I've had a Costco membership for ages, but I had become disillusioned with Costco during my switch to a healthier lifestyle. Such huge packages of processed quick meals, inferior produce and factory meat. It just didn't jive with what I was learning and applying. I would still go for toilet paper and the optical department but really didn't buy food there much anymore.
But recently Costco has stepped up their game. The produce department has been expanded to include many exotic and organic options. The meat department has started carrying organic whole chickens, parts and boneless skinless breasts. Even my beloved Laughing Cow Light Swissn (four wheel pack for $7.99) and Pom Wonderful juice (1.77 liter for $9.99.) At a big savings over not only Whole Foods, but Trader Joe's and the regular supermarket.
This is what I picked up on my last trip...
- La Tortilla Factory Smart Carb whole grain tortillas (double pack of 16) for $5.39
- Fruit and nut trail mix (raw walnuts, raw almonds, toasted pistachios, cranberries), one pound bag for $9.29
- Avocados, five huge for $4.99 (I paid $2 each at Whole Foods the previous week and they were much smaller.)
- Bananas, 3 pound bag for $1.47
- Mini-peppers, super sweet, one of my favorite snacks, two pounds for $3.99
- One pound of triple washed organic baby spinach for $3.99
- One pound of triple washed organic mixed baby salad greens for $4.29
- Frozen organic broccoli florets, this stuff is so good, four pounds in a zip top bag for $5.99
- Two pounds of Roma tomatoes for $4.99 (this was the stinker in the bunch, I know better than to buy tomatoes out of season but I couldn't resist.)
- Three pound rotisserie chicken for $4.99
My total after tax, $50.57. That's a lot for the money and everything other than the tomatoes was excellent quality! If you're looking for ways to eat healthier that's wallet friendly, it seems that Costco is becoming very good option.
Do you have a membership to Costco ( or Sam's or BJ's)? If so, is your local store staring to offer healthier options?