Hi everyone. Happy Friday! Anyone else as excited for the weekend as I am? We have decided to simplify a bit this weekend, with only one “main event” each weekend day. Graham has his last day of soccer tomorrow, which means practice, a game, trophies, and a carnival complete with bounce houses and hot dogs. Sunday will be church followed by brunch at my parents’ house. Then lots of love to Nathan for Father’s Day. We are hoping to sneak in a family movie night on Saturday, so the kids and I will be headed to the library tomorrow afternoon to pick out some options. LOVE the library! Anyway, after that super long intro, let’s get to the point of this post – Costco! I am probably one of the last people to jump on the Costco train, but we now have one within 5 minutes of our house (which is dangerous…) So we joined this year, and I’ve been having so much fun exploring and finding new fun things to try each week. Nathan calls these impulse buys, but whatever So I’m dedicating this post to our current favorite Costco finds. PLEASE tell me what you love at Costco – I’m always up to try something new!
Nut butters! They have a great selection of nut butters, and SO MUCH cheaper than the grocery store. Bonus that the peanut butter is organic. My sister told me about a seasonal product that is a healthier version of Nutella. So I have been checking weekly to see when it comes in. I have a feeling it will become a new obsession in our house.
Naan bread. I saw these on another blog, and had to try them. I guess you could classify this under “impulse buys.” But they taste amazing toasted with butter and jelly, and I made mini pizzas for the kids with just adding pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella.
Has anyone else noticed how expensive avocados have become? They cost like $2 a piece at the grocery store. We go through at least 1 avocado a day in our house, so this was becoming an expensive habit. Costco sells 6 avocados for $9 which is quite a steal. And my trick for making avocados last – leave them on your counter until they are juuuuust about ripe, then put them in the fridge. That definitely makes them last longer. Avocados go rotten so quickly!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of chips. When I did a detox/cleanse diet a few years ago I was able to kick my sugar cravings, but something in me still feels the need for salty, crunchy goodness. I feel like these are a better option, and the price for this huge bag was awesome!
Pistachios! In trying to kick my “I need to eat some type of chip everyday” habit, I purchased these. Wow, they are amazing! And just the amount of crunch and salty to satisfy those cravings. Nathan and the kids love them as well, and we go through these big bags pretty quickly. I also have a good recipe for goat cheese, honey mustard, pistachio baked chicken that I need to share with you guys. And with this bag, no shelling necessary.
This has become a weekly purchase for me. This entire bag is only $4.99, and is enough to make 10 salads plus some leftover to be added to smoothies. This will at least hold us over until Nathan can harvest the greens from our garden. Edited to add: in taking the “garden tour” with Nathan last night he informed me I won’t need to buy greens for quite awhile. Collards, baby kale, spinach, bib lettuce – even the broccoli plant leaves. I wish we had a juicer, as we’re going to be swimming in produce this summer!
I brought these home last week, and you would have thought we told the kids we were going to Disney for the reaction it got. They both love bringing these to school for snacks (especially Reagan, who would live off of yogurt if we let her).
Our kids love raw veggies, and if you bring out any type of dip they will devour whatever we give them. So these have been great to keep in the fridge for an evening when the kids need something to snack on with their veggies before dinner is ready. Bonus that it’s organic!
Anyone else grow up on these? I love them, but they are really expensive in the grocery store (and a small bag only has like 5 cheeses in it). You can buy these in a huge bag at Costco for way cheaper. These go in the kids’ lunch bags or is added to a lunch on the weekends.
We use A LOT of butter in our house, so buying it in bulk at Costco just made sense. This brand is really good, and the butter is made from milk that comes from grass-fed cows.
Frozen fruit! I am a huge fan of cherries, but unless it’s the middle of summer and they are on sale, they are super expensive to buy (or the grocery store just doesn’t carry them). Buying them frozen makes so much sense, and I add these to my smoothies everyday. It tastes like I am drinking a chocolate covered cherry!
Again, another product that we go through so quickly in our house that buying in bulk is a much better option. We priced it out, and this is way cheaper than anything Nathan could find online. Score! I also use this to remove my eye makeup, and we add it to our regular lotion in the winter months when our skin is super dry. Coconut oil really is the best!
This is Reagan’s favorite thing now, and she drinks a glass with breakfast most mornings. You can buy the individual bottles at Costco, but buying in this big container is more economical. I love this too if I need a quick pick-me-up in the afternoons and don’t want an official “snack.” Wednesday morning we were all out, and Reagan said “that’s okay, Mommy – you can just go to Costco to buy more.” Smart girl
So that’s what we are loving from Costco so far. We found youth kayaks there for only $99 each (complete with paddle) so we’ll probably be going back to buy those for the kids’ birthdays. With their birthdays just a week apart in July, they generally get similar presents. And we’ll probably give them to them early so we can have a family paddle over 4th of July. And with that, Reagan and I are off to cuddle my newest nephew (just a few weeks old) and play with his older brother. And this is Graham’s last Friday at school, so starting next week he’ll be joining the girls on our Friday adventures. Bring on the summer!