I’m having one of those weeks where I’ve got a ton of stuff to do and not nearly enough time, or energy, to get it all accomplished. I’m glad it’s over! Hopefully, the predicted storms here will not materialize this weekend and it will turn out to be lovely weather. A girl can dream… If you’re in the UK, don’t forget that the new coupons started on Monday. And for US shoppers, the latest coupons just started on Thursday. As usual, Costco has plenty of good ways for you to save a bit of money.
Nutella – Some of you are probably saying ‘yum’ but some of you are probably saying ‘what the heck is Nutella?’ It’s a delicious chocolaty hazelnut spread. Clearly if you are not a fan of the hazelnuts you’re definitely going to want to skip this treat. However, if you’re a hazelnut fan like me, then you will agree that this is the perfect combination of two great things: chocolate and hazelnuts. It is great on toast of all varieties, bagels, waffles, croissants (you can make you own chocolate croissant), and I’ve even used it like frosting on cupcakes and as a spread in between cake layers. If you heat it up a just a little bit in the microwave (low power and not for too long) it is an awesome sauce for ice cream. I’ve also used it to make s’mores – roast your marshmallows smear some Nutella on a graham cracker and add the marshmallows and you are in s’mores heaven. You do have to make sure that you just kind of blob it in the middle of the cracker though because it will ooze a bit when the hot marshmallow hits it. I’ve never thought about it, but this would be a much easier chocolate version to deal with if you plan to make s’mores while camping since you wouldn’t have to worry about it melting or getting crushed into dust. I absolutely love it, so we buy it in bulk at Costco. Luckily, here in the UK you only have to buy one container of it, but I know in the US they always sold it in a two pack, which can be much harder to work your way through. Although, I guess it is at least in two different bottles and not just one huge container. I like to keep some in my pantry because it is a delicious treat when you’re wanting a little something chocolaty since you can just smear a bit on a piece of toast or a cracker (if you have the right kind of crackers, like graham crackers). Delicious! 750 gram jar for £2.59 (US: $4.02). Item #: 0044671.
Sun Valley Dry Roasted Peanuts – Peanuts, if you don’t eat too many, are a great snack. You don’t need very many to be full and they are an excellent way to get a decent bit of protein mid-afternoon. Plus, peanuts are a great source of niacin, magnesium, and manganese. Of course, they are kind of fatty but that’s why you don’t eat too many. I like to have a little serving of them in the afternoon after I’ve had a hard workout to get the protein that I need. Nuts are also one of our backpack staples if we go camping or hiking. These are nice because they have a really nice flavour since they are roasted with a blend of herbs and spices; they don’t divulge the secret blend just enough to say there is onion powder, paprika and celery. I don’t really notice any particular herbs or spices when I eat them, but they do have a nice flavour. What I do notice is that they don’t have that overly salted taste, which can be really overwhelming with nuts sometimes (at least to me). The good news for vegetarians, who definitely could use the protein from nuts, is that these are a suitable choice with no hidden animal fats lurking in the ingredients. I will point out that if you plan on buying peanuts, Costco is definitely the place to do it. If I bought these at the regular supermarket, I would end up paying around £1.25 for just 250 grams of dry roasted peanuts. For those of you that don’t want to do the math that means that I would need to buy 4.6 packages of supermarket nuts to equal the big canister at Costco. And that is going to be £5.75 instead of the £4.99 you’ll pay at Costco. Not to mention, the canister at Costco keeps them much fresher than a bunch of bags, plus it is easier to store. 1.15 kilograms for £4.99 (US: $7.74). Item #: 0129787.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB SDXC Card – This is one of the newer SD card formats that allows card sizes greater than 32GB, which means not all SD readers will be able to use it, but fortunately Dave’s MacBook Air (from 2011) can and he uses it to add 25% more storage to the machine. The card works great, with decent read/write speed but is a bit slower than using the built in SSD. This actually makes sense since it does have to go through the USB 2.0 bus on the Mac. A different machine with USB3 should see significantly faster read/write times. We don’t have any other devices that can use this though. It would be great if we had a newer video or still camera to be able to have just one of these rather than swapping cards frequently when we go on vacation. Swapping cards has lead to us accidentally losing one sometimes because they’re so small, so anything to avoid that is something we look for. I’ve heard there are 128GB cards too, but our store didn’t have them. Also, the price at Costco is a little bit less than Amazon or a lot less at some of the other retailers that sell this kind of thing. £36.99 (US: $57.37). Item #: 0120744.
BC Clothing Womens Linen Shorts – These shorts are so cute! When I saw these shorts at Costco, I knew I was going to get at least one pair but I ended up getting two because I couldn’t decide on the colours. They had a variety of colours available: navy blue, red, white, khaki, brown, and black. I decided to go with the khaki and black so they’ll go with everything, which the white would have done too but I already have a similar type of shorts in white. And really, how many pairs of white shorts do you need? I like these because they can be super casual or more dressy if that’s what you need. They have a tie at the waist and pockets with buttons on the back and a little one on the front too and then they have a little cuff with a tab and button at the legs. It sounds like a lot of buttons, but they definitely don’t look overly buttoned. They’ve got that slightly safari look really and they’re cute. They are made out of linen and viscose but don’t seem to wrinkle like they would if they were just linen. I’ve worn them a few times now and they get wrinkles but not overly much. You definitely don’t look like you picked them up all balled up from the floor. Unfortunately, it seems like my buying these shorts has scared away all of the sunny weather from London. But hey, when we get the next day of sunshine and warmth, I’ll be ready with a cute pair of shorts! And can I just say, these are such a deal. At right around £12.00, these are very cute and nicely made and I’m pretty sure you’re not going to get a similar pair of shorts for anywhere near this price. £11.99 (US: $18.60). Item #: 0115546.