Costco has become one of our favorite stores! Patrick and I love it! People always ask me why we shop there even though it’s just the two of us, and the simple answer is, we save money by shopping at Costco. They have some really good deals on things that would normally cost so much more in traditional grocery stores.
If you have a small family, like me, and wondering if a Costco membership is worth it, I would say that it definitely is! I thought it would be fun to share our most recent Costco shopping trip with you. On this day, we purchased a lot of our staples that we were out of. If you are interested in seeing what types of foods we get from Costco for a really good price, keep on reading!
Our Favorite Food Items To Buy From Costco | Staples!
#1: Avocado Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We buy all of our oils from Costco. Our go-to oils are avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil. They can be really expensive at traditional grocery stores, but Costco sells them for a great price!
#2: Pure Maple Syrup
Pure maple syrup is a must-have in our house. We use it for desserts, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, as a sweetener in drinks like hot cocoa and a lot of other things. If you’ve never tried pure maple syrup, you definitely need to. It’s night and day from traditional pancake syrup. Once you try it, I’m sure you’ll never go back. Again, this is another item that is outrageously priced in normal grocery stores, but very reasonable at Costco. They sell it for the best price I’ve ever seen actually.
These days we only buy agave from Costco. Agave is something that we ALWAYS keep on hand. I use it in my coffee every morning and a lot for baking.
#4: Chia Seeds
We like to keep chia seeds on hand at all times. We store them in the refrigerator and they last for a long time. Chia seeds are great in smoothies, chia pudding, granola, jams, as a topper for oatmeal, yogurt, and many other things.
#5: Hemp Hearts
We really like having hemp hearts at home. This is another thing that we store in the refrigerator and it lasts us a long time. It is a seed that we mostly use for smoothies, granola, and on top of things like yogurt and oatmeal.
Lately, walnuts have become my go-to for things like baking, oatmeal, yogurt, and snacking. The bag that we buy at Costco is an amazing deal and it lasts us for a long time.
We always have almonds on hand. I use them every week. I mostly use raw almonds for homemade creamer and sometimes homemade almond milk. Almonds are also great for making homemade almond butter, baking, snacking, and on top of things like yogurt, oatmeal, and ice cream.
We eat all types of bread, but we do like to keep whole-grain bread, in the freezer, for times when we are wanting a more wholesome bread. Even though we did get this whole-grain bread for a great price, I will say that Costco has the best bread prices, no matter what type of bread we are buying at the time.
#9: Seasonings and Spices
When we first started shopping at Costco, I was shocked at how cheap seasonings and spices were! On this day, we picked up two spices that we were out of and decided to try Costco’s version of Everything Bagel Seasoning. We typically get it from Trader Joes, but we decided to give this version a try.
#10: Almond Butter
Almond butter is great. At Costco, we get a huge jar of it for less than what we used to pay, for a much smaller jar, at traditional grocery stores. Costco’s almond butter is natural and is made with only one ingredient: almonds! We use almond butter mostly in smoothies, on top of oatmeal and yogurt, in baking, and to dip fruit into.
#11: Naan Bread
Ah, Naan bread is so good! It’s something that we always try to have on hand, but it gets eaten pretty fast in our house. We like to use it for homemade pizzas, sandwiches, as a side for salads, and as a dipper for chili and soups.
Collagen is one of those non-negotiables for me. I need to have it on hand at all times. I try to take it every day. I’ve had knee issues ever since I was young, and I find that collagen really helps with that. Costco has it for the best price I’ve ever seen.
Mayo is one of those things that we don’t use very often, but we like to have it on hand. We decided that we wanted to make the switch to a more natural, avocado oil mayo. In grocery stores, it’s so dang expensive, but we get it for a reasonable price at Costco. At traditional grocery stores, the price of a smaller jar of this mayo is more expensive than the bigger jar we get from Costco. We like to use mayo in things like pasta salad, egg salad, chicken salad, on sandwiches, and when we make deviled eggs.
#14: Plain Ramen Noodles
When I came across these plain ramen noodles a couple of months ago, I was so happy. I really like Japanese food and these noodles help to give me that feel at home. They are plain noodles that are made with brown rice. I like to use these noodles in things like chicken and shrimp stir-fry. You can see an example here: What I Eat As An Intuitive Eater #3.
#15: String Cheese
Both Patrick and I really enjoy string cheese. We like it for snacking. We mostly eat it as is, but sometimes we will eat it with crackers. We also like to make fruit plates a lot, so we will sometimes chop up the string cheese and serve it with fruit.
#16: Sparkling Water
We both really like sparkling water. We have tried so many brands, but in my opinion, Spindrift is the best tasting by far. I think what makes this one so good is that it is made with real fruit juice, instead of “natural flavors.” This brand, in particular, can be expensive, but we find the best deal at Costco.
#17: Hearts of Palm:
We typically buy at least one salad topper when we go to Costco. We like to eat salads a lot with dinner, but just eating greens and tomatoes can get boring. Salad toppers make salads taste so good. One of our favorite salad toppers is Hearts of Palm, and because we were out of them, we decided to pick some up. If you’ve never tried Hearts of Palm on a salad, you NEED to. It’s really good.
And that’s everything! I hope this post was helpful. Are there any other Costco inspired posts that you want to see?
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