This Week at Costco – December 8, 2013

December 14th, 2013 · 6 Comments

Well, we got back early this week from New York/New Jersey and I am totally having my butt kicked by the time change.  And of course by whatever I caught on the plane coming home.  But after spending a week sleeping on the lousiest, lumpiest hotel bed ever (yeah, Millenium Hilton in NYC, I’m looking at you), it sure is nice to be back to our regular bed and nice KS sheets and towels. We got to visit two Costco locations in New Jersey while visiting my mother-in-law, including the new North Plainfield, NJ location.  I’m trying to figure out when I can fit in my post about the new location but it might have to wait until after Christmas before I get a chance.

Belkin 8 Way Surge Protector

Belkin 8 Way Surge Protector

Belkin 8 Way Surge Protector – It might not be too surprising to anyone that Dave and I have quite a few electronics items and many of them are clustered in our living room.  Unfortunately, our new flat is a bit tight on actually having some place to plug in all of our stuff, so we were looking for a nice outlet strip on a recent Costco trip.  Instead of finding just a plain thing though, we found this great big surge protector, which is even better.  This is the perfect thing to plug in all of our audio and video equipment and things like our game systems too.  You can even use it to protect your phone line for noise.  But really we like it because it has 8 sockets that are all protected from surges or dirty power problems.  According to Belkin this offers us “Extreme Protection” which just seems to mean that the amount of energy that it can absorb from a power surge is higher than a standard surge protector.  What I do like is the added protection that this affords our electronics from power problems, though to be fair we haven’t had anywhere near as many issues in the UK as we did in the US.  And while we really don’t have a whole lot of lightning ,and it would be so unlikely to hit us anyway, I do like knowing that if that should happen we won’t fry all of our stuff like happened to my mom when her house got struck by lightning.  But if a surge or lightning strike should cause all of our stuff to a horrible death by electrocution,  Belkin’s lifetime warranty will cover repairs or replacements up to £175,000 for all equipment attached to their surge protector.  Luckily, our equipment just slides under that amount, so we should be okay. LOL  The eight sockets are all really usable too, even if you have bulky wall-wart type plugs because Belkin has been smart enough to design it with enough space around the sockets, thankfully.  So, when it says you have eight sockets, it really does mean that you can use all of them.  The power cable is a fairly generous 2 metres; though I really would have preferred 3 but it does just works in our space.   The unit is rather heavy, so it is nice to see that they have included two attachment points on the back.  These are the type that you can use to hang the surge protector on a wall or cabinet with two screws or nails.  And if all of that weren’t enough, it also offers background noise filtering to keep that type of interference from messing with your connected items.  We really just wanted additional plug space, but really £15 to protect thousands of pounds worth of equipment seems a small price to pay and just makes good sense.  £14.99.  Item #: 0150894.

Kidde Fire Extinguisher

Kidde Fire Extinguisher

Kidde Fire Extinguisher – I’m always going on about getting smoke detectors and fire extinguishers when there is a coupon, so I am happy to say that I took my own advice and bought this for our new flat.  In our previous flat there was a giant fire extinguisher right outside our door that was maintained and checked regularly by the building.  But that was a building with 20-something flats and a property management firm that was really on top of safety issues.  Our new flat, is just one of two, so there’s no fire extinguisher in the building at all as far as we can see.  Which I think is totally dangerous and should not be allowed, but what do I know.  In any case, because we’re all about safety first, we decided to protect ourselves and bought this nice little multi-purpose fire extinguisher as a flat warming gift to ourselves.  This fire extinguisher is A-B-C rated which means that it can be used on anything in your house or vehicle, from paper to petrol.  The only thing they say not to use it on is a fat or oil fire in a pan because the powder extinguisher can actually cause the hot oil or fat to spread and no one wants that.  Naturally, they suggest you use a Kidde Fire Blanket in these situations, but a metal pan lid or baking sheet will suffocate the flames too, as will baking powder or salt if the fire isn’t a raging inferno.  A fire extinguisher can be a bit tricky to operate, at least in some cases, but this one is quite easy since all you have to do is pull the pin aim the nozzle at the base of the fire and squeeze the trigger while sweeping the extinguisher across the base of the fire.  What could be easier than that?  Since this extinguisher cannot be refilled there is no maintenance and it should be good for at least six years.  The pressure indicator on the top will let you know if you need to replace your extinguisher.  And if it loses pressure in six years or less it will be replaced under the Kidde warranty.   Of course, this means that you need to check the pressure on a regular basis to make sure that it is prepared for use.  We have ours sitting on the floor in a corner, however, if we wanted we could hang it on the wall with the handy bracket/holder that is attached to the extinguisher. Everyone should have a fire extinguisher, just in case something unfortunate should happen.  My cousin had a fire a few years ago and lost everything and was devastated, so I would rather be overly prepared for sure.  Currently, we have just a single fire extinguisher but I plan on getting a second one for the second floor of our flat too.  Hopefully, we will never need to use it and it will lose pressure just sitting there in the corner quietly, but that is so much better than needing one and not having it to hand.     1 kg extinguisher for £10.99.  Item #: 0084914.

Nike Ladies Dri-Fit Shirt

Nike Ladies Dri-Fit Shirt

Nike Ladies Dri-Fit Shirt – I workout, or at least try to, five days a week, which means that I run through workout tops rather quickly.  So, I was thrilled to see these nice Nike Dri-Fit tops for less than £4.00.  I mean, £4.00 is something well beyond a bargain for real workout clothing, so naturally I bought two of them and should have probably bought two more.  I’m not a huge fan of the Dri-Fit capri or full length workout trousers because of the way the fit but after trying the shirts out for a couple of weeks, I must say I am really pleased with my super cheap purchase.  Nike’s Dri-Fit shirts have sweat-wicking, breathable fabric with a seamless design to make you more comfortable during your workouts or run.  It does a great job at keeping me feeling dry and comfy during my workouts, especially because the length is quite long so it doesn’t ride up.  The shirts also have a v-neck which I think is far more comfortable while working out than a crew neck, but that might just be personal preference.  This shirt is really part of Nike’s running clothing lineup but is a great general purpose workout top, I think.  But because it is for running the fit is slim, so you might get a size larger than normal if you don’t want that tight shirt look.  There are some design elements that are in a reflective fabric to keep you visible if you are running down the road.  I think the best thing though is the nice flat seams that mean you don’t get rubbed or chaffed no matter how much you are twisting, turning or bending during your workout.  What I do not like and think totally sucks is the enormous tag they have right around the waist area with the care instructions.  I swear it is around 3 inches long and an inch wide and not all that soft.  And of course, it isn’t that easy to remove either.  Other than that the shirts are great.  The one important thing to remember is to not use fabric softener when you wash them, which is a bit of a pain but if you do it, you will definitely impact the wicking properties of the fabric.  I’m sure that these are well out of date for the Nike lineup, because of the super low price, but really, who cares if it isn’t the latest design.  I’m just working out, not going to a fashion show, so it’s okay to be wearing last seasons workout shirts. £3.97.  Item #: 0451319K.

Kirkland Signature Ladies Merino Wool Trail Socks

Kirkland Signature Ladies Merino Wool Trail Socks

Kirkland Signature Ladies Merino Wool Trail Socks – So, I have to thank Allison M. for her contest entry pointing out how amazing the Kirkland Signature Ladies’ Merino wool socks are, though I’m not sure she didn’t mean some other type of Merino wool socks.  I’m not positive that I wouldn’t have completely overlooked these if I hadn’t actually been looking for them as a result of her email.  This time of year, when the temperature drops outside, so does the temperature of my feet, which makes a nice pair of wool socks invaluable.   These are called trail socks, and would be excellent to wear with your favourite hiking shoes or boots, but they’re just really great socks for everyday too.  They are made with 80% Merino wool, 18% polyester and 2% elastane.  The polyester and elastane mean that these socks, unlike ones that are pure wool, will maintain their shape and fit your foot quite well.  The fabric blend is probably also what makes them fully washer and dryer safe too.  There are a lot of features that make these awesome though.  I love the cushioned sole of the sock because it makes them super comfy when walking a lot, or hiking I imagine.  Plus, it has excellent arch support that gives your arch area a very secure feeling.  When you are out walking for a long time, it is so great to have that little bit of extra cushion and support, and is definitely imperative if you were actually to wear these as hiking socks.  Plus, the toe seam is smooth and doesn’t rub or annoy your toes at all.  I like anything that means my chances of getting blisters is severely reduced.  When we were in New York I took these socks to wear under my boots (fashionable, not hiking style) and they were so comfortable both when the weather was super cold outside as well as when it was 65 F!  Which of course, is the beauty of wool socks; they can work in various temperatures to keep your feet warm or cool.  And even on the days when I did a lot of walking around, my feet felt happy and not as fatigued as when I wear cute but not cushioned socks.  I can’t remember all of the colour choices they had, but I know there was at least three different colour families, but I got the blue bunch.  There are three pairs in the bundle and each of them has a different pattern using the blue and coordinating colours.  I like the stripes and think they are fun, even if no one sees them but me.  I like these so much I am thinking of getting another three pack, in a different colour, and donating some of my old socks that aren’t nearly as nice or comfortable.  And honestly, where can you get three pairs of great wool socks for just £7.00??  Nowhere but Costco.  3 pairs for £6.99.  Item #: 0663587.

Since I forgot to list all of the Kirkland Signature favourites from my contest when I did my post announcing the winners, I’ll do it here.  It seems even more appropriate since I just wrote about following up on one of the favourites already.

  • My favorite Kirkland Signature item (currently – always discovering something new!) are the Ultra Clean Premium Laundry Detergent Pacs. I had been using a different brand of detergent pacs and when I read about the Kirkland ones on your website, I had to try them. Love them! I think they clean better than the brand I had been using and the price is definitely better. Plus, the fun shape of the container looks cute in my laundry room! 🙂
  • Toscano Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Best tasting oil for the price!)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Womens yoga pants ( they are comfy, thick, reversible, come in long and cheaper than anywhere else for equal quality)
  • PJ’s (2-piece) for my daughters (2 & 4).  They wash and wear well.  I’m pretty sure they came out with their own line after carrying Hannah Anderson brand and we haven’t noticed a major difference in quality except the designs (but we like Kirkland’s designs just as much).
  • KS ladies Merino Wool socks, they are amazing!!
  • KS toilet paper
  • Diapers. I also love the new baby and kid clothes. I could go on and on . . .
  • Tortilla chips
  • Multi-purpose soft contact solution
  • Marinara sauce
  • Jarred artichokes in water
  • Organic Strawberry Spread. Goes perfectly with the all natural peanut butter (when it’s not recalled;).
  • I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the flavor, quality and value of the Kirkland Signature Ancient Grains Crackers.
  • Non-Stick Parchment Paper  (The Best!!)
  • Men’s Crew neck tee shirts ( the gray ones they had years ago)
  • Used to be the Kirkalnd signature diapers and wipes, but now that my kids are out of those my favorite things are the kirkland signature yoga pants and children’s sleepwear
  • Paper towels
  • Unsalted Mixed Nuts
  • Not sure what my favorite item is. One that I probably buy a lot is the 93% ground beef frozen in the 1 lb rolls (5 to a bag).
  • Baby wipes
  • My favorite item at the moment are my Kirkland Signature 540 thread count cotton bed sheets. My other favorite isn’t as luxurious — the Kirkland Signature Fast Acting Lactase tablets. I’m lactose intolerant, and Costco’s brand is less than half the cost of drug store brands. With better quality and peace of mind, I am in love with Costco!
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Men’s dress shirts
  • KS dish washing packs. They work so much better than the Finish ones I had been using!
  • KS Supplements
  • Kirkland Signature Organic Chocolate Milk
  • My favorite Kirkland item has to be their seasonal chocolate truffles. What a gorgeous treat.
  • I love their pumpkin pie!
  • KS Matcha Blend Green Tea
  • Mine is the the greek yogurt, it is amazing!!
 I tried to not repeat any of the favourites, though the dress shirts, nuts, toilet paper and olive oil definitely got several mentions.  But read through them all because you might discover something new and wonderful to try from Kirkland Signature.  I didn’t even know they had contact solution, for instance.

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6 Responses so far ↓

  1. 1 cleanne // 2013.12.26 at 8:00 pm

    The girl in the pink costco t-shirt has a fantastic rack!!

  2. 2 Costco Employee // 2013.12.17 at 5:49 pm

    Great post!
    I thought I could shed some light on Costco ITEM/ART numbers, which is useful to know when checking your receipt/bill:

    For example
    Item #: 0451319K

    The till disregards any zeros at the beginning so it would be only necessary to quote ‘451319’ as the item number.

    More importantly, if there is a K on the end, the number has been keyed in by the cashier as the item does not scan, or the buyer hasn’t related the item barcode to Costco’s item number (there can be a delay, especially with clothing). ALWAYS look out for keyed items on your receipt, as there is more oppurtunity for you to be charged for the wrong item or overcharged.

    Hope this helps!

  3. 3 Allison M // 2013.12.17 at 5:38 pm

    I’m the Allison who loves those socks, glad I made another fan out of you!! I was excited to see I got mentioned on your blog 🙂
    My husband has a mens size 11 foot and has been known to wear mine once in a while but he really wishes they made them in his size too. He doesn’t find them too small feeling but they do stretch a bit thin on his feet. He has bought the thick trail socks too- he works outside, brrr.

  4. 4 Rebecca // 2013.12.15 at 2:55 am

    Can you get the socks in men’s? My feet, women’s size 12, will most likely not fit.

    We love the peach mango salsa, the Lighthouse blue cheese salad dressing, the Kirkland cashews, the Parmesan cheese is the best!

    • 5 Kimberly // 2013.12.17 at 5:31 am

      @Rebecca – I haven’t seen these in the men’s section but I’ll have a look next time we are at Costco. The only wool trail socks for men I am sure they have are the really big, thick kind that aren’t really something you’re going to want to wear for everyday. Well, unless you are a mountain climber for a living. 🙂

  5. 6 Tanya // 2013.12.14 at 6:13 pm

    Love those merino wool socks. They are so comfy and warm. When I get home, I take my shoes off and keep the socks on as slippers.

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