I have lots of these tricks up my sleeve, but I often forget to share them here with you. Here are a couple of my favorite tips that will save you a pretty penny even while shopping at Costco!
Have you ever purchased the individually packaged Dole Fruit Cups? Ya I thought so, me too. That was before I started buying this 10lb can of S&W Pear Halves at Costco. Just strain the juice out of the can (save some if you like), dice them if you choose to and then stick them in little tupperware containers for quick snacks. Or my preference is to divide the pears into mason jars and refrigerate them (pictured above). They don’t last long in our house, but if it seems like more than your family would eat you can freeze them too!
Wondering how much you’ll save? Costco sells the same brand of Pear Halves in an 8 can package (15oz per can) for $9.69. Let’s do the math… The 8 can package packs a total of 120oz for $9.69 vs the 106oz bulk can for $4.59, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it? You’re paying twice as much for a few extra cans that you’re going to recycle and some cardboard packaging.
Let’s not even begin with the 4 oz portioned Dole Fruit Cups for a $0.50 each. Or shall we? Ok let’s do… for the same quantity of pears in fruit cups you’d be paying a whopping $15.00! Ouch. Convenience isn’t worth an extra $10 in my book, especially when it takes me all of 5-10 minutes tops to prepare these pears for eating.
Moving on… I don’t know if you use canned diced tomatoes often at all, but we use them in a lot of recipes – chili, spaghetti, veggie soup, pasta, etc. Recently I started buying this 10lb can from Costco – no we don’t use THAT much all at once. Instead what I do is re-package it into 14oz can portions using a simple sandwich size ziploc bag. If you don’t think you’ll use it in them all next 2-4 weeks then I’d suggest using a freezer bag, otherwise you’ll be just fine with a regular ziploc bag.
Wondering how much you’ll actually save? Well a regular can of store bought or name brand S&W Diced Tomatoes is 14 oz and sells anywhere from $0.80 – $1.00 per can. For the same quantity as the 102 oz can at Costco you’d have to buy 7.28 cans (let’s just round down to 7 cans). Let’s also go conservative here and say they’re on sale or you’re buying the store brand fro $0.80 per can. That’s still $5.60 vs. the $2.69 price at Costco – over 50% savings!
Do you think you’ll test this savings method on your next Costco shopping trip?
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