This past weekend I embarked upon a new adventure: Costco. Ty recently acquired a free membership through his job, so Friday was date night at this super warehouse. I went prepared – I had researched online the best paleo friendly/clean ingredient items and had printed off price sheets that other ambitious Costco shoppers had previously created. Luckily, I have a husband who was just as interested as me in scouring every single aisle, so we went up and down, up and down, reading labels and writing down prices in my Crafty Coin binder (it’s a real thing). Here’s what I found:
- Kirkland Granulated California Garlic
- $4.99/18oz bottle ($.28/oz)
- Ingredients: Garlic!
- McCormick Ground Cumin
- $5.79/14oz bottle ($.41/oz)
- Ingredients: Cumin!
- Kerrygold Grass Fed Butter
- $6.99/3-8oz packages ($2.33/8oz package; $4.66/lb)
- Ingredients: Pasteurized Cream, Salt
- Note: This price is AMAZING. I thought Trader Joe’s price was incredible at $3.19/8oz package until I saw this.
- Nearby Extra Large Eggs
- $3.99/2-18ct packages ($1.33/dozen; $.11/egg)
- Ingredients: Eggs
- Earthbound Farm Organic Baby Spinach
- $4.49/1lb container ($.28/oz)
- Ingredients: Organic Spinach
- Kerrygold Grass Fed Dubliner Cheese
- $10.36/1.73lb block ($5.99/lb)
- Ingredients: Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes
- Wholly Guacamole Organic Minis Mild Guacamole
- $10.99/20-2oz cups ($.55/cup; $.28/oz)
- Ingredients: Organic Avocados, Organic Dehydrated Onion, Organic White Vinegar, Salt, Organic Granulated Garlic
- Note: I LOVE that these come in individual containers. No more wasting guac because it’s gone brown!
- Kirkland Skipjack Tuna in Water
- $14.99/12-7oz cans ($1.25/can; $.18/oz)
- Ingredients: Skipjack Tuna, Water, Salt
- Note: This was a HUGE savings! The clean ingredient Starkist tuna we usually buy is $1.49/4.5oz can.
- Kirkland Marinara Sauce
- $7.79/3-32oz jars ($2.60/jar; $.08/oz)
- Ingredients: Tomatoes (Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Salt, Citric Acid), Fresh Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Fresh Basil, Sea Salt, Black Pepper
Total Cost: $71.96. That’s more than an entire week’s grocery budget! But have no fear, everything we bought beat the price of the similar items we buy at our regular grocery stores – we just had to buy more at once! With the exception of the spinach and eggs, we plan on everything lasting us the entire month, if not longer.
We decided to divide the money spent at Costco by 4, the number of grocery hauls I have this month, and take that $18 out of my weekly $70 grocery budget, leaving me with $52 to spend each week. We will see how I do!
When I did the math, I found that I’d saved $38.29 by buying these items at Costco versus the regular grocery store. Granted a huge savings was on the spices I bought, which won’t be a monthly purchase, but I still think that after two or three months of shopping at Costco, the $55 yearly membership would pay for itself!
What We Didn’t Buy:
- Produce. In case you weren’t aware, everything at Costco comes in huge gigantic sizes. With that being said, most produce was out of the question, because as much as we love our veggies, 6lbs of carrots just seemed like a bit much for the two of us. I will also say that the only fresh produce I found to be a better price than my usual grocery store Mariano’s, was the bag of avocados. The price breakdown was $.78/avocado, whereas at Mariano’s it’s $1 or more; however, you had to buy 6 at a time and I knew they’d go bad before we could finish them, losing us money in the end.
- Nuts. Costco prices still didn’t beat Trader Joe’s prices.
- Meat. None of the fresh meat was cheaper than what I get at the regular grocery store (where I don’t have to buy it in bulk!).
Long story short. I can’t wait to go to Costco again next month!
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