There are a couple of thing I want to make sure people are aware of this weekend. Firstly, this is the last weekend for the current Costco UK and Costco US coupon books. They both run through Sunday, October 9th, so you can still use the coupons throughout the weekend. The new coupon books start next week. The new Costco UK coupon book starts on October 10 and I’ll be posting it on Monday. The new Costco US coupon book starts on October
12 13 and I’ll be posting it on Tuesday.
Secondly, Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday. So, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers. In light of the holiday, Costco locations in Canada will be closed on Monday, unless you’re shopping in Québec where they will still be open.
Lastly, I’ve done a bit of an update to the Locations page to list all of the hours and upcoming holidays for stores in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. I still need to add Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. I’m hoping to have time to add them this week though.
DeLonghi Icona Electric Kettle – When the weather starts to turn colder, I enjoy a nice warm beverage or two every day. I know hot tea is the big thing here, but I just don’t enjoy it that much when I’m hot already. But Fall through Spring, bring on the tea or hot cocoa. Previously, I have always used a tea kettle on top of the stove but that really does take a while and seems kind of inefficient. Plus, something bad happened to my tea kettle in the move and it’s all rocky because the bottom is strangely no longer flat. So, yeah, that makes the water boil even slower. I’ve been thinking for a while that I should just get an electric kettle, so when I saw this nice one at Costco this weekend, and with a £5.00 off coupon to boot, I decided to go ahead and get one. I like the simple design of the kettle and with it’s 1.7 liter capacity it is certainly large enough for all of my water boiling needs. I also like that the there is a limescale filter since the water here is practically a solid. The filter is right by the pour spout and is easily removed when you want to clean it. The really nice thing is that it boils quite quickly, much more quickly than m conventional tea kettle. It’s so quick to make a hot beverage now, I might enjoy them more often. Of course, it is also good to boil up some water for other things too like instant mashed potatoes or whatnot. I ended up getting a black kettle, after Dave dug through most of the boxes, however, the majority were red. £39.99 (£44.99 – £5.00 coupon). Item #: 0115305.
WireLogic CleanScreen Cleaner – We have several computers and we both wear glasses too, plus we have cameras and iPods, and cellphones that all need to have their little screens cleaned on a daily basis depending on the item. So there are lots and lots of reasons for us to get this cleaner. I like that the cleaner contains no ammonia or alcohol, which makes the cleaner perfect for the plastic polymer screens and surfaces on pretty much all of the gadgetry of today. They also say that CleanScreen’s solvents will get rid of sticky haze, fingerprints, and dust while it polishes up the surface. And, it gets rid of nasty static too, which is great this time of year. In the pack at Costco you get a single 200 ml bottle and three 30 ml travel-size bottles. And all of the bottles comes with a handy microfiber cleaning cloth. It’s good to use the microfiber cloths when cleaning things with the plastic screens or lenses because that will reduce the risk of scratching the surface. Of course, you should make sure you replace your microfiber cloths when they get old and dirty or else you could end up with little particles that can scratch things. For us though, this is a really good pack because it allows Dave to have a little spray bottle that he can put in his backpack that he takes to work for all his cleaning needs during the day. And I can still have one for my backpack when I take my computer out and about, or I can keep one in my purse. Plus, we still have the bigger spray bottle at home so that we have one on hand at home too. It’s so nice to have a clean screen on my laptop all the time! I’m really bad about touching my screen and leave a lot of fingerprints behind, as a result. This cleaner easily gets rid of all of my fingerprints and any dust in just a few seconds. And so far, no bad effects on any of the surfaces I’ve used it on. £9.99. Item #: 0103906.
Kirkland Signature Trail Socks – This is seems to be something new, I’m guessing anyway since I’ve not seen them at Costco before. Dave and I like to hike quite a bit and could certainly use some good, comfortable socks to wear with our hiking boots. We both have wool socks right now but they don’t have any of the nice weaving that makes the tight, supportive bits around the arch of your foot. Not to mention, they have that annoying seam on the toe that when crammed in a hiking boot for a full day of walking and climbing, can really begin to rub you the wrong way; as in the blister way. So, the KS trail socks seem like a really good deal for us. They are a merino wool blend; the blend is with wool, nylon, polyester and a tiny bit of elastane. While these socks still have a toe seam, it is much flatter than our current socks and seems like it shouldn’t be so rubby. There’s also the arch brace weaving to give you a bit of support right where you need it most when you’re hiking and hiking and hiking. The socks also have a lot of cushioning throughout the foot, heel and base of the ankle. This is great because even the most comfy pair of hiking boots can start to feel unpleasant when after you’ve been hiking all day but the added cushioning can really make a huge difference there. I often find that the arch support combined with the cushioning that socks like this offer, keeps my feet feeling much better and nowhere near as tired as thinner socks that I’ve worn while hiking. And finally, the foot bed has a moisture management system that keeps your feet drier but still maintains it’s cushioning ability. When I’ve tried these out in our flat, they seem really comfortable and great on my feet, so I’m looking forward to being able to try them out with a nice hike sometime soon. The one thing I would mention as a warning, I wouldn’t necessarily believe the sizing information on the package that says that they will fit women and men. In our case, we bought the Large size and thought it should work for both of us, and that way we could each have two pairs. The large says it fits men shoe sizes 7 – 12 and women’s sizes 8+. Well, it fits Dave pretty well, even though he wears a 13, but the heel was in the right place and everything. However, for me the heel is more on my ankle and not so much on my heel at all even though I wear a size 9 shoe. Because of the way that they have constructed the heel, it fits in my hiking boots okay and isn’t uncomfortable but the information for women’s sizes definitely seems to be wrong. I think I would have been better off with the medium size. If they still have these on our next trip to Costco I think I’ll get the smaller size. They’re still comfortable but I’d really like the correct size, especially since my current hiking socks are too big too. 4 pairs for £8.99. Item #: 0293278.
Kolios Today Greek Yogurt – Well, it’s definitely not as good as Fage. I was really expecting this to be great because Kolios makes some of the best feta cheese ever. But they don’t seem to be as gifted at the yogurt arts. I’m also not thrilled that this isn’t that great and is 10%fat! Since they’re a Greek dairy, and the only version of Greek yogurt that I’ve seen at Costco here, I was truly hoping that it would be good. I love this kind of yogurt and use it in my morning cereal and to make sauces too. Honestly, it’s a great substitute to cream or sour cream, as well as creme fraiche. It’s not that it is really horrible, it’s just not as good as Fage and that disappoints me. It’s got a much more tangy, tart taste for starters that is a little more bold, which means you have to work harder to tone it down in sauces. It also means that it doesn’t taste quite as good with fresh fruit. It does taste considerably better with a touch of honey added to it though because the honey is powerful enough to counter the tartness. The other little issue I have with this is the texture is a little more water or creamy (depending on how mean I want to phrase it) than I’m used to in a Greek yogurt. At this point I’ve finished a little less than half of the container and I still can’t decide if I’ll buy it again or not. As I said, it isn’t horrible, it’s just not the best Greek yogurt I’ve ever had and it isn’t quite what I had expected either. I will say, I used it to make some horseradish sauce the other day and it worked pretty well for that. So, maybe I should give it more of a chance. But I really do miss the Fage and I can’t figure out why they don’t carry it here too. And if you’re wondering, we do not have the new-ish Kirkland Signature Greek Yogurt available yet in the UK Costco that I shop at. 1 kilogram for £2.99. Item #: 0057338.