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How I Shop at Costco for Just the Two of Us

Jul 15, 2023 | Food and Kitchen, Featured, Home

It’s just my husband and me, but we make good use of our Costco membership!  Here’s how I shop at Costco (or any membership warehouse) when it’s just the two of us! The key to shopping at warehouse stores when it’s just you or just the two of you is to purchase items that can be frozen or that are shelf stable for a long time.

What you purchase with your Costco membership will vary based on your needs.  (This post is not sponsored, I promise!) Here’s what we usually get:

Pantry Items

• Granola bars and trail mix

• Single serving snack packs

• Good olive oil and the black pepper grinders

• Cases of regular size canned goods. (For us that’s corn, diced tomatoes, and tuna fish or salmon.)

• Multi packs of larger bottles/cans if it’s something I can freeze. For instance, I’ll buy whole peeled tomatoes in a large can and put any extra in deli containers in the freezer.

• Canned and bottled beverages like soda and sparkling water.

Fridge Items

• Crumbled Feta and Parmesan cheese. (The cost savings is multiple dollars and they hold up well in the fridge.)

• Rotisserie Chicken – If you have a Costco, they have the BEST rotisserie chickens. They are much larger than your usual, grocery store rotisserie chickens and are $4.99. I’ll buy one or two at a time, pull it apart, and put most of the chicken in the freezer. (If you’re like me and always forget to thaw items in advance, try spreading cooked meat in a single layer in a freezer bag and laying in the freezer flat. This way you can just break off a section and it thaws quickly!)

Freezer Items

• Frozen veggies

• Frozen lasagnas (I like to keep one in the freezer as “insurance”)

• Frozen prepared items – lately we’ve been loving the Tattooed Chef brand Street Corn and the Tortilla Crusted Tilapia.

Household Items

• Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins

• Dishwasher detergent packets, hand soap

• Clothing for my husband.  Costco has a great selection of basics and his favorite disc golf shorts are all from Costco!

Is there anything you DON’T buy at Costco?

At this point you’re probably saying wondering if there’s anything we DON’T buy at Costco!  And the answer is yes. Costco and other warehouse stores tend to have a limited selection of brands and types of products so obviously there are things we can’t find there or a brand preference that we can’t indulge at Costco.

Additionally, we found that will never get through one of those giant bags of chips before it goes bad so unless we’re having a party or some thing we don’t spend money on those. The same goes for dairy products (except for the two cheeses I mentioned) and specialty sauces, as well as spices, baking supplies, and produce. I’m also fairly wary of trying things that I’m not sure I like because I don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of food I won’t end up enjoying.

Bulk items can add up quickly in cost and I try to keep our Costco trips under $150 so I only buy 5 to 10 items each time I’m there. I try to only go twice a month.  (I’m not always successful!) Even after paying the membership fee, we have found that shopping at Costco is a way that we can wisely steward our finances, even though it’s just the two of us!

LL author bio shots _It's just my husband and me, but we make good use of our Costco membership!  Here's how I shop at Costco (or any membership warehouse) when it's just the two of us! The key to shopping at warehouse stores when it's just you or just the two of you is to purchase items that can be frozen or that are shelf stable for a long time.

Amy Lawson is a photographer, creative, and the editor of Lily & Lydia.  When she’s not turning hobbies into businesses, Amy enjoys spending time with family, reading, crafting, and planning future travels.  She currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Brian.

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Love it!!!! Thank you so much. Lots of ideas and helpful tips.

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