Buying Meat In Bulk At Costco
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In episode 034, I interview Alexis from the Fancy Apron blog about why she loves Costco so much and what she is buying there. Get ready to hear tips on how to manage the huge packages of meat that you buy so that nothing goes to waste as well as some of her favorite recipes.
Alexis: Um, so as far as I know, they only offer, uh, choice or prime. They don't carry select, so you can take that off the table. And then because of Costco's buying power, because they're buying so much in bulk, they're able to get the best quality meat for the best price. That's the business model. Um, And they continue to lean more and more into their own products.
Eric: Oh, absolutely. I mean, yeah, you can't get, and that is the best way if you wanna have filet mignon and don't wanna like completely like blow your budget, you know, buying in the individual steak is so much more expensive at places. I mean, you could. It could just be an astronomical cost. So like, yeah, buying that in bulk and, and it's, it's easy to cut up.
Always say people who are kind of being introduced to buying whole cuts of meats, you know, start with something like a beef tenderloin because there's no bones in it. You just gotta slice it. Or a boneless pork loin, same thing.
Um, so one of the issues I think people or concerns people have with Costco and buying is, is the, is the ginormous size. You're getting these huge packs of meat here, and sometimes that can be intimidating here. Um, so what is, what are some of your tips to kind of handle like this, the bulk of some of these things and, and do it well?
Alexis: Definitely and do double check when you're buying something out, specifically outta the meat department because there will be the sell by date. Um, and then on some cuts, the used by date. So if you have to shop one day and save it the next day, that's okay. If I mean, you know, from depending on what you have going on, if you might have two hours today to go to Costco and get through the whole place and then save what you can the next day. Maybe you buy something and you don't know what you're gonna do with it. Do research that night and then you can figure out the next day how you're gonna cut it and save it to use for later.
Want to learn how to cut up a whole beef tenderloin as Alexis spoke of? Check out her recipe for Traeger Filet Mignon. Scroll down till you see her instructions for the whole tenderloin. She offers a bulk breakdown for meat on her blog.
When it comes to budget-minded grocery shopping, there are a bunch of questions to consider. Are store brand products less expensive than name brand? What about buying groceries online versus shopping in-store? And, where is the most cost-effective place to shop? Is it Costco? We take on stockpiling (responsibly) to see how much you can save by buying in bulk from this popular national wholesaler.
Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and other wholesale retailers mainly in bulk products, and department stores such as Target and Walmart typically offer a number of bulk options, but even conventional grocery stores often carry bulk or larger sizes of staple items. However, Storage may be an issue when buying in bulk, and not all groceries are suitable for bulk purchasing if they have short shelf lives.
But it does raise the question: How much money can you save by buying bulk groceries from Costco? By my calculations, you'd save over $1,000 in a single year by shopping from a wholesale retailer. Below is a breakdown of how I reached that figure. (And if you get a Costco Executive membership, you could save even more.)
Using grocery list templates available online, I assembled a list of 25 typical, staple grocery items that are suitable for longer storage, either in the pantry, refrigerator or freezer. This ruled out most fresh produce, with some exceptions, though if you're hosting a large gathering buying produce in bulk may be worthwhile also. Bulk shopping doesn't mean buying a year's worth of groceries all at one time, but I didn't include anything that wouldn't hold up well for at least a month, with the notion that bulk grocery shopping can be done less often. Bulk buying also requires a greater upfront spend, which is why Costco's per-item total is considerably higher than Stop & Shop's.
Assuming either bi-weekly or monthly consumption of those staple grocery items for a household of one or two people, I came up with the approximate yearly consumption for each. I chose Stop & Shop to represent a conventional grocery retailer, as it's largely considered to be a quality store with median prices, and Costco to represent bulk buying, as its Kirkland Signature products have a bit of a following in their own right -- Costco is the Trader Joe's of the bulk set, for sure.
The economics of buying in bulk is simple: The more you buy of something at one time, the less it costs per count or unit of weight. Producers, distributors and retailers are able to offer lower prices in this way not only because bulk items often require less packaging, but also because for them it's a sure sale over a potential sale -- they'd rather have your money now, even at a discount, than parsed out over a period of time.
Given this particular grocery list, buying in bulk would allow you to save over $1,000 during the course of a year, representing a 33% savings overall over conventional groceries. (In today's economy, it is worth mentioning that you also save gas money with fewer trips to the store.) In a few cases, the Stop & Shop item ended up being the cheaper option: organic milk, carrots, potatoes and frozen salmon filets, for example. In all of these cases, there wasn't a huge size difference between the conventional and bulk items. Milk is an especially good example, as it's still offered in a larger quantity at Costco, but there's only so much of it you can buy at one time without risking it spoiling, and so the bulk offering is comparatively modest. Costco also doesn't have a Kirkland brand offering of organic milk, whereas Stop & Shop does.
One of the benefits of buying ground beef in bulk at Costco? You don't have to worry about paying more for another pound next week if the price goes up. Plus, this pack of ground beef is separated into 1-pound sections, making it easy to freeze and store what you're not using for a later date. Right now, you can get it at Costco or on the chain's website for around $15.
Big box retailers like Costco have built their cult-like followings based on the incredible bulk deals they give members. But that doesn't mean everything on the shelves is really a deal. And in the case of steaks, the obvious selection in the meat department is not actually the best choice for those looking to save. Though some, such as Money, might advise shoppers to skip buying any type of meat at Costco, there is quite a smart trick members can use to stretch their dollar further without making another stop for groceries.
According to Insider, the best way to buy steaks at the beloved bulk store is to reach for a much larger cut of meat. By buying a whole roast instead of pre-cut steaks, you can save around $3 per pound, depending on your location. And the benefits of buying meat in large quantities at Costco don't end there.
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All in all we love our costco shopping trips. If you are a small family like us you may also want to invest in a vacuum sealer and bags. This preserves some of those bulk purchases and gives you further value out of your membership.
i JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE PAY A STORE AN ENTRANCE FEE SO THEY CAN SHOP THERE.costco does this because people feel they are SPECIAL with their card which makes me laugh. Costco sucks in these fees to pay for their staff. They have no labour overhead. You are not saving money. Your savings you gave away by buying that card.IMAGINEwhat people would say if you had to pay 1 dollar everytime you entered walmart.
I buy all my fresh food at Superstore weekly so that I am not wasting and throwing stuff the goes bad away and buying all processed (very few), house necessities (cleaning supplies, shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, tissue, laundry), and bulk items (rice, quinoa, protein shakes/powders, vitamins) at Costco! It is great! Thanks again!
Buying in bulk also requires taking stock of what you actually eat every month, says Jones. A quart jar of olives is a bargain only if you eat them all. And the initial outlay for buying in bulk can be a bit of a shock. You have to decide how much you are willing to spend and if you have enough money to comfortably cover the initial cost of the bulk purchase.
Home delivery. This method of bulk food buying has somewhat limited appeal because of high delivery charges. At FoodServiceDirect.com, shipping fees are waived on orders over $750, says CEO and managing director Mete Gumus. That can mean buying a lot of food. Sometimes families in the same neighborhood combine their bulk orders so that they can meet the minimum purchase for free shipping, he says. His company specializes in specialty products for health-conscious consumers who might, for example, want less sodium in their canned beans.
I hope this guide is helpful for stocking up your pantry full of keto diet foods during your next Costco shopping trip! If you aren't into buying in bulk, you may want to do your keto shopping at ALDI instead.
A TikToker who shares money-saving hacks revealed in a video that to get the most for your ground beef buck at Costco you should ask for a "10 pound chub." According to Epicurious, the grocer's "chub" is essentially ground beef mixed with the leftover trimmings of other meats like steak. And, despite its silly name, the OP reports that buying Costco's "chub" will save you some serious money. 781b155fdc