Post by Contributing Author. Sonja from Practical Stewardship
Do y’all have a Costco nearby? I sure hope you do, because shopping at Costco can save you LOTS of money…well, that is if you buy the right things. Honestly you have to be discerning everywhere you shop. You can’t just think, ‘since I’m shopping at Costco, everything is a great deal’. Simply not true. Cereals usually aren’t. Meats? Some really aren’t that great of a deal. You’ve really gotta know your target (not the store Target:) grocery prices so you actually know what a truly great deal is.
In order to keep updated on my target grocery prices, twice a year I update my Costco Grocery Price List which contains about 150 natural and organic foods. That way I can compare it to other stores and know, ounce for ounce, what a great deal is. I just finished updating my Costco Grocery Price List, so you can go HERE to see the latest Costco Grocery Price List. FYI I don’t buy all or maybe not even half of the foods I have on the list, but I provide it to help people compare prices and be good stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us (since I use the list to compare prices too!).
So I thought it would be helpful if this frugally-minded mom (that’s me, Sonja) put together a quick top ten list of the frugal yet convenient foods to buy at Costco from the grocery price list. That way you get a sense of how another frugally-minded mom shops.
When I talk about convenient or convenience foods, I am not talking about unwrapping a frozen meal and zapping it in the mic, or putting together a Hamburger Helper kit. That used to be what I’d do, but those days are long gone. Now that I’m a mom and a wife in charge of nourishing my family, I’ve slowly changed the way I feed those under my care.
So with these convenient foods, what I am talking about are foods that are one or minimal ingredient foods. And somehow these foods have been made to be more convenient like being pre-washed, or cut, or shucked, etc…. I chose these frugal foods because each of them help me cook for my family in my own kitchen, as opposed to eating out which *rack-rack* adds up quickly.
As Stacy has talked in the past about buying Poorganic Food, being frugally-minded, we try to strike a balance of buying one ingredient foods with as many frugal organic foods as possible and not letting ourselves go into a massive guilt trip if we aren’t eating free range all the time. Shopping at Costco makes buying organic foods easier and often times, frugal, since they can buy in big quantities and can pass the savings along to their members. Unfortunately not all Costcos stock the same products, so Lord willing you’ll be able to find these items at your local Costco if you are interested. I sure wish that Costco would pay me to endorse them:) since I have a lot of good things to say about them. Is there a Costco rep out there??
So here are my top 10 Frugal Convenient Foods to Buy at Costco:
- Sprouted Organic Bread-I used to make my own 4 ingredient sourdough bread a few times a week, but now with our kids getting a bit older, all in school, all in sports and piano, I broke down and started buying bread. No shame though. I was thankful to find this sprouted organic bread at Costco. Plus it’s $3.34/loaf (comes with 2 loaves)!
- Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa-When tomatoes are in season, nothing beats making your own salsa. It’s fresh and frugal. Check, check. But when those tomatoes aren’t in season, I think buying salsa is the most frugal way to go. $7.99/2-38 oz.
- Boxed Organic Spinach-washed and ready to grab and throw into a smoothie like in one of our 52 different smoothie options, or throw together a strawberry spinach salad, or a cranberry mandarin spinach salad. Greens in a instant! $3.99/16 oz.
- Canned Organic Kidney and Black Beans-Yes, I do cook dried beans, but I still love having the cans around to throw in a last minute homemade Super Burrito or chilis and soups. $0.85/15 oz. can
- Kirkland Signature Organic Corn Chips-These are a staple in our home. Can’t live without the crunch of these chips. I used to be a Doritos fanatic, but no more. These have filled that Dorito-shaped void in my life and now is my favorite especially with homemade guacamole or salsa. $4.99/40 oz.
- Frozen Organic Fruits like strawberries, cherries, and mango-so easy to open the bag and dump a whole bunch of frozen fruits in our smoothies. No pits, no peeling, no hulling and they are often the same price or even cheaper than buying the fresh organic versions. $9.89/3 lbs. depending on type
- Kirkland Signature Stewed/Diced Tomatoes-again, these are so great to throw in to soups. Quick, convenient, cheap and organic. Yea! Plus it’s usually cheaper than buying the non-organic version at a conventional store. $0.745/14.5 oz. can
- Whole Peeled Garlic Cloves-I love these because literally I grab garlic by the handful, chop it, and saúte them and throw them in soups and chilis. You’ve gotta use them fairly fast, or they won’t last. My friend and I alternate buying these, and we share them. When I’m really on the ball, I throw some in my Vitamix, put the minced garlic in an ice tray, and freeze them. So good! $5.99/3 lb.
- Organic Pasta-I’ve NEVER made fresh pasta before. Not planning to anytime soon, but prepackaged pasta is sure nice to have around, for a super quick meal. $1.362/lb.
- Organic Uncooked Tortillas-These have become my new favorite this year. About 5 years ago I made my first batch of tortillas. They were great, but labor intensive, so this girl who was raised on tortillas and beans fell in love with these organic uncooked tortillas. Just make sure to take them out of the fridge about 15 minutes before cooking so they don’t crack. So good!! I love making a quick bean burrito (freezable too!). $3.50/18 count (comes with 36)