The 10 Costco Groceries I’m Buying to Start Off 2023 (They’re All $10 or Less)
If you can just feel your bank account getting lighter as you pull up to Costco, you are not alone. The warehouse giant has earned a reputation for catering to our oversized whims and excessive desires. But there are also plenty of deals to be found within the aisles of our beloved bulk chain. Costco connoisseurs, like myself, know that you can uncover just as many budget-friendly buys — you just need to shop with a keen eye.
Luckily that is exactly what I am here for. As Kitchn’s resident Costco expert, I scour the aisles all month long to find the best buys and smartest shopping tips to share with you. This month I visited Costco with two things in mind: First, I looked for 10 groceries to inspire and nourish me as 2023 begins. Second, I challenged myself to keep the price of each of those groceries to $10 or less.
Turns out, it was all too easy to load up on these smaller-ticket items. These are the budget-friendly finds I am buying to start the new year.
1. Daisy Sour Cream, $4.99 for 3 pounds
An oversized tub of sour cream seems like exactly the kind of purchase that earns an eye roll from non-Costco shoppers. Little do they know that this container of sour cream holds the essential ingredient for weekend breakfasts, family-friendly casseroles, homemade dressings, ingredient substitutes, and more.
2. Earth Farms Organic Brussels Sprouts, $6.49 for 2 pounds
Costco sells salad mixes, lettuces, and a variety of veggies, but the Brussels sprouts are my number-one pick in that department. I like to serve them seared in a cast iron skillet or roasted with lemon and garlic. These versatile sprouts stand in for lettuces in a hearty take on the classic Caesar salad when shredded or for pasta in a veggie-fied cacio e pepe.
3. Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes, $7.99 for 8 (14.5-ounce) cans
4. Kirkland Signature Organic Blueberries, $8.59 for 3 pounds
5. Kirkland Signature Sharp Cheddar Cheese, $6.39 for 2 pounds
6. Dawn Platinum Powerwash $9.99 for 48 ounces
Dawn dish soap has long been my go-to for sparkling silverware. I heard rumblings among current and former Kitchn editorial staffers about the superiority of Dawn’s newish super soap. Unsurprisingly, it was not until Costco started carrying it that I brought the Powerwash multi-pack home. It helped me do holiday dishes in record time and I’ve even started using it to clean in other places around the house.
7. King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, $6.59 for 32 rolls
Hawaiian rolls used to be an occasional purchase, but then I realized I could purchase 32 of these sweet rolls for the same price as a 12-pack from my neighborhood grocer. Now every time I come to Costco, the party rolls find their way to my cart. I’ll use them for lunch-box ham and cheese sandwiches and easy weeknight slider dinners.
8. Cuisine Solutions Sous Vide Sliced Chicken Breast, $7.89 per pound
Chicken breasts are notoriously challenging to cook for the same reasons they’re so appealing for weeknight dinners. The lean and quick-cooking protein often turns out bland, tough, and dry. This year I am making my life easier by stocking up on sous vide chicken breasts. Why is that? They are always perfectly cooked, well-seasoned, and impossibly juicy.
9. Bell Peppers, $6.39 for 6 peppers
10. Meiji Hello Panda, $9.99 for 32 (0.75-ounce) bags
Every grocery haul has to have to a bit of food joy. For me, these bite-sized biscuits filled with creamy chocolate are as fun to look at as they are to eat. Pro tip: Stash a few in your car for unexpected snacking needs.
What groceries are you buying at Costco to kick off the new year? Share your picks in the comments below.