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Vegan at CostcoSnoopy at heart, I love to see what everyone else is buying from local grocery stores in my area.  One really does not want to miss out, right?  Still to date we have not found a grocery store that caters to all our needs, hence, we are still going to multiple stores for necessities.  Here are some photos of the items we purchased the last few weeks and the name stores purchased.

Photo Above:  Costco

Since moving to SoCal, we have had the opportunity to try out Costco.  On the other coast, many years previous, we had a Sam’s Club membership.  Costco is not as popular on the other coast so this is the first place we have lived which has one.  All of Genki HUsband’s colleagues were suggesting we test it out as the prices were “amazing”.  So we purchased an executive membership to receive the fuel discounts and have been checking out the aisles out for great deals.  So far we have found spinach is the best deal for us.  Everything else we have found is either the same price or just pennies less, considering one has to pay for a membership it doesn’t save for our family.  Everyone is different though, but, I believe this is more of a carnivore heaven then vegan’s delight.  We are hoping this winter the prices will go down and more options will come available though.

  1.  Spinach
  2. Romaine Lettuce
  3. Watermelon (usually a few dollars more than other stores in our area)
  4. Bananas (usually picked too green and ripen too fast with a nasty taste)
  5. Tofu
  6. Dave’s Killer Bread (tasty but a bit pricy at $7.99 for the package)

Vegan options at Trader Joes PhotoTrader Joe’s is in our local area, thank goodness!  I miss Whole Foods Market but we love TJ’s too.

  1. Sprouted Bagels
  2. Potatoes
  3. Plums
  4. Kale
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Coconut Water
  7. Refried Beans (Vegan)
  8. Garlic
  9. Red Bell Pepper
  10. Almond Milk, unsweetened, vanilla
  11. Red Split Lentils
  12. Limes
  13. Tofurky
  14. Thyme
  15. Hummus
  16. Tempeh

Vegan Options Walmart

Walmart Vegan Finds – there are a lot of vegan finds at this chain store.  In our area, the fruit and vegetables are a bit higher than say downtown LA but they do have some items readily available so we go here occasionally when passing by for other locations.

  1. Collard Leaves
  2. Cilantro (because homemade guac is the perfect SoCal dip)
  3. Corn on the Cob
  4. Carrots
  5. Boca Chick’in patties
  6. English Cucumbers
  7. Grapes
  8. Blueberries
  9. Purple Cabbage
  10. Celery
  11. Cantaloupe

Vegan Ben and Jerry's Target is the one and only location in our area that has Non-Dairy Ice Cream.  This stuff is totally worth the drive to Target, even if it is a bit of a drive.  I’m not much for ice cream but Genki Husband ate this the first few nights and it was completely gone, mission complete.  If the price were a wee bit more wallet friendly, we would buy this more often but I guess demand = price.

Vegan at 99 Cent Store CaliforniaA new store to us is the 99 Cent Store, I’m not sure if it’s a West Coast thing or just Southern California thing but new to us so still fun.  It is a basic dollar store but has a lot of fresh produce and gluten-free options.  Everything shown is $1.

  1. Gluten-Free Corn & Rice Pasta (Okay but does not hold up well in shape)
  2. Chickpeas
  3. Black Beans
  4. Seasoned Seaweed Snacks
  5. Hunt’s Tomato Paste
  6. Coconut Milk (I use for baking)

Vegan Finds at 99 Cent Store

#2 from the 99 Cent Store.

  1. Zucchini (all was $1!)
  2. Bell Peppers, mini
  3. Peaches (Not the best quality, very ripe)