This is a guest post from Melanie at My BJ’s Wholesale. She shares everything we need to know about saving money on real food at BJ’s. If you’re a BJ’s shopper, I highly recommend you follow her blog.
Are you looking to reduce your grocery bill while feeding your family minimally processed, real food? Then don’t overlook BJ’s Wholesale Club for your needs.
With every trip to the club, I’m always amazed at the organic, non-GMO options BJ’s continually adds to their inventory. I recently went through the club and found more than 70 food items that are healthy for your family, and healthy for your wallet.
Saving Money on Real Food at BJ’s Wholesale Club
Berkley & Jensen Clover Honey (3 lbs) – $8.69
Earth’s Pride Organics 100% Pure Maple Syrup (32 oz) – $11.99
Berkley & Jensen Pure Vanilla Extract (16 oz) – $7.19
BetterBody Foods Organic Chia Seeds (2 lbs) – $12.99
BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Flour (2.25 lbs) – $5.99
BetterBody Foods Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (2 lbs) – $6.49
Flax USA Golden Ground Cold Milled Flax Seed (48 oz) – $8.49
Rozzano Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1L) – $9.99
BetterBody Foods Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (36 oz) – $11.49
Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna (4 pack/5 oz) – $11.99
Goya Chickpeas (6 pack/15.5 oz) – $4.99
Berkley & Jensen Pecan Halves (16 oz) – $6.99
Berkley & Jensen Shelled Walnuts (2 lbs) – $13.29
Berkley & Jensen Whole Almonds (3 lbs) – $15.99
Wellsley Farms Whole Fancy Cashews (34 oz) – $14.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Pine Nuts (8 oz) – $10.99
Barney Butter Almond Butter (16 oz) – $7.99
Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (twin pack/26 oz) – $8.79
Earth’s Pride Organics Peanut Butter (26 oz) – $5.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Quinoa (2 lbs) – $9.99
Rice Select Royal Blend Texmati Light Brown Rice with Quinoa (46 oz) – $8.99
Lundberg Family Farms Brown Basmati Rice (4 lbs) – $6.99
Lundberg Family Farms Jubilee Rice (4 lbs) – $9.49
Rozzano Organic Penne (4 pack/1.1 lb) – $5.49
Rozzano Organic Spaghetti (4 pack/1.1 lb) – $5.49
Fruits and Vegetables
Organic Chiquita Bananas (2 lbs) -$1.49
Tropicana Organic Oranges (4 lbs) – $5.99
Love Cooked Beets (4 pack/35.2 oz) – $6.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Baby Carrots (2 lbs) – $3.49
Foxy Organic Celery Hearts (3 ct) – $3.89
Fresh Express Organic Romaine Hearts (3 ct) – $2.79
Fresh Express Organic Baby Spinach (12 oz) – $3.99
Fresh Express Organic Spinach (20 oz) – $4.39
Fresh Express Organic Baby Kale (14 oz) – $3.99
Nature’s Greens Chopped Kale Greens (1 lb) – $1.99
Nature’s Greens Chopped Collard Greens (2 lbs) – $1.99
Dole Organic Sweet Potatoes (3 lbs) – $1.99
Green Giant Hass Avocados (4 ct) – $4.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Yellow Onions (3 lbs) – $3.99
Spice World Organic Garlic Heads (5 ct) – $2.19
Condiments and Canned Goods
Earth’s Pride Organics Low Sodium Chicken Broth (6 ct/32 oz) – $9.99
Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes (6 pack/14.5 oz) – $6.99
Minor’s No-MSG All Natural Chicken or Beef Base (16 oz) – $7.99
Amy’s Kitchen Organic Canned Soups Lentil and Minestrone Variety Pack (6 pack) – $9.99
Simply Natural Organic Medium Salsa (twin pack/25 oz) – $5.99
Polaner All Fruit Jelly (3 pack/15.25 oz) – $7.99
Horizon Organic Whole Milk with DHA (64 oz) – $4.19
Earth’s Pride Organics Whole Milk (twin pack/half-gallon) – $6.59
Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter Tub (17.6 oz) – $6.79
Earth’s Pride Organics Sweet Cream Salted or Unsalted Butter (twin pack/1 lb) – $7.99
Daisy Sour Cream (32 oz) – $3.49
Earth’s Pride Organics Eggs by Pete & Gerry’s (12 ct) – $3.99
Sorrento Whole Milk Ricotta (3 lbs) – $6.59
Sorrento Whole Milk Shredded Mozzerella (twin pack/2 lbs) – $13.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Frozen Triple Berry Blend (3 lbs) – $9.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Frozen Broccoli Florets (4 lbs) – $7.69
Earth’s Pride Organics Frozen Chopped Spinach (3.5 lbs) – $6.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Frozen Peas (4 lbs) – $7.49
Bybee Foods Organic Frozen Mixed Vegetables (4 lbs) – $6.99
Wyman’s Frozen Kale Blend (48 oz) – $8.49
Nature Source Natural Ground Beef (3 pack/1 lb) – $13.99
Applegate Farms Natural Uncured Sunday Bacon (3 pack/8 oz) – $11.99
Harvestland Frozen Individually Wrapped Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (3 lbs) – $10.99
Snacks and Drinks
Vita Coco Pure Coconut Water Fridgepak (12 pack/11.1 oz) – $15.99
Bigelow Organic Green Tea Bags (150 ct) – $8.99
Earth’s Pride Organics Orange Juice (59 oz) – $3.99
Honest Kids Organic Juice Pouches (32 ct/6.75 oz) – $9.99
Stretch Island Fruit Leather Non-GMO (30 ct) – $6.99
RW Garcia Organic Tortilla Chips (32 oz) – $4.59
Hampton Farms Unsalted Unshelled Peanuts (5 lbs) – $4.99
Orville Redenbacher Popcorn Kernel Jug (92 oz) – $8.99
Lindt Excellence 85% Dark Chocolate (4 pack/3.5 oz) – $7.99
Finding Organic & Natural Items at BJ’s
Organic products have to meet strict criteria to earn green shelf labels that you will find around the club. They must meet all USDA organic standards, have no pesticides, and no artificial fertilizers. Plus, BJ’s ensures that all ingredients:
- Are 100% natural
- Are minimally processed
- Have no artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives
- Contain no GMO’s or synthetic ingredients
- Do not have hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup
You will also notice brown tags around the club to help identify natural items. These foods are guaranteed to be:
- 100% natural
- Minimally processed
- Without artificial colors, flavors, additives, or preservatives
- Without GMO’s or synthetic ingredients
- Without hydrogenated oils or high-fructose corn syrup
In the meat department, a brown shelf tag will confirm that the meat:
- Is U.S. raised on an all-vegetarian diet
- Has no antibiotics
- Has no hormones
- Contains no animal byproducts
Whenever I see a green or brown label, I can be confident that I’m feeding my family the healthiest options.
How is BJ’s Different from Costco?
- BJ’s accepts all major credit cards, whereas Costco only accepts American Express.
- The BJ’s annual membership fee is $5 to $10 less than Costco membership plans.
- BJ’s offers a discounted membership for active and retired U.S. military personnel, while Costco does not.
- BJ’s accepts manufacturer coupons, while Costco does not (see below).
Couponing at BJ’s Wholesale Club
- BJ’s accepts all manufacturer coupons, providing additional savings on top of everyday low prices.
- BJ’s allows coupon stacking. When purchasing a multipack, look for barcodes on items. Members can use one BJ’s coupon with one manufacturer coupon for each barcode. (However, you cannot exceed the retail price of the item. BJ’s does not allow overage.)
- BJ’s also accepts Buy One, Get One Free coupons. They will deduct the maximum value of the coupon as long as the price does not exceed the price of the item. BJ’s will not accept coupons that do not have a maximum value listed.
- BJ’s now participates in the Ibotta mobile coupon program. With Ibotta, you will frequently find coupons for milk, eggs, meat, and other real foods. Members may stack Ibotta coupons, BJ’s coupons, and manufacturer coupons to get really great deals.
Do you shop at BJ’s? What are your favorite real foods at the club?
About the Author: Melanie is a homeschooling mom living in Massachusetts with her husband and six beautiful children. She enjoys coffee, dark chocolate, reading, and trying to balance the demands of a busy family life. Melanie’s mission is to encourage others to save at BJ’s Wholesale Club. Visit her blog: MyBJsWholesale.com.