If you missed it, the newest Costco UK coupon book started this week on Monday and runs through April 7, right up to Easter. I posted the PDF of the coupon book on Tuesday this week, so you can go check that out if you haven’t seen it yet. If you’re in the US, your coupon book only last through April 1, so you’ve just got another week left to make it to the store for anything that you liked in the latest bunch of coupons.
Merrell Men’s Refuge Shoes – Dave looked like he was about to walk right out of his last pair of low top hikers, so I was incredibly thankful to see these turn up at Costco. And even more amazingly, Dave got the very last pair of size 13s that they had (might have been the only one that they ever had). It’s hard to get him shoes at Costco because he’s got a big foot, apparently, and they usually only have shoes up to a size 12 it seems. In any case, these Merrell shoes are great for him. They have a very rugged Vibram sole that is durable and thick, and perfect for intermediate hikes as well as wearing around town. Of course, the sole is greatly aided by the nice insole that Merrell includes which has a nice cushy feel that is great for long walks on hard surfaces. This is especially great if you’re one of those people that put a lot of pressure on your heels when you walk; the nice insoles protect your feet quite well. The outside of the shoe is covered in a combination of leather/suede and thick meshy fabric. I don’t think they’d really be waterproof but probably do offer some level of water resistance, like if you step in a puddle your foot probably won’t get wet. If you step in water that is deep enough to get very high on the shoe for very long you’re probably going to end up with moist socks, is my guess, though I haven’t made Dave test out my theory. Nicely, Merrell has used the AEGIS Microbe Shield technology to protect the shoes and keep them from being so offensive to your nose after you’ve worn them for a while. Of course, it does a bit more than that because it really protects against odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and contaminating fungus. It makes your feet happy and healthy, and keeps your shoes less smelly. Always a good thing! £34.99 (US: $55.55). Item #: 0127174K.
Ferrero Rocher – I love hazelnuts and chocolate, it is probably my favourite candy combination, so these are naturally going to appeal to me, much like Nutella. I just love the Ferrero Rocher with their milk chocolate robe and sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts outside and then a crispy wafer with even more hazelnut in the form of a creamy filling that surrounds a whole hazelnut inside. What is there not to love? I really appreciate that they are individually wrapped, like little gifts, too. This makes it easy to control yourself when you are eating them instead of being tempted to overindulge. Each little chocolate is less than 80 calories, so you don’t really have to feel too bad about having one or two as a nice little treat at the end of the day either. At Costco, you get 5 boxes of 16 candies each all bundled together in nice little clear plastic boxes. The nice thing about this package of five boxes, is that you can easily give them out to friends as gifts too, if you’re into sharing and don’t just want to keep them all for yourself. And after you’re done eating them, you also have the nice little clear plastic containers that make great organisers for desk drawers for small things that easily get lost like rubber bands or scattered. 5, 16 piece boxes for £10.63 (£13.29 – £2.66 coupon) (US: $16.88). Item #: 0003258.
Calvin Klein Women’s Tank Tops – Since it is getting to be that time of year where the weather is cool, then warm, then cool again, layering is a great idea. Since I already have these in white, I thought I would get the black ones this time. These black tank tops or vests are the perfect light layer to add under a spring sweater or shirt. These are great because they fully cover my bra straps too and they are a perfect alternative to a camisole or t-shirt with sleeves that will bunch up under other clothing when layered 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 so you can easily figure out where you fall on their scale. I think they seem quite accurately sized and the fit is 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. At our location they had packs of white, black, and a pack with two different colors that might have been navy blue and purple or something in that area. I like the white and black ones because they can go under or with everything and give me some versatility. 2 pack for £13.99 (US: $22.21). Item #: 0116531.
Paradise Bakery Cholla Rolls with Sesame Seeds – I love cholla bread, it’s like brioche, they’re both just so rich tasting and fluffy. To me, it’s like the way bread should be. This is probably because they’re more like homemade bread and when I’m not too tired or lazy I like to make my own bread. These rolls were great too because they are just the perfect size for sandwiches or burgers, however, they are so good they are nice to just eat without anything on them but a bit of butter and preserves for breakfast. I had actually bought them because I was sick of just having my sandwiches on regular sliced bread; sometimes you just need a bit of a change to avoid lunchtime boredom. And they are great for sandwiches. I used them with a variety of meats and toppings and they were always the perfect companion. They have that nice rich, buttery type of flavour that works really well with just about anything from spicy salami to very mild mortadella. But I also found out that they were really great for breakfast if I toasted them a bit and put butter and orange marmalade on them. Yum! I think they would probably be good with Nutella too but I didn’t try that. You might think that the sesame seeds would cause them to be not so great with those types of sweet spreads but I didn’t really notice them or at least not enough to bother me. Costco also has poppy seed topped cholla rolls as well as cholla loaves, if that is more your style. The only word of caution that I feel I should mention is that if you are allergic to poppy seeds, you might need to steer clear of the sesame seed rolls too because there were quite a few poppy seeds in the bag with my rolls. 12 rolls for £2.79 (US: $4.43). Item #: 0004097.