Prior to beginning our ketogenic journey we were never big Costco shoppers. This all changed not long after becoming keto. We loved seeing our US keto friends showing all the best keto Costco finds and wanted to see what we could find at our Costco in Melbourne.
We loved it so much we renewed our membership prior to going on vacation to Hawaii as we wanted to see what we could find in a US Costco.
Keto Costco Finds – Australia vs US
In Australia we definitely have FOMO (fear of missing out) when we see all the great keto finds our North American friends and we wanted to see what we could find in our local Costco and then what great keto stuff we could get in Hawaii.
We didn’t focus too much on the vegetable and meat sections as this would be similar in both locations. If you are thinking of getting a Costco membership, there are certainly lots of great keto options in the vegetable, dairy and meat sections that you should check out.
We have been to our local Costco in the Docklands, Melbourne a few times since we began keto. Aside from stocking up on toilet paper we love to stock up on nuts, almond meal, sparkling mineral water, cheese, meat and guacamole.
On one of our Costco visits we bought a whole grass-fed eye fillet and portioned it up and stored in the freezer. It lasted us almost a year. The great thing about Costco is you can really stock up your freezer from just one trip, especially if there are only two in your household like us!
We have never really bought many fruits and vegetables as the sizes are just too big for the two of us to consume while it is still nice and fresh. If you were feeding a family, I could see how you could shop here every couple of weeks and save some money.
Costco was one of our first stops when we arrived in Hawaii. We actually ended up going back a second time, as we loved it so much.
Our goal for our Hawaii Costco visit was to see what keto products we could find that we couldn’t find in Melbourne. The best items we found were Cello Whisps, Vermont Smoke & Cure fermented meat sticks, Vital Proteins collagen peptides, the Kirkland brand protein bars and a range keto cook books.
We were hoping to pick up some avocado oil mayo when we were at Costco in the US as we had seen that it was available at some stores. Unfortunately we did not find any and I guess it is good to note here that different locations in the US seem to carry a different range of products.
Note to all Australians planning on visiting Costco in the US. Make sure you have cash or a visa card to avoid embarrassment at the check out. We were prepared by having our Australian Costco card renewed, so we had no issues with that at all.
The issue happened when we went to pay. We hadn’t gotten any US dollars yet, as we had only just arrived, so we tried to pay with our QANTAS cash card. Nope. Rejected. Erika then tried about 3 different cards, before we discovered they only accept visa. By this stage the line behind us were getting pretty annoyed with the Aussie tourists. Thankfully, we had a lovely lady serving us and she advised us to go and get some cash from the ATM and come back and pay for our stuff.
In other news, 4 tubs of Halo Top for $11.49. We pretty much pay that for one tub in Australia.
The Melbourne Costco video was the very first video we ever filmed and we would like to apologise for the poor audio when we are talking to camera. We were a little camera shy in public and spoke too quietly and also realised we need to stand closer to the camera. We are certainly new to all this and are on a steep learning curve!