When I do visit, I do my best to balance out browsing and sticking to my list. Much like a trip to Target, it's hard to get out of a Costco store for less than $100 if you're not careful. And while I spent $109 on today's trip, it was at least mostly intentional. But I love coming across products I wasn't expecting to find- and I have a hard time passing them up. One of my favorite things about Costco is that it's totally possible to walk out of there with healthy, quality products at reasonable prices.
Today's trip yielded just one unexpected find, but it was a good one. Hank LOVES beets. I like them just a little bit, so I usually don't end up buying them since I'm the one who does most of our grocery shopping. They are also a big pain to peel, which is another big reason that we don't get them very often. But as I was browsing the aisles of prepared foods (I really don't know what they call that section- but you can find cheeses, spreads and other random meat products there), I saw a container of organic beets, peeled, for $7.99. Considering how many were in the package, it seemed like a pretty decent deal to me, so in the cart they went.
The whole reason I went to Costco in the first place was to get butternut squash, so I was relieved to see that they still had the 2 lb. containers of peeled and cubed organic squash that I got last year, for just $3.99 a container. If you've ever peeled and cubed a butternut squash yourself, then you know what a pain it is. Like, an hour's worth of time kind-of pain. I'll gladly pay $4 a container to have someone else do it for me. Since the weather is finally starting to feel like fall here in Austin, I wanted to make a Butternut Squash Galette for Sunday dinner so this helped me get it together much faster.
Among the other items that I put in my cart:
Ultra Clean Free & Clear laundry detergent (2 168oz bottles) $13.99
Paper towels (12 count) $14.99
Kirkland Ultra Soft Toilet Paper (30 count) $14.99
Non-GMO, organic tofu (3 pack) $4.49
Organic spinach $4.49
Raspberries (12 oz) $2.99
Mixed Bell Peppers (6 count) $5.99
Kirkland Unsalted Butter (4 boxes) $7.89
Stay tuned this week to see what I made for our lunches with some of these items. I picked up a lot of squash- and we need to eat it somehow. I'm curious to know from other Costco shoppers- what are some of your favorite items?