This is the fifth post in the Food Allergy Shopping series. Here are the previous posts: Where I Shop, Food Allergy Shopping: Kroger, Food Allergy Shopping: Meijer, and Food Allergy Shopping: Aldi.Let’s focus on Costco today. I really like Costco because they have a nice choice of allergy-friendly foods, some at a better price than the other stores on my rotation (i.e., Kroger, Meijer, Aldi, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s). (I used to have a membership to Sam’s Club, but I switched to Costco when I discovered the difference in their allergy-friendly foods; Sam’s Club does not offer much.)
What I buy at Costco:
- Rice Milk: price is less than any that I have found elsewhere; $1.25/quart.
- Dried Fruit
- Frozen Chicken Nuggets: no dairy or egg
- Frozen Ling Ling Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings): no dairy, egg or peanut – My kids love these and they are great for a quick lunch or dinner.
- Cashew Clusters: no dairy, egg, peanut, soy, corn, wheat – These are terribly addictive and delicious!
- Coleman’s All-Natural Hotdogs: no dairy, soy, corn, wheat, msg or other preservatives — These are pricey but only my husband eats them sparingly.
- Frozen All-Natural Sausage Links: no dairy, soy, corn, wheat, msg, etc. — I cannot remember the brand of these but they come in a white bag in the freezer section. Very good quality!
- Brats: no dairy, soy, corn, wheat.
- Fresh Artichokes: Come in a bag of 4 for less than the supermarkets when not on sale.
- Artichoke Hearts: Huge jar marinated in olive oil for a great price.
- Organic Harvest Medley Wild Rice, 3.2lbs: This stuff is awesome and cost around $6 for the big container. It hasn’t been on their shelf lately, so I hope they bring it back soon!
- Spices (dried): You cannot beat the price or quality anywhere.
- Vanilla: no corn syrup – gluten free
- Maple Syrup
- Balsamic Vinegar: By far the best Balsamic Vinegar that I have ever had!
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Kirkland Albacore Tuna: no soy — The best quality canned tuna that you can find.
- Tortilla Chips – great price for a huge bag
- Fresh Baked Bread Garlic Cloves: no dairy, egg – I cannot tell you how good this freshly baked bread is.
- Various household/toiletry products.
This is a sampling of what you can sometimes find on my Costco list, but they have much more to offer. I try to refrain from shopping at Costco to every 4-6 weeks, otherwise I completely blow the budget! Plus, I do not buy everything that is on this list every time I go.
Overall, I am very pleased with the selection of allergy-friendly foods offered by Costco. But you have to be careful if you’re on a tight budget…they are very good (bad) at enticing you to spend wwwaaaayyyyy more than you had planned! If you do not have Costco in your city, it might be worth seeing where the nearest one is to visit/stock up when in that area (you’ll definitely want to figure out the cost/benefit).
(On a random note, we recently bought four new tires for my van from Costco. They seemed to have the best price that we could find, particularly when you consider the long-term maintenance and warranty benefits.)
Up next: Trader Joe’s.
Do you have anything to add to this Costco list?