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Costco Shopping List

Today I am sharing a fairly comprehensive Costco shopping list, with a focus on affordable organic products. Prices and product availability may vary across the country, so please note I’m in the Seattle area.

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We love Costco in our house. Costco is a Washington state company and we have been shopping there since I was a little kid. Our local store is one of the first 25 ever built in the world, and I have seen firsthand how buying in bulk can save you time and money if done correctly.

Cost of Membership

Costco offers different levels of membership that range from $60-$120 per year.  With the memberships, you get two cards.  Many friends/families split a membership and have one card per household.  It definitely reduces the yearly cost, while still allowing you access to the store.

We have the Costco Executive membership which is $120 per year.  It is similar to the $60 membership, but we get a 2% rebate back each year that actually pays the difference in the cost of the membership, plus some in many cases.  If you were to plan on big purchases like appliances, etc., you’ll receive a sizable rebate. Costco also offers discounts on travel (we’ve used it for rental cars), car insurance (we have it, and it’s wonderful), and buying new cars. In the store they have an optical section, hearing aid screening and service, photo center, and a well-stocked pharmacy. There is an infinite number of services they offer. I can’t cover them all, but each one I have used has been quality.

Here are some of the items we purchase at Costco.  Many of the prices are ranges and numbers are rounded up in most cases. Kirkland Signature is Costco’s store brand. Keep in mind, many of these prices and product availability may not be the same around the country.

Costco Shopping List

  • Organic apples.  Price varies depending on type of apple, but it’s typically about $7-15 for five pounds.
  • Organic sliced apples, 8 6 oz bags for $7.50
  • Organic whole carrots (I can’t stand baby carrots) – 10 pounds for $5.49
  • Organic baby spinach, 1 pound (it’s a huge tub) for $3.99
  • Brussels Sprouts, 2 pounds for $4
  • Kiwi, 4 pounds for $6ish
  • Pineapple, non-organic for $2.79
  • Avocado, 5 pack from $3-5 depending on the time of year
  • Tillamook Cheddar, 5 pounds for $15.99.  Tillamook was named the “World’s Best Medium Cheddar” in 2010, and it is a Pacific Northwest producer. We are die hard Tillamook eaters in this house. When Jack was three once spit a cheese sample out in my hand at Costco, and glared at the sample lady and said “this is not Tillamook”. And the little punk was right.
  • Smoked paprika, $3-4
  • Organic sugar, 10 lbs for $7.49
  • Organic Better Than Bouillon, 16 oz beef $7, and 16 oz chicken for $6.  I make my own stock, but these are great to have on hand if you just need a tiny bit for a recipe.
  • Rosemary flatbread crackers.  We’re obsessed with these, and they’re from a local company no less!  One big box for $7.29, but they tend to only be seasonal, around the holidays.
  • Organic Triscuits, 4 boxes for $8 ish. Have you ever looked at a Triscuit box ingredient list? They only contain wheat, oil, and salt. They are our favorite every day snacking cracker.
  • Environmentally friendly dish soap.  I have no idea the cost of this, but it’s a big jug for a very reasonable price.
  • Cascade dish tabs.  I tried and tried and tried environmentally friendly stuff in our dishwasher, but it just isn’t working.  It worked well in our last rental, but not in our new place.  90 tabs for $13. These tend to go on rebate every other month.
  • Toilet paper – I like Charmin, a giant package for $20, and every 2 months they have a $2 off coupon in their coupon books. But we now buy the Kirkland Signature which is a huge package for $16.
  • Mozzarella, 2 pound Frigo loaf for $4.79 ish
  • Organic dried dates, 2 pounds for $8ish.  I use dates in homemade Lara Bars
  • Adams Natural Peanut butter, 5 pounds for…$9 ish???  The only two ingredients are peanuts and salt.  You do have to stir it to distribute the oil when you first open it, which is annoying, but a small price to pay.
  • Kirkland Signature organic almond butter $11 ish
  • Organic jam, prices vary depending on type
  • Organic marinara. $8.69 for a four pack, but goes on rebate every few months.
  • Organic frozen fruit – the availability and price vary throughout the year, but typically they carry organic strawberries, blueberries, mango, and cherries. I just saw our store now has frozen raspberries, but they’re not organic. Most of the berries are 4 lbs and range from $9-12.
  • Organic eggs, 2 dozen for $6.29. We have our own chickens, but chickens drop egg production in winter, so we do purchase them from time to time. I currently buy my eggs through Smith Brothers Farms which is our milkman. In a pinch, I have purchased them at Costco.
  • Organic butter.  I haven’t purchased it from there in awhile, but I believe Costco’s organic butter is $7.29 for two pounds. They also carry Kerry Gold, which I do love. Around Thanksgiving, the Kerry Gold has a huge rebate, so I stock up and freeze.
  • Snap Ware Glass Lock containers, which to date are the only to go glass containers I’ve found that don’t leak if liquids are placed in them.  I can throw these in Troy’s work bag, and they go from the fridge to the microwave.  Costco sells a whole big kit of them in various sizes for $30.  Every so often, they have $6 off coupons in their monthly coupon packets.
  • Light bulbs.  Often they had LED lights for $4.99 ($14.99, with a $10 off instant rebate), but they have a wide array of LED and CFL bulbs.
  • Vinegar, two gallons for $3.79. I use this from homemade cleaner, and as a fabric softener in the wash.
  • Stretch Island Fruit Leathers.  I’ve made these before, but sometimes it’s nice to have a ready to go snack.  The only ingredients are fruit purees and fruit juices.  And they’re a Washington State company! Stretch Island is an actual place southwest of Seattle.
  • Stamps.  I’m not sure how they can do this, but you can buy stamps for less than the cost of getting them at the post office.  It’s not a huge price difference, and you do have to buy them in a 100 pack.
  • Photos.  Their processing prices and times are reasonable.  They also print holiday cards and invites for something crazy like $14 for 50 cards and envelopes.
  • Nuts.  The prices of these definitely vary throughout the season, but they have great prices on pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts.
  • Organic meat, prices vary. We generally purchase our meat at a local butcher, but have purchased their chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground beef in the past. I believe the chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound.
  • Organic chicken broth.  I no longer purchase it, so I don’t know the price, but it was quite reasonable when we used to buy it by the box.
  • Frozen wild caught fish, prices vary. We buy their frozen salmon and cod from time to time.
  • 32 oz, Grade B pure Maple Syrup for $14.
  • Coconut oil – half gallon for $17
  • Organic avocado oil for about $13
  • Organic olive oil, $15(ish) for about a half gallon.
  • Organic strawberries in spring from $4.99-$6.49 for two pounds.
  • We buy the 5 lb bag of Halos for $6.
  • Nutella. Sigh, my best friend and worst enemy. Large two pack for $11.99.
  • Croissants, $5.99 for 12. Often goes well with the Nutella.
  • Organic flours, traditional and gluten-free. Prices vary.
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning, which may be one of the most used seasonings in our house. Large container for under $6. I use it on grilled veggies, chicken, and roasted veg in the winter.
  • Organic pears, prices vary, but it is usually around $9 for 5 pounds.
  • Organic tortilla chips, a huge bag for under $5.
  • Organic milk, prices vary.
  • Organic non-cow’s milk (soy, almond, and coconut), prices vary.
  • Turkey bacon, 3 lbs for $14
  • Annie’s organic mac and cheese, 15 pack for $14.99
  • Annie’s organic fruit snacks and cheddar bunnies. Prices vary.
  • Dave’s killer bread, 2 loaves for $6.79
  • Organic salsas, for about $6
  • Organic hummus for $7 ish
  • Organic guacamole for $12
  • Organic canned tomatoes – diced, paste, and sauce. Prices vary.
  • Organic canned beans, prices vary.
  • Organic canned mushrooms, prices vary. Vomit.
  • Organic dried fruit – cherries, mango, bananas, figs, and apricots. Prices vary.
  • Organic orange juice, $7.99 for 1 gallon. They sell it in two separate containers, so you could easily freeze one. Living in California for a time, I know fresh squeezed juice, and this isn’t that. But, it is very good and not from concentrate.
  • Organic frozen veggies (corn, peas, green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and butternut squash. Prices vary, but I consider them all reasonable.
  • Organic bananas, 3 lbs for $1.99.
  • Noosa yoghurt, which is our favorite store-bought yogurt. It is so freaking good. They sell 12 4 oz containers for $8.99.

Friends who have used disposable diapers and formula report that the deals at Costco are great.  They also carry organic brown rice and quinoa, and really delicious rice crackers.  Naked Juice and Odwalla are also sold there, but they’re not items we purchase.  We used to buy their organic carrot juice to give to Jack because he was so anti-vegetable when little, but I didn’t like him drinking so much juice all the time.  Now I just put spinach or kale in his smoothies.

 

How about you, what is on your Costco shopping list?

The Costco Shopping List post was originally published in 2013, and updated in 2017. Prices have been updated to reflect my current experience.

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21 comments on “Costco Shopping List”

  1. I don’t look for organic, but I have compared the prices between Costco (in Canada) and my usual grocery store. I buy vanilla, honey, bacon, frozen broccoli, eggs, milk (although the milk savings alone is not worth the trip), meat (the price doesn’t beat a sale at my grocery store, but the quality is SO much better that it is totally worth buying at Costco), sugar, coffee beans, cream for said coffee, heck, I even got the coffee maker itself there! Canola oil, vinegar, deodorant, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, the Kirkland answer to robaxaset can’t be beat (and works great for monthly cramps). Umm… we get our prescriptions there. Although we have coverage, their dispensing fee is cheap. I also just bought a vacuum cleaner to replace the ten year old one that was crapping out, that I ALSO bought there.
    I also used the cell phone kiosk when switching providers and received crazy amounts of Costco gift cards in the process.
    And sometimes, there are so many samples to try, you don’t even need to make dinner!

  2. The prices on their frozen fruits and veggies can’t be beat, and their produce is inexpensive as well (though sometimes a better deal can be found at the local grocery store). They also have fantastic dog food–the Kirkland brand has great ingredients (not a bunch of corn or other fillers) for a price that can’t be beat anywhere. They also carry grain free dog food for about half of what you would pay at a pet store. I also love that they really stand by their products with their long term return policies.

  3. Wow, Mozzarella, 2lbs for $6? I’d be all over that! I’ve never been to a Costco (don’t even think we have one in Maryland- I could be wrong). But such stores are great for bulk items… still, I’d love some of that mozzarella.

  4. So, I got the coconut oil last time I was there, and these are my thoughts: great for baking or cooking with, because it doesn’t have much of a coconut flavor. However, I like to use a tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee as well, as a way to up my coconut oil intake and as a healthy way to flavor my coffee, and because the brand Costco is selling has little flavor, it’s less than ideal for that. Point being, if you’re using it for things where you don’t need/want a coconut flavor, it’s a good choice. If you want/need the coconut flavor, try a different brand (Trader Joe’s, Kelapo…)

  5. *sigh* out here in Rochester NY we only have a bulk club named after fellatio. And the one that is affiliated with the ever evil Walmart empire. We got a Trader Joes and I thought I was going to have a heart attack when I saw that. But of course it is on the other side of town…

  6. We buy a ton of stuff at Costco, but found one time that pays for our membership with only two purchases. Organic, low-sodium chicken broth, 6 liters for $10. Insane! It’s $4-5 PER LITER in the grocery store. Buy 12 liters, save $50, membership paid for. I’ve also found organic tomato puree for like 75 cents per can. We buy our pup’s grain-free food there for half the price of conventional stuff with fillers and nastiness from a pet store. We also make a trip when we need small appliances, office supplies, toddler jammies, and a Samples Lunch.

  7. I love costco- I buy lots of everything there. Our biggest savings are on dog food and nutella, lol. I also am almost done using a $6 bag of rice from 3 years ago! Some stuff, even if it’s comparable to a price in the grocery store I like to buy it there just so I don’t have to worry about shopping for it for awhile, it just takes stress off. Did you know that they do cruises and such too? I will definately be checking them out when I go to book my cruise this summer!

  8. Ooh, I was just making my Costco Shopping list for tomorrow. So far my items are bacon $12.18, bananas $1.39, brown sugar $3.37, rotisserie chicken $4.99, milk 2 gallons for 5.59-6.19, 1/2 and 1/2 $3.79, 18ct eggs $2.49, tortilla chips, TP and gassing up the mini-van. I’ll post my purchases tomorrow. I know I’m forgetting something.

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  10. The difference in the stamps is 2 or 3 cents- not per stamp… total. Sorry.. this just makes me laugh.
    But… I LOVE Costco. They have amazing deals on tons of stuff and totally worth the yearly cost!

  11. We don’t have a Costco, but we do have a Sam’s Club that I have been tempted to walk through to see if we could get anything there. With your post, I think I might add that walk through to my weekend to-do list.

  12. No Costco anywhere near, but i would jump on the chance to join if we had one to join!

  13. Rumor has it our crappy little town is getting one, but I’ll believe it when I see it and make do with Sam’s until then. My folks live in a large, metro area, so we usually stock up on stuff when we visit since they have one of the biggest Costcos I’ve ever seen. They have great freeze-dried fruit packs that I like as a snack for DD. I also like to get spices there – most of them are the same price or cheaper than the tiny little bottles at grocery stores for a bona fide vat. My mom also recently got these little french bread rolls…OMFG, y’all. They come in a big bag in the bakery section a la brown n serve. Seriously best bread ever, and they only take 10 min in the oven. Other than that, paper products & cleaning supplies are usually on the list, as well.

  14. I’m printing this list to go shopping today. Thank you TONS!

  15. I don’t have a membership to Costco, but there is one about 40 minutes away from us that I decided to visit yesterday just to see what it was like. WOW. We have a Sam’s club close by, but Costco has it beat by 1000 percent. I am considering giving up my Sam’s membership and switching over to Costco. It’s quite a drive, but there’s also a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s close by, so schlepping over there once a month or so wouldn’t be too bad. Sarah, they had all the things that you mentioned (Except for the Wholesome Organic Sugar – it was another brand name, but still organic evaporated cane juice), and the prices I thought were REALLY reasonable. It’s also twice as big as my local Sam’s club. Now if I can keep the DH from going with me, I might be able to make it work with my budget!

  16. Shade grown coffee… good price, good for the rain forests (which are being demolished to grow scads of less tasty but cheaper to grow sun grown coffee (in our Costco it’s not with the other coffees but with the organic stuff. Just ask someone…). Also, all of the above, including Preparation H. Hallah!

  17. Your list is great. I am a Costco member too at the lowest cost membership. One thing I buy is tri-tip beef, in long strips, about 8 per package, and that is very tender. We like their seasonings too, Kirkland Sweet Mesquite Seasoning (good on beef, chicken, pork, fish) and their Kirkland pepper corns. Also their two packs of jars of artichoke hearts, cans of Bush baked beans, and more.

  18. We buy our Gluten Free bread (Udi’s) at Costco. They sell it in a loaf that is the same size as standard bread… Which I have never found elsewhere. Plus, they sell it for the same price as the tiny load at our local grocery. My husband can’t have cow’s milk or cheese, so we buy our goat cheese at Costco. The savings from those two grocery items plus the Costco gas station pay for our membership!

  19. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know the price of steaks, ground beef, whole chickens? I heard you can buy a whole ribeye and cut it yourself – but how much is it? Thanks!

    • Hi Joe, we went after church today, so I took some notes for you!
      Two whole organic chickens for $21 (said $1.99 lb), organic ground beef 4 lbs for $19.99, “beef loin tenderloin steak-filet migon” for $14.99 lb.”Beef loin tri tip steak” for $8.99 lb.”Beef flank steak USDA Choice” for $8.79 lb.

      Hope that helps!