Nylabone Natural Nubz Edible Dog Chews Instant Savings Deal at Costco

May 13th, 2015 by Kimberly · 1 Comment

Nylabone Natural Nubz Edible Dog Chews $4.00 off through May 31

Nylabone Natural Nubz Edible Dog Chews $4.00 off through May 31

As part of the current Costco US coupon book, there’s a great instant savings deal for $4.00 off a 22 chew package of the Natural Nubz Edible Dog Chews from Nylabone.  From what I’ve heard dogs love these chews, and since they help to keep gums and teeth healthy, as well as freshen doggy breath, owners should love them too!

These dog chews are completely edible, so you don’t have to worry about your dog swallowing anything like plasticky bits, and getting sick from it but they can still have the fun of chewing around on it for a while.  I imagine the vigorousness of the chewing dictates how long these last.  One of our dogs used to devour any type of chew – rubber, rawhide, or that really hard compressed stuff – he didn’t care he would chew and chew until he ate it and then, he’d get sick of course.  So, I would have loved to have something like this for him instead.

Aside from being completely edible by your dog, these chews come with clever little nubs (thus the name) that work to keep your dogs teeth cleaner and their breath fresher.  Anyone who has tried to brush their dog’s teeth will really appreciate the teeth cleaning by the little nubs.  Our dogs used to spend more of their teeth brushing time eating the flavoured toothpaste or chewing on my finger or the little brush.  I think they thought of the toothpaste as just another treat that I liked to hand deliver.  Nylabone has a funny little set of pictures about seven things your dog would rather do than get his teeth brushed that you should read for a laugh if you’ve been through the ordeal of trying to do this recently.

The other good thing about the Nubz, that will matter to you but your dog probably won’t notice, is that these are made of all natural ingredients, like real chicken, and contain no sugar, salt, or preservatives.  Plus, they are made in the US.  Here’s the full list of ingredients from the Nylabone website:  Wheat Starch, Glycerin, Powdered Cellilose, Dried Chicken Powder, Lecithin, and Natural flavor.

So if you’ve got a dog, you should give these a try.  In the package at Costco you get 22 large chews, however, you can also break them in half, which is a good idea if you have small dogs.  The $4.00 off instant savings deal lasts until the end of May so you’ve got some time to try them out and then get a couple more bags if your dog loves them (and you love his fresh breath).

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Recall: Kirkland Signature Creamy Peanut Butter Possible Plastic Contamination

May 12th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

Kirkland Signature Natural Peanut Butter

Kirkland Signature Natural Peanut Butter

Costco Canada and Hampton Farms are conducting a voluntary recall of a recent batch of Kirkland Signature Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, in the 1 kilogram two pack, due to the possibility that there may be red plastic fragments in the peanut butter from the lids.  Here is the information from the recalled peanut butter:

  • Kirkland Signature Creamy Peanut Butter Twin-Pack 1 kg (33.5 oz.), Costco Item # 321724, with best before dates of November 17, 2015 to January 8, 2016 inclusive.

As you can see, Hampton Farms, a peanut roaster and processor in the US, is the company responsible for bringing us the very good KS peanut butter.  Unfortunately, it seems that something went wrong with a recent production run for peanut butter headed to Costco locations across Canada.  To date Hampton Farms has received complaints about the plastic fragments being found in the peanut butter, but no injuries have been reported.  The plastic is food safe, so it won’t cause you a problem from being in the peanut butter, but obviously could cause an injury if swallowed.  Since they can’t be certain if the pieces of plastic will be easily visible, it is best to return or get rid of the peanut butter.

If you have the recalled peanut butter you can return it to your local Costco store or you can contact them using the following information:

  • Customer Service: Complaint Department
  • Phone number: 1-800-334-4771, ext 7243, English only
  • For French contact Costco 1-800-463-3783
  • Hours of operation: 8am – 5pm (EST)

From what I can tell this recall only affects Costco Canada locations and does not apply to Costco US locations, nor any of the other worldwide Costco locations where this peanut butter is sold.

You can view the full recall notice on the Costco.ca website.

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This Week at Costco – May 3, 2015

May 9th, 2015 by Kimberly · No Comments

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

Joseph Joseph Index Advance Chopping Board Set

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

Lunoir Blackout Curtains

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

Kirkland Signature Steak Strips Beef Jerky

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 Men+Care Deodorant

Dove Men+Care Deodorant

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.

Dove GoFresh Deodorant

Dove GoFresh Deodorant

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.

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Locations Update: May 2015

May 7th, 2015 by Kimberly · 5 Comments

For some reason there doesn’t seem to be too much location news this month.  I’m guessing that I missed some stuff when I was on vacation.  However, there’s still a little bit of news.  Unfortunately, most of it is for locations that I’ve already written about, so nothing new and exciting really.  Sorry!  Hopefully I’ll have better news next month.  There is a bit of good news though, it looks like there will be 14 new locations opening across the world between June and August (I’ve updated the list on my AddictedToCostco.com: Locations page accordingly).

May Openings:
No Openings

 

Hamilton Crossings development in Lower Macungie Township

Hamilton Crossings development in Lower Macungie Township

Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania

Well, after all the tax and funding issues, the new Hamilton Crossings development is breaking ground this week.  This new development will be home to a shiny new Costco, as well as Whole Foods, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, to name just a few.  Crews have actually been working on the site since March, but today (Thursday, May 7, 2015) marks the official groundbreaking to celebrate the new $140 million development.   The 570,000 square foot development is slated to be finished by July 2016.

Lansing, Michigan

While nothing is official or about to happen, Costco has apparently been in talks with officials from the Delta Township about coming to the area.  There’s nothing confirmed, there’s no property mentioned yet, but the talks are a positive sign for a Costco in the Lansing area.  Township officials would like to see Costco come into a development off of Saginaw Highway or I-69, which the township thinks would be perfect for a mixed use type of development.  We shall have to see how this works itself out.

Branford, Connecticut

Back in February, Costco submitted a plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission seeking to build a 158,070 square foot main clubhouse facility in a Planned Development District on 44.7 acres near Exit 56.  It seems that was the opening salvo in a battle to build this new location which is being opposed by the Branford Citizens for Responsible Development organization on environmental concerns.  It seems that there are some wetlands on part of the site, though the developer has no plans to development near the wetlands.  But there’s also a need for a giant parking lot and it seems that is what has the citizens group so riled up because it will mean that 76% of the site is covered with surfaces that will not allow for rainwater absorption.  There have already been three public hearings on the plans, and there will be at least one more public hearing during the board’s meeting tonight (May 7, 2015).  I knew this one was going to be problematic.  Hopefully it won’t drag on like things have in Wheaton.

Wheaton, Maryland

Speaking of contentious…  The fight still rages in Wheaton about Costco’s desire to build a 16 pump gas station at their location here.  The next stop is the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Costco filed a petition Thursday asking a judge to reverse a county Board of Appeals decision in March that denied their request for a special zoning exception.  Costco contends that the board erred because it didn’t determine that emissions from the gas station would exceed federal or state air pollution standards, rather the board “erroneously” relied on “speculation” that complying with those standards would be “somehow insufficient.”  This has been going on since 2010 and has generated tons of paperwork and 36 hearings.

Upcoming Holidays:

  • Costco Canada:
    • Victoria Day, May 18, 2015:  All locations CLOSED;
      • Exceptions: Kingston, Quebec, and Nova Scotia locations OPEN.
  • Costco US:
    • Memorial Day, May 25, 2015:  All locations CLOSED.

 

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Costco US Coupon Book: May 7 – 31, 2015

May 5th, 2015 by Kimberly · 2 Comments

The new coupon book starts this Thursday (May 7) and runs for the rest of the month, May 31.  This new coupon book offers $1,300.00 in savings, like the previous set of coupons, and some really good deals, I think.  There are some great coupons for things that are perfect for kicking off your summer, like sunscreen and Off!, as well as a variety of items if you’re planning on having a Memorial Day get together at the end of the month.  Just like last month, I’ve got a post from frequent guest poster Rick, so that you can get a fresh take on this new bunch of coupons.

Costco US Coupon Book: May 7 - 31, 2015

Costco US Coupon Book: May 7 – 31, 2015

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.

Costco US Coupon Book: May 7 – May 31, 2015

The next wave of US coupons starts after a four day break from some really good offers showcased last month. The May coupon book has some hidden gems to get the US customers ready for the summer season, note that Costco US locations are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Nestlé Pure Life Purified Bottled Water 16.9oz 78/24ct Cases

Nestlé Pure Life Purified Bottled Water

The first item I want to draw attention to in this coupon book comes from almost the last page. Do you ever look closely at the online-only deals? Historically I’d lose interest in those pages but not after this gem I saw. Nestle Pure Life purified water is only $399 for an entire pallet, delivered. This is 1,872 bottles of water and shipped anywhere in the US Mainland. Personally in my home, I don’t have a need for this quantity of water but it is an incredible deal. But this can be boon to Costco members who shop on behalf of their company, or the reasoning you need to convince your company to become a member.

Instant Savings $4 OFF No LIMIT. Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins 5 lbs. Item 7416.

Tyson Panko Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins, 5 lbs.

This series of coupons also features Tyson’s Panko breaded chicken breast tenderloins in a five pound bag offered at $4 off. These tenderloins are really tasty and quite versatile for many situations. The kids love them with ketchup or even plain. I’ve chopped them up for salads for my wife and myself. You can also toss them with buffalo sauce and wrap in a tortilla with lettuce, cheese, tomato and blue cheese dressing for a nice spicy treat. Now that you may be hungry and interested in these awesome chicken tenderloins, don’t make the mistake of prepping them in the microwave. Definitely take the extra time to put them in the oven (and use a convection mode if you can) to really get the benefit of the panko breading. It’s a night and day difference.

Instant Savings $5 OFF LIMIT 10. Ziploc Space Bags • Triple your storage space • Airtight, watertight, reusable • Protects against dirt, moisture and mildew. Item 985843.

Ziploc Space Bags

For a busy household, the Ziploc Space Bags are $5 off and something I’d recommend to have at the ready. One use case for these that came in handy was from a family vacation a few years ago. I was able to put my child’s car seat in one of these bags and check it in as luggage for our trip, including the return. This was so handy for a number of reasons. Most importantly, we didn’t have to carry the car seat on the aircraft. Secondly, I was able to keep the car seat fabric clean during the transfer in the luggage hold of the aircraft. Lastly, it ended up raining when we arrived – so the bag kept the car seat dry. Additionally, these bags are very durable and can be reused. Maybe you can find a good use case for these handy bags!

Instant Savings $1.00 OFF No limit. Kirkland Signature Torta Sandwich Rolls, 12 ct. Item 18610.

KS Torta Sandwich Rolls, 12 ct.

I was honestly a little disappointed that this month didn’t have any coupon items from the bakery (referring to in-store baked items) or meat departments. But one thing did make up for my cranky Costco moment, the Kirkland Signature Torta sandwich rolls are $1 off.  These are a really good texture and taste that allow anyone to try their hand at making artisan sandwiches. Additionally, these rolls work well on griddles, pans or baked in the oven for toasting and cheese melting endeavors. I think the favorite sandwich I made on these was a homemade meatball (I make my own Italian sausage) sandwich with melted provolone.

Instant Savings $2.50 OFF LIMIT 2. Kirkland Signature™ Disinfecting Wipes 304 ct. Item 691270.

KS Disinfecting Wipes 304 ct.

Kirkland Signature disinfecting wipes are $2.50 off of 304 wipes. These wipes are tough and leave surfaces clean, especially helpful with kids and my kitchen experiments. It looks like they may have changed the packaging yet again on the popular wipes, and knowing my luck they’ve moved them to a different location in the warehouse as well!

I’m pretty sure that only I could get excited about toilet paper going on sale, but this is for good reason. Cottonelle Ultra Bath tissue is $4.30 off the 36 roll pack.

Instant Savings $4.30 OFF LIMIT 4. Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue 36/225 Sheets. Item 580455. Also Available at Costco.com.

Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue 36/225 Sheets.

Why am I so excited? Well, both of the Costco warehouses in my market don’t carry Cottonelle all the time. I’m excited because in three of our household bathrooms, the bath tissue is on a tower of sorts and the ridges that are on Cottonelle are much more ascetic for this structure. Additionally, I would shrill if the tower had mismatching bath tissues. We really prefer this bath tissue, and are happy to see it come back and be on sale.

Book or APP Required $30 OFF No LIMIT. BUY ONE PAIR of eyeglasses AND GET $30 OFF each additional pair for the same individual. Not valid with any other offer. Selection varies by location. Current prescription required. Transaction must occur on the same day. Each pair of eyeglasses, (new frame & lenses) must be for the same individual.

Costco Optical Center Eyeglasses

The last special I want to point out is in the Costco Optical department. When you buy one pair, you can get $30 any additional pairs of glasses. This includes prescription sunglasses, which are always nice to have going into summer. One additional note is that all glasses come with a very durable case, either a Kirkland Signature universal case or one specific to the frames that you selected. I recently ordered a pair of Spy+ glasses and couldn’t be happier with them. I’ll have to watch for this coupon to come back around! Note that this discount (as does the ink refill service for $2 off) do require the barcode in the coupon book. If you forgot the book, check with the greeters upon entry. My local warehouse have had coupon books there for shoppers arriving

That does it for this coupon book, which expires at the end of May. Do any of the items in this coupon book appeal to you? If so, tell us what you are looking forward to!

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