20 Meals from Costco for $150 – Recipes & Printable Shopping Lists

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 9, 2013

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce Spicy Quinoa Recipe Herbed Meatballs Recipe Ranchero Chicken Recipe Grilled Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa

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Well, who knew that this idea would be so popular. I seriously thought a few of you would like it…but since there were a bazillion of you who thought it would be helpful, here it is…packaged up in more detail just for you!

Let’s get to it, shall we?!?


  • Yes, I realize this makes for $7.50 dinners. Meat at Costco is more expensive than sale prices at grocery stores, and many argue that the quality is better. That explains that!
  • Produce prices may vary by region. And season.
  • Meals are for a family of 4. Larger families, or families with teenagers will need to adjust quantities.
  • Meals are as kid friendly, family friendly, and allergy friendly as I could make them. Hopefully you will enjoy them!
  • Mix and Match Meals – because of the bulk purchasing, this is really a game of mixing and matching ingredients. The ingredients are very common and work in a wide variety of recipes, so feel free to use them in other recipes besides those listed below.
  • I would expect you to have some ingredients needed for the different recipes in your pantry, like spices, soy sauce, etc. In the recipe/ingredient list below, I’ve only included the ingredients from the Costco purchase list.
  • Swap Idea – save a few bucks and get a 10 lb. bag of rice and not the quinoa. I just like quinoa, and I like that it has a higher protein content than rice. Make rice with corn, black beans, etc instead of the quinoa. You could also serve the rice alongside the taco/tortilla meals too.
  • And lastly…as you’ll see if you really analyze this chicken scratch, I forgot to add the peppers to the bottom portion where I priced everything out. So I added them as optional as it would push the total cost to $155 if you added them.

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Wine Pairings

My good friend, Amy from VineSleuth.com/Uncorked, has added a brand new feature to our Costco Meal Plan!  She has taken the time to pair all of our 20 Meals from Costco recipes with fantastic wine options!  Most of these wines should be available in your Costco store as well as other stores in your local area.  Plus, they are almost all between the $8-$15 range!  So, if you like wine or just want to learn more about it, then be sure to check out her blog.

20 Costco Meals $150

Recipe List

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Ingredients & Price List

  • 1 big package of chicken breasts (contains 6 – 1 lb packages) ~ $19
  • 1 big package of ground beef (about 5 1/2 to 6 lb) ~$17
  • 1 package of beef for stew (about 4 lbs) ~$14
  • 1 – 5 lb bag of baby carrots $4.99
  • 1 – 15 lb bag of gold potatoes $9.99
  • 1 – 6 ct package of avocados $5.49
  • 8-9 mangoes or 1 box $5.99
  • 1 – 40 ct bag of 6″ tortillas $3.19
  • 1 – 36 ct bag of Costco bakery dinner rolls $4.49
  • 1 – 4 lb package of frozen broccoli $5.89
  • 1 – 18 ct package of eggs $1.99
  • 1 – 6 lb package of spaghetti noodles $6.59
  • 2 pack Prego pasta sauce $7.49 (MINUS $2.30 coupon!)
  • 2 pack Kirkland salsa $7.49
  • 1 – 24 oz. container Parmesan cheese $7.99
  • 1 – 4 lb bag of quinoa $10.99
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned corn $7.89
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned black beans $5.79
  • 1 – 8 ct package of canned tomatoes $5.99
  • Optional – a 6 pack fresh peppers $6.49

Total – $149.94

(or $156.43 if you get the peppers too!)

Leftovers – you will have lots leftover too…including a jar of spaghetti sauce, lots of quinoa, jar of salsa, several pounds of potatoes, a ton of Parmesan cheese, and smaller quantities of other ingredients. I did not reflect these “leftovers” in the total cost, so it would really be $10-$15 less than $150!!!

Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown

Please note that each recipe below has the ingredients listed as a single meal. Note that many of the recipes will be made twice, as noted above, so be sure to check if you need to double the ingredients if you are making one for the freezer.

Also, this ingredients list below is what you purchase from Costco. The other “pantry staples” and “optional toppings or garnishes” are listed on the Recipes & Ingredients printable, linked below.

Grilled Chicken with Mango & Avocado Salsa

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 mangoes
  • optional – diced peppers
  • 4 dinner rolls

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan – prepped chicken in sauce is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • Pasta sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles
  • 1 egg
  • optional – mozzarella slices
  • 4 dinner rolls

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – meat sauce is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • optional – diced pepper
  • 1/3 jar of Prego pasta sauce
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles

Beef and Bean Soft Tacos – taco meat is freezer friendly

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Salsa
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Rice or quinoa on side

Ranchero Chicken – makes 2 meals worth, freezer friendly once cooked and cooled

  • 2  lb. chicken breasts
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 tortillas for 1 meal and rice/quinoa on side for other meal
  • Side dish, can black beans
  • Avocado, on side or mixed in

Note: to freeze, let the cooked chicken cool and then add to freezer baggie. Freeze, then thaw and use at a later time.

Potato & Egg Breakfast Tacos

  • 8 eggs
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 8 Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Avocado, on side or mixed in

Slow Cooker Beef Stew – add all ingredients except rolls to large plastic bag and freeze

  • 1 lb. beef stew
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except the dinner rolls and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker. Add enough water to cover, then slow cook.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Potatoes - add all ingredients except rolls to large plastic bag and freeze

  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 4-6 potatoes
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except the dinner rolls and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker.

Meatballs & Spaghetti – meatballs are freezer friendly

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Egg
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles
  • 4 dinner rolls

Note: to package the meatballs for freezer, see these details.

Beef & Broccoli Stirfry 

  • 1 lb. stew beef
  • 1 lb. frozen broccoli
  • Baby carrots on side, or cut up and mixed in with the stirfry
  • Quinoa or rice on side
  • Mangoes on side

Note: to package for freezer, combine all ingredients except rice/quinoa and add to gallon size freezer baggie. Freeze. Let thaw overnight in fridge before adding to slow cooker.

Quinoa with Corn & Black Beans 

  • Quinoa (or rice)
  • Can corn
  • Can tomatoes (subbed for the diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • Can black beans
  • optional – diced pepper
  • Optional – garlic, lime, cilantro

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{ 403 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen September 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

This is beyond awesome! We’re a family of 7, however, the youngest 3 don’t eat the same portions as the older ones. We may be able to stretch some of these meals to feed 7 people.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Hey Barb,

You’ll definitely need to adjust…but there are lots of extra potatoes & rice/quinoa…so you might be able to stretch!



karen September 9, 2013 at 8:40 pm

how about Bjs? we have costco but its closer to go to bjs here. :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hey Karen,

If you want to take this list to BJs and email me the prices, we might be able to work something up!



Vanessa September 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I love the idea, especially with three very active boys 5, 9, & 11. My only concern is some of the portioning. For the Grilled Chicken and Salsa, there are only 2 chicken breasts. Both my husband and I each eat one chicken breast. How does that feed four? Thanks for some really great, time saving ideas. We are heavy couponers but with needing a new roof and a van hitting 200k miles, we need to squeeze every last penny out of our budget.


Vanessa September 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Should have looked at the recipe before I stuck my foot in my mouth… I now see that you portion your protein correctly, like we all should be doing. (Working on that!) We’ll be trying many of these recipes out soon. Thanks!


Georgena Powers September 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Try cutting your chicken into tenders. That way with more than 1 on your plate it fools your eyes into thinking it is more than the 1/4 pound. I did that to help us get our meat cut down because meat is the biggest expense for food and we needed to save.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Great idea Georgena!



Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Yes Vanessa, we do the smaller protein portions here. You could grab an extra pack of chicken if you guys eat more!



CleverGwen September 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm

We just had a Sam’s Club open in our town (Costco, which I prefer, is 45 miles away). I purchased a large tray of chicken breasts. These were so large that they averaged over 1 pound EACH!! I would hate to meet those chickens in a dark alley! :D


Anna-Marie September 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for doing this. My sister and I just finished doing about 90 slow cooker meals for the freezer on Saturday. These are different from what we have and I just might add these to my portion of meals. Thank you for the time spent in doing this.


Amy September 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

90 Slow Cooker Meals?! You and your sister are my HEROS! I’d love to hear any feedback you have such a large undertaking. Would you mind emailing me with your thoughts? momymilr@yahoodotcom


Amy September 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

HEROES. Sorry.


Anna-Marie September 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I believe I sent them to you. If you did not receive them please let me know. My E-mail is anna-marie@judicialsupervision.com….. We found that if we brown the pork first that it tastes better when cooked. I freeze them in Ziploc’s and then use the crockpot liner’s when cooking. Good Luck.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Wow…that’s amazing!!!



Laurie September 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

Would love your recipes if your willing to share. lauriehunt56@Gmail.com

I’ve done a few but would love more variety, can’t wait to add these 20 to the list.


Amanda September 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

Can you email me those recipes too please??!! Thats a HUGE undertaking. Cudos


Amanda September 13, 2013 at 11:02 am
Shirley September 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I, too, would love a copy of your freezer slow cooker meals. :-) Could you please email them to me? I sure would appreciate it! Thanking you in advance! And thank you for all your hard work coming up with these recipes!


Jim September 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

90 frozen slow cooker meals is awesome. If possible add me to the list to get them.
Thanks in advance.


Anna-Marie September 19, 2013 at 11:59 pm

if you would like the recipes just email me at anna-marie at judicialsupervision dot com


Nancy September 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

I, too, would love the recipes, too! Would love to try this out. Can’t believe you made so many…impressive! (nduenas@cox.net)


courtney September 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

i would love any slow cooker freezer meals too. I am very busy with sports and on a very tight budget.


Anna-Marie September 20, 2013 at 1:04 am

If anyone would like the recipe’s we used just email me and I will be happy to send the ones we used. anna-marie at judicialsupervision dot com

Erin, Thank you so much for the time you put into this. I know all the work you did. It took me three hours just to put together our shopping list. You are a wonderful person to share this with us.

Again thank you


Megan September 16, 2013 at 1:57 am

Holy moly! That is awesome! If you have been sending out your recipes, could you please add me to your mailing list?! megan_brandon@hotmail.com Thanks so much!


donna September 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm

If you’re willing to share your slow cooker recipes, I’m very interested. Thanks wemade3@hotmail.com


Becky September 17, 2013 at 2:17 am

Would LOVE the 90 slow-cooker recipes if you are willing to share! Please send to b_warmington@yahoo.com


Jan Vafa September 17, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hi Anna-Marie,

If you did send out the 90 (wow -that is awesome!) slow cooker meals that you froze, could you please email me a copy too? I would love to have that available! I do have one quick question… Do you freeze them in those bags that you can cook in the slow cookers with? I have a friend who uses those and loves them… but I don’t know if they would seal well…

Thanks in advance,

Jan Vafa,
jan(dot)vafa(at)gmail(dot)com ;)


Linda September 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

I would love a copy of your recipes as well if you are sharing them.


bonnie cummings September 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

Thanks so much for this awesome resource!


Lori September 10, 2013 at 11:36 am



Christina September 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I don’t have a Costco near me, but will look into pricing this at Sam’s Club.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 10, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Awesome Christina! If you want to send along your prices, we could pull together something for Sam’s!



Lanie September 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I am only finding 12 meals (including one that recipe that makes two meals) on the recipe/ingredient printable. Am I missing the other 8 meals somewhere?



Kristen September 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Check out the recipe list – many of the recipes you are doubling, for example the slow cooker beef stew and herbed meatballs. Also you are making a double batch of the Ranchero Chicken, which would be 4 meals’ worth :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Some of them are doubled Lanie!



Sarah in Alaska September 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Awesome recipes and ideas.

Costco has quinoa? Where does your Costco keep it? I’ve not seen it at my Costco, but that might be because mine is one of the smallest Costcos and they don’t offer everything. I’d love to find it here.


Sandi September 10, 2013 at 9:38 pm

My Costco is a small one as well, and we usually have it with the rices. Sometimes they move it to a display area, but look with the rice first. If you don’t find it, definitely ask them.


janelle September 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

It comes in a green bag with a resealable top at Costco, thought you could use this info to know what the package looks like.


Bridgett Zaidi September 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

This is amazing!!! I have a family of 6 but my youngest 2 are 15 month twins and my 4 yr old is vegan due to allergies. I definitely think I can get these recipes to feed my entire family!!

Any problems freezing potatoes? I’ve heard they can turn brown so I’ve never tried it. I desperately need some freezer meals stashed away with my babies now being walkers. Hard to stand over a pot with 2 toddlers at your feet getting into every cabinet.


Sarah in Alaska September 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I’ve heard that potatoes brown unless you cook them. I’d also be curious to hear an answer to your question.


Susanne September 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

You must partially cook potatoes or they will blacken.


Susanne September 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Is the ‘big package of chicken breasts’ fresh or frozen?


Sharlene September 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

As far as freezing potatoes go we’ve never had good luck, so I generally put all other ingredients into the bag to freeze, and just peel & cube the potatoes right when I dump the bag of ingredients into the crock pot. The extra 3-5 min is worth it.


Bri September 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Thank you! Life is completely crazy but I think in a couple weeks I’ll try this out. It sounds perfect to get this in the freezer so that the Thanksgiving to December holidays stretch is slightly less crazy.


Jessica Nelson September 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I’m so excited for this. I’ve been trying so hard to spend less on groceries and it’s hard unless you want to have spaghetti every night :) This will help so much and I can’t believe you priced everything out, have a grocery list, AND the recipes for us to use. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.


Lauren Ard September 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I would love to work with you on doing a vegetarian version of this idea. We are trying to reduce our consumption of meat due to nutritionfacts.org. Plus, less meat means more room for veggies! Email me and we can combine our best/cheapest vegetarian recipes with Costco prices.


Alicia Miller September 12, 2013 at 12:27 am

This is awesome! I’m always looking for ideas when meal planning. I like to cook for a month and prep/freeze whatever I can. These will certainly give me some ideas! Thank you!


Cara September 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I’m going to try this for ideas but I am thinking it won’t work 100% for me (at least for costs) as I am Canadian and some of our food costs are higher (dairy is more expensive year-round, and out-of-season produce is often crazy). I would be interested in substitution suggestions if possible.


Fran Lepage September 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

love how you have ‘normal’ food on your list and in recipies!! thank you~


Yon September 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Oooh! Great idea! Just wondering how does freezing all this food work? Is it before its cooked with just the ingredients or after? I never know what veggies are good for freezing. Sometimes they look dead! :-(


Tracy September 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Can you substitute mango for something else? I can’t eat mangos.


Alisa October 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I have not tried it but I thought fresh peaches might be a good substitute if I could not get mango. Peach salsa is good and I think it might work well here. If you try it, please let us know how it works!


natalie September 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Is this for the states or can this work in canada


Knowitall September 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm

99% of the people who buy this won’t make 10% of the recipies


Alisa October 7, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Glad to not be in the 10%! I bought the items on the shopping list and am about to make meal #5 from the recipe list. So far both my family and I have been very pleased and plan to continue to try the other recipes.


Lori_B November 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

I bought all of this stuff and just this morning was able to put most of these together and in my freezer ready to go. If you take the time to shop and spend the money you would be a fool not to make the meals.


Liz September 13, 2013 at 1:14 am

I love this! Question though. And maybe I haven’t read into this very well, but are these freezer meals? How do you keep all that produce that fresh for so many meals? Let me know! I’m dying to do this!!


Brenda A. September 14, 2013 at 1:28 am

I was wondering the same thing. How do you keep produce fresh for that long without freezing it? Also, prices here are much higher than this list. For example, eggs are 3.49 at my costco, and the packets of chicken are $28-29.


Scout September 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

Actually, if you look at the list, much of the produce is canned or frozen. The only things that are purchased fresh (if you follow the whole list) are baby carrots, potatoes, avocados, and mangos. Carrots will freeze fine as long as you intend to cook them afterwards, such as in the Beef Stew or Beef Stir Fry, and I’m planning on using them in my kids lunches all week! Potatoes can freeze fine, as long as you cook them at least partially first (so don’t just throw raw chunks of potato in a bag for the Beef Stew and Italian Chicken and Potatoes. Avocados don’t last long enough in our house to go bad *grins*. And mangos will actually last a week or more, depending on how ripe they are, but can be used in smoothies, in cereal, and lots of different ways.


Alisa October 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Our chicken prices were that high as well so I bought a big package of Kirkland frozen chicken breasts instead which cost much less. Even though some of our prices were higher than hers, it still works out better for us than the local grocery stores.


Janet Mills September 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great idea! Looking forward to seeing more.


Wendy September 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I am not seeing in your ingredient list (either to buy or on hand) the beef for the Beef Stirfry. Am I missing it somewhere?


Kelly September 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

RE: Costco having better quality meat.
My friend worked at a testing facility and said that Costco has some of the highest standards for their meat quality!


Jen September 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hey is it just me or are there no instructions jsut the ingretidents? (my computer is a POS) thanks


Scout September 14, 2013 at 10:19 am

The first list of the recipes links to the actual recipes, the list further down in the post is just a breakdown of what each recipe will use from your Costco purchase.


Scout September 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

Thanks for posting this. We just got a Costco near our house a few months ago, and it is so easy to go overboard there! This is a great jumping off point, and I am on my way to Costco this morning with a modified version of the shopping list in hand! :)


Gma Jodi September 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

You have wonderful ideas and suggestions…. Thanks!!


Andie September 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I’m assuming you’re in the US! Our prices in Canada are way more expensive. You’re so lucky!


Lou September 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I did notice that the GrilledChicken


Lou September 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Oops! Trying to type in the dark. The grilled chicken would probably need the marinade to taste good–another thing to add to the list of food to purchase.


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Sarah September 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

what does freezer pack mean? do you make double batch or something?


Lisa September 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

I would love the frozen cooked meals for the slow cooker. How do I get my email to the gal who posted the listing?


Lisa September 18, 2013 at 3:20 am

I would love the recipes for the frozen slow cooker meals lisa.mike15@yahoo.com


KellyinPA September 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

This is such a wonderful idea! Just did my Costco shopping yesterday and plan to put the freezer meal together today. If I can get 20 meals out of this with little to no waste, I will be so happy! Hope you plan on making this a monthly thing, Erin! Thanks so much, I know this must have been a lot of work for you but I sure do appreciate it! Bless you!


Heather September 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Thank you for this! We LOVE Costco! I buy the large bags of the boneless skinless chicken breast and thighs. My 4 yr old daughter is obsessed with chicken. My kids are pretty picky eaters, but I think I can make some of these their favorites. A tip for everyone though, my other favorite store is WinCo, and I but a lot of stuff in bulk. The long grain rice is $1.73 a pound, and the quinoa is less. We also like to substitute couscous for the rice sometimes. I even buy spices, spaghetti noodles, and popcorn in the bulk section. I am definitely going to try this when I go to Costco this weekend. Thanks again!


Colby September 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

This is wonderful! I have teenagers so it is more like 10 meals for $150 but, as those who have teenagers well know, $150 for 10 meals is a miracle! They have enjoyed every recipe too. Each time my husband is like “this is really good, is this included in the $5 dinner thing?” (I think he thought we’d be eating beans and rice every day). And I’m like, yep! It’s great to be able to use Costco in the efficient way I always knew it could be used but never quite managed myself to make it happen.

Also, I substituted rice for quinoa since my family freaks out over new grains (boo), but with the monster bag of Costco rice already on hand, it worked out great. Thanks for making this list, and I’d love to see more “Costco lists” in the future!


Brandi M. September 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hi there! I just got back from Costco and I’m wondering if there is an order in which to make these meals. Maybe use the avocados and mangos go bad? Just wondering if you had any thoughts.

Thank you! I’m so excited to try this!



Kellyskitschn September 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

Thank you for the inspiration! I too would like the 90 slow cooker recipes! :)


Kim September 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Thanks for posting this! My husband and I were so interested, we decided to find out how much the same things would cost in Canada. I posted a detailed price comparison here: http://www.groceryfreedom.ca/2013/09/20-meals-from-costco-for-about-200-canadian-dollars/


Tina September 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

We went shopping Saturday and intend on doing this the next few weeks. Last month, we tried some freezer-cooking, but were not all impressed with most of the recipes (they were just mostly bland). We opted out of mangoes & avocados because they just don’t go well in our family (we’ll sub regular salsa instead) and couldn’t find the 4-lb. bag of quinoa at our Costco, but we’ll just sub brown rice for that! Thanks for the list and recipes!


Whitney September 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for this amazing list of recipes! I went shopping today at a military commissary and just tallied up my ingredients price list. I bought peppers and my total came to $138.24. There were only two items that Costco was a better deal on and that was the chicken breasts and the canned tomatoes. (Though I did have a $1.00 off coupon for the tomatoes (a box of 8) which made them cheaper technically.)

So military folks – you’re looking at $138 VS $156 off-base.

The difference in pasta and salsa prices had my jaw drop! I couldn’t believe how cheap they were at our commissary.

Anyways, thanks again for this list. It’s amazing and couldn’t have come at a better time.


Whitney September 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for this amazing list of recipes! I went shopping today at a military commissary and just tallied up my ingredients price list. I bought peppers and my total came to $138.24. There were only two items that Costco was a better deal on and that was the chicken breasts and the canned tomatoes. (Though I did have a $1.00 off coupon for the tomatoes (a box of 8) which made them cheaper technically.)

So military folks – you’re looking at $138 commissary VS $156 off-base.

The difference in pasta and salsa prices had my jaw drop! I couldn’t believe how cheap they were at our commissary.

Anyways, thanks again for this list. It’s amazing and couldn’t have come at a better time.


Alisa October 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Thank you for this!!! With the government shutdown our military commissary is closed so I just did a big Costco run since it is cheaper than the very expensive grocery stores here in Hawaii. Being that we are in Hawaii some of the prices at Costco were more than what you listed but again still cheaper than other places. I noticed the biggest differences in prices on the fruit/veggies and the meat. Thank you again, cannot wait to try some of these recipes!


brian October 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Spend a bit more and don’t get gross processed food.

Notice this is not a list of “healthy meals for $150″, just meals.

Who wants to eat that much Prego sauce. It’s nasty.


Lewann October 8, 2013 at 1:39 am

Hi! I love this idea! I try to plan meals and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
I love costco! The best place to buy milk eggs and meat! Produce is good but sometimes I find the quantity too large and it all ripen at once and not get eaten fast enough and goes bad then it is wasteful.
Also one trick I have found to work great is I get the 10lbs of frozen chicken breast for $19 ( not sure if that is what you buy also) the breasts are very large and if I butterfly them after they have been defrosted ( basically cut it like you would a bagel) I can get twice as much meals from that one bag! No one notices the smaller portion since it looks like a whole breast just a thinner one.
The other thing is the regular carrots at Costco are the most delicious carrots I have ever had! Better than baby carrots even! I think they come in a five or ten lbs bag. If you peel them, slice them and steam them they are so sweet! I don’t add butter or anything! They are so good!
Just thought I would share with everyone! Enjoy!


Julie October 20, 2013 at 12:34 am

Thanks so much for doing this for us. We did this this month and I have been able to get a whole month and a half of meals out of this! We love the recipes also and are loving how much food we have gotten for that amount of money. I have to say I am telling everyone I know about it. The #1 Question everyone I tell this to is, Is she going to make more recipes and more lists? I think that would be a fantastic Idea and very helpful even if it were just 2 or three then people could switch the lists every month and get a good variety of food.
But again Thanks so much for doing this it has been a huge blessing to our family and friends, I also think its been enjoyable to save money and have new food in the house! :)


Desiree October 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm



traci watson October 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

HI, thanks for the idea. A small group of us are going to give this a try, see if we cant get the cost down and enjoy your delicious recipes and ideas. Will keep you updated on our progress. thinking of doing this within 2 weeks. Photos to come. Thanks again :)


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