5 Things to Buy at Costco

5 Things to Buy at Costco

I’ve consulted my Costco Price List and my Costco Deals: Organic Price List 2013, and I’ve narrowed down the 5 things to buy at Costco to give your family the most bang for their monthly food budget buck. Keep in mind, not everything at Costco is the lowest price. And you can often times find a better deal by combining a coupon with a sale. However, sometimes you want to know that you can walk in on any given day of the week and find solid, everyday savings. This is particularly important when you are trying to buy organic. Since buying organic tends to be more expensive, shopping at Costco can be a great strategy to save on buying organic items.

With everyday savings in mind, here are the 5 things to buy at Costco:

1. MEAT – Whether you buy conventionally raised meat or organic meat, you can’t beat the everyday savings you get buying it at Costco. Since most families serve some form of meat most meals, it can save you a bundle by buying it in bulk. It does require that you have adequate freezer space, but by stocking up once a month, you know you will have the makings of a meal on hand. Not to mention if you plan to have a party or dinner guests, buying in bulk stretches your dollar.

2. MAPLE SYRUP – The price you pay at Costco is definitely less than what you’d pay at the grocers. Real maple syrup can be an expensive ingredient, but the taste is worth every penny. Knowing that I am getting a great price keeps our pantry stocked with real, delicious maple syrup.

3. ORGANIC WHOLE BEAN COFFEE – The savings on organic whole bean coffee is substantial. I’m talking about saving $1.50 to $2.00 per pound over what you’d pay for regular coffee beans! Say your family goes through a pound of coffee a week. Buying organic whole bean coffee at Costco offers a minimum of $78 in savings over the course of a year. That savings alone is worth the price of a Costco membership.

4. ORGANIC LETTUCE, SPINACH AND SALAD MIXES – Hands down, Costco has the best price on tubs of organic spinach and salad mixes. In order to really reap the savings here, you have to be committed to using what you purchase before it spoils. That goes for any produce you buy. However, if you are trying to feed your family whole foods, then the large quantities actually make sense. We should be buying large tubs of spinach and lettuce.

5. NUTS – Whether you are from the South and prefer pecans, or from up North and use more walnuts, raw, bulk nuts from Costco are significantly cheaper than buying them from the grocers. We love raw almonds, and the Costco price is the best in town. Since the bags of nuts are large, don’t forget to store your nuts in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Although these are the 5 things I found to offer the best savings, these aren’t the only items that find their way into my cart each month. I also like the prices on bananas, organic eggs, craisins, stretch island fruit leather, yeast cakes, and Luna bars.

What are the 5 things you buy at Costco?

Did you know I spent an entire month eating only at Costco and only spent $425 for a family of four (with teenagers!)? Find my meal plans and shopping list.

Don’t forget to check out my price comparison between Costco and Walmart!


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  1. I buy coconut oil, carton almond milk, spices, Greek yogurts and meat.

  2. 1. I’ve found the 20lb bags of potatoes to be a must buy. Not only are they huge (have you seen the tiny potatoes at the grocery store??) they are good quality. The price is usually around $6-7, which is awesome.
    2. Coconut oil. The brand varies, but I can get a 32oz jar for a fraction of the price online.
    3. organic or regular cane sugar. Cheap!
    4. Tillamook Cheddar cheese–we eat a lot of this, and for 7.99, we buy two at a time.
    5. Tortilla Land tortillas–uncooked, delicious. Yes, I could make my own, I haven’t yet mastered them. These only have 5 ingredients.

  3. Kirkland vanilla ice cream is the best!!!
    Dubliner cheese…mmmmm
    San Francisco biodegradable kcups French roast
    Organic Kirkland tortilla chips
    Fruit and nut medley (dried fruits)
    Kirkland select a size paper towels
    Wild Alaskan salmon fresh
    Provolone cheese slices
    Bakery torta sandwich bread
    Organic strawberry jam
    Chicago mix popcorn and now organic boom chicka pop kettle corn
    Seeds of change rice/quinoa microwave packs
    Organic milk
    Oh man I didn’t realize I had so many favorite costco items…no wonder I spend so much money there!!!!

  4. LOVE this list Carmen! I tend to fill my cart to the brim there too! Andrea

  5. Thanks for the list! Unfortunately, I’ve never found any organic nuts at Costco. Furthermore, their raw almonds are fumigated with PPO (proylene oxide), which is labeled a possible carcinogen by the EPA.

  6. Mar, I’ve had lots of comments about the nuts at Costco. I’ve left several comments in the comment box at our local Costco about the PPO. I’m hoping if enough people will do it, Costco will stop. Andrea

  7. I love:
    the big package of already cooked bacon,
    the big bag of frozen chicken breasts,
    Kirkland toilet paper,
    the giant box of garbage bags,
    the large boxes of ziploc bags,
    the heavy duty foil
    large carton of heavy cream (when they have it) & half & half
    Kerry Gold butter
    Kirkland butter
    Kirklands Pacific Bold k-cups
    the dehydrated potato hashbrowns
    the marinated artichoke hearts
    marinated mushrooms
    marinated Muffalotta spread
    Brussels Sprouts
    Sugar Snap peas
    Butter crunch lettuce
    Premiere Protein drinks (chocolate)
    and the giant bag of gummy bears and worms.
    I often buy nuts there but NOT my pecans. BJs quality in pecans is hands down WAY better and right about the same price. Its worth the cost of BJs membership for them alone.
    I love their macadamia nuts though.. sigh.
    I also buy my Naproxin Sodium (Aleve) there..
    my 2000 IU liquid gel Vitamin D
    and my 600 count (Kirkland brand) benedryl.
    These are sooo much cheaper and better here than anywhere else.

    I cant walk in this store without spending less than $100.. and its quite often over $200.
    But I love this store.

    I also often buy my hamburger & ribeyes or Delmonicos if I havent got any from a half of a cow. Costco meat is hands down the best ANYWHERE!

  8. After reading other folks likes, it jogged my memory on a few other things.. it is also the only place I buy my Pure Olive Oil, EVOO, and Balsamic Vinegar as well as Heinz white vinegar.
    I too buy the giant bags of restaurant size potatoes, the huge bags of onions (oh the french onion soup they make.. yum!) and fingerling potatoes on occasion too.

  9. I LOVE your Costco lists Kim! Thanks for sharing! Andrea

  10. I buy frozen organic broccoli, dried figs(about half the year), Menjool dates, clementines, pineapples, melons, Kashi chocolate almond bars, organic raisins and our meat at holidays, like spiral hams. Kitchen towels and ladies blue jeans too.

  11. Also large bags of Hemp Seed and Chia Seeds.

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