I have decided to become a Costco member. My best friend swears by the place, and always finds really cool and high-quality foods there, as well as good deals on other things. He even bought his fiancee's engagement ring there! Also, every article I've read about them says they treat their employees VERY well, and I'm happy to support a company like that, in this day and age of corporate amorality.
Also, I'm throwing a small party this Saturday -- a vaguely Halloween-themed costume party blended with a belated apartment-warming for myself. I'm expecting between 12 and 20 guests, and I'd love to get some good stuff. I really like those fresh mozzarella cheese balls that come marinating in oil and herbs, which I know Costco carries, but what other cool party foods should I look for? And what staples should I buy there as opposed to the supermarket (Publix and Albertson's, in my area)? I understand they have really good meats at a fraction of the cost of the supermarket, decent produce, good baked goods, and some affordable gourmet stuff. (I am a sucker for cold cuts, sausages, other salty cured meats, and cheese of all kinds.) Any advice would be welcomed. Just keep in mind I'm a grad student and I live alone in an apartment, so I don't have a limitless budget to be Foodie of the Century. I love good deals and saving money wherever I can!