This Week at Costco – September 7 2008

September 13th, 2008 · 9 Comments

After a couple of weeks of not spending a lot of time at Costco, it was nice to just wander the aisles to see what was new.  They have recently rearranged all of the pharmacy/health and beauty section for some reason.  So, we meandered through there to see if anything was new.  In any case, lots of new stuff to look at and buy.  And, seriously, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Costco.  Is it not just the beginning of September?!?

Sabra Chipotle Hummus – Oh wow, this stuff is super fantastic.  It’s got a nice smokey, hot chipotle flavor that goes perfectly with the hummus and perks it up a little bit.  Becasue of the spicier flavor it goes really nicely with something a little more flavorful than your average tortilla chip, like veggies or a cracker with it’s own flavor.  I really like it with carrots; the spiciness really goes perfectly with the carrot taste.  But don’t get me wrong, it’s great on tortilla chips too.  Or rice crackers with sesame seeds.  Or water crackers.  Ok, you get the point.  Yummy!  Dave and I both love this stuff now.  32 ounces for $5.99.

MicroSherpa Throw BlanketSherpa Throw – I’ve got to admit that we actually bought this a couple of weeks ago, like mid-August.  But it is so wonderfully soft that I just had to write about it.  On one side it has a fluffy, fleecy, fake sheep like texture (this is the microsherpa side) and on the other is a  soft velvety like material (this is the micromink side).  Either way, it is the perfect blanket to snuggle up with on the couch.  It’s all polyester though, so you can throw it into the washer and dryer at home (on delicate cycle and low heat) which is nice.  You get the look and feel of a woolen sheep blanket but none of the hassle.  55 x 70 inches for $19.99.

Pumpkin Pie – I’ve written about this before, way back when I first started my blog, but it certainly bears repeating.  This is the best pumpkin pie you can buy.  Seriously.  I love pumpkin pie and so does Dave, which makes this easily our favorite bakery item at Costco.  The crust is nice and flaky which never gets gummy, no matter how long you leave it in the fridge.  Of course, with all Costco pies it is big- 10 inches in diameter. There is a nice mix of spices and you can actually get the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.  It’s just an excellent pie.  If you’re not a good pie baker, this will easily save you at Thanksgiving or any time you want a really excellent pie in the fall.  Plus, it is a really good value; I think it’s about the same price as a small, yucky grocery store pie around here. 10″ pie for $5.99.

Kirkland Signature Allergy MedicinesAllergy Medicine –  Dave and I live in allergy central here in Austin; there’s always some kind of allergen floating around the air.  And of course, there’s all the lovely cedar.  I never had allergy problems before I moved here.  So, it’s great to be able to pick up our allergy medicines at Costco because they are so much cheaper.  They have the name brand Zyrtec and Claritin, however, they also have Kirkland Signature versions.  As you can imagine the Kirkland Signature versions are ridiculously cheap in comparison:  you pay about half the price for 300 pills of the Kirkland Signature stuff than you would pay for just 30 of the name brand drugs.  That’s an unbelievable savings.  And what’s even funnier, is that you know that the name brand drugs at Costco are still cheaper than they would be if you bought them at some other store.  This time we each got our own bottle since Dave wanted to try the Zyrtec-like version, and they were still cheaper than if we had bought just one little package of either of the name brands. I mean really, this is a years supply of allergy medicine since you only need to take one per day (both KS versions are the 24 hour protection variety). Aller-Tec (obviously the Zyrtec replacement), 300 pills for $14.67; AllerClear (Claritin replacement), 300 pills for $11.99.

Gillette Venus Embrase Razor BladesGillette Venus Embrace Razor Blades – Here’s one of the things that I really like to buy at Costco, not just because they are cheaper but the way they are packaged.  You can get a six month supply of razors with just one package.  At Costco, you get the razor itself and 10 replacement razor blades plus the little holder thing for your shower.  Of course, I am always amazed at how pricey razors are, no matter where you get them.  Though we did notice that for men, at least, you can get the full razors cheaper than you can get just the replacement blades.  Why is that?  It certainly seems it would be more expensive to make the whole razor than just making the blades; I mean, it’s the same blade on the razor so it doesn’t make much sense to me.  According to Dave, you can even pop the blades off of the razor body if you just want to put the blades in your ‘real’ razor.   10 pack of Venus razor blades for $29.99.

Ricola Natural Throat DropsRicola Natural Throat Drops – It’s getting to be the season when having a supply of cough drops might be helpful.  I keep some in my purse and my computer bag, and I make Dave take some to keep in his office at work.  I’m a cough drop bully; a pusher even.  It’s good to have enough that you don’t mind giving one to someone that’s having a coughing fit, and either evoking a lot of sympathy or irritating you completely (you know you’ve been trapped on a plane with The Cougher).  In the pack at Costco you get 6 bags with 24 cough drops each in two flavors: Honey Lemon with Echinacea and The Original Natural Herb flavor.  I like the Ricola better than other drops because they have more natural ingredients and they’re not all sugary sweet.  6, 24 drop bags in 2 flavors for $7.25.


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  1. 1 Costco US Coupon Book: September 15 – October 9, 2011 | Addicted To Costco! // 2011.09.12 at 7:16 am

    […] try searching my blog for my review about it.  For instance, there’s a coupon for $5.00 off a sherpa throw that I’ve written about before.  It is just so soft and cuddly, it is perfect for curling up with a good book or a movie […]

  2. 2 Costco Coupon Book – US – September 16 – October 10, 2010 | Addicted To Costco! // 2010.09.14 at 4:43 am

    […]  I wish that ours had had that extra 5″ but no matter it is still a great throw.  You can read what I wrote previously […]

  3. 3 This Week at Costco - Nov 2 2008 // 2008.11.08 at 9:19 am

    […] Pie – I know I’ve written about the pumpkin pie from the Costco bakery before, in fact just a couple of months ago, but since it is the best pumpkin pie you can buy, I thought it deserved another mention.  I know […]

  4. 4 jenn22 // 2008.10.01 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks Kimberly for your response regarding the pumpkin muffins and cherry pies. I went to my Costco yesterday and they had 2 new muffin varieties: pumpkin streusel and caramel pecan (with chocolate chunks) – they were also available as loaves with the butter pound cake. The muffins were cheaper and of course you got more for your money, so I bought a package of each. I haven’t tried them yet, but they look good. Although I am still holding out hope that they will also make the pumpkin chocolate chunk muffins. Also, there were no cherry pies, only apple and pumpkin. I was also disappointed that they did not have any of the bakery cupcakes. I thought that I would finally buy a package and share them with my friends but there were none available 🙁

  5. 5 Kimberly // 2008.09.24 at 12:19 pm

    I haven’t seen the pumpkin muffins yet and our Costco hasn’t started selling cherry pies yet either. But I haven’t been in over a week and a half, so I’ll make sure I check this weekend.

  6. 6 Kimberly // 2008.09.24 at 12:17 pm

    My condolences, Pogo, on moving so far from a Costco. May a new location come your way soon!

    I’d be so sad if we had to move away from my beloved Costco, it might be a deal breaker. 🙂 I must admit that I am totally spoiled only being 10 minutes from our Costco. My mom has to drive almost an hour to get to hers! Too far!

  7. 7 jenn22 // 2008.09.20 at 12:43 pm

    HI! Since I have not been to Costco since early August, has anyone noticed if the bakery is making their delicious pumpkin chocolate chunk muffins and cherry pies? Also, any word on whether the macaroon fudge torte may be making a return appearance this holiday season? My Costco is located in Northwest Indianapolis and often they do not carry a lot of the items that are present in the Costcos located in my hometown of Fresno, California.

    Thanks for your help!

  8. 8 monkuwino // 2008.09.14 at 12:20 am

    Well today I used that coupon book and spent way too much money! I still love Costco, though. The only requirement I have for a place to live is that there be a Costco within driving distance, and a Trader Joe’s as well!

  9. 9 Pogo // 2008.09.13 at 2:27 pm

    I can’t say enough about how much I love Costco. Unfortunately, I’ve recently moved and the closest one is 104 miles away!!! Now I have to make up reasons to venture into St Louis because there are only cow pastures in Columbia, Mo.
    I miss Costco and all the yummy goodies inside.
    By the way, Sam Club is around the corner, and I can’t get myself to join the enemy line. (I hate how they treat their employees!!)

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