This was a good week because we were able to use several of the coupons and there were lots of new products that we saw too. It seemed busier than it has been lately too and I don’t know if that was because of the new coupon book or because there were people there stocking up for back to school time. In any case, we bought some really good stuff, like the Wii Sports Resort game that is so much fun to play.
Naked Juice Variety Pack – We have been thinking about trying some of this for a couple of weeks now. We were looking for an alternative to the V-8 Fusion that we normally buy. So, I was really happy to see that there was a coupon for this variety pack in the coupon book this month. The juice looks pretty healthy because it is all natural juice with no added sugar and no preservatives; all of which sounds good. The variety pack includes three different types of juice: Berry Blast, Green Machine, and Mighty Mango. You get three of the berry and green juices and 4 of the mango. The mango flavor is really good but I really have a love of mango, so I could be a little biased. The berry flavored juice is a little sweeter tasting to me but still pretty good. But then there’s the Green Machine flavor. I’m not really sure what to say about this stuff without sounding horribly mean. It’s not good. At first you get a nice appley flavor but all too quickly that is replaced by something all together less pleasant. My guess is that the taste that neither Dave nor I liked is the spirulina, the chlorella, or the blue green algae. Whatever it is we were not enjoying it. For the price, and the fact that we can’t stand almost a third of the containers, we probably won’t buy this again. 10, 10 ounce bottles for $9.99 ($13.49 – $3.50 coupon). Item #: 337982.
Austin Blues Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork – Dave thought this looked good and since we had the coupon, we decided to give it a try. I really liked it but it did seem a little greasier than I had anticipated. Of course, with pork that is preferable to overly dry and flavorless. It is packaged in a vacuum packed container that somehow magically vents itself when you heat it in the microwave; just 7 minutes to delicious pulled pork. We decided to use it to make little tacos with some of the corn tortillas we bought a while ago. After heating it up, we scooped a little onto the tortillas with some lettuce and cheese and a little hot sauce and we were all set with some delicious tacos. You get 1 pound and 14 ounces in the container and it is a lot of meat; 15 servings according to the packaging. I don’t know about 15 servings, but 10 seems reasonable for making tacos. In any case, it had a really nice flavor and was quick and easy to make for dinner. Not to mention, with the coupon this month it is a really great deal. 1 pound 14 ounces for $7.39 ($9.39 – $2.00 coupon). Item #: 295280.
Harry’s Organic Creamy Tomato Basil Soup – I really like tomato soup, it’s one of my favorite kinds of soup actually. It’s a little strange since I don’t like raw tomatoes but honestly, it is the perfect addition to a grilled cheese sandwich. I’m sure this has something to do with things my mom made me when I was growing up. Even though I feel like the soups you buy like this are kind of overpriced, even at Costco, I wanted to try it. And I’m really glad we did because it is delicious. I do think this is as good as homemade soup especially with the nice note of basil that comes through. And unlike the stuff in a can that you might buy, this doesn’t have an overly acidic biting tomato taste but a creamier one that is really pleasant. And it actually has chunks of real tomato in it too! You are never going to get that out of a can. Of course, the cream that is in it makes it taste so good, I’m sure, but you’ve got some healthy stuff in there too. So it balances out, right? It went perfectly with our grilled cheese sandwiches, which is what I really wanted. I wish they would have a coupon for this though because it is a little pricey to buy very often. As Susie, pointed out in the comments there is a coupon for this soup this month. Luckily, I did get the discount too and that makes the price more reasonable. So, what I really wish is that they’d have coupons for the Harry’s soup and tapioca more often, I guess. 2, 30 ounce containers for $6.99 ($8.99 – $2.00 coupon). Item #: 168461.
3 in 1 Slimline Power Inverter – We’ve got a trip coming up in Germany where we’ll have a rental car but since we’ll be camping we won’t have access to an electrical outlet everyday. And much like the techie geek types that we are, we have an assortment of power-needing electronic gadgetry: iPhones, camera, portable hard drive, and a camcorder. While we could get a car charger for the cellphones that is a little harder to do for the camera and camcorder, not to mention it starts getting pricey and just leads to lots of bulky cords and plugs to bring (those things that plug into the cigarette lighter are HUGE). We decided to go for the much cheaper, and smaller, solution of a power inverter. So, we plug this one little thing into the cigarette lighter and we can power up to 175 watts of gadgets using 110 volt AC plug, 12 volt DC plug, or a USB charger. This is a great solution for us because it means that we won’t have to buy new chargers and we’ll be able to keep the batteries on the cameras charged and ready to go. And this one little device is probably less than any one of the chargers would be! I could also see this being something good to have if you were going on a long car trip with kids and wanted to keep them entertained in the back seat with things like a portable DVD player, computer or gaming system. You can power that kind of stuff without needing any special cords or adapters. $19.49. Item #: 283466.
Wii Sports Resort – I know I write about buying stuff for our Wii a lot (at least it seems that way to me sometimes) but I really love the Wii. I’m not a big game console person but the Wii is so different because you’ve got all the action of actually moving around and Dave and I both really like that. This week I took my time to actually check out the new game after having seen a commercial for it on television (yes, sometimes I am suckered in by pretty moving pictures). It looked like fun and it turns out that it is really fun too. This new Sports title gives you 12 new games or sports that you can play with your Wii, including: swordplay, wakeboarding, archery, frisbee, basketball, power cruising, cycling, golf, table tennis, bowling, canoeing, and air sports (skydiving, flying, dogfight). It’s fun because most of these are new sports that we don’t have in any of our other games so it’s a bit of something new. This is the first game we have that incorporates the new Wii MotionPlus accessory, one of these is included to attach to a controller. For those of you that don’t know, the MotionPlus is supposed to make playing even more precise. Because of the increased sensitivity to your movements, the golf is far more challenging and probably more like playing for real; you have to be much more controlled and even. Of course, it makes it more challenging, which is great for those of us that might be a little competitive. I think that the archery and possibly the swordplay are my new favorites but they’re all pretty fun. Except the cycling because you’re not actually pedaling with your legs but using your hands which seems totally wrong and backward. If you liked the previous Wii Sports, you’ll like this one even better. $43.69. Item #: 399296.