Lights of America Accent LED Flametip Bulbs – We have had such good luck with the LED flood lights that we bought a while back, that we decided to buy some of the flametip ones too. Our front door is flanked by two rather large, three-bulb light fixtures, meaning that’s six bulbs that we have to replace when they go out. And trust me, it isn’t a fun job. Not to mention, we have six bulbs burning all night long which can use some serious amounts of electricity. Also, because they are the flametips with the small ends it can be a pain to find them in anything but an incandescent. We were really pleased when we found some fluorescent bulbs that fit the bill, but we like the LEDs even better. The light isn’t as overly bright because it is a warm white light which you’re not really going to get from a fluorescent, for one thing. The other thing is that we can use a timer or motion sensor and different kinds of switches that don’t play well with the fluorescent bulbs. Each package at Costco comes with three bulbs, plus adapters so that you can install the bulbs into fixtures that require regular sized bulbs and not just the little tiny ends. The bulbs use far less electricity, just a scant 1.5 watts. That is way less than an incandescent bulb and still less than even a fluorescent. On the package they say that they will last for 30,000 hours or 1,250 days or 3.42 years; that’s quite a while. Plus, they are 80% more efficient than an incandescent bulb and I’m sure this is because they don’t generate all that useless heat. Did I mention that they only use 1.5 watts? That’s like nothing practically. However, they aren’t super duper bright with a light output of 81 lumens. But for our purposes they work quite well and we are really pleased with them. 3 bulbs for $14.99. Item #: 388281.
R30 Dimmable Fluorescent Bulbs – One of the little pieces of our bathroom remodel was changing around some lights over the vanity areas and maybe toning down the harshness of the fluorescent tube light and the enormous can lights that we have currently. So, we had decided that dimmable lights would be nice and as if Costco heard us, they have started carrying these dimmable fluorescent R30 bulbs. I didn’t even realize that you could get a dimmable fluorescent and figured that we would just have to go back to using incandescent bulbs. So, finding these was great because they use considerably less energy at just 15 watts and last about three times as long at 6,000 hours. They seem to have a frosted covering so that they aren’t very harsh and certainly have a more gentle light that is more yellow than the typical fluorescent. But they are still fairly bright with 720 lumens of output. They are a little smaller than the bulbs we replaced, so they sit a little further into the can, but for us that isn’t a big deal at all. 3 bulbs for $18.79. Item #: 263481.
Trident Pubhouse Battered Cod – Dave and I both have a bit of a weakness for fish and chips type fried fish. It’s a little embarrassing, but there it is. We usually do a pretty good job of resisting this when we are shopping at Costco, but this week we both had a moment of weakness and bought them. You know it isn’t healthy, so I’m not even going to try to act like it is, not in any way. However, it is darn good! It gets really nice and crunchy just baking it in the oven. You are cooking it at 450 and for like 25 minutes, so it should get some crunchiness to it. It has a nice texture that is crisp and crunchy. It also tastes really nice too. The cod is tender and still juicy; you can easily tell it is an actual piece and not fish press board. It’s certainly better than what I’ve had at some restaurants (and no, I’m not comparing it to Long John Silvers here). With a few dashes of malted vinegar, it’s just about perfect. We try eat ours with vegetables and not chips, so we don’t have to feel as guilty. 2.5 pounds for $12.89. Item #: 264051.
V-Moda Sport Headphones – We’ve got an upcoming trip to Germany that means we’ll be on planes for several hours (like 11 or 12), so a good pair of headphones is kind of essential. I’ve got some nice noise canceling headphones now, but sadly they don’t seem to want to stay in my ears ever. I don’t know if I have freakishly shaped ears or they are just ridiculously small but in either case ear bud type things don’t ever want to stay put. So, when we saw these at Costco Dave coerced me in to getting them because they have a really small end (it is the smallest of the three sizes that it comes with) that he was sure would work for me. Good news for me is that he was right and they actually fit in my ear. Because of how nicely they snug into my ear they block out external noises quite well too. It’s been years since I’ve had headphones work this well for me (we’re talking since the last time I had some of the big ones that cover your entire ear). Plus, they have a really nice sound to them too. I mean, I’m not an expert or anything but they sound good to me: very clear and clean. In the package at Costco you get a nice little case that is sized to fit an iPod or something similar, plus it has a couple of little zippered compartments where you can fit the two adapters that it comes with, including one for planes and one for home stereo systems. Maybe now I’ll be able to tune out all the plane noise and fall asleep for once! $29.99. Item #: 343352.
Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing – I know that I can probably make a salad at home cheaper than I can buy one, even at Costco. However, we still like getting them. It’s especially nice when we are there on the weekend and looking for something to have for lunch that doesn’t involve anyone cooking. I think my favorite salad that they have is the spinach one because it’s got some great toppings! Aside from the spinach, you have red onion, baby tomatoes, cheese, bacon, and hard boiled eggs (2 eggs cut in half), and some button mushrooms. It’s just the perfect combo for me, well, except for the tomatoes which I always give to Dave. Sometimes I think there’s too much cheese, which is hard for me to believe because I love cheese so much, but in this type of application there really can be too much. Now, the dressing is another story; I’m not a fan and neither is Dave. It’s too sweet for us I think. So, we usually just use lemon juice and some pepper and toss the poppy seed stuff. Or we’ll try to cut the sweet by adding the lemon juice to the dressing; it works pretty well. These salads are priced by the pound, so you can usually find a variation in size, though not a huge one. We find that one of these makes a really nice meal for the two of us though. 1.89 pounds for $8.86; $4.69 per pound. Item #: 14370.