I love Costco. You may think that Costco is only for large families, people with extra pantry space, or for when you are having lots of people over. I’m here to dispel that myth! Even when I was single, I would often stop by my local Costco once a week. Who doesn’t love the fantastic prices, the quality of the products and the friendly people? My parents love Costco too. We often joke that it is impossible to leave without spending at least $100, even if you thought you were only running in to buy a rotisserie chicken for dinner (“Well, we are running low on chocolate chips. We may not need 4-½ pounds of chocolate chips right now, but, hey, for that price you would only get a small bag at the grocery store! Toss that into the cart too. How are we on paper towels?”).
I love the satisfaction of using our food budget wisely. Costco makes that even easier. Here’s my strategy for making Costco work for a family of two:
What I buy weekly (or every other week):
(Please note: the prices below are in Canadian Dollar; prices at Costco in the U.S. will be less. Lucky Ducks!)
Meat: I typically buy two types of meat. I always buy a package of chicken breasts (they come with 7 breasts). Then I will choose between lean ground beef (I divide this up into 6 sections; I will use 2 sections within a day and the other 4 go into a baggie and I freeze them for later in the week) and ground turkey (4 packages of ground turkey for $20). I typically spend about $40 on meat each week. Sometimes it carries over into the next week.
Bananas: A package of bananas only costs $1.99 and typically contains around 8 bananas. We use bananas in our protein shakes so I typically leave a few on the counter for the week, and peel and freeze the rest.
Apples: Costco carries at least 6 different types of apples. I almost always buy Gala apples for us. This bag is around $6 and contains close to 15 apples. We each eat about an apple a day.
Sweet Potatoes; I love sweet potatoes. These come in a package of 4 or 5, depending on the size, and costs less than $5. Sometimes these carry into another week.
Potatoes: I have been buying the mini potatoes. They are super easy to chop up and throw into the oven for lunch or dinner. This bag lasts me 2 weeks.
Asparagus: We eat a lot of asparagus! I’ve found that the asparagus prices change. The cheapest I’ve seen was $4.99 (AMAZING; I bought two packages that week) and the highest I’ve seen is $7. This is a very large package of asparagus and I will freeze what we haven’t used toward the end of the week.
Spinach: We use spinach in our morning protein shakes. This bag only costs $3.25 and typically lasts me 2 weeks.
Avocado: I typically buy a bag of avocados each week. The bag contains 5 or 6 large avocados and is usually priced at $8.99 (but so worth it).
What I buy monthly:
Kodiak Cakes: I love Kodiak Cakes. It is a pancake/waffle mix with protein. Not only does it make a healthy breakfast choice, I typically use Kodiak Cakes when I bake cookies or banana bread in place of the flour. This item can go quickly in our house as I tend to bake a lot! The box contains 3 packages of mix for $14.
Chocolate Chips: I use chocolate chips daily 🙂 I’ll add it in trail mix, cookies and banana bread or use it to create other desserts. Depending on which brand you buy, the bag can range from $12-$14.
Avocado Oil: I’ve recently swapped avocado oil for extra virgin olive oil when I cook. One liter of avocado oil is priced at $12.99. This bottle will last me over a month.
Coconut Oil: I use coconut oil in everything — baking and cooking. I can go through this way too quickly. Thankfully, this container is HUGE and only $20. Amazing!!
Protein Powder: I’ve recently been buying LeanFit: Complete Green Protein. This is a plant-based protein and is priced at $30. This will last me about a month and a half.
Nuts: We have been buying mixed nut from Costco. The container is priced at $20 and typically lasts us a month. Sometimes I’ll add chocolate chips in with the mixed nuts.
Peanut Butter: I like to buy the Kirkland brand natural peanut butter. It comes with two containers for $9.99. Depending on how much I’m baking, this can last me 2 weeks or close to a month.
A “go to” item for my parents is the Kirkland brand Organic Tortilla Chips.
Costco is more than just a smart place to pick up groceries. We’ve found great deals on sets of luggage, books, socks, printer ink, tires, laundry detergent, toiletries, flowers — all sorts of things. For us, the yearly membership fee is well worth it.