Menu Monday | Costco Haul + Food Prep

Costco Haul and food prep

Happy Monday!

Today is a post + video around a topic that I have been asked about over and over again. It’s a little peek in to what we typically get on a Costco shopping trip!

Not to mention a sneak peek at my new haircut.

So back to Costco…

I used to be a twice a month shopper at Costco. I bought produce, dairy, bread and a few frozen things, but that was it. Now that I’m hauling in 2 kids into Costco, I found it to be MUCH more exhausting trying to go more than once a month.

When I go now, I have my usual grabs. It’s still mainly produce. But I also usually grab a box of diapers, some sort of cleaning product, as well as some other household item.

Do I think Costco is worth it? 

Meh… maybe. I’m not a huge price checker. I don’t hunt and gather all of the best deals in town. So for me, Costco is a one stop shop to get most things at a reasonable deal, once. Maybe I could get a better deal on strawberries this week at Aldi… or Target has a better deal on toilet paper. But I’m just not in the season of life right now were I can spend my time going from store to store.

Now that we’ve set that ground work, here is what I bought on our most recent trip!

So much produce! I could go more often to Costco just for produce. I find that there are some produce items that are just better at Costco, like bell peppers, grape tomatoes and grapes. I also always have great luck with berries and apples. We eat a lot of fruit so it’s just cheaper at Costco! But do we usually go through a huge bag of salad? No… not right now.

And did you catch my food prep after I come back?

This is why I only go to Costco once a month these days. It’s a lot of work to go shopping at Costco, and perhaps even MORE work to come home from it. It takes a long time to get those groceries away.

When I come home, after putting away the other groceries, I spend about an hour “processing” the produce.

I figure if I give it a fancy name it feels special. HA!

Costco Haul

I wash all the fruits and veggies and line the containers with paper towels. We eat it all so fast I’m usually not worried about spoilage.

And then I slice all of the bell peppers and cucumbers and place them in storage bags. I save one cucumber to slice into rounds for sandwiches. That way I’ve got plenty of raw veggies for either a quick snack or a side for lunch with hummus, OR bell pepper slices I can easily finish dicing for dinner prep.

If I don’t take the time to wash and chop that produce, it won’t be eaten in a timely manner.

This is what makes Costco worth it in the end. I get a large quantity of produce that’s cheaper than my usual store. And because I’m forced (because of that large quantity!) to prep it all so it doesn’t get wasted we are eating more fruits and veggies at every meal.

And finally, as promised, here’s what the items cost!

*Prices as of April 2017

  • Apples, Pink Lady (12)  – $8.79
  • Asparagus (2.25 lb) – $4.99
  • Avocados (6) – $7.99
  • Bell Peppers (6) – $6.99
  • Blackberries (18 oz) – $5.49
  • Blueberries (18 oz) – $9.49
  • Craisins (64 oz) – $8.89
  • Cucumbers, seedless (3) – $3.99
  • Diapers, Kirkland (180) – $38.99
  • Eggs, Kirkland (24) – $3.59
  • Feta, Presidents (24 oz) – $7.39
  • Finish Dishwasher Tabs (115) – $14.89
  • Grapes (4 lbs) – $8.99
  • Guacamole, Good Foods (2.5 oz / 12 ct) – $10.79
  • Hummus, Kirkland (2.4 oz / 20 ct) – $6.49
  • Kiwi (4 lbs) – $6.49
  • Pirate’s Booty (18 oz) – $5.89
  • Pizzas, Palermo’s (4) – $14.39
  • Pull Ups (124) – $34.99
  • Sausage Patties, Morningstar Farms (32) – $13.99
  • Spinach, Organic (1 lb) – $3.99
  • Strawberries (2 lbs) – $4.99
  • Tampax (96) – $12.99
  • Toilet Paper, Kirkland (36) – $15.99
  • Tomatoes, Grape (2 lbs) – $5.89

So how often do you go to Costco? Or have you avoided it thus far?? Any favorite things you like to get?

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2 comments

  1. Shelly Janac says:

    We don’t have a Costco but I do use Sams for fruit, veggies and meat and always love the quality and prices. A few other things I always grab are bacon, cheese and milk if we need it at the time. i do the same as you and spend time processing when I arrive back home.

  2. Brenda says:

    A Costco recently opened closer to our home and I’ve been debating about whether or not we should get a membership. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your haul!
    xo – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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