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I'm a busy mom who shops at Costco on a budget of $100 a month. Here are my 10 favorite things to get there for my 3 kids.

Sun-Maid raisins; Kirkland Signature breaded chicken
Each month, I buy Sun-Maid raisins and Kirkland Signature chicken-breast chunks.Laura Avenius Eliason
  • I'm a busy mom who cooks mostly from scratch and shops at Costco on a monthly budget of $100.

  • The Kirkland Signature frozen blueberries and rolled oats are great to add to breakfasts.

  • My kids love to have the Sun-Maid raisins and Honest Kids organic juice in their lunches.

As a busy mom with three kids under 8, making healthy meals for my family without breaking the budget is one of my top priorities.

Costco is one of my favorite grocery stores for finding great deals on food made with simple ingredients. I try to spend only about $100 at Costco each month.

Here are 10 items you'll find in my cart during a Costco run.

Kirkland Signature organic blueberries are a steal.

Kirkland Signature frozen blueberries
The Kirkland Signature blueberries from Costco last a while.Laura Avenius Eliason

I find the 3-pound bag of Kirkland Signature organic frozen blueberries to be a great deal.

They're great to eat as a snack or use in blueberry pancakes, muffins, and smoothies.

I like that frozen produce is nutritious but often cheaper than the fresh versions — it also lasts longer.

A bag of Kirkland Signature blueberries at my local Costco is $7.90.

I add extra nutrition to my kids' diets with Kirkland Signature quinoa.

Kirkland Signature organic quinoa
Kirkland Signature quinoa is a good source of fiber.Laura Avenius Eliason

I often grab a bag of Kirkland Signature organic quinoa because it's packed with nutrients and high in fiber.

My kids grew to enjoy quinoa due to its similarities to rice and other grains.

This bag of quinoa was almost half the price of a similar product at my local grocery store.

I paid $9.50 for a bag that's nearly 5 pounds.

I upgrade my kids' lunches with the Honest Kids organic juice.

Honest Kids organic juice
Each pack of Honest Kids juice comes with four different flavors.Laura Avenius Eliason

I rarely give my kids juice, but they love having some from the Honest Kids brand in their lunch boxes.

I find that these juice boxes are lower in sugar and about $5 cheaper than many competitors. I always stock up when they go on sale during back-to-school season.

During my most recent trip to Costco, I paid $12.80 for a pack of 40 juice boxes.

The Tortillaland flour tortillas are too good to pass up.

Tortilla Land fresh tortillas
I love that the Tortillaland flour tortillas have five simple ingredients.Laura Avenius Eliason

My family loves having taco nights, but I'm not always a big fan of the ingredients and additives some flour tortillas have.

I was glad to discover Tortillaland tortillas, which list simple ingredients like flour, water, canola oil, salt, and sugar.

A 50-count pack of the tortillas is $8.50 at my local Costco.

Costco sells large, high-quality avocados.

Bags of avocados at Costco
The avocados at Costco look bigger than the ones at many other stores.Laura Avenius Eliason

I'm a big fan of the quality of Costco's large avocados, which are sold in bags of six.

My family loves having them in guacamole, and my kids enjoy them in avocado sushi rolls as a healthy after-school snack.

I paid $6.40 for a bag of avocados.

Kirkland Signature rolled oats are great for breakfasts and snacks.

Kirkland Signature rolled grain
The Kirkland Signature rolled oats are tasty in muffins and protein balls.Laura Avenius Eliason

I think the Kirkland Signature oats are a great whole grain to add to your weekly breakfast and snack rotation.

My family eats oats for breakfast, in muffins and pancakes, or added to what my kids call "power balls" (I call them protein balls).

The oats are cheap, tasty, and very filling.

I paid $8 for a 10-pound bag of Kirkland Signature oats.

My kids enjoy these Sun-Maid organic raisins.

Sun-Maid organic raisins
We add Sun-Maid organic raisins to trail mix, cereal, and more.Laura Avenius Eliason

My kids genuinely enjoy raisins, and I love the price Costco has on the organic Sun-Maid pack.

We add raisins to oatmeal, customized trail mixes, cereal, and cookies. My toddler even likes to eat them on their own.

Raisins contain antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients like iron, which are important for kids' health.

I paid $8.40 for two 2-pound bags of Sun-Maid raisins.

The Kirkland Signature trail mix is one of my favorite Costco buys.

Kirkland Signature trail mix at Costco
The Kirkland Signature trail mix has nuts and chocolate.Laura Avenius Eliason

The Kirkland Signature trail mix is one of my family's favorite treats, as it contains peanuts and M&Ms.

Though single-serving packs of trail mix can be cheap, I find it more cost-effective to grab a larger bag and create my own individual packs at home.

A 4-pound bag of the Kirkland Signature trail mix is $12.50 at my location.

I like using Kirkland Signature maple syrup in my family’s favorite recipes.

Kirkland Signature maple syrup
I'll often use the Kirkland Signature maple syrup instead of white sugar.Laura Avenius Eliason

I try to cook with as little sugar as possible, so I often rely on sweeteners like maple syrup.

The Kirkland Signature syrup tastes great and is also organic.

I like that it's not made with corn syrup, and feel good about giving it to my kids to use on waffles and pancakes.

I paid $13 for a 1-liter jug of Kirkland Signature maple syrup.

Kirkland Signature chicken-breast chunks are made with simple ingredients.

Kirkland Signature chicken-breast chunks
The Kirkland Signature chicken-breast chunks are tasty.Laura Avenius Eliason

Kirkland Signature chicken-breast chunks remind me of the nuggets from Chick-fil-A but are a fraction of the cost.

According to its packaging, the chicken has no added hormones or steroids. And, for breaded chicken, the ingredient list is much shorter than other brands I've encountered.

I serve the chicken with cut-up fruit and vegetables as a quick lunch for my kids.

A 4-pound bag of Kirkland Signature chicken chunks cost me $14.

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