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Okay, I better say right now that I have no affiliation with Costco. Or Sam’s Club. Or Super Nifty Difty Price Saver Club of America. Except that I do often shop at these places in order to save oodles and gobs of money.

Or at least I think I save oodles and gobs of money.

I mean… come on. I can get a bag of Cheetos at Costco and it costs me the same as a bag of Cheetos at the nearest grocery store. The difference? The Costco version comes in 40 gallon trash bags. Which makes me feel powerful. Especially when I’m sitting on a bus with my giant bag, purposefully flaunting it next to whatever joe blow is sitting next to me with his silly little lunch-pack size bag of inferior chips (though I’m guessing the chips in his bag are probably a bit crisper).

The same goes for everything else. My protein drinks. Beef jerky. Even flowers, should I find myself liking a particular girl more than I ought to.

But have you ever noticed… there is almost nothing inside of Costco that costs less than ten bucks. Except maybe that big bag of Cheetos.

I need bathroom soap? Ten bucks. Ziplocks? Ten bucks. Deodorant? Ten bucks. Orange juice? Ten bucks.

And then after I’ve walked for hours eating samples, finding what I need, and mentally begging the checkout lines to move faster, the cashier beeps everything in my cart in less than ten seconds, shoves a receipt into my hand, and out I go.

At this point, I always think I’ve done well. But then I look at my receipt. And I’m like…

What?!

A hundred bucks?!

That’s impossible.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!