Favorite Costco Finds

While most 25 year olds spend their money on clothes, makeup, and pedicures I rack up my grocery shopping bill.

I have a hard time saying no to food, like all the time. Most likely if a creeper in a broken down van opened his door to me and said he had a bag of chocolate chips…I’d probably get in the van.

(Note: Don’t really do that.)

Costco is one of those places that I visit weekly, and a lot of times I am emailed about things to buy to stock a healthy pantry. Now, for those that don’t know, Costco sells food and other items in bulk. Like you don’t buy 1 bottle of ketchup, you buy 7. But there are things that I get weekly there because we plow through food in our house so often, that I have to go there to save money. (Yes husband, I said ‘Save Money’).

Here is a list of some of the things I think are worth getting at Costco. Every Costco is different, so you might not find what’s on this list at your local store. I’m sure in a few months I’ll do a part two because Costco likes to sell my favorite things for a little bit, and then all of the sudden..stop.

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Produce:

Living in Las Vegas, produce isn’t as fresh or as cheap as it was in California. And since we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, I tend to buy majority of my produce from Costco. It’s the most cost effective for our family since my girls can eat a whole container of blueberries in two days! Often you can find Organic produce for not much of a price difference for non organic too!

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Frozen Fruit:

We love our smoothies in our house, so frozen fruit is a must! Right now I have a huge bag or Organic dark sweet cherries! I usually buy one bag, and use that up until it’s done and then I’ll switch to another fruit. Again, this has just been the most cost effective for our family too since we use it so much!

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Sabra Single Serving Packets

I’m almost positive these aren’t going to last at Costco because I love them so much! They used to see a HUGE tub of Sabra hummus for $5, and now it’s gone! But it’s ok, because now they switched to these single serving packets! It’s perfect for out families hummus obsession, because I can take one out and eat it as a snack without eating the whole tub. I also put this in my daughters lunch for school!

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Mama Chia Packets

These are so amazing! It’s basically a sweet chia gel in a packet that you can suck right out when you need a little something. Perfect for me or the girls, we both love them!

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Chobani

The girls favorite yogurt, especially the strawberry. Usually this is the most cost effective for us since we eat a lot of it!

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Fruit/Veggie Packets

My one year old is obsessed with the apple sauce packets, so when Costco has them I always buy them because they don’t last long! And most often, they are more expensive in other grocery stores!

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Pure Maple Syrup

This is the syrup I use when cooking, baking, pancake making, etc. It’s 100% pure! Maple syrup is SO expensive, but I’ve noticed I get more for my money at Costco!

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Almond Butter

Almond butter is delicious, especially when you add a little honey and cinnamon to it. This is a great find at costco, especially since it’s all natural with no added sugars! And again, more for your money!

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Almond Butter Packets

These are perfect for lunches or quick snacks! I’m always looking for things like this to make life easier!

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Coach’s Oats

Great brand of oats, and you get a lot for your money!

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Quinoa

I just barely finished my bag  of quinoa from costco that I got MONTHS ago! I keep it in the fridge/freezer so it last long!

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Coconut Oil

$20 for a HUGE thing of coconut oil. If you use it as often as I do, then definitely look into this!

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Quinoa & Brown Rice:

Microwaveable rice that’s perfect and healthy for quick dinners and lunches!

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Chia Seeds

This is similar with the quinoa in that this last forever and I keep it in the fridge until it’s all gone!

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Hemp Seeds

Along the same lines as the Chia seeds! Last forever and more for the money!

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Dairy

I usually  buy my non dairy milks at costco, they have coconut, soy, and almond. (I use a lot during the week.) I also buy eggs there because of the great price!

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Salsa

If costco gets rid of this salsa, I swear I will break up with them! This is the BEST salsa, and it’s gone within the week. I put this crap on everything!

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Fage Greek Yogurt

My favorite favorite yogurt! It’s so thick and creamy, it’s the perfect sub for sour cream and perfect for baking! You get a HUGE tub for like $5!

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7 Superfoods Salad

This salad has kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, etc. I LOVE THIS SALAD! I have this often for lunch with a leftover protein from dinner! It’s seriously the best, even my girls love it! (And my husband!)

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Evolution Apple Juice

Liquid gold my friends. Everybody loves juice, but I’m kind of a snob towards juice that isn’t fresh. It taste SO much better, and this is an example! We fight over this juice in our house, that’s a fact.

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Honey Chia Bread

This is a new find for me, but they give a lot of samples of it with warm melted butter. I’m now addicted! It’s the perfect toast/breakfast bread with a little almond butter, honey, cinnamon, or coconut oil!

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See what I mean…

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Now I will say this…Don’t buy all of this at once. Unless you want to spend $600 at Costco.

What are your favorite things to get at Costco? Did I miss any fun finds? Also, my children were cuddling while I shopped and took pictures for this post. My three year old was tickling my one year old and singing to her…

Costco may be what heaven is like…

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Comments

  1. This is a great post! I’m not a Costco shopper just yet, but I may need to look into it more. I wish you’d included all the prices so I could compare if it’d be worth it for us. I think the closest one is about a 20 minute drive or so.

    • Arielle says:

      Thanks Maryea! I thought about including prices but I figured prices would be different in other states. But if there is anything that you want to know the price I can definitely tell you!

  2. jaclyn says:

    We love costco at our household too!!

  3. Miriam says:

    It’s interesting because I thought there would be more discrepancy between the products at Costco here (I live in Montreal) and all the way in Las Vegas. But most products in your list we have. My mom often buys the salad with cranberries which is always a hit when we have family dinners!

    More products that I often buy at Costco : cheese (it’s way cheaper than in regular grocery stores), Larabar (it’s my snack to go, always in my purse), spices (include steak spices, olive oil, balsamic, Dijon mustard & old fashion mustard and pure vanilla), crackers (they have a lot of organic brands). The bread I also got there but it’s local so, not the same brands as yours (same goes with all dairy products). The product I’m really sad that I can’t find anymore at Costco is coconut sugar. Costco happens to be right on the way between work and home so I’m also a regular client :).

  4. Maureen says:

    Costco is my favorite place to shop! I get a ton of fruit {fresh & frozen}, gluten free pasta and the same quinoa you buy.

  5. Erica C says:

    Raw or Cane sugar, veggie straws, pretzel crisps, peanut butter, organic jelly, water, pears, frozen organic produce

  6. Sarah says:

    Hi! I was just wondering, what is your opinion on GMOs? I know that Sabra hummus uses GMO ingredients, and since you like to buy organic I was a bit confused. Also, dairy products are usually form cows that are fed grains and corn (also GMO) and they are not able to digest it, so as a result they produce milk with less nutrients. Plus, when the fat is taken out it creates a more highly processed product. Sorry I went on a bit of a rant there, but I would really like to hear your opinions! Thank you! :)

    • Arielle says:

      Hi Sarah! Great question, and no worries about sharing your opinion! I’ve always been the type of person who doesn’t necessarily eat things following a particular guideline. I’ve always just tried to eat the majority of my foods to be fresh and wholesome, and here and there I eat things that aren’t. As for dairy ingredients, my husband and girls always eat full fat ingredients, I always try to stay away from fat free/low fat/skim etc. I don’t usually have milk and cheese because it hurts my stomach. (But I do have greek yogurt.) As for organic, I buy it when I can. With two little kids and not a huge income, I don’t always have the budget to buy everything organic, although I wish I could. I also live in a state where produce doesn’t grow as well, so in general the produce is more expensive. I’m not a perfect eater, I love a good dessert here and there, but the majority of the foods I eat are fresh and wholesome, and I make ALOT of food homemade. Hope that answers your question a bit! Thanks for your comment!

  7. T.A. says:

    Have you tried that salad in smoothies? Wonderful! The kids don’t even know they are drinking brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli! (I’ve only used the greens, not the nut/berry mix that comes with it) It also freezes well for that application.

  8. Coach's Oats says:

    Thank you for including us on your list! We appreciate you spreading the word and being a fan of Coach’s Oats :]

    -Theresa
    Coach’s Oats

  9. M.C. says:

    First and foremost…. What a cute, adorable pic of your kidlets!! so Sweet!! and secondly, thanks for the info to ponder… i’m a new member…. :-)

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