"No longer do you need to resort to peanut butter crackers or protein bars for dinner. Nope, not when you have Costco in your corner."

Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 4, 2018
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You may recall the college application essay about Costco that gained the author, Brittany Stinson, admission into five Ivy League schools and Stanford that went viral in 2016. Now, another young student is showering the beloved wholesaler with praise in a humorous article in The University of Virginia's The Cavalier Daily.

In a story titled "Costco Wholesale is a student's best friend," Madeline Seymour weaves readers through Costco's inviting aisles — touching on the joy of free samples, their affordable undergarments, and generous return policy (" No joke — I’ve seen someone return a dead plant.") — delineating all that she adores about the bulk retailer.

"If you’re like me — on a budget with student loans galore — Costco is the place for you. No longer do you need to resort to peanut butter crackers or protein bars for dinner. Nope, not when you have Costco in your corner. At every turn, there’s an employee handing out samples — in other words, free food. All you need is a few a few well-designed disguises and you can hit those sample stands — multiple times. In no time, you can get a three-course meal — totally for free," Seymour writes, in one of our favorite excerpts.

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"Costco is for all — for those not wanting to loosen their purse strings, those with big families that need big portion sizes or even those that are addicted to the $1.50 hot-dog-and-soda combo," Seymour writes in a final plea to urge her classmates to book it to the local Charlottesville Costco.

Thanks for the reminder, Ms. Seymour. Now, off we go to pick up some fresh flowers and return that plant (we kid, we kid).