This Nashville couple thought they’d save money by moving closer to Costco. Wrong.

Laura Grace Tarpley was sure that moving closer to Costco would help her save money on food. Not just because she’d be able to buy groceries in bulk—the chain’s claim to bargain fame—but also because it’d help her do more meal prep, which she said would “fight the temptation” of takeout. So how did it happen that she and husband found themselves spending $206 more, every month, on groceries? And yet another $164 on restaurant food? Because Tarpley, it turns out, is the only one of of her friends with a backyard. And that makes her the designated host for socially distanced group dining during the pandemic. Business Insider on how the pandemic continues to turn our expectations upside down.

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