It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I feel bad because I skipped posting my ‘This Week’ stuff for last week. Though, in all honesty, I didn’t get anything that spectacular; mostly just staple items or things I’ve written about before. But on to this week. I got some good deals using my coupons and ended up saving $15! And we got the best grapes and some other good stuff too.
Black Seedless Grapes – These are the best grapes I’ve ever had! I don’t even really like grapes, but these were so good I could not resist them once I had a couple. Dave is the big fan of grapes in our house, so he’s a better judge, I guess. And word from him is that these are excellent grapes with a ‘great grapey taste’. They taste like you always think grapes should but rarely do actually taste. They have a wonderful sweetness that just enhances the grape flavor. Plus, they are seedless, making them perfect all around. They are sold in a 5 pound container but I’ll be honest, just the two of us were able to get through that in less than a week. Yes, they really are that good. 5 pounds for $5.99.
Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt - This is one of the most surprising things I’ve come across in the Costco fridge case…ever. I usually have to go to Whole Foods to get my fix of Fage yogurt. So, it was great to see it at Costco for a lot less. If you’ve never had Greek-style yogurt, it’s a lot thicker than the normal stuff. It’s great as just yogurt but it’s also really useful for all kinds of things when you’re cooking – sauces, dressing, dips, basically anything where you would like a nice, thick and creamy consistancy. Plus, it’s great mixed with cereals like granola or Grape Nuts. It’s also yummy just mixed with a little bit of honey, too. The Total 0% refers to the fact that it is completely non-fat. So it is absolutely guilt-free. For more information about how healthy it is, check out the Fage website. 35.3 ounces for $6.99.
Amy’s Bean and Cheese Burritos - As you probably know, Amy’s brand of products is all about the vegetarian foods made with organic ingredients. Here’s what the Amy’s website has to say about these burritos: “Organic flour tortilla wrapped around organic pinto beans, rice and vegetables in a mild Mexican sauce, with cheddar cheese added.” We usually buy our Amy’s products from Whole Foods because they really do have a wide selection. So, once again, it was great to see these at Costco for a nice savings over Whole Foods’ price. Dave got these so he’d have something to keep at work. I’ve bought these before and they’re certainly not the best burrito I’ve ever had to eat. However, considering that they are all vegetarian and organic, plus, they’re in the freezer section, well, they’re fairly good when you take that all into account. The biggest problem is that they are super bland. You need a little hot sauce or something to give them a little punch of flavor. Dave’s had problems with them kind of exploding in the microwave at work too. 8 pack of burritos for $10.99.
Hagen-Dazs Vanilla and Almond Ice Cream Bars – Ok, so now that I’ve talked about all of the healthy stuff we bought, I can talk about the somewhat less than healthy stuff. These are the pinnacle of ice cream bar-ness for me. The ice cream is so creamy and delicious. And then you’ve got this incredible milk chocolate coating with little bits of almond too. Yum! It’s just a really great flavor combination to me. The Hagen-Dazs folks are up to more than just making great ice cream, they’re trying to save the honey bees too. All of their honey bee dependent flavors have a portion of their sales donated to honey bee research at Penn State and UC Davis. So, really, I’m only looking out for the honey bees when I buy these ice cream bars. Find out more about the HD honey bee program and how you can help, aside from buying ice cream. 15 pack for $11.59 – $3.00 coupon = $8.59.
Billy Joel’s Complete Hits Collection: 1973 – 1977 CD Set - My husband and I are both old enough to have been around when all of these songs were out for the first time, but just barely. In any case, we both really like Billy Joel and surprisingly have none of his CDs; making this CD set the perfect buy for us. So, in this four disc set you get a whole bunch of music – 59 songs in all. That includes 12 songs of previously unreleased live and studio recorded material, as well. Aside from the CDs there is also a 44 page book with lyrics and such. It’s a great set with all of the songs everyone loves, of course. I’m really glad we were able to find this at Costco. $19.99.
- Hagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream Bars; 15 bars: $11.59 – $3.00 = $8.59
- Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Tissue; 30 jumbo rolls: $17.99 – $2.00 = $15.99
- Crest Whitening Plus Scope Toothpaste; 4, 8 ounce tubes: $9.99 – $3.00 = $6.99
- Gillette Mach 3 Disposable Razors; 11 razors: $19.99 – $4.00 = $15.99
- Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner; 4, 32 ounce bottles: $7.75 – $3.00 = $4.75