Well, I headed to Costco today totally ambitious to purchase a membership and report back with a price list of all of their natural and organic products. Wow, was I overwhelmed and excited about how many natural and organic products they have! Since I didn’t have 20 hours today to go aisle by aisle and write down every price, I decided to start a series on my natural and organic shopping at Costco. Each time I shop there, I’ll report back either a section’s prices (like produce, meat, etc.) or a few of my favorite finds.
Here’s how my first trip went….
I had gone to Costco a few months ago with a friend and checked out their organic meat prices. They seemed to be the lowest I have found anywhere, so I decided to purchase a membership just based on that and figured any other finds would just be a bonus.
There are two membership options, the basic or executive. The basic costs $55 per year. The executive membership costs $110, however, you get 2% cash back on all your purchases and if that amount doesn’t equal the extra $55 you spent on the upgraded membership, they’ll still send you a check at the end of your membership for $55. I figured it was a wash so I went for the executive membership.
I didn’t buy a ton of things this time around because I really only desperately needed the organic meat. Their organic chicken is $5.99 a lb. and it comes in 3-4 lb. packages. Their organic ground beef is $16.99 for 4 lbs. so just $4.25 per lb. which I thought was a really great price. As a comparison, Trader Joe’s sells organic chicken for $7.99 a lb. and Kroger sells organic ground beef for around $6.99 a lb.
I also bought a 6-pack of 32 oz. organic chicken broth for $10.99, which comes out to $1.83 a carton. Trader Joe’s chicken broth runs $1.99 a carton and Meijer Organics brand is $2.39 (sale price), so I was happy to be able to stock up at this price.
We go through salsa like crazy in this house so I also bought a pack of organic salsa. It comes in a pack of 2 38 oz. containers for $6.99, so about about $1.47 per 16 oz. A 16 oz jar of Meijer Organics salsa is $2.50 (sale price), so I thought this was a great price.
I also bought a huge 2 lb. bag of organic croutons! Having croutons in this house is basically the only way to get my husband or I to eat salad, so they are a must. I don’t really have a price comparison as I usually make my own as packaged varieties always have dairy in it. I bought this one based on the fact that it didn’t have dairy and it would save me time from making homemade. The price was $6.49 for a 2 lb. bag, so not too shabby.
There were some items I passed by because I could get much better deals just by couponing for them or buying them on Amazon, like Annie’s Homegrown snacks, Muir Glen tomatoes, Silk milk and Kettle chips.
I’m excited to head back next time and check out their organic produce. I’ll be sure to report back what I find!
What organic staples do YOU buy at Costco?
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Thanks for sharing, Bethany! I have debated getting a Cost-co membership forever. I just found out one of my friends who lives close by just renewed hers, so I think I’ll see if I can tag along for a shopping trip sometime =) Always good to know what to buy and what to pass on at the warehouse stores.
Thanks Lora! I was excited to see a lot of low prices there! Let me know what you find!
Love Coatco! I buy my meats which you’ve already found is a great price! But I also purchase eggs, milk, and snacky food!
We only have a Sams club near us. Does anyone know if they happen to also have bulk organic meat? Thanks!
I don’t think they do. I put the question out to my readers on Facebook and I’ll let you know if I hear anything.
Thank you so much. Keep me posted. 🙂
Hi Michelle, I didn’t hear back from any readers on this. I looked on their site and it doesn’t appear that they offer organic meat.