I only used one coupon this week but it was a big one for $30. I am looking forward to a bit more coupon savings shopping next week since there are two coupon books in effect – the summer coupons and the July to August coupons that are now valid. Don’t forget that if you are ever wondering what Costco coupon books are going on at the moment, you can check my Costco Coupon Calendar. Okay, enough about coupons, here’s the somewhat strange selection of items I got this week at Costco.
Mushrooms – It’s not that there is anything special about the mushrooms at Costco really. However, they do have some of the best prices around on them, much like everything else. And there’s the fact that you can get these giant button mushrooms that are perfect for stuffing. Even if you don’t stuff them, these are nice mushrooms because they are so large they work perfectly for putting on skewers and grilling. Recently, we’ve bought these for both purposes. We like to stuff them with homemade pesto, bake them, and then use them to dress up a salad. Almost nightly though, they star in our skewers that we put on the grill; a little mushroom, red onion, red pepper, a jalapeno or serrano, and some squash if we have it. Yum! 40 ounces for $6.79.
Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix – Normally, I’m a fan of doing my own baking, from scratch, without a lot of box involvement. However, it is summer and very hot and I just don’t always feel like whipping something up. Sometimes I just want to make something quickly without much kitchen time. A friend recently recommended that I try this lemon bar mix and I’m glad she did. They’re really quite easy to make, as in so easy your kids could make them. Seriously, there’s a little patting of the crust into the pan and a bit of mixing an egg and water with the filling mix, the rest is all up to the oven. Plus, they are really yummy when you’re all done with them. I’ll admit it, I’ve never made my own lemon bars, usually going more of the lemon meringue pie route, and now I’ll never have to make my own either. Would it be wrong to whip some of these up for breakfast? 3 mixes for $5.95.
Kirkland Signature Solid White Albacore Tuna – Tuna makes a great, quick lunch whether you have it on crackers, on a sandwich, or in a salad. It’s pretty versatile and as far as the potted meats go, it’s the tops. I really prefer the better quality albacore, I must admit. It is the only kind of tuna that I can eat without making it into tuna salad (with the mayo and such), so I can add some to a salad and actually enjoy it without feeling like I wish I had just skipped lunch instead. As a result of this, I sometimes like to buy the good tuna and I know that if I get it at Costco it not only saves me a trip to another store but will also be top notch quality at a good price. Since I haven’t been hanging out at the grocery store lately comparing prices on tuna, I’m not sure how this would stack up against my local grocer in terms of quality for the price. I have a suspicion that Costco might come out ahead though. 8, 6 ounce cans for $8.99.
Kirkland Signature Newman’s Own Grape Juice – Dave’s got this goofy I-drink-like-an-8-year-old thing occasionally. So, when his inner child gets thirsty we have to buy him grape juice. He really prefers the Kirkland Signature juice we find at Costco because it has the right tartness and grapey taste but isn’t overly sweet. He’s a fan of just about anything tart, I think. I like it because it is cheaper than getting the juice at other stores and you get so much at one time. Plus, since it’s a Paul Newman product all of his profits and royalties go to the Hole in the Wall Camps and Costco is apparently donating their profits to the Children’s Miracle Network. So, it’s great juice and a little of the purchase price goes to some great causes. 2, 1 gallon bottles for $6.39.
Champion Elite Women’s Athletic Socks – I decided this week that I was sick of doing little baby loads of laundry to get my good workout socks washed and ready for another week of activity. It’s not good for the environment or my schedule during the week. So, I thought that before I spent a small fortune on socks from an athletic store, I should check out what Costco had on offer. Turns out they had just what I was looking for, without the big price tag. I’m sure these aren’t the most cutting edge in sock technology, but then, do my feet really need that? What you get are the Champion Elite with Double Dry (that’s odor resistance and moisture wicking technology for those of us not in on sock lingo). What I like is that they are really soft on my feet, fit nice, and did seem to handle their job of keeping my feet dry and cushioned very well. These are just as good as my pricey socks but about a third of the price. 6 pairs for $9.99.
Little Giant Type 1A 17′ Ladder – I know I mentioned this kind of briefly last week, so you might already have a few of the details but this is a really cool ladder. We didn’t buy it just because of all the tricks it can do and have no plans for it though. We actually have some home improvement projects that we are about to start and this ladder is going to keep us from running over to the neighbors constantly to borrow their really tall ladder. We have been wanting a taller ladder for a while now but they are always so expensive and usually they are either the kind that you have to lean against something or the kind that just fold open to a classic ladder but our ladder needs are more diversified than that. What is very cool about this one is that it does it all! Twenty-four configurations in all, plus you can pull it apart to use it as two shorter ladders or scaffolding. And did I mention that it is very light weight at a svelte 35 pounds too? That’s not even mentioning the fact that it stores at about a 4 foot length. For more information about this ladder, click here. $199.99 – $30.00 coupon = $169.99.