My personal, stock-up Costco shopping trip

by Melody on February 20, 2014

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I did a big stock-up shopping trip to Costco last weekend and I honestly thought about recording it and walking you through my trip and showing you how I shop.  But then I remembered that I barely know what a vlog is and I’m ridiculous on camera, what with all the giggling and stammering and awkward pauses.  We’ll just ignore the fact that I had just been to the gym and hadn’t washed my hair in two days.

However, I know how much y’all love Costco and I thought you might be interested to see what an average shopping trip looks like for our family.  We do eat a LOT.  We eat mainly whole foods, fresh produce, lean meats and very little dairy or grains.  Our household consists of my husband and I, two toddlers boys who eat their body weight in food and my teenage brother who eats everyone’s body weight in food.

Produce

  • Spaghetti Squash - At right around $4.99 for two, this is a steal!  I cut them in half, roast at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, remove the seeds and scrape out the squash “noodles”.  Perfect as a substitute for pasta!
  • Mushrooms - These are a staple in our house.  Diced, they help stretch a stew or chili.  Sliced, they get sauteed almost every day and mixed in with some greens for a salad.  The price is comparable to just about every grocery store out there.
  • Bananas – We bought four bunches this time and the price? Are you kidding?  Cheapest thing Costco sells, I’m pretty sure.  If we can’t end up using what we buy, I peel and freeze for smoothies.
  • Spinach - This is possibly the largest bag of spinach I’ve ever seen and it’s only about $4.50.  I’ve seen bunches of spinach at the grocery store for around that price.  We use it in green smoothies every morning, sauteed, in omelettes, every where that green stuff should be.

  • Onions - Because $.39/lb is mad crazy cheap and if I keep the ginormous bag in the garage, they keep forever.

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  • Bell Peppers - I normally don’t buy these at Costco because I balk at paying over $1 per pepper when my kids can annihilate them in 37 seconds.  I found these 6-pack bags on instant rebate and the giant peppers ended up being $.87 each.  Score.
  • Frozen Strawberries and Blueberries - Costco’s frozen fruit selection is fantastic and really well-priced.  Both of these fruits are priced well under $2/pound and are delicious.  We use them every morning in our green smoothies, occasionally we add their frozen pineapple as well.

Other Items From Around the Store

  • Nutiva Coconut Oil - I have never in my life found a cheaper price per ounce for coconut oil that is actually worth a darn.  Nutiva makes a great organic oil that is minimally processed and tastes delicious.  It’s right around $.30 per ounce, which is unheard of just about anywhere else on the planet.  We use it for baking, roasting, smoothies, cooking eggs, greasing pans and muffin tins, saving the world.
  • Eggs - It’s hard to beat Costco’s price per dozen.  If I have extra money in the grocery budget (which is never), we pick up their organic eggs as well.  We go through approximately 172 dozen per week between make-ahead breakfast muffins, gluten-free baking (these people use a TON of eggs) and our daily breakfasts.
  • Half and Half - At around $3 per half gallon, I rarely find this cheaper anywhere else (and barely try, to be honest).  I use about one carton per week in my homemade coffee creamer (either Chocolate Almond or Date Caramel Vanilla).
  • Cottage Cheese - While we don’t have a whole lot of dairy in our house, this is definitely one of our fridge staples.  I use it everyday as a salad dressing and my kids eat small bowls for lunch on occasion.  The only time I find it cheaper is when it’s a generic store brand and it’s JUST NOT THE SAME.

This is a pretty standard trip for us.  A few things that are missing are organic carrots, raw almonds and organic maple syrup as we had plenty of these in the house already.  On occasion we will pick up their organic diced tomatoes and tomato paste as well.

For more Costco favorites of mine, click here.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the last few days of this month’s home mailer coupons, they run through the 23rd of February.

Do you have any amazing brussels sprouts recipes?

What tops your list at Costco on a regular basis?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam R. February 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I love brussels sprouts roasted with bacon!
My Costco lists vary amazingly from week to week (last week, we picked up an antenna so we could watch the olympics!), but I always always buy bananas and english cucumbers while I’m in. My kids love
those as snacks!

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Melody February 20, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Yum! Trying tomorrow. Made the slaw tonight, it was really pretty delicious. My husband didn’t love it, but said it was better than other recipes I’ve made. I’ll call it a win.

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Khristina February 21, 2014 at 3:51 am

172 dozen….really? Like 172 x 12…is that possible?

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Melody February 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

Totally exaggerating. That would never be possible unless I ran a commune. Maybe closer to 3 or 4 dozen?

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Katharine February 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

With all the protein you eat, you didn’t buy the Wild Planet tuna??? :)

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Melody February 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

I know! I’ve actually never tried it, so it feels expensive, but I know it’s a great product. We need to try it!

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Katharine February 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

It was our first time trying it. I bought 1 package earlier this week, ate some and was blown away by the quality. So I went back and bought 5 more packages. With the sale price, it works out to the equivalent of $5.75 per pound. That seems like an amazing price to eat sustainably harvested, high quality, omega rich fish in BPA free packaging.

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Melody February 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I happened across it at another grocery store today and it was almost $5 per can!! I’m heading in tomorrow and will definitely pick some up.

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Amy Wels February 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

Brussel sprouts are awesome roasted,
every other way I’ve had them is slimy
I cut them in half, toss with olive oil and
salt and spread them on a baking sheet
cut side down, roast them for 15-20
minutes @400….they carmelize and turn
sweet, with no slime and they are really yummy.

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