This was the last weekend to use the most recent coupon book, so I tried to pick up all of those items, like the KS laundry detergent. If you’ve got the storage space, it’s great to take advantage of the coupon items and stock up when you can save a few bucks.
Tostitos Scoops with Jalapeno – We were looking for something to have with our chipotle hummus (we had to pick up another container this week) and we decided to try these. We normally buy the Kirkland Signature tortilla chips because they are both good and inexpensive. But sometimes it is nice to try something different. I really liked these, more than Dave I think. The scoopy shape makes them great for any kind of dip you might want to try, including really liquidy salsa. But what I really like is the zippy jalapeno flavor that they have too. The taste is so good that you can definitely eat them without dip of any kind or just a little even. Dave thinks that they leave a sticky powdery residue on your fingers, but it doesn’t bother me because it is no different than eating Doritos or chips like that. They’re not as inexpensive as the KS ones, but still great for a change. 21 ounces for $4.79. Item #: 365221.
Scotch Tape 6-Pack – This was one of the items that we bought that had a coupon this time and it was the perfect time of year for it too. Who doesn’t run out of tape when they’re wrapping presents? What’s nice about this 6-pack of tape is that you get 3 rolls each of the Magic tape and the GiftWrap tape with the little plastic dispensers. So, you will have plenty of rolls to put some in a couple of different locations around the house and still have some left to keep with your gift wrapping supplies too. The Magic tape is great for your basic tape needs; honestly not sure what is so magical about it though. The GiftWrap tape is that really nice stuff that pretty much just disappears on your wrapping paper; now, that’s magic. Each roll has 1100 inches on it, so you’ll be hard pressed to run out of tape anytime soon. I used the last of our tape not too long ago, so it was perfect timing for us to replenish our tape supply. 6, 1100 inch rolls for $7.49 ($10.99 – $3.50 off); $1.25 per roll. Item #: 675749.
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls – I will admit it, sometimes I am a lazy cook. And even though I make very good bread, I don’t always feel like whipping some up and I just want to take the easy way out. And that’s why I buy things like this package of crescent rolls. You can pop that can open and have some fresh baked, cute little rolls in less than 20 minutes. I’ll assume that everyone has had these, so I don’t need to explain how they have a nice flaky texture and are shaped like a little croissant (thus the ‘crescent’ name). However, have you ever thought of unfolding the dough and making things like pigs in a blanket, little appetizers with a pastry crust, or wrapped brie? Well, apparently, you can make all of these things with the help of the handy recipes on the back of the box. Or, you can just have them as little rolls. I really like the idea of using them to make little pastry cups that you can fill with something sweet or savory. My only questions is, can I freeze one or more of these cans or will they pop open in the freezer? 4 cans with 8 rolls each (32 rolls in all) for $4.45 ($5.95 – $1.50 off). Item #: 313551.
Okami Sushi Tray -Dave and I like sushi, and we do occasionally eat the stuff you buy in a grocery store (I know we should be embarrassed). We haven’t bought any from Costco in quite a while because they started using big slices of carrots in all of the rolls and it was just nasty, in both taste and texture. However, they seem to have a new supplier so we thought we would give the new stuff a try. They certainly have a bigger variety now with the all-cooked sushi tray, as well as the smaller packages. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a full on description of all of the different rolls that they had but there was some spicy and non-spicy crab mixture rolls, some shrimp (just on the rice, not a roll), something like a California roll, and something spicy that maybe had eel in it. It wasn’t horrible, because the taste was okay if you could get past the issues with the rice. However, the rice was dry, very dry, and kept falling apart when we dipped it into soy sauce. Plus, when I tried to eat it, it was so dry it made it hard to chew it really because it sucked all the moisture out of my mouth. While the basic taste was okay, they really need to get that dry rice situation fixed. I highly doubt this will make a return to our cart anytime soon. 40 pieces of fully-cooked sushi for $13.89.
Ozarka Bottled Water – I don’t normally buy bottled water but we’re having water issues here in Austin, something to do with algae bloom, and as a result the water tastes absolutely nasty. So, when we were at Costco we picked up a case of water for the week. Turns out we should have gotten two cases because I drink a lot of water in a week. The thing I did want to mention about the Ozarka bottles is that they have changed them to use a whopping 40% less plastic in the bottles and caps; they call this the Eco-Shape bottle. The plastic of the bottle is now very thin, which does make it so much lighter, though it does seem like you could smush it much more easily now or puncture it. However, I never had that issue, so I guess they’ve made it sturdy enough for average handling. I’m just really impressed that they have made such great changes in their bottle and cap design. And it makes me feel a little bit less guilty about buying some bottled water. 35, .5L bottles for $4.65. Item #: 617077.