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Welcome to my Ultimate Costco Shopping List for busy families and health meals! I include a free printable grocery list as well as a guide to simple, veggie-loaded meals and healthy snacks!
Recently our Costco membership expired for a few months and I wanted to test out whether we truly needed it or not. Well after about 4 months, I threw in the towel and signed us back up! We gave Sam’s Club a chance because a family member had a membership, but they just don’t offer the same quality items that Costco does – specifically their organic offerings were lacking at Sam’s Club.
Now that we are back in the Costco club, I decided to start compiling a list of items that we purchase their and breaking them down by cost, to see how much money we are truly saving in the long run. I am in the process of updating the prices below in the lists so check back occasionally to see updates.
Produce – Fresh & Frozen
Before you go crazy buying fresh produce at Costco in bulk, make sure you have a realistic plan for it! I hate throwing away fresh produce, so there are only a few things I purchase in bulk from Costco on a regular basis.
Also, my Costco doesn’t have all produce available organic so if it is an item I prefer to buy organic, I’ll buy it elsewhere. I buy organic as often as possible and use the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen to help me prioritize where to spend my money.
I made some simple graphics that you can screenshot on your phone to reference while you shop!
Fruit gets eaten up pretty quickly in our house so my fruit go-to’s include:
- Apples (I don’t always purchase apples at Costco. They use a ton of unnecessary plastic to hold them and I can sometimes get a better deal on organic at my local grocery store)
- Blueberries, Organic
- Carrots are another item that I like to purchase from Costco because I use them often and they can last in the fridge for awhile.
Tip: Store carrots in a container with water to make them last longer! Change the water every few days as it starts to get cloudy.
A few grocery items that Costco carries, but I don’t purchase because they aren’t organic. I might purchase these occasionally, but these are 3 items that I personally choose to buy organic and I haven’t found the organic versions at my Costco.
- Bell Peppers
Produce Price Sheet
Prices vary by location/region. I am in the process of updating prices so if one is missing, check back in the next few weeks!
|Baby Spinach, Organic||1lb|
|Green Beans, Organic||2lbs|
|Power Greens, Organic||1.5lbs|
|Sweet Potatoes, Organic||6.5lb|
Dairy & Eggs
We recently cut back on the amount of dairy and eggs we consume, but when we did purchase more I always prioritize spending the extra money on organic. This is important to our family to try and limit the amount of antibiotics and growth hormones that we consume through our food. If budget is a concern, I prioritize spending the money on items that my daughter eats instead of myself and my husband.
Young children may consume large amounts of dairy, so I highly recommend you try to purchase organic especially for items that they consume in large amounts. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are often favorite foods for little ones.
My Costco offers Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt, but their Whole Milk Yogurt was not organic. Before the age of 2, children need all of the healthy fat they can get so we purchase Whole Milk yogurt for my daughter. Since Costco doesn’t offer an organic option, I usually purchase her yogurt elsewhere. I also recommend serving plain yogurt to children without any added sugar. Try adding some fresh or frozen fruits to sweeten it naturally.
|Chobani Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt||40oz|
|Kirkland Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Organic||48oz|
|So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut-milk Yogurt Alternatives||8 X 5.3 oz|
|Kirkland Milk, Organic||3 x 64oz|
|Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge||4 x 6oz|
|Galbani Mozzarella String Cheese||60oz|
|Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter||32oz|
Canned & Dry Goods
Canned & Dry goods are always at the top of my Costco Grocery List recommendations because they last longer.
Meal Prep Tip: I make big batches of brown rice and quinoa, then freeze them in muffin tins with silicone liners. Once they are frozen just pop the pucks out and store in the freezer in an airtight container. Whenever you are ready to eat, simply microwave the puck!
Grains & Rice
|Lundberg Brown Rice, Organic||12lbs||$11.99||$1/lb|
|Kirkland Quinoa, Organic||4.5lbs||$9.99||$2.22/lb|
|Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Whole Grain, Organic||2 x 27oz||$7.85||$3.93/ea|
|Guerrero 6″ Corn Tortillas||100ct|
|La Tortilla Organic Flour Tortilla||20ct|
Pasta & Noodles
|Annie’s Organic Macaroni & Cheese||12ct||$11.85||$1/box|
Canned Goods & Pantry Staples
|Kirkland Diced Tomatoes, Organic||8 x 14.5oz||$5.99||$.75/can|
|Bertolli Pasta Sauce, Organic||4 x 24oz|
|Kirkland Tomato Pasta, Organic||12 x 6oz|
|Kirkland Chicken Stock, Organic||6 x 32oz||$9.95||$1.66/ea|
|S&W Black Beans, Organic||8 x 15oz||$6.49||$.81/ea|
|Kirkland Creamy Almond Butter, Org.||27oz||$12.59||$.47/oz|
|Kirkland Medium Salsa, Organic||2 x 38oz|
|Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk*||6 x 13.6oz||$8.99||$1.50/ea|
|Kirkland Sweet Corn||12 x 15.25oz|
|Chosen Foods Avocado Oil||33.8oz||$9.69||$.29/oz|
|Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo||24oz||$6.99||$0.29/oz|
|Kirkland Coconut Oil, Organic||84oz||$13.99||$.17/oz|
|Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic||67.6oz||$13.49||$.20/oz|
|Kirkland Almond Flour||3lbs||$12.99||$4.33/lb|
Spices & Seasonings (not included on printable list)
I forgot to include spices and seasoning on the Printable Grocery List below, but you can get great deals in this section as well!
They even carry Everything Bagel Seasoning now, which you can use to make my delicious EVERYTHING BAGEL KALE CHIPS!
|Kirkland Pure Sea Salt Fine Grain||30oz||$2.79||$.09/oz|
|Rodelle Organic Turmeric||$5.59|
|Olde Thompson Everything Bagel Seasoning||11.5oz||$4.49|
These are my top kid-friendly snack items. Most of them don’t include added sugars and are made from multigrains and produce. They are all more cost-effective to buy in bulk when compared to other grocery stores.
|Veggie Straws, Organic||25oz||$6.99||$.28/oz|
|Kirkland Dried Mango, Organic||40oz||$15.99||$.40/oz|
|Clif Kid Zbar Variety, Organic||36 bars||$17.45||$.48/ea|
|Bare Baked Crunchy Apple Chips, Organic||14oz|
|Late July Multigrain Tortilla Chip, Org||28oz|
| Harvest Snaps Green Pea Crisps, Organic||20oz|
|Kirkland Applesauce Pouches*||24 x 3.17oz|
Buying organic produce can be very expensive sometimes (I’m looking at you organic blueberries!!) Especially when you have children that could eat their weight’s worth of them! I highly recommend purchasing frozen fruits and vegetables to help keep down the cost of produce, especially organic produce! If you take anything from this Costco Shopping List, let it be the abundant amount of affordable, organic produce at Costco!
The best part, you don’t even have to defrost them for kids to enjoy! Teething toddler? Toss a few frozen peas and blueberries their way.
Hot oatmeal? Stir in some frozen fruit to cool it down!
Making a soup or stew? Frozen produce is here for you!!
The best part: FROZEN produce is just as good as fresh! Especially if it is more cost-effective and easier to use! Produce is picked at it’s peak ripeness and frozen when they are most nutritious. There are small amounts of nutrients that are lost during the freezing process, but overall they are just as good for you!
|Kirkland Blueberries, Organic||3lbs|
|Path of Life Broccoli, Organic||64oz|
|Butternut Squash, Organic||5lbs|
|4 Colored Cauliflower, Organic||4 x 1lb|
|Kirkland Green Peas, Organic||5lbs|
Meat & Seafood (Frozen)
Quality meat at great prices. I opt for organic chicken and wild-caught seafood.
|Kirkland Chicken Breasts, Organic||4lbs||$18.99||$4.75/lb|
|Kirkland Wild Sockeye Salmon||3lbs||$32.99||$11/lb|
|Inland Market Garlic & Sea Salt Mahi||30oz||$16.99||$9/lb|
|Columbus Turkey Burgers||53oz|
I have tried a few different cauliflower pizzas and mostly end up disappointed (or with crumbled crust and cheese on the bottom of my oven!! #traderjoesfail ). However, these Milton’s Cauliflower Pizzas are THE BEST. You won’t even realize you are eating cauliflower crust.
Ling Ling Potstickers are another big hit in our house. They are high in sodium for little ones, but I usually just make sure we don’t have another high sodium meal that day. Pair with some rice and veggie, a complete meal in under 30 minutes.
|Milton’s Cauliflower Pizza||2ct||$12.99||$6.50/ea|
|Ling Ling Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers||67.2oz|
|Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars Mint Chocolate Chip||15 bars|
|Kirkland Ground Beef, Organic||4lbs|
|Del Real Foods Pork Carnitas||2 x 20oz|
|Columbus Smoked Turkey Bacon||2.25lbs|
|Columbus Rotisserie Seasoned Chicken Breast (Deli Slices)||Varies|
|True Story Italian Chicken Sausage, Organic||2.25lbs|
|Wholly Guacamole Singles||20 x 2oz|
|Wildbrine Raw Green Sauerkraut||42oz|
|Kirkland Organic Hummus Singles||20 x 2.5oz|
Costco Meal & Snack Guides
Here are some simple meal ideas that are loaded with veggies! They are also picky-kid-approved!
- Italian: Meatballs & Marinara with mushrooms & spinach
- Asian: Potstickers with Cauliflower Fried Rice
- For cauliflower fried rice:
- 1. Scrambled two eggs in pan and set aside
- 2. In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil, add one frozen cauliflower rice pouch to pan and saute for about 5 minutes (until most of the liquid is absorbed).
- 3. Add 1 cup of boiled diced carrots (or sub frozen carrots) and 1 cup of frozen peas.
- 4. Add 2 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos) and stir eggs back in. You may want to add more soy sauce for extra flavor.
- For cauliflower fried rice:
- Mexican: Carnitas Brown Rice Bowls with corn & Black Beans. These also make great tacos! Or serve the carnitas with eggs for breakfast.
- Kid-Favorite: Veggie-Loaded Mac & Cheese – Short on time? Make up a box or two of mac and cheese, then mix in some frozen veggies & chicken sausage!
I also include a snack guide, which includes our favorite dips with produce and chips for pairing.
Costco Shopping List
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I hope you enjoyed my Costco Shopping List for busy families! Let me know in the comments below if I’m missing out on one of your favorite Costco items!!
See an item on the list that you Costco doesn’t carry? You can request it! Just head here and select your store. Then provide feedback on the item(s) you would like to see in store!
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