This Week at Costco – February 15, 2009

February 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

I made good use of the coupon book this week; nine discounted purchases in all. And there are a couple more that I might use before they expire. Like the one for contact lenses, but that will depend on me not being a total slacker and getting an eye exam before March 1.

Also, if you’re interested in keeping up to date on any peanut product recalls from Costco, you should check out my Peanut Product Recalls at Costco – Update post. I’ve been keeping the full list with updates on that post. So far there are 18 products on the list; none of it is Kirkland Signature stuff, by the way. I’ve been putting the new additions to the list at the top with a date to make it easier for people to keep track of.

Down Alternative Pillows

Down Alternative Pillows

Comforel Ultima Down Alternative King Pillow Twin Pack – I love it when a coupon comes along just as you’re really needing it. I like a nice soft pillow and these definitely fit the bill. They’re not quite as smushy as true down pillows would be, however, they are softer and fluffier than regular synthetic fill pillows. But they are also firm enough to prop you up in bed while you read or watch television. One really nice feature that they have is the 2″ side gusset, which makes them more like a narrow sided box design rather than typical pillow structure. This is great because I think it makes them keep their fill spread evenly and gives them a little more structure and support. We chose to get the king sized pillows, but the coupon is also good on the queen/regular pillows as well. 2 king pillows for $14.99 ($19.99 – $5.00 coupon).

Fresh Grape Preserves

Fresh Grape Preserves

E.D. Smith Grape Preserves – I don’t even normally like grape jelly/preserves but this stuff is really delicious!  It’s got a nice grape flavor but isn’t overly sweet.  Plus, since it is preserves it has the nice pieces of fruit in it, which I really like. It’s apparently made with fresh grapes and maybe that makes a difference in the taste because it is so much nicer than your run of the mill grape jelly.  On the jar it says that they only make this once a year at harvest time; they pick, preserve, and pack the fruit within a 7-day window.  There isn’t a bunch of stuff in here to change the flavor or the color, just some fruit, sugar, pectin and citric acid.  It’s obviously not a health food or a replacement for eating a piece of fruit, but it does make a nice peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I’ll bet it would be good on some hot biscuits or toast too.  2 – 32 ounce jars for $2.99.

Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?

Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard – I know you’re all thinking of that commercial from the 80s: pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon.  Well, I don’t drive a Rolls and if I did I wouldn’t be carrying mustard around with me.  But I do like a nice dijon mustard for varisous things.  It’s got that nice little kick to it that makes it a good team player when you’re cooking.  It’s great just as a spread for sandwiches definitely, but there’s so much you can do with it: a nice vinegrette, creamy salad dressing, mustard sauce, spread as a coating on something before you bread it.  Anyway, there are a variety of ways to use it (check out their receipe webpage for many more) and thus it does pay to buy it at Costco; it’s much more economical.  2 – 16 ounce jars for $6.75.

Fresh Bussels Spouts

Fresh Bussels Spouts

Brussels Sprouts – I know this is not the world’s favorite vegetable and definitely wasn’t a regular in our fridge either.  But we tried it recently and both of us really liked it; we both think it tastes pretty much like broccoli or cabbage.  We were expecting something bitter or gross when we tried it.  I honestly don’t recall ever having Brussels sprouts before, even though my mom swears we did, so I didn’t really know what to expect.  But it’s got a nice flavor and if you don’t over cook it, it has a nice crisp snap to it, as well.  We tried it cooked two ways so far:  parboiled and then sauteed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and almonds; roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and some cayenne pepper.  Both ways were really delicious and make a nice and fairly quick veggie addition to dinner.  Not to mention, it’s like super healthy since it is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese. 2 pounds for $4.59.

Smooth & Creamy Cheese

Smooth & Creamy Cheese

Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Gournay Cheese – Okay, now that I’ve written about something so healthy, I can write about cheese.  I love this stuff!  If you haven’t had it, it is a very soft and creamy cheese made made with cow’s milk and cream (yeah, not a diet food) and then flavored, in this case, with garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and chives. It’s great as a spread on crackers or fresh bread.  It is also nice on sandwiches.  And I’ll bet it would be great alongside a nice steak or with some roasted vegetables or potatoes.  What is most amazing to me though, is that at Costco you can get three packages for just about the same price as one package of this cheese at other stores!  And just so you’ll know, I did try freezing it once, and while the flavor was okay it had definitely lost some of its creamy texture; I wouldn’t recommend freezing it.  3 – 5.2 ounce packages for $4.99.

Coupons –  There’s still another week, until March 1, to take advantage of the latest Costco Coupon Book.  Here are the coupons that I used this week:

  • Comforel Ultima Pillows, King 2-pack: $19.99 – $5.00 coupon = $14.99 (x2)
  • Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Boost, 82 loads: $13.35 – $3.00 coupon = $10.35
  • Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste, 4 – 7.8 ounce tubes: $12.99 – $3.00 coupon = $9.99
  • Tampax Pearl, 84 count: $12.88 – $3.00 coupon = $9.88
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch with Fiber, 2 – 22.87 ounce bags: $6.59 – $2.00 coupon  = $4.59
  • Palermo’s Primo Pepperoni Pizza, 3 pizzas: $10.79 – $3.00 coupon = $7.79
  • Tundra Fire Extinguishing Spray, 2 – 14 ounce cans: $19.99 – $7.00 coupon = $12.99 (x2)
  • Total: $136.56 – $38.00 in coupons = $98.56
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  1. 1 Kimberly // 2009.03.02 at 8:38 am

    My guess, Susie, is you’ve hit the nail on the head with the reasoning behind changing their coupon system. 🙂 Our Costco still seems to be doing the master coupon thing though. If I give them a coupon for anything, they scan something behind the register and it takes off all of the coupons that apply…no matter if I have that actual coupon or not. You would think it would be pretty easy for them to fix the problem of allowing people to buy multiple things with a single item coupon, wouldn’t you? I mean, isn’t that what computers and technology are for?

  2. 2 Susie // 2009.02.22 at 9:58 pm

    We went to Costco today and they said that they are discontinuing the “master” coupon program March 1st. So sad because our store FINALLY got it. Something about a glitch in the system. Have you heard about it at your location or wondered if it was just at ours. She said from now on you have to have your book and you have to tear out the coupon to use it.

    (I was liking the whole buy a case of soda…come back a week later and use same coupon thing..that’s prob the glitch huh?) 🙂

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