I was able to take advantage of some coupon deals this week at Costco, which always makes me happy. I’m glad that there was a coupon for TurboTax, even though that means it is time to do the taxes. The thing I’m most excited about though is the set of Snapware; I can’t wait to have some leftovers to store. So, don’t forget to check out the January coupon book. It’s good through the 24th of January, and there are some good deals to consider.
Snapware 36 Piece Food Storage Set – I love the Snapware storage containers! I’ve had some other ones of various sizes but I wanted this set to replace the Ziploc containers that I have, something a little more substantial. The best thing about the Snapware is the seal. When it is sealed you don’t have to worry about anything getting into or out of the container; liquids or otherwise. Plus, they are still really easy to open, as well as seal up with the little tabs or latches attached to each side of the lid. The latches work in conjunction with the silicone seal around the lid interior to keep the containers airtight and watertight. The set that they have at Costco contains 18 containers and 18 lids from the Snapware Mods product line. This line is designed to have stackable lids and stackable containers. Plus, the containers are dishwasher, microwave, fridge, and freezer safe; so you can use them for everything and then clean them up easily too. So, here are the sizes that you get: 15.3 cup slim fliptop container, 23.0 cup jumbo cereal keeper, 2 – 4.5 cup medium rectangles, 5 – 2.0 cup small rectangles, 4.7 cup small tall rectangle, 6 – 1.25 cup mini squares, 2 – 2.8 cup mini tall squares. So, you get a really nice variety of containers to keep everything in your pantry fresh, as well as leftovers. I think the small ones are the perfect size to take items to work for lunch. 36 pieces (18 containers and 18 lids) for $19.99 ($24.99 – $5.00 coupon). Item #: 395661.
Intuit Turbo Tax Home & Business – We have been using TurboTax for years. We tried something else one year but quickly realized it was a mistake. The other reason we like using TurboTax is because we also use Quicken and the two work nicely together and that cuts down on some of the time we have to spend entering numbers from one place to the other. It’s so easy to use though because it asks questions in normal, everyday language instead of IRS speak, so it is very understandable. I think the interview type format also helps you out by coming up with deductions and other things that you might miss or not even think of on your own. Of course, if you really like looking at all those forms and line 12B and 23C things, you can go directly to the forms too. Also, as you are going through the process it keeps a running tally of how much you owe or how much your refund is; so you always see it. Which could be a good thing but sometimes makes you just want to cry. The other good thing is that they help you accurately value any charitable donations you might have made (obviously, the non-money donations) so that instead of you thinking that the old jeans were worth $2, they’ll tell you that indeed they are worth $20 (or something similar). And maybe the greatest thing is that it checks for errors and your likelihood of being audited before it lets you file. So, the audit risk meter lets you see things that may flag you for an audit and make sure that the information is accurate and correct. Plus, you get to do your e-filing of your returns for free (up to 5 returns), which used to cost around $10, I think. The software will work for either Windows or a Mac. The Home and Business edition, includes some extras for self-employment tax filing for consultants, contractors, self-employed, single owner LLCs and sole proprietors. Obviously, this isn’t the version that the average person would need; the Deluxe version is $29.99 – $39.99 depending on if you need to file state taxes or not and the Premier version is $62.99. You can also order this software on Costco.com, and get the $10.00 off, though you will need to pay $4.99 for shipping. $69.99 ($79.99 – $10.00 coupon). Item #: 474321.
Penne Bolognesse – I felt totally lazy and guilty buying this because it isn’t that hard to make pasta and a sauce with sausage. But we bought it anyway. This is definitely one of the times we purchased something at Costco, just so we could try it out. The penne, was just like the penne you’d make at home; nothing special about their pasta. What was good though was the sauce. It had nice, big chunks of Italian sausage with the fennel and garlic taste that you expect and love in the Italian sausage. I really liked that it didn’t have a ton of tomato sauce but had just enough to cover the pasta lightly and keep the sausage moist when heating it up. And there was just enough cheese to get a little taste but not so much that it was like all cheese with a bit of pasta. And honestly, it was nice to have something that was this easy to prepare. To heat it up, you have to put it in the oven at a fairly low 350 (F) degrees for around 40 – 50 minutes. Which is the perfect amount of time to prepare a salad or vegetables to go with your pasta. There is a lot of pasta in this container though and will easily be enough for more than one meal for two people or a decent sized dinner for 4 or 5 people. It heated up the next day and tasted just as good too. 3.84 pounds for $11.48; $2.99 per pound. Item #: 35958.
Costco Bakery Mix & Match Muffins – Just when I think it is safe to walk near the muffins, they do the mix and match muffin demo. They had at least one new flavor, French Toast, but they also had poppy seed which I wasn’t sure they had before. In any case, once we tried the French Toast flavored muffins we were sold. The part that is most evocative of breakfast is the maple flavored icing that is drizzled across the top. It smells like French Toast and definitely makes the muffins taste more like it than anything else they could do. They also have a swirl of cinnamon in the muffins too. And is it my imagination or have they slimmed down the muffin proportions at Costco? Not that I mind because they always seemed far too large to me. They were always like 2 portions I thought, which I’m not a fan of in my muffins. So, they seem smaller to me and I like that, but maybe I’m just deluding myself. The other muffins that we got to fill out our selection were the chocolate ones, they’re a favorite of ours. They’re very chocolaty and very moist, so they seem almost like a cupcake than a muffin, honestly. And really, can you beat that? 12 muffins (6 each of 2 different varieties) for $6.49. Item #: 24311.
Provincio Artisan Roasted Garlic Bread – This is one of two types of fresh bread at our Costco that is not made with a sour dough starter. And if you’re like us and aren’t wild about the sour dough bread taste, then you should give this a try. The bread has a nice, crunchy exterior crust and then a soft interior with little chunks of roasted garlic. This is probably not the bread to eat right before going to the dentist or having a business meeting; it is very garlicky. The bread has a great taste and texture and would be perfect paired with cheese and olives or smeared with butter and heated for toasty garlic bread. We didn’t try it, but I’m guessing this would make a great cold sandwich with some Italian meats or a grilled cheese sandwich. I like bread and was happy to see another fresh baked option at Costco, that isn’t sour dough. Costco also has a potato bread with rosemary, if you’re looking for an alternative to sour dough bread. 2, 1 pound loaves for $4.49. Item #: 19221.