I can’t believe it is April already; just one day away. Where did the first three months of the year go? Of course, I don’t mind the sunny, warm weather that comes with this time of year. If you’re in the US, don’t forget that this is the last weekend for the current coupon book. I don’t know when the next one starts because I haven’t gotten a copy of it yet (so if you get a copy remember that you can send me a scan of it for a $25.00 Costco cash card). If you’re in the UK, you have until April 7 to shop from the latest coupon deals.
Finish Quantum Dishwasher Tablets – They lured me in with the ‘Quantum Challenge’ that they tout on the front of the box: see the difference or it’s free. How could I pass that up? I was kind of hoping that I wouldn’t be able to see the difference. And not just because I wanted the box for free, but because it is a little more pricey than regular Finish tablets, I think. Of course, when I actually did the math it’s exactly the same price as the regular Finish tablets without a coupon. The regular tablets are around £16.50 for 168 tablets, which breaks down to about £0.10 per tablet. With the Finish Quantum you get 60 tablets for £5.99, which equates to £0.10. Of course, if you can get the coupon for the regular Finish tablets, they’re certainly going to be cheaper. But the really important thing is, does it work better than the regular tablets? Yes, yes, it does. I was really amazed at just how much better it really does work, especially on glassware and cooked on gunk on pans or cookie sheets. My glasses were super shiny and all of my Pyrex type dishes looked like new again when I used the Quantum tablets. Everything in my dishwasher came out very shiny and clean with no water spots or anything. I didn’t realize how much my regular Finish tablets could be improved on until I tried these, honestly. So, now I am trying to use up my stock of regular Finish tablets, while using these every couple of washes too. I do wish that the box at Costco was bigger than 60 tablets, or I wish they would bundle two of them together at least. Also, I think they could use better packaging. The Quantum tablets are not like the regular pressed powder tablets, but come in a little plastic coating that dissolves in the dishwasher . This is great because you don’t have to unwrap anything before you put it in the washer, you just pop it into the dishwasher whole. Unfortunately, the way they are packaged is annoying and hard to get the tablets out of without lots of fiddling. They have 30 tablets in a little plastic clam shell like thing (obviously there are two of these in the box). Anyway, it’s a pain in the butt to deal with, I prefer the little plastic tubs that the laundry tablets come in. So, I guess I won’t be getting my box of Quantum free, but I will definitely be buying these again. 60 tabs for £5.99 (US: $9.59). Item #: 0123689.
Ermes Fontana Mortadella – So, there’s just no way to position this as anything but an unhealthy choice for my lunchtime sandwiches. But it is really quite good. If you’re not familiar with mortadella, it is a cooked Italian sausage that is a lot like bologna (not surprising since it comes from the Bologna region) as far as appearance and texture go. However, mortadella is seasoned with various spices, berries, black pepper, and pistachios. On the package, they suggest serving it as a starter or with a bowl of nice olives but I like it on sandwiches. And to add to the unhealthiness, I like it with mayo. It’s got a very delicate flavor and really anything else you would put on a sandwich would probably be a bit too overpowering for it. I definitely wouldn’t suggest having cheese with it because that will most assured overpower the taste completely. It is also good just by itself too, of course. I was really pleased to see the mortadella at Costco, because it can be pricey at regular stores, if you can even find it. There’s not much in the package, which is probably a good thing though. If you usually buy this at Costco you might notice that the packaging has changed a bit, it’s got new graphics and such on it, but the package is also 50 grams bigger as well. Despite the package changes it is still the same producer from Italy and is still just as delicious. I did think that maybe it was cut a little thinner, but it’s hard to tell if that is really true or not since I can’t do a side by side comparison. But it’s still just as delicious on a sandwich or on a cracker. 300 grams for £3.39 (US: $5.42). Item #: 0126638.
Kirkland Signature Supreme Indulgent Cookies – Yum! I’m a big fan of the Kirkland Signature bakery cookies. Dave and I usually just buy the chocolate chip ones, but thought we would give the variety pack a try. In this package of 20 cookies, you get five that are chocolate with white chocolate chunks, and five that are oatmeal raisin, and then the other ten are regular chocolate chunk cookies. Clearly the chocolate chip cookies are great, as I think I’ve said several times before on here. The chocolate with white chocolate chips are also really delicious. But be warned, they are super chocolaty and rich. Dave absolutely loved them because he likes the deep, rich chocolate stuff like this. And then there were the oatmeal raisin cookies which is usually the least favourite cookie in our house. Like, so least favourite that Dave won’t even eat them; it’s a raisin in cookies thing for him. So, I tried one and was very pleasantly surprised. They were delicious. They were really soft, like all of the KS cookies, but even a little more moist from the oatmeal, I think. What made them outstanding though was that they had added a nice hit of cinnamon that pairs perfectly with the raisin and oatmeal. Despite thinking that I wouldn’t, I really ended up liking them. Getting the variety pack was kind of nice too, to have a bit of, um, variety. Plus, it’s nice to have something aside from just chocolate chip cookies too. 20 cookies for £5.49 (US: $8.79). Item #: 0093952.
Kirkland Signature Moisture Conditioner – I just used up the last of my previous giant bottle of KS conditioner, the old formula. When you use just a little bit of it per day, that liter of conditioner stays around for a long time. But finishing up that bottle has allowed me to try the new formula that has been around for like two years. On the bottle they say it is a “Professional Salon Formula” but I’m not really sure what that means exactly. It seems nice and thick and does a great job at keeping my hair looking shiny and healthy. The thing that I really appreciate too is that it is safe for colour treated hair. It’s hard to find a decent conditioner, that doesn’t cost a fortune, and won’t strip the colour right out of my hair. I’ve noticed that it somehow manages to keep my hair soft and shiny, and gives me great amount of curliness too. I have natural curl in my hair, but if I use a conditioner or shampoo that has lots of stuff in that weighs down my hair it gets all straight and flat looking. The KS conditioner though is free of sulfates and paraben, so I think that helps keep my hair in better shape and allows the curl to come out too. It’s also gluten free, though I’m not sure what that means in terms of hair care. I’ve never really thought about gluten in my shampoo and conditioner. The new bottle is a bit of a different size and shape too, a bit more compact, and fits in my shower a little better because it’s not as wide. My one and only gripe about the new conditioner formula is that it is super perfume-y when you first put it in your hair. It’s got a very floral and strong scent. It doesn’t seem to linger all day at the huge level that it hits your nose with initially, thankfully. I don’t know how guys would feel about this, Dave still uses it and says that it is okay because he doesn’t smell like a flower all day long. So, I guess that’s okay then. However, if you are really sensitive to smells, this might not be a good fit for you. I’m thinking someday soon-ish my current bottle of shampoo will run out and I’ll be able to try the new KS shampoo formula too. 1 liter for £4.99 (US: $7.99). Item #: 0519925.