You’ve heard that you can save a lot of money shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club, you’ve gotten the membership- now what?
It’s true! There are a lot of great buys at Costco. This article isn’t going to be discussing the exact amount of money you can save on certain products purchased at Costco versus your grocery store- there are plenty of other articles about that and I’m no extreme couponer!
Instead, this article will focus on some good, delicious, healthy buys that also happen to be a better price than what you’d pay at a traditional grocery store. I used my personal experience and gathered the opinions of some fellow Costco enthusiasts, and here’s what we came up with. Leave me a note in the comments if you think I missed anything! 🙂
- Vanilla Extract- we go through a lot of this at Casa de Yum and in Love and this is the real deal, not imitation vanilla. Check out my Blueberry Ricotta Protein Waffles and Salted Toffee Chocolate Crunch Cookies for some recipes using vanilla extract!
- Pure Maple Syrup- We use a lot of this too because of afore-mentioned Protein Waffles. I also have a plain version of the Protein Waffles and Lemon Zest Protein Waffles– all of my protein waffles are gluten free and sugar free! When you do maple syrup, you gotta do the good stuff- real live maple syrup from trees, y’all. Sure, it’s got sugar, but it’s also got calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6. Sooooooo, a little heathier than the dyed corn syrup substitutes.
- Kodiak Cakes Fruit Syrup- I love this even more than maple syrup and there’s no corn syrup and no preservatives!
- Stretch Island Fruit Leather– The Costco version of these are a little smaller than the ones at our grocery store, but I find that they’re the perfect size for a toddler. These are all fruit, no added sugar and are great for on the go. I probably have 10 of these in my purse or diaper bag at all times- we all love them!
- Organic Whole Bean Coffee- We love grinding our own coffee so we get the whole bean version. Organic coffee is a must, in my opinion. Not only is coffee one of the most heavily chemically treated crops in the world, which is bad for your body, it’s also putting all those nasty chemicals and fertilizers into our air and water, so it’s bad for the environment and the farmers who tend to it. I’ll step off my soapbox now, but Costco definitely has a better price than the grocery store and it’s also really good! We get the French Roast and it’s dark and rich and amazing!
- Organic Spinach- Another organic product that’s cheaper than your grocery store. If you have trouble using up all the spinach (we do!), consider making green smoothies a part of your day. Here is my current favorite green smoothie recipe– I make a big batch and we share it over the course of a couple days. Bonus: it doesn’t taste green at all!
- Rotisserie Chicken- Love this for a meal in a pinch! It tastes great and is super cheap!
- Adams Natural Peanut Butter– a great tasting, all natural peanut butter, cheaper per ounce than your grocery store.
- Raw Honey- really good price for really delicious honey- buy local if you can to help with allergies!
- Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips– My parents turned me on to these and they are really yummy! They are free of GMOs, artificial flavors and preservatives, and are also gluten-free and vegan.
- GT’S Organic Raw Kombucha – Props to those of you making your own booch, but I’m just not there yet. This is our favorite brand of Kombucha- good for your gut and tastes great too! Our favorite flavor is Gingerade.
- gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks– Try ’em, you’ll like ’em! 😉
- Bark Thins Snacking Chocolate– You’ll definitely like these if you’re a living human being with working taste buds.
- Kirkland’s Ground Saigon Cinnamon- Big daddy canister of high-quality cinnamon for a lot cheaper than your grocery store!
- Organic Frozen Mango Chunks- I love using this frozen mango in my smoothies– that way I don’t have to add ice
- Kirkland’s Organic Milk- No hormones. Better for your kids, better for your thyroid, better for your wallet when you purchase at Costco
- Kirkland’s Organic Eggs- Same as above! 🙂
- Organic Frozen Chicken Breasts/Thighs- Love these! Lower price per pound and they come in packages of 3, with each package being about 1.5 lbs– super convenient for dinner!
- Coconut Oil- HUGE jar of high quality coconut oil much cheaper per ounce than the grocery store. We cook with coconut oil and I also moisturize and make homemade sugar scrubs out of it but this still lasts a while!
- Olive Oil- Good quality olive oil, really large container, cheaper per ounce than your grocery store
- Frozen Wild Salmon- My favorite frozen salmon! Check out my Sheet Pan Salmon for a really delicious easy recipe idea that looks kind of fancy, but seriously only takes 30 minutes to make!