I’m a huge Costco fan. I love their organic selection and find their prices to be worth the membership cost.
But recently, Walmart announced they were going to drive down organic food costs.
I don’t shop Walmart. There is whole backstory there that involves my living in a small town in Texas and Walmart being the only store within a 3 hour radius. Once I moved to where I had more options, I’ve embraced those options.
But, what I learned in those 3 years in Texas, is I can really appreciate those readers who write to me complaining that they simply don’t have many organic options where they live.
Which brings me back to Walmart.
Is Walmart really driving down organic prices?
I strolled the aisles of Walmart noting the organic selection and pricing, then popped over to Costco to do the same.
Where are the best organic prices?
The items I compared are items I felt most families purchase regularly.
Great Value is the Walmart brand and Kirkland Signature is the Costco brand. If a store brand was available, I looked at the store brand pricing.
Since you have to purchase larger quantities at Costco, I tried to address that in the pricing I compared.
Walmart pricing is in black, Costco pricing is in red.
Walmart: Great Value Organic Milk $3.68/half gallon
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Milk $3.29/half gallon must buy 3 for an out of pocket cost of $9.89
Walmart: Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk $11.58/12 pack single serve. Comes to $0.96 each
Costco: Kirkland Signature Chocolate Milk $7.94/12 must buy 24 pack at $15.89. Comes to $0.66 each
Walmart: Great Value Organic Eggs $4.38/dozen
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs $3.50/dozen comes in 2 dozen for an out of pocket expense of $6.99
BUTTER and OIL
Walmart: Horizon Organic Butter $5.08/lb
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Butter $3.85/lb must buy 2 pounds of an out of pocket expense of $7.69
Walmart: Spectrum Coconut Oil $6.98/14 oz or $0.50/oz
Costco: Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $21.49/78 oz or just $0.28/oz
Walmart: Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola $3.28/11.5 oz box or $0.29 per oz
Costco: Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola $7.79/35.3 oz box or $0.22 per oz
MAC AND CHEESE
Walmart: Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar $1.56/box
Costco: Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar $15.99/15 boxes or $1.06/box
Walmart: Harvestland Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.98/lb
Costco: Coleman Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.99/lb
Walmart: Marketside Organic Baby Spinach $4.98/10 oz
Costco: Organic Baby Spinach $3.99/16 oz
As you can clearly see, COSTCO HAS THE BEST ORGANIC PRICES!
The only exception is on boneless, skinless chicken breasts where Walmart is $0.01 cheaper per pound. One. lousy. penny.
If you are looking to feed your family an organic diet but need to stay on a budget, Costco appears to be the clear winner to me.
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