Ramsey Monroe knows a thing or two—or maybe 179—about Costco.
Monroe, known as “The Costco Connoisseur” on her popular blog and Instagram page, has been to a whopping 179 Costco warehouses in 33 states, as well as outposts in Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the U.K. She’s not gunning for a world record; she says she simply enjoys seeing the differences in warehouses around the globe. (There are 767 Costco warehouses worldwide, including 532 locations in 44 states and Puerto Rico.)
“I try to go to as many as I can,” says Monroe, whose Costco sprint started in 2014. “A lot of my friends think I’m crazy, like, ‘You’re visiting Mexico and you’re going to Costco?’”
Though many companies pay influencers to travel the world and promote their brands, Monroe pays for her Costco adventures entirely out of pocket, documenting her journey through the hashtag #GoingToAllTheCostcos. The 35-year-old blogger and engineer has never received money from the retailer or vendors for posting product reviews.
The Washington, D.C. area-based blogger aims to show readers the benefits of Costco aside from its popular cheap, bulk groceries. The retailer also sells unconventional goods such as coffins and urns, propane, household pizza ovens, and humidors for cigars. Aspiring gym rats can even nab discounted two-year 24-Hour Fitness memberships.
Monroe’s scouting pays off: She finds high-end cosmetics like Smashbox or Clinique for 20 to 40% off the retail price, plus designer clothes like Ugg and Hunter boots for nearly $50 less than retail prices.