Costco vs. Walmart: Where are the Best Organic Prices?

Costco vs Walmart: Who has the best organic prices on items like milk, eggs, butter, and chicken?

I’m a huge Costco fan. I love their organic selection and find their prices to be worth the membership cost.

But recently, Walmart announced they were going to drive down organic food costs.

I don’t shop Walmart. There is whole backstory there that involves my living in a small town in Texas and Walmart being the only store within a 3 hour radius. Once I moved to where I had more options, I’ve embraced those options.

But, what I learned in those 3 years in Texas, is I can really appreciate those readers who write to me complaining that they simply don’t have many organic options where they live.

Which brings me back to Walmart.

Is Walmart really driving down organic prices?

I strolled the aisles of Walmart noting the organic selection and pricing, then popped over to Costco to do the same.

Where are the best organic prices?

organic prices

The items I compared are items I felt most families purchase regularly.

Great Value is the Walmart brand and Kirkland Signature is the Costco brand. If a store brand was available, I looked at the store brand pricing.

Since you have to purchase larger quantities at Costco, I tried to address that in the pricing I compared.

Walmart pricing is in black, Costco pricing is in red.


Walmart: Great Value Organic Milk $3.68/half gallon
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Milk $3.29/half gallon must buy 3 for an out of pocket cost of $9.89

Walmart: Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk $11.58/12 pack single serve. Comes to $0.96 each
Costco: Kirkland Signature Chocolate Milk $7.94/12 must buy 24 pack at $15.89. Comes to $0.66 each


Walmart: Great Value Organic Eggs $4.38/dozen
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs $3.50/dozen comes in 2 dozen for an out of pocket expense of $6.99 


Walmart: Horizon Organic Butter $5.08/lb
Costco: Kirkland Signature Organic Butter $3.85/lb must buy 2 pounds of an out of pocket expense of $7.69

Walmart: Spectrum Coconut Oil $6.98/14 oz or $0.50/oz
Costco: Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $21.49/78 oz or just $0.28/oz


Walmart: Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola $3.28/11.5 oz box or $0.29 per oz
Costco: Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Granola $7.79/35.3 oz box or $0.22 per oz


Walmart: Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar $1.56/box
Costco: Annie’s Organic Shells & Real Aged Cheddar $15.99/15 boxes or $1.06/box


Walmart: Harvestland Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.98/lb
Costco: Coleman Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.99/lb


Walmart: Marketside Organic Baby Spinach $4.98/10 oz
Costco: Organic Baby Spinach $3.99/16 oz


The only exception is on boneless, skinless chicken breasts where Walmart is $0.01 cheaper per pound. One. lousy. penny.

If you are looking to feed your family an organic diet but need to stay on a budget, Costco appears to be the clear winner to me.

Ibotta App Now Works at Costco!

ibotta app

Have you downloaded the Ibotta App to your smartphone yet?

If not, and you shop at Costco, you might just want to! Ibotta is now rewarding you for redeeming offers at Costco.

There are currently two offers available for Costco Shoppers:

  • Earn $2.00 when you buy Silk Pure Almond
  • Earn $1.75 when you buy Silk Organic Soymilk

You will find these offers under “store extras” on your app.

More Good News! All new users who sign up for Ibotta can earn up to $10 in Welcome Bonuses within 2 weeks of registering.

  • Redeem any two offers within the first two weeks and earn $2.50
  • If you reach 5 offers in total in the first two weeks, earn another $2.50
  • If you reach 10 total offers, earn another $5

 Ibotta pays in cash through PayPal!

Costco Car Rental Discounts | Save Big on Your Next Vacation

Costco Car Rental Discount

Are you a Costco member? Have you tried looking at Costco Travel for car rental discounts?

We’ll be traveling for the upcoming Spring Break and will need a rental car. As you well know, nothing drives up the cost of a vacation like rental car expenses.

Did you know you can use the Costco low price finder to compare prices between four car rental agencies: Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise?

To be able to book a rental car through Costco, you must have a membership ID number and register on the site. Costco Travel operates separately from, so you will need a separate log-in just for Costco Travel.

So how good are the rental car discounts? Costco Travel asserts they are able to use their buying authority to negotiate the best price, which they then pass on to Costco members. Since you can access the Costco Travel Rental Car website without any obligation, you can compare the prices for yourself. Of course, the amount of discount will vary from location and time of year. So your savings will vary dependent on your travel plans.

The good news is, you can get a price BEFORE you hand over your membership number or log-in. Prices can be viewed without registering, but before confirming a rental you will be required to register by providing your membership number, last name and email address, and you will need to create a password.

Another factor to consider if you are looking to use Costco car rental discounts: If you have the Costco American Express card and use it when you book your travel, you will receive 2% cash back on eligible travel purchases.

So the next time you need to rent a car, don’t forget to check out the prices from Costco!

And if you are traveling, you might want to see: Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

How a Costco Ink Refill Saved Me $20

Do you ever want to just smack yourself in the head? That’s how I felt when I recently took advantage of the discounted ink refill at Costco.

Now, you might already be a savvy ink refill-er, but up until last week, I was not. In fact, one of my sweet friends piped up and told me she heard ink refills at Costco were really inexpensive, which is why I even knew to give it a try.

Oh. My. Word.

The savings are so good, I had to share it with you.

Here are my receipts:

Office Max Receipt

To buy a color cartridge at Office Depot cost me $31.99.

Costco Ink Refill

To get a color ink refill at Costco cost me $9.99.

I also did a refill on a black cartridge. To get a black ink refill cost me $7.99.

That’s a $20 savings to get a color ink cartridge refilled instead of replaced! If I refill, instead of replace, my cartridges 4 times this year, I’ll save $80!

Getting an ink refill does require prior planning. You almost need to have two cartridges. One that is full that you are using, and the empty one that you actually remember to take to Costco to get a refill.

Guess where I’ll be getting my ink from now on?

Looking for other ways to save at Costco? Check out Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

Costco Discount Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted gift cards at Costco? Why pay the full amount for a gift card when you can purchase them for less than face value?

Here’s are five reasons why you’ll want to take advantage of the discounts on gift cards at Costco:

#1 It is Free Money

The face value of the gift card is MORE than what you will pay. That translates into FREE money for you to spend. When is the last time you instantly made 20% off your investment?

#2 Save on Vacation Expenses

Restaurants, attractions and lodging – Costco has discounted gift cards for all of these! At up to 20% off, your next vacation won’t break the bank.

#3 Look Generous (But Save Big!)

Uh huh. I said it. Buy gift cards at 20% off, then give them as gifts and the recipients will think you are more generous than you really are. Where’s the harm in that? Surprise teachers, co-workers, and in-laws with a gift card this year that actually saved you money. I see that as a win-win.

#4 Stretch Your Holiday Budget

The holidays are the time of year when most of us are strapped for any extra spending money. Buying gift cards for 20% off can be a great way to get those holiday gifts you know your family and friends will love, but your budget can actually afford.

#5 Double Your Savings

Gift cards spend like cash. Therefore, you may be able to combine them with other specials and coupons.

The next time you are in Costco, check out the selection of gift cards they offer at up to 20% off. Didn’t find what you were looking for? You’ll find more Costco gift cards online.

Costco Deals: Organic Price List 2013

Costco Deals

One of the reasons I joined Costco was the deals on organic products. But how can you identify whether a price at Costco is a good one, or if you should just buy it at the grocery store? 

I’ve listed all the organic products I could find at my Costco and made note of the price. At the bottom of this post, you can find the printer button:

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Print this list for your reference, or you can bookmark, pin or Google + it so you can refer to it and do a price comparison to prices where you shop.


Horizon Organic Plain Yogurt $3.49/32 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic Salted Butter $7.69/(2) 1 lb quarters

Horizon Organic Half & Half $4.29/64 oz

Silk Organic Vanilla Soy Milk $6.99/(3) 64 oz

Kirkland Signature Fat Free Organic Milk $9.49/(3) 64 oz **$3.16/half gallon**

Kirkland Signature 1% Lowfat Organic Milk $9.69/(3) 64 oz **$3.23/half gallon**

Kirkland Signature Organic Brown Eggs $7.49/24 count **$3.75/dozen**


Organic Green Beans $5.99/5 lbs

Organic Broccoli $6.79/4 lbs

Organic Dark Cherries $12.99/4 lbs

Organic Blueberries $8.99/3 lbs


RW Knudsen Organic Blueberry Pomegranate 100% Juice $4.99/64 oz

Horizon Organic Chocolate Milks $14.99/24 count


Organic Mixed Baby Kale $4.49/1.5 lbs

Organic Spring Mix $3.99/1 lb

Organic Caesar Salad Kit $4.49/1 lb

Organic Cello Carrots $4.99/10 lbs

Organic Peeled Carrot Snack Packs $5.79/24

Organic Peeled Carrots $4.99/5 lbs

Organic Sliced Apples $8.99/8 pack


Kirkland Signature Organic Ground Beef $16.99/4 lbs **$4.25/lb**

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts $5.99/lb

Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs $3.99/lb

Organic Chicken Drumsticks $1.79/lb

Fresh Coleman Organic Whole Chicken $2.49/lb


Organic Faro $7.49/3 lb

Organic Whole Grain Quinoa $8.79/64 oz

Harvest Medley Blend Organic Wild Rice $7.39/3.2 lb

Minsley Organic Brown Rice Bowl $6.99/(6) Bowls

Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice $12.99/12 lb


Wholesome Sweetners Organic Blue Agave Nectar $9.99/(2) 36 oz bottles

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $21.49/78 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic EV Olive Oil $11.99/67.6 oz

Wholesome Sweetners Fair Trade/Organic Granulated Sugar $10.99/10 lbs

Central Milling Organic Unbleached All Purpose Flour $10.99/(2) 10 lb bags


Truroots Organic Sprouted Bean Medley $9.99/3 lbs

McCormick Organic Oregano $3.99/2.5 oz Jar

Better Than Bouillon Organic Beef Base $6.79/16 oz

Garofalo Organic Pasta Variety Pack $8.29/(6) 1.1 lb pkgs

Italian Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti $9.69/(8) 1.1 lb pkgs

Heinz Organic Ketchup $6.99/(2) 44 oz bottles

Kirkland Signature Organic Stewed Tomatoes $5.99/(8) 14.5 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Diced Tomatoes $5.99/(8) 14.5 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Tomato Paste $5.99/(12) 6 oz cans

Kirkland Signature Organic Tomato Sauce $6.99/(12) 15 oz cans

Classico Organic Pasta Sauce $8.99/(3) 32 oz jars

Flax USA Organic Milled Flax $7.99/48 oz

Kirkland Signature Organic Maple Syrup $13.99/1 ltr

Kirkland Signature Organic Chicken Stock $11.99/6

Amy’s Kitchen Organic Chili $11.89/(6) 14.7 oz cans

Treetop Organic Applesauce $9.99/(4) 47.25 oz jars

Kirkland Signature Organic Ancient Grains Cereal $6.99/(2) 17.6 oz bags

Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberry Spread $7.29/42 oz

Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Pumpkin Granola Cereal $7.59/35.3 oz

Newman’s Own Organics K-Cups $36.89/80 count **.46/cup of coffee**

Organic Udon Noodles $6.39/(6) 6 oz pkgs

Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa $7.69/(2) 38 oz jars

Kirkland Signature Organic Tortilla Chips $4.99/40 oz bag

Annie’s Organic Shells & Yellow Cheddar $15.89/(15) 6 oz boxes

Do You Know: Are Costco Roses Organic?

Are Costco Roses Organic

Do you shop Costco because of the organic selection? If so, do you know: Are Costco Roses Organic?

I only ask because there is this pesky holiday coming up in about a week and you may be considering getting a few dozen for your sweetie.

While I enjoy the romantic sentiment of roses, I’ll admit I’ve told my husband I’d rather have a plant. I recognize that might not qualify me as a romantic. I get it. I’m completely too practical for my own good.

So, are Costco roses organic?

No. However, they are Rainforest Alliance Certified. What does that mean:

  • Use of pesticides is minimized
  • Wildlife habitats are protected
  • Use of composting and recycling to minimize waste
  • Water conservation takes place
  • Workers receive decent wages

Overall, you can feel pretty good about picking up roses at Costco. Plus, the price of $16.99 for 2 dozen long stemmed roses is a great deal.