Costco US & Canada CLOSED Monday, September 7, 2015 for Labor Day

September 3rd, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

Have plans for a get together with friends and family this Labor Day?  If so, you’ll want to get in your Costco shopping this weekend because they are CLOSED on Monday. All Costco locations in both the US and Canada will be CLOSED for Labor/Labour Day on Monday.  So, you’d better get to Costco on Saturday or Sunday for your burgers, sausages, hot dogs, soda, chips, and any paper plates and plastic cups that you need.   Of course, this also means that Costco will most likely be totally crazy this weekend because everyone else will be there with the same great idea of last minute shopping for their festivities too.  You might want to think about getting there early to avoid the crowds and make sure you still have stuff to buy!

And just so you know this does mean absolutely ALL locations in Canada and the US are CLOSED, no exceptions like there usually are in Canada.

ALL Costco US Locations:

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7, 2015 CLOSED

ALL Costco Canada Locations:

  • Labour Day: Monday, September 7, 2015 CLOSED
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Costco US Coupon Book: September 3 – 27, 2015

September 1st, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new coupon book starts this Thursday, September 3, and runs for the pretty much the whole month, through September 27.  This new coupon book offers $1,700.00 in savings, which is a bit less than the previous book.  There are a few things that will be good to buy for any back to school lunches you need to pack, as well as a few deals on things if you are having family and friends over for Labor Day.

Costco US Coupon Book: September 3 - 27, 2015

Costco US Coupon Book: September 3 – 27, 2015

This month I have uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) (this is a PDF of what they posted online), or you can view it at the warehouse coupons on the Costco.com website.  If you weren’t aware, Costco has updated their coupon policy for “streamlined savings”.  Basically, that means that you won’t have to clip coupons (if you ever needed to for your location anyway) again, but instead you can just show the cashier the coupon book or the smartphone app to redeem any offers marked with a blue arrow (which will make more sense when you see the coupon book).  You can get the app for either iPhone or Android in their respective app stores.  The only coupons that you must have the app or coupon book to redeem are the ones with the blue arrow, but they are all pretty much instant savings deals lately.  For many, they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different.  If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Or, just use the Costco smartphone app.

There are only two coupons in this book that require you to actually have a physical copy of the book or the smartphone app.  Both of these coupons are for Photo Center things – ink cartridge refills and poster photo prints and boards.  I had never tried the ink cartridge refill service until my mom ran out of ink while we were visiting her last year and since we were on our way to Costco we thought we might as well check it out.  It was fast and easy, they completed while we did our shopping, and far less than actually buying new printer cartridges too.  The printing on the refilled ink looked just like it did on the original cartridges too.  Costco can refill your cartridges for Epson, HP, Canon, Lexmark, or Dell and after the $2.00 off coupon it will only cost between $5.49 to $8.49.  And those prices make it far less than buying a replacement ink cartridge.  For more information about this service, including the types of cartridges they can refill and prices, you can visit CostcoInkjetRefill.com.  There’s also a coupon for $1.00 – $5.00 off of poster prints or poster boards as well.  After the discounts prices range from $5.99 to $7.99 for poster prints or $11.99 to $19.99 for poster boards.

If you’ve got kids heading back to school, or even for yourself, there are a few coupons that are great for lunchbox items.  You can get $3.00 off  of Annie’s Bunny Snacks Variety Pack.  There are 36 little one ounce bags of organic wheat, baked snacks, including cheddar, chocolate and graham bunnies.  These are a nice alternative to chips or pretzels and the one ounce bags are a perfect amount for lunch.  Alternatively, you can get $2.90 off a 28 bag Frito-Lay Select Mix Variety Pack.  I believe these are also one ounce bags of a pretty good variety of chips, including Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, and Ruffles.  They even have four bags of Funyuns in the box.  There’s also a coupon for $2.40 off of Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Original Cheese Wedges.  There are 32 of the handy individually wrapped wedges in the 4, 6 ounce packages bundled together at Costco.  In each 6 ounce round you get 8 wedges, so they’re a bit less than an ounce per wedge which is about how much cheese nutritionists say we should eat anyway.  I like that it is spreadable so you could easily open it up and smear some on crackers or apple slices even.  I know this next thing isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but I’ve known a couple of people (both adults, by the way) that loved the Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwiches.  These are $2.75 off for a packages of 18, individually wrapped sandwiches.  They call them sandwiches but they are like soft white bread parcels filled with grape jelly and peanut butter really.  And strangely, you keep them in the freezer and then thaw them out and serve them.  These might be a good thing to keep on hand for emergency quick lunch packing moments when you just don’t seem to have enough time in the morning to get everything sorted.

Okay, moving on from lunches and treats for people, to ones for your dog.  Dogs like to chew things but don’t like to brush their teeth, so thankfully, there’s a treat for that.  You can save $4.60 off a 51 count box of Pedigree Dentastix Chews with this new coupon book.  There are three flavours in the box: original, beef, and fresh.   I think they are for medium or large sized dogs only and not appropriate for small dogs, though maybe Pedigree has a version for tiny pooches too.  These are great for keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy without you needing to regularly wrestle them into submission trying to brush their teeth.  Our dogs were always more likely to eat the toothpaste (yum, chicken flavoured) than actually get any type of cleaning done with it, so I think things like this are great.  They get rid of a huge amount of the plaque and tarter that can develop on a dog’s teeth and that helps your dog be healthier in the long run.  Plus, dogs love them and you’ll love their fresher breath.

There are quite a few other good deals in this bunch of coupons too, so I’m just going to point out one more of my favourites.  There’s a deal for $20.00 off a 2 pack of Sonicare Plaque Control Plus Rechargeable Toothbrushes.  You get two complete rechargeable toothbrushes in this set, each with their own charger and travel case, as well as four brush heads.  I’m a big fan of the Sonicare and Costco always seems to have the best deals on them and their replacement brush heads too.  You really will feel like you’ve just been to the dentist after you’ve used a Sonicare.  If you’re more of a low-tech toothbrusher, you can also save $4.00 off an 8 pack of Oral-B CrissCross Toothbrushes.

Another thing that I wanted to point out, now that it is creeping into flu season (and they’ve put a handy reminder in the coupon book), you can get your yearly flu shot at Costco too.  Costco’s pharmacists are certified for administering vaccinations for the flu and a wide variety of other immunizations and vaccinations too.  You can get your yearly flu shot for $14.99 and since it is administered in a pharmacy many insurance companies will also cover that cost.  You can walk in, you don’t need an appointment, and get it done before you do your shopping.  You can get a full list of immunizations and vaccinations that can be given at Costco, as well as their prices, at the Costco Pharmacy website. They also have a consent form available online so you can print it and fill it in at home and be all ready to go when you get to Costco.

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Costco US Photo Center Website Back Online

August 31st, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

After being down for more than a month CostcoPhotoCenter.com is finally back up and running.    As I mentioned in previous posts, Costco’s third party vendor, PNI Digital Media, had a security breach at the end of July.  As a result, Costco and several other retailers, took down their photo websites while the breach was investigated and measures were put in place to assure that everyone’s account information was safe.  So, after all that time, Costco’s online photo center is back.

When you first log in to your account you will be sent an email prompting you to reset your password for the site, and then you can get back to most of your normal Photo Center activities.  The good news is that if you had started a project before the site was taken down, then you will be able to continue your work on it now.  The bad news is that there are a few things that are still not fully functional: home delivery, the mobile app, and creation of new photo books.

I’ve copied below the message that Costco has posted on the Photo Center website when you visit now and it should cover all of the questions you might have, or you can check out their “Help” page.  As a little effort to apologize for the inconvenience, Costco has some special pricing on photo greeting cards and 4″x6″ prints that will run through October 4, 2015.

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Dear Members,

Let us begin by apologizing for all of the inconvenience, frustration and concern created by taking the Costco Photo Center offline. We recognize the value our members place on their memories, and we are very sorry for the lengthy downtime experienced on our site.

That said, we are grateful for your loyal patronage, and welcome you back to the Costco Photo Center. We appreciate your trust in our offering, and look forward to assisting our members in creating lasting memories that only a picture or photo gift can capture!

With the exception of home delivery, the mobile app and members wanting to build new photo books, all products previously available are fully functional. Members who had started a project prior to the shutdown will be able to complete their project (available through the “my projects” header-tab). We expect the mobile app and the ability to build new photos books to be available shortly. Home delivery should be available by 9/29/15 or earlier.

Preliminary findings show a security compromise occurred at the company that hosts the Costco Photo Center, which also affected many other online photo sites. The site has been rebuilt with additional security measures applied at several levels. For more information about the security incident that caused our site to be down, and the ongoing investigation, please click here.

For your security and protection, when you log in for the first time, you will be sent an email that will require you to reset your password.

Below, please find automatic re-introduction price reductions for the products listed. The price reduction will be applied when you complete your order on the photo center site:

Product Normal Price Welcome Back Offer Date
Stationery Greeting Cards $17.25 for 25 $10 off Valid through 10/4/15
Photo Greeting Cards $14.99 for 50 $10 off Valid through 10/4/15
4×6 Prints 17¢ each 9¢ each Valid 9/7/15 – 10/4/15

To return to the Costco Photo Center home page, please click here.

Kind regards,

The Costco Photo Center

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Costco UK Coupon Book: August 31 – September 20, 2015

August 29th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new Costco UK coupon book starts on Monday and runs most of the month of September, until the 20th.  In this new coupon book there is a respectable £600.00 in savings, while it is more than the last book, though I still think the last coupon book seemed a bit better.  It seems like Costco is trying to send us all a hidden message this month: clean it up!  There are cleaning supplies for keeping yourself, your laundry, and your dishes clean.

Costco UK Coupon Book: August 31 - September 20, 2015

Costco UK Coupon Book: August 31 – September 20, 2015

I’ve uploaded the new Costco UK Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer).  If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail.  Also, while you’re there, ask them for a copy of the latest book if they didn’t hand you one when you walked in the store.  In the UK they print the coupons on both sides of the pages, without the codes, and they just automatically deduct them after they ring up your items.  I love this method of couponing and I’m glad to see that it seems all Costco locations in the world are following suit.  I do still find it useful to have a copy so I know what to look for because I don’t always notice the signs that they’ve posted to let you know what has a coupon.  Of course, they often hand you a copy of the coupon book when you walk in the store or have them sitting there so you can grab one as you enter. I usually download a copy of the PDF to my phone before I go to the store so that I can easily reference it while shopping.  If you sign up to receive emails from Costco.co.uk, they will send you an email to let you know when the new coupon book is available online, usually the weekend before the new book starts.  Since they now post the coupons on the Costco UK website, you can always download a copy of the latest coupon book from there or you can find a link to it on the Warehouse Offers webpage.

I didn’t find a ton of stuff in this latest coupon book to get excited about, but there are always a few things that catch my attention.  Luckily, there’s only one thing in here that I have bought recently.  A couple of weeks ago I was running low on my Kirkland Signature body wash, and they were out of it in our warehouse so I picked up the SebaMed body wash (review coming soon I think) but now they’ve got a coupon for £2.00 off the body wash and the body lotion (£9.58 and £7.18 with VAT).  I haven’t tried this yet, but it gets good reviews online so I’m curious to try it.  It is made with olive oil apparently, but also had the dreaded sodium laureth sulfate which is often considered a big skin irritant.  Aside from olive oil, it seems like the rest of the ingredients are just chemicals, and not the skin friendly ones either.  Overall the ingredients in the KS body wash seem more skin considerate, so if I can get that then I will most likely take the SebaMed back.

So, I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t own an iron.  For the most part this isn’t a big deal because anything that needs to be ironed I’ve generally sent out to the cleaners and let them do the ironing, except for sheets and pillowcases.  Lately, I’ve had a few things that I just wanted to quickly iron myself like my sheets, so I’ve thought maybe I should go ahead and get an iron.  Because of my rheumatoid arthritis my hands aren’t really up for lots  of ironing though, of course, the Morphy Richards Comfi Grip Iron in the new coupon books might prove to be hand friendly enough for me.  The new coupon book has a deal for £5.00 off the iron, which makes it a quite reasonable £29.98 with VAT, and that’s about £10.00 less than you’ll find it anywhere else.  The reviews are pretty good, the only thing that bothers me is that a few people say it is heavy.  So hopefully they’ll have this unboxed at Costco so that I can try it out and also see what makes the handle so comfortable.

Recently, Costco UK locations have been improving their selection of frozen fruits, now if they could just get a nice selection of vegetables too.  I got the delicious frozen mango on June and now it seems that they are adding the delicious Kirkland Signature Whole Blueberries to the mix too.  At least at our location they haven’t had these before.  Now they’ll not only have these but they’re £2.00 off with the new coupons too.  The big 2.27 kg/5 lb bag will be just £7.29 after the discount and that is a great deal.  The berries are individually quick frozen so that they keep all of their berry goodness and aren’t just a big clump in the bag.  Plus, there are no preservatives, just all of the good stuff naturally in blueberries.  These are great with yogurt, smoothies, or granola but they’re also delicious in hot cereals too.

If you’re in the market for new tyres, there’s a deal this month to get Costco shopping vouchers valued at £10 – £100 when you buy Michelin tyres.  If you get two Michelin tyres you can get a voucher for £10, £30, or £50 depending on the size of the tyres.  If you buy a full set of four Michelin tyres you can get a voucher for £30, £70, or £100 depending on the size of tyres.  For all of the information, and to take advantage of this deal, just visit the Tyre Centre at your local Costco.

For me there’s not much that makes me go “woot” in this new coupon book, but hopefully these coupons are more appealing to everyone else.

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Why Should I Pay for a Costco Membership? Reviewed.com Has the Answer

August 26th, 2015 by Kimberly · 3 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Dave Swanson, a writer at Reviewed.com, for an article he was writing about Costco.  I like talking about Costco of course, but his article is on one of my favourite topics too: is the Costco membership worth the price?  I could talk for quite some time on this topic because it is one of the things that I have had people ask me most frequently over the years.  There are so many ways to answer this question!  And I’ve probably used them all in the last decade to answer various people questioning me about the value of a Costco membership.

If you’re on the fence about getting or keeping your Costco membership, or know someone that is, then Dave’s article “Why Should I Pay to Shop at Costco?” is a great summation of exactly why Costco can be a good deal for people.  I really like that he points out that Costco isn’t just about buying bulk food products, like the giant jar of mayonnaise.  There are plenty of things you can get at Costco that aren’t in bulk really at all, or are things that don’t have a short shelf life.  But even if you’re not there for the food at all, there are also appliances, electronics, clothes, shoes, jewellery, office supplies, paper products, and a thousand other items to save your money purchasing.  And that doesn’t even include the tremendous deals that you can get from Costco’s other member benefits like prescription medication, optical services, hearing aids, travel, photo development, or the very popular auto program.  To prove his point, he’s got a great list comparing a nice variety of items that you can find great deals on at Costco when compared to other retailers.  I often find price comparisons are the most persuasive piece of evidence when people ask me about the usefulness of a Costco membership and it is hard to refute the actual numbers.

Of course, as I always say, and he quotes me in this article too, Costco isn’t necessarily for everyone.  Depending on your lifestyle and what you buy, the Costco membership might not really work for you.  Though, I do sometimes question people who say that to me because you can make up your membership fee when you purchase just a few things like eyeglasses, a new sofa, a rental car, steaks, various electronics, gas, or even clothing and accessories.   Plus with Costco you always have their great return policy to fall back on, and that goes for the membership fee too.  If you sign up for a membership and realize that it isn’t for you and you’re really not getting the benefit you wanted or expected, then you can get a full refund of your membership.  So really, what do you have to lose from signing up?

Dave has done a great job of presenting the case for a Costco membership, so be sure to check out his article.

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