Mexico City is packed with beautiful architecture, important museums, delicious food, and cultural traditions dating back hundreds of years, but this week I left all of that behind and instead turned my sights to one of my favorite places, Costco. Early on in our life adventure research, I learned that Costco existed in Mexico City, which only made our move here more appealing. I am by no means a weekly Costco shopper. We are only two people, and live in small urban spaces, but a few times a year I love sampling my way through the aisles, stocking up on a few favorites, and ending with a gigantic plastic cup of vanilla chocolate swirl froyo.
Beyond a froyo lunch, the goal of this trip was to get a sense of which products Mexico City Costco carries, and note down their prices. I'll be taking some time this weekend to do a price comparison on a few kitchen staples to see if regularly shopping at Costco helps or hurts our budget. I know that in the US buying in bulk is often wallet friendly, but since food in general is cheaper here, this may not be the case. Plus, Kirkland products needs to be imported into Mexico, which means those import taxes are passed along to the consumer. Be on the lookout for an additional post with the pricing soon.
Let's start with some basics. A Goldstar Membership costs $25 a year in Mexico, as compared to $60 at home. I was also pleased to see that the store was filled with many familiar products, but also a variety of more local options like yellow mangos, and cilantro spread. Just like other stores, this one had large sections for clothing, furniture, home appliances, and pharmaceuticals.
So on to the fun stuff! My favorite finds during my Costco field trip (please feel free to check and correct my math).
Aisles, and aisles of alcohol, which of course included tequila.
$399.00 MXN for 1.75 L = $15.28 for 750 mL
Lots of chicken.
$71.90 MXN per kilo = $1.67 per pound
Our very favorite peanut butter! This was one of the items I was hoping to find. These are the same size containers in the US, so it's a simpler conversion.
$215.00 MXN = $11.03 USD
Greek yogurt WITHOUT SUGAR, which I have come to learn is super important in Mexico, as they add sugar to just about everything. Once again, the same size containers in the US.
$139.00 MXN = $7.13 USD
Almond milk, which is something you can find in every grocery store here, but why not buy in bulk?
$179.00 MXN per box of six 946 mL = $9.18 per box of 6 quart sized boxes
Kirkland canned tuna fish!!!!! My other Costco love.
$329.00 MXN = $16.88 USD
80% of what I found was the same from home, but there was certainly some local flare on the shelves including mole sauce, tripe, frozen mango concentrate, and massive bags of black beans.
Most importantly though, was that I could get my absolute favorite swirl froyo for only 35 pesos, even if that is the same price at home ($1.80).
Want to know if your favorite product is here? Let me know and I'll make a trip to scout it out. I'm always open for an excuse to weave my way through Costco.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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