You can ring in the New Year with a bit of savings at Costco! The new Costco US coupon book starts this Thursday, January 2 and runs for most of January (through January 26). This coupon book has $1,500.00 in savings for the warehouses, which is a bit less than the previous book. There’s also an additional $5,300.00 in Costco.com savings, which is quite a bit less than the previous coupon book too. If you’re planning on starting off the new year with a healthy lifestyle or by doing a major cleaning of your house, then there are lots of great coupons this month for you; even if you’re not there are some nice deals.
I’ve uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) so you can browse it if you haven’t gotten yours yet. If you weren’t aware, Costco had updated their coupon policy for “streamlined savings”. Basically, that means that you won’t have to clip coupons (if you ever needed to for your location anyway) again, but instead you can just show the cashier the coupon book. Or, if that is too much for you to remember to bring, you can get the latest Costco smartphone app that will allow you to use the coupons in the app for in-store redemption. Now all you have to do to redeem the coupons is show the cashier your smartphone with the Costco app or the Costco coupon book. So, if you’ve got a smartphone and haven’t downloaded the Costco app yet, this is the perfect reason to do so. You can get the app for either iPhone or Android in their respective app stores. The only coupons that you must have the app or coupon book to redeem are the ones with the blue arrow, but there are still plenty of instant savings deals as well. For many they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different. The one big change is that Costco says that they will no longer have extra copies of the coupon book available at the warehouses. If you didn’t get your book or never do, you should stop by Customer Service and make sure that they have all of your mailing information correct and that you have allowed them permission to send you things in the mail. Or, just use the Costco smartphone app but they aren’t visible until the coupons start. Lastly, you can also view them on the Costco.com website but they’re only available when the coupon book is active, so again no preview, but that’s what you have me for!
As usual, there’s a coupon for $70.00 off a set of new tires; this month the brand of choice is Michelin. This is one of the coupons that will require you to show either your physical coupon book or the app. You can also take advantage of this deal through Costco.com. Also, this coupon/deal is good for a bit longer than the rest of the book since it runs through January 29. With all of the nasty winter weather, this might be the perfect time to get a new set of tires.
If you’ve got a baby, you’ll probably be happy to see the coupons for Huggies diapers and baby wipes. To take advantage of either of these coupons you are required to show the book or the smartphone app. You can get the Huggies Snug and Dry Plus Diapers, in sizes 1 – 6, for $6.00 off with this coupon; this deal is also valid at Costco.com. Unfortunately, you have a limit of two. You can also get the Huggies Natural Care Plus Baby Wipes, a box of 1,120 wipes, for $5.00 off with this coupon. This deal is also good at Costco.com, but also is limited to just two.
There are at least 20 different coupons for various cleaning products ranging from a Dyson vacuum (DC50 model for $80.00 off) to Clorox 2 (112.75 ounces for $3.00 off) to Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner (200 ounce + 24 ounce spray bottle for $3.00 off). So, really, if you are in need of cleaning supplies of pretty much any kind, this is the time to stock up on them. Since these types of items aren’t likely to go bad before you use them, I always like to take advantage of the coupons and deals when available at Costco. If you’ve got the storage space, it is always nice to have an extra jug of detergent or cleaner. There are also coupons for the other great household items to stock up on: toilet paper ($2.00 off any Charmin bath tissue), paper towels ($2.00 off any Bounty roll towels), and Kleenex tissues ($3.50 off).
Some of the best coupons to take advantage of this month though, are the ones for Intuit’s TurboTax and Quicken. It’s the start of a new year and that means it is the perfect time to get your finances in order. You can save $20.00 on Quicken 2014 Home and Business or Premier versions. We’ve been using Quicken for ages, like early 90s. It is quite easy to use and set up for all of your financial things like credit cards, checking and savings accounts, retirement accounts like IRAs or 401(k), as well as things like loans for cars, homes, or anything else. It’s great because you can download the transactions and statements from your banks, or other financial institutions, right into the software to make things just that little bit easier. You can also save $10.00 on this year’s version of TurboTax the Home and Business or Premier versions, or the Deluxe version – with or without states. And well, you know you’re going to have to do taxes soon too, so you might as well save some money and get prepared. Here’s a review I did about TurboTax way back in 2010 (but honestly, I’ve used it every year since and it still is just as great, perhaps even better):
We have been using TurboTax for years. We tried something else one year but quickly realized it was a mistake. The other reason we like using TurboTax is because we also use Quicken and the two work nicely together and that cuts down on some of the time we have to spend entering numbers from one place to the other. It’s so easy to use though because it asks questions in normal, everyday language instead of IRS speak, so it is very understandable. I think the interview type format also helps you out by coming up with deductions and other things that you might miss or not even think of on your own. Of course, if you really like looking at all those forms and line 12B and 23C things, you can go directly to the forms too. Also, as you are going through the process it keeps a running tally of how much you owe or how much your refund is; so you always see it. Which could be a good thing but sometimes makes you just want to cry. The other good thing is that they help you accurately value any charitable donations you might have made (obviously, the non-money donations) so that instead of you thinking that the old jeans were worth $2, they’ll tell you that indeed they are worth $20 (or something similar). And maybe the greatest thing is that it checks for errors and your likelihood of being audited before it lets you file. So, the audit risk meter lets you see things that may flag you for an audit and make sure that the information is accurate and correct. Plus, you get to do your e-filing of your returns for free (up to 5 returns), which used to cost around $10, I think. The software will work for either Windows or a Mac. The Home and Business edition, includes some extras for self-employment tax filing for consultants, contractors, self-employed, single owner LLCs and sole proprietors. Obviously, this isn’t the version that the average person would need. At Costco.com the prices are (as of December 31, 2013): Deluxe version is $39.99 – $49.99 depending on if you need to file state taxes or not; Premier version is $69.99; and, the Home and Business version is $79.99. If you order these online you will also need to pay $2.99 for shipping. [Original Posting: January 10, 2010]
So, aside from fun things like tires, cleaning supplies, and financial software, there are lots of other nice coupons to start out the new year with a little savings to help your bank balance recover after the holidays. I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s celebration this year!