We found some really great stuff this weekend that we had been casually looking for. But of course, the best find was the white LED mini light strands. Seriously, our life isn’t that exciting, so this was a big moment for us.
Don’t forget that the most recent coupon book is valid from October 15 – November 1, 2009. That does give you three weekends to take advantage of all of the great deals though. But don’t make the same mistake my mom did with the last coupon book and miss out on the savings by one lousy day!
Philips White LED Mini Lights – These were on my list of things that I wanted Costco to carry that I posted about a while back. And now they have them! So, we wanted these because they use less electricity and will last much longer than the other regular, little mini light strings. These are an Energy Star product and they claim there is a 58% energy savings; each string uses just 16.8 watts. That is a huge energy savings. Plus, they are long lasting to the tune of 25,000 hours of bulb life. These sets have 100 lights and can be used indoors or out, and you can connect up to 12 LED light sets together. The total lighted length of each set is 33 foot, with another foot of cord for the plug. And they are the nice type of light strings that stay lit even if one or more bulbs are burnt out, missing, loose, or broken. Since they are LEDs they all stay cool to the touch too, which is a nice bonus. We were so thrilled with the find that we ended up buying 5 boxes of them. Possibly overkill but you can always use them someplace at the holidays. 100 light string for $15.99. Item #: 511115.
Fresh Butternut Squash, Cubed – I’m pretty sure my mom thinks this is one of the craziest things that I buy at Costco. However, it is nice to be able to have some butternut squash at hand without the annoying peeling and cubing it part to deal with. Squash aren’t really soft and easy to slice or cube, so this seems like a safer way to eat it too. Or, I’m just lazy. Either way, this is really nice because you get two pounds of butternut squash that has been cleaned and cubed already, so it’s two pounds of completely usable squash. All you have to do is roast it, or steam it, or cook it down in some broth for soup. I like it roasted, however, I also steam it sometimes and add it to risotto or pasta. Another favorite is to use it to make a nice soup that is perfect for this time of year. I just cook it in chicken stock or broth until it’s very soft and then puree it to make a creamy textured soup, for seasonings I add a little cinnamon and nutmeg or some sage for a different savory flavor. But whatever you do with it, butternut squash is really healthy for you. A three ounce serving has just 40 calories but has 190% of your vitamin A and 30% of your vitamin C. And as a bonus, it’s got a nice taste too. 2 pounds for $5.49. Item #: 2235.
Nuovo Mac N Cheezy Golfish Ravioli – If you haven’t seen this ravioli yet, or you just walked right by it, you’re missing out on the cutest ravioli ever made. They’re in the shapes of little gold fish! I mean, this is just adorable little food. And I know it is really geared towards those of us that still use a Big Chief tablet, but I just really wanted to try it. Turns out that aside from being really cute, it’s delicious cheese ravioli. Honestly, it’s just as good as the stuff for adults or the ‘normal’ ravioli, but with the cute little fish shape. They also use 100% natural ingredients. I have to admit, I like a company with a little sense of humor and the Nuovo people seem to have that: on the back of the package they have a wine pairing suggestion of milk for the goldfish pasta. So cute and funny! We made a little cheese sauce (the recipe from the back of the container) to go over them and it was really yummy! 2, 16 ounce containers for $8.79. Item #: 439887.
Kirkland Signature Bottled Water – This was the bottled water of the week since our Austin water is still tasting unpleasant from the algae bloom. I don’t know why I didn’t see this last week but I’m glad I noticed it because it is a fair amount less than the Ozarka bottled water we purchased previously. And, I’m pretty sure it is the same bottle design too, with the 40% less plastic in it. And honestly, I’m not so snooty that I can tell a difference in my bottled waters. I just want something that I can drink that won’t taste like old, dirty algae water. So, if you’re looking for inexpensive bottled water, you should definitely check out the KS stuff because it’s just $0.10 per bottle vs. $0.13 per bottle for the Ozarka. I’m really hoping that the water gets back to normal and I can stop buying the bottles. 35, 16.9 ounce bottles for $3.59. Item #: 10134.
Honeywell Programmable Thermostat – We currently have two different programmable thermostats in our house, one on each floor. The one on the main floor works well and is easy to program and deal with. However, the one on our second floor is less cooperative. I’ve hated and thought it had issues pretty much since we moved in several years ago; Dave was less convinced. When we saw this thermostat at Costco though, it was reasonably enough priced that we figured we should give it a try. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, the question I’d ask is ‘why not’. It can make your house much more comfortable, and you don’t have to think about it or adjust the thermostat, plus you can save up to 33% on your energy bills. This is a nice programmable thermostat too because you can program each day of the week differently if you want, with up to 4 different periods during the day. Or if you don’t want to really think about the settings, at least to begin with, they have a pre-set energy saving schedule. There’s also an early start function that ensures that the programmed temperature is reached by the programmed time; so when you get home from work the house is already comfortable and at the perfect temperature. Some other nice features that it has include a backlit display, a filter change reminder, and it is really easy to program. $36.99. Item #: 439193.