The new coupon book starts this Thursday, September 3, and runs for the pretty much the whole month, through September 27. This new coupon book offers $1,700.00 in savings, which is a bit less than the previous book. There are a few things that will be good to buy for any back to school lunches you need to pack, as well as a few deals on things if you are having family and friends over for Labor Day.
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.
There are only two coupons in this book that require you to actually have a physical copy of the book or the smartphone app. Both of these coupons are for Photo Center things – ink cartridge refills and poster photo prints and boards. I had never tried the ink cartridge refill service until my mom ran out of ink while we were visiting her last year and since we were on our way to Costco we thought we might as well check it out. It was fast and easy, they completed while we did our shopping, and far less than actually buying new printer cartridges too. The printing on the refilled ink looked just like it did on the original cartridges too. Costco can refill your cartridges for Epson, HP, Canon, Lexmark, or Dell and after the $2.00 off coupon it will only cost between $5.49 to $8.49. And those prices make it far less than buying a replacement ink cartridge. For more information about this service, including the types of cartridges they can refill and prices, you can visit CostcoInkjetRefill.com. There’s also a coupon for $1.00 – $5.00 off of poster prints or poster boards as well. After the discounts prices range from $5.99 to $7.99 for poster prints or $11.99 to $19.99 for poster boards.
If you’ve got kids heading back to school, or even for yourself, there are a few coupons that are great for lunchbox items. You can get $3.00 off of Annie’s Bunny Snacks Variety Pack. There are 36 little one ounce bags of organic wheat, baked snacks, including cheddar, chocolate and graham bunnies. These are a nice alternative to chips or pretzels and the one ounce bags are a perfect amount for lunch. Alternatively, you can get $2.90 off a 28 bag Frito-Lay Select Mix Variety Pack. I believe these are also one ounce bags of a pretty good variety of chips, including Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, and Ruffles. They even have four bags of Funyuns in the box. There’s also a coupon for $2.40 off of Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss Original Cheese Wedges. There are 32 of the handy individually wrapped wedges in the 4, 6 ounce packages bundled together at Costco. In each 6 ounce round you get 8 wedges, so they’re a bit less than an ounce per wedge which is about how much cheese nutritionists say we should eat anyway. I like that it is spreadable so you could easily open it up and smear some on crackers or apple slices even. I know this next thing isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but I’ve known a couple of people (both adults, by the way) that loved the Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwiches. These are $2.75 off for a packages of 18, individually wrapped sandwiches. They call them sandwiches but they are like soft white bread parcels filled with grape jelly and peanut butter really. And strangely, you keep them in the freezer and then thaw them out and serve them. These might be a good thing to keep on hand for emergency quick lunch packing moments when you just don’t seem to have enough time in the morning to get everything sorted.
Okay, moving on from lunches and treats for people, to ones for your dog. Dogs like to chew things but don’t like to brush their teeth, so thankfully, there’s a treat for that. You can save $4.60 off a 51 count box of Pedigree Dentastix Chews with this new coupon book. There are three flavours in the box: original, beef, and fresh. I think they are for medium or large sized dogs only and not appropriate for small dogs, though maybe Pedigree has a version for tiny pooches too. These are great for keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy without you needing to regularly wrestle them into submission trying to brush their teeth. Our dogs were always more likely to eat the toothpaste (yum, chicken flavoured) than actually get any type of cleaning done with it, so I think things like this are great. They get rid of a huge amount of the plaque and tarter that can develop on a dog’s teeth and that helps your dog be healthier in the long run. Plus, dogs love them and you’ll love their fresher breath.
There are quite a few other good deals in this bunch of coupons too, so I’m just going to point out one more of my favourites. There’s a deal for $20.00 off a 2 pack of Sonicare Plaque Control Plus Rechargeable Toothbrushes. You get two complete rechargeable toothbrushes in this set, each with their own charger and travel case, as well as four brush heads. I’m a big fan of the Sonicare and Costco always seems to have the best deals on them and their replacement brush heads too. You really will feel like you’ve just been to the dentist after you’ve used a Sonicare. If you’re more of a low-tech toothbrusher, you can also save $4.00 off an 8 pack of Oral-B CrissCross Toothbrushes.
Another thing that I wanted to point out, now that it is creeping into flu season (and they’ve put a handy reminder in the coupon book), you can get your yearly flu shot at Costco too. Costco’s pharmacists are certified for administering vaccinations for the flu and a wide variety of other immunizations and vaccinations too. You can get your yearly flu shot for $14.99 and since it is administered in a pharmacy many insurance companies will also cover that cost. You can walk in, you don’t need an appointment, and get it done before you do your shopping. You can get a full list of immunizations and vaccinations that can be given at Costco, as well as their prices, at the Costco Pharmacy website. They also have a consent form available online so you can print it and fill it in at home and be all ready to go when you get to Costco.