I can’t believe this month went so quickly and that it is already the end of March. I still feel like it should be February, maybe because I slept through most of that month. The current Costco US coupon expires after Sunday. If there was anything that you had your eye on in this latest round of coupons, you really can’t put it off much longer. I probably should have planned to go to Costco on Sunday, since Mother’s Day in the UK is on Sunday. If you’re a mum in the UK, Happy Mother’s Day!
Foxwood Chicken Tenders with Sauces – I wanted to like these more than I actually did. I like my chicken like this to get crunchy in the oven when you cook it, and these just never seemed to crisp up for us, even when I left them in longer or tried a higher heat. The chicken part itself is quite good though because it is made from a chunk of chicken breast, so not so type of chicken paste or suspect thing like that. You can tell it is real chicken and it was tender and juicy after cooking, even when I did it a little longer to crisp up the coating. They’re free from preservatives, artificial colourings, or flavourings, which is all very good. It was just the coating that didn’t really please me or Dave. It didn’t have any real flavour or add much to the taste, but always seemed kind of not soggy exactly, but closer to that than to crispy. The chicken is accompanied by three different packets of sauce: tamarind, hot and sour, and BBQ. I wasn’t overwhelming impressed with any of the sauces, they were okay but nothing special. I usually think of chicken tenders like this as something that is marketed, at least somewhat, towards kids, so I’m not really sure those sauces are going to appeal to young palates either. Although, they all tend toward the sweeter side, so maybe that is good for kids. The worst for me was the BBQ sauce though because it seemed far too sweet. I would have preferred that they had a better coating than include the sauces. We had these around the same time as the Flamin’ Chicken Tenders that we really like, so maybe that tainted our view and tastebuds. They’re good, but they could be better certainly. £9.39 (US: $15.62). Item #: 0017421.
Arcan 1/4″ Drive Bit Set – When we moved from Austin to London, we brought a little tiny set of tools with us, including a set of maybe 20 bits for our electric screwdriver. However, Dave was recently doing some stuff with electronics and a few other assorted projects and realized that our little set was rather limiting and that they didn’t even fit what he was trying to do. Luckily though, we found this set the next time we were at Costco. It is a huge set of 208 pieces which should just about cover any type of thing you are screwing or unscrewing around the house. There are 15 different fastener types that you can unscrew with this bit set, including the important electronics type fasteners that we really needed. And obviously there are a range of sizes for the fastener types that require it (like regular screwdriver bits and similar things). It has a nice plastic case that handily organizes all of the bits and makes them easy to take with you or store. The bits are made out with chrome vanadium steel construction so their lifespan should be much greater than the little sets that you will find at a lot of hardware and home improvement stores. Plus, they are heat treated to prevent wear and breakage. Since the set we replaced was having serious issues with wear, this was a big plus for us. This is a much nicer set than our previous little bit set for sure, but was still a pretty good price I think. When I compare it to B&Q for instance, their driver sets are more pricey and do not include the number of fastener types or the amount of bits that this set has either. It’s also hard to tell what kind of material the bits are made of, so these might be the weaker stuff that starts to wear sooner. So, it might not even be comparable really but is still more expensive. 208 pieces for £16.49 (US: $27.44). Item #: 0697870.
Kirkland Signature 33 Gallon Trash Bags – For the last four years, I haven’t had to buy trash or rubbish bags, at all. At our former flat the management company provided us with trash bags, usually like two to four per week. As a result, when we left we actually had amassed a huge surplus of bags, which we (perhaps stupidly) left in our flat when we moved out. Right after we moved in to our flat, we bought the “emergency” roll of bags from our local Tesco. They weren’t as big, they weren’t as strong, and while they did have a drawstring at the top it was more likely to break than not. But they didn’t cost very much, so we just dealt with it until we could get to Costco. We used to buy these KS trash bags when we were in the US, so we knew that they were sturdy. Really, the size isn’t the big issue for me because they pick up our rubbish pretty much every day but Sunday here, so that isn’t as important as being very sturdy. But these bags are really large, especially in comparison to the large sized rubbish bags here which are 90 litres, or 34 litres smaller than the bags from Costco. I like that they are super sturdy and even when I chuck a pointy piece of clamshell product packaging in there, or something sharp like that, the bags don’t tear. Sometimes something will stretch the bag but we’ve never had one tear or rip open on us. And if you have ever had that happen with a lesser bag, you’ll know it really is not something that you want to repeat. The drawstring at the top of the bag is a great way to make sure the bag is securely tied and then you can use them as handles to carry the bag too. The drawstring is made of a very sturdy material as well. The worst part about the bags is that we have to do some fancy tucking and tying to get the bags to fit into our bin without peeping out and looking rumbled. But I can manage that most of the time. The bags also come in a box that acts as a very nice dispenser, really dispensing just a single bag at a time. You don’t have to worry about pulling out a new bag and end up with two or three in your hand or half way pulled out of the box. I like that because it makes it much easier for me to store them under my kitchen sink without them taking up too much space. The price is good and quite competitive with the smaller, not as strong bags that I’ve found in the local supermarkets. For a single bag at Costco you’ll pay about £0.14, which is pretty comparable for similar bags at Tesco for instance, though theirs aren’t as big and are more likely to rip (from my experience). 90, 33 gallon/124 litre bags for £12.39 (US: $20.61). Item #: 0384324.
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissor Set – Our current flat here in London, isn’t really all that flat anymore. It is what is referred to here as a “maisonette”, meaning that there are two floors to our place now. And that means stairs. After living here just a couple of weeks, I quickly realized that our single pair of scissors, wasn’t cutting it (pun totally intended) anymore. No matter where I had the scissors, it seemed they were always on the other floor. I swear, they moved sometimes just so that I would have to run up and down the stairs. I was just getting to the super frustration point when, lo and behold, Costco had a coupon for a three pack of scissors. So, at last we now have enough scissors for every place we could ever need to cut, trim or open anything. And these are really nice scissors too. The scissors have 8″ titanium-fused blades and soft, comfort grip handles. The titanium blade is 4x sharper, according to Scotch, than a stainless steel blade! Plus, they will stay sharp for 100,000 cuts. Oh yes, the titanium blades will also have a greater resistance to corrosion than stainless steel blades. The handles have a soft-ish, rubberized grip area that means they are definitely more comfortable in your hand than other hard plastic or metal handled scissors. The cutting action is incredibly smooth and the blades don’t catch on the things that you are cutting. Plus, if you feel you need to adjust the tension, there’s a screw that can easily be tightened or loosened as needed for optimal performance. The “precision” part of the name of these scissors comes from the fact that they are sharpened more precisely than other scissors and thus can be used to make very exacting cuts for things like materials or craft projects. The three pack comes with three different colour grips for the handles, so you can even colour code your scissors if you are super particular about what you use for cutting paper or material, versus random household things. I bought this 3 pack of scissors when there was a coupon, so I got a really great deal. Just a single pair of similar scissors at Ryman is more expensive than the entire three pack from Costco. But even without the coupon, the three pack is still a much better buy than you’ll get at Ryman where a single pair is £7.99. And a single pair of these exact scissors at Amazon UK is a whopping £9.39, so that’s just insane. I know that Scotch sells these same scissors in the US, but I’m not positive that you can find them at Costco. 3 pairs for £5.77 (£7.69 – £1.92 coupon) (US: $9.60). Item #: 0509768.