This Week at Costco – April 13, 2014

April 19th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

I’m doing a bit of an abbreviated post this week, since it is the holiday. I decided late in the week that I would actually kind of take a break for the four day weekend but didn’t manage to get my post completely written.  If you’re in the US, UK, Canada, or Australia, don’t forget that you won’t be able to do any Costco shopping on Sunday because all of the stores in those countries will be CLOSED for Easter.

Square Pie Food Truck in the middle of Costco

Square Pie Food Truck in the middle of Costco

Square Pie Canapies – Often when Costco has a special vendor come in for a roadshow or special sample situation, it’s pretty standard table or booth situation.  However, last weekend we were amazed to see a cute little (but seriously, full sized) Air Stream trailer back by the freezer section. My initial reaction was how did they get an Air Stream back here? I’m all about the logistics.  LOL  It was a really cute way to hand out samples and definitely get the attention of shoppers.  There’s no way you can just walk past the food truck and not stop and ask about what they are handing out.  The only other place I’ve seen such a production out of a roadshow was in Seoul where there was a similar, though not as cute, trailer handing out samples of Tom N Toms Coffee.  In any case, this Air Stream was for the Square Pie company who were handing out samples of their delicious canapies, a clever play on canapés.   They say their canapies are “proper pies, just smaller”.  Naturally, we had to try a sample and then because they were so good we decided we would buy our own box of canapies.

Square Pie Canapies

Square Pie Canapies

In the box you get nine different pies in three different flavours.  You get three each of steak and ale, chicken and mushroom, and BBQ bourbon beef.  The pies are probably around 2 inch wide squares of lovely meat pie goodness.  I’m not all about the meat pies but these were really good.  Too many of the pies that we’ve had since moving to London have had a really bad crust that was either too hard or too soggy or just yucky, or, the filling is gluey or flavourless or both.  However, the Square Pie Canapies certainly redeem the pie in my eyes.  They have a light flakey pastry crust that really nice and light enough to not overpower the filling and end up being the only thing you can taste.  Of course, that might have been hard to pull off anyway because their fillings were filled with nice big pieces of meat and they were all really flavourful.  They use only fresh beef and chicken from British and Irish farms, so no strange meat pieces and leftovers.  Dave preferred the chicken and mushroom, which had lovely good sized pieces of breast meat that were still nice and moist.  I really liked the steak and ale, which also had nice sized pieces of meat that clearly was beef (no mystery meat surprise in the pies) and the tang of the ale was just the right amount to enhance but not drown the flavour.  The BBQ bourbon beef flavour was nice too with lots of meat inside and while it wasn’t our favourite we did both like it.  I’m not a fan of most BBQ stuff because I don’t like the sweetness in the BBQ sauces, and this was good but a bit too sweet for me still.  But seriously, all of them were really good.  Now I understand why there’s always a crowd around the Square Pie people when we have been at Spitalfields.  I thought it was just one of those trendy food things that I wasn’t cool enough to want to wait in line to have.  But no, their pies are really yummy!  I am hoping that they start selling these at Costco all of the time now.  9, 60 gram mini pies for £5.99 (US: $10.06).  Item #: 0164499.

Fresh Pineberries

Fresh Pineberries

Fresh Pineberries – Have you ever heard of pineberries?  Neither Dave nor I had heard of these, much less tried them.  At first we thought they just looked like some strange experiment in strawberry growing.  But then when we looked a little closer we realized that they had a very different texture on the berry than a normal strawberry.  The berry part is a very pale yellowy-pink colour, that is almost white, and the seeds are super bright red; I’m not even sure they really are seeds.  But the texture is what is really strange because it is almost like a basket weave or intricate carving because the seeds are in these little nooks and the rest of the berry puffs up around the seeds giving it a very textural, almost sculptural look.   They look totally strange.  They’re not as big as strawberries usually are now, but they look more like the size of a wild strawberry or the ones you might actually grow yourself.  The price is pretty shocking too because at £3.99 for just 250 grams, they are not really a low cost fruit item.  But when we looked up and saw the sign that said “looks like a white strawberry tastes like pineapple”, we knew we must try these berries.  How can anything that looks like a  strawberry taste like a pineapple?  What the what?!?  The even more amazing part is that it isn’t just some smart marketing ploy to lure in people like me, these berries actually do have a pineapple flavour.  It isn’t super strong but they have that acidic sweet taste just like a pineapple.  The really juicy ones really tasted like a perfectly sweet pineapple, some of the less ripe or juicy ones tasted less pineapply but it was still there in the background.  The berries aren’t huge like most strawberries you get in stores now, but they were all quite juicy, even the ones that weren’t as juicy as others were still more juicy than most strawberries.  We just ate ours as is without any adornment because they were really juicy and sweet and tasted like pineapple; we couldn’t get over the novelty.  The flavour is really nice and I wouldn’t want to risk masking it with anything, but I imagine that it would be good on a tart or with some vanilla ice cream maybe.   According to Wikipedia, the Pineberry is a mix of two different types of strawberries – one from South American and one from North America.  They were brought back from near extinction by some enterprising Dutch farmers in 2003 and have been for sale in the UK since 2011. They are pretty much grown on small farms and the plants don’t have a huge output, so clearly they aren’t available all over or inexpensively.  So, that explains why most people have never heard of this berry.  I am definitely glad that Costco had them so that we could try them out and I’m even happier that someone had the sense to explain what they were on sign, otherwise we would have walked right past the “weird strawberries” and just figured this was some kind of fruit nonsense.  250 grams for £3.99 (US: $6.70).  Item #: 0131246.

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Costco is CLOSED for Easter (Sunday, April 20, 2014)

April 17th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Easter holidays start this Friday, and that means that there are several different locations across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia that will be closing their Costco stores in observance of the holiday.  I wanted to make sure everyone is aware that Costco is definitely CLOSED on Sunday, April 18, 2014, for Easter in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.  I’m not sure what the holiday schedule is for Costco Mexico, but I would think it would be similar being closed on Easter Sunday and possibly Good Friday, so please check before you set out to shop there.  Depending on where you do your Costco shopping, you may also find that Costco is CLOSED  for Good Friday, April 18, 2014, as well.

So, if you need to get a few last things to make some nice Easter baskets, or a few dozen eggs to dye, maybe some beautiful flowers, or just some more groceries to feed all your relatives and friends that will be coming to visit, you’d better plan your Costco visit accordingly for the holiday schedule in your area.

Please check the holiday schedule below for the holiday closures and special hours at Costco in your area:

  • Costco US
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco UK
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco Canada
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 18, 2014 all locations CLOSED;
      • Exceptions:
      • Quebec locations open 9 am to 8.30 pm;
      • British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan locations open 10 am to 5 pm.
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
  • Costco Australia
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 18, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
    • Easter Saturday: Saturday, April 19, 2014 all locations open 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.
    • Easter: Sunday, April 20, 2014 all locations CLOSED.
    • Easter Monday: Monday, April 21, 2014 all locations open 9 am to 6 pm.
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Lockhart Fine Foods’ U-Bake OATOMIC Energy Bars

April 15th, 2014 by Kimberly · 2 Comments

If you’ve read my reviews for very long, you have probably noticed that I try a lot of quick foods that I can eat without much fuss during the day.  And the biggest category of fuss free foods is bars of some variety – breakfast, granola, energy, etc.  Grabbing a bar for a quick snack or even breakfast just means that is one less thing I have to think about or mess with during the day.  I find a bar in the morning especially wonderful because I like to get my day going and for me that does not include a leisurely breakfast or taking the time to make something even.  A cup of tea in the morning is pretty much the extent of the “cooking” time I want to do in the morning.  So, needless to say, I was thrilled when the nice people at Lockhart Fine Foods contacted me about trying their new energy bars that they are now selling at midwest Costco locations.

Lockhart Fine Foods U-Bake OATOMIC Energy Bars

Lockhart Fine Foods U-Bake OATOMIC Energy Bars

The U-Bake OATOMIC Energy Bars are perhaps the coolest, and tastiest, bar on the market right now.  Their cool factor doesn’t come from some crazy lab-created potion or mixture, but from a novel difference in how you get your energy bars.  You won’t find these in the regular cereal aisle or near the snacks, like other bars.  Nope, you’ll only find these in the refrigerated area.  But the really interesting thing is that you find them there because they are actually sold as dough and then, as the name indicates, you bake them at home.  This way your energy bars are super fresh when you are eating them and it turns out that makes a huge difference to the texture and moistness of the bars.  When I first heard about this, I was totally intrigued but thought maybe it would be like making your own granola at home which is basically the same as the stuff you buy in texture and taste.  However, these energy bars end up having this great texture for this type of bar product that is chewy, soft, and moist with so much flavour.  As far as bars go, these are pretty unique in that they have a nice texture and they actually taste good too.

Two layers of Oatomic pre-scored dough

Two layers of Oatomic pre-scored dough

The dough comes in four slabs that are pre-scored for 8 bars per slab; you get 32 bars in total in the box at Costco.  They package two slabs of dough, or 16 bars, in a sealed pack, so you can easily take the other two layers of dough and put them in the freezer, for up to 10 months, if you want.  The dough will be fine stored in an air tight container in your fridge too if you plan on making the bars in the next couple of weeks.  All you have to do to prepare the bars is pre-heat your oven to 350 F (325 F for convection ovens), break apart the bars and place them on a cookie sheet, and then cook them for about 10 – 12 minutes.  The directions on the box say to place the bars 1.5″ apart on the cookie sheet but I know I placed my closer together than that.  I probably had mine just an inch apart or even a little less, and they were okay and didn’t spread into each other, though they do puff up a bit when cooking so you don’t want to get them right next to each other or touching in any way.  I tried breaking them apart along the pre-scored marks too but had a problem with a couple of them bending and breaking a bit, so the next time I just used a knife to make sure they came apart in perfect bars.  When you take them out of the oven, you’ll be tempted to eat them right away because they smell so awesome, like you’re baking really great oatmeal raisin cookies, but don’t.  Step away from the hot bars!  You really, really need to keep yourself away from them until they are quite cool and can easily come off of the cookie sheet without bending or coming apart.  They firm up as they cool but I promise you they will still be moist, tender, and delicious when they are fully cool.

Fresh from the oven

Fresh from the oven

Once the bars are cool you can easily remove them from the cookie sheet and pop them into an air tight container (might I suggest the Snapware that is sold at Costco too) where they will keep quite well for a week.  Or, you can put them in the fridge to keep them for up to two weeks.  I prefer to keep them unrefrigerated and just make a fresh batch at the start of the week so I have delicious, fresh bars for the week.  The freshly baked bars are so soft and so moist and flavourful that it truly is like having a fresh from the oven oatmeal raisin cookie.   I’ll admit the first bunch I made I didn’t quite wait for them to cool completely before I tried one, that’s how I know you really want to let them cool to keep them intact.  The funny thing is that you don’t have to jump the gun like that, because the only difference between them fresh from the oven and at the end of the week of being in the air tight container, was that they were warm when they were just out of the oven.  At the end of the week they were still just as tender and moist and just as flavourful as when they were just baked.

Look at all of the delicious oats, nuts, and raisins

Look at all of the delicious oats, nuts, and raisins

The Oatomic Energy Bars are Oatmeal Raisin Pecan and they are so yummy and flavourful that you can’t believe they are in any way healthy for you too.  But they are loaded with all kinds of good things, and free of the bad things that you find in a lot of these types of bars.  There are no artificial ingredients in the bars, just the perfect mix of oats, raisins, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seed and ground flaxseed, that is sweetened naturally with applesauce and evaporated cane juice.  There are no refined sugars, fillers, additives, or preservatives in the bars, plus they are low in sodium and have zero (0) trans fats. They use Kosher dairy products too, if that is a concern for you.  Each bar is 1.7 ounces/48 grams and has 200 calories, 10 grams of fat, just 90 mg of sodium, 14 grams of sugar, 2.5 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.  Each bar also has 500 mg of the very good for you Omega-3 fatty acids and even 6% of your RDA for iron.  All of that makes these bars a perfect breakfast substitute or quick afternoon snack.  These would also be a great post-workout snack as well.  I find them really useful for a quick energy pick-me-up in the afternoon when I start kind of losing steam between lunch and dinner.  As a mid-afternoon snack they are even more important when I am having a late in the day workout because it keeps my energy level up enough that I can still have a productive workout.

I love a good breakfast or energy bar, but unfortunately the “good” is sometimes hard to find in that equation.  Or at least, good for you and good to taste seems to be a hard combination to achieve.  In my quest to find good tasting and good for you, I’ve tried just about every energy, cereal, granola, breakfast, protein, whatever bar out there from expensive to cheap and these by far are the tastiest ones I’ve ever had.  I’ll be honest, usually when I think of energy bars I think of things that provide a punch of quick nutrition but usually taste either really bland or (mostly) just really bad.  Or, they cover them in some type of chocolate-like product to make them more palatable; which still doesn’t always work.  But honestly, the Oatomic bars are more like eating a cookie than an energy bar.  Even my husband, who never likes stuff like this, likes these.  And that is huge because he is not a fan of anything with raisins but he liked these and has even had more than one, or two, or three of them.  I find them filling enough to have for breakfast, especially when I have a mid-morning snack of fruit.  And, as I said, they are great mid-afternoon to boost your energy and get you through the rest of the day until dinner.

Right now you can find the U-Bake Oatomic Energy Bars (item number 835591) at Costco locations in their Midwest Region which includes the following states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  I hear that they might be having a trial in Texas Costco locations as well (I’ll try to let everyone know when that happens).  And of course that seems fitting since they are made in Lockhart, Texas.  Each box of 32 bars is $9.99 at Costco, or just $0.31 per bar.  I think they are a great bar and that price is really a deal too.  I will definitely have my mom buy some of these the next time I go visit her.  Wonder if I could bring these back in my suitcase…  Of course, now I am wishing that they were going to be bringing them to the Costco UK locations too.  I don’t know how I’m going to go back to eating other bars, they’ll never live up to these.

By the way, if you are in Texas you can find the Oatomic bars in the bakery section of Central Markets, and soon they will be in HEBs too.

If you were wondering how I got my hands on these, the people at Lochart Fine Foods sent me a box to try so that I could share my thoughts with everyone here.  The logistics of this was pretty impressive since they were sending fresh dough from Texas to me in London.  Amazingly, they did arrive perfectly intact and even still cold.  The wonders of modern shipping, huh?  Even though I did receive my box of U-Bake Oatomic Engery Bars for free from Lockhart Fine Foods, my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the product.   I truly did love them and really do think they are worth checking out.

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This Week at Costco – April 6, 2014

April 12th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

I cannot believe that it is already April!  The last few months have just flown by, it seems.  Maybe that’s just because I slept through about a month of the year.  In any case, next weekend is Easter, so don’t forget to keep that in mind for any last minute shopping you need to do for the holiday.  The US and UK coupon books both run through Easter weekend and beyond as well, so you don’t need to worry about rushing to get any of those items as well as holiday stuff.

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey

Browns Gourmet Sliced Turkey – With two of us at home for lunch everyday now, we are working our way through sampling all of the possible lunch meats at Costco.  I already reviewed the truly excellent Pastrami from Browns Gourmet, which I would definitely recommend to any pastrami fan.  The sliced turkey is equally delicious.  We had actually tried this first, and I’m finally getting it reviewed (sorry).  This is made from real turkey breast that has been basted in butter.  The slices are nice and thick, just like if you were slicing up a turkey breast you had made at home, only probably more evenly sliced.  They are perfect for making a great sandwich because the thickness of the slices means that you’re not using a whole package of thinly sliced/shaved turkey “breast” for a decent sandwich.  I found that the slices are so thick that I really only need a single slice on a sandwich, but if I’m really hungry I might have two.  Dave, on the other hand, always goes for two to three slices on his sandwiches.  Of course, with thick slices you get lots of nice turkey taste too.  There’s enough turkey in a slice that I find I can actually put a piece of cheese on my sandwiches and still taste the turkey, even with a strong Swiss cheese.  I don’t know if it is due to the basting or the thickness of the slices, but this is also some of the moister turkey lunch meat that I’ve had.  I used it to make nice cold sandwiches, but it also was really good in a kind of grilled turkey and cheese type of thing.  I love turkey for sandwiches, especially when it is this good, because it is a good source of protein that is filling but not too heavy on the calories or the fat.  For this sliced turkey a 100 gram serving (which is around two slices I think), has 122 calories, 29 grams of protein, just 2 grams of fat, and only 40 mg of sodium.  All of that  nutritional information makes this an excellent lunch for anyone watching their calories, fat, or sodium.  Plus, it is really tasty too.  I like any lunch meat that actually looks and tastes like real meat, not that pressed together meat bits that you often find with turkey especially that doesn’t look like turkey and often has that slimey feel to it as well.  This will definitely be on our regular Costco shopping list now.   700 grams for £7.99 (US: $13.37).  Item #: 0130433.

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Cod

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Cod

Kirkland Signature Wild Caught Atlantic Cod  - We try to eat fish a couple of times per week because it is such a good alternative to other forms of meat.  Our favourites are salmon and cod, both of which we buy at Costco in the freezer section.  We like the frozen fish because that gives us the ultimate flexibility about when and how often we have fish during the week.  This way we don’t have to worry about going to the fish monger or supermarket every time we want some fish for dinner, because that just isn’t going to happen.  The cod at Costco, which is the same bag that you can find in the US and probably most of the Costco locations around the globe, is a really nice quality wild caught Atlantic cod from Norway.  All of the pieces are hand trimmed to Costco standards, as well as deboned and skinned, so you end up with a portion of fish that you can actually just eat and not fuss around preparing.  Each individual portion is individually vacuum packed, which has the advantage of keeping it from getting freezer burn and means that it won’t stick to the other pieces in the bag.  There’s nothing worse than trying to get out two pieces and ending up with just one huge fish-pop.  The portions vary in size, from 4.5 to 8 ounces, but are near enough for the most part that they can still be cooked together.  I think there were eight portions in our bag but there might have been nine.  You can’t cook this from frozen, so you do need to thaw it before you want to prepare it.  You can either put it in the fridge over night or at least like 10 hours, or you can do the quick thaw method that takes about 15 minutes.  I’ll be honest, we usually end up using the quick thaw method and I don’t notice any difference in the way the fish seems once it is cooked.  We prefer our cod just baked in the oven, but you could also sauté it which I have done before and that is great as well.  The fish is always really nice and tastes great with just 10 or so minutes in the oven.  The one thing I would just point out to UK shoppers is that the instructions on the bag are clearly for the US because all of the temperatures are in Fahrenheit, so you just have to do a little conversion, not a big deal.  Also, if it is a concern for you, this fish meets the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) standards for sustainable fishing.  909 grams for £8.99 (US: $15.04).  Item #: 0699794.

Johnny's Garlic Spread & Seasoning

Johnny’s Garlic Spread & Seasoning

Johnny’s Garlic Spread and Seasoning – I had heard about the Johnny’s Garlic Spread before, years ago when we were still in the US actually, but I hadn’t ever tried it until we saw it recently here in the UK.  But now I’m totally a fan.  Funny enough, I think we have tried it on everything but bread, which is seems to be the big intention for the mix.  The mix is a dry powder comprised of powdered garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, parsley and other mystery spices, and some things to keep it from clumping.  When you open the lid you have no doubt that it is super garlicky though because it has that really strong garlic scent; which I love but realize not everyone is such a fan.  Their suggestions on the package are to mix it with butter and spread on bread or use to bake prawns in for like a shrimp scampi type of thing.  They have a recipe for dressing where you mix it with buttermilk and mayo.   Or, you can use it for a dip by mixing it with sour cream and mayo.  I had thought we would use it to make garlic bread, but we just have’t gotten around to that yet.  I do add it to my pasta all the time for a great garlic flavour with either some olive oil or butter.  I even add it to the water while I’m cooking it too so that it is really flavouring the pasta.  This seasoning mix also works really well to flavour mashed or jacket (baked) potatoes.  We also use it to flavour vegetables, this works especially well with steamed vegetables because of the moisture from the steaming process.  It really perks up the flavour of our broccoli. I’ve also added it to some creamy chicken soup that I made a while back and that was a nice quick way to add flavour.  The bottle also suggests trying it on meat, chicken or fish, which we haven’t tried but I might sprinkle some over fish or chicken the next time we’re making some.  I think I might try using it to make a dip sometime for fresh vegetables, like carrots, celery, or broccoli, that I like to have for lunch or a snack sometimes.  You can definitely use this in any way that you would use garlic or garlic powder.  Though, you do have to remember that this does have a bit of salt, so you just need to take that into account when adding any other seasonings.  I usually don’t add salt if I’m going to use this, just to avoid any overly salty outcome.  510 gram jar for £4.69 (US: $7.85).  Item #: 0313810.

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set

Mikasa Lucerne White 24 Piece Dinnerware Set – Dave and I aren’t into getting new dishes and stuff all the time, but we did decide that it was time for a bit of an update.  Currently, we have two different sets, both of which we have had for years and years (well over ten years for one set and probably more than 15 for the other set).  While both sets were really high quality, at some point, you’re just sick of seeing the same plates and mugs and bowls.  For me, apparenly more than a decade is that line in the sand.  I had been very casually looking for a nice set of just white dinnerware for a while, but wasn’t too active in the search.  But then, I saw this set of Mikasa at Costco and decided it was the perfect set to have for the next decade or more.  One of our existing sets is Mikasa, the oldest set we have actually, and it has held up so well that I felt really confident buying another set from Mikasa.  This new set though is bone china, which sounds more fancy than it needs to really.  I like it because the bone china is lightweight, yet durable and strong, surprisingly.  I always think of bone china as being only for the “good dishes” and not something you should be using everyday.  This set though is an everyday set and is chip resistant and able to be put in the microwave and dishwasher.  The style is very simple with clean lines and a very white finish.  It is perfect for everyday use, but wouldn’t look ridiculous if you were having a nice dinner party (if the Queen is coming for tea you might want something fancier).  The mugs that come with the set, are the one piece that definitely has a more casual feel to it simply because they are bigger than some dainty little coffee cup and without a saucer.  The mugs hold 14 ounces, so they are quite good sized and perfect for everyday cups of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa.  The overall look of the set though is quite sleek and contemporary without being too fussy or looking like something that will be dated by next year.  The set at Costco is service for four with 24 pieces.  You get four each of the following:  11″ dinner plate, 9″ salad plate, 6.5″ bread/appetizer plate, 6 ” 24 ounce cereal bowl, 4.5″ 8 ounce fruit bowl, and 14 ounce mug.  One of the things I really like about the set actually is the big mug and the fact that they don’t waste a piece on having a saucer that I will never, ever use.  I haven’t found the set anywhere but at Costco here in the UK, where it is really a great deal, I think.  I ended up getting two sets of it because it is so nice and the price at Costco was terrific for such a quality dinnerware set. I know that in the US, you can get a 20 piece set direct from Mikasa for the staggering price of $249.99!  Yikes!  I believe they have this set at Costco in the US as well (at least my mom felt like she had seen it), but I’m not sure.  It definitely isn’t available at Costco.com though, unfortunately.  However, my guess is that if you can find it at Costco US, the price would be much, much better than Mikasa since I paid less than even half that price here in the UK.  24 piece set for £49.99 (US: $83.64).  Item #: 0149151.

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Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 – 27, 2014

April 7th, 2014 by Kimberly · No Comments

The new Costco UK coupon book starts today, Monday, April 7, and runs for the next three weeks, through April 27.  This new coupon book has savings of £1,000.00 in it, which is just about double what the last couple of books have offered.   I’m not in love with the offers in this book, though there are a few really solid deals.  I was a little surprised that there aren’t more coupons for Easter treats and sweets and really did expect to see some things like that.

Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 - 27, 2014

Costco UK Coupon Book: April 7 – 27, 2014

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 and without the codes, clearly they do not require you to clip the coupons out and give them to your cashier; 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.  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 out an email that lets you know that 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; you can also find a link to it on the Warehouses Offers webpage.

There’s a really nice Dyson deal this month for £50.00 off a Dyson DC59 Handheld Animal Vacuum.  After the discount, you’ll end up paying £275.98 (with VAT), but at least that is £50 less than you would have paid otherwise.  I like the idea of the handheld vacuums from Dyson, but I do wonder if they perform as well as the conventional ones.  Everyone I know that has ever had a Dyson loves it, especially people with pets.  From what I have been told, there’s no vacuum cleaner that compares to them for picking up pet hair.  Of course, I didn’t learn that little tidbit until after we no longer had dogs.

If you have a baby, or just really like to have a lot of wipes on hand, there’s a 3 for 2 deal on Huggies Pure Baby Wipes this month.  Each box at Costco has 6 packs of 64 wipes, or a total of 384 wipes in each box.  So, you’d end up with 1,152 wipes in total and that should keep any one happy for quite some time.  Each box of wipes is £11.97 with VAT after the discount.

There are a few sweet treats in the coupon book this time, but not many and not the usual Easter type of selection.  There’s a coupon for 20% off a box of 24 Ferrero Rocher for a final price of £4.66 (including VAT).  These are one of my favourites, so I’ll be getting this I know.  There’s another sweet that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coupon for though: Persis Baklava.  You can get a £1.00 off of this very nice baklava assortment, which means you’ll pay just £5.99 (no VAT) for the box of 40 pieces (I think, or somewhere very near there).  I’ve bought this before and it is actually pretty good, the only bad thing about this assortment is that they have some made with shredded coconut and it wasn’t as good as the phyllo pieces.  While it might not be as good as my own, it sure is a lot quicker to “prepare”.  Plus, if you’ve ever made really good baklava you’ll know that the cost of honey and nuts, plus quality things like cinnamon can be rather pricey and the cost of your baklava ends up being way more than you would think.

There are several good coupons for cleaning and laundry products this month, so if you need to stock up, this might be a good time to do that.  I pretty much always buy the Fairy Non Bio Liquitabs when they have them on discount because you get 45 tabs for £7.40 with VAT.  The cost at Costco, is just £0.40 more than I would have to pay for 38 (or 7 fewer liquitabs) at Ocado  or Sainsbury’s and a whopping £4.60 less than at Tesco for just 38 tabs.  Luckily for me, the containers stack pretty well and I can combine them once I get toward the end of one container.  I was wishing that their discount on Comfort fabric conditioner (30% off 5 litre container, £7.04 with VAT) would be for the Pure and not just the Strawberry and Lily Kiss scent though.  I’m hoping they have the Comfort Pure on discount this weekend too; sometimes they do that when they have a coupon/discount for the other scents.

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