My Shopping List – What I Buy at Costco

A real food shopping list - great list of real food that you can find at Costco like grass-fed butter, organic salsa, and more.

While I’m a HUGE believer in buying organic and local when possible, sometimes convenience and affordability win. I think we all do the best we can do!

I do buy almost all of our dairy, eggs, beef, pork, and produce locally. However, I am so thankful to have a Costco nearby! They have great prices and a surprisingly good selection of organic food.

However. It’s soooo easy to make impulse purchases there! I buy at least one thing that’s not on my list every time I go. It’s definitely something I need to work on!

Oh, and the samples!! I shouldn’t. But I do. :D

Alright, here is a current list of the items that I like to buy at Costco.

  • Organic Whole Chickens – I only buy whole chickens because I use the bones to make chicken broth. I buy maybe 2-4 chickens per month (Costco sells them in a 2-pack). Their price is $1.50/lb cheaper than our local farm.

A real food shopping list - great list of real food that you can find at Costco like grass-fed butter, organic salsa, and more.

  • Aidells Chicken Sausage – Their chicken-apple sausage is fantastic. Gluten-free, soy-free, and no MSG. Each package at Costco comes with 3 packs of 5 links. Since 5 links is the perfect amount for our family of four, these make great quick and easy dinners. We usually grill a pack for dinner on Costco shopping days!
  • Applewood Bacon – I haven’t found any local bacon that we like and it is far too expensive for us anyway. We eat a lot of bacon, so buying in bulk works for us!
  • Organic Eggs – Only when not available locally. I have three different sources, so you’d think we’d never run out, but we do!
  • Tilamook Cheese or Kerrygold Cheese – I used to buy raw milk cheddar from Azure Standard but there is no longer a drop close enough to us. Hopefully we’ll get one soon!
  • Feta Cheese and Goat Cheese

A real food shopping list - great list of real food that you can find at Costco like grass-fed butter, organic salsa, and more.

  • Kerrygold Butter – This is the only butter that we buy and I’m SO glad Costco carries it!
  • Drinkable Yogurt – The brand at our Costco is actually from a local raw dairy farm! The yogurt is pasteurized, of course, but at least I know that it contains high quality ingredients from a trusted source.
  • Organic Hummus

A real food shopping list - great list of real food that you can find at Costco like grass-fed butter, organic salsa, and more.

  • Organic Orange Juice
  • Organic Frozen Blueberries
  • Organic Frozen Broccoli
  • Organic Baby Carrots, Celery, etc.
  • Organic Spinach, Lettuce Blends, or whatever is available
  • Asparagus
  • Pineapple, Bananas, Kiwi, and other misc. produce not found locally
  • Kirkland’s Organic Salsa – Our family eats a LOT of salsa. And even though my friends keep telling me I should make it myself, I simply don’t have the desire to do so. It’s just one of those weird things! This brand does contain sugar, but other than that, there are no objectionable ingredients whatsoever!
  • Organic Dried Fruit (apricots, figs, raisins, etc.)
  • Organic Tortilla Chips
  • Organic Sprouted Bread

Since shopping at Costco is pretty exhausting, I rarely have the energy to cook a big dinner on the days we shop. Our “Costco dinner” that we have on shopping days includes grilled Aidells chicken-apple sausage, grilled asparagus (in a foil packet with Kerrygold butter, sea salt, and pepper), and fresh pineapple chunks. All of the items come from Costco and it takes maybe 10 minutes to prepare. Easy, delicious, and very affordable! It’s one of our favorite meals (and knowing we’re coming home to this meal helps us resist the temptation of their very cheap food court items)!

Well, now that you know my Costco shopping list, tell me what’s on yours?

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  1. Reading this makes me wish we had a Costco closer to us!! We would have to drive about 30 minutes (but reading this makes me think it would be worth it!) I didn’t know they had so many organic options there! Thanks for the info!
    -Erin

    • Janette says:

      30 minutes is nothing. My sister-in-law used to drive 2.5 hours once a month to stock up. They have moved and are now much closer to a Costco. It’s worth the drive! ;)

    • Our Costco is over 30 minutes away (sadly, that IS close to us! LOL) but I am in that neighborhood regularly anyway, so it’s not out of the way. I think it’s absolutely worth the drive though! There are many more organic options too, these are just the ones we buy! Definitely worth checking out! :)

    • I am so lucky. I live 3 miles from Costco AND Costco’s corporate office. We have a lot of organic options around here, but Costco has such good quality and prices that it is worth putting up with the crowds.

    • Jeepers.. I have to drive that far to the regular ole grocery store! Costco is over 2hrs one way from here…go a few times a year.
      Keepin it rural :)

  2. Janette says:

    We also love the Aidells and grab a pack now and then. I always get a rotisserie chicken, salmon, Greek pitas (amazing for sandwiches and pizzas), fruit, hot wings, meatballs, and oh so much more. We love Costco and my daughter loves the hot dog in the food court. I love the price. :) I want to try that butter, I wonder if my Costco sells it.
    Love your blog!

  3. We just joined a couple weeks ago and are very happy with what we’ve found so far. My favorites so far are organic canned tomatoes (and sauce, paste, etc) that are very low salt, hooray!, canned black beans, condiments, organic produce including salad greens, fruits, and vegetables, organic brown rice, and nuts.

  4. Here’s mine. :) http://chicorganicmama.com/organic-on-a-budget/costco/

    I’ve never bought Kerry Gold Irish Butter-I’ll have to look into it! In what ways is it better than other butters? We’re still buying regular butter from Aldi, although we don’t eat very much. And by the way, Aldi has the best prices on bacon! :) We buy quite a bit of it as well, since Dirk likes to have bacon every morning!!! :)

    Thanks for sharing your list! :)

    • I prefer Kerrygold because it comes from grass-fed cows. :) Thanks for sharing your Costco list too – they sell so many great real-food items!

  5. We get organic quinoa, natures path granola, frozen broccoli, blueberries, green beans (all organic), Wild Alaskan salmon (frozen), fruit leather, Raw honey, sea salt, spices, eggs, spinach. They have so many good options, I love costco!!

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