In this past blog post I shared my favorite go-to items that I get at Costco. I know you love that warehouse and its samples just as much as I do! If only the sample ladies could get those out a little quicker, then it would be perfect 🙂
I wanted to share with you 10 more things you should be buying at Costco. These items and prices were at my local Costco in Utah. I know that all these items may not be available at your Costco and for the same price but maybe most of them are? Let me know. Also, what am I missing? Am I missing out on a great deal? Tell me in the comments!
1. Asian Cashew Chopped Salad Kit--$4.29
Our family absolutely LOVES this salad. It has cabbage, cashews, crispy fried wonton strips, sesame seeds and a really tasty Asian dressing. When I’m feeling super lazy I’ll buy the Costco rotisserie chicken to go with it. Or sometimes I’ll make some seasoned chicken in the slow cooker. Either way, it’s a winner. This amount is perfect for 4 people for dinner. Totally worth the dollar per person in my opinion. I find this next to all the vegetables in the big refrigerated room (am I the only one who bundles up to go to Costco?).
2. Cauliflower Florets (2 lb bag)–$3.79
For only $1.89 a pound these cauliflower florets are already cut and washed and ready to go. These are perfect if you want to make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, or if you want to add them to a veggie tray. I’ve seen so many cauliflower recipes lately like Cauliflower Fried Rice and Cauliflower Tots you may want to try. These are also found in the refrigerated produce room.
3. Kirkland Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips 72 oz bag–$9.99
I love these chocolate chips. I’m all about dark chocolate and for sure semi-sweet chocolate chips in my cookies. I love the flavor of these chocolate chips. These are great chocolate chips for cookies. They are also good to eat plain. I personally feel that these chocolate chips are 100 times better than the Nestle kind that Costco also sells. Although my very favorite chocolate chips are Hershey’s Special Dark and Ghiradelli –the price on the Kirkland chocolate chips can’t be beat. Just think that a regular bag of chocolate chips is 12 oz so this huge bag is like 6 small bags. That means each bag small bag would only be $1.66 each…that’s way less than I pay even when chocolate chips are on sale. The only problem is that I eat a lot more chocolate chips by the handful when I have a huge bag like this at home 🙂
P.S. Have you see the things you should be buying at the dollar store yet?
Harlan Christiansen says
Rotisserie chicken at Costco is not the “deal” everyone thinks it is….it is very high in sodium…around 400 mg per 3 ounces! Not only do they put a lot salt on the skin but they inject the chicken with saline solution!!!…that’s why the meat is so moist and tasty. Bottom line…it’s not that healthy!
The ladies in our Sunday School class got together and had a lady,who grew up in Mexico, teach us how to make salsa and guacamole. She said only buy the avocado if the stem piece is attached (the circle part that resembles a button). Purchase them firm. The avocado will be ready to eat in 3 days. Use the avocados you need, then refrigerate remaining fruits. She said only buy limes that are smooth.
Thought I’d pass that along since your post mentioned buying avacados.
Thanks for the lists…. but several items aren’t available here.(MA) I used to buy the boneless/skinless chicken thighs(in the separated packs) but they have stopped carrying them. They now carry them mixed with drumsticks (yuck). Next time I will check the freezer section. Several items they don’t offer here: pitas,the breads you mentioned,cauliflower florets…. they seem to offer different items in different areas of the country. And they will carry something that I love and all of a sudden it will dissappear! Like the bags of Parmesan cheese! It’s very dissapointing because you really can’t count on the availability of some of their products…..
Prime Sirloin, used to be $6.99/lb but recently jumped to $7.99. It’s still a bargain. I mean, that’s a good price for choice, but did I mention that this is PRIME? Thick, well-marbled steaks that bring big beefy taste but are oh-so-tender. It is so good, and so inexpensive that it’s not just for grilling around here. We use it in stir fry, fajitas, stroganoff and more. We grill it, roast it and sear then simmer it in pan sauces.
Cello brand grated parm in the cheese case. It’s sold in 2 huge bags but it freezes really well. I fill a quart canning jar for the fridge and freeze the rest. This isn’t the shelf-stable stuff in the can, it’s the real deal. Nothing but parm, with no anti-clumping additives. It’s great on salads and pasta, naturally, but it also melts extremely well, which makes it perfect for adding to sauces after slow or pressure cooking.
BTW, Sam’s Club has Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet chips. They’re slightly bigger than standard size, but I agree with you, the taste is phenomenal and they’re so very good in cookies.
Oh man I need a Sam’s membership just for the chocolate chips!!!!!!!
I love those things.
Is it more economical to buy the bag of 6 peppers rather than the bag of small assorted colors peppers?
Hey, that’s a really good question! I’d say larger, less innards and tops.
I actually have a list on my cell phone of things I commonly purchase, and at Costco specifically. Whenever I come across those things at the regular grocery store with what seems like a good price, I can check my list to see if it's better than Costco or not! The hard thing for me with Costco purchases is that I'm single and a lot of the great deals really aren't if I can't use it all before it goes bad. I tend to purchase meat the most and freeze it. Some to the long lasting produce is great too.
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Lacey, that is so smart of you! I should start a list for myself 🙂
Also, you're right…if you aren't going to eat the produce there's no point in buying it and letting it go bad in your fridge. Costco is best for big families that go through food quickly.