I was glad to see the new Costco UK coupon book this week, especially since there were a couple of coupons for things that I had planned on getting. I wish that I had gotten one of the mirrors too, but we had one big (size-wise) purchase and I wasn’t sure a large mirror would make for a comfortable ride home.
Rochdale Classic Rug by Orian Rugs – We’ve been looking for a decent sized rug for our living room practically since we moved into our flat. And it’s actually much harder than you might think. We didn’t mind spending a decent chunk of money for the really lovely wool or hand woven rug, but I didn’t want to spend that much on a rug that we just felt ‘eh’ about. We’ve looked at tons of online spots and all of the housewares types places we could find, and didn’t have much luck finding something that was the size we wanted or had the look we wanted, or was at least close and reasonably priced. And then, a couple of weeks ago we were at Costco and noticed that they had some rugs that while they weren’t the perfect answer, they were the best thing we had found. So, as you can see from the picture it looks like an Oriental rug in design, with the contrasting border design and then the flowery design in the center portion. The colors are actually pretty exactly what we were looking for because everything in the room is kind of creams or tan, including the carpeting, so we wanted a bold pop of red to give us some color and contrast, finally, in the room. But really, we wanted something that would be soft to sit on because the carpet in the flat is not. The size is also fairly perfect for our room; it is 200 cm x 294 cm (79 in x 116 in or 6.58 ft x 9.66 ft). This rug isn’t wool, which would be shocking for the price, but is made of polypropylene yarn. Of course, that makes it easy to clean and super durable, as well as apparently very soft to the touch. The rug seems to be nicely made and thick and fairly plush too. For us, it was another great find at Costco. I would think you would also be able to find these exact same rugs in the US, since it was imported from the US to here. £139.99 (US: $221.15). Item #: 0884378.
Finish Rinse Aid – The water here in London is hard, very hard. And despite putting salt in my dishwasher to soften the water, and using the Finish All-in-One tablets, I still was getting some water spots and needed a bit more to get sparkly clean glassware and cutlery. So, this week I decided to buy some Finish rinse aid too. And it seems to have done the trick. My glasses are once again sparkling, instead of cloudy. It’s amazing what a big difference a little bit of rinse aid can make on your dishes. So, now I’ll be re-washing all of my glasses which really seemed to get the worst from the hard water and have water spots and residue on them. At Costco, you get two bottles of rinse aid bundled together. Since each bottle is 1 liter, you end up with 2 liters of rinse aid; enough to keep anyone in sparkly clean dishes for a long, long time. Finish say that each bottle can do up to 332 washes, so that would be 664 washes for both! I have had to set my rinse aid dispenser to a little higher than they are considering though, I’m sure, but I’m sure this will last me for months and months and months anyway. 2, 1 liter bottles for £7.99 (US: $12.62). Item #: 0000690.
Finish All-In-One Powerball Tabs – I love, love, love these great little tablets! They are so easy and mess free to use and they do a really good job too. But mostly, I like that it’s all ready to go and all I have to do is unwrap it and put it in the dishwasher; I like low effort cleaning supplies. Aside from detergents to actually clean your dishes, and rinse aid to keep them spot free, these tablets have the Powerball. The Powerball does all of the up front work to help soften the toughest of food residue and stains at the beginning of the wash cycle. After that, the cleansers do their job and get your dishes thoroughly clean, even removing tough stains like coffee and tea. And then finally, the Jet-Dry rinse aid ensures that your dishes come out sparkly clean without water spots or detergent residue. I’ve used these for years, and was really glad to see that they had this product in the UK too. The good news is that Finish says you’ll get great results even using the eco programs (lower temperatures) on your dishwasher. Luckily for me, there was a coupon for 33% off of the Finish tabs in the latest coupon book. The 33% off translates to £4.88 for the two boxes of 60 tablets each or 120 tablets in total. 2, 60 tablet boxes for £7.77 (£12.65-£4.88 coupon)(US: $12.27). Item #: 0087917.
Skippy Smooth Peanut Butter – Peanut Butter is my fallback lunch food because you can almost always have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and be full. Or, if you’re trying to be healthier, you can have peanut butter on celery. While I normally go for a different brand, Skippy was all they had at Costco so that’s what we brought home. I was really amazed to see that they don’t have the Kirkland Signature peanut butter here in the UK. Actually, the only peanut butter or nut butter option is Skippy smooth or crunchy. Not a great amount of choice, but at least they have it in decent sized jars; the grocery store just had little jars. I swear the Skippy is better than the last time I tried it. It’s got a great super creamy texture but is still thick and not oily; it’s perfect for spreading. Plus, it has a truly nice peanuty taste and it isn’t too salty; perfect blend to make the peanuts really taste great. The thing I like about buying my peanut butter at Costco is the big size. The jar of Skippy is 1.13 kg (2.5 pounds) which will make a lot of lunches spread on sandwiches, celery, or crackers. And of course, if you’re not into pb&j sandwiches, you can always use your big container to make a spicy Thai style sauce for noodles or rice. 1.13 kg for £3.89 (US: $6.15). Item #: 0074017.
Pringle Ladies Socks 7-Pack – I like a cute pair of socks to give a little fun for my feet, even when I’m wearing jeans. Costco often does a good job at having a nice selection of socks for both men and women. Here in the UK, Pringle seems to be the brand of choice for dress socks and more casual ones, like these. This pack is filled with seven pairs of socks with a variety of colors in an argyle pattern. Costco had two different colors, I chose the pink-based pack, while the other one was blue-based (I think). All of the pairs, except one, have pink in them, the one that doesn’t is a really bright teal pair that is a nice little difference too. There’s enough variation to make the pack usable even if your whole wardrobe isn’t pink since there are three pairs that just use the pink in the argyle pattern area. The socks are really nice and comfortable too. I think they feel so nice because they are mainly made of cotton, with a little bit of polyamide (whatever that is) and Lycra to help it keep its shape and have enough stretch to put on and pull off. I don’t know what the technical term for the length is but they are higher than your ankle, but not even to mid-calf, so a few inches above your ankle. So, whatever that length is called, they come up high enough to keep my foot warm when it is cold out or even to wear with low cut boots. I did notice that they have a similar pack of argyle socks for men at Costco, too. 7 pairs for £9.99 (US: $15.78). Item #: 0097517.