As part of my moving my family farther along in our real food journey, I went to Costco yesterday with the specific intent to look for organic food. Before going, I checked on Facebook to see what items folks like to pick up at Costco. Organic fruit was one, and Cabot cheese was another. Also their RGBH-free milk.
We usually don’t buy our fresh produce at Costco; instead we buy it weekly at Giant. Even though we’re a family of 7 people, we find the bulk bags of produce to be too big for us, unless we could find another family to split them with. The one time we purchased bulk organic carrots, we couldn’t fit them in the fridge. Fortunately, it was winter time; I stored the extra carrots in our unheated garage.
I wasn’t able to find much in the way of frozen organic fruit or veggies at my local Costco. All of the fruit was conventional; there were only 2 options for organic veggies – corn and mixed veggies. The other mix that might work for us had carrots in it which are on the Dirty Dozen list.
When it came to meat, I did okay. I did find organic nitrate-free hot dogs by Colemans, about $5/lb. When I checked the organic chicken section, I found 2 fryers weighing about 14 lbs. total. I prefer to buy the bigger whole chickens to provide us with more meat for meals. Since Costco’s ground beef doesn’t contain pink slime, I bought the conventional rather than the organic. I am going to check on ground beef prices when I go to Whole Foods next week.
Overall, Costco remains a good bulk option for us. Even though we have a BJ’s 5 minutes down the road from us, I prefer to shop at Costco which has more organic foods. I can also stop at Giant along the way for a complete shopping trip. My sister and I share the $110 membership for Costco. This time our rebate was $39, making our out of pocket costs for renewing $71, each of us paying $35.50. Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy mentions using Costco and BJ’s in her new e-book Your Grocery Budget Toolbox as a strategy for stretching your food dollars.
Our basic Costco list
- Coleman organic whole chickens
- Kirkland ground beef
- Coleman nitrate-free organic hot dogs
- Kirkland Bath Tissue
- Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Nutella (a compromise food)
- Kirkland Vanilla Extract
- Kirkland Strawberry Jam
- Organic Sugar
- Kirkland Pecorino Romano
- Kirkland Salted and Unsalted Butter
- Kirkland Maple Syrup
- Kirkland Cheddar Cheese
- Kirkland Vanilla Ice Cream
Do you shop at Costco for real food? What are your favorite items to buy there?
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