Featured Image Wholesale stores are the way to go when it comes to finding great prices. If you carefully compare the price-per-unit you’ll find it can save you a lot in the long run. Although the savings are great and the churros are to die for, I’m not going shopping there for everything. Here’s why. I tend to over use the items I purchase. For example, if I only have one roll of paper towels in the pantry, I’ll use a dish towel for a spill hoping that roll will hold me over until the next trip to the store. However, if I know my pantry is overflowing, I may reach for the paper towels a little too readily. Am I really saving money if I use more of the products I buy? (Not to mention the environmental impact, yikes!) The second reason is simply that I like variety. I can’t tell you how much I once loved honey oat granola bars. They were my go-to snack and I always had one in my purse (usually halfway crumbled making a mess) at any given time. That is, until I bought an industrial sized box of them at the discount warehouse. I am so sick of them now and we STILL have half of a box left. Lastly, while I feel a sense of accomplishment after a trip to the shopper’s club, I generally end up making a trip to my regular grocery store anyway. I use honey occasionally, but not enough to warrant a $26 giant bottle. Therefore I find myself on another trip to the grocery store to spend more money on the items I didn’t need in bulk. Before I make a run to the wholesale warehouse, I always make a list and stick to it. There are a lot of temptations there and sometimes you just don’t need a year’s supply of fudge popsicles. Just kidding, who doesn’t need a year’s supply of fudge popsicles? Audra F. Hi, I’m Audra! I’m a marketing specialist here at VACU. I joined VACU right out of college at VCU 5 years ago. In that time, I got engaged, married my college sweetheart and had two babies; a girl and a boy. I’ve learned a lot about finances working at the credit union, but even more from navigating these life changes. So I’m excited to share my personal financial journey with you and what I’m learning along the way. Other stories by Audra F.