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What We Buy at Costco

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on September 9, 2014, 5 comments

What We Buy At Costco - A Gluten Free/Mostly Vegan Haul

It’s really no secret.  We are rather avid Costco shoppers and lovers.  Many people as us which we like better – Costco or Sams.  We’ve tried both, and the best comparison I have is that Sams reminds me of Wal-Mart, and Costco of Target.  Costco’s products seem higher quality, fresher ingredients, and more whole food offerings.  Plus, the Costco Brand (Kirkland) is pretty awesome.  Bonus points?  Costco treats their employees really well. 

I’ve done a handful of Costco haul videos over the past year (which I will insert at the bottom of this post), but…while it was on my mind, I thought I’d make a long list of all of the items we hunt out when we go to Costco – because I may not get every item each time in a haul video.  So – here’s your one-stop-shop.  🙂 What We Buy at Costco #Vegan #GlutenFree

If you’re new to my blog, I will let you know – we are vegetarians and we also limit our gluten and our dairy intake for intolerance reasons.  We do occasionally eat eggs in baked goods (I think there’s only one item that has eggs in it below, and I’ll point it out!).  We also live two hours away from Costco.  So, when you see my haul videos it is usually a few months worth of food.  Being so far away also limits our purchase of non-shelf stable items.  Coolers are awesome.  Coolers for 2+ hours in southern heat are not.  Because of this – we’ve really began to only purchase shelf stable items.  This keeps our pantry stocked really well, and then we can shop locally for fresh foods.  I hope – some day – to live really close to a Costco and to not have to buy months worth of groceries at a time.  🙂 


  • Brown rice for flour and baking (they have a lot of other rice types)
  • Udi’s Gluten Free Bread (this is an amazing deal – really cheap – but does contain eggs).  We buy the loafs and divide them up in the freezer until we’re ready to use them. 


  • Peanut Butter – Kirkland Brand
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts 
  • Cashews
  • (They really have any type of nut you may need in bulk)

Baking Supplies

  • Coconut Oil (great deal!)
  • Flax meal (also the cheapest I’ve found)
  • Chia seeds (ditto above)
  • Maple Syrup (ditto above)
  • Dried cranberries (they have other dried fruit as well)
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar 
  • Almost any spice you could ever need.  Ever. 
  • Dates in bulk

Plant Milks

  • Shelf stable rice milk
  • Shelf stable soy milk (we lean towards rice milk more often)

Beans & Canned Food

  • Canned black beans
  • Canned red beans
  • Diced Tomatoes 
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Green Beans
  • (They have canned corn, but we tend to get frozen corn)
  • Shelf Stable Mori-Nu tofu (they have refrigerated tofu as well)
  • Tasty Bites Indian Meals (not all of these are dairy free, but some are!)
  • Amy’s soups (some are gluten free and some are not) 

Side Items / Etc

  • Salsa – Kirkland brand (it is so amazing)
  • Rice rollers (crispy rice cereal in a roll)
  • Hummus (we pick this up when we have room for refrigerated items)
  • Morning Star items (these aren’t vegan or gluten free – but they are vegetarian and Nathan picks them up from time to time)


  • Chocolate chips – Kirkland brand (they’re dairy free!)
  • Dark Chocolate with sea salt and almonds (also dairy free!)


  • Izze Soda (in the cans)
  • Bottled Green Tea (Nathan enjoys this)
  • Wine.  Wine.  Wine.  So cheap. 
  • Coffee

Household Items

  • Medical gloves for giving Indy his medicine
  • Aleve (off brand)
  • Excedrine (off brand)
  • Benydryl (off brand)
  • Zyrtec (off brand) (VERY CHEAP)
  • B complex (we can’t find if this is animal sourced or not.  We’re giving it a shot, though)
  • Toilet Paper (the Kirkland brand is actually amazing.  We were die hard name-brand for so so long)
  • Paper towels (ditto above – we don’t use paper towels all that often.  But sometimes – with a cat – there are things that you just want to not use a cloth towel for!) 
  • Trash bags (ditto above)
  • Rubbing Alcohol (for the cat’s insulin) 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • White Vinegar 
  • Baking Soda 
  • Zip lock baggies
  • Tissues
  • (12/15/14) Kirkland recently came out with an Eco Friendly laundry and dish washing detergent that are not tested on animals. We bought some of the laundry detergent but haven’t tried it yet.   It seems great, though!


  • We always walk through the clothing and household items and often pick stuff up there as we see it.  We’ve found hiking poles, tupperware, all-weather car-floor mats and tons of other awesome surprises. 

Here are the haul videos:

Late February 2015 – 

December 2014 – 





August 2014 – 









June 2014 – 









September 2013 – (we weren’t gluten free at this point)









I hope this list was helpful! Let me know if there’s anything you get that we’re missing out on!


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5 thoughts on “What We Buy at Costco

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  2. Hi Chelsea, glad to have found your blog! I love Costco too, but I was just wondering where you live. Your Costco seems to have a lot of things that the Costco’s around me don’t have 🙁

    • Hi Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by! I live in North Carolina! We have been to a lot of different Costco’s and they all seem to carry different things! I wonder if yours would take some requests if you asked! Sometimes we go and they don’t have some of the things – it always seems to be a slight gamble! We always leave with a full cart, though!

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