Clean Eating Gal on a Budget: Costco Haul

I’m a clean eating gal on a budget, so 100% organic eating is (unfortunately) not an option for us. I do the best I can. Some foods I won’t compromise on and always buy organic (greens, chicken, and eggs), some foods I’ll go either way depending on deals (basically all fruits and veggies), and others I never bother to buy organic (like bananas and avocados.)

Always choose something grown over something processed.

There’s a lot of information out there that proves organic is the healthiest way to eat, but for those of us who don’t have the means to afford it, just do the best you can. It seems lately that “clean eating” is automatically being pushed into the same category as “organic.” You can still be a clean eater, and not have a crazy-high grocery bill. You can still eat Paleo, and not have an intimate relationship with your local farmer.

When I say eating clean means eating God-made food, my definition includes conventional. I’m a strong believer that it’s better to choose a conventional apple over a fist full of CheezIts. I use a fruit and vegetable wash from Trader Joe’s to clean all my produce. Many may argue that it’s “not good enough,” but our already too-high grocery budget just cannot go any higher. I’m sure many of you mamas can relate!

A Break It Down ~ DJ Lance Rock

Today I spent $275 at Costco in King of Prussia, PA (I intentionally mention the location because my area is notorious for high prices, so you may have different prices in your area.) The meat should last my family of four for 2 months, and the produce should hopefully last about 2 weeks.


  • Organic Gala Apples (13) – $13.99
  • Bananas (bunch) – $1.39
  • Tomato Mix (large container) – $6.49
  • Campari Tomatoes (large container) – $4.99
  • Celery (4 hearts)  – $2.99
  • Organic artisan lettuce (3) – $3.99
  • Sweet Kale Salad (large bag) – $4.99
  • Cucumbers (3 English) – $3.99
  • Bosc Pears – $7.79
  • Blueberries – $4.99


  • Organic ground beef (3 portions) – $19.99
  • Ground turkey (4 portions) – $17.66
  • Organic chicken wings (3 portions) – $14.38
  • Pork Tenderloin (2) – $12.56
  • Organic chicken breasts (3-4 portions) – $20.69
  • Bacon (5 packs) – $11.99
  • Rotisserie Whole Chicken – $4.99


  • Kerrygold Irish Dubliner cheese – $10.90
  • Cabot 3 year cheddar – $11.41
  • Kerrygold Irish grass-fed butter – $7.69


  • Organic broccoli florets (4 portions) – $6.99


  • Terra sweet potato chips – $5.79
  • Skinny Pop popcorn – $5.29
  • Organic salsa – $7.89
  • Almonds – $16.99
  • Organic Mott’s Applesauce – $11.99

Miscellaneous/Treats for the Kids  (I can’t eat gluten; they can)

  • Club rolls – $2.89
  • Organic tortilla chips – $4.99
  • Flour tortillas – $3.99
  • Eggo’s Waffles – $9.89
  • Tissue boxes – $11.79

TOTAL with tax: $273.86

Other Staples I Always Get (But Didn’t Need Today)

  • Produce: berries, grapes, clementines, mangos, potatoes (always depends on what they have)
  • Organic whole chicken
  • Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs
  • Aidell’s sausage (Whole30 compliant!)
  • Made in Nature FiggyPops (2nd trip they haven’t had them!!)
  • Flap steak (like steak tips for us displaced New Englanders)
  • Vita Coco Coconut Water
  • Frozen fruit (mixed berry and/or mango)
  • 100% Organic Mayorga whole coffee beans
  • Kirkland diapers

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.
  • Jill

    This is great! Exactly what I need. How to feed my family healthy food on a budget!

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