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Well, my Costco membership is about to expire. I really don't use it much. Before I make the final decision not to renew, I am wondering if you buy any (and what) raw food ingredients there. Keep in mind this could *possibly* be a good resource for me in the winter for fresh fruits and veggies etc. as I live in MI and do not have access to farmer's markets.... that would be super cold! ;)
I haven't really priced Costco out in the winter. If anyone has and more info for me that would be awesome like: do they have dates and other dried fruits, raw nuts, frozen fruit, almond butter, preferably all organic etc.
How are the prices?
I haven't had much of a chance to check Costco while I have had my membership because my health hasn't been the best and I have had a hard time walking (long story short...I know...you totally want to know the story of my life!! LOL)
Thanks in advance for all of your help!! You all RAWk!!
The cheapest organic spinach I can find is sold at Costco; it is significantly cheaper (at least half the price of anywhere else. Their pineapples are ginormous and again half the price of anywhere else, and nothing sweetens a smoothy better than pineapple. And if you find it hard to face peeling and chopping pineapple first thing in the morning, you can buy fresh pre-peeled and cut into spears pineapple in the refrigerator section. It costs a bit more than fresh pineapple, but it is a great alternative when in a hurry. Grapefruits are another item that is sold at a decent price. And kiwis not bad.
Not all their produce is a good price, and some comes from places where heavier pesticides are used, so caution is warranted. All in all, I consider it worth it to have a membership.
I get 10 pounds of (organic) carrots for less than half of what it costs at the regular store.
I get MOST of my greens for about half less (organic)
sometimes they organic oranges, when they do, they are the same price as the regualr ones.
I get some but butters that are really cheap also.
Our membership has 2 cards, and I split one with my mom. So in theory it would cost me $25 a year, but I think shes paid my half the last year... We also used to have kids in diapers, this was a huge saving also. Just the food alone I think I would pay for my half of the card in one month though. They have a pretty full produce section even in the winter here and a lot of organic. SOme things that are not on the dirty dozen that I dont or cant get organic I will also get at costco at a huge saving. My kids drink soy milk, we get it organic there for 1/3 what we would pay otherwise..
Thank you so much for the input! I'm going to have to go do some shopping! I think I have another week before my membership expires. That will give me a better idea, I hope!!
I appreciate all your help! I'm trying to save as much cash as I can. I'm the only one who eats RAW in our family of 5. We all eat healthy, but my hubby and kids eat meat (mostly chicken & Turkey) a few nights a week and lots of dairy so it definitely adds up! Our produce bill is through the roof! It's ok , right? ;)