Our Costco shopping list

DISCLAIMER – If you have no control over your impulses at Target, you probably should not get a Costco or Sam’s club membership!!

…Of course, that is totally a joke, but I’m also serious! More than half of the times my husband and I go to Costco, we find ourselves debating on buying one of the items they have sitting out near the entrance of the store. The last thing we randomly bought from that section were pairs of gloves; my husband avidly uses them but, for me, I’ve used them once. And I seriously do not know why I talked myself into getting them because its not like I work outside in the elements like he does. My only justification would be for next year when its college football season again, and I have to do medical coverage for the game-watchers. I seriously could’ve waited…

BUT, if you’re looking into getting a warehouse membership to save on groceries, here are some other things to consider: Are you buying for yourself, or for your family? How willing are you to eat the same stuff in a week, or even in a month? Do you even see yourself eating everything you purchase instead of wasting?

For us, we will probably be Costco members for life due to the fact that we have two young boys; those two young boys will eventually grow into teenage boys that will come with LARGE appetites. So, buying in bulk seems to be the best way to go for us. Before we started this routine list of items, I was really hesitant about eating the same thing over and over again; in this case, we’re talking about chicken. One of my biggest problems is eating out because of the variety, and also convenience (let’s not forget about that!). However, eating out costs SO much and surely not good for your body over time. It took us about several months to come up with a solid grocery list that would sustain us and also not waste food. We tried to look up Costco grocery list ideas from Pinterest, but we didn’t like that most of them contained a lot of processed or sugary foods. However, if we looked up “healthier” Costco options, it was basically just one list to go to which contained mostly frozen items. While a good majority of our list also has frozen items (BTW, it took some moving around in our tiny freezer to get everything to fit), its not everything.

Anyway, here’s what our Costco grocery list looks like. Typically, we’ll go through most of these in about 2 weeks but, there’s no waste and everything’s put to good use:

  • Starbucks Mocha Frappucino (12-pack) – $16.55
  • Canned chicken broth (12-pack) – $6.49
  • Orowheat Wheat bread (2-loaves, you can mix and match!) – $5.79
  • Organic eggs (2 dozen) – $6.49
  • Frozen organic broccoli (4 individual packs) – $6.99
  • Frozen stir-fry – $7.69
  • Frozen organic brussel sprouts (4 individual packs) – $8.99
  • Frozen chicken breast (about a dozen breasts) – $16.99
  • Frozen Evol vegetarian breakfast burritos – $10.79
  • Quinoa and wild rice mix packets*
  • Individual organic brown rice bowls*
  • Frozen wild sockeye salmon*
  • Columbus 2 lbs salami slices*

The last four items on the list is something we also buy, but we didn’t get them this last Costco trip. We’ve been mostly eating at home now because I’ve been looking up quick and easy recipes we could make for dinner. Check out my Pinterest account to get some weekday dinners, I do intend on making a post about our favorite Pinned recipes. Be sure to check back later.

Hope this helped you all out, or at least gave you some ideas on what to get at Costco 🙂

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8 things to do (at home) to save money

I’m in the military and I have the luxury of having 9-to-5 work hours (its more like 0730 to 1630), plus my weekends off… Currently, my husband does not, which is a total buzz-kill for my weekends. BUT, I’m not complaining about that, since we’re living in a dual-income household; single-income really sucks, even though the bread-winner is in the military. Side-note: we’re REALLY hoping he’ll be able to transition from reserve to active duty next year, and then our would be looking better financially.

Anyway, since husband is making that dough mostly on the weekends/my time off, I usually stay at home. In part, because we have two young children, and it becomes a nuisance to corral & pack up the kiddos to do anything outside of the house. And since I’m staying at home, I’m technically saving money… So long as I don’t wind up browsing through Amazon. The only problem with that is, I get bored very easily.

So, how do I save money, and resist the urge to online shop? Well, here’s a list of things I could do around the house. I’m sure there will be lots of changes along the way, but that’s great!! It means I’m saving some serious moolah!

#1 – Clean the house – I’m pretty sure you knew this one was coming, or that it would be on my list somewhere. There is literally always something to clean around this house, considering we are a 4-person household with two little boys. Cleaning primarily means laundry and dishes… Either way, you know what I mean by cleaning the house!

#2 – Declutter – This is an attempt at living the minimalist lifestyle. Its ridiculous how much crap we accrue each year, and how much of that crap we basically abandon and forget about. As a bonus, you can actually make money by selling some of your unwanted items on local yard-sale or marketplaces on FaceBook. Craigslist is also an option, but I’d rather not risk my own safety. If you don’t have the patience to sell you purged items, you can also donateGiveBackBox.com can help you get rid of those unwanted boxes you have laying around your house from your online shopping, and the best part about it is that it’s FREE.

#3 – Meal prep – To me, meal prep means looking up new recipes on Pinterest (lol). We typically don’t lunch prep, since we’re all pretty okay with just eating PB&J’s with some snacks, like string cheese, seaweed snacks, Goldfishes, etc, etc. On occasion, we’ll eat left-overs, if we have any. We also don’t normally require actual meal prepping since we buy most of our main food staples at Costco; we keep things like frozen chicken breast, frozen various frozen veggies, and some canned foods, in stock all the time in our house. I’ll make a post about our Costco shopping trips later on…

#4 – Make baby food – I suppose you could categorize this under meal prepping too, but I’m still breastfeeding, so pumping pretty much makes up this category. We invested in a Magic Baby Bullet (About $60 from Target) when baby was about 4-months and, so far, have spent a total of $2 on frozen peas and carrots. The $2 has made about 12 little containers of baby food. I’d say this was a very good investment we’ve made thus far.

#5 – BLOG – LITERALLY… This keeps me from spending!! I suppose this could also wind up making me some money in the future, but that’s only if I actually keep up with it. I’ve attempted to create and maintain blogs in the past, but it seems that trying to make money from a blog is just not in the cards for me… I’ve also lost probably a couple $100 in trying to make blogging a thing for me. I think I just need to be real with myself and realize that I’m probably not going to stick with it… but if I do, might as well invest in that domain name!! Perhaps I’ll just wait until I actually make my 100th post before I invest in a domain name. Seems like a good reward for keep up, I guess.

#6 – Maintaining my Perfectly Posh business – Yep, I’m an independent consultant… Or something. Honestly, I’m more of an avid Perfectly Posh user that reaps the benefits of being a consultant. BUT, sometimes I do somehow manage to make some money from myself and working it as a consultant. If I pushed myself a little harder in making sales and reaching out to new potential customers, I could be making more “play money”. Again, this would probably make for a good post in the future… maybe that 100th post will come by a lot quicker than I thought!

#7 – Study – To make it a bit clearer of who I am and where I stand in society, I’m in the US Air Force. I’m a Staff Sergeant (SSgt, or E-5) with about 10 years of total military service… I put on SSgt just before my 4-year mark, and if I studied and played my cards right, I could’ve made the next rank at my 6- or 7-year mark… I just didn’t study. Promotion testing time for me is around February/March of next year, so I definitely have the time to study – despite having two younger kids at home to manage. Again, another great way for me to get more money LOL… ALSO, studying would also mean taking college classes. One of my goals in life is to become a medical primary caregiver, and the military has a program called the Inter-service Physician’s Assistance Program (IPAP). I just need to hurry up and take classes so I can finally submit a package…

# 8 – Exercise – I’m kind of laughing at myself as I type my reasoning… My husband bought me a rower for Christmas, since I like to row at the gym. So now, I really don’t have much of an excuse to not work-out. I could also walk the dogs and kids around the block to do something active in my life.

Those are all my great ideas to do at home to save money. I’m sure I can think of more later. What are some things your do at home to save money? I’d like to know!!