We’re intrigued by this idea, and thought it would be interesting to find out how much the same food would cost here in Regina, SK (Canada), and if you can buy the same ingredients at our Costco.
Here’s what we found:
- 19 of the 22 ingredients are available at Costco in Regina (the other 3 can be found at other grocery stores)
- The biggest price differences are on chicken breasts, mangos, tortillas, frozen broccoli, eggs, and canned tomatoes
- The total cost of those 22 ingredients is about $230 in Regina
- The actual amount of food you need for the 20 meals would be closer to $200, or even less, as there’s a significant amount of extra food in these purchases (easily enough for 3 or more meals)
- The shopping lists don’t include staples most people would have on hand, such as spices, onion, tomato paste, salad dressing, and olive oil. They also don’t include extra items, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream – so if you want these, it would certainly add to the cost of your meals
For all of the details, including the U.S. and Canadian prices for each item, see:
20 Meals Price Comparison (Google spreadsheet)
What kind of meals are they?
To summarize, the 20 meals are all based on chicken, beef, and egg, except one vegetarian meal. They include grilled chicken, spaghetti, meatballs, tacos, stir-fry, and stews. A slow cooker is used for many of the recipes. Some recipes include freezer instructions. To get the recipes and shopping list, go to:
20 Meals from Costco for $150 – Recipes & Printable Shopping Lists
What do you think?
Would you try something like this (that is, using a plan for 20 meals and getting all of the groceries at once)?
Would it save you money on your monthly food bill?