We were lucky enough to have a lovely three day weekend here and used it as a good excuse for another trip to Costco. I like going on a Bank Holiday weekend because the crowds are gone and you can check out pretty quickly. It’s probably what it would be like if I ever went during the week. I also found a couple of things that I’ve been looking for that I am sure weren’t there last weekend, so that’s always good. And at the end of the week, Friday was VE Day and also the big day when the election results were announced.
If you’re in the US, don’t forget that the new Costco US coupon book started Thursday and it’s a good one, so take a look at it before your next trip to Costco.
Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set – Five years ago, right after we arrived in London, I bought a smaller set of these Joseph Joseph chopping boards and loved them. I’ve been looking to replace my other set for a while now but Costco was stubbornly not stocking them. However, this past weekend they finally had a set of the large chopping boards, so I picked them up. These are just slightly less than twice as large as the small set that I had before, but are otherwise quite similar. The chopping boards come in a case that allows you to store you chopping boards standing up and easy to grab with their little tabs. The boards are all colour coded and have little images on the tabs so that you can find the board you are looking for quickly. The big difference, aside from the size, is the addition of little silicone feet on each side of the boards to give them a bit of grip on your countertop. This was always one of the unfortunate things about my other set, so I’m glad to see this change. And even though there’s just a little bit of silicone on the corners it is enough to keep the boards from slipping around. The good thing is that they have the non-skid corners on both sides of the boards so that you can use either side without a difference. They’ve also made the little symbols on the tabs silicone too so they are easier to grip when you pull the boards out The boards do score when you use a knife on them, it probably wouldn’t be very good for your knives if they didn’t quite frankly. However, you just have to get used to that and when they are in their little case you can’t see that part of the board anyway. The amazing thing is that you save about £20.00 by buying this set of chopping boards at Costco rather than Amazon, and more like a £35.00 savings over John Lewis. £19.99. Item #: 0512645.
Lunoir Blackout Curtains – Our flat has really huge windows all along the front side which faces East, which is great when you want sunlight streaming in during the day, but less so if you want it to be dark. Like, you know, when you are sleeping or trying to anyway. Since the recent time change means that the sun starts shining in our bedroom window at about 5 am now, we decided we needed something a bit more light blocking than the shades that are on the window right now. Plus, in our other rooms with windows on this side we have the same problem. One of these rooms is where we have our projector which was basically just completely unable to deal with the daylight in the room and sometimes we like to watch a movie or tv during the daylight hours. So, we’ve been looking for some curtains or something that wouldn’t cost of fortune since we are renting but would still give us some serious blackout properties. It was like Costco knew this and had some curtains this weekend. In the package at Costco you get two, fairly good sized panels with grommets across the top for just £24.99, which is considerably less than we were looking at paying other places. The curtains have a blackout panel behind the decorative fabric so you get what they say is 99% blocking of light, but I think it less than that, I would suggest maybe 90%. In any case, it blocks out enough of the light that it makes a HUGE difference to the ambient light in the room. We’ve also noticed they do help to dampen the noise somewhat, which is a real bonus. Each panel is 133 cm x 229 cm or 52 in x 90 in, which is a great size for all of our windows. The only downside is that we really could have used another couple of feet on the length, however, this way they do just skim over the tops of the radiators that are placed under the windows so we won’t have to keep them open during the wintertime just to get some heat in the rooms. They had three colours, all with threads of coordinating colours to give a bit of texture and variation to the colour. They had a light taupe (what we got), a dark grey, and a sort of brown-gold colour. All of the colours were pretty neutral, but the taupe one was the only colour that was light, which is a bit of a shame. In any case, we are really pleased with the light blocking properties of these curtains. It’s nice to be able to sleep past 5 am! 2 panels for £24.99. Item #: 0179583.
Kirkland Signature Steak Strips Beef Jerky – We haven’t seen the KS beef jerky in our London area Costco, so when we saw this in Hawaii, we had to get it just to try it out. I’m really glad we did too because this is a great beef jerky. They don’t actually call this beef jerky, instead referring to it as “cured steak strips” but it is beef jerky, just with out the normal “jerky” or tough part. This is all cut from top round and then cured, with a bit of smoke flavouring added to give you a really delicious taste. What I really like is the softer texture that seems to come, at least in part, from thicker strips of beef. I enjoy not feeling like I’m pulling my teeth out, crazy as it sounds. The softer texture means that the beef is more moist too and I think that makes it more flavoursome. It’s got a really nice spicy flavour that anyone that likes beef jerky will definitely appreciate. I did find myself wishing that the package was a little bigger or offered in a two pack. If you’re planning to take this hiking or camping or for some outdoor pursuit like that, you might want to keep in mind that if you don’t eat it all you do need to refrigerate it within three days of opening. Just like hiking, we found this good for the beach since you don’t need utensils or a fridge and it does replenish you a bit if you’ve been all hot and sweaty. As with most all beef jerky, the fat content is remarkably low, but obviously the salt is fairly high. But the soft texture and the spicy flavour make it delicious, so I can overlook the salt thing for an occasional snack. I’m hoping that they start stocking this in London sometime soon too. 12 ounces for $9.99. Item #: 6406.
Dove Deodorant, Men and Women – This will probably (okay, definitely) seem like a weird thing to pick up when on holiday, but they don’t sell stick deodorant at Costco in the UK for some reason. They seem to always go for the sprays or roll-ons at our Costco, and honestly, I didn’t even know they still made a roll-on. So we have to buy it at the more pricey places like Boots and Ocado. Of course that also means that you only get one at a time too. Luckily, this is something that is quite compact and easily packed away in luggage so we decided to get it. Now we can say we have fancy imported deodorant. LOL I think they had Degree for men too, but Dave likes the Dove product better. The package at Costco has five sticks of the “Clean Comfort” scent that are 3 ounces in size and then a bonus 1.7 ounce stick of “Fresh Awake” scent. The “Clean Comfort” scent is fresh and not terribly overpowering, so it is actually quite nice. The “Fresh Awake” scent has a not of almost mintiness too it, which is nicely bracing but not too in your face. Both scents offer 48 hour protection, which is good.
For women, you get a five pack of 2.6 ounce sticks, so like most things women somehow get a bit of a raw deal with less deodorant for the same price. The only scent that they had (I think) was the “Cucumber and Green Tea” which is really a nice scent. Though, it does have just a hint of green apple Jolly Rancher about it, but I always liked those so I’m okay with that. This also offers 48 hour protection. I’ve never tested that out, so I’m not sure if the whole 48 hour thing is at all true though or just a good marketing thing. The Dove deodorant that I normally buy in the UK, is around £2.50 per stick or $3.86, so that means that my five pack would have run me £12.50 or $19.32! Or more than $5.00 more to buy in here, so for the ease of bringing it home that was worth it. The prices for the Dove deodorant for men about the same as that for women, maybe a touch more expensive but not significantly. So, essentially we saved ourselves a bit over $12.00, including the extra stick that was in Dave’s package, by picking up our deodorant in the US and even better, we get the kind of deodorant we prefer and don’t have to remember to get deodorant for quite a while now. $13.99 (same price for men and women). Item #: 382985. Item #: 834741.