Costco Grocery Cart

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This week, I didn't buy a lot of items at Costco. I got a few essentials and continued with Christmas stock up.

I mentioned last week that I start to buy Christmas gifts with each shopping trip to spread out the cost and keep Christmas shopping stress free.  I do the same with food ingredients that I may need for Christmas.

When I can find a good sale, I am better off to get it now, than pay more later and waste time trying to find an item that may not be available.

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This week the Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Juice is on sale for $8.79 (save $2) for 4 bottles. This is a staple at our Christmas dinner and a nice treat for kids and non-drinkers. This works out to $2.19 a bottle. You would currently pay $5.49 at London Drugs for each bottle.

We go through a lot of blueberries in this house, so I bought the 2kg bag of Kirkland Blueberries for $8.99. This is a little on the high side at $2 a pound, but our produce co-op hasn't had blueberries for a while. I prefer to buy fresh & freeze them myself.

I picked up a pack of our favourite bacon, already cooked. Love this for fast breakfast sandwiches, pasta dishes and BLT's, although this did go up $1, it's still half the price of Maple Leaf in grocery stores.

The large bag of Munchies mix is on sale for $4.99. (save $2). This is a great deal for a big bag, and I like that everyone can find something in this mix that they like. I try to be prepared for weekend snacks, rather then paying extra at a grocery store.

The Spring Mix salad greens are also a great deal at $3.79, I mix this with green leaf lettuce and can get several dinner salads this way. Keep in mind that one bag of ready made salad at the grocery store can be $3-4, and they are about 1/2 the size of this Costco container.

I did buy the Sabra individual hummus again, even though it wasn't on sale. I really love having fast, healthy snacks for my kids to grab. Hummus and veggies are a filling snack, and when I pack crackers in their lunch, they can sub that for a sandwich. This is also a mild tasting hummus, which my youngest daughter really likes. 

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I looked at the large containers of hummus and did some price comparing. Maybe it would be cheaper to buy a couple big containers and put it into smaller individual ones at home?

I did the math. I could make my own for .34 cents each using the big containers at $6.99 for two. The small containers I bought, work out to .37 cents each. Not a big enough difference to divide them up myself.

Items I didn't buy:

The Cascade Dish tabs are on sale for $15.99 (save $4), so that's $.14 cents each. I think the Finish Tabs are a better deal and they are still on sale this week at $15.79 (save $8) for 147. The Finish tabs are $.11 cents each.

I am fully stocked on dish tabs from a great Target clearance sale so I didn't get any, but $.10 cents a load is my stock up price for dishwasher detergent.

The Shake 'n Bake pack of 10 is on sale for $6.89. Not a bad price at $.69 cents a serving and great for a quick, cheap meal paired with drumsticks. When we do a coating on our chicken, my family is loving the Hellman's Chicken. I do use the Panko breadcrumbs from Costco though and that makes an excellent, juicy chicken.

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Beemaid Creamed Honey is on sale for $12.49 (save $3.50). Honey can be very expensive, especially if you use it in baked goods, instead of sugar. I think this is a good price. We are currently using a big container from a local honey farm, so I didn't buy any.

All current Costco sales are valid until November 23, 2014.