I've been asked before if Costco is cost-effective for a two-person household. Though my impression is that it definitely is, I've never done the math before. Given the current emphasis on saving money, I thought I'd do that exercise now.
Today, I went to Costco. I bought most of the staples we buy there regularly, as we hadn't been in months. This is what I came home with:
Here you see:
- Two whole organic fryer chickens, $21.25
- Three Amy's Organics spinach pizzas, $13.99
- Two large jars of Jif peanut butter, $8.99
- A dozen Einstein's cinnamon raisin bagels, $4.99
- A dozen organic Jonagold apples, $6.79
- A bag of mini tricolor sweet peppers, $3.79
- A 190-ct bottle of glucosamine condtroitin, $23.45
- A large jar of pesto, $7.49
- A large tub of Sabra hummus, $5.99
- A big jug of white vinegar, $3.29
- A two pack of organic spinach ravioli, $8.89
- Two big bags of Stacy's pita chips, $5.69 each
- A four-pack of organic chicken broth, $9.99
- A block of sharp Tillamook cheddar, $7.49
- Two pounds of Parmesan, $17.97
- A five-pack of celebration crackers, $7.69
- A 25 lb bag of cat food (not pictured), $14.69
- A 10 lb bag of baking soda (not pictured), $5.69
Was my trip cost-effective? Well, if I'm comparing it to not buying convenience items at all, probably not. But frankly, we're gonna eat some convenience foods. So let's compare some of those:
The cheapest I've seen Amy's spinach pizzas is about $6 at Target, and they are much more than that at our regular co-op. 3 for $13.99 makes them less than $5 each.
Costco's pesto is marvelously cheap for the quality. I've paid that much or close to it for 1/4 that much or less before, and Costco's quality is better. Same thing with hummus. Sabra is my favorite brand, and it costs about 1/2 what that giant tub costs to get 1/4 that much in a regular grocery store.
The prices on basics are pretty good, too. Cheapest vinegar and baking soda I've found, and definitely the cheapest-for-the-quality cat food.
Yep. My two-person household gets their money's worth at Costco. What about you?