U.S. — As more and more families are hit by inflation under the Biden administration, experts are reporting that millions of Americans are turning to Costco samples as their primary source of sustenance.
"We used to be able to afford a decent meal," said Karen Snarl, a mother of three from suburban Ohio. "But with everything getting so expensive, we've had to get creative. So now, we pile in the minivan and take Ryden, Brynlee, Gynyveeve, Wendell, and Oliver to take a lap or two around Costco and fill up."
"We used to just go to Costco for the free samples as a treat," said Jimmy Williker, a father of two from Texas, as he lined up for a ground-beef mini taco. "But now, it's our main source of food. We'll go from sample station to sample station and make a meal out of whatever we can find."
"Honey, they've got chips and a cool ranch dip over here! Hurry up!" he shouted to his wife Bridgette, who was sampling some frozen yogurt.
Some families have even resorted to putting on a disguise to make a second circuit around the store, like putting fake mustaches on everyone, or stacking the kids on each other's shoulders in a trenchcoat.
At publishing time, sources had confirmed that some families are also filling up on free Diablo Sauce packets at Taco Bell.
Should you get your kid the new iPhone 14? Of course.