When I was growing up my Dad had a motto, “If Costco doesn’t have it, we don’t need it.” I almost 100% agree with my Dad. But, being that my budget isn’t as big as his I try to reign in my spending there and just buy what is really a good deal and what we need.
In my area (Seattle), Costco has an amazing selection of natural and organic foods. They have literally been the only way I can stick to our budget and eat so healthy.
- Glasses – We don’t have great vision insurance and my husband is blind as a bat. So, we end up paying a lot out of pocket for contacts and glasses. There is seriously no better deal than Costco glasses. They don’t accept insurance so you have to pay and submit to your insurance but the prices are amazing. My husband just got a really sweet pair of Ray Ban frames for $79 (used a $20 coupon from their mailer) that would be at least double or triple elsewhere. He looks very good in them but my daughter keeps calling them “Daddy’s lady glasses”. Ha!
- Organic Mixed Baby Kales – This is a new item at Costco and a sweet deal. You get 1.5 pounds for $4.79. We put kale in our smoothies almost daily and when it’s not growing in my garden, a deal is not to be found. If you don’t know what to do with it, try making these kale chips.
- Kirkland Signature Organic Whole Wheat Bread – You will never find organic bread this cheap. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t say never but you won’t find it consistently. It is $5.59 for two loaves and it tastes pretty good. It’s not the yummiest bread Costco sells (that would be Dave’s Killer Bread) but the price is right and the ingredients are good.
- Frozen Marionberries – This is one of those items my store doesn’t have all the time, probably because it’s such a good deal. The Columbia Fruit Marionberries are significantly cheaper than other berries that Costco sells at $8.35 for four pounds. We use at least a bag a month for muffins, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.
- Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats – We eat steel cut oats at least three times a week so we need a lot. This is the best deal I’ve found. They come in a six-pound bag for $4.75. You can even cook them overnight in your crockpot so you wake up to hot oats!
- Brie – Can I please just eat brie all day? Baked Brie with Apples & Cranberries is my favorite appetizer to make in the winter. The 19.6 oz round you get at Costco for $6.69 is twice the size of the one at Fred Meyer and about the same price.
- Crumbled Feta – At $6.85 for 24 ounces, the President Crumbled Feta is convenient and affordable. Almost every favorite recipe I have involves feta. Black Bean Tacos and Spinach Orzo Salad get made at least once a month at our house!
- Organic Quinoa – We often substitute quinoa for rice and oats so we also eat a ton of it. I’ve never seen a deal as good as Costco. You get 4lbs for $9.79.
- Better than Bouillion – When I can’t find a good deal on broth or don’t have homemade stocked in the freezer (I’m really trying to be better about doing this!), I use this. The ingredients are better for you than a bouillion cube and it lasts forever in the fridge. They carry both beef and chicken and at $6.89 for 76 servings, it is cheap. It’s not my favorite option for broth but it works and the flavor is the same as broth in a can.
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Wheat Flour – 25 lbs for $13.49! That is just $.54/lb for organic whole wheat. If you bake a lot, this is worth buying. I’m starting to bake more out of necessity not because I like baking. Thankfully, this affordable flour option makes it bearable when I mess up my baked goods, which happens all the time, sadly.
In addition to my top ten above, a few others favorites I didn’t have room to write about are: organic sugar, organic applesauce, organic flax, vanilla, whole wheat spaghetti, soy sauce, sprouted grain medley, Adams peanut butter, pure maple syrup, shredded parmesean, organic eggs, Kirkland Signature beer, mango salsa, yellow onions and organic spinach.
What are your favorites? I’d love to hear!