If you have followed me for any length of time, you know my love for Costco runs deep. Aside from being a great place to shop, it also helps to save us a ton of money out here in Hawaii. I’ve done posts before about Costco – 5 Ways To Shop At Costco Like A Pro + Secret Costco Hacks That Will Save You Money, but I always get questions about what exactly I buy at Costco. Today, I’m answering that question for you! In fact, I plan to turn this into a bit of a series, sharing bits and pieces about what I buy at Costco each trip. If you love shopping at Costco, have always wondered what to buy at Costco, or are just simply curious, today’s post is for you!
What I Buy At Costco
Last week, we headed to Costco for what I like to call our “big” run of the month. People are often surprised to learn that Costco is my primary grocery store and I only supplement with a regular grocery store for things I don’t need a ton of (think: specialty recipe items). Otherwise – I shop at Costco for everything. The fewer stores I have to visit, the better. Thankfully, we have a couple Costco stores on the island to choose from. In any case, we usually do one big Costco run per month and then 2-3 supplementary runs to replenish vegetables. If you read any of my Eating Lately posts, you know we eat a lot of produce! We usually blow through whatever we buy at Costco in a single week.
Now, let’s get started on what I bought at Costco this time…!
Like I said, we eat a lot of produce, so I bought a good bit of that. One thing that’s nice about Hawaii (I’m not sure if it’s like this other places or not?) is that Costco sources a lot of their produce from local farmers since everything else has to be shipped here. When it’s sourced locally, it lasts a little bit longer which is AWESOME! So, this week, I bought a pack of hydroponic greens for salads and lettuce wrap meals, a pineapple, a bag of avocados, a pack of strawberries, a bag of Brussels sprouts (they were on sale!), a head of cauliflower (it’s organic and usually really cheap – like $2-3!), 2 bags of bananas, and 2 packs of corn on the cob. It sounds like a lot, but we will eat all of this in a single week.
For snacks, we replenished our cashews ($17) and pistachios ($13), which are great for snacks and in recipes. Cashews are the base for so many vegan sauce recipes and pistachios are great in tuna salad. We also got 2 bags of Hippeas since they were on sale and are a great vegan snack!
Let’s talk breakfast…
Dane loves the Egg Bites, so those are a weekly buy for us since it’s only a 4 pack, and he eats them every morning. He also got a 24 pack of yogurt that will last him about 2-3 weeks. Yogurt in Hawaii is really expensive at the grocery store, so I think on the mainland it’s actually a bit cheaper at the regular store, but here it’s a must at a bulk grocer if you eat it.
We also buy our eggs at Costco. We buy the cage free, organic brown ones there and they are really good! One pack will last us about 2 weeks or so.
And finally – COFFEE! We drink a fair amount of coffee in our house and buying it at Costco saves us so much time. There is nothing quite like Hawaiian coffee and anyone who has ever had it would probably agree 🙂 This week we bought 3 bags since it was on sale. We put one in the refrigerator to use right away and stored the other 2 in the freezer.
Costco has a great selection of spices, so we grabbed their garlic powder. My mom also spotted one of my favorite ghee brands (Carrington Farms) at her Costco and shipped it to me this week, so it’s not pictured here, but I’m counting that in our haul, because I’m just so dang excited about it!
If you’re a Kombucha drinker, take note — Costco has recently really upped their game and began rotating in quite a few Kombucha brands. I personally really love the ginger lemon Kirkland brand, but I grabbed this one to try since it was on sale this week.
We also got a case of La Croix and a case of Ginger Ale (typically not soda drinkers but 1. was one sale and 2. summer cocktails!). And finally – these insanely delicious fruit pops they were sampling. We are not normally the folks that get suckered in so easily, but dang these just tasted so good and we couldn’t resist. And that’s what we got in our “big” monthly haul at Costco for July 2019! It sort of helped that we purchased some seafood last month during Costco’s quarterly “Seafood Rodeo” that brings in fresh seafood and have that in our freezer already.
So what do you buy at Costco? Is this a series you would like to see me continue? Let me know!