Our Costco Master List

We had a request to share items we purchase from Costco. I looked at our master Costco list, and it has 100 items on it so summarizing it didn’t seem feasible.

On our Costco list are items we buy every time, and others things we purchase occasionally.

Before I shop, I copy the master list into another file and then mark the items I want to buy. I like to do this by looking in my pantry, freezer, refrigerator, and cupboards rather than relying on my memory. Then I will delete the items from the list that I won’t be purchasing this trip and print my list.

Before, we leave for Costco shopping, I put my list on a clipboard that sits nicely in the child seat of the shopping cart. That allows me to easily view my shopping list to see where I am headed next and to mark off what I just put in the cart. I tried shopping from a list on my phone, but it was frustrating having to keep pulling my phone out, and even more now that face recognition doesn’t work in the store because of mask-wearing. I set my list up based on the order of the store.

You’ll find our Master Costco list at this link. We hope you find it useful!

Trusting in Jesus,

“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye
obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you
this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD
your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to
go after other gods, which ye have not known” (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).

13 thoughts on “Our Costco Master List”

  1. Just curious, with a tiny family I’ve shopped in bulk online for paper products and a few other items but I’ve not every shopped Costco or Sams. You have lists for both. Do you shop both each month and if so, why? Does one not carry an alternative to an item you’d buy from the other? Is the cost not about the same on the items at each store?
    I don’t do much in-store grocery shopping anymore but when I do I’m with you on the paper list. The phone is a bit irritating to me as well. I happen to still like paper and pens anyway.

    Blessings ya’ll,

    1. As far as shopping at both Sams and Costco, that is kind of a long story. We only had Sams in our area when we first moved to Kansas so that was our store. Then Costco came, but we didn’t shop there until Anna Marie became part of our family and coming from the West Coast, loved Costco. Plus at that time we were traveling with Titus2 quite a bit and regularly would be places with a Costco but no Sams. So we had memberships both places and have maintained that. There are things that one store has we prefer that the other doesn’t have, but we could do fine at one or the other. The prices are very similar on basics. Costco has more organic choices. Sometimes, though, at Walmart, or our local grocery store on sale, or at Aldi, we can get items for the same price as Costco or Sams but in smaller quantities.

      We do go monthly to both stores, but much of that is to shop for some of our daughters-in-law that we do Kansas City shopping for. That makes the shopping trips manageable!

  2. Thanks for this! It’s always helpful to me to see how other families handle things like groceries, laundry, etc.

    One question: do you usually go to both stores (Costco and Sam’s?) or just one or the other? We only have Sam’s in our area, so I guess I don’t really know the difference between the two.

    Thanks again!

    1. Yes, we go to both stores monthly, but not on the same day. We used to be able to do it in one day when we had the big van. But now with the minivan, we can’t fit it all in.

      We did fine with just Sams for several of the Covid months. We didn’t go to Costco for four months when Covid first shut things down. We did make trips to Sams because it is just a bit closer and they had curbside pick up available.

      I think Costco and Sams are very similar, but Costco seems to have more organic products, although I feel like I see more organic at Sams all the time.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Teri! I maintain my list in a word document, then print it off, as you do, but I’ve never thought about the clipboard in the child seat. That will make it easier to keep up with!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your master lists. I do have a Sam’s membership but I always felt overwhelmed walking in the door. This will be a great help to me and my family.

    1. I would be thrilled if that list helped you in your Sams shopping, Debbie, including the overwhelmed feeling going in the door. For me, that feeling goes away when I become familiar with the layout of the store after shopping in it a few times.

  5. Now that you and Steve are following a vegan eating plan for health reasons (a very good idea; I know people who can vouch for its efficacy), have you considered enrolling in a CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscription? You would get a nice weekly assortment of locally grown produce.

  6. Hi Teri,
    Thanking you for sharing this. Curious about the Spanish extra virgin olive oil and Organic extra virgin olive oil. I noticed both were on the list. Do you use different ones for different recipes?

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