I wonder...what did you buy last time you were at Costco? Our Bishop recently re-warned us against over spending, and the First Presidency has sent out a letter regarding debt. (If you haven't heard it over the pulpit yet, you will soon.) Part of our Bishop's remarks focused on two "Syndromes": The Fry's Syndrome and the Costco Syndrome.
Fry's Syndrome: Going out to purchase something, and trading up to something more expensive and "Better". More features? More power? It must be better! (Never mind the fact he spent $60 extra on a DVD player that can RECORD, and still hasn't learned how to set the clock, let alone record anything.) Ask yourself: Is a smaller item sufficient for my needs?
Costco Syndrome: Purchasing things you never knew you needed until you saw it on the shelf.
We go to Costco to save money on our milk, eggs, bread, and cheese. We leave with deck furniture, baby clothes, and imported Swiss and mangoes. Huh?
Today I went to Costco and bought:
10 pounds of red potatoes
Tikka Masala sauce
Honey Nut cheerios
What did YOU buy at Costco last time you were there? Did you plan to buy all of it? Is it a problem in your house, or are you completely within budget?