What’s in store for the Organic Costco Meal Plan challenge?
- You will stock up on organic foods without having to clip any coupons!
- You will eat real, whole foods for 4 weeks – and still have staple items left!
- You will spend less time in the kitchen on busy week nights with a bulk cooking day!
This 4 week meal plan features:
- Real food – not prepackaged food
- Organic food
- Whole Grains
$475 A Month More Than Your Usual Grocery Budget? You can spend less!
- You don’t have to buy everything at Costco like I am. Organic milk at Costco is actually a bit higher than at a conventional grocery store. Buy your milk at the lower cost, and you will spend less than $475 this month.
- Shop your pantry. Since this 4 week meal plan shopping list features basic staples, you may not need to purchase these items. For example: already have brown rice on hand? You don’t need to buy it!
This shopping list is GOOD:
- 20 out of the 44 items on this list are organic. That means they are free of hormones, pesticides and GMOs.
- It is intended to feed a family of 4 three meals a day – plus snacks – from your morning cup of coffee to your evening meal.
This shopping list could be BETTER:
- Potatoes and celery are both on the dirty dozen list. Skip buying them at Costco and buy them organically grown elsewhere.
- The only chocolate sold at my Costco is Nestle Chocolate Chips. You could skip these, but in a house of 3 women over the span of 4 weeks, there was NO WAY I was cutting out chocolate. To do better, skip buying these at Costco and buy a fair trade or organic dark chocolate from elsewhere.
- I could not find nitrate-free lunch meat at my Costco. To do better, skip the lunch meat and buy it nitrate-free elsewhere.
- The corn tortillas I bought were not organic. Corn is one of the most prevalent GMO crops. Look for an organic source.
This shopping list could be the BEST:
- Find a local source for your produce and meats. And buy grass-fed beef if you can.
Organic Whole Fryers $2.29/lb $23.15
Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs $14.60
Organic Ground Beef $17.99
Organic Brown Rice $12.99
Natural Peanut Butter $9.99 (They used to carry organic, but I couldn’t find it when I went.)
Pinto Beans $7.89
Quaker Oats $7.49
Organic EV Olive Oil $21.49
Organic Coffee $12.89
Organic Whole Wheat Spaghetti $9.69
Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar $10.99
Chocolate Chips $9.35
Organic Brown Rice $12.99
Corn Tortillas $2.59
Green Tea $14.99
Organic Salsa $7.69
Organic Diced Tomatoes $7.65
Maple Syrup $11.99
Whole Wheat Bread $5.99
Organic Lemon Juice $3.89
Organic Carrots $5.79
Organic Spinach $3.89
Organic Apples $7.79
Organic Peas $5.69
Frozen Tilapia $14.99
Organic Blueberries $10.99
Organic Butter $7.89
Organic Cheddar $6.54
Roast Beef $10.06
Organic Yogurt $3.29
Parmesan Romano $9.59
Organic Milk $8.99
Organic Eggs $6.49
Finlandia Cheese Pack $7.99
TOTAL COST $389.91
With the items on this shopping list, I’m hoping I don’t have to go back to COSTCO for at least 10 days. I tried to purchase items on my staples list. Therefore, I should only need to purchase perishables like produce and dairy.
What do you think? Anything you think I missed?