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 🙂