9 Things That Are Worth Buying at Costco
We all want to get a good deal when we shop, and warehouse stores are some of the most popular places to make that happen. One of my favorite ones to shop at is Costco. The trouble is, some deals are better than others, especially when large amounts have to be purchased at one time. Here's a list of some of the items available there that work nicely into our eating style, budget and rate of consumption.
Organic Strawberry Jam
Costco carries seriously large glass jars of low sugar, certified USDA organic strawberry jam/fruit spread for less than half of what I can get it for at my regular grocery store stops. Since organic strawberries are steep anyway, this is a great way to integrate them into our menu planning via sandwiches and various other recipes you can whip up with jam such as sauces, thumb print cookies, etc. It's been a while since I stocked up, but I recall the price being around five USD.
Whether you just enjoy almond butter or need a financial break from the exorbitant cost of having to buy it if you have a child with peanut allergies, you can grab it for a comparative song here. For under eight bucks, I can score a glass jar more than twice the size of the ones I see going for twenty dollars or more at my favorite health food store. Definitely a bargain, as anyone who's ever had to shop for almond butter can attest to.
Got a last minute party to plan and don't want to pay five bucks for the teeny little jars at the grocery store? Costco also has large jars of the artichoke variety for around seven bucks. Use it to toss in pasta or get through several weeks of holiday party season by using it to spread on toasted baguette slices from the toaster oven. Easy elegance on a dime. Gotta love it.
Ecos Brand Planet-Friendly Laundry Detergent
They sell the giant 210 fluid ounce jugs for around 12 bucks, and it's suitable for regular and HE machines alike. That's less than half of what that same brand costs at my favorite health food store. For those who haven't tried it, it's a seriously slammin' soap. Costco's the only place I've found that offers any sort of reasonable price break on it.
Every other weekend, you'll find cases of fresh seafood items on special. Many of them are still a bit pricey to include in the menu regularly, but they routinely have mussels and clams in the two dollar a pound range. Definitely doable for a jazzed up dinner party in the form of a pasta dish or combined with mixed frozen seafood for paella on the cheap.
Organic Chicken Broth
A case of one-quart cartons of broth lasts a long time in the pantry. Having it on hand for those times I haven't had a chance to make stock from scratch really helps things run smoothly at home. Also, those who cook often likely realize, as I do, that many recipes call for chicken stock but not chicken. Even if you are one to make the stock from scratch regularly, you're eventually going to be out of balance with your supply. Having this stuff on hand will help keep things flowing.
Organic Soy Milk
We buy the cases of nongenetically modified soy milk that's USDA certified organic. Like the chicken stock, this stuff comes in shelf-stable one quart cartons. Perfect for the way we tend to use it.
For $1.50, you can score a full quarter pound all beef hot dog or Polish sausage and an extra large fountain drink. Deli mustard and other toppings are available on tap in pump dispensers. So if you arrive hungry and don't want that to be a cause of overspending, grab a dog deal before you hit the aisles. It's affordable, packed with protein and available without a wait. It's also a quick to eat lunch deal that you can snag without plastic packaging if you skip the straw and cup cover.
Glass Food Storage Dishes
I just picked up my second set of glass storage dishes for leftovers at Costco the other week. The first set was from Sam's and is one of those multi-piece Pyrex sets. You know, the ones that are casserole dishes mixed in with round storage dishes and have the snap on lids? They are working great, but I'd been wanting to find an affordable square set to the mix as I needed a few more anyway, and the round ones were a tad less efficient with regards to space. Costco has a case of multi-sized square glass containers with snap on lids for the same price. These can't be used in the oven, but are fine for everything else and they are great for being able to see what's inside.
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Do you have a favorite bargain item at Costco? Do you shop there for anything specific that costs more money elsewhere? Don't forget to shout about it in the comments section below.