Update 2/13/14: Here are additional posts on organic items I have found at Costco.
When you think of Costco, you probably don't think of organic like you do when you think of Whole Foods. While they don't have a ton of organic products, there are quite a few and I personally think it is worth it to check them out.
There are a few items that I typically buy at Costco because they tend to be the cheapest on a consistent basis.
There are times I can get these items cheaper at other stores with coupons, but when I can't, I will get them at Costco. Note: the price of a regular membership at Costco is $55 a year. You will need to add that in to your budget to see if these deals would be a savings for you.
I typically buy organic frozen broccoli and some organic frozen fruit blends at Costco. The selection changes sometimes and so do the brand labels. Sometimes they are relatively well known organic brands, like Earthbound Farm and other times they are labeled under the "Kirkland" brand.
Sometimes they will have organic berries (strawberries, blueberries etc). These come along randomly and I never know when they will be available, so I always check their refrigerator section to see what they might have. We go through these fast enough to not waste them, but take the amount in to consideration, because they do come in "buy in large" packages, you could also freeze them if you won't eat them quick enough or share with a neighbor.
Berries are always the cheapest when they are in season. This picture was taken in January, therefore, they have a higher price tag than they will in April-June, but this is still cheaper that the price at my local grocery store. I have seen organic strawberries for $8.99/lb off season, which is just crazy.
ORGANIC MEAT & DAIRY
Organic Eggs are not a bad deal. I pay $6.99 for two dozen, which is $3.50 a dozen. The average price at my grocery stores are $4.99/dozen, so this is a ngood deal.
Organic Butter is also a good deal. $7.89 for 2 lbs or $3.94 a pound. The cheapest time of the year to buy butter is November/December, and this year, the best sales price I saw at my grocery stores was $3.99/lb. If you have a coupon during a sale then you can do better than Costco, but if you need some now, Costco is usually the best deal.
Note: As of January 2015, the prices of the butter have increased to $8.29 at my stores due to an increase in the demand for organic milk products, and a supply that cannot keep up with demand.
I also get all of my Organic Ground Beef at Costco. It is $4.49/lb there, which is almost half of what I can get it for at our Vons/Safeway store. They charge $7.99/lb. Not all ground beef is created equal however, so it may be worth it to you to pay the higher price elsewhere or for my vegetarian/vegan readers, not at all.
Costco also offers organic ground turkey, organic whole chickens and organic chicken breasts. All of these are cheaper than I can get at my local stores and even cheaper than the military commissary! The chicken breast is $4.99/lb at my location. A whole $2 cheaper a pound than my other stores. During Thanksgiving, they also offer organic turkeys for $2.99/lb, cheapest I have seen so far.
Organic Cheese, when Costco has it, it usually much cheaper as well. Cheese in general is really expensive, so being able to save a few dollars on this item is always helpful. At my local natural food stores organic cheese is $5.99 for 8 oz! The organic cheese above is $2.50 for 8 oz, half the price!
Cheese selection changes, so don't expect it to always be there. The cheddar above is no longer at my store, now they have sliced organic Colby. I also have never seen organic feta or any of those types of cheese, but I always check, because you never know what you might find.
Next time you are in Costco, look around for organic products. You might be surprised at what you find. Recently I found Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base for $6.79 for a 16oz glass container. This is double the size of their regular containers that sell for $3.99 at my local military Commissary.
I've also seen Nutiva organic coconut oil for $17.49 on sale for a 78 oz jar!
Costco puts out monthly coupon booklets and instant savings. Every once in a while an organic coupon or deal will be in there. For example, one month it was $2.40 off Harry's Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. Make sure to check online before you go, get the Costco app or check the mail for the booklet to see what the current offers are.
What items do you buy at Costco? Do you think it is worth the memberhip fee?