Costco US Coupon Book: January 29 – February 22, 2015

January 28th, 2015 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

The new Costco US coupon book starts tomorrow and runs through the last Sunday in February, the 22nd.  In the coupon this month there’s a nice savings of $1,300.00 in warehouse savings.  This month just about everything in the book is an instant savings deal, you’ll only need the book or app to get the deal for $30.00 off a second pair of glasses through Costco Optical.  There are some really good coupons this month, and certainly lots of coupons for cleaning supplies.

Costco US Coupon Book: January 29 - February 22, 2015

Costco US Coupon Book: January 29 – February 22, 2015

This month I don’t have my own PDF to download, but you can view the warehouse coupons on the 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.  The one big change is that Costco says that they will no longer have extra copies of the coupon book available at the warehouses.   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.  Lastly, you can also view them on the website.  Costco has recently started posting the coupons online and through the app before they actually start (like just a few days after the old ones expire), so that makes it easier and nicer for planning too.

This month, you can get a new set of four Michelin tires for $70.00 off.  You can also take advantage of this coupon online at  Costco is giving you a few additional days to use this coupon as well since it lasts until March 1, which is a whole week longer than the rest of the coupon book.

If you’re in need of re-stocking your laundry products, this is your lucky month.  Costco has a good selection of coupons for laundry detergent and fabric softener.  You can save $2.00 off Kirkland Signature fabric softener, weather liquids or sheets are your preference.  You can also save $2.90 off Kirkland Signature UltraClean liquid laundry detergent, either Regular or Free & Clear.  But if you prefer Gain, you can save $4.00 off of their liquid laundry detergent and $4.50 off Gain powder detergent.   If you need to stock up on your dishwashing detergent, then you can get $3.00 off Finish Powerball All-in-One tabs or Jet-Dry.  If you prefer liquid detergent to the tablets, you can save $2.00 off Cascade Advanced Power Gel instead.  So, you should be able to keep your clothes and your dishes sparkly clean.

One of the coupons that I really like this month is for $5.00 off a set of Snapware food storage containers.  You get 15 containers and 15 lids, plus two divided trays and two ice packs.   Snapware is great!  The containers are microwave and dishwasher safe and can be put in the freezer too.  I’ve got two sets of Snapware now, one plastic and one glass, and both of them are excellent and keep food fresher longer because of their super seal.  The lids have a silicone gasket (that you can remove for optimal cleaning) and these clips on all sides that “snap” close for a very tight seal that means stuff won’t leak out and air won’t seep in either.  I think these are great for taking to work or school for lunch because you don’t have to worry about them leaking at all.   I also use them in my fridge for leftovers and things like vegetables or cheese.  So if you’re looking for a better food storage container set, you definitely need to consider these.  Also, you can pick these up at if you won’t be able to make it into your warehouse location; the set is $24.99 online, plus $6.99 shipping right now.

This month you can get $4.00 off the big three pound bag of Kirkland Signature Farmed Atlantic Salmon.  I know that farmed is not as great for you as the wild stuff, but I still eat it and like it.  I think the KS frozen fish are a great way to keep fish on hand for dinner during the week without worrying about it not being fresh.  I’m also a big fan of the individually packed fillets because they make it easy to store but also because it keeps the fish in better shape and means it won’t get freezer burn.  I always have some of the KS salmon in our freezer because it is one of our favourite fish and is so easy to prepare in a variety of ways and it goes well with most anything.  My go-to easy meal during the week is to bake salmon fillets and roast some vegetables, not too exciting but healthy and tasty too.

There are always plenty of vitamins and supplements in the coupon books, and this one is no exception.  However, there are also some coupons this month for two things that everyone should have in their household medicine cabinet: a thermometer and a blood pressure monitor.  In this latest coupon book you can get $8.00 off of an Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer.  This is that cool kind of thermometer that you see on medical tv shows that just requires a quick scan of the forehead, which is much easier to do and get an accurate reading than the ear.  You can use this to get temps for babies to adults, awake or asleep, and it is very accurate too.  Also in this coupon book is a deal for $8.00 off a Microlife Deluxe Blood Pressure Monitor.  A lot of people have high blood pressure and aren’t even aware of it because they never check it.  I have almost the exact same model of blood pressure monitor and we both find it easy to use and I like that it can keep track of your readings too.  You can track 99 readings for two different users, which is great information to help you to keep an eye on your blood pressure.  You can also get this blood pressure monitor at for $44.99 (without $8.00 off), shipping included. also has a lot of information about the technical information about the blood pressure monitor and how to use it.

These are just some of my favourites and highlights for this latest coupon book, but there are really a lot more great items in the coupon book.  I could probably go on and on, so be sure to take a good look through the coupons before your next Costco trip.


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Possible Measles Exposure at Gilroy, CA Costco

January 27th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

20150127-1If you were out doing your normal Sunday shopping at Costco in Gilroy, California (7251 Camino Arroyo) on Sunday, January 18 between 4 and 6 pm, you should be aware that you may have been exposed to measles.  Apparently, an adult man with measles (and thus highly contagious) decided that it would be the perfect time to go out and do lots of errands.  So, Costco shoppers were possibly exposed and this person may have also visited the Walmart across the street and a nearby Walgreens, as well.  Then this person went out for a little dinner and fun at Dave and Buster’s in Milpitas, so if you were there on the same Sunday between 6 and 10 pm, you might have been exposed to measles.

If you were at any of these places you should be vigilant about any possible symptoms until February 8, according to health officials.  Since measles is an airborne disease, passed along through breathing, coughing, things like that, it is highly contagious to those that do not have immunity; this is why it is important to get a vaccine for measles.  Symptoms for measles include things like fever, white spots in the mouth, cough, runny nose, and of course a red rash and usually develop between 7 and 14 days after exposure.  The rash on your skin will normally appear between 2 and 4 days after you have started having symptoms.  A high fever and white spots in the mouth are the earliest symptoms that are definitely signs that you should contact your doctor; contact them before you go in so that you can avoid passing measles on to others if possible.

Fortunately, for most the course of measles will last less than two weeks without complications.  However, some people are at much greater risk for having severe complications and measles can even prove fatal to some.  Those that have an underlying immunodeficiency illnesses (Lupus, RA, AIDS, cancer, take corticosteroids or certain other medications), are pregnant, have a vitamin A deficiency, or babies that are too young to have received a vaccine can have a very severe progression of the infection leading to things like pneumonia and bronchitis, amongst other things.  So, if you think, or know, you have measles, don’t go shopping and “share” it with anyone else!

The infected person at Costco is part of the ongoing outbreak caused by the person at Disneyland.  So far this outbreak has led to at least 87 cases of measles across seven states and Mexico.  Hopefully, everyone reading here has received a vaccine, and will all be okay; though if you are immunodeficient you are at risk regardless of your vaccine status.  Also, health officials have also started telling people to make sure to get a booster shot since there are so many people who choose to go unvaccinated against preventable infections like this.

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Costco Australia is CLOSED for Australia Day (Monday, January 26, 2015)

January 25th, 2015 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

It’s Australia Day this Monday, which means a three day weekend and lots of celebrating.  So, if you are planning on going to Costco to get some shopping done for anything you have going on to celebrate the big day, hopefully you made it today because all Costco Australia locations are CLOSED this Monday for Australia Day.  Even though Costco Australia will be closed on Monday, they will be open on Tuesday and back to regular hours.

In 2013 we were in Sydney for Australia Day, that was just a week after we had gotten there, and it was fun to be there with all of the different events going on and the fireworks.  And it was certainly much warmer than it was here in London.  This year I’ll will definitely be missing all that sunshine and warm weather since it’s cold and a bit gray here!  Not to mention, I do love a good fireworks display!


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This Week at Costco – January 18, 2015

January 24th, 2015 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

While we were in Austin we decided to make a trip to the Costco location that they opened in Cedar Park last year.  I love the big open feeling of the new Costco locations.  Plus, I just like to look at all of the stuff that I don’t always see in my UK Costco.  We went during the week, in the evening, so there wasn’t a big crowd and that gave us plenty of time to just wander around and take it all in. Aside from sightseeing, we did pick up a few things to try out, of course, and we took the opportunity to pick up our yearly copy of TurboTax.  Plus, after we were done shopping at Costco, we were able to stop at In ‘N Out for a delicious Double Double and a chocolate shake.  It was a perfect evening!  LOL

Oh yeah, sorry about the somewhat lousy photos but it turns out that poor hotel room lighting and photos taken with an iPad in a semi-hurry do not combine to make lovely, quality photos.

Labriola Pretzel Slider Buns

Labriola Pretzel Slider Buns

Labriola Pretzel Slider Buns – We have been to Germany a number of times and on each of those trips we always talk about how much we love these rolls that they have that look like pretzels but are actually soft bready goodness.  But I’ve never found anyplace to buy them, unfortunately, nor have I found a recipe that really works well to make them at home.  So we were really surprised to find a bag of pretzel rolls on our recent visit to Costco in Austin.  I’m not sure how long they’ve had these in the US but I wish we had them in the UK.  They don’t call them rolls on the package, they instead refer to them as a slider bun.  The texture of the bread makes it perfect for sandwiches, because it is really soft but has a very smooth and even texture inside.  I ate these just plain because I didn’t have any other option in a hotel room, honestly.  But these would be great for any type of sandwich from lunchmeat to tuna and I think they could even make a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I will say that the texture of the brown crust (what gives it that characteristic pretzel look) on the outside wasn’t quite up to par with what we’ve had in Germany or bakeries where they are made fresh.  I blame the plastic bag for that though.  It does suggest that you can heat them in the oven for a bit and I’m thinking that would probably get the correct/ideal texture back.  The taste was good though and that is what counts.  Dave thought they should be a bit more salty but I thought they were a pretty good substitute for the German pretzel bread we love so much. 16 rolls for $5.99.  Item #: 42881.

Curiously Crunchy Popcorn Halfpops

Curiously Crunchy Popcorn Halfpops

Curiously Crunchy Popcorn Halfpops – Dave spotted these and decided that he had to try them as he was so intrigued by the “half popped” thing.  We picked up a package of the Butter and Sea Salt variety and were wondering what we would find inside.  It turns out it really is a bunch of half popped kernels.  But don’t be concerned about your teeth and dental work, because they’re not as hard as unpopped or partially popped kernels when you make your own popcorn.  They have a nutty flavour with a hint of butter and salt and a nice bit of crunch.  However, they weren’t quite as good as Dave was hoping they would be though.  The crunch is good but they don’t taste quite right to him and he’s not a fan of the weird greasy residue that they leave behind on your hands.  They don’t quite taste like popcorn either, which is kind of strange, but much more nutty; it’s not bad just not popcorn. The halfpops are air popped and have a small list of ingredients: popcorn, canola oil, butter, and sea salt.  So there’s nothing bad going on in those ingredients and since they are air popped they are a bit healthier than other popcorn products you might buy.  But I am pretty sure we wouldn’t buy these again.  Dave says: “the more I eat them, the less I like them.”  I’m also not a fan of the way they’ve done their resealable bag.  The resealable part is part of the way down the front of the bag and does not fully run from side to side, so it is difficult to pour the halfpops out, so I’m not a fan of that at all.  They’re not horrible but they’re not really good either and certainly not something we need to get again.  They did have some other flavours at Costco, so maybe we should have tried one of those.  18 ounces for $4.97.  Item #: 860886.

Utz Pub Mix

Utz Pub Mix

Utz Pub Mix -I love this stuff! We picked this up at the new(ish) Cedar Park Costco location when we were in Austin last week.  And no, I didn’t eat this giant thing while we were there, but I did bring it back in my luggage.  I can’t get this here in the UK, sadly, so I had to resort to bringing it home with me instead.  It’s great for a snack or something to serve at a party that will have a bit more zing than plain old potato chips. Utz calls it a ‘savory blend of crunchy snacks.’ It’s made up of pretzels, honey mustard and cheddar cheese twists, worcestershire rye chips, honey roasted sesame chips, oriental rice crackers, and nacho bagel chips. This is an enormous container, so it is a really great thing to buy if you’re having people over. We used to serve this up when we had poker night at our house or people were over to watch football and it was always quite popular.  I’m not sure if any of it is going to still be around by the time the Super Bowl rolls around in a week, but if so I’ll have some then too.  But really, there’s something about this that I just find completely addictive.  I have a hard time having just a handful of it. I don’t know what it is, perhaps it is just the perfect mix of crunchy and salty for me.  I have to keep it up on a high shelf and try to ration myself or I think I could eat this whole thing in no time at all.  So, if you’re looking for the perfect snack to accompany the Super Bowl, you might want to pick this up.    44 ounce for $6.99.  Item #: 506639.

Intuit TurboTax

Intuit TurboTax

TurboTax 2014, Personal & Small Business -We have been using TurboTax for years and years now.  We tried something else one year but quickly realized the error of our ways.  The other reason we like using TurboTax is because we also use Quicken, both by Intuit, and the two work nicely together and that cuts down on some of the time we have to spend entering numbers from one place to the other.  It’s so easy to use TurboTax because it asks questions in normal, everyday language instead of IRS speak, so it is very understandable.  I think the interview type format also helps you out by coming up with deductions and other things that you might miss or not even think of on your own.  Of course, if you really like looking at all those forms and line 12B and 23C things, you can go directly to the forms too.  Also, as you are going through the process it keeps a running tally of how much you owe or how much your refund is; so you always see it.  Which could be a good thing but sometimes makes you just want to cry.  The other good thing is that they help you accurately value any charitable donations you might have made (obviously, the non-money donations) so that instead of you thinking that the old jeans were worth $2, they’ll tell you that indeed they are worth $20 (or something similar).  And maybe the greatest thing is that it checks for errors and your likelihood of being audited before it lets you file.  So, the audit risk meter lets you see things that may flag you for an audit and make sure that the information is accurate and correct.  Plus, you get to do your e-filing of your returns for free (up to 5 returns), which used to cost around $10, I think.  The software will work for either Windows or a Mac. The Personal and Small Business edition, includes some extras for self-employment tax filing for consultants, contractors, self-employed, single owner LLCs and sole proprietors.  Obviously, this isn’t the version that the average person would need though.  They have four different versions of TurboTax this year, up from three in previous years, though one is the Federal Free version for filing your simple 1040EZ/1040A.  You need to be careful that you pick the right version for you because you don’t want to really need the investments and rental property part and have only purchased the Deluxe version.  On the back of the package you can find a breakdown of what is offered in each version to help you make the right choice.  Right now you can get $10 – $15.00 off of your TurboTax software through your local Costco warehouse or through, so it is the perfect time to pick up your copy for the year.  The quicker you get your taxes done, the sooner you’ll get your refund!  $64.99 ($79.99 – $15.00 coupon).  Item #: 918074.


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Recipe: Oven Cooked Risotto

January 23rd, 2015 by Kimberly · 2 Comments

Since a couple of you asked for the recipe that I use to make my risotto in the oven, I thought I’d share it with everyone.  This is pretty easy to follow and should definitely make risotto much simpler to prepare.  Since my mom shared this recipe with me, which I believe she got from Martha Stewart, I’m not sure that I’ll be all that interested in standing there for twenty minutes stirring my risotto anymore.  Not when I can make it like this with so much less fussing.

I will say that when we made it most recently, using the arborio rice from Costco of course, I used two cups of rice and upped the stock to seven cups because we were not having anything else with it aside from a salad.  Also, I don’t bother using just plain water, which seems like a wasted opportunity to add flavour, instead I combine the plain water amount to the amount for stock, and sometimes the wine too, so that I’m using all stock.  Also, I always use more cheese, but sometimes skip the butter, and then add a bit more grated cheese on the top when I’m ready to serve it.  I just grate my big block of Kirkland Signature Parmesan until my hand gets tired and add that amount, but it’s more like 3/4 of cup and maybe even a whole cup of cheese.

Oven Baked Risotto – Serves 2 to 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup white wine ( optional)
  • 2 to 2 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup low sodium canned chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F /220 degrees C.
  2. In oven proof saucepan or Dutch oven heat oil over medium heat, add onions and cook till translucent.
  3. Add rice and cook, stirring to coat grains of rice with oil about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in wine cook about one minute.
  5. Add 1 1/2 cups hot water, stock, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  6. Cover, transfer to oven, bake until most of the liquid is absorbed. About 20 minutes.
  7. Remove rice from oven stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of hot water, Risotto should be creamy. Add butter, cheese and parsley. Other cooked ingredients can be added at this time.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

Sorry, I didn’t take a picture last time I made this, so I have no photographic proof of how good this recipe turned out.  The risotto was creamy and lovely though and was just as nice as if I had made it in the more traditional way.  Cooking it in the oven also allows me to have time to prepare other parts of the meal or do other things in any case (like laundry and other fun cleaning tasks).

Buon appetito!



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