We ended up using about five of the coupons this week on our Costco trip, which is great because it saved us $21.00 on things we would have bought anyway. There were two that were really timely: the one for candy bars and the one for umbrellas. I like it when Costco has a coupon at just the right time for something I need or want.
ShedRain Umbrella 2-Pack – This was great timing for me because my other little collapsible umbrella broke (demolished by a heavy gust of wind), so I needed a replacement. And those little umbrellas can be quite expensive; around $15.00 for a single umbrella. The 2-pack for $19.99 would have been a great deal anyway, but with the $5.00 off coupon, it was spectacular. The pack at Costco has 2 different sized umbrellas: one that opens to 48 inches and a smaller one that opens to 42 inches. Both umbrellas fold up to be nicely compact and perfect for keeping in your car or computer bag. And both have the easy, one-handed opening at the push of a button. The other thing that is cool is that they have this neat Nanoskin moisture repellent to keep them from staying wet. There’s also a reflective material placed around the edge at all of the corners to allow for better visibility to motorists. So, you can keep dry and safe! 2 pack for $14.99 ($19.99 – $5.00 coupon). Item #: 419498.
Nuovo Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli – Well, you can tell it is fall at Costco because all of the delicious fall items are back. They had a different variety of butternut squash ravioli last year that was good and I was looking forward to seeing it again. But they got in a new variety this year, and of course, it is equally delicious. The filling is made up of roasted butternut squash, as well as a blend of cheeses – ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan. And there’s also just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, which rounds out the flavor really nicely. The pasta itself has a nice mottled coloring that makes it look really pretty when plated; gives it a little bit of pop. Since it has such a nice flavor, it doesn’t really need much else aside from a little butter or olive oil to make a nice meal. We also tried it with a sage butter sauce, which gave it a nice additional flavor that worked really well with the ingredients but didn’t overpower them. Since this is a fresh pasta, it is packaged in the typical Costco fashion of two, one pound packages and you can find it by the other fresh stuff in the fridge section. 2, 1 pound packages for $9.85. Item #: 443874.
Chefs Select Non-Stick Parchment Paper – I use parchment paper to bake on all the time especially when I’m making things like cookies or anything that really needs to slide off of the pan easily without added oil from a cooking spray. And, I gotta say parchment paper is usually pretty pricey at other places, so I was really glad to see it show up at our Costco. Not only is it more cost effective but it is bigger (naturally) too. The previous stuff I bought was just 70 square foot but this is a very large 205 square foot. This is great since it is getting to be holiday baking season, so it will definitely come in handy for that. On the box they also suggest using it when making things like casseroles to make clean up easier. That’s something I never would have thought of, but anything that makes clean up easier sounds good to me. I’ll have to try that next time I make lasagna, which really must be the worst thing to clean up after and with all that tomato you can’t line your pan with tin foil so this is a good alternative. The only thing that would have made me even happier is if this would have been the sheets instead of on a roll. I guess if I were totally Martha Stewart-like I would cut the roll down to sheets that would fit my cookie sheets perfectly. But I’m not, so I’ll just rip it off of the big roll like a normal person. 205 square foot for $9.69. Item #: 310801.
Kirkland Signature European Cookies with Belgian Chocolate – Oh man, these are delicious! We buy a tin of these every year, this one was just a little earlier than usual. They looked so temptingly delicious on the box and we were so weak we picked one up. The tin is nicely neutral this year, instead of having some variety of holiday or winter scene. I like that because I like to keep the tins to store craft supplies in and it is nice when they aren’t so obviously Christmas themed. But of course, the most important thing is the chocolatey cookie goodness inside the tin. All of the cookies have some type of Belgian chocolate on them, either milk, dark or white chocolate, or a combination of those types. The chocolate is the perfect accompaniment to the rich buttery cookies or the yummy wafers. There are 15 different varieties on each of the two layers of cookies. And luckily there’s a handy legend on the inside of the tin so that you can decide which super delicious cookie to try first. The other really nice thing is that each of the layers is individually wrapped. I don’t have a favorite because they are all really scrumptious; though I do tend to leave the dark chocolate ones for Dave because I’m nice like that. These would make a great gift for someone that loves chocolate or they would be perfect for a party because it is a pretty large amount of cookies (over 3 pounds) and they look really pretty too. 3 pounds 1.4 ounce for $11.49. Item #: 181679.
DVDs – I have a real affinity for old movies and Costco has some great ones available at various times. They’ve had a lot of the ones, probably just about all of them honestly, that are in my DVD collection. Movies that are classics like ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ to a whole collection of Doris Day movies even. My sister and I used to spend lots of time watching old movies (we grew up in the country with a VCR but not many neighbors) and one of our favorites was something I found at Costco this weekend: ‘The Trouble with Angels’. It’s got Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in it and is just a really sweet, enjoyably funny movie. It’s from 1966, so it’s all good, clean fun too, which is sort of a nice change. Plus, how many funny movies do you see set in a convent school? The other movie that I was frankly amazed to see on DVD anywhere, is a Doris Day flick called ‘It Happened to Jane’. This movie is rarely on television and I’ve not seen it on DVD before. I know a couple of years ago that they hadn’t released it to DVD yet, so I’m glad that they finally did. Not only is Doris Day in it but it also has Jack Lemmon. There’s quite a bit of humor in it which starts off with the fact that it is all geared around selling lobsters. It’s not really a business you expect to see lots of funny from. It’s kind of the same formula that a lot of Doris Day movies follow, but I don’t care I still love them! Both of these movies were just $6.99 at Costco which is well below the price on Amazon of $9.49. $6.99. Item #: 450780.