Friday, August 16, 2013

should we join Costco?

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We've been pondering whether to join Costco Wholesale Club. Generally speaking, a way to buy food in bulk--both to save on cost and cut trips to the store--appeals to me. I do also have one very fond memory of an epic shopping trip at Sam's Club with my mom as a teenager, and we stumbled upon what could only be described as a pallet of medjool dates. Heaven! However, as a family committed to eating unprocessed, local food as much as possible, we are undecided about the discount price club movement. Would we be able to purchase enough to justify the $55/year membership fee?

I set out on the internet to discover the opinion of fellow real foodies. A few articles are positively persuading me that it is a decision that would make sense for our family's desire to eat real, sustainable food:
They do seem to carry plenty of organic products! Who knew?! Based on the articles I read, I have decided to give it a shot. Here's my shopping list (not all in one go, since we're still trying to go unprocessed and local as much as possible, but these are the products I could see us buying at some point):
  • Kellygold grass-fed butter and Dubliner cheese
  • organic sugar
  • organic coconut oil
  • Gilt organic unbleached flour
  • Newman's Own caesar dressing (the hub's absolute favorite, must-have salad dressing)
  • organic strawberry jam
  • organic peanut butter
  • organic tomato sauce & diced tomatoes
  • Harry's organic creamy tomato basil soup
  • organic carrot juice (the girls love it and think they are getting a treat!)
  • Annie's organic fruit snacks (I'm not proud, but they are excellent tools of bribery. Look away!)
  • Clif organic fruit rope (ummm, organic fruit by the foot? heck yeah!)
  • TruRoots sprouted rice and quiona blend & sprouted bean trio
  • Tazo tea
  • raw honey (they carry Nature Nate's, which has a nice explanation of what raw honey is)
  • organic frozen produce (peas, corn, edamame, etc.)
  • Amy's frozen lasagna
  • Morningstar frozen veggie sausage
  • Alexia organic frozen french fries
  • Larabars & Clif bars
  • raw nuts
  • Mary's Gone organic crackers
  • canned fish (tuna, sardines, salmon)
  • Kirkland Toscano olive oil (see this guide that gives Costco oil a thumb's up)
  • Made in Nature organic preservative-free dried fruit blend
  • steel-cut oats
  • almond butter
  • organic ketchup
  • vanilla beans
  • Izze soda
  • Better than Bouillon
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • eco-friendly dish soap
  • Oxyclean
  • cat food, wet and dry

I'll report back with how it goes and will make an attempt to calculate my savings. In the meantime, tell me, are you a member? Do you love it?

Image Credit: Steve Lovelace

10 comments:

Molly said...

We use Costco to - and buy a lot of their organic products. The only things we don't buy,usually, is produce because or family of three can't go through it quick enough. I also like that Costco is reported to be good to it's employee's with wages, etc.

Anonymous said...

We have joined both Costco and BJs. The organic range at the latter is better, as are their eco ranges.
Costco however, is great for wine and spirits :-)

Dad said...

Yes, you need to join. Forget produce, it is worth it just for all the other stuff: TP,paper towels,TV's,small appliances, cameras,tampons,laundry & dish detergent, canned everything,beer & wine,butter,etc.

Justine said...

Thanks for the comments! We are going to join in September or October. Our food budget in August is spent so much on fresh produce for canning that there's no room for staples. Beer and wine? I never thought of that. Costco just got that much more exciting.

Rebecca @ It's Not Easy Eating Green said...

Costco is great. It does have good organic foods, but there are a few other reasons I love it. Their Kirkland chocolate chips are humanely sourced (no child slave labor), their return policy is insanely good (they took back a defective product a year after I bought it), great prices on electronics, the kirkland (store) brand is usually better than the name brands (I love the olive oil, laundry detergent and even the Kirkland wine and spirits).

Richard C. Lambert said...

Would we be able to purchase enough to justify the $55/year membership fee? Lisa W. Degregorio

Tamar Jones said...

Great information of Costco. http://craftsselection.com/

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