I did really well at Costco this week, taking maximum advantage of my coupon book and other in-store discounts. I think all in all, I ended up saving more than £25.00 pounds! Woot! I love it when I can save lots of money at Costco for things that I would buy anyway, like laundry detergent and fabric softener. Plus, sometimes the coupons make me try things that I might not normally even take notice of or try out.
Now, don’t forget US Costco fans that this is the last weekend for the current Costco US coupon book! And I don’t have a new book yet, so I don’t know what the dates are even.
Alpen Light Summer Fruit Bars – I decided to try these out for a couple of reasons, one of the big ones is because there was a coupon. But I like the Alpen muesli and I like a handy granola bar, so I figured I was pretty safe in giving these a chance. And it turns out that I was right, they’re pretty delicious. They are certainly not big, by any means but they are pretty healthy and have under 70 calories per bar. They’re a great afternoon snack, I find, because they are filling from the cereal part and then the fruit and yogurt drizzle have a sweetness to kill any candy cravings you might have mid-afternoon. There’s a nice mix of fruit too: apple, cranberry, raspberry and strawberry. For something so small though, I do find them to be quite satisfying, which is remarkable since they only have 61 calories per bar, but I’m guessing that the 4.7 grams of fiber are what gives you that full feeling. And since the salt and fat are negligible, I feel like I’m getting a pretty healthy snack when I have one of these. I find these to be much tastier and more satisfying than most granola or cereal bars, even ones that are bigger and have more calories. What isn’t so shocking is that these are definitely a deal at Costco. At all of the other major stores, they are about £1.79 for 5 bars, which comes out to £0.36 per bar. However, at Costco they are just £0.17 with the coupon they were just running; yes, less than 1/2 of the price at other grocery stores. But even without the coupon they are still just £0.23 per bar. So, no matter what, you are saving immensely by buying these bars at Costco. 24, 21 gram bars for £4.12 (£5.49 – £1.37 coupon). Item #: 0119699.
Dorset Cereals Simply Nutty Muesli – I’ve previously posted about the yummy the Dorset muesli and variety packs are at Costco. And since this time when we went they had the Nutty Muesli on coupon, and thus didn’t have either of the other options, I picked it up. I probably would have anyway because I’ve tried this out in the variety pack (really love the little boxes with a variety of flavors) and really liked it. Plus, being able to buy these two huge boxes of muesli for such a great price is a bit of a no brainer when you already know you like the cereal. The Nutty Muesli is, as you would expect, chock full of nuts of various types along with the usual lineup of multigrain flakes and oats. Here’s what you can expect to find in your box: Dates (22%), barley flakes, toasted and malted oats (oats, barley malt extract), toasted and malted wheat flakes (wheat, barley malt extract), oat flakes, wheat flakes, brazil nuts (5%), whole almonds (4%), sunflower seeds (2%). I like how they give actual percentages for the nuts and dried fruits to because it makes me think that they are actually going to make sure that my box contains more than two little pieces of fruit and a single nut (you know there are cereals like this and they know who they are). And with all of that good stuff, I’m sure you won’t be a bit surprised that it is a pretty healthy way to start your day too: a bowl of cereal and milk has at least 12 grams of protein and over 8 grams of fiber, plus it is low in salt. Of course, with all those grains and that fruit and nutty goodness you are not getting away from the carbs and sugars, but at least you will be full and won’t immediately be thinking about what else you can nibble on in the morning. And it is a bargain at Costco to boot. At ASDA, you’ll pay £2.79 for a 730 gram box, which is certainly more than you will pay for it at Costco, also the boxes are 20 grams bigger there. At Costco the 750 gram boxes are just £1.66 each with the coupon, or £2.48 normally. 2, 750 gram boxes for £3.32 (£4.95 – £1.63 coupon). Item #: 0119078.
Aberdeen Angus Mince – I buy the majority of our red meat at Costco because it is generally of better quality and pricing than I would get at the regular grocery store. And I’m a girl that likes to have lots of options in my freezer too. So, buying this big pack of ground meat is a great example of why I like to shop at Costco. This Aberdeen Angus mince is great because it is a nice sized grind which isn’t too small and won’t immediately look like mash when you try to make it into hamburgers, meatballs or meatloaf. Plus, it is nicely marbled but not all about the fat. You need some fat to give it a little flavor and moisture, but you don’t want so much that whatever you make it into is swimming in a little oil slick, do you? This package was roughly 4.4 pounds, which divided up into four Ziplocs is perfect for me to keep in the freezer for making something for dinner. I’m looking forward to using this to make a nice meatloaf, which sounds so mundane but isn’t something we have all that often. But I’m also thinking it will make some great meatballs. I’ve gotten pretty spoiled because Costco and Waitrose both sell really nice, and fairly priced, pre-made meatballs. But now I can make my own whenever I can convince my lazy side to do it. I’d say we could make burgers out of the mince too, but I know we won’t because we always have the Costco ones on hand and they are so perfectly sized, it just doesn’t make sense to waste my nice mince trying to compete with those. 1.995 kilograms for £11.45 (£13.95 – £2.50 coupon); £6.99 per kilogram (without coupon). Item #: 0076635.
Oral-B Pro-Expert Toothpaste – I haven’t really tried this for long enough to know if it lives up to all the packaging hype. But it is definitely going to clean your teeth. This is some fancy (and pricey) new toothpaste from Oral-B that is supposed to give you better and more complete protection for your teeth. They call it ‘all-around protection’ because it somehow magically protects your teeth and gums where other toothpastes can’t even imagine going apparently. The toothpaste contains a Polyfluorite system which combines antibacterial fluoride and Active Clean Crystals, which sounds a bit like an exfoliant for your teeth. But this does more than just clean your teeth, it prevents cavities, tartar, and plaque, helps counteract sensitivity, keeps your breath fresh, prevents enamel erosion and gum problems, and then also whitens your teeth by removing surface stains. Wow, it’s a busy toothpaste. I’ve just been to the dentist for a cleaning, so presumably I’m starting from a good spot and hopefully can keep my teeth having that new teeth feel. Since we were low on toothpaste, and this one had a coupon, we decided we would try it out. However, it isn’t cheap, even with the coupon because it is still £1.32 per little tube. Yikes! Hope it is worth it. 4, 75 ml tubes for £5.27 (£6.59 – £1.32 coupon). Item #: 0120299K.