Well, this was the last weekend for the previous Costco UK coupon book and I think I made good use of it. I’ve really saved quite a bit this month thanks to the coupons and managed to stock up on stuff like cleaning supplies that I’d rather not have to think about buying all the time or worry about running out when I’m in a cleaning mood.
No matter if you are in the US or the UK, the current coupon books run through the 27th of February. So, you still have a couple of weeks to get to Costco and save with this month’s coupons.
Andrex Skin Kind Toilet Tissue – I never seem to be able to run out of toilet paper when there’s a coupon for it in the UK. I think we have tried all of the brands at Costco now; this was the last one to try out. Everyone seems happy with the latest choice too. The Andrex Skin Kind range of toilet tissue is enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E to be a little softer and easier on your skin. All of the additional softness comes from the lotiony feel, I’m sure, not any difference in the paper or how it is prepared. But, as a bonus, the aloe keeps the lint down too, so there’s not lint on everything in the room around the toilet paper roll. It isn’t quilted , but does have a little ribbed pattern, and it is only 2-ply, but because of the softness you don’t miss that at all. As I found out this week, it’s also very gentle on the skin if you need to keep blowing your nose repeatedly. There’s something to that little smidge of aloe vera in there. 10, 4 roll packs for £13.79. Item #: 0108051.
Dettol Apple Scent Multi-Surface Cleaner – You can never have too many cleaning products, can you? I swear I’ve tried a million since we’ve been here. I really wouldn’t have thought that it would have been so hard to find a good cleaner but not knowing the brands makes it pretty difficult to pick. Since there was a good coupon for the Dettol surface cleaners this month, I figured I’d buy it. I’m hoping this is one of those times that Costco sells the best choice available. I decided to go for the multi-action cleaner that has a cheerful green apple scent. I wanted something that I could use in the kitchen and bathroom, and just about any other place I needed to clean. The cleaner is anti-bacterial too, so it’s working hard to keep your surfaces germ free. It does a really good job of cleaning everything too, even mirrors. I use it now to clean the light switch covers (they’re shiny chrome and hard to keep streak free), mirrors, windows, the counters in the kitchen, sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as the shower and toilet seat. And it handles all of it really well without streaks or a need to keep spraying and wiping. A little spray and wipe down (with the microfiber towels from Costco, of course) and everything is shiny, sparkly clean. And of course, it smells all nice and appley too. I’ve also found that if you spray it on and leave it for a few minutes it will actually get rid of light hard water gunk. And since there was a coupon this month, it was a total bargain! Each bottle was just £1.18, which is less than I could get it for at Ocado or Tesco where one bottle will cost £3.05; just about the same as all three bottles at Costco with the coupon. 3, 750 ml bottles for £3.55 (£5.55 – £2.00 off). Item #: 0115106.
Dorset Cereals Simply Delicious Muesli – Normally, I buy the Alpen no sugar added muesli because it is a great buy and has a nice taste too. But every once in a while you need/want a little change, so luckily Costco saved me from morning cereal boredom by having a coupon for the Dorset Muesli. It’s really good if you want a muesli that is full of great nuts, seeds, and soft bits like raisins and sultanas. And because of all that good stuff, it’s really healthy too. It’s pretty low in fat (for this type of cereal especially), high in fiber, low in sodium, no added sugars just the naturally occurring stuff from the fruits, and there are no preservatives either. And if you’re a vegetarian, it’s even officially approved by the Vegetarian Society. They say on the box that the cereal is 30% fruits, nuts and seeds, which I was really skeptical about. Until I opened the box. This is like stuff you would make at home! There are so many delicious things, aside from oat, wheat or barley flakes, you just can’t believe it. So, in the cereal you will find: oat, wheat, barley, and malted wheat flakes, as well as raisins, sultanas, sunflower seeds, dates, brazil nuts, and whole roasted hazelnuts. I normally don’t like brazil nuts, but even those are okay when surrounded by all the yummy stuff. Delicious! I will probably buy this again, even without the coupon to make it a great deal. At Ocado or Tesco, one box is £2.79, which means that the two boxes at Costco for the normal price are a good deal but with the coupon it is an exceptional deal since the two boxes are less than just one box at the supermarket. Now I wish I had bought another 2 pack! 2, 850 gram boxes for £2.61 (£3.89 – £1.28 off). Item #: 0104980.
Del Ugo Girasole di Zucca e Salvia - If you’re like er, what does “Girasole di Zucca e Salvia” actually mean, I’ll try to sum it up in English. This is actually ravioli filled with pumpkin, mozzarella, pine nuts, and a hint of sage. Simple enough, right? And really delicious too. The filling was really lovely and a great mix of flavors. The thing that impressed me the most though, was that there were actually chunks of pine nuts in the filling, so you could tell they actually had some in there. Sometimes when you buy the ravioli like this they say they have all this stuff in the filling but it just tastes like cheese mush, but definitely not in this case. On the box they say that the pumpkins are grown in the hills of the Apennine Mountains in Italy and that they only use free range eggs. I don’t know if those two things make such a big difference, but the taste is very nice indeed. The pasta is delicate but strong enough to not burst apart when they are cooking, which is always a good thing. But really, the filling is the star of the show for sure. You can taste the sweetness of the pumpkin, which is such a perfect match for the cheese and sage, and then the pine nuts add a hint of toasty flavor to the whole mix. I wish it weren’t breakfast and I could have some right now. You don’t really want to temper the delicate flavors by introducing a heavy sauce of any kind so I would suggest either a simple drizzle of olive oil and a bit of grated Parmesan or, as suggested on the back sage butter. However, if you do the sage butter, go gently on the sage because it is a big flavor and frying it in butter makes it even more prominent, lovely but bold, so it could easily over power the other flavors. Since there are three boxes bundled together at Costco, it is good to know that you can freeze the other boxes and they will defrost and still be delicious. 3, 250 gram boxes for £4.69. Item #: 0069948.
Cadbury Creme Eggs – What can I say, they’re a weakness for both Dave and me. We started seeing the creme eggs in the stores around New Year’s and were thrilled but we were even more ecstatic to see the big box at Costco. I know, I know, it’s so wrong. But they’re so good with the creamy fondant center that is sweet but not too sweet when paired with the delicious milk chocolate egg. I don’t know if it is just that the Cadbury milk chocolate is so delicious or if the creamy center is just the right amount of sweetness for me, but I just love these little eggs. And if you haven’t tried the mini version, you really should because they are every bit as good but smaller, so you don’t have to feel quite so guilty. The coupon in the most recent UK coupon book for the giant version would have made me happier if it were just for the regular eggs instead. And I am not so in love with them that I will buy the enormous pack of 48 that they have at Costco, nor will I max out the coupon’s limit of 140. Really. Promise. But Creme Egg season is January 1 – April 24th, so live it up while they’re in season! 12 eggs for £2.45. Item #: 0082404.