20 Meals from Costco for about $200 CAD (a price comparison)

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Menu planning, Special interest | 2 comments

20 Meals from Costco for about $200 CAD (a price comparison)

The $5 Dinner Mom, Erin Chase, published a popular blog post on 5dollardinners.com called 20 Meals from Costco for $150.

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?


  1. this sounds like something that would help me out . Do you have a mailing list i can be on. I am in Canada if that makes a difference. After all these years I need someone else to make food decisions for me..This sounds great.

    • Thanks for your interest, Cheryl. We don’t have a mailing list or offer meal plans at this time, but we do provide a list of menu services here (and some are free): Meal planning. Let us know if you find something you like!

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