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Hondapendragon Jan 25, 2011 05:47 AM


I'm curious to know what groceries people buy at Costco. I'm only feeding a family of two so I don't normally try new things at Costco as my storage space is quite limited. Is there anything at Costco that is a must-try?

My usual Costco shopping list includes:

- beef tenderloin
- mixed greens salad in a box
- strawberries
- pineapple
- Piroline chocolate-hazelnut cookies
- Kawartha Ice Cream - Moose Tracks
- Japanese green tea
- whole black pepper
- sweet potato fries

I'd love to know what you buy!

Thanks in advance!

  1. mucho gordo Mar 10, 2011 12:39 PM

    It varies; not the same items each time:
    All our prescriptions are cheaper at the pharmacy
    All meats we have bought there have been fantastic
    jug of maple syrup
    some microwaveable dinners in refrigerated section
    cake / pie / muffins / cookies
    For the dog:
    boneless/skinless chicken thighs and chicken jerky strips

    6 Replies
    1. re: mucho gordo
      c oliver Mar 10, 2011 01:04 PM

      We call the chicken jerky "doggy cocaine."

      1. re: c oliver
        mucho gordo Mar 10, 2011 01:40 PM

        your pooch is addicted too?

      2. re: mucho gordo
        rcn44 Mar 12, 2011 04:17 AM

        My dogs love these, too. Though, sometimes at parties, I serve them with ranch dressing. The guests seem to like them, as there are never any left.

        1. re: rcn44
          mucho gordo Mar 12, 2011 11:50 AM

          HUH!!!! You give these to humans???????? With ranch dressing??? Somehow I don't think we're talking about the same item.

          1. re: mucho gordo
            rcn44 Mar 13, 2011 06:32 AM

            it's a joke....

            1. re: rcn44
              mucho gordo Mar 13, 2011 10:30 AM

              whew.........that's a relief!

      3. Beach Chick Mar 10, 2011 06:00 AM

        Lately they've had this fab bags of little heads of red lettuce and romaine and there wonderful..
        With those vine ripe tomt's and baby mini peppers with some baked goat cheese..yum!
        I haven't found the Quinoa yet at my Costco..
        Sampled the liquid CoQ-10..they say coupons come out for this at the end of the month.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Beach Chick
          goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2011 10:32 AM

          BC, which location are you going to? Carlsbad & Mission Valley always had the quinoa when i shopped there.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            Beach Chick Mar 10, 2011 11:08 AM

            Hey ghg!
            We miss you in SD...
            I go to the Costco in Poway and sometimes Morena when I'm slumming in the La Jolla area.
            I'm going today and will look again..it's where the Uncle Ben's rice and other starches are?

            1. re: Beach Chick
              goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2011 11:29 AM

              aw, i miss you guys too! you need to let me know if you ever have a gig up here in LA, i'd love to come check it out.

              i *think* it should be in the same aisle as the pancake mix, flour, etc...but you know how they always move everything around. it's Bob's Red Mill Organic Quinoa in a 4# bag.

              good luck!

              1. re: Beach Chick
                goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2011 02:17 PM

                edit to my earlier post - Culver City here in LA had it as an end-cap display *between* the cereal & grain aisles today.

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            Rella Mar 10, 2011 05:43 AM

            What they've stopped carrying lately: Ricotta and Artichoke hearts w/out oil.
            What some stores don't carry: Grana Padana
            What I've never seen at any Costco: Paneer.

            I buy all below at Costco and nowhere else.
            Organic carrots 10# bag.
            Red Onions, Sweet Onions, Yellow Onions
            Lemons, Myer Lemons, Limes, California Navel Oranges
            Quinoa, basmati, atta flour
            Wild fish
            Fage Greek Yogurt
            organic chicken
            Olives with pimento (Spanish olives?)
            Hot Italian Sausage
            Mesclun greens
            Celery when they have it
            Bags of English Walnuts, Almonds & Pecans
            Organic Peanut Butter
            Almond Butter
            Sea Salt and Peppercorns
            Italian, Spanish & mostly any imported Cheese

            1. DuchessNukem Mar 8, 2011 02:19 PM

              For the two of us; we get there about once a month. Starred items are those we buy on every trip.

              *Carrot juice
              *Grape tomatoes
              Carrots, snap peas
              Apples (for dehydrating)
              Lobster bisque (2-pack: one for now, one to freeze)
              Nus: almonds, cashews
              Spices: oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, Mrs. Dash-style seasoning
              *Granola bars
              Coffee beans
              Ro-Tel tomatoes w/chilis (there's no shame in Ro-Tel here in TX)
              *Bottled water
              *Paper plates/bowls
              Wine/bubbly (esp. holiday deals)
              Shorty socks

              This thread really is fascinating; givemecarbs is right, it's just like peeking into all y'alls' carts. But without your bratty kids underfoot. LOL

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              1. re: DuchessNukem
                goodhealthgourmet Mar 8, 2011 07:11 PM

                it's just like peeking into all y'alls' carts. But without your bratty kids underfoot. LOL
                and without getting maimed by someone who's so focused on getting their grubby hands on the next batch of free samples that they ram right into you with their cart!

                you reminded me that i didn't include wine on my list - i do occasionally snatch up a great deal there.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  JungMann Mar 9, 2011 05:46 AM

                  "[A]nd without getting maimed by someone who's so focused on getting their grubby hands on the next batch of free samples that they ram right into you with their cart!"

                  Amen! I've heard that Costco has Kirkland brand spirits. Has anyone tried them?

              2. s
                snooks86 Mar 8, 2011 01:29 PM

                -spring mix
                -romaine hearts
                -frozen wild salmon
                -natural peanut butter
                -cottage cheese
                -dijon mustard
                -minced garlic
                -frozen shrimp
                -toilet paper
                -paper towels
                -canned tomatoes
                -veggie sausage
                -organic eggs
                -organic chicken breasts and thighs
                -marinated artichokes
                -chicken broth
                -vitamin zero water
                -mixed veggies
                -frozen berries
                -buffalo steaks
                -ground turkey
                -brown rice
                -canned salmon

                1. n
                  NVJims Feb 13, 2011 10:20 AM

                  I'm single and product lifetime is important but here are the basics:
                  Mexican blend shredded cheese
                  Meats/seafood/poultry (to be portioned, vacuum sealed and frozen)
                  Cottage cheese
                  Grana Padano cheese
                  Frozen shrimp, uncooked
                  Frozen scallops
                  Kirkland toilet paper
                  Balsamic vinegar
                  Sour Cream
                  Tortilla Chips (Mission paper bag)
                  Mixed salad greens
                  Heavy whipping cream
                  Rack of lamb
                  24 pack eggs
                  Kalamata pitted olives
                  Vlasic Dill pickles
                  Grey poupon
                  Frozen fish fillets
                  Chulula hot sauce
                  Specialty cheeses

                  I can see some of the regional differences between the stores in the lists.

                  1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 05:50 PM

                    question for all you Hounds who buy coffee there...which one? i like my coffee dark and bold, and their whole-bean Seattle Mountain Sumatra was a letdown. unfortunately i don't like Starbucks beans, and this was the only [supposedly] dark non-Starbucks option (i'm including the Kirkland Signature beans that are roasted by Starbucks).

                    am i missing something? whole-bean recs only, please.

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                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                      meatn3 Feb 1, 2011 06:18 PM

                      Try the Kirkland green bag. Wait, I'll just get myself off the sofa and take a look......

                      ............ ........................................ .............................

                      Bag says medium roast, but we brew it strong. There was one in a brown paper bag a few years ago that was better, but it went to that great discontinued place in the sky.

                      Oops, it is roasted by Starbucks.

                      1. re: meatn3
                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 07:02 PM

                        aww, thanks for getting off the couch to check for me :) guess i'll stick with Trader Joe's Sumatra which is actually excellent, it's just not as cheap as Costco.

                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        mcf Feb 2, 2011 05:57 AM

                        My big Costco peeve: they discontinued the gold bag organic medium roast, which is actually full bodied and delicious. I still have some left after buying every bag I could find for $5 per lb. They still have the decaf, but not the regular. Going to beg them to bring it back.

                      3. Beach Chick Feb 1, 2011 05:05 PM

                        half and half
                        cheese..the extra sharp brick
                        Goat Cheese
                        mini peppers
                        romaine lettuce/butter lettuce
                        lobster bisque
                        French onion soup
                        sea salt
                        whole peppercorns
                        Parm Reggiano
                        shrimp cocktails
                        King Crab
                        Ling Cod
                        Chicken salad
                        Cream puffs
                        vine ripened tomt's
                        paper towels
                        trash bags

                        An occasional big ass plasma TV..

                        1. Divamac Jan 31, 2011 08:56 PM

                          For 2 adults and a puppy

                          English cucumbers
                          Tomatoes on the vine
                          Salad greens
                          Peanut butter
                          Almond butter
                          Strawberry preserves
                          Fage Yogurt
                          Parmesano Reggiano
                          Costal cheddar
                          Shredded Mexican cheese blend
                          Tarantino Hot Italian Sausages
                          Organic ground beef
                          Dried fruit (cherries!)
                          Canned beans
                          Canned tuna
                          Canned tomatoes
                          Canned salmon
                          Frozen shrimp
                          Frozen salmon filets
                          Home Run Inn frozen pizza
                          Bao steamed pork buns
                          Trash bags
                          Cleaning products
                          Paper products
                          Fish oil pills (for the dog)
                          Dog treats

                          I think the list would have been shorter if I listed what I bought elsewhere!

                          1. apple342 Jan 30, 2011 05:23 PM

                            For Baking:
                            - cinnamon - deal of the century! really.
                            - vanilla extract
                            - vanilla beans (when they have them)
                            -eggs - organic
                            -butter - kirkland
                            -whipping cream
                            -cream cheese
                            -olive oil
                            -vegetable oil

                            -manchego cheese
                            -cibo pesto

                            Every Week for juicing and smoothies:
                            -organic spinach - go through 2 a week (1 person)
                            -organic carrots (10 lb bag for juicing!)
                            -blueberries/raspberries - fresh - also get bags frozen

                            salted macadamia nuts

                            sometimes the gluten-free rice crackers

                            Don't know what I would do if I had to get all this at a grocery store. Love Costco.

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: apple342
                              cstr Jan 31, 2011 04:24 AM

                              You'd have to hand over your life savings if you shopped at a regular grocery store.

                            2. z
                              zenofpie Jan 29, 2011 08:51 PM

                              Cooking for 3 adults (unemployed son moved back home!)

                              Rotisserie chicken (love 'em - 1 dinner, lunch the next day, then soup!)
                              Organic ground beef
                              Baby back ribs
                              pork chops - separated into 3 chop packets and frozen
                              chicken thighs, bone in skin on
                              Kirkland brand bacon - 1 for the frig, 3 for the freezer. Great bacon!
                              Parisienne salad mix
                              organic salad greens
                              bob's big boy blue cheese dressing
                              whole salami
                              izzy's soda
                              paperback books (too many)
                              t-paper, trash bags, freezer bags, ibuprofen
                              cream of mushroom soup
                              Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal
                              Raisin Bran Crunch
                              fresh baked whole-grain bread from La Brea Bakery -- wow!
                              olives & nuts for my in-laws

                              I just joined an organic meat buying club starting out at 10 lbs once a month (beef, pork, lamb) so that will cut down on my meat purchases at Costco.

                              1. c
                                cstr Jan 29, 2011 11:36 AM

                                Jarlsberg Cheese
                                Cheedar Cheese
                                Roqufert Cheese
                                Swiss Cheese
                                Provolone Cheese
                                Broccoli florettes
                                Organic frozen corn
                                Organic frozen peas
                                Organic frozen green beans
                                Sugar snap peas and other raw veggies
                                Brown Sugar
                                Italian Cold Cuts
                                Peanut Butter
                                Organic Strawberry Preserves
                                Organic Flaxseed
                                Organic pasta
                                Organic canned tomatoes
                                Cleaning Products
                                Paper goods
                                Meats (Beef Pork Chicken)
                                Lap Top
                                Glasses, Dishes, Pots, Pans
                                Small Appliances
                                Funiture, Flatscreen TV

                                Last Year I received cashback to purchase a set of 4 tires for my car.

                                1. c
                                  Chowrin Jan 29, 2011 05:40 AM

                                  uh...humm... I shop at costco, for two people, about once a month. Budget around $100-120. Then I buy milk from the corner store.

                                  That said, this list is more of a "things I buy from costco when I run out/next time I'm there" than an "I buy every month" list.

                                  Sliced Bread
                                  50lb. bag flour
                                  50 lb. bag sugar
                                  2lb. bag yeast
                                  Lemon Juice
                                  Tomatoes (big and small cans)
                                  Big cans of Kidneys
                                  Oranges (in season only)
                                  Jelly Beans (in season only)
                                  Chicken Broth
                                  Sour Cream (summer only)
                                  Turkey Bacon (summer only)
                                  Croutons (summer only)
                                  Red Bull Salad Dressing (almost local!), or the ginger dressing that ain't.
                                  Carrots (no one else practically mentioned this! so surprised! We live on these!)
                                  Potatoes (in season)
                                  Basmati Rice
                                  Pouch Potatoes (great for a quick meal).
                                  Peanut butter
                                  Tortilla Chips
                                  Kirk. brand salsa (out of season only)
                                  Mozarella/Provolone Cheese
                                  Choice beef, including flanksteaks
                                  Whole Chickens
                                  Brown Sugar
                                  Tomato Paste
                                  Soy Sauce
                                  Heinz distilled vinegar

                                  Things I have bought, enjoyed, and don't have the budget for:
                                  Sandwich steaks (so less greasy)
                                  Multicolored peppers
                                  Mixed Nuts
                                  Around the World truffles
                                  Hot pepper cheese

                                  ... I'm sure there's tons more.

                                  Things that ain't food:
                                  salt for sidewalks
                                  scrubby sponges
                                  bestest bath soap! (4star quality)
                                  bestest paper towels!
                                  toilet paper

                                  1. k
                                    kina57 Jan 28, 2011 07:06 PM

                                    I buy a lot of things at Costco, but one thing I always buy when they have it:

                                    Honey Smoked Salmon. To die for. I go to Costco just for that sometimes. And it freezes well.

                                    1. g
                                      givemecarbs Jan 28, 2011 06:55 PM

                                      Great idea for a post Hondapendragon! I often peer into others' carts when I'm stuck in a long line. I try not to make it obvious. And when I eat at the Costco food court I gawk at the parade of carts going past. Spring and fall are the best because often trees and shrubs go by and I feel just like Macbeth. :) Thanks to you I can now peek electronically.
                                      -potatoes (all kinds but next trip I'm going for the gold!
                                      -fruit (grapefruit and oranges mostly right now
                                      -spring mix
                                      -green beans
                                      -soon asparagus!!!!
                                      -fage yogurt
                                      -kettle corn (so addicting sometimes I buy two bags)
                                      -coffee (different every time but always with caffeine
                                      -japanese green tea
                                      -frozen organic corn (I tend to stock up on this as it seems to be seasonal where I am
                                      -bread I like miltons but will buy white bread too under duress
                                      -finally scored vanilla beans around Christmas and they are long gone from the shelves
                                      -laundry detergent
                                      -kirkland toilet paper
                                      -kirkland dried and canned dog food
                                      -bird seed
                                      -lately been enjoying prime top sirloin. I'm still awed by the prime meat for sale
                                      -pork chops
                                      -rotisserie chickens
                                      -frozen tiramisu
                                      I try to budget a bit extra in case I see something tempting lately I have gotten
                                      -skeechers shape up sneakers for men
                                      -shearling boots
                                      -men and women's sweaters and vests
                                      -David's cookies brand cheesecakes especially the chocolate truffle
                                      -cherry pie
                                      -non stick fry pans
                                      -a vacuum cleaner
                                      -space saving hangers
                                      -an orchid!!!! (only because of their generous return policy. It's been over two weeks and not only haven't I killed it yet, but a new flower opened!

                                      11 Replies
                                      1. re: givemecarbs
                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 29, 2011 09:29 AM

                                        any chance that the laundry detergent you buy is the Kirkland Environmentally Friendly HE? i'm considering trying it because my current bottle of 7th Generation is nearly empty, but i'd hate to schlep that huge container back to Costco if i don't like it.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                          Chowrin Jan 29, 2011 11:13 AM

                                          I use the kirk brand powder. (it comes in huge industrial tubs). Highly recommend (it's the original tide formulation -- AND it cleans grease like nothing else! )

                                          1. re: Chowrin
                                            goodhealthgourmet Jan 29, 2011 11:27 AM

                                            thanks Chowrin...unfortunately i can only use HE liquid detergents in my washing machine.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                              viperlush Jan 30, 2011 04:39 PM

                                              That's the laundry detergent that we buy. No complaints. And the big container lasts forever.

                                              1. re: viperlush
                                                mcf Jan 31, 2011 06:29 AM

                                                I hope it's a LOT better than their awful dishwasher gel. Everything was dirty and all the glass was cloudy til I threw it out and upgraded back to Cascade. Now everything is clean and sparkly again.

                                              2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                meatn3 Jan 30, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                I use it too. I like it more than 7th Gen. actually.

                                                1. re: meatn3
                                                  cheesecake17 Feb 2, 2011 08:06 AM

                                                  no dishwasher, so I use a lot of dish detergent. I like the Kirkland natural one. It has a light fragrance that's not overwhelming. Price is good too- $7.99 for a huge container.

                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 30, 2011 05:14 PM

                                                  awesome! thanks to both of you for the feedback. and perfect timing - there's a coupon in the newest batch :)

                                              3. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                cheesymama Jan 31, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                That's the one we use. I have 2 kids (so lots of dirty clothes) and I'm quite happy with it. And as said above, it lasts forever.

                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                  LuckyCharm Feb 1, 2011 11:03 PM

                                                  I love this detergent, its my go to. I also have sensitive skin, and this works without any type of irritation. It cleans wonderfully, and is about half the cost of Tide with the coupon that comes out twice a year. I believe it is made by P&G, it appears to be a formulation of Tide.

                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                    givemecarbs Feb 4, 2011 12:21 AM

                                                    Naw I grabbed the Ultra HE last time. After about a half hour at Costco the voices in my head start whispering Get Out! I finish my list faaast before they start screaming and tend to just throw the last few items in the cart and make my get away. :)

                                                2. meatn3 Jan 28, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                  Cooking for two, with one not here for meals half the time:

                                                  Rotisserie chicken
                                                  Green bag of coffee beans
                                                  half and half, organic
                                                  rice cracker snack mix (my SO loves this stuff)
                                                  Campari tomatoes
                                                  organic baby spinach
                                                  sleeve of mixed bell peppers
                                                  berries - the blackberries are usually fantastic
                                                  Lamb, usually roast but chops too
                                                  Pita chips
                                                  Polish sausage w/ kraut deal

                                                  Less often:
                                                  TP, kirklands
                                                  laundry soap
                                                  dish soap
                                                  prescription medicine
                                                  San Pellegrino limonata and aranciata cans
                                                  canned tomato products
                                                  Grey Poupon
                                                  ricotta (when they have it)
                                                  wine (no spirits in NC)
                                                  wild caught fish
                                                  tzatziki sauce
                                                  Ghirardelli brownie mix
                                                  appliances/electronics as needed - Costco often has the product we end up with

                                                  We have limited freezer space, so there are many items that we don't buy for that reason.
                                                  The majority of my cooking is from scratch, so the eliminates much of their offerings.
                                                  Even though I only shop a fraction of the store I still consider my membership well worth it!

                                                  1. c
                                                    cheesecake17 Jan 28, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                    Also 2 people with limited storage space. Here's what I buy regularly-
                                                    - raspberries
                                                    - pineapple
                                                    - 6 pack of romaine hearts
                                                    - 10lb bag onions
                                                    - lemons
                                                    - vanilla
                                                    - sugar (brown, white, powdered)
                                                    - instant coffee
                                                    - shredded mozarella
                                                    - chewy granola bars
                                                    - bread (sandwich thins or 40 calorie loaf)
                                                    - butter
                                                    - milk
                                                    - eggs

                                                    Non food items- toilet paper, paper towels, tinfoil, scrubby sponges, bar soap, dishwashing soap, ziplock bags, contact lenses, electronics, down comforter.

                                                    If I'm having company, I plan my trip to Costco around it. I buy avocados, canteloupes, lox, sometimes a cake.

                                                    1. coney with everything Jan 28, 2011 03:57 AM

                                                      Tillamook cheddar loaf
                                                      Garden Fresh salsa
                                                      Organic ground beef
                                                      Lamb chops (sometimes, splurge item)
                                                      Prepared mac/cheese
                                                      San Pellegrino soda (they sell a variety pack of limonada/arranciata)
                                                      Jif peanut butter
                                                      Ghirardelli brownie mix (sometimes)
                                                      Organic dry mashed potatoes (ingredients: potatoes and salt maybe, they'll do in a pinch)
                                                      Organic fresh baby spinach
                                                      Cibo pesto
                                                      Sun dried tomatoes
                                                      The occasional rotisserie chicken
                                                      Sometimes the individual ciabbata if I have an immediate plan for them

                                                      Used to buy the honey roasted peanuts or trail mix but realized that we just gobble it down and we don't need the calories :)

                                                      1. Jenny15X Jan 27, 2011 11:38 PM

                                                        President's Brie - at like $5.99, I buy it ALL the time
                                                        Raw Shrimp
                                                        Cooked Shrimp
                                                        Chicken Viola (I always have it on hand for nights I can't stand the thought of cooking)
                                                        Pre-cooked bacon
                                                        Frozen salmon filets
                                                        Canned white meat chicken breast (for enchiladas, curry-chicken salad sandwiches, ect)
                                                        Pre-cooked chicken breast strips
                                                        And in the summer, cherries and strawberries!
                                                        And on my birthday, the All American Fudge Cake - OMG (those little brownie bites are good, too. And the apple pie)

                                                        1. p
                                                          plantainchips Jan 27, 2011 08:41 PM

                                                          Items I get repeatedly:

                                                          Bag of quinoa (Tru Roots)
                                                          Frozen salmon burgers (great quick meal with spinach cooked in oil from salmon)
                                                          Box of 2 large jugs of vinegar (put in spray bottle for cleaning kitchen counters)
                                                          Bag of pistachios in shells for snacking
                                                          Movie tickets (ok not exactly a grocery item)
                                                          Large roll of foil, freezer bags
                                                          2 loaves of bread e.g. Miltons - almost cheaper than buying 1 at the supermarket, freeze 1 loaf
                                                          Rotisserie chicken
                                                          Vitamin D3, Calcium & Fish oil
                                                          Brita filters (esp when there is a coupon)
                                                          Organic chicken thighs & breasts in packages
                                                          Goat cheese in small log (I found this less goaty than other brands)
                                                          Almond butter

                                                          1 Reply
                                                          1. re: plantainchips
                                                            mickie44 Jan 31, 2011 07:12 AM

                                                            I forgot to put the quinoa on my list -- it's prewashed!

                                                          2. n
                                                            noodlepoodle Jan 27, 2011 06:28 AM

                                                            Bagged nuts
                                                            Bottled water
                                                            Rotisserie chicken
                                                            Canned beef (great for quick meal burritos and soup)
                                                            Kirkland tuna in water
                                                            Dish detergent
                                                            Kitchen bags
                                                            Big black garbage bags
                                                            Vitamin D-3 and Calcium tablets
                                                            Cetaphil face cleanser
                                                            Dried cranberries
                                                            Kirkland Decaf Coffee
                                                            Canned baked beans
                                                            Vanilla extract
                                                            Olive oil
                                                            Helman's Mayo
                                                            Thin Spaghetti
                                                            Fresh salmon and cod
                                                            Sirloin steaks
                                                            Boneless chicken breasts
                                                            Canadian bacon
                                                            Red peppers
                                                            String beans
                                                            Spring mix
                                                            Scatter rugs
                                                            Chocolate chips
                                                            Waxed paper sheets
                                                            Coffee filters

                                                            Occasionally I will buy baguettes or other bakery bread. I've tried the bakery cookies, but they're a bit too sweet for me with a processed after taste.

                                                            I used to buy canned chicken broth, but I switched to low sodium and my Costco store doesn't carry it.

                                                            I bought my slow cooker there and rolling luggage, occasionally some clothing when something appeals to me (not often). I usually am happy with the quality and there's never been a problem when I've returned things.

                                                            I don't buy too many frozen items since I live an hour away from the store and when we do go we make a day of it shopping, eating out and maybe a movie. So frozen would be not so frozen when I got home.

                                                            1. bitsubeats Jan 26, 2011 10:53 PM

                                                              I only shop for myself and this is what I like to buy specifically from costco:

                                                              rotisserie chicken (once in a while as I feel that it's ridiculously salty, but makes the best chicken stock ever)
                                                              mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms - baby bella and white button
                                                              romaine lettuce
                                                              fage 0% yogurt
                                                              whole tellicherry peppercorns (best deal ever)
                                                              vanilla beans
                                                              cibo pesto

                                                              4 Replies
                                                              1. re: bitsubeats
                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jan 27, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                                forgot about the vanilla beans - just started buying them there this year thanks to my fellow Hounds :)

                                                                1. re: bitsubeats
                                                                  mcf Jan 27, 2011 10:35 AM

                                                                  Oh, YES to the Cibo pesto and peppercorns. I have vanilla beans from there, too.

                                                                  1. re: mcf
                                                                    IndyGirl Mar 11, 2011 08:55 PM

                                                                    has anyone figured out how to preserve that pesto? I've frozen my homemade stuff, but not sure about the store bought stuff. I've bought it before and adore it, but it always gets gross before I can finish it.

                                                                    1. re: IndyGirl
                                                                      mcf Mar 12, 2011 06:42 AM

                                                                      I freeze it. You could freeze half in a smaller container.

                                                                2. KaimukiMan Jan 26, 2011 08:04 PM

                                                                  Shopping mostly for one person, my list is a bit different, although my trips are often sparked by planning a dinner for friends or a potluck or picnic to go to. Of course one should never shop hungry, so a hot dog (usually polish) is mandatory.

                                                                  The list below is in order of the way this costco is laid out. Obviously I don't buy all of these every time. But these are the items in my house that are predominantly from costco.

                                                                  -ground beef chubs, to be frozen
                                                                  -either steak or pork chopsm some for that day, the rest to freeze
                                                                  -frozen chicken thighs (unless i specifically need the more expensive breasts)
                                                                  -occasionally bacon, most of which goes into the freezer
                                                                  -occasionally a roast (beef or pork)

                                                                  -baby spinach
                                                                  -artichokes when in season
                                                                  -asparagus when in season
                                                                  -grapes when in season
                                                                  -mixed bell peppers or green bell peppers

                                                                  -grated parmesan
                                                                  -portuguese sausage (its a Hawaii thing)
                                                                  -pastrami when they have it
                                                                  -some kind of dip (artichoke, seafood, hummus, it depends)
                                                                  -garlic cloves

                                                                  Paper Goods
                                                                  -Toilet tissue
                                                                  -Paper Towels
                                                                  -Paper Napkins
                                                                  -Paper Plates
                                                                  -Wooden Chopsitcks
                                                                  -Aluminum Foil
                                                                  -Plastic Bags of various kinds and uses
                                                                  -Trash Bags
                                                                  -Dish Soap
                                                                  -Laundry Soap

                                                                  -I rarely buy anything in dairy except maybe grated cheese (gasp) I'm not an egg eater,
                                                                  and don't drink milk (allergic). No way I could go thru enough orange juice before it soured.

                                                                  -Ghirardelli Brownie Mix
                                                                  -Oil (vegetable and olive)

                                                                  Canned Goods
                                                                  -Tomato Sauce
                                                                  -Diced Tomatoes
                                                                  -Tomato Paste
                                                                  -Cream of Mushroom Soup
                                                                  -Chicken Broth
                                                                  -SPAM ! (yes, really... I say it proudly! usually low sodium)
                                                                  -Canned beans, hopefully not just kidney
                                                                  -Pork and Beans
                                                                  -Refried Beans
                                                                  -Chili (unless they only have stagg...bleah)
                                                                  -Sometimes soup, depending on what they have
                                                                  -Green Beans

                                                                  Personal Care
                                                                  -Bar Soap
                                                                  -Razor Blades

                                                                  1. iL Divo Jan 26, 2011 06:43 AM

                                                                    there I buy very little. don't care for CC but if I am there, it's quickly in and quickly out, the list is that short. unless of course I'm in Kauai for their ice cream outside of the building then my list is long, as long as I get my iced cream combo. :)

                                                                    1. goodhealthgourmet Jan 25, 2011 05:05 PM

                                                                      single girl only shopping for myself:
                                                                      - Organic eggs
                                                                      - Fage 0% yogurt
                                                                      - Maranatha Almond Butter
                                                                      - Kirkland/Ito-En Green Tea bags
                                                                      - Kirkland toilet paper
                                                                      - Bounty paper towels
                                                                      - Organic spinach
                                                                      - Kirkland Organic PB
                                                                      - Organic berries when they have them
                                                                      - Clementines

                                                                      i don't really eat packaged snack food, and anything else fresh is just too big or goes bad before i can possibly use it all.

                                                                      15 Replies
                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                        mcf Jan 26, 2011 06:41 AM

                                                                        I thought Costco organic eggs were from that Ohio company with all the violations and disease last year? Hillandale, is it?

                                                                        1. re: mcf
                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Jan 26, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                          not in CA. all the Costco eggs here are from Norco Ranch, and i confirmed several times during the recall that they weren't affected.

                                                                          unfortunately i just did a Google search to get general info on Norco out of curiosity after seeing your post, and turned up links about animal abuse that i hadn't seen before. looks like i'm going back to relying on Trader Joe's for my organic eggs...

                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                            mcf Jan 26, 2011 11:01 AM

                                                                            In some cases (non chemically soaked scallops) Costco is very quality conscious and in others, quality in name only. I seem to recall the Norco name having come up in something I read as a problem supplier. So who does TJ's get theirs from? It gets exhausting, no? Michael Pollan warned about the effect of "Walmartization" on the label "organic."

                                                                            In my area, the organic eggs were from the big disease purveyor. :-/

                                                                            1. re: mcf
                                                                              goodhealthgourmet Jan 26, 2011 04:20 PM

                                                                              sometimes i wish i was one of those people who was okay living blissfully in ignorance. from what i just read, TJ's doesn't use a humane egg supplier either! it appears that the only retail eggs available here in CA that are certified by the Humane Farm Animal Care program are Horizon Organic and Gold Circle Farm.

                                                                              guess i'll have to start paying a premium for eggs again...which means i'll also have to decrease my consumption. grrr.

                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                mcf Jan 26, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                                                I hate to be the bearer of bad news; I don't buy Horizon products. Gold Circle doesn't let their cage free hens outdoors; they also sell eggs from caged hens. Do you subscribe to the Cornucopia Institute?

                                                                                1. re: mcf
                                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 26, 2011 08:25 PM

                                                                                  that news about Horizon broke years ago - i was under the impression they had cleaned up their act since then...?

                                                                                  you're killing me here. i already had to give up soy, gluten, and pretty much all grains. at this rate you're going to turn me into a vegan, and then i'll have nothing left to eat but fruits, vegetables and nuts!

                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                    sedimental Jan 26, 2011 09:01 PM

                                                                                    Just get some chickens. They are stooopid, but sweet. Name them things like
                                                                                    Hen-rietta, Egg-ness, Glad-ass, etc. That's what I did.
                                                                                    We are all happy now. I get the eggs and they are little queens.

                                                                                    1. re: sedimental
                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Jan 26, 2011 09:06 PM

                                                                                      i wish...my building would evict me tout-de-suite! love the names you gave yours :)

                                                                                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                      mcf Jan 27, 2011 05:56 AM

                                                                                      Sorry, I'll sit on my hands next time! I guess I don't sweat it as much as you do. To the degree that I can, I buy pastured, free range, grass fed, wild caught, humane, etc. But I know when I eat out, I'm not getting all that and I live with the fact that I'm at least reducing the demand for less desirable practices with my habits, not single handedly eliminating them. Doesn't LA have a farmer's market where you can lay in (pun intended) some eggs?

                                                                                      A woman walked up to me in TJ's on day while I was picking up a bag of their roasted, unsalted almonds and said to me, "those would be much better for you if they were raw." I glared at her and said "I gave up starches and sugar years ago, I'm going to eat these the way I like them!" :-)

                                                                                      1. re: mcf
                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Jan 27, 2011 09:19 AM

                                                                                        ha! good for you. i NEVER offer unsolicited advice to people about food - i think it's incredibly intrusive and rude. but some days i wonder if someone stamped "Nutritionist" on my forehead in my sleep because i can't ever get through a shopping trip without someone stopping me to ask me my opinion about a product or food. apparently i look like i know what i'm doing :)

                                                                                        and yes, i can get eggs here at the FM, i just haven't been able to hit the market when i need them lately because my schedule has been all over the place.

                                                                                        anyway, thanks for the info!

                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                          mcf Jan 27, 2011 09:42 AM

                                                                                          LOL, I must have "Answer Grape" stamped on my forehead, because people ask me about everything, including in the laundry/cleaning aisles and the food! Happened to me last week in the dairy aisle at Fairway...

                                                                                          I think eggs stay fresh a very long time, so maybe you could just stock up when you do get to the FM now and then? At least you have a good option that doesn't require a rural land purchase. ;-)

                                                                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                            goodhealthgourmet Jan 27, 2011 08:51 PM

                                                                            remembered a few more:
                                                                            - balsamic vinegar
                                                                            - Brita filters
                                                                            - Swiffer refills
                                                                            - "raw" almonds

                                                                            and during the holidays:
                                                                            - fresh cranberries
                                                                            - pecans
                                                                            - walnuts

                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                              Hondapendragon Feb 1, 2011 07:04 PM

                                                                              The balsamic vinegar, is it Kirkland? I've been meaning to try it...

                                                                              1. re: Hondapendragon
                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 07:39 PM

                                                                                yes, it's Kirkland. nothing spectacular, but a serviceable option for basic everyday use.

                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                  Coogles Feb 2, 2011 05:13 AM

                                                                                  It's also a good choice for making balsamic syrup. Just reduce by about 50% or so, I like to add a tablespoon or so of dark brown sugar. Very good drizzled over strawberries with some black pepper.

                                                                          3. viperlush Jan 25, 2011 11:26 AM

                                                                            Shopping for the two of use and having to share a fridge/freezer with a roommate. So amount of meat depends on available freezer space:

                                                                            - Chicken thighs or legs (Even though a little more expensive than I usually spend, they are easy to freeze and already portioned
                                                                            -Chicken breasts (divided and put in freezer)
                                                                            -Pork tenderloin (divided and put in freezer)
                                                                            -Salmon (divided and put in freezer)
                                                                            - Mozzarella cheese

                                                                            - Rotisserie Chicken

                                                                            - Coffee beans (Mayorga)

                                                                            - Liquid dish detergent

                                                                            - Box of granola bars

                                                                            And of course a hot dog (with sauerkraut)

                                                                            Mini black and white cookies
                                                                            Pork chops
                                                                            Other cheeses
                                                                            Tortilla chips (big brown paper bag)
                                                                            Other fruits

                                                                            1. mcf Jan 25, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                              Havarti, Dodoni feta, Cabot cheddar, provolone, parmegiano reggiano, buffalo milk mozzarella, brie
                                                                              Australian lamb (leg, rack, loin chops)
                                                                              Boxed organic mixed baby greens
                                                                              Artichoke dip
                                                                              Coleman organic chicken, both whole and in parts
                                                                              Phillips crab cakes
                                                                              Frozen shrimp, uncooked
                                                                              Frozen scallops
                                                                              Limes, lemons
                                                                              Campari tomatoes
                                                                              Hellman's mayo
                                                                              Pistachios, shelled and unshelled
                                                                              Sometimes olive oil (prefer Fairway's)
                                                                              Enteric coated fish oil gel caps
                                                                              I miss the gold bag organic medium roast coffee terribly; discontinued

                                                                              Lots of non food items.

                                                                              1. m
                                                                                mrsjoujou Jan 25, 2011 08:27 AM

                                                                                carrot and orange juice
                                                                                organic eggs
                                                                                wild fish such as ahi and halibut and wild shrimp when they have it
                                                                                berries I just got some great organic blueberries
                                                                                meyer lemon
                                                                                organic herbs such as oregano
                                                                                mara natha natural almond butter

                                                                                1. Bob W Jan 25, 2011 08:17 AM

                                                                                  Almost every week:

                                                                                  Cottage cheese
                                                                                  Rotisserie chicken


                                                                                  Grana Padano cheese
                                                                                  Bottled water
                                                                                  Milk boxes
                                                                                  Paper products (TP, etc)
                                                                                  Potato bread
                                                                                  Laundry detergent
                                                                                  String cheese
                                                                                  Dog treats
                                                                                  Ground beef
                                                                                  pork chops/tenderloin
                                                                                  chicken breasts
                                                                                  Shredded cheeses (we divide into one-lb bags and freeze)
                                                                                  pizza bagels
                                                                                  frozen chicken tenders
                                                                                  fresh pineapples
                                                                                  dried fruit (cherries, apricots etc)

                                                                                  About once a year:

                                                                                  Other components

                                                                                  I usually drop around $100 each week. I also hit BJs once a month in lieu of Costo (wider selection of canned fruits, cereal, some other stuff) and end up dropping around $150 there.

                                                                                  1. Coogles Jan 25, 2011 08:15 AM

                                                                                    Meats/seafood/poultry (to be portioned, vacuum sealed and frozen)
                                                                                    Bottled water

                                                                                    Non food items include paper towels, toilet tissue, tooth paste, deodorant, razor blades, vitamins, printer ink, electronics, food-saver bags, cat litter, clothing and books among others.

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                                                                                      redfish62 Jan 25, 2011 07:59 AM

                                                                                      6 pound bag of whey protein powder
                                                                                      Bottle of Vitamin D3
                                                                                      Bottle of fish oil capsules

                                                                                      1 Reply
                                                                                      1. re: redfish62
                                                                                        HillJ Jan 26, 2011 02:04 PM

                                                                                        redfish62, is that it? You pay a membership fee for those items?

                                                                                      2. mickie44 Jan 25, 2011 07:58 AM

                                                                                        Pork ribs
                                                                                        Boneless pork chops
                                                                                        Multigrain crackers, the gluten free ones with sesame seeds
                                                                                        Cheese -- parm, old cheddar, jalapeno jack
                                                                                        Tzatziki -- delicious and so much easier than making it myself
                                                                                        Frozen edamame
                                                                                        Hellman's mayo
                                                                                        Frozen sea scallops

                                                                                        1. JungMann Jan 25, 2011 07:51 AM

                                                                                          Blue Hill Bay pickled herring
                                                                                          sea salt
                                                                                          boneless pork chops
                                                                                          boneless leg of lamb
                                                                                          frozen shrimp
                                                                                          mixed nuts
                                                                                          assorted crackers (can't recall the brand off the top of my head)
                                                                                          cream puffs
                                                                                          rotisserie chicken (most all their other prepared foods have been disappointments)

                                                                                          12 Replies
                                                                                          1. re: JungMann
                                                                                            greygarious Jan 25, 2011 04:45 PM

                                                                                            You don't like the chicken salad, noodle soup, or pot pie they make from their rotisserie chickenS?

                                                                                            Shopping for one, plus dogs:
                                                                                            Kirkland Chicken & Rice kibble
                                                                                            Kirkland canned tuna
                                                                                            store-baked 2-pack breads: roasted garlic loaf or multigrain
                                                                                            store-made chicken salad
                                                                                            store-made chicken pot pie
                                                                                            vitamins and supplements
                                                                                            cheap wine for cooking
                                                                                            potatoes and onions (only in winter when it's cool enough to store for at least a month)
                                                                                            Kirkland-Sunsweet prunes
                                                                                            Dubliner, Paneer, and Grana Padano cheeses
                                                                                            Ling-Ling frozen peking ravioli (chicken&veg)
                                                                                            Frozen berries

                                                                                            1. re: greygarious
                                                                                              JungMann Jan 26, 2011 06:27 AM

                                                                                              I haven't tried their chicken salad or pot pie. I thought their noodle soup was bland (which was surprising since the rotisserie is so salty). Are the chicken salad and pot pies any better?

                                                                                              1. re: JungMann
                                                                                                greygarious Jan 26, 2011 06:46 AM

                                                                                                Of the three, I'd rank the soup last. Needs more onion and the noodles and carrots are too soft. The saltiness of the chicken comes through in the pot pie but not in the chicken salad. Still, the pot pie filling is delicious. I have to freeze slices because it's so large. I have never had the chicken caesar salad.

                                                                                                1. re: greygarious
                                                                                                  givemecarbs Feb 4, 2011 07:01 PM

                                                                                                  Just got the soup last night, I've had it before so I know what to do. Added onion, garlic, some white meat from the rotisserie chicken I also bought, and a little bit of the organic frozen corn I also buy from Costco. The soup was for a sick family member who loves to have gallons of soup when he is sick. I know fussing with food that is supposed to be heat and eat might be losing some of the point, but I can't resist playing with my food anyway. Used the rest of the rotisserie chicken to toss in the leftover chicken tikki masala that I also got from Costco. Anyone try the prepared chili that has been appearing next to the soup?

                                                                                                  1. re: greygarious
                                                                                                    c oliver Mar 10, 2011 01:02 PM

                                                                                                    That pot pie is terrific and HUGE! Definitely have to freeze partS of it.

                                                                                                    We've been feeding the Nature's Domain dog food for about a year I'm guessing. You might be impressed with the ingredients.


                                                                                                    1. re: c oliver
                                                                                                      mcf Mar 10, 2011 03:07 PM

                                                                                                      Isn't that a lot of potato and low protein for a dog? I buy Wellness Core grain free for my cats that's 50% protein or thereabouts. Subbing spuds for grains is kind of weasel wording.

                                                                                                      1. re: mcf
                                                                                                        c oliver Mar 10, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                        I gather that's about standard protein for dog food. In addition to potatoes there's

                                                                                                        "Salmon meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, potato protein, potato fiber, natural flavor, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid."

                                                                                                        Our vet likes it and the dogs are healthy and not overweight.

                                                                                                        1. re: mcf
                                                                                                          Atochabsh Mar 12, 2011 07:20 AM

                                                                                                          go to the Wellness web site, they've had a voluntary recall of their pet food, specifically cat food.

                                                                                                          1. re: Atochabsh
                                                                                                            mcf Mar 12, 2011 07:29 AM

                                                                                                            Thanks, fortunately it doesn't apply to what I'm feeding my cats, which is dry Wellness Core grain free.

                                                                                                    2. re: JungMann
                                                                                                      Tari Jan 29, 2011 08:22 PM

                                                                                                      I think their chicken salad is way too salty

                                                                                                      1. re: Tari
                                                                                                        mdepsmom Feb 4, 2011 08:14 AM

                                                                                                        That's funny b/c I thought their chicken salad was extremely bland and boring!

                                                                                                  2. re: JungMann
                                                                                                    HillJ Jan 26, 2011 02:06 PM

                                                                                                    I recall seeing the cream puffs maybe two years ago but they have been discontinued at our local Costco. My mother in law use to request them for her birthday.

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                                                                                                    trane Jan 25, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                                    Boneless Chicken Thighs
                                                                                                    Jarlsberg Cheese
                                                                                                    Liberty Yogurt (regular or greek, depending on that week's price and preference)
                                                                                                    Turkey Pepperoni Sticks
                                                                                                    Frozen Broccoli florets

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                                                                                                      cheesymama Jan 25, 2011 07:08 AM

                                                                                                      coffee - the green bag Kirkland brand
                                                                                                      all bran buds - cheaper than anywhere else
                                                                                                      hummus - we easily go through 2 containers/week
                                                                                                      mixed salad greens
                                                                                                      sometimes the Kirkland Kettle chips, but i try to resist
                                                                                                      Ghiradelli brownie mix
                                                                                                      mixed nuts
                                                                                                      I always check the cheese case, usually there is at least one good deal
                                                                                                      parmigiano reggiano - I usually split a big block with my mother
                                                                                                      love their chicken pot pie when we have family over

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                                                                                                      1. re: cheesymama
                                                                                                        TerryG Feb 1, 2011 08:21 PM

                                                                                                        Campari tomatoes (the only decent ones in my area available in the winter)
                                                                                                        Berries -- the blackberries are usually the best deal
                                                                                                        Haricot Vert
                                                                                                        Spring mix or Romaine hearts
                                                                                                        Mushrooms - button and baby portabellas
                                                                                                        Lamb chops
                                                                                                        Rotisserie chicken (often)
                                                                                                        Marconi almonds
                                                                                                        Cream puffs (our store still has them, but in a smaller package
                                                                                                        Aidells chicken meatballs
                                                                                                        Lobster or crab dip
                                                                                                        Fresh salmon
                                                                                                        Smoked salmon
                                                                                                        Their chocolate layer cake (not the sheet cake)
                                                                                                        Brownie Bites
                                                                                                        Sometimes the Kettle chips
                                                                                                        Cheese: Brie, Comte, and fresh Parmesan
                                                                                                        Large size Pom Juice (refrigerated section)
                                                                                                        Their lentil thingee - somewhere between a soup and a stew - V.good
                                                                                                        Quiches and stuffed grape leaves in the refrigerated section. Grape leaves are particularly good if they have them
                                                                                                        Texmati brown rice
                                                                                                        Manitou dried mushroom blend
                                                                                                        Vanilla extract
                                                                                                        Frozen shrimp wonton soup with noodles

                                                                                                        For the Dogs
                                                                                                        Kirkland Weight Control dog food
                                                                                                        Kingdom Pets Chicken Jerky
                                                                                                        Pig Ears ( but haven't seen them lately)

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