My husband and I decided to get a BJ’S membership a few months ago for the year. . . for those of you who don’t know, BJ’S is a wholesale club where you can go to buy things in “bulk”. . . we’ve had it for a
few months now, and this is only our second time dragging our lazy asses to the establishment. . . we did think however, that getting this membership would be beneficial to us, the environment and our community – in some way, right? – so, eighty dollars later and we have ourselves a membership, and months after that we make our second trip. . .
But here’s the thing we are learning very quickly about wholesaling. . . IT’S FREAKING AWFUL! everything is covered in plastic packaging, and the packaging is covered in packaging!
Did you know that you need a 15 x 15 quarter-inch thick piece of cardboard to showcase the famous GoPro camera for sale??? They have boxes upon boxes – as the display – with slits cut into them to hold these thick, big pieces of cardboard, and if you want to buy one, you grab one of the pieces, HOW STUPID IS THAT?
I thought packaging was idiotic, this is taking it to a WHOLE new level!
A six-pack of canned beans, sitting in a cardboard box, and wrapped in plastic, why not just one big can?
A box of eight boxes of pasta, why not just one post-consumer box?
Boxes filled with packaged, single servings of; yogurt, olives, cheese, applesauce, fruit cocktail, peanut butter for crying out loud, peanut butter!!! Why. Not. Just. One. Container?
Boxes filled with those tiny bags of chips, then covered in plastic. WHY NOT JUST ONE BAG OF CHIPS?! Why not america? Why fucking not?
Oh yeah, laziness and greed, that’s why.
Anyhow, so our little family is strolling through the isles, food shopping, and trying to figure out the best things to buy at this place without producing way too much packaging.
People just don’t care, ya know?
Some easy decisions were staples like sugar, flour, baking soda, and cooking oils; we just grab the biggest non-plastic bag they have, and bring that shit home, it lasts for months!
There are VERY tricky things that they want you to fall for. Like pre-cut cheeses individually wrapped “for your convenience,” a box eight boxes of spaghetti, three Styrofoam egg cartons packaged together with, you guessed it, PLASTIC!
This place officially makes me sick…
Good things to get are meat – but if only it weren’t packaged with foam and plastic! milk, butter, bakery items. but. . . plastic, plastic, plastic! some other good things to buy in big bags are nuts, and dried fruits, but plastic.
Think we are going to cancel our membership, buying wholesale is not what we need. We need REAL bulk places to go. Where, you know, we can bring our own containers for say; beer, wine, milk, butter, cream, sugar, flour, baking soda, vinegar, coconut oil, or essential oils. Ahhhh, this would be my dream. But we live in Massachusetts, so we are s.o.l until i dig into the research about this and figure something out!
Also, this trip to BJ’S sparked my fascination – again – about what exactly is in the foods we eat everyday. So, it might take me a few days – or more, i have a few new topics i would like to explore – but stay tuned for some food ingredient analyzing by yours truly 🙂
Also, also, I will think some more about how we can make the best of our membership while we do have it – so we don’t waste money on it, maybe this awful place does have it’s purposes, right?! Maybe.
Have a great night!