Do you guys have Aldi store in your area? No I did not know that! What do you do with chia seeds? Also avocados , bananas, organic blueberries , and danimals! Such a smart idea.
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We have 4 children… ha! I like to buy at Costco some items too. My choices are mostly organic: I do not like their bakery, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, and meat. I prefer to buy my organic food as fruits, vegetables, grains, almonds, chicken, wild fish, sea food, grass fed meat, bread at the farmers markets Whole Foods, Sprouts or others as they are more fresh and tastier.
I like most of your recipes. Thank you for sharing with us. Thank you for sharing your great suggestions! Buy Starbucks French roast coffee, bean and pods. Those are all great suggestions Mary Lou! I love their bags of fresh avocados for five or six bucks. Yes, great suggestion Marilee! Love Costco- I buy my cheese slices and our cheeses find it real good prices. Buy our berries and my multi-grain bun mmmm they are delicious. And I get books there too and great deli products.
My Costco shopping includes many of your choices such as the tortilla chips. It was mentioned about things from the spice aisle but specifically I want to mention Kirkland Garlic Powder and Kirkland Minced Onion. These jars are the mother load…16 oz each. I use one or the other often for many recipes. My hope is that Costco never stops carrying either one.
Other must have super affordable staples are Jasmine Rice, Quaker Oats, and white granulated sugar. Yes, my hubby and I do use some white sugar…but mostly large affordable quantities are needed to feed the hummingbirds which live in my area all year around even in winter.
These are all great suggestions Myra! It was my pleasure. We love your recipe and sense of humor! And we buy everything at Costco they are the best! Excellent salmon also for the beautiful recipes you have! Thank you so much for sharing! Thank you for following and sharing your thoughtful comments!
Oh ya, thanks for sharing with other readers! I love Costco, I buy all my meats there. Those are both great suggestions Adrianne! In your 20 things to buy at Cosco article you indicated you avoid MSG. It is a very inferior product.
Hi Tom, I think they have different varieties and this one clearly states there is no MSG on the label. The one they sell at Costco I believe does have msg in it. You do have to be careful! Those are great suggestions Gail! I always purchase the large bag of real bacon bits. And I just heard from a friend that they have pre-cooked wings now!
Apparently they rival KFC for taste, at a fraction of the price! Those sound like great additions! I bought one of those bags of bacon bits a while ago, and left it out on the counter. Thank you for sharing that tip! We bought a pack. They are not precooked and take 20 minutes to cook, flipping once during cooking.
They are pretty damn good. A great quick fix for a snack for the kids! I used them for my orange peel chicken and it was awesome. Actually, the tenders are made by Tyson. Never leave without one or two of their rotisserie chickens! Those are so delicious! I buy many of those sane staples, plus: It has unhealthy fats in it, so I make my own with their avocado oil and eggs.
Those are all great suggestions Melanie! Please tell me how to make the mayo with avocado oil and eggs. My husband eats so much mayo, I really need to make a healthy one for him.
Thanks for your help. The quality of their meats is much better than supermarkets Organic milk Eggs Seasonal produce always very good Bananas Almond butter!!! Their meats are just top notch! Thanks for sharing your suggestions!
Those are all great suggestions Lina! All the staples for homemade everything! I just bought the traeger pellet BBQ and used my Costco annual rebate to get it!! A couple organic whole chickens were slowly smoked and deliciously juicy.
Aussie Bites and Premier Protein shakes. Great idea Jackie, thanks for sharing!! We buy everything food that we possibly can at Costco especially organic items. Fresh baby spinach, baby kale, asparagus, organic lemons, baby romaine- the list goes on! Nobody beats Costco prices or quality. Those are all great Costco bargains!
Thank you Natasha for sharing this info. That helps a lot. I do not have a Casco membership now. But I need to get one now. Love their Parmesan Asiago bagels, wine, and Kirkland brand Vitamin water. Those are great additions! Those are great additions Jennifer! Chicken broth — not as good as homemade but as good a substitute as you can find at a store. These are all good items to grab at Costco! I use it for everything..
I realized that recently and stopped buying it as well. Natasha, How did find out about hidden GMO? And what do you use instead? Our favorite items we buy all the time: Everytime i go to Costco, my list includes: The other things would be whats in sale at the moment and if i need it. We also buy izze beverages for my husband he loves those and organic honest juice for our toddler the only juice that isnt sweetened w thousands calories.. Those are some great suggestions Olga! Regular purchases at Costco are, water bottles, organic eggs, milk, organic hamburger, apples, oranges, cucumbers, romaine hearts, beef tenderloin, roasted chicken and butter.
Thank you for sharing your suggestions Becky!! Holiday- Pumpkin cheesecake, electronics. We watch the prices and compare them often. We go weekly and fill up on of the cars tanks. How about meat and fish, organic milk? Wraps, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, make stock from the bones no waste! Did you know that many of the pickles sold were made in India? I quit buying them and learned how to make them myself!
No I did not know that! Make sure to get the whole ones though, not the sliced or diced. Thanks for the tip!! Thanks for sharing your list! The dreaded Costco receipt! Do not by the kirkland cheddar cheese is tast sour. Did you have that experience more than once? I purchased a super salty block of Mozzarella there once but it only happened once thankfully! Costco is our favorite family store especially for kids.
I have 10 daughters — future cookers. I like to buy Rustic bread thee because it is bigger loaf then at Winco and same price. Also we buy snacks for our kids. Thank you for sharing your Costco faves!
Great to hear you love Costco! Pretty much we buy everything you buy. Someone was talking about hamalayan salt. That is true that this is the most affordable salt of all good salts out there on a market. I have been using Hamalayan salt for many years, I try to stay away from Morton salt.
Sea salt is also good but not as much as Hamalayan, due to it being collected from sea, and now days sea is no that clean as we all know. Also I like to buy daisy sour cream and Korean jerky. The second store we like to shop at is ALDI.
Aldi store is an a German owned supermarket. Love the canned salmon! I make kotleti- saute the onions first. Anything with the Costco name is of great quality! Hi Natasha, another Costco fan here in Georgia! Hefty disposable plates, Kirkland brand paper towel and toilet paper and napkins. Laundry detergent, softener, dishwasher soap.
We love Costco, too! The quality is so much better than we expected. We get the extra light olive oil by the ton, and always get canned salmon, bagged garlic, the store brand beef jerky, canned cat food and kettle chips. They had the sliced light Jarlsberg for a long time and then suddenly discontinued it last winter, which crushed me. But they suddenly had it again last weekend! Their snack aisle rules. My mom loves it when I get her a bag of the dried young coconut strips, and we love checking what they rotate in and out.
Thanks for the list! The Spam gave me a bit of a turn, but I was able to recover. Thank you for sharing your awesome list! What do you use the canned salmon for? Is there a favorite recipe that you use it for? We just eat it. I like to mix it up like tuna fish with some dill, then cut a cucumber into coins and dip up the salmon on the cucumbers.
Not the cheapest, but really nice stuff. I like to use canned salmon blended in a blender with cream cheese and some spices. Sometimes I add small cut up shrimp to it and make my own salmon dip.
You can also add some creek yogurt and or sour cream. You should try it, you will love it. Pellegrino water glass bottle 16 — At the Costcos here in north San Diego County they have parchment paper not just during the holidays. I bought some about 2 months ago. Every Costco sells different items based on their customers. Eggs are a staple for us at Costco! Grey Poupon Dijon mustard 2 pack 2. Vanity Fair dinner napkins 3. Heavy duty scrub sponges 5.
Kirkland plastic food wrap 6. Genova Italian canned tuna 7. I always get wild salmon there. The last one I got there was really good too! Paper towels, TP, bathroom paper cups 3oz. Although I love to bake, I still enjoy the awesome baked goods Costco offers! The bread and rolls are to die for and they always have the mouth watering desserts and cookies. I am in Canada and I think our stores are pretty similar from the sounds of it. Those Kirkland products are tops,too!
I love the baked goods also, but they discontinued the good bread that we always purchased: We love our local Cosco. We also buy Charmin and Bounty when they are on sale. The steelhead salmon is always a deal. I also get grey poupon mustard, Heinz ketcup, and worchester sauce. Just me and the husband now but it is still worth going and belonging. Thank you for sharing your favorites!
Brie cheese, heavy whip cream, eggs, half n half, local rustic bread, jasmine rice, 25lb sugar, organic cane sugar, butter!!! I love your list! I have to agree about the water! I rarely go to Costco because I have a small family, but I have not bought bottled water in 20 years. We bottle our own! Lifeway Kefir and Ezekial bread.
Please stop buying bottled water. Such a waste and so bad for the environment! Also I always get their sour cream, cottage cheese and uncooked tortilla. LOVE their huge and convenient rotisserie chicken. How do you make it? I was told that it had to be made with raw milk not pasteurized? I miss the taste of Cheese cake made with tvorog like we had at home. Sorry to be so off topic, but have you included gluten free foods on your blog?
Hi Violet, I do have quite a few gluten free recipes and I am slowly categorizing them over time. He tells me bjs is better with all the coupons we can use. Also you can use expired coupons. I kinda want to get membership in Costco. I want to know is it like bjs with coupons? That is a good distance away! I try to shop pretty much everything so I stock up on fruits: My husband loves their canned olives. I also go for the mixed nuts and trail mix.
Have been meaning to explore the wine selection too. I have a membership to both clubs and have been doing comparison shopping since costco was built much closer to my home. I always liked their furniture options: Do you guys have Aldi store in your area?
Irish butter and cheese are our absolute must-haves only salted Irish butter at Costco. Our shopping list typically consists of the following changes seasonally somewhat: But I still keep Costco shopping list so we can stock up on our essentials whenever we have time to make the 3 hour drive! Thank you for sharing. That really is a great list!! We shop at the same Costco! Our love of the produce changes with what is in season.
We recently bought a bunch of raspberries and froze them. What do you do with chia seeds? We use it mostly to sprinkle over our usual breakfast of Greek Yogurt. Thanks for this useful post! But can I really freeze my Parmesan cheese?! I have so many wastes of it! Could you please tell me more about it? What else do you freeze? Yes and it freezes so well! What a fun post to read. Cherries taste Amazing alone as a snack or in baked goods.
They are the cheapest at Costco. We also like the small pack naked juice for kids for school. Some of them are: We buy a lot of the already mentioned items at Costco.
Add pecans to that, organic flour, organic string cheese used to be there, not anymore. Trader joes it is , heavy whipping cream, Haagen Dazs vanilla chocolate almond covered ice cream my favorite , fruits and veggies, organic bananas every time we stop at Costco , organic chicken breast and thighs, lamb, tissues, paper towels, bath tissue, disinfecting wipes, Pom juice, cold stone gift cards and save money on them: We have them in the pantry right now!
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