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Costco and Healthy Foods

Posted Jan 24 2010 3:21pm

When it comes to shopping for healthy and organic foods, I’ve heard many people complain about the price, stating that it is much more expensive than unhealthy foods.  Sure, Whole Foods may not be cheap, but there are many other stores that provide you with healthy options that won’t break the bank. One in particular with which I’ve fallen in love is Costco.

A lot of people argue that being a member isn’t worth it because they could never go through the amount of food you have to buy, but Costco’s offerings are making it more and more worth the price of admission every week.  I’ve been a member of Costco for the last few years and I constantly stumble upon healthy items that make me more and more appreciative of the $50 fee.

When you buy these products at Costco, organic and healthy foods become 30 – 50% cheaper than in regular supermarkets…making them competitive to non-organic and unhealthier foods. And for those of you who are afraid of not going through what you buy, I find that in my household of only two people, we EASILY go through the foods that are perishable within two-to-three weeks, while those that aren’t perishable, or have long shelf lives are consumed within a reasonable amount of time.  Since each region’s local supermarkets’ prices vary, I’ve listed our own personal savings within the Boston region.

Product Amount you Purchase Savings
Organic Milk
Whole and 1%
3-1/2 Gallon Containers 25% – 30%
Large Brown Grade A Eggs
2 Dozen Eggs 30%
Organic Milled Flaxseed
32 Ounces 20%
Organic Blue Agave Nectar
2 Bottles of 23.5 Ounces 50%
Flax Bran Flakes
44 Ounce Bag 50%
Plain Greek Yogurt 0% Fat (Fat-Free)
32 ounces 50%
Go Lean Crunchy Nutrition Bars
24 Bars 40%
Short Grain Brown Rice
12 lb. Bag 50%
Organic Quinoa
4 lb. Bag 50%
Organic Burritos
8 – 6 ounce Burritos 65%
Single Serve Flavored Yogurts – Variety Pak
12 Single-Serve Containers 40%

Truth is, you can purchase a lot of healthy foods at Costco.   There are many others that I didn’t even mention (including produce, canned beans and spices…all healthy!). The point is, that if you want to eat healthy, but want to save money, think about getting a membership to Costco. I am not familiar with BJs or Sam’s Club, but I would imagine they would also carry some fantastic products to remain competitive.

Do you shop at Costco? What healthy foods have you found?

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