Here's why I love shopping at Costco

     I've always shopped at Costco, but when I lived closer to my mother things like sharing a dozen cans of corn or 24 rolls of toilet paper was no big deal. We loved it. So when my husband, daughter and I moved from South Florida to North Florida (7+ hour drive) I considered whether or not shopping at Costco would still be the best option for our family. It is and, in fact, I love it even more now.

     We're lucky enough to have enough storage to buy items like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, as well as a decent size pantry for lots of canned goods. This is a huge issue. If you don't have the place to store certain things than getting them in bulk isn't practical- no matter the amount of money saved. This is where your family size also comes into consideration. Larger families will go through supplies quickly and storage space won't be taken up for very long. Smaller families will need to have the proper space to keep these items without cluttering up their home.

     Organic food is plentiful in Costco. Everything from oils (olive, avocado, coconut) to spices... both fresh and frozen foods. The options are endless. When I first started buying organic products, I was pleasantly surprised to find a good amount of things at Costco. Over the years, they have continued to increase their number of organic products. I have converted the majority of my cleaning and laundry supplies to organic also. I love it. Every time I'm there I feel like I'm discovering something new.

     Healthy snacks are everywhere! This falls in line with the fact that I love to buy organic whenever possible. Costco is full of snack items that are perfect for children or adults. I personally love the organic fruit snacks as well as the different type of nuts. There are also dried fruits that I use with a variety of nuts and seeds to make our own trail mix bags. They're perfect for taking on the go. The hummus is amazing to put inside wraps at lunch or for dipping pita chips and veggies. My daughter loves the organic juice boxes and the frozen fruit pops...of course ;)

     The saving when you buy in bulk is great. A lot of people think that if they're on a strict budget that shopping in bulk is out of the question. I have found that it is really a cost saving way to budget and shop. When we buy snack items and other things that are in a large amount- they last us a while! I don't buy snacks every single time I go. There are so many items that last for a while. The maple syrup comes in a large container and so does the peanut butter which is actually a 2 pack. Organic strawberry jelly is in a large jar but only I but the jelly more often than the peanut butter. I love that actually because sometimes there are specialty jellies like blueberry pomegranet or cherry...something delicious and new to try.

     It is beyond perfect for meal prepping. As some of you may know, my hubs and I are on a healthier lifestyle journey. We've been exercising more and incorporating healthier foods. We also began practices like yoga and meditation. It's been wonderful so far. When eating better, it becomes easier to transition into a healthy lifestyle when things are ready to go without much thinking or hassle. This is where meal prepping comes and Costco is perfect for it.

     If you have a smaller family, buying a huge bag of sweet potatoes seems silly because they'll go bad before you can eat all of them...right?! Wrong. When I come home from a shopping trip I plan on making a good amount of the fresh veggies that day or the next. I will cook all of the sweet potatoes as well as a big pot of rice or quinoa and beans or lentils. Then once they're all cooked I portion them into meal containers that easy for my hubs to take to work or me to grab and make real quick. We also buy so many organic bananas for our shakeology each morning. Even though we use a lot, they still ripen faster than we can use them. Once they're nice and full of all the brown spots I go ahead and peel them, cut them in half, and freeze them. SO GOOD! Frozen organic strawberries, blueberries, mangos, and cherries are also amazing in our shakes. *obsessed* No fuss about thinking what to make that's quick and easy but also good and won't go against the healthy life changes we've made.

     If you have a specific dietary needs Costco is a great option. They have so many options that are gluten free as well as vegan and kosher. There are many people who follow strict diets or have restrictions due to allergies and because of it will have to shop at a variety of stores to fit their needs. I am such an enormous fan of Costco because their quality is great and there's no need to go to specialty stores if you live a vegan or gluten free lifestyle. So rad right!!!

     Clearly there's no mistaking my favorite place to shop. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do. What's your favorite items to buy at Costco? If you've never been, it's worth checking out. They offer trails for people who don't have memberships. Also, I think I read somewhere that you can shop at Costco online without a membership, but I'm not sure about that. I bought something from them online once, but honestly have no clue whether or not they asked if I was a member. It's worth looking into if you're interested.