Ever since I posted my list of top staples we buy at Trader Joe’s, I’ve received quite a few requests that I do the same thing for the other stores we frequent as well. The most popular requests? Costco and Sam’s Club. Now, I don’t have a membership to Sam’s Club, but I have been a member of Costco for many years. At first, it was difficult to find real food options in the big box store, but lately, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the abundance of organic and real food options they have.
So, without further ado, here are the top ten staples we buy at Costco. (For our family of four, we easily save more than our $50 annual club fee and we are enrolled in the program that gives us 2% back at the end of the year.)
100% pure maple syrup. Almost $5.00 less than Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
Organic extra virgin olive oil. Because many “olive oils” are actually a blend of genetically modified vegetable oils mixed with just over 50% olive oil, I only buy the organic variety for our family. While I would prefer this to be sold in a glass bottle, the value is just too great to pass up!
Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar…this is the sugar we use for everything. USDA certified organic, non-gmo, and completely unbleached. At just over $1/lb, this is a great way to make an organic upgrade without breaking the budget.
When this product first hit Costco shelves last month, coconut oil lovers everywhere did a happy dance! I use this as “lotion” in the winter, for making homemade popcorn, in cookies, and to grease my egg pan. Yum, yum, and yum.
The best value in baking soda. I use it to scour my kitchen sink, clean bath tubs and showers, in my homemade electrolyte drink, to soften the girls bath water, and even to brush my teeth (it is a natural whitener). Buying baking soda in bulk costs about 1/10 of an equal amount purchased in the little boxes.
For a long time, I fell for the rumor that Trader Joe’s had the best price on nuts. Then I decided to do the math myself. It turns out Costco nuts are about half the price of Trader Joe’s. Our family is nuts for nuts, so we are always able to finish a bag before they go rancid. Remember, as with any perishable product, buying in bulk is only a good deal if you will be able to use it up in a timely fashion.
We include brown rice in our diet at least once or twice a week. Buying these large bags of organic brown rice from Costco allows our family to eat rice all year long for less than $30.00. Once open, store rice in the fridge for up to a year.
This is the only brand of canned tomato products that I currently buy for our family. Why? Because the can liners are BPA-FREE!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! They also taste incredible and are made using organic tomatoes and without any yucky preservatives. (BPA has been linked to lower sperm count in males and early puberty in girls as young as seven.)
Let me just be honest. I debated on whether or not to include this one. I know that giving children multi-vitamins, especially ones that taste like candy, is a very controversial subject. However, I do buy these for our girls, they enjoy them, the ingredients are legit, and purchasing them at Costco is less than half the price of what Whole Foods charges for the exact same product. (Do you give your kiddos a multi-vitamin?)
Anyways, these are some of the top staples we buy at Costco and try to keep stocked in our pantry at all times. Having these (and a few other staples) on hand saves our family hundreds of dollars a year and equips us with the ability to whip up quick and wholesome meals even when our stock of fresh food is lacking.
What is your favorite Costco product?!?