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

{We’ve also got a Sam’s Club 20 Meals for $150 as well!}

AND…the 2nd version of 20 Meals from Costco for $150 is published!

Let’s get to it, shall we?!?

Disclaimers

  • 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.
  • 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.

See all of the Costco Meal Plan FAQs here!

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.

Recipe List

Follow $5 Dinners {Erin Chase}’s board 20 Meals from Costco for $150 on Pinterest.

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!!!

Get the printables for this plan…

While we have all the content available to piece together from the site, we thought we’d simplify the experience for you with this printable. This printable has the complete grocery shopping list (with south TX Costco prices), as well as complete recipes with ingredients broken down to make it easy for you.

All in one place y’all! This is worth gold when it comes to saving time in preparing to shop and cook your meals.

Well, maybe not gold…but way more than $2.49!!!

Please don’t forget to check out the other 4 plans and their various features in our new $5 Dinners Store.

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{ 431 comments… read them below or add one }

A.Adkins January 4, 2014 at 7:52 pm

This has some great ideas. I think I would have to spend more on the meat. I personally think there is too much carb and not enough meat in these. :) great ideas though!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Hey A,

We usually have about 1 lb. of protein with our meals, for 2 adults and 3 young-ish boys.

Erin

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Karen Rietveld January 4, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Just got a Costco Card so thank . Looking forward to shopping and meal planning.

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Ruth Ann Baldwin January 4, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Please add me to your free email updates. Thanks.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Hey Ruth Ann,

You can sign up for email newsletters here: http://www.5dollardinners.com/contact/subscribe-to-free-email-updates/

Thanks!

Erin

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Renae Wood January 4, 2014 at 11:21 pm

sounds great. A must have to help me- hungry teens!

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John January 5, 2014 at 12:23 am

If you drop the pasta, breads/rolls, tortillas and the potatoes, you can save another $24.26. You’ll also be eliminating most of the genetically modified crap thats contained in them (except the spuds)….

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm

We eat lots of carbs because we are feeding 4 young boys…who never stop moving. I do my best to keep GMOs out, but it gets very pricey, very quickly! :)

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Karen V. January 5, 2014 at 12:35 am

Looking forward to future ideas!!

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Melissa January 5, 2014 at 7:32 am

There are virtually no veggies or salads in your meals. Just main dish and bread. Not very balanced.

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Iris January 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

Melissa . . . so add a veggie and salad. This is obviously a list of main dishes. :)

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Chelsea January 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

Almost every recipe incorporates beans or veggies…they don’t include additional veg side dishes, but all but like two have a decent amount of veggies in the recipe.

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Chelsea January 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

Former Costco employee here. Just thought I’d mention that the reason beef sometimes seems more expensive at Costco is because they ONLY carry Choice and Prime grade meat. Many grocery stores carry Select grade which is, according to the meat manager at my old store, a step above what’s used in dog food. That’s why the beef at other stores seems cheaper.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Thanks for sharing!

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Sheree January 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

Why can’t people just read a post and post a simple thank you for all the hard work someone puts into creating it? Why do they feel the need to post negative crap? If you don’t feel like there is enough veggies…add more. If you don’t like processed food…don’t make it. But for goodness sakes, say something positive or don’t say anything at all! (That should have been the first lesson your parents taught you). Thank you :)

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Mary January 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

AMEN Sheree

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Michael January 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

Agreed. Thank you to the author for a fantastic post.

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Tami January 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

We all have to climb the mountain. We can either chose to complain that our feet hurt or we can look out at the beautiful view. Thanks for your beautiful view. I appreciate both your post and the fabulous info Erin has shared with us. Keep up the great work!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for your perspective Tami :)

Erin

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Laurie January 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

AMEN!!

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Cindy January 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

*high five*

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Dana January 5, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Amen

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Stephanie January 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Ditto!! AMEN sistas!

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Kellie January 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Amen !

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Betsy January 5, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Ditto!!!!

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gayle January 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm

My thoughts exactly! Thank you for taking the time to do this for all of us…

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Jessie January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I agree. This is a wonderful idea as a base list. Most would assume you will be serving these dishes with salads or steamed veggie or something of that nature on the side. Thank you for the effort that was put into this list. This is a great help for budgeting my money and the food used per meal per person.

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Brooke January 5, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Amen Sheree!!

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June Bowen January 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

excited to try this

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June Bowen January 5, 2014 at 11:12 am

want this

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Alyson January 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

Amazing! Thank you for sharing all of your hard work. These recipes look like my kids will actually eat them! I’m going to try it!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

:) My kids love them!

Erin

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Elva January 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

Thank you. My News Resolution is to be more prepared with meal planning.

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Christina Meitzler January 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

THANK YOU! I’ve been looking for something like this.

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Isabel Stang January 5, 2014 at 11:51 am

Thank you for the excellant ideas.

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Jul January 5, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Thank you for sharing!!!!!

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A Wilson January 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm

This is WONDERFUL… Thank you so much for sharing… Please add me to any weekly emails/updates that you send.

Thanks again for the great info. :)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Hey Amie,

You can sign up for email newsletters here: http://www.5dollardinners.com/contact/subscribe-to-free-email-updates/

Thanks!

Erin

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LaFaye Sutkin January 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Thanks so much for posting this. There are many great ideas here, and it must have taken a long time to put all this together for us.
Happy New Year!

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Jessica January 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

What a wonderful job! How loving to take the time to put this out there for people who could use the help! Keep up the hard work, it does not go unnoticed!

I’d like to be added to your email list too!

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Thanks Jessica :)

You can sign up for email newsletters here: http://www.5dollardinners.com/contact/subscribe-to-free-email-updates/

Thanks!

Erin

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Jamie Agnew January 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Do you prep these meals ahead of time or cook as you go?

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Jamie,

I just added “freezer friendly” ones for those that could be made ahead. The rest should be cook as you go. Hope that helps!

Erin

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Deanna January 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Great ideas!

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Kiasa January 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Thank you!!! We recently moved near a Costco and we have been hesitant to buy a membership because we know it doesn’t always save money. If we buy the membership we want to be very intentional and use it wisely. (It can be easy to get carried away with the nonessentials.) I’ve searched the web multiple times, asked friends, family, etc. how to save at Costco and never received a clear answer. So, thank you!!! I love how detailed and tangible this is. I will be reviewing this with my husband soon.

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amy January 5, 2014 at 6:24 pm

what you coulddo is get the american express card with costco membership. the money you earn back will pay for your membership andthen some. but obviously don’t go in debt with having a credit card. what i do is make a costco trip get all i need, swipe my card, then, pay my americanexpress card bill online the next day. hope that helps.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Hey Kiasa,

We signed up because we have a dairy allergy in the family, and their rice milk being $2 per box cheaper than the grocery store…the membership “pays for itself” in about 2 months! :)

Erin

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Rozann Taylor January 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Wonderful ideas!!

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Christie January 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Best meal plan and shopping list EVER, carbs and all. Thank you!!!

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JonAnn Cavanaugh January 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Can’t wait to try. Thanks

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Sue Burke January 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thank you! I am sure this was a LOT of work and I appreciate you sharing your detailed lists and ideas!

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Cristen January 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Would love a non-gmo, paleo friendly version. This is such a great concept but doesn’t work well for my family.

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Dana January 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Then don’t use it and move on. Or better yet start your own blog.

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Candace January 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

I agree! I’m about to get a membership because my husband says I spend way too much at the store, and I would love to see a paleo or real food meal plan for Costco. This obviously required some thought and planning on the author’s part, but this is sadly nothing like our diet (and I’m allergic to mangoes! ) :(

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Sue Kinsella January 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Please add me to your list.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm

You can sign up for email newsletters here: http://www.5dollardinners.com/contact/subscribe-to-free-email-updates/

Thanks!

Erin

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Megan January 5, 2014 at 3:53 pm

hi! I live in Alberta Canada and I am an AVID Costco shopper! HOWEVER, I ALWAYS go in without a plan and always end up $200-400 poorer when I leave! And I for sure do not have 20 meals worth of groceries! In the next couple weeks I am going to try your Costco challenge with your recipes/shopping list and see how much it would cost for a CANADIAN to do it! Thanks for doing all the work for me ;) All I have to do is take your list and compare receipts at the end! Wish me luck!!

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Britt January 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

Great, Megan!

I’m also in Alberta. I realized after reading the price list that this is all American pricing. I do the exact same thing as you do, thus I have not renewed my Costco membership in a few years. I piggy-back off of my sister & give her cash when I go since she uses it often (has 2 teenagers & I only have hubby, me & 1 3-year-old).

I definitely want to try this because with baby #2 due in a few weeks and going on maternity leave it would be great to limit our grocery costs! I’m not very good at budgeting.

Thanks for the blog, Erin! :p

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Megan January 15, 2014 at 1:20 am

I shopped at the Okotoks Costco this evening and all the items on the shopping list came to $174 Canadian with tax! I did not purchase the dinner rolls though as I make all our bread :) MUCH Cheaper :) Happy Shopping Brit!

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Shirley Green January 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I really am excieted about your spice n soup mixes ..looking forward to your cookbook ..I’m 72 yr young and learning new tricks … thank you …Blessings on you and your family :)

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Brenda Hiatt January 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

My use of Costco fuel pays my membership plus some, try it!

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Keri Camba January 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I just picked up all my groceries at Costco .. Ready to
Save money and be organized . Can u please add
Me to your email list .
Thanks

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Hey Keri,

You can sign up for email newsletters here: http://www.5dollardinners.com/contact/subscribe-to-free-email-updates/

Thanks!

Erin

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Viki Tree January 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I love the freezer ones. It’s always nice to have something quick and ready to go, on a night that is really busy.

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Cookie Montgomery January 5, 2014 at 4:36 pm

it’s just me at home now, but I am still interested in using a lot of this to save time when I don’t feel like cooking and can just go to the freezer for a good dinner. I love Costco!

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Sara January 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Thanks for this! Lots of great recipes!

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Nona Jones January 5, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Awesome

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Valerie January 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Thank you so much for doing all the work and sharing it! Sorry to read all the negative comments.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Valerie…they don’t bother me anymore. To each his own ;)

Erin

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Isabella January 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Thanks for the post. People should take your info and modify it to meet their own needs. It’s a creative suggested guide, not some government directed mandate. :) Personally, I don’t like canned foods but they ARE convenient, so I’d just add my own twist on the fresh veggies where and when I could. But I love the work you’ve put into this. Thanks so much! :)

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

You are welcome…and you are exactly right…this is meant to be a jumping off point!

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Isabella January 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Btw, I’m saving your post. You did a great job! :)

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A Man Who Only Microwaves Food January 5, 2014 at 6:35 pm

This looks great. I am genuinely going to try this for my kids and myself.
As a single dad, this is wildly helpful. Thank you!!

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Wanda Jacobson January 5, 2014 at 7:04 pm

great idea ! Thank you please add me!

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Dorothy Smith January 5, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Great Idea for every working Mother.And great for seniors as myself and you can plan ahead and not cook everyday.Thank you!

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Christina Whitehead January 5, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Would love to save and get organized this New Year!

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Valerie Elliott January 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Sounds wonderful!

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Jean January 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I came across your post via a friend’s facebook page.
AMAZING! What a great list. Thank you for spending so much time putting it together Erin! I’m always on the hunt for new thrifty recipies and I have hit the jackpot!
:)
I have saved and already shared this!

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Norene Bruxvoort January 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Thanks

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Ashley January 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I have done my shopping and spent $220 in my town which is overpriced so I knew I would but I was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a little more detailed recipes of these items? This is a great idea, and a great start for me while I am learning the ins and outs of meal planning. Thank you!

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Pennye Westbrook January 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm

This is awesome! Love Costco and these ideas! Thanks again!

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Tina January 5, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Can’t wait to try these!

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Beth January 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm

thank u

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