One of the questions I am asked most frequently is ‘what do you buy at Costco?’
It’s no secret, I love Costco. The way that most women feel about Target is how I feel about Costco. Growing up the oldest of 7, buying in bulk was a necessity of life. I have amazing memories of shopping with my mom and six siblings at Costco while passer-bys remarked on what a big family we had and how well behaved we all were.
I knew it was a match made in heaven when a couple weeks after my husband and I started dating he asked me if I wanted to go grocery shopping and he took me to Costco.
“You have a membership?” I asked a little breathless.
“Of course,” he replied. “Costco is awesome.”
And the rest is history.
I don’t like to do much running around so we shop at Costco bi-weekly, grab a couple odds and ends at Trader Joes, Sprouts, or the Farmers Market, and buy everything else on Amazon or occasionally Vitacost.
Our Costco grocery bill is $150-$200 every two weeks, we spend maybe $50 at other grocery stores throughout the month, and another $20-$40 on Amazon. Our grocery bill is always under $500 a month for a family of five. We don’t eat out and my husband takes his lunch to work. For as well as we eat, I feel like that’s a really reasonable budget.
Keep in mind that a lot of Costco’s products are seasonal, they come and go.
When I lived in Texas our Costco carried all kinds of wonderful grain-free flours but here in California we have no alternative flours, I have to get mine on Amazon. Your Costco will probably have awesome stuff that mine doesn’t and vice versa.
Here are my must have Costco essentials!
Fruits and Vegetables
Meat and Dairy
Canned Goods and Oils
Odds and Ends
There are things that I purchase at Costco that I left off of this list because they are not food related. Toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, clothes, dishes, appliances etc.
To see some of the other ingredients that I keep stocked in my pantry, click here.