where she could get a huuuge bag for way cheaper than what’s at the grocery store?!” My fam buys books, home accesories, kitchen stuff, food, even the occasional clothing. Sometimes you have to watch out for the prices cause some stuff WILL be cheaper at the grocery store (cereal!) if it’s on sale at all. Overall, it saves tons of money for sure.

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    Julie
    July 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Jenna, regarding SAM’S – I think you would definitely benefit from joining!!!! I’m single and live alone and I absolutely love Sam’s. I mainly buy produce, veggie burgers, and a few other things since some of the bulk sizes are too much for just me. But just for the produce alone, it’s totally worth it if you eat a lot of fruit and veggies. Their prices are amazing and excellent quality too!

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    Katie
    July 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    We do Costco and I hear it is way better than Sam’s Club. I just got a giant tub of organic spinach for $3.69 and a gigantic thing of organic strawberries (like 4-5 or the ones you get at the grocery store) for $6.99. I would do Costco over Sam’s Club any day…they also have a big thing of Maranatha almond butter for $6;)

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    Low
    July 1, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    I felt the same way about Revolutionary Road! My friends make fun of me because I always rent depressing movies (and love them!) but I just didn’t enjoy that movie, for much the same reasons that you described.

    I used to be a Sam’s member but I let it expire. I’ve been wishing lately that I still had it for bananas, spinach reasons.

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    Whole Body Love
    July 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Mallard and I are members of Sam’s club. Their produce is ok sometimes. However, they have almost NOTHING all natural or organic. It’s a lot of processed pre-made …”food.” That said, if you don’t mind fruits and veggies that are not organic or processed food once in a while it could be helpful . Also if you go through lots of “non-organic” beef, chicken, pork. They do have some standard spices and baking ingredients. They have some nice kitchen appliances and decent looking furniture. We mostly use our Sam’s Club for diapers and a few household items. 🙂

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    Whole Body Love
    July 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Wow! After reading some of the other comments, I think maybe our Sam’s Club is just slacking in the natural food dept.! It seems like the others carry much more.

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    Kayla
    July 1, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I love Sam’s. They have pretty great prices on produce, soy milk, and baking supplies.

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    Rebecca
    July 1, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Your cat is adorable. I felt like laying under a blanket all day too! I’m sorry you didn’t like the movie. My boyfriend and I did a 3 month trial for a BJ’s membership and ended up never going there.

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    July 1, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    We buy MASS quantities of spinach and produce at Costco…LOVE it! Oh and big bags of organic carrots and celery and lettuce…all the good stuff. I LOVE it!

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    Bev
    July 1, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I agree about Revolutionary Road. I love both of them but that was way to depressing.

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    Christina
    July 1, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hi Jenna! I thought I would comment on the VitaMuffin getting crispy. I am in college and live by myself and I often bake things like muffins and freeze them. If I don’t want something to get crispy, I just wrap it in foil and warm it in the oven. This always seems to keep my baked goods very moist, I guess it kind of steams them in a way. Thought I would mention it, maybe this will come in handy next time you need to warm something up!! I love your blog, by the way, and I read every day!

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    Jenny
    July 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I looooooove costco and think it is so worth it. Coincidentally on my most recent trip to Costco I discovered that mine has started to carry Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin tops- at quite a reduced price compared to online/other stores. I jumped up and down in the aisle when I saw them!

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    Whitney
    July 1, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I prefer Costco over Sam’s for the produce, but you can get great deals. I think it would totally be worth it just for the amount of spinach you two consume!

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    Leah
    July 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I agree w/ you about Revolutionary Road… Sadly.

    Also, about Sam’s Club – GO FOR IT! We save SO much money by shopping wholesale! (Costco!) Check out my blog, I have a shopping list of stuff I get at Costco w/ prices (may vary w/ region, etc). It’s amazing what you can get. We get 90% of our fresh produce there too. HUGE bags of spinach for hella cheap, a bunch of bananas for $1.29, etc. So so so amazing! We have the executive membership where we get money back on all our purchases at the end of the year and it ALWAYS pays for the membership the next year and then some!

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    Deva
    July 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    we have a Sam’s membership and I like how much produce I can get there and that it’s pretty steady staple items too, some things are cheaper at the grocery store, and some are cheaper at Sam’s. If you like a lot of spinach, their prices on boxed spinach rock, and they also have some good selections in their frozen and refrigerated sections (soymilk, bolthouse farms juices, etc). If you could go with someone who has a membership to both, you could decide that way 🙂

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    Logan
    July 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    We have a membership at both. I have found that some of the produce items at Costco go bad very quickly though. I am specifically remembering plums and watermelon. But I buy spinach, lettuce, mini cucumbers, grapes and other things that I know we will use quickly. I am dangerous in those stores, though, because they sell such neat stuff. I definitely think it would be worth it for you to check both stores and join one for a year. Our Costco membership was $50. We bought tires there (got a great deal) and a lot of other things too. I love to buy things like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, etc in bulk so we don’t run out!

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    emily
    July 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Could you maybe go in on the membership with another couple who has similar tastes? When my husband (then bf) and I lived with another couple in college we shared an account.

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    Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    July 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    My parents belong to BJ’s which is basically the same thing, and it works really well for them since they’re sticking to a budget these days.

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    baggles
    July 1, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I actually liked Revolutionary Road! I think maybe it has something to do with reading the book first, it seems like a lot of the girls on here who liked the movie also read (and liked) the book. As always the book is much better, but I do love Leo and Kate and think they’re perfect for the parts!!

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    Dee
    July 1, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Sam’s Club is so worth the membership fees because you’ll save big bucks buying your spinach and bananas and other produce there at a significant discount. And the spinach and some of the other produce is organic! Plus, cat supplies are really cheap, too. Only drawback is no good nut butters! It works out great for the hubby and me. Go for it!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    July 1, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Hooray for leftovers!!! It’s always fun to play around with soups and make some new, yummy mixtures. And what a perfect dinner for a rainy day. 🙂

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    Shelly
    July 1, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I belong to Sam’s and never go there- but it’s b/c the boyfriend and I don’t have very much space in our kitchen. Well, that and Sam’s is about 20 minutes out of the way. But I do love the store. My parents shop there all the time (b/c theirs is only a 5 minute drive away) and the best thing about the Sam’s store is that some of them have discounted gasoline as well! I had a friend in grad school who always used my car to gas up. Haha.

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    Megan
    July 1, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    I have a Costco membership and it is the best. I use it more for discounted gas in my car than anything else but it is worth it. Every now and then I do buy some veggies and fruits in bulk even though it’s only me in my house but again, totally worth it. If I don’t use up what I buy I can freeze most of it and enjoy it later. You can also get killer deals and that is yet another reason to join. Even if you don’t buy produce and whatnot you can also get deals on clothing, appliances, wine, etc. I even used my membership to buy new hardwood for my condo. I highly recommend investing in a membership.

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    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    July 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Jenna,
    Chris and I do ALL of our shopping at Costco. It literally saves us $1000’s every year. 26 ounces of Maranatha almond butter for $6.25?!? That right there is worth joining! Not sure what all Sam’s carries, but we buy all of our produce, hummus, greens, cheese, eggs, and nuts at Costco. LOVE IT!

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    Caroline
    July 2, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Such a cute shirt!
    I love being a member of Sam’s–I get a lot of my produce there. While it’s probably not local, you can get giant tubs of organic greens for cheap, not to mention berries and avocados. Yum!

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    Carrie
    July 2, 2009 at 12:02 am

    We’ve had a Costco membership for just a couple of months and have already saved twice what we would have paid for some of the items at the grocery. I’ve been really impressed at some of the good deals we’ve found on some of our regular staples, including a lot of organic goodies.

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    Megan
    July 2, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I love going to Costco and just wandering around seeing what deals I can find. They have a great produce section and a pretty tasty looking meat/deli section. You’ll find there’s a few items that will make it especially worth your while. In your case probably the bulk veggies (spinach!) I ALWAYS get a huge box of Quaker oatmeal there…100 servings for like $4? A lot more convenient than buying the canisters at the store every other week!

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    Kristen
    July 2, 2009 at 12:25 am

    As long as you know your prices. Some things you can get cheaper, and some you can’t. They should let you do a free visit just to look and price out what you would want to buy and determine if you will save money. You just have to be careful and make sure you don’t assume something is a good deal. I belong to Costco and for the most part I eat the same food all the time and so I know what is worth it and what isn’t.

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    Kate
    July 2, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I HIGHLY suggest costco or sams for bulk. My brother and I drink GM every morning and needless to say we go through spinach very quickly. Costco has the same brand of organic spinach as whole foods and we also get the same almond butter as they have at whole foods and in the greenwise section at publix, but instead of the small jar at publix costing something like 11 dollars, a GIANT jar is 7!!!!! you seriously cant beat it.

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    Tay
    July 2, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I couldn’t imagine life without Costco. Going from shopping there as part of a family of 7, to shopping just for me, I see a HUGE difference in that I can’t buy too much there. If you’re shopping for just the two of you, there will be limitations, but if you have the storage space, you can store bulk items, and freeze many things! And it is SOOO worth it for the produce! Fruit and veggies there are ridiculously cheap! $5 for a 4-lb container of strawberries. $7 for 32 oz blueberries! $3 for 3-lb bag of spinach! Amazing!!

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    Bec
    July 2, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Sometimes the simplest things are so hard with out a microwave

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    Cyndie
    July 2, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Along with many other commenters, I’d suggest joining Costco if possible! My family was members of both Sams and Costco, and I much prefer the latter. I save SO much money because I can buy all of my favorite food for much cheaper! I save money on HUGE boxes of Nature’s Path and Kashi cereal, organic soymilk (they also have rice and almond milk), natural salsa, Sabra’s hummus, organic peanut butter, Arnold’s Sandwhich Thins, organic spinach, organic spring Mix, edamame, veggie burgers, and so much more. I rarely have to go to a regular grocery store now!

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    MarathonVal
    July 2, 2009 at 1:40 am

    I love Costco, even though it’s not super close to where I live. The other day my husband went through about 85% of a jar of salsa… for ONE MEAL!!!! That is when I realized that I MUST go to Costco more often or else we are just throwing money out the window right and left!!

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    Tracey
    July 2, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I love Costco! I go every week and stock up – and I live alone! They have incredible fruits and veggies, great meat and fish, wonderful dinner-type refrigerated and frozen items, and huge boxes of healthy ice cream bars (Healthy Choice Fudge Bars are my drug of choice!) Costco is a must!

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    Jessica
    July 2, 2009 at 3:23 am

    we have a sam’s membership and I haven’t seen any good prices on bulk spinach yet, but other produce is great there. other than that … they don’t really have much as far as variety, especially the health kind. But they have huge bags of mixed frozen fruit for $8 and we always get that. I also love the huge tubs of hummus, and they have great prices on almonds! I hear Costco has maranatha almond butter and fage…. i haven’t been there but we have one here that i need to visit …
    -Muffy

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    Lola
    July 2, 2009 at 3:44 am

    Personally, I think you would be much, much happier with a Costco membership. The products that they offer and the quality of their goods is so above and beyond Sam´s that it is worth the higher membership fee. Also, I don´t know if this will apply to you and Ryan, but if you spend enough money there during the year, you get money back..for us, it is always more than the cost of membership.

    Costco has EXCELLENT meats, cheeses, wines, produce, and much much better brands of prepared foods like Kashi cereal, Maranatha PB and AB, and even some things that I couldn´t find in a grocery store. I know you appreciate quality, so I think you would prefer Costco. Just my little Costco spiel. We were Sam´s members for years and I can´t even stand going in there now.

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    Laura
    July 2, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I agree with the folks above – you would love a Costco membership. It is only my husband and I in our house and we get our money’s worth just in produce at Costco. I can get a pound of spinach for $3 when it costs almost $7 at the grocery. I also love their fruit selection and like others have said, almond butter, organic peanut butter, frozen fruit and we love their organic milk. They have great meat selections and tons of prepared foods! We go at least once a week and have no trouble feeling like we’re getting our money’s worth!

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    Christie @ Find My Weigh
    July 2, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I would go for a Costco membership for a few reasons, the first being how Sam’s/Walmart treat their employees. They use very unethical business practices and you vote with your dollars. That aside, I would still choose Costco any day of the week. They have a large selection of organics and enviro friendly products. It is just my husband and I and we buy most of our produce there, I go once per week. I buy the spinach, spring mix, tomatoes, english cukes, berries, cherries, frozen fruit and we also buy meat and cheese there. I find that the amount of produce in one package is just enough for two people to get through one week if they eat a lot of produce so we never really waste anything. We have had the experience of salad mix going bad but we didn’t open it until 4 days after buying it so I would try to plan your trip for a day that you are already out.

    I know you don’t eat very much meat at all and unless you have a deep freezer, I wouldn’t recommend buying meat there though they do offer organic choices. They also seel Sabre in huge tubs or these boxes with individual containers which are great because I can’t normally get through one of the huge tubs before it goes bad. Their jumbo lump crabmeat is the best deal ever, at least around here, and they offer some wild fish.

    Oh, boy, this has turned into quite the book. Costco will let you walk through the store without a membership so you may want to try that.

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    Ada
    July 2, 2009 at 6:08 am

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Revolutionary Road either (even though parts of it were filmed at my high school!). I usually do not mind depressing movies, but this was depressing to the max!

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    Erica
    July 2, 2009 at 6:58 am

    How freaking cute is that t shirt? Your split pea soup looks delicious to me…I love the addition of egg (yayy for extra protein). Josh and I belong to Costco and LOVE it. You can get giant bunches of fruit and veggies there and its just the best. I prefer Costco to Sams club but if your Sam’s is much closer- go for it!

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    megan
    July 2, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Jenna – a tip for reheating frozen muffins that I swear by: try using a steaming basket. Boil a little water in a pot and then put the muffin in the steaming basket until you can stick a knife all the way through indicating it is warmed through. This works like a charm for muffins that are frozen, or even if they are thawed and you want a little moistness. It’s important that they remain in their paper muffin cup though so the bottom doesn’t get mushy. I always bake a batch of muffins and freeze them immediately so I don’t have to worry about them going bad and I always have fresh baked muffins on hand!

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    Jody
    July 2, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I have a BJ’s membership and even for just the two of us, it’s great…especially for produce. Every week we get a 1 lb. tub of organic spinach, a cantelope, avacados, cucumbers, asparagus, bananas, blackberries, strawberries and grapes! It’s also great for paper products, discounted electronics and meat. We’re working on getting a small chest freezer so that we can store frozen veggies, chicken, and fish.

    I would call and see if they do a trial membership–I know BJ’s does.

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    Laura
    July 2, 2009 at 7:38 am

    It’s just me and my hubby but we use our Sam’s membership weekly, at least. They have organic spinach and organic mixed salad greens for the same price as the grocery store, but double the size. I also stock up on Kashi cereal and the razor blade refills. The Venus ones are expensive when you get them at the drug store or Target! Plus, they have great wine at a great price. We have gotten random stuff too, like air filters, Christmas wrap, and even a camera! Oh, and there gas is always 10cents cheaper.

    Note, we don’t have a costco where I live. If we did, I would go there instead of Sams.

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    sirenjess
    July 2, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Sorry you didn’t like the movie. I’ve never seen it but I saw My sister’s keeper and I have to say pass it. It’s nothing like the book and it’s awful. I hate when screenwriters take a book and change the entire story and leave key characters out.

    I would get a Costco membership but that’s my suggestion. They carry a lot of organic products.

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    Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri)
    July 2, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I have nothing to add to this thread but I felt like saying good morning! : ) So there you have it…Good Morning!

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    kilax
    July 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I thought that movie was super depressing! I read blogs the whole time we “watched” it. LOL.

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    EL
    July 2, 2009 at 8:36 am

    My husband and I belong to Costco and we buy tons of stuff there. We buy the majority of our produce, meat, dairy/soy, and paper products from Costco. I <3 Costco. We also buy clothes and books from them.

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    Ryan (Chase Daylight)
    July 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Evan and I are going to join Sam’s here in Orlando JUST for the prices on organic spinach. A pound container is under $4.00 (it’s between $6.49 and $7.99 at WF or Publix) which we easily go through between green smoothies and salads. They also have the organic mixed greens salad for the same price. Make sure you have some Debbie Meyer Green Bags though!

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    saramariesue
    July 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

    As for buying produce at Sam’s – I think you would be buying produce similar to what is sold at WalMart (since they are pretty much one and the same) – so you would have to keep in mind that organic produce may not be available if there are certain things that you like to buy organically. I would call or ask them ahead of time what type of produce will be available to you.

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    Quinn
    July 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Oh sister, Revolutionary Road is HORRIBLE! My friend Sara brought it over a few weeks ago – and it was awful, just awful. I would not recommend it to anyone. Why it received buzz from the Oscars I will never know. That, and I happen to hate Leo DiCaprio as well. But, that’s neither here nor there.

    On another note, I joined Costco last week, and am in love already.

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    Morgan
    July 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    The movie was disappointing, but the book is worth a read. I read Rev. Road before I saw the movie, and maybe that is why I was also disappointed, but it was a good read.
    And I agree with you about frozen spinach. I tried it in my GM, and it gives it a weird, gel like consistency I think . I don’t know how to describe it, but YUCK!

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    Fitzalan
    July 2, 2009 at 10:13 am

    My husband and I belong to Costco (similar to Sam’s Club) and we don’t go all that often but when we do, we always stock up on the major items–chicken, frozen veggies, yogurt, etc. It is 1 big purchase but it holds us over so our weekly grocery trips are much less.

    See if there is anyone else you can go in on a membership with. You could use Eat, Live, Run as your company name and have a few people belong together under this company. It would make it cheaper. I belong under my parent’s “company” (they own a few rental properties) with all my siblings. We all pay for it ourselves to my mom, but it is much cheaper doing it this way.

    Happiness Awaits

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    Megan
    July 2, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I am a Costco member and I highly recommend joining. I have friends who recently switched from Sam’s to Costco and they can not get over the difference in quality. In the past year it seems that Costco has made a huge shift to organic produce and other food items. The wine/beer/liquor section is also amazing, especially if you need to stock up for a party. I can not get over the price of Larabars! We only have 2 people in our household, but my guy has recently made a shift to healthier eating (green monsters) so we fly through produce, and their prices for organic can not be beat. I am a die-hard Whole Foods fan but I’ve found myself heading to Costco more and more.

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    Cate
    July 2, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I love Costco in Canada. Everything we have is from there. I can always trust that Costco has the best price for appliances, furniture and books, though selection is not the biggest. Meat and produce isn’t as cheap as some grocery stores around here. I also had a membership at Sam’s Club until they closed. I loved it too but I had to drive 30 minutes to get to the nearest one. I’d say that they carry different produce (brands/organic/conventional) vs Costco so you will have to check out which one carries items you would purchase. Definitely split your membership with your parents. In Canada you have to show that you reside at the same address so bring your ID showing your parents address when you join with them. Oh, we have the Executive membership and though it costs $45 more here, the 2% rebate we receive every year has resulted in them paying me to go to Costco (my rebate check is usually $200+ – yeah we buy everything there) so that covers the membership renewal and then some.
    Costco’s Kirkland Signature features the Martha Stewart product line. Up here in Canada we can’t get it but I would love to try out her line.

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    magicanderson
    July 2, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Just had to say… I was so disappointed in Revolutionary Road. Hubby rented it and then when I told him what it was about he didn’t want to watch it (sounded too sad for the mood he was in, I guess) so I watched it alone. Too dark, too slow, too much yelling, no great surprises. Love the actors in other things but didn’t care for the movie at all!
    We go to Sam’s for 2 adults and 2 young children and get great deals on certain things. Tires for vehicles are one thing that’s great at ours (they have a mechanic shop at ours). Also, great place to go before entertaining.
    Love the pic of Dexter, my little green-eyed black cat, Julia, is sitting right here!
    Hope today is sunnier!
    Lisa

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    Diane
    July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I saw Revolutionary Road and I also thought it was awful. My sister couldn’t believe I didn’t like it. I thought it was so slow and couldn’t wait for it to be over. I’m with you!!!

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    Steph (Steph Runs the City)
    July 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    i just watched revolutionary road and was extremely disapointed too 🙁 not what i had hoped for! oh well… i think costco is great for things like paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, etc. i bought a huge box of garbage bags for like $8 and it lasted for over a year! it was the best purchase i’ve ever made in my life.

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    Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    July 2, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    In college I thought it would be a GREAT idea to use my parent’s membership at Sam’s Club and stock up my cabinets for a full school year. Oh goodness, I actually had my giant boxes of pasta and rice for OVER A YEAR!! I think there are certainly deals to be had (esp. for 2!) if you buy what you know you use A LOT of – otherwise, it probably is more for families!!

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    Nabeela
    July 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I love shopping at Costco, even though there are only two of us. A lot of their produce is organic. I love their organic fuji apples, they are the sweetest I’ve tasted among all the local grocery stores. They also have a great deal on organic baby spinach(3.50 for 1 1/2 lbs). They have amazing prices for berries. Recently, I saw 2 lbs of blueberries for 5 bucks! They also sell 4 lbs strawberries for 4.99(but it might be a California thing, since we grow them strawberries here). They have a good selection for all natural peanut butter and all natural preserves. They used to sell MaraNatha almond butter before at my Costco, but they stopped. They also sell Stonyfield’s Organic flavored yogurts…..and not to forget the amazingly cheap shrimp, tilapia and salmon! Do check it out today if you have time.

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    Rhoni
    July 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Revolutionary Road is just one of those movies that you have to watch and then absorb. You’ll think about it for days after and just appreciate something more. Even if it’s just that Kate Winslet is a genious. But I hope you’ve seen The Reader! Now that is a very interesting and well-made/acted film!

    And now I am going to have to get a Costco membership! Wowza! Those deals sound incredible…you should be their spokesperson if the wine thing doesn’t work out! lol

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    valerie
    July 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Sam’s Club is owned by the same owners as Wal-Mart. They are famous for infringing on their employees’ civil and human rights, they have terrible environmental regulations, they have mislabeled food as organic, they deny their employees a 40 hour week so that they can save on health insurance, they run small businesses out of town. All this while the CEO and his family make billions of dollars a year. If you have to buy in bulk (super environmentally unfriendly esp for individually packaged food) I’d choose Costco. I’ve been a member for 10 years or so and they do have some really good deals.

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    Chloe
    July 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Jenna, I have three words for you: maranatha almond butter. Six dollars. Costco. Go.

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