I go back and forth deciding if a membership to Costco Wholesale is worth the $60/year fee. For now, it appears to be worth it. You can’t beat the convenience of buying certain items in bulk, while hopefully saving a little money. However, be careful shopping at Costco because the prices add up fast and can cause major “sticker shock” at the checkout! Plus, having “too much” food in the house can also add up fast around your waistline!
Over the years I have learned to shop cautiously at Costco, steering clear of the bakery, and focusing on buying products that are mostly healthy and beneficial to my family. For a family of 4, I have also learned not to buy too much fresh produce or large quantities of perishable food that could go bad before we have a chance to eat it. Costco is perfect for businesses, big family gatherings, or other events where you need a lot of food. For a smaller family, on a regular basis, I find it’s important to be more selective.
I’ve created a list of over 50 products that I purchase again and again, for one reason or another (price, selection, quality, convenience). I shop at Costco about once a month and focus on the items from this list that I’m getting low on, while also keeping an eye out for healthy new products.
Bring this FREE list with you on your next trip to Costco Wholesale:
*This list is subject to change, so check in for occasional updates. This is a personal list of favorites and is not sponsored or endorsed by Costco Wholesale. Availability of products may vary from store to store.
Nuts & Dried Fruit
Keep in mind that nuts contain natural oils that can cause them to go rancid over time. Always store them in an airtight container. If you’re not able to eat a bulk-size bag of nuts within 2-3 months, consider storing them in the fridge or freezer to prolong their quality (up to 6 months to 1 year respectively).
The Trail Mixes are excellent to try as well!
Stick to healthier options of protein bars, chips and popcorn in single serving size to control portions. Pretzel Crisps are great on a veggie tray with hummus. The only ingredient in Bare Apple Chips is apples. I always have some type of cracker in the pantry.
Stay away from the bakery (unless you’re feeding a large group)! Instead, try some of the quality treats below. They’re great for packing in lunches. Annie’s Fruit Snacks are my go-to compromise when I’m craving gummy candies.
You’ll always find these staples in my pantry! They’re worth buying in bulk because we’re always using them.
Although I prefer pasture-raised eggs, you can’t beat the price on Organic Eggs at Costco. I always have String Cheese in our fridge and I alternate between the Kerrygold Cheddar and Spanish Cheeses. Yogurt is a constant in our fridge as well. I love the convenience of the Red Grapefruit cups and the Perfect Bars are delicious! I can get two meals out of the Pulled Pork, so it’s great to have on hand.
We have a chest freezer in our garage which allows us to stock up on seafood and convenience items that come in handy for quick and easy meals. Costco has an excellent selection of Organic Frozen Fruit, perfect for making smoothies.
The deal on Organic Unsweetened Almond Beverage at Costco is awesome! It’s shelf stable so you can keep it on hand and never run out. Izze Sparkling Juice is the closest my family comes to drinking soda. We each usually enjoy one can per week. Vitaminwater Zero is sweetened with erythritol and stevia and is great to have on hand when you get tired of drinking plain water.
I’m a huge fan of the berries at Costco, but all fruits and vegetables at Costco are great! Just be sure they can be eaten up before spoiling!
Occasionally I will pick up a Kirkland Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken, however, I do prefer the Rotisserie Chicken from other stores I shop at (such as Whole Foods). The same goes for meats, poultry and seafood.
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