Costco Shopping List

January 4, 2018

Costco shopping list

So for the new year, one of my mini resolutions is to shop smarter. I didn’t formally make this a goal but it’s something I’ve been meanging to do for a while and with the new year upon us it kind of just hit me like a truck. Just do it already!

The resistance comes from doing most of my food shopping at Whole Foods. It’s a lazy man’s approach to food shopping because I know I can get most anything there from specialty items to meats to produce and anything in between without much compromise. Like, I H.A.T.E. the mulit-stop food shop. Nothing gets my goat more than that feeling of wasting time pogoing from one store to the next for organic almond butter here and frozen calui rice there. But one day last year I came out of Whole Foods with three bags of groceries and $300 poorer and I knew I was being had.

Create Change

Not to mention this type of food shopping is creating and perpetuating an “us/them” rift in this nation. It’s called the people who can afford to buy healthy real food and those who can’t and it’s not right. Access to real food that is grown organically, without the use of chemical pesticides, toxic fertilizers and genetically modified seed should not be a privilege, it should be a human right. And right now most families in this country either can’t afford to feed their family this way or don’t have access to this quality of food.

And in addition to that, lets talk about access to health via progressive medicine including naturopaths, functional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic care and anything outside of traditional practice – all of this is an out of pocket expense costing hundreds if not thousands for a single visit. Again, available only to those who can afford it.

The point I’m trying to make is there has to be a better way. I’m not boycotting Whole Foods (Siete wraps and Perfect Bars forever) but 7.99 for 2 cups of organic wild black rice? Bruh.

The answer is to shop local farms and coops. Support local so we fortify our own farmers and local economies. Prove that we care about having clean food by helping the farmer earn a living. These farmers who work tirelessly to cultivate organic fruits and veggies and clean eggs and meats is where it’s at. Buying here creates ground level big change. Have you ever cut open an organic strawberry from the grocery and compared it to an organic strawberry from a local farm? Do it. Check out eatwild.com for an organic farm near you. But in the dead of winter, local options are limited so…

My Growing Family

With two growing boys and a husband to feed, I decided to give Costco a try. I’ve been to BJ’s, Sam’s Club and Costco but I never signed on with any. It just seemed so excessive 5 years ago. Like who needs 8 pounds of cheddar and a barrel of sun dried raisins!? Come to find out, I think I kinda do. So accepting that I am at a new stage in my life, I hit up Costco to see what I could find. This turned out to be pretty much the best and worst day of my life.

Best because I found some really great staples that will probably last us the better part of 1-2 months (rice, raisins, nuts and seeds). The worst because….I left in tears. After learning, shopping and navigating a brand new store the size of Gilette Stadium for two hours with my littles in tow, I got to the check out, had all my finds rung up (to the tune of $350) – ran my Master Card and it was rejected. Costco doesn’t take Master Card!? So with no other option I was forced to abandon my cart and leave. I could say I teared up but I would be lying because I was in full-on ugly cry – trying to hide it from my kids like I was choking back a yawn coupled with the worst case of hay fever.

But nobody puts baby in a corner and I was determined to get this done. So after driving 1 hour round trip, swapping cards with my hubs, rounding the aisles again, I was back out the door, WITH groceries, this time. All-in, this errand tallying 5 hours. Let’s promise to never to talk about this again.

The Goods

Because quantity is so large at these club stores, I tried to shop for nonperishables or perishables I knew we would fly though like eggs, avocados, bananas etc. Here’s what I picked up and how much everything cost. I will add to this list as discover more.

Also, I know Costco’s inventory varies by location. What are some items you would add here? We can keep a running list in the comments!

Costco Shopping List
  • 2 lbs organic strawberries 9.99
  • 18 oz organic blueberries 9.99
  • 24 organic eggs 6.49
  • 20 GoGo organic applesauce pouches 10.89
  • 2 lbs Golden Platter organic + GF chicken nuggets 10.99
  • Sugarhouse Maple organic chicken sausages 42 links (will freeze half) 13.99 
  • 20 oz Wild Alaskan Smoked Sockeye Salmon 18.99
  • 2 lbs organic Hannah Hummus 5.99 (no canola) 5.99
  • 1 liter first cold-pressed organic EVOO 8.69
  • 4 lbs organic raisins 10.89
  • 4.5 lbs organic quinoa 9.49
  • 10 lbs organic brown Basmati rice 11.99
  • 24 oz raw organic pumpkin seeds 7.49
  • 2 lbs Nuts + Berries + Pumpkin Seeds organic trail mix 12.99
  • 2.5 lbs organic figs (smoothies and chorizo skillets) 10.59
  • 20 packs of organic + gluten free Made Good bite packs (great for lunches) 9.99 
  • 12 organic Fuji apples 10.99
  • 5 lbs organic baby carrots (this is so big) 5.99
  • 4 organic celery bunches 3.99
  • 20 cooked organic beets 7.99
  • 2 lbs organic whole bean coffee 13.99
  • 16 oz Olivia’s organic fresh spinach 3.99
  • 6 conventional avocados for 6.99
  • 24 oz Chosen Foods Coconut Mayo (I haven’t tried this yet!) 7.99
  • 6 organic bananas 1.79 (!?)
  • 4 lbs organic frozen mango (smoothies) 9.29
  • 4 lbs organic frozen blueberries (smoothies) 15.89
  • 2 lbs organic peeled and cubed butternut squash (for a root soup) 6.49
  • 4 lbs organic frozen brussels (I hope these roast well) 8.99
  • 30 oz Stonewall Kitchen organic blueberry jam 10.69
  • 1 liter conventional avocado oil 8.99
  • Two organic whole chickens 10 lbs total 20.34
  • 3 lbs organic ground turkey in 1 lb packs 19.99

Hopefully these staples will tide us over for a month (or two!!???) I mean how long will 10 lbs or brown rice last us!? What would you add?

More…

Here are some more posts I’ve done on how to shop discerningly for organics:

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22 Comments

  1. Reply

    Suzy

    Thanks for this Lisa!! I have been wanting to start shopping at Cosco but didn’t know if it would be worth the 1 hr trip + membership fee.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Absolutely! Check the comments too because there are some more options there as well! Thanks for reading! If you go, let us know what you think!

  2. Reply

    Sarah

    Doing this from memory but I can’t recall brands:
    You did good!
    Kerrygold butter
    Kirkland Wine + a few organic varieties
    organic veggie burgers
    Organic coffee
    Dave’s bread
    I double up organic bananas, slice and freeze a whole bunch when they’re just getting spots for smoothies
    coconut water
    organic olive oil
    Organic virgin coco oil
    Medjool dates
    Flowers
    Mary’s gone crackers
    sheeps cheese – it’s in a beige rind, so good-“La something”
    Paper towels + tp
    Bath towels + sheets (!)
    I also just got a new bathroom vanity there…

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Awesome list Sarah! I forgot I grabbed Kerry Gold too – LOVE IT! Does your location have Perfect Bars? That’s what I was hoping for but I don’t think mine does or maybe I overlooked it!

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    Amy

    The perfect bars are in a weird location in my Costco (by the hummus, salsa and cheese). Just ask someone the next time you are there, they gotta have it. Great score, Lisa!!
    A few other things I grab when I am there are organic sliced dried apples, wild planet canned tuna and organic beef jerky.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Hey Amy! Thanks for this, I will look in the cheese section – need my Perfect Bars! : ) Also I wonder if they have Wild Planet salmon???

  4. Reply

    Carrie

    Like you said, all Costco’s vary, but be on the lookout for these at yours…can’t beat the prices!!
    Perfect Bars (Variety Pack)
    RX Bars
    Hemp Hearts (aka Hemp Seeds)
    Organic Chia Seeds
    Gingerade Kombucha (mixed in with the Acai juice and orange juice)
    Dave’s Killer Organic Bread
    Organic Whole Wheat Tortillas
    Noosa Yogurt Variety Pack

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Awesome! Thank you Carrie!

  5. Reply

    Alisa

    Thank you so much for sharing, and I feel you with the MasterCard thing. I also did that my first trip, but luckily I was without my daughter…and I was able to use my debit card.
    My Costco carries Late July tortilla chips (I think they are organic) and Luke’s organic BBQ chips that are delicious and Organic Figgy Pops that are pretty good.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Late July! Yes, I saw those too – next time for sure! An I saw Figgy Pops at mine too. Great suggestions. I love Figgy Pops but for some reason my kids don’t dig them so I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to eat them all – haha!

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    Mandy

    I always get the organic peanut and almond butter. Their almond butter is my absolutely favorite. It is so smooth!!! I also grab the organic frozen fruit, hemp hearts, chia seeds, organic premade soups (not sure if they use canola oil or not) and the made good bars! Such a great deal. It’s very limited but they sometimes have these organic coconut clusters that I put in my son’s lunch for a sweet treat. Warning they are addicting! Happy 2018!!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      I saw the clusters! Will try for sure next time! Thanks for this list! xo!

  7. Reply

    Elyse

    This is an awesome list! I’m definitely looking for the frozen butternut squash on my next trip. One item my family loves is the frozen organic quinoa and kale mix. We use it on salads, as bases for bowls, in tacos, etc. So yummy!

    And friend, Costco makes me want to cry every damn time I go.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Oh my gosh that sounds so good! I will look for it next time! I feel so silly crying at stores but sometimes I can’t help it – haha! Not funny at the time…now it’s a little bit funny.

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    Claudia

    I too have 2 growing boys and a hungry husband. I dont have a whole foods or costco near me but i may have to start a monthly visit to costco o since i already have a membership. I wonder if they have a pickup option for online purchases like Sams does. Will have to look into it.

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Great point! If they do or if you find a work around – keep us posted!

  9. Reply

    Victoria

    Love this post!….Honestly Costco is scary for me. The size of the place and the portion sizes have always deterred me from going. Mike is there right now!….the interesting thing is that a few people have mentioned to me that I should go there as they have quite a few organic things. Thank you so much for writing this post. I will attempt a visit and make sure to bring the right credit card!…..xo

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      The right card is KEY! And I will need to add to this post because I had to return the organic jelly because I opened it and it was moldy. Also buying SO MUCH in bulk is hard to balance. We flew through the apples and bananas but my cubed squash went bad and so did some of the strawberries…

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    ez1019

    I so appreciate your conscientiousness about the $300 WF trip, and perpetuating the rift in society. You’re so right, and I applaud you for recognizing it and voicing it! Why is it that the healthiest, most un-messed-with food is that which the most in need can least afford? It’s upsetting, really. Grateful for your suggestions, and I know I’m going to continue thinking about my responsibility regarding this issue. Sounds like, aside from the crying – I would have cried, too! – Costco was a win. I never thought I’d be a Costco shopper, but… we’re often surprised by all that they offer. Having said that, though, the shopping experience, particularly when my toddler is with me, is a little slice of Hell. When are they ever NOT busy…?

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      You know exactly what I am trying to say here! The injustice just gets me to my core. Thanks for this comment! I have to return a few things today too because the jelly was moldy when I opened it and also the squash had gone by before the sell-by date…Next time less perishables for sure. I made a soup with baby carrots last night just bc I’m like – what do I do with 5 lbs of baby carrots!? Haha! Let us know if you go!

  11. Reply

    Rachelle Webster

    Thanks for posting this. I don’t have a Costco membership because my boys are still young and don’t eat too much yet (ages 2.5 and 1), but I can imagine that in a few years I’ll be in the same boat! I’m amazed you went back in after the MC fiasco. I would have given up! And I would have been right there with you ugly crying in the parking lot too! I really appreciate your blog and Instagram – I just started following a few months ago. I’ve been thinking more and more about organic skincare and food and thinking it’s time to make the switch. I am 38 and very grey too and trying to decide if I should dye or not dye. Thanks for your honesty and openness. Your sites are really helpful!

    1. Reply

      thisorganicgirl

      Thanks so much Rachelle! Totally! Love that you are thinking more about organics. If you had asked me a year ago I would have told you I will never stop dying my hair but here I am…you never know. Just keep reading and learning and you will decide what’s right for you! Thanks for being here! xo!

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