Shopping Superstars: March Costco Trip

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March Costco Trip

I’m trying something a little new this year and experimenting with how well I can do with groceries by shopping at Costco. I’m not doing as much grocery store couponing anymore, because I just ended up bringing home a lot of junk. To eat healthier I’ve been trying out different options, one of which is shopping at Costco Wholesale Club. This month’s bulk shopping trip consisted of the following:

  • Baby Wipes 900 ct. (not pictured – .01 cent per wipe after $4 Costco coupon)
  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Spring Mix Salad
  • Organic Carrots
  • Multigrain Chips (used $2 Costco coupon)
  • Dark Chocolate Pomegranates
  • Bolthouse Farms Cappuccinos
  • Organic Carrot Juice
  • Hummus
  • Vinegar
  • Mayo (used $2 Costco coupon)
  • Organic Strawberry Preserves
  • Pineapple
  • Clear Care Contact Solution
  • Kashi TLC Granola Bars
  • Organic Flax Pumpkin Granola (used $2.50 Costco coupon)
  • All Natural Chicken Sausage Spinach and Feta
  • Organic Butter

Last month’s bulk shopping at Costco lasted me well into February.  In fact, I actually hit Costco before I needed to because I’m heading on a road trip next week (hence all the drinks and snacks).  Total spent: $142.61.  Check out the Costco Organic Price List for the deals (I’ll be adding more to the list this week).

After adding in the milk we bought from a local farmer this past week (five gallons), total spent so far for March is: $172.61 or roughly $43 per week if this only lasts us four weeks.  We shouldn’t need to make any other purchases this month unless we run out of milk.  I still have plenty of meat, bread and veggies in my freezer along with wheat, pasta and quinoa still stockpiled.

Oh and I also got my free bag of organic, fair-trade coffee this week from Liga Masiva and must admit that it is wonderful coffee!

Liga Masiva Coffee

Did you get yours?

How did you all do this week? Go ahead, show off all those awesome deals you got! Please link directly to your posts, and I ask that you do not link to giveaways or posts mainly promoting affiliate deals. Let’s encourage one another with our thrifty ventures. No giveaways please. Thanks!

  1. I think your doing a great thing here! I do a monthly shopping trip to BJ’s. They let you stack coupons, store coupons and manufacturers. It works out great and we eat a bit healthier.

  2. Do you have any tips for preserving the large containers of spinach and salad? I find they only last 3 or 4 days and we wind up throwing a lot of it away so I buy the smaller (more expensive) packages.

    • I’ve been using the Rubbermaid Produce Saver containers for awhile now and they really work well at keeping fruits and vegetables dry, making them last longer. I bought some awhile ago while BOGO and had coupons. They are definitely worth the full retail price though! I also have tried using ziploc bags and squeezing all the air out, sort of like those vacuum bags… and I’ve noticed my lettuce will stay fresher longer that way too. I know how you feel when all that produce goes bad… no fun! Good luck!

    • I usually wash my leafy produce then lay them out and pat them a bit between a kitchen towel to absorb moisture then lay out about 3 feet of paper towel (more or less then lay it out on that and roll it up in it then place in the crisper drawer. I unroll and use as needed and my leafy lasts ALOT longer. When it does begin to silt I sometimes get a bowl of cold water wih some ice and toss it in for a minute and it perks right back up just before use, this really only matters if you aren’t going to cook it though, as in salad or sandwhiches. No need to perk spinach right before you steam it, eh?

    • I buy a large container of spinach just about every week. I have to have fresh spinach. If I see that we still have an abundance by the end of the week then I find a receipe that calls for cooked spinach. I will make like potato soup and towards the end of cooking it I will throw in the spinach. It really cooks down to nothing. Just find you some receipies and use it that way instead of throwing it away.

  3. Sharon – We use the Food Saver system. It is a machine that sucks all the air out of a bag or canister to make the food last a long time. We use the canisters for our salad and it stays good for almost 2 weeks! I LOVE our Food Saver. We have had it for I think 7 years and use it almost every day. It has paid for itself many times over!

    • what canisters are you talking about? and where can you find them?

      • Julie – They are official FoodSaver canisters. We bought ours at Target many years ago. I have seen them at Kohls as well (here in Wisconsin). I just looked on ebay and there are tons.

  4. We do lots of shopping at Costco and I’m usually happier with the entire experience as opposed to going to a regular grocery store. I’m not much into the food that couponing (at least in my area of Las Vegas) seems to yield, but I will search for non food coupons.

  5. I have been wanting to make the big move to organic but worry that my $50/month budget won’t allow for it. You have really been motivating me, though, to really give it a try at Costco. I just have to convince hubby to go for the initial member fee and then I may start out slow. Thanks so much for the great tips and help!!!

  6. We do alot of shopping at Costco and love it. We also buy all our dog food from Costco as it’s cheaper to buy 2 big bags of dog food from there then at the other pet stores. Love the prices of diapers, wipes And organic soya milk. As we have 2 year old twins. Costco is a life saver for all the above plus all the organic chicken, beef, fruits and vegs u can buy!

  7. I am unable to go totally organic due to my large family size but I “blend” in as much organic as I can afford. I have been couponing for years and I began looking at all the processed and “junk” food that filled my house. I am still working on a balance. I no longer get candy and I buy very little in the frozen food section unless it is vegetables. I pass even if it is free, which is hard to get used to doing. We do not have a Costco but we do have a Sams and I find that the raw vegatables and some of the fruit items are less expensive than the grocery store. The large organic spinach is under $4 and stays fresh long. I pass on most household cleaners and stick with vinegar for most cleaning and I make my own windex with amonia. I really enjoy your site and thank you for all the great advice.

    • Sounds like you are doing great Autumn! You’re doing exactly what I started doing about two years ago. Keep it up! It gets easier :)

  8. i love costco for lots of things, but find that the prices on diapers and wipes are cheaper on amazon mom!

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