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Below is a list of 20 groceries that we consistently buy at Costco. We stick to these items because we love the quality, quantities (not ridiculously huge packages), taste and definitely prices!

I’m sharing our local Costco prices – these probably vary somewhat by state. PS. Costco did not pay me to write this post. My love of Costco propels me to share and I myself love lists like these for discovering new treasures :).

Below is a list of 20 things that we always buy at Costco. We love the quality, quantities, taste and prices of these great Costco deals! | natashaskitchen.com

Costco Staples:

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1. You can’t beat a 40 pack of Kirkland Signature water for $2.99.

2. Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.69) – I love the taste and texture of these. We go through 1 bag/week on our guacamole and salsa sprees!

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3. We buy these hot cups ($9.39 for 200) in winter and clear cups in winter, plus the lids ($14.39 for 1200). We rarely go out for coffee but it’s nice to feel like we do. lol.

4. Jumbo Reynolds heavy duty foil – this double pack lasts for ever! Its so sturdy and perfect for grilled corn and every recipe that calls for foil. ($13.69 for 2 huge rolls).

Baking and Cooking:

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5 & 6. I get all of my cooking oils at Costco including: avocado oil ($8.89 for 1 L), extra light olive oil ($18.99 for two 2L) and extra virgin olive oil ($11.99 for 2 L). We go through these like crazy but for normal people, these cost-effective bottles will last awhile. I love to fry foods in my extra light olive oil because it doesn’t give off that “fried food” smell.

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7. Walnuts are priced well ($9.99 for 3 pounds)

8. You can’t beat a 2 lb bag of Organic Chia Seeds for $7.49.

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9. Sweetened Condensed Milk ($8.99 for a pack of 6)

10. Honey! I love that they carry a wild raw LOCAL honey at our Costco ($9.89 for 40 oz)

Below is a list of 20 things that we always buy at Costco. We love the quality, quantities, taste and prices of these great Costco deals! | natashaskitchen.com

11. From the spice aisle we buy Kirkland brand everything: sea salt ($2.79), pepper corns for the grinder and cinnamon.

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12. Mayo – how do I love you, let me count the ways (don’t judge me). Have you even seen our list of mayo-containing recipes? #ridiculous ($4.99 for 64 oz)

13. Pickles – if you know me, you understand my love of pickles and I’m sad that we only have 6 pickle recipes. ($4.39 for two 33.8 oz jars)

DAIRY at Costco:

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14. Mozzarella is always hanging out in our fridge. Costco has the best price that I’ve found ($3.89 for 2 lb)

15. We keep this giant bag of parmesan in the freezer and refill a small container in the fridge as needed ($10.99 for a 3 lb)

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16. $5.69 for 2 (32 oz each) tubs of Greek yogurt is a steal! We use this for our typical breakfast; topped with homemade granola and berries.

17. I bake alot and love the quality of Raskas Cream Cheese. It works perfectly for my blueberry or raspberry apricot cheesecakes ($5.99 for 48 oz)

Produce at Costco:

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18. Their watermelon prices are generally on the lower end and 90% of the watermelon’s we’ve purchased at Costco taste really good. Maybe it’s due to my amazing watermelon knocking skills… maybe not 😉 ($4.99 each)

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19. The produce we get there varies by season but during winter, we buy their Romaine lettuce ($3.49)

20. and baby cucumbers ($4.99).

Other Things to Buy at Costco:

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It’s really hard to leave Costco without hitting the snack and cookbook aisles. We always go home with a treat :).

Healthy Choices at Costco:

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I kid, I kid. Don’t go anywhere, we don’t EVER buy spam. lol.

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We’re hooked on using the Fooducate App (Officially called “Weight Loss Coach by Fooducate – Personalized…” So just search Fooducate in the app store. Once in the app, click: “Food Finder” to initialize the barcode scanner). I always use it at the grocery store, especially with products that are new. You scan the products barcode and it provides a health food rating with explanations to defend their ratings.

These sausages didn’t make the cut. I’ve been spared from unknowingly consuming hidden MSG and other products with unhealthy ingredients.

Below is a list of 20 things that we always buy at Costco. We love the quality, quantities, taste and prices of these great Costco deals! | natashaskitchen.com

YOUR TURN!! What do YOU buy at Costco? Let me know in a comment below 🙂 

Below is a list of 20 things that we always buy at Costco. We love the quality, quantities, taste and prices of these great Costco deals! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Mary Bachmayer
    March 18, 2017

    Chicken broth – not as good as homemade but as good a substitute as you can find at a store.

    Omega 3 eggs – local and the best!

    Natural unsulphured apricots from Turkey – you will never eat “orange” (sulphured) apricots again.

    Unsalted butter for cooking and baking Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 18, 2017

      Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Katie
    February 28, 2017

    All detergents and cleaning supplies, charmin bathroom tissue, fresh mozzarella, Columbian coffee beans, Grapeseed oil, diapers and wipes Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2017

      These are all good items to grab at Costco! Thanks for sharing Katie 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    February 1, 2017

    Better Than Buillion Roasted Chicken Base 🙂 absolute must have. I use it for everything.. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2017

      Mmmmm! 🙂 Reply

    • Tatyana
      February 1, 2017

      Unfortunately, it has hidden MSG in it 😔 Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        February 2, 2017

        I realized that recently and stopped buying it as well. I was so annoyed because I liked the product and used it for a long time 🙁 Reply

        • Nataliya
          April 30, 2017

          Natasha, How did find out about hidden GMO? And what do you use instead? Thank you! Reply

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            May 1, 2017

            Hi Nataliya, one of my readers alerted me to it and now I just use organic chicken broth and make sure that ingredient is not on the list 🙂

  • Tatyana
    February 1, 2017

    Our favorite items we buy all the time: Avocados (the best 🥑!!!) , nuts, oils, oranges, lemons, yogurt, rice, quinoa, chia seeds, cheeses (Brie, parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella sticks), sardines, canned Alaskan salmon, coffee beans…Also great deals on paper towels, toilet paper and diapers 👍 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 1, 2017

      Goods suggestions Tatyana! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • January 24, 2017

    Everytime i go to Costco, my list includes: parmesan cheese, pecorino cheese, organic eggs, half&half, heavy whipping cream, salmon, organic bananas, nuts (all versions), canned chicken, regular water. The other things would be whats in sale at the moment and if i need it. We also buy izze beverages for my husband (he loves those) and organic honest juice for our toddler (the only juice that isnt sweetened w thousands calories..shes way too hyper b4 juice) lol Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2017

      Those are some great suggestions Olga! Reply

  • Becky Holley
    January 23, 2017

    Regular purchases at Costco are, water bottles, organic eggs, milk, organic hamburger, apples, oranges, cucumbers, romaine hearts, beef tenderloin, roasted chicken and butter. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 23, 2017

      Thank you for sharing your suggestions Becky!! Reply

  • Erin
    January 15, 2017

    Produce-Romaine Lettuce, Butter Lettuce, Raspberries, avocados, Tuscan melons, Breads-bread, muffins,
    Dairy-tulamuck cheddar chesse.
    Holiday- Pumpkin cheesecake, electronics.
    Liquor- tequila, Vodka, Wines,
    Misc-Nuts, vitamins (multi), Vit c, Hair, nail and skin, allergy tablets
    Eye Glasses, printer Ink, gasoline.

    We watch the prices and compare them often. We go weekly and fill up on of the cars tanks. Reply

  • Olya
    December 20, 2016

    How about meat and fish, organic milk? You don’t buy them at Costco? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 20, 2016

      We buy organic chicken at Costco and we generally don’t need the huge packs of beef so we get that at Fred Meyer as well. It depends on the item – our Costco doesn’t always have wild caught salmon but when they do I get it there :). Our Costco also doesn’t sell whole milk that is organic so I get that at Fred Meyer also 🙂 Reply

  • Anne
    November 3, 2016

    Rotisserie chicken.
    Quickest family dinner for $5!
    Wraps, chicken pot pie, chicken and dumplings, make stock from the bones (no waste!) it’s endless! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 3, 2016

      So smart!! Reply

  • Irene
    November 2, 2016

    I buy quite a few things from Costco, but the one thing I’m super picky about is pickles. Did you know that many of the pickles sold were made in India? I quit buying them and learned how to make them myself! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 2, 2016

      Oh really?! No I did not know that! We didn’t really have an abundance of cucumbers this year. Maybe next year! Do you have a good recipe/method you could share? Reply

      • Victor
        December 20, 2016

        You should try the pickles from Trader Joes, you won’t buy them from anywhere else. Make sure to get the whole ones though, not the sliced or diced. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          December 20, 2016

          Thanks for the tip!! 🙂 Reply

  • Adelina
    November 2, 2016

    Pure Olive Oil
    Cream Cheese
    PLASTIC WRAP (THE BEST!!!)
    Organic Cane Sugar
    Laundry Detergent
    Trash Bags
    Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese
    Toilet Paper Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 2, 2016

      Awesome!! Thanks for sharing your list! 🙂 Reply

  • Linda
    November 2, 2016

    I’m envious that your Costco sells chubs of mozzarella and bags of Parmesan – mine doesn’t. They used to, but haven’t for a long while. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 2, 2016

      Even between our local Costco’s, the items vary slightly so I go to both! 🙂 Reply

    • Ave K
      November 2, 2016

      Sometimes you can request items and after they get enough request they will carry that item again Reply

  • Renee
    November 2, 2016

    Kirkland Plain FF Yogurt
    The Italian Sausage (for a treat)
    Sharpe white Cheddar Cheese
    Coffee
    Organic Fudge Bars (mmmmm)
    Books
    (Oh dear, there goes $200) 😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 2, 2016

      No kidding!! The dreaded Costco receipt! 😉 Reply

  • Leslie
    October 27, 2016

    Hi Natasha,
    I’ve gotten recipes from your site for years and love popping by to see new things you post. I think you’re terrific, only wish you would consider being more environmental about some of your purchases…single use plastic should be avoided, especially with all the other conveniences we have in our lives. I’d love to see you explore more of your connection with how to still make great recipes and at the same time create less waste. Warm regards. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 27, 2016

      I’m so glad you like my site! I agree and we try to be mindful of that; although we’re not perfect! 😉 Reply

  • Bob
    October 6, 2016

    Do not by the kirkland cheddar cheese
    is tast sour. everything you use it on will tast sour. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 6, 2016

      Good to know! Did you have that experience more than once? I purchased a super salty block of Mozzarella there once but it only happened once thankfully! Reply

  • Oksana
    September 30, 2016

    HI Natasha. Costco is our favorite family store (especially for kids). I have 10 daughters – future cookers. I like to buy Rustic bread thee because it is bigger loaf then at Winco and same price. Also we buy snacks for our kids. Sour cream, Heavy whipping cream, and the main is toilet paper 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 30, 2016

      Wow 10 daughters! That is amazing! Thank you for sharing your Costco faves! 🙂 Reply

  • Lyudmila
    September 7, 2016

    I’d like to know when you’ll be selling your book in Costco :). I’ll be first in line to purchase one!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 7, 2016

      You’re so nice! thank you!! 🙂 Reply

  • Flowers for kids
    September 2, 2016

    Hi Natasha.

    Great to hear you love Costco! It’s our families number one store. Pretty much we buy everything you buy. Someone was talking about hamalayan salt. That is true that this is the most affordable salt of all good salts out there on a market. I have been using Hamalayan salt for many years, I try to stay away from Morton salt. Sea salt is also good but not as much as Hamalayan, due to it being collected from sea, and now days sea is no that clean as we all know. Also I like to buy daisy sour cream and Korean jerky. The second store we like to shop at is ALDI. Aldi store is an a German owned supermarket. Year round they sell groceries of Europe countries and it’s always based on their holidays. So we get to buy foods we’ve never seen before. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 2, 2016

      Thank you for sharing that with us, we just bought some Himalayan salt at Costco today 😀. Reply

  • Nina Leontiev
    August 29, 2016

    Love the canned salmon ! I make kotleti- saute the onions first.
    Anything with the Costco name is of great quality ! Reply

  • Alina
    August 28, 2016

    Hi Natasha, another Costco fan here in Georgia! 🙂 Paper towels, TP, Kirkland brand makeup remover towelettes, vitamin gummies, Clorox wipes, white vinegar, Tide detergent, Kirkland brand organic tomato sauce, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, grapeseed oil, olive oil, wild salmon when in season, USDA prime steak, stew beef, Himalayan salt, spices, International Delight coffee creamer, butter, whipping cream, Folger’s coffee, gift wrap paper, and so many more. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2016

      I think I NEED to try the Himalayan salt! My sister was raving about it as well 🙂 Reply

  • Yana L
    August 27, 2016

    Here’s my list. Hefty disposable plates, Kirkland brand paper towel and toilet paper and napkins. Laundry detergent, softener, dishwasher soap. Chicken tenderloins, Kirkland coffee beans, half/half, string cheese, POM juice, bacon, Madeline cookies, organic sugar, ziploc bags, Parmesan cheese, pistachios, Greek yogurt. know you can’t beat their prices but I also try to get all this stuff when it’s on sale. I’m always about saving $$$ 🙂 Reply

  • Erin R.
    August 27, 2016

    We love Costco, too! The quality is so much better than we expected. We get the extra light olive oil by the ton, and always get canned salmon, bagged garlic, the store brand beef jerky, canned cat food and kettle chips. They had the sliced light Jarlsberg for a long time and then suddenly discontinued it last winter, which crushed me. But they suddenly had it again last weekend! YAY! Their snack aisle rules. My mom loves it when I get her a bag of the dried young coconut strips, and we love checking what they rotate in and out. Yay, Costco! Thanks for the list! The Spam gave me a bit of a turn, but I was able to recover. I’ll look for the bagged parmesan next time I go. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 27, 2016

      Hi Erin! Thank you for sharing your awesome list! What do you use the canned salmon for? Is there a favorite recipe that you use it for? sandwiches? I’ve been tempted to buy it before but couldn’t think of what to use it for 😉 Reply

      • Erin R.
        August 27, 2016

        We just eat it. My husband eats it straight out of the can with a spoon (there’s something wrong with him). I like to mix it up like tuna fish with some dill, then cut a cucumber into coins and dip up the salmon on the cucumbers. Not the cheapest, but really nice stuff. Reply

      • Nastya
        August 27, 2016

        Canned salmon is great for dips or salad to spread on a hearty piece of farmer’s bread toast. Combine salmon with minced capers, boiled eggs, red onions, mayo, lemon juice, salt+pepper at the minimum, and you can add ingredients that you like! Great for breakfast… Reply

      • Flowers for kids
        September 2, 2016

        I like to use canned salmon blended in a blender with cream cheese and some spices. Sometimes I add small cut up shrimp to it and make my own salmon dip. It’s so delicious. You can also add some creek yogurt and or sour cream. It tastes like crab dip they sell at costco, except it doesn’t have any crab in it. And it’s much healthier. You should try it, you will love it. Reply

  • JJ
    August 26, 2016

    Parchment Paper – stock up before Christmas or it will be another year before they have it again; olive oil; Himalayan pink salt; Italian volcano 100% Lemon Juice 2 pk glass bottles; S. Pellegrino water glass bottle 16 – 25.3 fl oz package; watermelons in season; Galvanina Blood Orange (several bottles in a package); organic chicken; cheeses; Kirkland greek yogurt; and more!! Reply

    • Erin R.
      August 27, 2016

      Parchment! I was looking for some last week but couldn’t find it anywhere. I didn’t know they only carry it at Christmas. Thanks! Reply

      • Amy K
        August 27, 2016

        At the Costcos here in north San Diego County they have parchment paper not just during the holidays. I bought some about 2 months ago. Every Costco sells different items based on their customers. Reply

  • August 26, 2016

    Eggs are a staple for us at Costco! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 26, 2016

      They are priced really well there but my Mom’s chickens are our egg source right now 🙂 Reply

  • Pat Hatwell
    August 26, 2016

    1. Grey Poupon Dijon mustard (2 pack)
    2. Vanity Fair dinner napkins
    3. LaCrema Chardonnay
    4. Heavy duty scrub sponges
    5. Kirkland plastic food wrap
    6. Genova Italian canned tuna
    7. Stover Farms ground flax seed Reply

  • Anna
    August 25, 2016

    I always get wild salmon there. Always tastes amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      The last one I got there was really good too! Reply

  • Linda
    August 25, 2016

    Paper towels, TP, bathroom paper cups 3oz., organic chicken breasts individually wrapped, fresh salsa, tzatziki… Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      Great list!! Reply

  • Carol
    August 25, 2016

    Although I love to bake, I still enjoy the awesome baked goods Costco offers!The bread and rolls are to die for and they always have the mouth watering desserts and cookies.I am in Canada and I think our stores are pretty similar from the sounds of it. Those Kirkland products are tops,too! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      I love the baked goods also, but they discontinued the good bread that we always purchased :(. Bummer! Reply

  • Jody Belleman
    August 25, 2016

    We love our local Cosco. Our favorites are Hellman’s mayo, blackberries (the ones in the winter are much better), campari tomatoes (eat those as a snack all the time), large packs of chicken thighs and chicken breasts as well as the double pack of whole chickens (I cut the backbone out and butterfly the chicken–spachcock it–great way to cook them). We also buy Charmin and Bounty when they are on sale. Plus my husband’s Corona. The steelhead salmon is always a deal. I also get grey poupon mustard, Heinz ketcup, and worchester sauce. Oh, and Folger’s coffee. What a deal. Just me and the husband now but it is still worth going and belonging. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      Thank you for sharing your favorites! 🙂 Reply

  • Gen
    August 25, 2016

    Brie cheese, heavy whip cream, eggs, half n half, local rustic bread, jasmine rice, 25lb sugar, organic cane sugar, butter!!!, organic flour, better than bullion, different crackers…. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      I love your list! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Mary
    August 25, 2016

    I buy Parmesan Whisps-great substitute for chips or croutons Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Jo Bay
    August 25, 2016

    I have to agree about the water! I rarely go to Costco because I have a small family, but I have not bought bottled water in 20 years. We bottle our own! Reply

  • lilianna
    August 25, 2016

    Lifeway Kefir and Ezekial bread. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try those 🙂 Reply

  • Michell
    August 25, 2016

    Please stop buying bottled water. Such a waste and so bad for the environment! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      We always recycle! 😉 Reply

  • Sandy
    August 25, 2016

    Love Costcos. They have an Old Orchard brand ‘watermelon, cucumber lemonade” So Good
    Their Olive Medley in refrigerated section and the stuffed grapeleaves are always in my cart Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2016

      I’ve never paid attention to the brand but next time I will! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your favorites! 🙂 Reply

  • Angelina N
    August 23, 2016

    I love my 2 gallons of milk $5.89 for two can’t beat that, usually I buy 2 packs (4 gallons) I make my own farmers cheese ( tvorog ) it never fails. Also I always get their sour cream, cottage cheese and uncooked tortilla. LOVE their huge and convenient rotisserie chicken. LOVE COSTCO in general. Reply

    • lilianna
      August 25, 2016

      How do you make it? I was told that it had to be made with raw milk not pasteurized? I miss the taste of Cheese cake made with tvorog like we had at home. Reply

  • Violet
    August 23, 2016

    Sorry to be so off topic, but have you included gluten free foods on your blog? I’ve experienced SOO many of my russian community friends experiencing a gradual intolerance to gluten etc since our Russian diet is so heavy on the flour/pastry/bread side. Just curious since now when I go to costco I either buy gluten free flour and/or almond flour. Yet I’m still determined to find a yummy blog to conform to this new lifestyle! Thank you 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 23, 2016

      Hi Violet, I do have quite a few gluten free recipes and I am slowly categorizing them over time. I have some, but not all listed here (you can find a link to this on my RECIPES index page (link at the top of my site). Reply

  • Lena
    August 23, 2016

    Hi where I live we have BJ’s and Costco. I never been in Costco my husband tells me it’s same like bjs. He tells me bjs is better with all the coupons we can use. Also you can use expired coupons. I kinda want to get membership in Costco. I want to know is it like bjs with coupons? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 23, 2016

      Hi Lena, I’ve never been to a BJ’s so I can’t compare the two. Costco sends out a coupon book but now they don’t require the coupons – they are automatically applied 🙂 Reply

  • Tzivia
    August 22, 2016

    Costco heard it’s really way cool and totally mad cheap I once tried kosher cold cuts from there and wow they were really way good the mrs purchased them for a bargain deal instead of the random kosher takeout places I live in Brooklyn ny and they have but it’s about an hour and fifteen minutes away from me I’ll hafta somehow make the trek one day to really get some bargain deals to score Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 22, 2016

      That is a good distance away! I’ve heard from several readers that they have to make a trek to Costco (someone said 3 hours even) to stock up occasionally 🙂 Reply

      • August 23, 2016

        Yup sure is and right now @ the moment unfortunately I don’t drive so my mode of transportation is the bus train foot cab and family and friends will either hafta take a cab there and back or really persuade my bff or a very close family member to drive out to sunset park wow 3 hours super far but I guess it’s worth it sometimes ehhhh lol Reply

  • Julie
    August 22, 2016

    We recently got a Costco membership and I’m obsessed. I try to shop pretty much everything so I stock up on fruits: blueberries, strawberries,bananas, apples. Veggies: aspergus, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, mushrooms. Also they’re eggs. And meats. They’re salmon is delicious. Chicken thighs. Beef. My husband loves their canned olives. I also go for the mixed nuts and trail mix. Have been meaning to explore the wine selection too. Oh and let’s not forget the samples! Reply

  • ZS
    August 22, 2016

    I prefer BJ’s over Costo or Sams Reply

  • Kitti
    August 22, 2016

    I guess I’m the odd girl out… I LOVE me some sam’s club. Much better deals at sam’s on some of the exact same and similar products sold at costco without the absolutely insane lines! I have a membership to both clubs and have been doing comparison shopping since costco was built much closer to my home. Sam’s club wins for me, hands down. The bulk cheeses: jarlsburg, gouda, dubliner, amish blue cheese crumblers… SO much cheaper. Sam’s brand diapers, wipes, and TP are also of much better quality than kirkland brand. Too bad sam’s closed in Nampa. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 22, 2016

      We shopped at both places when Sam’s Club was open. I always liked their furniture options :). I’m not sure why they did close Sam’s in Nampa? Reply

  • Julie
    August 22, 2016

    We don’t have one near us, maybe an hour away. Do you guys have Aldi store in your area? It’s a simpler store, smaller, (way smaller then Costco or sam’s club) but the prices are way cheaper. For example, I saw you buy sweetened condensed milk, it’s $1.29 a can ag Aldi. Cream cheese is $1.2 8oz. Organic salsa chips are $1.89…so is a jar of salsa….list keeps going in and on…that’s were we all shop here is Ohio. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 22, 2016

      We don’t have that store anywhere nearby. I’ve never heard of it, but it’s great that you have a store like that nearby that beats other stores prices 🙂 Reply

  • August 21, 2016

    Irish butter and cheese are our absolute must-haves (only salted Irish butter at Costco). Our shopping list typically consists of the following (changes seasonally somewhat): brussels sprouts, cara cara oranges, campari tomatoes (best tasting ones in the winter if we really need some), Wild Alaskan smoked salmon, Manchego or smoked gouda cheese (for variety in addition to staple Irish cheese), sour cream, oils (as you mentioned), maple syrup, organic salsa, pesto, marinara sauce, organic chicken (when we can’t get some from a local farm), various organic produce, Udi’s GF bread, Nonni’s biscotti, jasmine rice, organic sugar, vanilla extract, and lots of other things I can’t remember 🙂 We recently moved to Maine (one of 2 or 3 that don’t have Costco) and our trips there are a lot less frequent. But I still keep Costco shopping list so we can stock up on our essentials whenever we have time to make the 3 hour drive! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2016

      Thank you for sharing. That really is a great list!! Bummer though that it’s three hours away! Although Maine sounds like a beautiful place to live 🙂 Reply

  • Jackie
    August 21, 2016

    We shop at the same Costco!
    Our go-to’s are the 2 gallons of milk, Orowheat whole wheat bread- 2 loaves, and the big bag of Stacy’s pita chips. Our love of the produce changes with what is in season. We recently bought a bunch of raspberries and froze them. Delicious. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2016

      Ha ha! That’s awesome! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your list 🙂 Reply

  • Julie
    August 21, 2016

    What do you do with chia seeds? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2016

      We use it mostly to sprinkle over our usual breakfast of Greek Yogurt. We also put it in smoothies and occasionally my husband makes a chia seed pudding Reply

  • Aigul
    August 21, 2016

    Thanks for this useful post! But can I really freeze my Parmesan cheese?! Can’t believe it! I have so many wastes of it! Could you please tell me more about it? What else do you freeze? Thanks a lot! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2016

      Yes and it freezes so well! Once it’s thawed, it stays great in the fridge just as if you were keeping fresh refrigerated and you can’t taste the difference 🙂 Reply

  • Jen
    August 21, 2016

    Diapers, wipes, greek yogurt, bruschetta tomatoes (amazing but I haven’t seen it the last couple months), teriyaki chicken meatballs, Kirkland coffee (tastes like Dunkin Donuts)….so much more! Reply

  • Val Kiselev
    August 21, 2016

    What a fun post to read. Now we kind of know what you got in your cupboard 😉 We love to buy dry cranberries and cherries. Cherries taste Amazing alone as a snack or in baked goods. They are the cheapest at Costco. We also like the small 12-pack naked juice for kids for school. Reply

  • Lena
    August 21, 2016

    I LOVE Costco, when I first discovered your website and saw Costco products, it was love at the sight 😉
    I buy a lot there, can’t even list all my favorites. Some of them are: Pesto, smoked wild salmon, variety of cheese (Dubliner is my husbands favorite, BellaVitano Merlot is mine, both go well with red wines sold at Costco 😉 fruit, peaches there now are amazing, organic chicken drums and chicken stock, canned chicken breast, fish sticks, organic breads, wild sardines in oil, various snacks for school, Kirkland vanilla ice cream, dog food, organic pasta, black bean pasta, frozen organic fruit and vegetables (can’t beat the price, Brazilian rolls (gluten free, but why like them because they are just good anyway). I’ll stop there, my list is long! Yes, I’m a Costco fan. Reply

  • ILONA
    August 21, 2016

    We buy a lot of the already mentioned items at Costco. Add pecans to that, organic flour, organic string cheese (used to be there, not anymore. Trader joes it is), heavy whipping cream, Haagen Dazs vanilla chocolate almond covered ice cream (my favorite), fruits and veggies, organic bananas (every time we stop at Costco), organic chicken breast and thighs, lamb, tissues, paper towels, bath tissue, disinfecting wipes, Pom juice, cold stone gift cards (and save money on them: good for gifting or using yourself) Reply

  • Colleen Mc
    August 20, 2016

    Kirkland’s Marinara sauce – 3 packs. Low sodium, low sugar and tastier than any other canned/jarred sauce. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      We have them in the pantry right now! 🙂 It is nice to have a jarred one for the times (most of the time) when we don’t have time to make it from scratch 😉 Reply

  • August 20, 2016

    Love these type of posts! I don’t shop often at Costco but when I do, it’s mostly paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. BTW I so love that app idea! Now I’ll be the scanning everything that comes my way 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      Us to! And baby wipes too! 🙂 I think you’ll love that app. It is addictive to use 🙂 Reply

  • Elina
    August 20, 2016

    we also buy corn chips and I found new blue corn chips last time I was at Costco. Also nuts, oils, organic salsa is the best, huge package of power greens, feta and the best Manchego cheese, coffee beans and tons of other things 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      I’ve never tried Manchego cheese but now I have to! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Elaine M
    August 20, 2016

    Nuts, butter, meat, especially lamb chops. Also the rotisserie chicken and eggs. Curious about the Raskas cream cheese. Is it as good as Philadelphia? Does it have the tangy flavor? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      Hi Elaine, thanks for sharing your list! I’ve always liked it and thought it had good flavor. I buy it because I go through alot of it for baking. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison with Philadelphia but I do like Raskas flavor. Reply

  • Vicki
    August 20, 2016

    Omg I guess I’m not the only that doesn’t buy spam. I think it’s very nasty😜 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      LOL, yeah. I just threw it into the “Healthy Choices” category because I couldn’t resist. Ha ha! Reply

  • Nadia
    August 20, 2016

    I like to buy the big bag of carrots and peel and shred them with a hand cranked kind of gadget. I put them in small baggies and freeze. Its so convienent when you’re frying onions and carrots for a recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      That is so smart! I love that meal prep tip! Reply

  • Vitaliya Chern
    August 20, 2016

    The fooducate app is the best! I scan everything . And when I pull my phone out at the grocery store my husband always goes “oh this is going to be long !” 😆😂. Love this post Natasha ! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      Ha ha! That’s true it does make shopping last a little longer but my husband and I both whip out our apps to make it go faster. lol.. Reply

  • Juliette
    August 19, 2016

    Thanks for those great tips! Costco is my new Nordstrom ( I mean when kids came along:) l purchase my smoothie ingredients like frozen fruits including pineapple and organic strawberries!!! Flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and organic spinach.
    Organic sweet potatoes that i roast in the oven with coconut oil every week😬 So good u should try..gluten free bread and sliced turkey breast (nitrite-free) for sandwiches
    i always make your crepes with cottage cheese , they got a great deal. Thanks for that recipe 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      I have no idea why but our Costco stopped carrying organic sweet potatoes and organic flour. I’m so bummed!!! Thanks for sharing your list 🙂 Reply

      • Juliette
        August 20, 2016

        Oh no! Hopefully they sell regular sweet potatoes. I never bought flour at Costco tho actually I have recently gone gluten free , thanks to Dr.Axe (youtube him) I always thought whole wheat flour was “healthy” and that people with celiac disease needed gluten free but gluten causes all sorts of problems for healthy people too for me it was bloating .. I delivered a baby one year ago and my stomach got flat as soon as I made the switch . Trader Joes has great prices on gluten-free flours if your interested . But if you haven’t yet check out Dr. Axe, you will find many helpful tips on real health and won’t be disappointed .. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 20, 2016

          Thank you so much for the tip! 🙂 Reply

        • August 21, 2016

          Our Costco carries almond and coconut flour, check yours too (better prices than Trader Joe’s. My coworker purchases them online somewhere through a whole sale supplier (organic), it comes in giant bags she splits with others 🙂 Reply

      • Lena
        August 21, 2016

        Some things are seasonal (for suppliers), they will be back in the fall 🙂 Reply

  • Lana
    August 19, 2016

    I know Costcos can vary region to region, but ours has some of the best quality and value in fresh meat (pieces, not ground). And you can’t beat all of their organic options ….organic frozen veggies, fruit. They are the only place we buy organic eggs and organic milk. The avacado oil, better than bullion, really great Kirkland-brand baby wipe, diapers, and many more are just cherries on top!! 🙂 love me some Costco!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your favorites with us! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalie
    August 19, 2016

    I love this post & love Costco! We also love the organic tortilla chips and your detailed buys! I really liked your tip about freezing the Parmesan, I’ll have to try that👌. We buy their havarti cheese,Kirkland oven roasted turkey 3 pack along with Daves killer bread for packed lunches. It’s great for keeping 2 meat packs in the freezer and making sandwiches with 1 for kids/husband! Reply

  • Greg
    August 19, 2016

    Another 5 star idea from Vadim and Natasha! You guys rock! Reply

  • Michelle Foulkes
    August 19, 2016

    I also have a love for Costco. Thank you for sharing those fantastic staples. I’ve found them to have the best prices for the quinoa and raw almonds. As well as paper products, Kirkland brand toilet paper and paper towels. Really good quality. But perhaps on the top of my list, their wine selection is fantastic with prices that can’t be beat! Love your blog!! Reply

  • Veta
    August 19, 2016

    Ohhh, I Laughed so hard when I saw Pam picture under HEALTHY CHOICES haha. Love your sense of humor haha. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 20, 2016

      Ha ha ha! I hope no one left when getting to that point. lol. I showed the post to my sister and she gasped before she realized it was a joke. lol. I’m glad you liked that bit 😉 Reply

  • Oksana
    August 19, 2016

    love this list! I also always get their 4-pack unsalted butter for $8- something for my baking sprees. We also get Dave’s, sliced, organic sprout bread (they have a great organic bread selection!). Heavy cream (I bake a lot), and half and half for our coffee addiction. Reply

  • Fatima
    August 19, 2016

    Try their Kirklands basil pesto paste. Great for the nights when we want a quick dinner with minimum effort.
    Got to try the avocado oil you mentioned. Reply

  • Wayne Britt
    August 19, 2016

    Don’t forget the great avocados Reply

  • Brandi Kroshko
    August 19, 2016

    We are so addicted to Costco, I think we are there almost weekly! We always buy the raw honey, spices, oils, nuts, butter, sour cream, milk, chicken, cream cheese, mayo, eggs salmon and paper towels/TP when on sale and then some! I tried their organic baked prepackaged beets last time we went and they worked pretty well in a few recipes. Thanks for this post, it’s nice to see I’m not the only one loving costco😊 Reply

  • Maria
    August 19, 2016

    Just wondering, what do you do with avocado oil? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      It’s a high heat cooking oil and it’s one of the healthiest ones so I like using it over fish or meats that I roast at high temperatures, or grilled foods since it doesn’t scorch as readily. I’ve heard it’s great for making mayo but I haven’t tested that one yet 🙂 It’s also flavorless and pretty clear in color so it’s great for pretty much everything you cook.  Reply

      • Anna
        August 22, 2016

        My favorite thing to do with the avocado oil is cut up asparagus, fresh garlic and salt on a skillet. It gives it a yummy flavor. I love the organic raspberry Chipotle sauce, it’s good on alot of meats or mixed in to marinades for chicken. Costco has it seasonal , and they have it right now:) Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 22, 2016

          Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try it! 🙂 Reply

  • Natalie
    August 19, 2016

    Natasha, great information! Thank you!
    What is the exact name of that app? I can’t find it. Need it asap!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      Hi Natalie, I added it in the post. I didn’t realize it was different than just “fooducate” They changed it on me :). Reply

  • Natasha
    August 19, 2016

    I just wondering what you use chia seeds for Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      We use it mostly to sprinkle over our usual breakfast of Greek Yogurt. We also put it in smoothies and occasionally my husband makes a chia seed pudding 🙂 Reply

  • I love love shopping at Costco! I would say that 70 % of our grocery haul comes from Costco. The prices for their products are awesome and large qualities are perfect for my big fam :). I buy and love most of those items, but some aren’t available at our location. Thanks for sharing 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      I agree it is great for big families! 🙂 Reply

  • Tanya P
    August 19, 2016

    Yay! Thanks for this post! A Costco just opened up super close to us, and as I was checking it out this week, I was walking around wondering ‘what would Natasha buy?’, because in your recipes you always mention how you got something at Costco! Lol , true story. 😮 i do love a good value 🙂 I am always cooking something from your blog, so why not stock up on the basics, so I can make something without having to go out unnecessarily! I did find that Better than Boullion base in a nice large can, for a wonderful price! 🙂 I will look for that Parmesan cheese next time, because my husband loves the one pot creamy chicken!

    Also, you’re the best for doing a photo shoot at Costco, lol, must have been more than one awkward moment 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      Lol, yes definitely some awkward moments and I had to wait for the innocent bystanders to walk out of view. It was a weird and interesting experience – that’s for sure! Reply

      • Veta
        August 19, 2016

        We live 3 minutes from Costco, and it would be easier for me to list what foods I don’t buy there haha. Since, all my 3 kids in school and I have to pack lunches and snacks every day, so yeah we do shop A LOT at Costco. I would say every week or so. Usually, I buy chicken tights/fillets/breast, ground turkey, harvati cheese, deli meat , avacado, berries (they have it very cheap when it is in season), go-gurt & yogurt, lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, spinach, huge bag of organic carrots, mineral water, juices, chocolate milk, cereal, milk, eggs, toilet paper &paper towel, crackers & bars any kind, trying to buy different ones every two months or so for kids to take to school for snacks. The list goes on and on hahah. Ohh, yeah unsalted butter and olive oil the one u got. Reply

  • TinaLay
    August 19, 2016

    I like to buy butter, and keep just keep a few sticks in the fridge, and the rest in the freezer. Then I take out more as needed! The teriyaki chicken pineapple meatballs are delicious & the havarti cheese! Different nuts with and without chocolate always end up the the cart as well. Also, the fruit peels/coconut shells filled with sherbet are amazing 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      Oh dear, I forgot the butter!! I do also buy their unsalted butter for my recipe testing. I’ll have to try those meatballs and yes the havarti cheese is awesome!! I’ve tried those sherbet things and they are so yummy! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Nina
    August 19, 2016

    Hi Natasha, loved this post you should make more of what you buy in stores!! 😉
    I always buy at Costco milk, half and half,eggs, chicken breasts, avocados, water,their rotisserie chicken is fabulous! I agree with the watermelon they have the best ones and Best price!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 19, 2016

      Thanks for sharing your list! We don’t buy their rotisserie often but yesterday we did pick one up and it seems like every time we buy one, we say, “we should buy this more often.” lol. It’s so easy to use leftovers for sandwiches and other recipes 🙂 Reply

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