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What I Buy at Costco

I am excited to share the items that I most frequently buy at Costco for my family.   This is not an all-inclusive list.  These are the items that work well for my family and we enjoy.  There are numerous other pre-made items but we have not discovered any that enough of us like.  I will update this periodically as I find more of those items.  I would love to hear if your family has favorites (leave a comment below)!  Included are some easy shortcut meal ideas, but you can find a full post here with more detail.    Below are visuals as well as a list, but you can also print the entire visual PDF here.

Costco Bread, Bakery, & Beverages Items - photo

Bakery, Beverages & Breakfasts

  • Stonefire Naan Bread
  • Stonefire Naan Dippers 
  • Pepperidge Farm 15 Grain Bread (2 loaves – kid’s preference)
  • Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced (my favorite)
  • Artisan Rolls (great for sausage & peppers, meatball subs, steak sandwiches etc….)
  • Mission 8 inch Tortillas (36)
  • Thomas’ English Muffins (18)
  • Cookies, Muffins & Cakes: (not pictured) 
    • Cakes: I have tasted the chocolate cake – decent and great for big kids parties (they can put a picture on it for you)
    • Chocolate Chip Cookies and Variety Pack – great big cookies for kids parties, BBQs, potlucks…
    • Muffins – I have never bought.  They would probably be good for a large gathering or a brunch but do not look healthy.
  • One Degree Organic Oats (certified Gluten Free if you need)
  • Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (buy on a more regular basis) 
  • Cereals: They have a large selection of cereals, but I actually do not find those prices to be competitive to local store sales.  
  • Polar Seltzers (these are our favorite, but they do have numerous other brands)
  • Vitamin Water (they have a variety of sports drinks and find the prices to be great on them)
  • Beer (not exact one picture because they rotate but they have some great local IPAs)

Costco Dairy - photo

Dairy & Eggs 

They have numerous brands of yogurt and milks (including oat) this is just what we buy on a regular basis.  Additionally, not pictured I rotate buying a Stonyfield Yogurt Item: smoothie, fruit and veggie pouch or yogurt tube.  

  • Organic Milk
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • Kirkland Signature 3 Cage Free Eggs (they sell regular and organic as well)
  • Kirkland Unsalted Butter
  • Activia Yogurts or a Stonyfield Yogurt Item (see above)
  • Fage Greek Yogurt
  • Kirkland Manchego & or Switzerland Gruyere (not pictured)- this is great for parties / snack trays 
  • Polly-O String Cheese (large quantity!)
  • Shredded Milk Cheddar (this comes in 2 bags and I freeze the 2nd bag until I am ready to use)
  • Shredded Mozzarella (this comes in 2 bags and I freeze the 2nd bag until I am ready to use)
  • Cello Pecorino Romano
  • Bel Brands Mini Babybel

Costco Meat & Seafood - photo

Meat & Seafood

Note: I have never bought the salmon but I have heard it is good from others.  I actually do not like salmon, just Chris and the boys do sometimes so I buy at Whole Foods.

  • Columbus Turkey Bacon
  • Kirkland Regular Cooked Bacon (pre-made is so great and less messy)
  • Kirkland Beef Hot Dogs
  • Organic Kirkland Ground Beef (85% lean)
  • Butterball Ground Turkey
  • Organic Kirkland Chicken Breasts
  • Organic Kirkland Chicken Thighs
  • Swift Pork Tenderloins
  • Kirkland Boneless Short Ribs
  • Kirkland Skirt Steak
  • Kirkland Beef Tenderloin
  • Kirkland Beef Top Sirloin
  • Kirkland Farm Raised Tilapia Loins (frozen)
  • Perdue Panko Nuggets (frozen) my children prefer these
  • Just Bare Chicken Breast Chunks  – I like these better (frozen).  ** This is also a great short-cut meal purchase.  See this post for ideas.
  • Kirkland Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

Costco Short-cut Meal Items - Photo

Short-Cut Easy Meat Purchases

See my Costco Meal Ideas Post here for more details.

  • Amylu Garlic Asiago Chicken Sausage 
  • Cuisine Solutions Grass Fed Beef:
    • Roast a veggie (broccoli, string beans, asparagus and warm this up for the last 5 minutes of roasting time – serve alone or as a sandwich with Costco pesto on Costco artisan rolls.  
    • Warm it up and serve over one of their great salad bags (they have numerous options).
  • Cuisine Solutions Grilled Chicken (not pictured) 
    • Meal Ideas same as Beef above
  • Shredded Chicken 
    • Check out all of my shredded chicken meal ideas here.
  • Amylu Organic Paleo Italian Meatball
    • Warm up in your slow cooker with Raos sauce for a super easy meal.  You can do it with pasta or keep it super simple and serve as subs on the Costco Artisan Rolls.  I love doing this with their Caesar Salad Bags.
  • West End Cuisine Grilled Chicken Skewers 
  • Kirkland Street Taco Kit 
    • I normally pick up some corn to go with (they have frozen and fresh corn).
  • Amylu Chicken Burgers
    • Heat these up on a sheet pan while you roast a veggie (string beans, Brussels, broccoli, asparagus, peppers….) and serve on an English muffin or artisan roll
  • Amylu Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs
    • Saute broccoli, string beans or asparagus, then add the meatballs & Kinder’s Teriyaki Sauce and heat on medium low for 10-15 mins.  Serve with the bibigo sticky rice or frozen cauliflower rice.
    • Or place a veggie of choice on a sheet pan with meatballs and mix with 1 cup of the kinder’s Teriyaki sauce for about 20-25 minutes at 400.  Serve over bibigo sticky rice or frozen cauliflower rice.
  • Kevin’s Korean BBQ Steak 
    • Saute broccoli, string beans or asparagus and then add the beef in and follow the remainder of the heating instructions.  Serve with the bibigo sticky rice or frozen cauliflower rice.
  • Bare Frozen Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks (not pictured above – in frozen) – these are great as salad toppers (I really enjoy almost all of the bagged salads at Costco) or in wraps with your favorite sauce (bbq, buffalo, ranch….).

Costco Frozen Foods - photo

Frozen (also helpful for short-cut meals)

  • Riced Cauliflower (comes separated in 1 lb bag) – great short cut side dish.  It can be microwaved, but I prefer to saute it if I have time.  I often make this for myself when my children have regular rice.  
  • Frozen Blueberries (they also have other frozen fruit and blends this is what I buy most often).
  • Organic Super Smoothie – not an all the time by but we like!
  • Dr. Praegers Veggie Burgers – these are great for lunches.  4 out of 5 of us enjoy them or for when we are having regular burgers and 1 or 2 of us don’t want meat.  
  • Frozen Vegetables: Broccoli, Peas, Corn – the broccoli comes in separate 1 lb bags that I find helpful.  They also have other blends, but my children do not like enough in the mixes.  
  • Eggos (these are not an all the time buy for us but I do stock the freezer about 2-3x a year with them because the ingredient list is fairly simple and they are great quick breakfast (especially with Peanut Butter for protein).
  • As seen above but wanted to repeat here:
    • Bare Chicken Breast Chunks toss with bbq sauce, buffalo sauce or ranch to make a quick wrap, or great as a salad topper with one of their bagged mixes (I have found almost all of the salad mixes great). 
    • Perdue Chicken Nuggets – kids favorite 
    • Tilapia Loins – top with their pesto and roast for 15 minutes for an easy fish sandwich or roast with a veggie and serve over one of their many grain options.

Costco Pantry - photo

Costco Pantry - photo

Canned Goods, Pantry and Dry Goods

A lot of these last a long time – some I buy once a year, other items are every 6 months and others are about every 3 months.  

  • Kirkland Organic Chicken Stock
  • Green Valley Organic Pumpkin Puree (seasonal)
  • Kirkland Organic Tomato Paste
  • Kirkland Organic Tomato Sauce
  • Goya Black Beans
  • Goya Chickpeas
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Japanese BBQ Sauce (great for easy slow cooker chicken)
  • Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar
  • Raos Sauce 
  • Organic Pasta (love the unique shapes)
  • Banza Pasta (for those GF)
  • Near East Rice Pilaf
  • Bibigo Sticky White Rice
  • Kirkland Organic Quinoa 
  • Heinz Simple Ketchup
  • Kirkland Almond Flour
  • Kirkland Cinnamon
  • Kirkland Hemp Hearts
  • Nature’s Intent Organic Chia Seeds
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray
  • Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
  • Kirkland Organic Coconut Oil
  • Kirkland Pure Vanilla 
  • Love Beets Organic Cooked Beets
  • Kirkland Almond Butter
  • Kirkland Maple Syrup
  • Kirkland  Natural Peanut Butter
  • PB Fit
  • Bonne Maman Four Fruits Preserves 
  • Honey
  • Organic Sugar
  • Kinder’s Teriyaki (not pictured) – they had this and now I have not been able to find it back at Costco.  We really enjoyed it as a chicken marinade or with the teriyaki meatballs.  You can find on amazon.

Snacks, Dried Fruit & Nuts - photo

Costco Snacks, Dried Fruit & Nuts that I buy - photo

Snacks, Candy, Nuts

Not pictured they have a great price on chia seeds and hemp seeds but the package is too big for me so I buy at trader joes instead.  Additionally they have a great price on Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers but since we are not Gluten Free and my children cannot take to school I don’t purchase.  

  • Sunmaid Raisins
  • That’s It Bars
  • Applesauce Squeeze Pack
  • Bare Apple Chips
  • Kirkland Dried Plums
  • Sunny Fruit Organic SunDried Pitted Dates
  • Kirkland Unsweetened Dried Mango
  • Kirkland Almonds
  • Kirkland Walnuts
  • Kirkland Shelled Pistachios
  • Kirkland Super Extra Large Peanuts
  • Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps
  • Skinnypop
  • Schwartz Brothers Everything Bagel Bagel Chips
  • Pirate’s Booty
  • Garden Life Veggie Straws
  • Harvest Snaps Green Pea Snacks
  • Food Should Taste Good MultiGrain Tortilla
  • Belvita Breakfast Crackers
  • Kirkland Peanut Butter Pretzels (these are addicting and delicious and I only buy as a treat)
  • Cliff Kid Zbar
  • Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars

Costco Produce - photo

Costco Produce - photo


  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Celery Sticks
  • Corn
  • Cucumber (3 pack of English)
  • Good Foods Avocado Mash
  • Green Beans
  • Green Seedless Grapes
  • Hass Avocados
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Mixed Bell Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Potatoes (by the Little Potato Company)
  • Raspberries
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Salad Kits (Caesar, Kale, Everything Seasoning, Mediterranean)
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Red Cherries
  • Tomatoes (grape & gourmet medley)

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