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Jan312013

What Organic Items I Buy At Costco

Update 2/13/14: Here are additional posts on organic items I have found at Costco.

New Organic Items I Found At Costco

Organic Coupon Books 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. 

ORGANIC PRODUCE:

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. 

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 $7.29 for two dozen, which is $3.65 a dozen. The average price at my grocery stores are $4.99/dozen, so this is a nice savings. 

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. 

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.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

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.

Costco puts out monthly coupon booklets and instant savings. Every once in a while an organic coupon or deal will be in there. TA few months ago 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?

Reader Comments (28)

I have been putting off joining Costco because of the high membership fee. And actually to be honest I didn't know they had THAT much organic product! I think I may have to check them out when they have another "free" weekend and see what my local stores have :)
January 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina
I shop Costco quite a bit and think for our family it is definitely worth the cost. These are the 5 items I consistently find cheaper than anywhere else: http://thegreenbacksgal.com/5-things-to-buy-at-costco/
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
My Costco doesn't have that many offerings, but I do find it worth the cost of admission.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
Tina, I would definitely check it out if they have a free weekend, then you can see what your Costco offers, since not all stores are the same. That is a great way to see if it would be worth it to you!
February 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterSusan (Organic Deals)
Andrea, awesome! Ours doesn't have the organic maple syrup, but I will keep checking, because that is expensive, and would be great to get for less.
February 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterSusan (Organic Deals)
Amanda, hopefully you will get more organic items at your location, it's a bummer they don't all offer the same stuff.
February 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterSusan (Organic Deals)
The organic strawberry jam/jelly - not sure what it's called - it is our favorite thing. They also have roasted red pepper & tomato soup along with some other organic soups. I don't necessarily think they are the best price, but not bad. I also buy the organic spring mix/organic spinach from the veggie cooler. And we love the two pack of organic Kirkland brand salsa. We add some cilantro, garlic, and habanero peppers to it to get it spicy enough for us - but we could never come close to even buying the tomatoes to make a fresh salsa for the price of it. Although not organic, we buy the Jones Farms natural pork sausage. And the horizon organics half-n-half price is good too.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Great list! I haven't seen any organic cheeses or ground turkey at ours, but I'll definitely be looking for it next time I go! We get many of the items you listed, plus organic chicken stock, organic salsa and wild caught seafood like salmon.
I like the Adam & Eve juices and Bolthouse carrot juice.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
So jealous you get organic blueberries and turkey for Thanksgiving at your Costco. :) We live in MN and I have yet to find organic blueberries at our Costco. They have organic strawberries only during the summer months. We used to have organic raspberries but I have not seen those there for at least a year. Also miss the big bag of frozen organic mixed veggies they used to have. That is one of the frustrating things about Costco, they rotate items out fairly often, unless they are really good sellers.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim N.
Wild blueberries (frozen) that we use in smoothies, Almond Butter, frozen veggie blend, organic salad mix, organic coffee.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
I love Costco for the following:

Organic cascadian farms frozen berries
Organic quinoa
Organic chicken stock
Organic animal cookies
Organic Amy's soups
And there sulfate/sulfite free paraban free shampoo/condition Kirkland brand. ;)
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSassy
Costco is my favorite place to shop for organic items at great prices. They just started carrying canned organic kidney, garbanzo & pinto beans. I literally jumped up and down in the isle! The per can price is less than I can even buy at discount stores when I happen to stumble upon an organic can sale!
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterannette
Costco is totally worth the membership fee! Unfortunately, my local store does not carry most of the organic produce you mentioned. I get organic milk, butter, coffee, sugar, rice, baby carrots, and chicken, and frozen broccoli, blueberries, mixed berries, green beans - plus fresh sliced apples for school snacks. My local BJs has a bigger organic selection than my local Costco but I still love my C.!
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDina
I buy organic canned tomatoes, paste, and sauce, all averaging about 79 cents a can. Organic applesauce packs for lunches are a great buy. 10 lb bag of Lundberg organic rice about 1.09 a lb. Large jars of organic strawberry jam about 7.00. Environmental laundry detergent and dish soap kirkland brand and ecos brand are a great buy. They also carry organic coffee.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
I live in the central valley of California, and I buy organic quinoa, organic frozen blueberries and mixed berries year-round, organic apples in winter and organic grapes in summer. They have organic carrots and celery right now in the cold storage area. I stocked on on fresh organic berries in summer and froze them. Still enjoying the raspberries! I also stock up on organic frozen corn in winter. They don't seem to carry it in summer. They just switched to Kirkland brand organic canned diced tomatoes. I need to check and see if they are BPA-free. Can doesn't say. I pretty much buy only organic there.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJerri
Oh, man!! I WISH our Costco had the frozen organics that yours has!! Ours has a few frozen organics, but even those are hit or miss... they usually have frozen O broccoli, O green beans, O corn, & SOMETIMES have an O frozen mixed veggie bag (carrots, corn, peas?, & grean beans)... they also have other O products. I LOVE their O FRESH veggies too!! They also have a fair amount of gluten free stuff, which is great when I need something I don't have time to make for my G free family, since next to NOTHING is fast when eating G free (at least not until one REALLY gets the hang of it or you buy a bunch of premade stuff that is super expensive).
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE
I may be the only naysayer in this post and I hate to do so, but I believe people deserve to hear both sides. I do not trust Kirkland Organic labels. For years I bought organic eggs, milk, carrots and what ever else I could find. This past fall I received a notice in the mail that there was a class action suit against Costco for falsely labeling "organic products". They weren't organic!! Since then, I have a hard time spending my hard earned money and wondering if it is organic or no. I would rather pay more and be absolutely sure it is organic.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternatalia
I too received the same letter in the mail and was really worried because I have small children and was pregnant at the time. I researched quite a bit to find out exactly what the claim was and how it affected me. Don't be too harsh on Costco as they were only one of many retailers that were involved in this litigation, and they had nothing to do with the production of the products that were being sold. The real perpetrator was the farm that may have been passing their product off as organic when it may not have been. As of Sept there should not be an issue with any of the Kirkland products.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
I too am a naysayer. Not all organic products are what they claim. There are plenty of counterfeits. I purchased some supposedly raw milk organic sharp cheddar last week at a different store. I thoroughly checked the label and still wound up very sick from some unlabeled substance in the mix that they don't have to label if it's less than 2% or considered as part of the packaging. Kirkland brands are notorious for these kind of issues. I'll stick to my known labels for organic cheese like
Organic Valley (some raw milk varieties)
Rumiano (not raw but certified organic, humane and GMO-free)
Kalona Supernatural (not raw but organic, humane, un-homogenized and vat pasteurized at only 145 degrees so very close to raw)

In the Midwest, I can't justify the cost of membership when there aren't that many organic selections. PLUS, I've got Whole Foods, Nature's Grocers, Sprouts and Hy-Vee falling over each other to undercut prices and conveniently located.

I can't wait for my local farmers markets to open up in April! One ran until Thanksgiving and another is only closed between Feb-April. And this is KC.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchristine
Cant believe the high prices you pay at COSTCO ... I thought they were a discount house!?!

I get all those items cheaper buying the new Simple Truth Organics at Kroger. It is usually so cheap, I can't use coupons with any other brand and beat their prices and they make almost everything. For example, I can get a package of Spring Mix salad, for about 1 dollar cheaper that I can find Earthbound Spring-Mix. So, I just watch out for their in-stare deals.
February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
When we want to buy some organic foods then we should be careful while dealing with the importance of the foods. We need to very selective while choosing organic foods otherwise it could be dangerous sometimes. People will definitely go for these types of foods as these are healthy. I would definitely go for it.
May 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLewis16
I have been a member of Costco for years and have the Executive Membership which I believe the membership is $100 a year. Each year I will get a couple worth 2% of my purchases which I use to offset membership cost. In most cases the coupon is worth more than membership cost.

I regularly buy organic butter, milk and eggs. Bought some organic apples recently that were delicious. Went back for more and they were gone.
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Does Costco take coupons (other than their own)?
May 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTodd
Todd, no they only take their own :(

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