Saving money on household expenses is one of my greatest passions. We can’t lower our mortgage or car payment, but I can control what we pay for groceries and other household needs. I’ve pretty well mastered the art of getting the best deals at the grocery store by using coupons when items are at their rock bottom price. Additionally, I only buy things that are on sale and plan my menu around what I have to work with. But there are a few things that rarely go on sale or that don’t usually have coupons – milk, meat and produce. I’ve seen the price of those items creep up over the past year, and I’ve been searching for ways to save on these essentials.
My husband recently surprised me with a Costco membership. I was excited to see what kind of deals I could get at a large warehouse store! We’ve made a couple trips since joining, and I thought I’d share with you the 5 things I’m enjoying from Costco right now. There are still many things I can get much cheaper at the grocery store, but I’ve found good deals on those non-coupon items.
I picked up a huge package of chicken legs for $.99/lb. That’s the lowest price you’ll see chicken legs or thighs at the grocery store, but the thing I like about this is the packaging. I can take it home and put it right into the freezer with NO prep. There are six individual pouches containing five legs. They also have thighs priced at $.99/lb and boneless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb. That’s a great price! I’ve been pleased with the quality of the meat so far.
2. Ground Turkey
I love to use ground turkey instead of ground beef whenever I can – in tacos, chili, pasta dishes and meatballs. I have a hard time finding it on sale at my grocery store, so you know I grabbed this freezer-ready load of ground turkey for $2.49/lb! It also came in 4 individual packages with a little over 1 1/2 pounds in each of them. And if it matters to you, it’s name brand!
A gallon of milk often costs over $4 at the grocery store. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw gallons of milk for $2.95 at Costco!
4. Salad Mix
I love these big boxes of salad mix. My husband likes to have salad at least once a day, and this is the cheapest route for us with all factors considered. I paid $4.49 for a pound of organic spring mix! A box of this salad lasts over a week in the fridge once opened, and can stay in the fridge unopened for two weeks.
5. Specialty Bread
I grabbed a package that contained two loaves of Pepperidge Farm low fat Cinnamon Raisin bread for $5. I put one loaf in the freezer for later, and set the other loaf out for quick breakfasts this week. It’s delicious! Of course this is not the cheapest bread you can ever buy, but it is a great deal for a name brand convenience breakfast.
Do you shop at Costco (or Sams Club)? I’m still a newbie and I’d love to hear what you purchase there!