This Week at Costco – November 13, 2011

November 19th, 2011 · 4 Comments

For those of you in the US, don’t forget that Thanksgiving is coming up next week!  So, if you have lots of people coming over, you’ll probably need to make it to Costco early in the week or this weekend to make sure you get all of the stuff you need.  And of course, that also means that Black Friday sales will be a big part of Costco next weekend.  If you prefer to skip that madness, I’d suggest going this week to avoid the craziness.

Don’t forget, this is the last weekend for the current Costco UK coupon book.  The current Costco US coupon book runs through Thanksgiving weekend.  There’s also the special Thanksgiving Weekend coupon book in the US that runs from Friday – Sunday of next week.

Calvin Klein Tank Tops

Calvin Klein Women’s Vests/Tank Top – It’s nice to have a nice white tank top or vest to layer under sweaters or shirts, I think.  It’s even better when they fully cover my bra straps.  These are a great alternative to a camisole or t-shirt with sleeves as well.  These are made of a 50-50 blend of cotton and modal, which makes them soft yet still with a bit of stretch.  They have very flat seams for added comfort as well as no scratchy tag at the neck, instead all of that info is printed right on the fabric.  I love the tagless t-shirts and things now; you have to wonder why no one came up with it a long time ago.  The scoop neckline is great for layering under clothing.  However, you could wear it all by itself because as I mentioned it is cut through the shoulders and back so that it does cover your bra completely.  I could see where the neckline might be a little low cut for some people, but it doesn’t seem too low to me.  The fabric is really great though because it is so so soft; it feels great against your skin.  The sizing is in S-M-L-XL, but they do have the comparable numerical sizes listed on the back, as well.  I believe that they seem quite accurately sized and the fit is maybe even nicer than I had expected.  The length is really good and certainly long enough to tuck in or you know, actually have it cover your stomach and back even when moving around.  I’d guess these would be available in the US locations as well, since they are made by Calvin Klein.  2 pack for £13.99.  Item #: 0116531.

Kirkland Signature European Cookies with Belgian Chocolate

Kirkland Signature European Cookies with Belgian Chocolate –  Oh, these are super delicious!  We buy a tin of these every year, this one was just a little earlier than usual.  They looked so temptingly delicious on the box and we were so weak we picked one up.  The tin is nicely un-themed this year, just red on red stripes, instead of having some variety of holiday or winter scene.  I like that because I like to keep the tins to store craft supplies in and it is nice when they aren’t so obviously Christmas themed.  But of course, the most important thing is the chocolaty cookie goodness inside the tin.  All of the cookies have some type of Belgian chocolate on them, either milk, dark or white chocolate, or a combination of those types. The chocolate is the perfect accompaniment to the rich buttery cookies or the yummy wafers.  There are 15 different varieties on each of the two layers of cookies.  And luckily there’s a handy legend on the inside of the tin so that you can decide which super delicious cookie to try first.  The other really nice thing is that each of the layers is individually wrapped.  I don’t have a favorite because they are all really scrumptious; though I do tend to leave the dark chocolate ones for Dave because I’m nice like that (or I just really can’t stand dark chocolate).  These would make a great gift for someone that loves chocolate or they would be perfect for a party because it is a pretty large amount of cookies (just over 3 pounds) and they look really pretty too. 1.4 kilograms for £7.49.  Item #: 0131166.

Kellogg's Krave Cereal

Kellogg’s Chocolate Hazelnut Krave Cereal – Well, all of those annoying commercials on television finally suckered us into trying this cereal.  I would describe it as little corn bran tasting pillows with a dab of Nutella inside.  They dress it up on the box a bit: crispy cereal shells with a chocolate hazelnut centre.  Turns out the ‘crispy cereal shell’ is made with oats, rice and wheat, but seriously it tastes like corn bran cereal to me.  But nonetheless they are pretty tasty, I’m almost ashamed to admit.  This is a cereal clearly geared towards kids, but I can’t help it, it’s yummy when I’m in the mood for something chocolaty.  Dave tells me that they are really good with milk but I like them as an afternoon snack sans milk, just pop them in my mouth .  The recommended serving size is 30 grams, which seems reasonable because that is a decent sized bowl.  In that serving, when having it with skimmed milk, you do get 7 grams of protein and a decent percentage of several vitamins and minerals in your RDA with less than 200 calories.  Sadly, you get just one gram of fibre though.  Logically though, I don’t think this is the cereal choice you are going to turn to if you’re looking for something healthy in the morning.  And if you’re curious, if you are going to buy this cereal, you really are better off getting it at Costco.  It would be around £9.29 to get the same amount of cereal at a regular supermarket as you get at Costco for £6.69; that’s a difference of £2.60.  2, 650 gram boxes for £6.69.  Item #: 0123695.

Feit Electric GU10 LED Bulbs

Feit Electric GU10 LED Bulbs – These are the best LED replacement bulb ever!  They put out an amazing amount of light but use just 4 watts.  These replace the little halogen bulbs that you find in the small sized recessed or spot lights, which we have quite a few of in our flat.  We had bought some LED bulbs previously from another manufacturer but they are much dimmer and don’t put out anywhere near as much light as the halogen bulbs we were trying to replace.  These LED bulbs have a light output of 170 lumens of very white light.  The light is referred to as soft white on the package, but that seems pretty bright white not the slightly yellow cast of halogens, so that makes them seem even brighter than the old bulbs.  The difference between the white light and the yellow light makes it seem so much brighter and cleaner; I’m a big fan of the white light.  And the average life of the bulbs is an astounding 30,000 hours.  I doubt I’ll be around to see if that is actually true unless they burn out considerably before that.  We bought a single 2-pack of the bulbs just to see what they were like.  But now we are certainly hoping that they will still be available at Costco the next time we’re there so we can pick up a few more.  While they use considerably less energy than the halogens, they also have the added benefit of not generating anywhere near as much radiant heat.  The lack of heat is a big benefit in our bathrooms which seem so hot once you’ve had the lights on for a bit and taken a hot shower, but with the LED bulbs it is noticeably cooler.  The one thing that makes me sad is that these bulbs aren’t dimmable.  We have  light fixtures in a couple of rooms that have dimmers, so we can use them there, but for the other locations, we will certainly replace them.  2 bulbs for £16.99.  Item #: 0118272.

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  1. 1 This Week at Costco – April 29, 2012 | Addicted To Costco! // 2012.05.05 at 5:05 am

    […] so we’ve tried to replace several of them with the LED bulbs.  We had gotten some of the previous GU10 LED bulbs that Costco UK carried but these are even better because they are a bit  brighter and a bit more energy efficient, plus […]

  2. 2 Crystal // 2011.11.20 at 8:46 am

    I agree completely with Lutro. I had the exact same experience. When I contacted Feit’s customer service, they denied that people experience these problems. They are under a warranty to last, pack them up and return them to Costco!

  3. 3 lutro // 2011.11.19 at 10:57 pm

    In my experience, Feit brand bulbs are the worst quality bulbs you can get. That’s why I never buy them, no matter how inexpensive they are. I learned my lesson when I bought a 6-pack of Feit fluorescent flood lights from Costco. They’re supposed to last around 10,000 hours (~5.5 yrs if you use them 5 hrs/day). But most of them lasted between 6 months to 1 year (at ~5 hrs/day). I don’t know if the LED bulbs are any better, but it’s hard to believe that they would be, given Feit’s poor quality control.

  4. 4 brandy // 2011.11.19 at 3:49 pm

    turkeys are in at our costco! butterball fresh & an organic kind. other things they had for the holiday: sweet or yukon gold mashed (in the heat/eat area), pecan pies, refrigerated entree section: sweet potato pies, scalloped potatoes, turkey breast with stuffing. they have an extra coffeecake (walnut something) and several other baked goods. kirkland hickory hams were 2.50 off apiece. we found the 3 variety chocolate chip cookies on clearance for 2.97. last week we found louisiana brand hot links for 2.99 for 3 lbs.

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