The new coupon book finally starts on Thursday (April 9) after a bit of a hiatus from Costco and runs through the first weekend of May (the 3rd). Instead of doing my normal review of the coupon book, I’ve got a guest post from Rick so that you can all get a bit of a different take on the latest bunch of coupons. And don’t miss Rick’s other guest post this coming Saturday because it’s got some great thoughts on a few ways that Costco could get even better. I know, you wouldn’t think it possible, but he’s got some great ideas.
This month I have uploaded the new Costco US Coupon Book PDF (or view it in the Google PDF viewer) (this is a PDF of what they posted online), or you can view it at the warehouse coupons on the Costco.com website. If you weren’t aware, Costco has 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 the smartphone app to redeem any offers marked with a blue arrow (which will make more sense when you see the coupon book). 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 they are all pretty much instant savings deals lately. For many, they didn’t have to clip coupons anyway, so this isn’t necessarily all that different. 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.
The new set of coupons for the US doesn’t disappoint, but if you are like me as a shopper you just bought something that is now on sale, right? Well, good thing you are here at this blog as we’ll give you some insight to the specials for US coupon book going through May 3.
I am an IT pro myself, but find that I haven’t purchased some of the new and cool supporting gadgets in a while. One item is this wireless printer by HP that currently is $55 off. Did you know that printers today can print wirelessly? That means that you can even print from your smartphone or tablet. Printers have come a long way! Also note that with printers connected to a network, you can print anywhere on the Internet to the device. So once your printer is connected to HP ePrint (free with the printer purchase) you can print while you are away from home or the office.
This may be a nice new addition to your household technology inventory. Also note that HP printers have a fairly common base inventory of ink and most Costco warehouses sell the refill cartridges, which are also on sale – if you buy any two HP ink cartridges you’ll get $20 off. So now may be the time to buy the printer and your next few ink cartridges.
I was very excited to see the Tasty Bite Madras Lentils in the coupon book! I’ve seen these on display for sample in one of my local warehouses and after one bite, I was hooked! These may sound like they are exotically spiced or otherwise a flavor not fit for the masses. I assure you this is not the case!
These lentils have the consistency of a chili and a mild yet flavorful spice. My 8 year-old daughter and 1 and a half year-old son both like them! They go well with rice, but can be a nice meal or hearty snack on their own. They are gluten free and vegetarian as well. The microwave packs don’t need refrigeration and can be easily transported for lunches or camping trips. Highly recommend giving this one a try, and this $3 off discount puts it as nearly a 33% discount from regular price based on my local warehouse’s normal pricing.
Speaking of children, any parent likely has given a look at Kraft American Singles at your local warehouse. I purchase these regularly (I buy many regular, more traditional cheeses as well) and like them for a number of reasons. First of all, they are individually wrapped. This helps with household sanitation with the kids. I know my kids (as well as the nanny and her kid) will grab a piece of cheese out of the box at any time but I can’t speak to the hand sanitation of the process. Having these individually wrapped really helps as this inventory of cheese will last a long time. Another reason I like this cheese is that it is very melt-friendly. I make, what I believe to be, world-class grilled cheese sandwiches and my trick is to use different cheeses with different attributes. This cheese is used for its excellent melting characteristic. Other cheeses like provolone and parmesan cheese (on the exterior of the sandwich) all combine for a lovely comfort food.
Who says Spring Cleaning is a lost cause! This coupon book also has a good dose of very practical cleaning products. Three options of Tide (liquid, powder and advanced liquid) range from $4 to $6 off. Note that this discount applies to only one quantity. Kirkland Environmentally Responsible Liquid detergent is $2.80 off as well as all Stainlifter and all Free & Clear detergent comes in at $3.50 off. This is in addition to some fabric softener and dishwashing products. Great time to buy these products, even if you are not due just yet.
Another one of my favorite items in this coupon book is the Snapware Pyrex Glass Food Storage containers. I’ve used these in both the glass and plastic form and prefer the glass for a number of reasons. For one, they don’t discolor over time like the plastics can. Secondly, they are a better candidate for being microwave-safe when it comes to reheating meals. The glass containers are not listed as oven safe, however.
The glass containers are heavier than their plastic counterparts (which are not on sale in this coupon book) but in my kitchen they both serve a good purpose. The lids have a plastic top, but the overall feel of these containers is really nice. They are $6 off with a limit of 5, I’d even consider giving them as a holiday gift to friends or family. The 19-piece set is rather comprehensive, and when it comes to giving a gift of a practical item like food storage containers, most people can always take a new product as the plastic ones eventually simply start to look old.
Anyone who has walked through the bakery has likely picked up the Costco Croissants. In my opinion, they are a great product at a great value. They are $1 off for a 12 count flat.
Here’s a pro tip that I do when it comes to the croissants. I will buy the flat and use 4-6 of them relatively quickly. When I purchase I also grab two large freezer bags where I put up to four croissants in a gallon-size freezer bag and use them for later. I take the frozen ones and slice them on the wide side and make croissant French toast. When they are frozen, they hold together well for a slice and let’s just say that croissant French toast is truly amazing!
What appealed to you in this month’s coupon book? Share your comments below.