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How We Shop For Groceries At Costco

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Food Staples vs. Impulse Buys While Shopping At Costco

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we’re sharing how we shop for groceries at Costco, including if we mainly stick to buying food staples, or do we also fall for impulse buys.

This was a question from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 015.

Here’s today’s viewer question:

@CiscoBalls on Twitter asks: I’ve seen all of your videos. The Costco food haul is great. Can you share how you shop for groceries at Costco? How much of your food is staples vs impulse buys?

Good question.

We don’t do a lot of impulse buying at Costco.

When it comes to grocery shopping, we basically have food staples that we buy every time.

That way, when we walk into Costco, we know exactly where to find all of the staple food items that we need.

Since our grocery list doesn’t vary that much, we’re very strategic while grocery shopping at Costco.

My Approach To Grocery Shopping At Costco Is Different Than Jessica’s

With that said, Jessica’s approach to grocery shopping is a little bit different than mine.

Jessica only hits the parts of the grocery section that she needs.

For example, she prefers to go directly to the food sections that contain our regular staple items, such as frozen fruit and chicken.

However, when I’m grocery shopping at Costco, I like to go down all the food aisles.

Walk All The Aisles So You Don’t Miss Out

The reason I like to do this, specifically at Costco, is because they often do test trials with certain foods.

This means every once in a while, Costco will bring in new food items to see if it sells.

Since I don’t want to miss any new food items, I always go down all the grocery aisles at Costco.

For example, Costco didn’t always have macadamia nuts.

Then one time I was wandering down a grocery aisle where I’ve never purchased anything from before.

Well, I’m glad I did because I was so excited to find a huge stock of macadamia nuts on a random shelve.

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason Costco doesn’t keep the macadamia nuts in the same aisle as the other nuts.

Moral of the story is, if I didn’t walk down that random grocery aisle, I would have never discovered that Costco now sells macadamia nuts.

For the most part, the majority of our groceries from Costco are considered staples that they always have, and we know exactly where to find them.

However, I find some days certain staple foods are stocked in different sections of the store.

Therefore, if you don’t walk all the aisles, you may not find what you’re looking for.

In addition to this, for some foods, you have to check for them periodically.

For example, sometimes they have mangos, then other days they don’t.

We Don’t Just Shop For Groceries At Costco

When it comes to food, we don’t do all of our grocery shopping exclusively at Costco.

We also shop for groceries at Ralph’s, Von’s, Sprout’s, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and other stores too.

Our groceries don’t change dramatically from week to week.

It’s mostly comprised of the same foods.

Every time Jessica goes to the grocery store, she’ll ask me if I need anything special.

My response is usually, “same same”, meaning eggs, arugula, blueberries, chicken, etc.

This Is Not To Say That Our Diet Is Boring

We just know how to mix it up, by adding different spices and flavors to our staple whole foods.

Even though we may use the same ingredients every day, we make different meals by seasoning and cooking the meals in different ways.

Hopefully that makes sense.

Sometimes we do have to buy a specialty item like sesame oil, but that’s not every grocery trip.

Plus, that one purchase of sesame oil lasts a long time.

Hopefully this helps answer your question on how we shop for groceries at Costco.

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