I finally remembered to take my coupons with me so that I could get some savings before the coupons expired. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a copy of the next coupon book for the UK, so I don’t know when it covers or what is in it. If you’re in the UK and could send me a PDF or JPGs, I’d be really appreciative.
Kirkland Signature Beach Towel for Two – This weekend was really lovely here, so on Saturday we decided to take a break from putting together furniture (Ikea flat pack really is a wonder of engineering) to relax in the park. When we were there we realized that it would have been a really great idea to have brought a blanket with us from Austin that we could use to sit on the grass. Luckily for us, Costco was way ahead of us and when we got there on Sunday they had these great beach blankets or beach towels for two. They are just as wonderful as the regular sized Kirkland Signature beach towels (coupon in the current US coupon book)! It is really good sized (since it is made for two) at 63 inches x 72 inches. It’s made from 100% Egyptian cotton, so it is very soft and plush feeling. They had a wide variety of colors and patterns to work for just about anyone too. For our purposes, it is perfect since it is big and soft, but also because it is really thick to give us a little cushion from the ground (which is far less comfy than a sand beach). I’m looking forward to giving it a try this weekend, when it will hopefully be nice weather again. 63″ x 72″ towel for £10.99 (US $16.88). Item #: 0134695.
Ridge Point Men’s Convertible Hiking Pants – We like to hike and Dave really likes the pants that have the bottoms that zip off to make shorts. He’s been looking for another pair for a while now, so it was good luck to find these at Costco. Unlike the others that he has these aren’t made of the super lightweight fabrics but are made of cotton (mostly) so they’re a little heavier. This is good if you’re going hiking someplace where it is a little cold, like the mountains. Of course, if they get wet they won’t be so quick to dry, so that’s a bit of a negative. However, if you’re just looking for some casual pants these are kind of nice too. They have lots of pockets, enough to keep all the important stuff close at hand. There’s even a nice pocket for your cellphone, though it seems a bit narrow to me. One of the nice features for hikers and campers is the velcro around the ankles to make it far easier to get these off either when you zip the bottoms off the legs or at night in your tent. Dave was also happy to see that they came in black because mostly these pants come in khaki or olive green, sometimes dark grey, but they do really look like army fatigues then. £11.99 (US $18.42). Item #: 0064680.
Women’s Linen Palazzo Pants – It’s getting to be warmer and my thoughts are turning to wearing something other than jeans. So, I was really happy to see these really cute linen pants. I like the buttons on the front, gives them a little fun detail. The wide legs are nice because they have a nice breezy feeling and are more comfortable in summer’s hot weather for sure (though I don’t know how much hot weather I can expect here in London). And of course, I have to mention that they are linen which does make them a bit more of a pain to take care of; lots of ironing. But I just love linen for summer because it is so light. It’s also one of those fabrics that looks wrinkly after you’ve had it on for a few minutes, so if you don’t want to iron maybe no one will notice. I was kind of bummed that Costco didn’t have skirts in a similar style. Though they had some linen skirts they were more fitted and tailored and didn’t look as comfortable or summery to me. They also had some matching linen blouses that were cute, but I decided that might be too matchy-matchy and just got the pants. Sorry for the lousy picture but I just couldn’t figure out how to photograph them and have them look like pants. £16.99 (US $26.11). Item #: 0105092.
Comfort Pure Fabric Conditioner – Normally, I use Bounce sheets (which I also buy at Costco) as a fabric softener because I have a separate dryer. Of course, here in London I have a combo washer and dryer. So, you put your dirty clothes in and set it to wash and dry without a pause in the middle (of course, you can stop it in between but why waste time). As a result, the dryer sheets don’t really work for me. I’ve never used liquid fabric conditioner or softener, so I was at a loss for picking one. I actually read through a bunch of reviews online, looking for one that softened but didn’t have perfume or anything that might irritate skin. Luckily, I found several very favorable reviews for the whole Comfort line of fabric conditioners. However, the Pure suited what I was looking for since it is dermatologically tested and totally hypoallergenic. I tried it out and I really like it now. It does a great job at softening all of the laundry, including the towels and stuff like my cashmere socks. But even better, the Pure variety doesn’t have perfumes or anything else that would irritate my skin. The clothes come out smelling really nice and fresh but not perfumey, which is great. This is also recommended for babies because it’s so gentle on the skin. Luckily for me, Costco had a very timely coupon for £2.50 off a big 5 liter container, so I should be good on fabric softener for a while. 5 liters for £4.99 (£7.49 – £2.50 coupon) (US $7.67). Item #: 0073539.
Costco Deli Assorted Sandwich Tray – This was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. We usually have pretty good luck with the items from the Costco deli area, but these were some sad little sandwiches. We saw this deli tray of assorted sandwiches and thought they would be perfect for a nice afternoon meal after we got back from Costco and maybe even a bit of a picnic in the park. In any case, the sandwiches were okay but not really in the good category. Not that there is much you can do to make a sandwich bad, unless you use nasty meat and stuff which wasn’t the case at Costco, but they were just very lackluster. The sandwiches were an assortment of ham, roast beef, turkey, and egg salad on either white or whole wheat bread. The sandwiches had just a smidge of mustard on them, and that was one of the problems. They could have been a little more generous with the mustard and mayo, especially on the whole wheat bread. The whole wheat bread was kind of dry, as it tends to be, and a fair portion of mustard and mayo definitely could have made it more enjoyable for the little sandwiches. The other disappointing thing was that there were only 2 of the little sandwiches that actually had egg salad; Dave and I were both sad about that. Needless to say I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. You can definitely make better sandwiches at home; don’t be as lazy as me. 24 sandwich havles for £6.49 (US $9.97). Item #: 0071701.