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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (June 2015 Edition)

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Stuff I didn't know I needed...until I went to CostcoIt’s time again for another installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco – the monthly feature for people who overspend at Costco buying mostly random (although somewhat useful) stuff and aren’t afraid to admit it. These posts outline a few deals as well as a few drools. In this regard, my Costco posts are partly useful, partly just a time to gab about fun stuff at Costco. (OK, maybe mostly just a time to gab about fun stuff at Costco.)

Buying outdoor lights at Costco.

In last month’s post, I relayed the heartbreaking account of how my husband and I purchased a couple outdoor lights only to discover they were sold out when we returned to the store the following month. (Lesson: if you do see something you want at Costco, consider that it may not be in stock the next time you visit Costco.)

Well can you guess what I found today when I popped by Costco to put together this post?

Great deal on Outdoor lights at Costco

Yes! I found the light! (All puns intended.) I’m guessing someone returned theirs. It was on a random aisle and labeled as “last one.” Ideally, we wanted to buy 2 more, but 1 more will be good enough. (My husband is thrilled, by the way. These lights are gorgeous and $34.99 is a total steal! While this particular model isn’t being sold at Costco anymore, there is a similar version selling for $29.99 you might want to consider.)

Here are some cool additional things I spotted during my trip today.

Bunkbed at Costco

Twin over full bunkbed for $599.99. Both of my kids have bunkbeds and love them! This one seems pretty neat since it has a full-sized bed underneath. In case you’re wondering, I also spotted mattresses today during my trip. Kitchen tools at Costco

Tevolo 4-piece kitchen tool set for $15.99 after instant rebate. I like the red!Mixing bowls at Costco

I so very nearly threw this set of 3 stainless steel mixing bowls into my cart for $13.99. I have some glass ones that I currently use, but I really like the look of these. Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan at Costco

Lodge cast iron grill pan for $24.99. This seems like a great deal to me, and a nice alternative to messing with the outdoor grill. Kids' Thermoses at Costco

I loved this set of 3 kids’ thermoses for $22.99! It includes a stainless steel one which apparently keeps cold things cold for up to 14 hours. Last year, I bought my daughter a stainless steel thermos so she could bring hot tomato soup to lunch! (One of her favorites.)Copper mugs at Costco

These beautiful copper mugs caught my eye, for sure! They are $39.99 for a set of 4, so definitely not on the cheap end. Does anyone know the advantage of a copper mug (besides it being pretty)? Does it retain the heat longer?

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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 6/9 – 7/11

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through July 11th, so you have basically the entire month to take advantage of them.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack (15/6 oz): $10.09 (limit 4)
Buy Any Brand Yogurt, Get $.20 Ibotta offer
Works out to $0.66 per cup after Ibotta offer

Whole Fruit Frozen Organic Juice Tubes (24/3oz): $7.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.31 per tube

Kellogg’s MorningStar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers (12/4.2 oz): $10.99 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.91 per burger

Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Bars (48 ct): $9.49 (limit 4) 
Works out to $0.20 per bar

Hellmann’s OR Best Foods Mayo (64 oz): $5.59 (limit 6)
Buy Any Brand Mayo, Get $.20 Ibotta offer
Like paying $2.52 per 30-oz jar

Gatorade Variety Pack (Any 30/16.9 oz): $10.09 (no limit)
Works out to $0.34 per bottle

Kirkland Signature Flavored Sparkling Water (24/17oz): $7.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.31 per bottle

Vita Coco Coconut Water (12/11.1 oz): $10.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.87 per bottle

All Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent (237 oz, 158 loads): $12.49 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.079 per load

Bounce Dryer Sheets (260 ct): $5.89 (limit 1 per household) 
Works out to $0.02 per load

Want more Costco love? Then make sure to check out the latest installment in Stuff I didn’t know…until I went to Costco.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (May 2015 Edition)

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Every month, I make a trip to my local Costco to scout out and report on the things that call out to me. As of today, it’s the most well-read series on the blog (so no worries, Costco lovers, I’ll keep the posts comin’!).

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So my husband and I learned a painful lesson about Costco shopping this past month that I want to share before I launch into this month’s post. You might have recalled that we purchased a couple lights last month for the front of our house (pictured above). They were beautiful and a heck of a deal at $35 apiece. Well, after installing them, my husband decided he wanted a couple more… but we decided to wait a couple weeks to get them. I bet you can tell where this is going. My store is out. All the stores around us are also out (I asked Customer Service). I searched Costco.com and then any online retailer I could think of. Grrrrr…. I have a couple additional last-ditch efforts I’m going to try this week, but we may be completely out of luck here. So word to the wise folks: if you see something you like at Costco, BUY IT. And, buy it in the quantities you need. Costco is not a good store to just “buy one patio chair each month for six months until we have a set.” NO. Don’t do that. Rant over. 

We decided to hop by on the Friday before Memorial Day. We had the kids with us, as they were on break. Believe it or not, it wasn’t as crazy as I thought it’d be for a holiday weekend. Here’s what I found:

DSCN3684 (441x800)Kayak for $249.99. My Costco had tons of water activity-type stuff… googles, flotation devices, life vests, etc.

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In the front of the store, I found these cute raised bed options! They ranged in price from $89 – $199. DSCN3687 (619x800)

We were very relieved to find these LED Shop Lights still in stock for $34.99. We picked up a couple more. Folks, this is a VERY good deal indeed. We are using them for our garage.
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I think a set of 10 kitchen towels for $11.99 is a great price! I personally own some Costco dish towels and think they are good quality. DSCN3691 (541x800)

Here’s another outdoor light option that’s a great deal – it’s just $8.99 after the instant rebate. DSCN3692 (582x800)

We already own a pressure washer, but this one seems like a good deal to me at $269.99. I recently used ours to clean the weeds out of the cracks in our driveway. It’s a strangely satisfying feeling, I must admit. Do you like pressure washing, too? DSCN3694 (743x800)

These cute kids’ bike helmets are $15.99 each. DSCN3696 (599x800)

My Costco has a number of camping-related items for sale right now. I found these lanterns for $19.99. Looks like they require “D” batteries, so you might want to factor that into the cost, though!
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So here’s a yummy treat that totally caught my eye… Salted Caramel Corn and Coconut Corn. $6.89 for a HUGE bag, too!DSCN3698 (800x600)

But what sealed the deal? The sample! Yup, a bag went right into our cart! Be warned: this stuff is VERY good and VERY addicting. A serving size is also just 1/4 cup and contains 6 grams of fat and like 160 calories. YIKES!

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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 5/7 – 5/31

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through May 31st, so you have basically the entire month to take advantage of them.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Mott’s Fruit Medleys Fruit Snacks (80 ct): $7.59 (limit 4) 
Works out to $0.09 per bag

Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese Variety Pack (12/6oz): $9.79 (no limit)
Works out to $0.81 per box

Naked Juice Variety Pack (12/10oz): $10.49 (limit 4) 
Works out to $0.87 each

San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverage Variety Pack (24/11.15 oz): $11.49 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.47 each

Mini Baby Bel Cheese (or Mini Baby Bel Lite Cheese) (32/0.75 oz): $8.39 (no limit) 
Works out to $0.26 each

Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6 pack/24oz): $6.19 (limit 5)
Works out to $1.03 each

Cascade Complete Action Pacs (90 ct): $12.69 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.14 per load

Ziploc Variety Pack/Freezer Quart/Freezer Gallon/Freezer Storage Variety Pack (limit 5): 

  • Slider Variety Pack (140 bags): $9.19 ($0.07/bag)
  • Ziploc Freezer Quart (216 bags): $9.49 ($0.04/bag)
  • Ziploc Freezer Gallon (152 bags): $11.29 ($0.07/bag)
  • Ziploc Freezer Storage Variety Pack: $11.19 ($0.03/bag)

Want more Costco love? Then make sure to check out the latest installment in Stuff I didn’t know…until I went to Costco.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (Apr 2015 edition… with the husband)

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Being April 30th, I knew I pretty much *had* to hit up Costco today to get this month’s Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco post up. On a whim I asked my husband, “would you like to go with me?” Now Costco happens to be one of those stores he loves to peruse, so he said “sure” and off we went. It’s always interesting, shopping at Costco with your spouse. In my case, it can turn into a bit of a spendy adventure, as you’ll soon find out.

Buckle your seatbelts, folks. This is the most expensive Costco trip I’ve shared in the history of this series. (And, it may be the last time in a long time I absentmindedly invite my husband along for the ride.)

Here are some of the fun things that caught our eye (and ended up in our cart) today:

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2-pack portable battery charger for $29.99. These are super handy if you are traveling or out and about. We picked up one on our most recent Disneyland trip and it was a lot more money than this – and we just got one of them!DSCN3339 (800x795)

Woah – they are lights… no wait… they are speakers… no wait! THEY ARE BOTH. $139.99 for 2.DSCN3340 (599x800)

This bluetooth speaker is waterproof. You can take in the shower or pool with you. It’s $89.99. Although, I’m not sure I could think of a lot of scenarios where I’d be needing a speaker near water. Maybe when gardening in the rain?DSCN3342 (600x800)

Brother label maker for $27.99. DSCN3343 (600x800)

Costco was selling this deep freeze chest for $189.99. That seems like a good deal to me, and worth considering if you do a lot of freezer cooking or preserving! Thoughts?

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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 4/9 – 5/3

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through April 9th, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Spam (8/12 oz): $14.99 (limit 2)
Works out to $1.87 each

Quaker Chewy Granola Bar Variety Pack (60 ct): $6.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.11/bar or $1.16/10-ct box

Yoplait Go-Gurt Simple (32 ct): $4.89 (no limit)
Works out to $0.15 each

Nestle Tollhouse Morsels (72 oz): $7.79 (no limit, through 5/1)
Works out to $1.29 per 12-ounce bag

Larabar Variety Pack (18 ct): $14.99
Works out to $0.83 per bar

Starbucks French Roast Whole Bean Coffee (2.5 lbs): $15.49 (limit 5)
Works out to $6.19/per pound (or $4.64 per 12-oz package)

Starbucks VIA Instant Coffee (26 ct): $11.99 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.46 per pack

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Variety Pack (9 ct): $6.99 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.77 each

Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Laundry Detergent (126 load): $11.19 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.08 per load

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Pacs (120 load): $13.49 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.11 each

all Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent (158 load): $12.39 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.08 per load

The Honest Company SPF 30 Sunscreen (2/3 oz): $13.99
Works out to $6.99 each

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco recently.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (Mar 2015 edition)

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Once again, my friends, it’s time for Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco.

Because let’s be honest… as much as you say you go to Costco for the great deals, we all know better. We’ve seen you dillydallying about the book aisles, rummaging through the clothing, and contemplating small kitchen appliances you didn’t know existed. Simply put, this series is a safe place to discuss both the deals and the drools. It’s a place where we can be honest about those $20 lists that turned into $200 receipts. No judging.

Here’s what I found at my trip yesterday afternoon:

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First thing I saw when I walked in yesterday? Girls’ swimsuits for $11.99. And I got a pang of mom guilt that I need to get movin’ on signing my kids back up for swim lessons again. Gee thanks, Costco!DSCN9432 (600x800)

Kitchenaid Salad Spinner for $19.99. They also had one in a punchy red color. I’ve never owned one of these before – do you have one? And do you find it useful?DSCN9433 (800x600)

Kitchen binz 4-piece set for $19.99. Why can’t they just spell it “bins?” Am I the only one that gets irritated by this sort of thing? Or like when a store spells “kids” as “kidz?” Anywho, I bet these organizers would really help keep the fridge tidy!DSCN9434 (600x800)

Wine and cheese set for $30. Might make a nice housewarming or hostess gift. DSCN9435 (800x659)

This compact dishrack for $24.99 is super cute and stylish! It almost made me wish I didn’t have a dishwasher so I could buy it…. nah, scratch that. DSCN9436 (480x800)

Misto Oil Sprayer & Salad Dressing Shaker for $12.99 after instant rebate at checkout.
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I love the colors of these knives! The set is $23.99. Anyone own them? Do they work well?

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Top Costco Coupon Mailer Deals: 3/5 – 3/29

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Costco Coupon Mailer Deals

If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through March 29th, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

Also – don’t forget these organic coupon deals that are good through March 15th if you’re making a trip.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks (36 ct): $11.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.33 each

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Baked Rice and Corn Puffs (18 oz): $3.99 (no limit)
Good price for this size!

Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety Pack (15/6 oz):$9.99 (limit 3) 
Works out to just $0.66 per cup

Skinny Cow Vanilla & Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Sandwiches (20 ct): $6.99 (no limit) 
Works out to just $0.34 per sandwich

IZZE Sparkling Juice Variety Pack (24 ct): $9.99 (limit 3)
Works out to $0.41 per can

Snapple Tea or Juice (24/20 oz): $14.39 (limit 3) 
Works out to $0.59 per bottle

Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $5.99 (limit 2) 
Works out to $0.66 per 10-oz bottle

Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs (6 ct): $7.89
Clorox Toilet Wand Handle + 36 Refills: $10.19
Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6/24 oz): $6.19 (limit 5)
Works out to $1.03 per toilet bowl cleaner

Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Laundry Detergent (160 loads): $12.79 (limit 5) 
Works out to less than $0.08 per load

Glad 13-Gallon Odor Shield Trash Bags with Febreze (140 ct): $12.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.09 per bag. Melody writes: “Kirkland Signature bags are just under $.07 per bag, but slightly thinner.  We do use them daily and they do hold up well.”

Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries (AA or AAA): $11.99 (limit 10)
Works out to as low as $0.29 per battery

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco recently.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (Feb 2015 Edition)

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It seems I discovered a new strategy for staying focused and not goofing off when shopping at Costco. Basically, just drink a lot of water about half an hour before your trip. (Fighting an urge to have to go to the bathroom brings needs vs. wants into crystal clarity.)

In spite of a bit too much water before today’s trip, I managed to find quite a few fun and interesting things to report to you as part of this month’s Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco feature. As a reminder, this monthly feature highlights both deals and distractions. (You know, those things that scream “buy me! buy me!” as you waltz down the aisles.)

With that, here’s what I found today:

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Cool lighting – for $59.99 – $69.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate. These would look cool in a kitchen or bathroom, no?DSCN9182 (800x678)

48 Ft String Lights Outdoor Weatherproof for $59.99. These would be charming over a deck or gazebo, wouldn’t they? Nevermind that we’re still in February, these lights have me dreaming about July nights already.DSCN9183 (800x649)

Women’s Gardening Gloves, 6 pack for $8.99. I bought these last year and they were great. I probably need to buy more, because I’m a notorious glove loser. DSCN9184 (800x600)

The front of my store is starting to fill out with bulbs, plants, fertilizer, and other gardening needs. DSCN9185 (800x522)

Want to start a garden, but overwhelmed which seeds to buy? You could spring for this 16-pack of Mountain Valley Organic Garden Seeds for $19.79. (This works out to $1.24 per pack, which is pretty great for organic seeds.)
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Because I know someone is going to want to know which seeds are included in the packet: carrot, tomato, zucchini, kale, lettuce, beat, snap pea, watermelon (good luck with that in Washington!), cantaloupe, basil, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, sweet pepper, hot pepper, and bunching onion. DSCN9187 (600x800)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for $11.49. Has anyone read this? Thoughts? It sounded intriguing. DSCN9188 (547x800)

Have you seen these Adidas track suits for $12.99? I bought one for my daughter last month and thought it was such a good deal! It fits her great, too. DSCN9189 (572x800)

We also bought my son a couple of these Adidas track jackets at $16.99 each for soccer practice. Also recommend – they are nice quality!DSCN9190 (800x511)

Beatles-themed 1000-piece puzzles for $18.99. How fun are these?DSCN9191 (800x600)

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I have to admit, I was quite tempted by these $6.99 bath towels. They felt super soft. We are in need of bath towels, too.
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Folding tables for $39.99 – $49.99. These are great to have on hand if you entertain and need occasional extra seating space. DSCN9194 (800x600)

“Squishy” kitchen mats for $9.99. With this mat, you could imagine you’re in the Parisian countryside instead of inside your home, doing the dishes.
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Woah! How cool is this? It’s a pizza oven for $129.97. I’d love one of these, but probably not for $129.97. Maybe someone can buy me one for Christmas.

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Costco Shoppers: Look for New Organic Coupon Booklet

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Costco Organic Coupon Deals Booklet

My lovely friend Melody from This Beautiful Frugal Life messaged me this morning that Costco has released a new Organic Coupon Booklet! And of course, she’s already gone to the store and scouted out all the prices that line up with the coupons. (Isn’t she a gem, people?) The booklet can be found in stores and the deals are good clear through March 15, so you’ll have awhile to take advantage. Melody adds, that based on the signage, it’s likely you don’t even need the physical coupon to get the deal.

If you love eating organic (but aren’t such a fan of the prices), I encourage you to take a look at some of the deals this booklet will produce:

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil (78 oz): $18.99 (no limit) 
Melody says “Best price EVER.  Like that it has ever been. EVER.”

San Francisco Bay Certified Organic Rainforest Blend Coffee Beans (3 lb): $12.59 (limit 3)
Works out to $4.19 for a 1-lb bag

Back to Nature Organic Macaroni & Cheese Shells Variety Pack (12/6 oz): $9.39 (limit 4) 
Works out to $0.78 per box

Happy Squeeze Organic Apple Mango Pear & Kale Fruit & Veggie Twist (12 ct) on sale $7.89 (no limit) 
Works out to $0.65 per pouch

So Delicious Organic Dairy Free Coconut Milk (6/32 oz) on sale $7.99 (no limit) 
Works out to $1.33 per box

Harvest West Foods Organic Harvest Bars (18 ct): $15.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.88 per bar. Melody adds, “Organic, gluten and peanut free, non-GMO.”

Clif Kid Organic Zbar Variety Pack (36 ct): $13.59 (no limit)
Works out to $0.37 per bar

Of course, these are just a few of the highlights you’ll find. For the full enchilada, you’ll need to check out This Beautiful Frugal Life’s Costco post.

Want more Costco love? Make sure to check out my Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco post from January. It’s a doozy.


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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals 1/29 – 2/2

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through February 22nd, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Activia Probiotic Yogurt Variety Pack (24/4 oz):$6.49 (no limit) 
Works out to $0.27 each

Prego Heart Smart Sauce (2/67 oz): $5.09 (no limit) 
Works out to $2.54 per HUGE jar

SunChips Variety Pack (30 ct): $8.39 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.27 per bag

Sunny D (24/11.3 oz): $7.49 (limit 3)
Works out to $0.31 per bottle

Welch’s 100% Concord Grape Juice (2/96 oz): $5.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $2.99 per bottle

Kirkland Signature Fabric Softener Sheets (2/250 ct): $6.79
Kirkland Signature Ultra Soft Liquid Fabric Softener (187 oz): $7.89 (limit 2)
Works out to just $0.013 per sheet

Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue (36 rolls): $14.69 (limit 4)
Works out to just $0.014 per square

Brawny Mega Pick-A-Size Paper Towels (15 roll): $15.99 (limit 2)
Works out to just $0.018 per square

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (504 ct): $13.49 (limit 2)
Works out to just $0.03 per wipe

Stride Rite Kids’ Socks (8 pack): $6.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $0.87 per pair – good quality!

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco this week.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (Superbowl/Weight Loss/Bachelor/Jan Edition)

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Stuff I didn't know I needed...until I went to Costco

Without a doubt, the most popular series I added in 2014 was Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. The premise of the series is simple: once a month, I tour my local Costco store and highlight the fun, flashy, and delicious products that catch my eye. Some of them may be a bargain, but most of them are simply the items I find tempting.

It’s very interesting to see how Costco shifts in and out items depending on the season. There were a couple competing themes this month: weight loss and Superbowl. Weight loss, because it’s still late January and a few of us are still hanging onto our resolutions. Superbowl, because well – it’s the Superbowl this Sunday and the Seahawks are playing in it, people! A third, minor theme I noted today was gardening. But this is largely relegated to the back of the store and I suspect we’ll see more of these items next month, once the resolutions and Superbowl are over.

Oh, and there is one more theme I’m throwing in this month, just for good measure: The Bachelor.

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SPOILER ALERT. On a recent episode, Jimmy Kimmel sent The Bachelor (Chris Soules) and his date to… Costco. No, I’m not kidding. Here’s a short clip below:

It kind of reminded me of my date with my husband to Costco last year. Well, maybe with less ketchup. (Now I’m starting to wonder if they got the idea from me. Hmmmm.)

Moving along. Here are some of the items I found today:

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Oh hey! The Professional Weather Center has a coupon offer this month. It’s now just $59.99 versus the $79.99. Some of you sounded interested in this the last time I shared about it. (Personally, I just Google, but that’s me.)DSCN4451 (800x600)

They had these lunch totes for $19.99. It’s like a purse, insulated, with containers and a “high performance ice pack.”

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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals 12/30 – 1/25

Top Costco Deals and Prices

If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through January 25th, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store. Honestly, there were quite a few items that fit into this category. I definitely could have included more on today’s list; so you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Healthy Choice Chicken Soup Variety Pack (10/15 oz): $7.29 (limit 10)
Works out to just $0.72 per can

Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (18/5.3 oz): $9.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $0.55 per cup

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers (24 ct): $5.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $0.24 per bag

Organic Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Herbal Tea (4 pack): $6.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $1.74 per box; this stuff is crazy good – and that is a great price.

Tide Powder Laundry Detergent (180 loads): $23.99 (limit 1)
Works out to just $0.13 per load

Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Laundry Detergent (160 loads): $12.79 (limit 5)
Works out to less than $0.08 per load

Dawn Platinum Advanced Power Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $6.99 (limit 1)
Like paying $0.77 per 10-oz bottle

Finish All-In-1 Powerball Tabs (110 + 35 ct): $11.49 (limit 5)
Less than $.08 per tab- definitely a stock-up price!

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (6/80 ct): $9.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just $1.66 per bottle – Melody writes: “these are the HUGE size, great price!”

Ziploc Sandwich Bags (500 ct): $7.99 (limit 5)
Works out to less than $0.02 per bag

Tampax Pearl Tampons (96 ct): $10.99 (limit 2) 
Works out to $2.28 per 20-ct, which is a solid price for this brand.

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco a couple weeks ago.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (the Christmas Edition)

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… because everyone was at Costco.

Seriously.

Yesterday, I realized there were a few things I wanted to get at Costco for my Christmas Eve party, so I decided to get there RIGHT at 10 am. In fact, I decided I’d get there a few minutes prior just to beat the crowd. Only me and 300 of my closest friends had the same idea. What was this: Magic Kingdom at rope drop?!

As you might recall, this year I started a monthly feature this year entitled “stuff I didn’t know… until I went to Costco.” My conception for this series is simple: highlight stuff in the store that catches my eye. Those shiny gadgets on the end-cap, those unusual housewares at solid prices, those delicious-sounding food items that I won’t find at my typical grocery store. Stuff that never made my Costco shopping list, but stuff I suddenly find myself unable to leave the store without. I figured I’d make this month’s episode extra spicy by visiting two days before Christmas.

Here are some highlights from today’s trip. I hope you’re extra appreciative of this post considering how many shoppers and carts that nearly bumped into me while I took all these photos. There were many near scrapes, including one particularly stress-inducing episode near the rotisserie chicken display. The things I do because I love you people!

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The Hobbit Chronicles – for $23.99.

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One of my favorite books – Unbroken – is selling for $9.99 at Costco. Have I convinced any of you to read this book yet? Yeah, yeah, I know the movie’s coming out and I will see it. But it’s one of those books that I’m already certain the book is going to be better than the movie. So, just read it.

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A huge ol’ bottle of Jelly Belly jellybeans for $15.89. I’m sure I’d pick out all the Dr. Pepper flavored ones and my husband would pick out all the buttered popcorn ones. Which ones should we save for you?

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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals Nov 30 – Dec 24

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the price points. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good through December 24th, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Quaker Life Cereal (62 oz): $4.99 (limit 4)
Works out to roughly $1.40 for store-sized box

Jif Peanut Butter (2/48 oz): $7.19 (limit 2)
Works out to just $1.40 for 18-oz jar

Perrier Sparkling Water (24/0.5L): $13.49 (limit 4)
Works out to just $.56 per bottle

all Plus Free & Clear or Original Laundry Detergent (158 loads): $11.49 (limit 5)
Works out to just $.07/load, stock-up price!

Finish Powerball All-in-1 Tabs (110 ct): $11.49 (limit 5)
Melody writes: “My store had bonus packs at 145-count, so just under $.08 per load.  Stock-up price!”

Dove Beauty Bar (16/4 oz): $12.74 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.79 per bar

Duracell Batteries (AA or AAA): $12.99 (limit 10)
Works out to as low as $0.32 per battery

Puma Low-Cut Socks (6 pack): $7.99 (no limit)
Works out to $1.33 per pair

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco a couple weeks ago.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (November Edition)

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Stuff I didn't know I needed...until I went to Costco {November Edition of Monthly Series}

On a whim, I started a monthly feature this year entitled “stuff I didn’t know… until I went to Costco.” This feature is now THE most popular on my blog and I’ve been blown away by the response. Given that so many of you love (and love to hate!) Costco, the series is going to continue into the indefinite future. (So Costco shoppers, rejoice!)

My conception for this series is simple: highlight stuff in the store that catches my eye. Those shiny gadgets on the end-cap, those unusual housewares at solid prices, those delicious-sounding food items that I won’t find at my typical grocery store. Stuff that never made my Costco shopping list, but stuff I suddenly find myself unable to leave the store without.

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday approaching, I knew I didn’t want to wait until next week to scout out my local Costco for this month’s feature (I have a limited threshold for crazy crowds). So, I’m giving it to you a few days earlier than normal (and I sincerely hope and trust that will be OK with you).
O'Mara's Irish Country Cream at Costco

I’m ashamed to say that the very first thing I spotted when I walked in the door – this large bottle of O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream for $12.99 – went into my cart. And just like that, I was wondering how the day’s trip was going to go. It’s very good in case you’re wondering.Dearfoams Slippers at Costco - $9.99

I picked up a pair of these Dearfoam Slippers for $9.99 a couple months ago and love them. At first, I thought they were too small, but I just needed to break them in. Turns out the big fluffy “rim” of the slipper was preventing my foot from going all the way in. I just needed to un-fluff them a bit with a little wear. Problem solved.
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This was another one of those deals I found in the front of the store: for $29.99, get a Crock-Pot Slow Cooker AND a “little dipper” pot. (This is one of those Top Costco Coupon deals I shared a couple weeks back.)

iFly Indoor Skydiving - Costco Discount

I always like browsing the gift card section at Costco. You never quite know what you’re going to find. Like this – it’s for the Indoor Skydiving place and you’ll save up to 41% when you buy the gift card at Costco. Wouldn’t this make an AWESOME gift?


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Best Turkey Price Roundup – as of 11/19 (includes Organic Turkey Prices from Costco!)

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Best Turkey Prices: Post Updated Weekly with Best Deals in Puget Sound area!

Best Turkey Prices, Coupons & Deals

Once again, I’m going to do my best to round-up the best turkey prices at grocery stores I’m finding. I noticed a few offers have started to pop up this week, but I expect more to follow in the next week or so. Please note that in many cases, I’ve left notes and comments from 2013 sales as guidance (so pay careful attention to dates).

I also addressed the question “what’s a good price for a turkey?” which you might find helpful to read when considering these deals!

Last updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fred Meyer Turkey Price

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Through Saturday (11/22), Fred Meyer is running the following coupon deal:

Get a FREE Kroger or Honeysuckle Frozen Turkey when you spend $150 or more
or $0.49/lb when you spend $100 or more
or $0.69/lb when you spend $50 or more

You can get the coupon in last Sunday’s newspaper or at your store at customer service.

Fred Meyer Holiday Turkey Dinner Deal

You might prefer Fred Meyer’s Deluxe Holiday Turkey Dinner. For $69.99, get a 10-13 Private Selection Fully Cooked Oven-Roasted Turkey (select varieties), plus stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and a pie. This meal serves up to 6 and if you order before November 19, you’ll save $5.

If I were to make a guess, we’ll see frozen turkeys hit the ads this Sunday (November 16). In years past, Fred Meyer has offered up to a free turkey with purchase. This is worth watching if you tend to do the bulk of your grocery shopping at Fred Meyer anyways.

2013 Pricing: Free turkey with $150 + purchase OR $0.49/lb with $100+ purchase OR $0.69/lb with $50+ purchase and in-ad coupon. $150 purchase has some exclusions, for instance alcohol and gift cards – the standards.

QFC Turkey Price

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This week, QFC has an advertised special of turkeys for $0.69/lb with a $30 additional purchase (limit 1). This is exactly my target per-pound price for 2014, and the low additional purchase threshhold makes it a particularly attractive offer. This pricing is also good clear through Thanksgiving Day!

QFC Holiday Turkey Dinner Price

QFC is advertising an identical deal to Fred Meyer this week (probably due to the fact that they are sister stores – under Kroger). For $69.99, get a 10-13 Private Selection Fully Cooked Oven-Roasted Turkey (select varieties), plus stuffing, potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and a pie. This meal serves up to 6 and if you order before November 19, you’ll save $5.

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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals Oct 30 – Nov 23

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Top Costco Coupon Mailer Deals

If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the pricepoints. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. The other cool thing is that if you forget your coupon booklet? It doesn’t matter. You’ll automatically get the discount at checkout (neat, huh?). These coupon deals are good from October 30 – November 23, so you have several weeks to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Kerrygold Salted Butter (1.5 lbs): $5.99 (no limit, through 11/2)
Works out to $1.99 per 8-oz package (great price!)

Starbucks French Roast Coffee (2.5 lbs): $15.49 (limit 5)
Works out to $6.19/lb or $4.64 per 12-oz bag

Starbucks Via Instant Coffee (24 ct): $12.74 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.53 per packet

Naked Juice Variety Pack (12/10 oz): $10.49 (limit 4)
Works out to just $0.87 per bottle

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Good Earth Organic Sweet & Spicy Tea (4 pack): $6.99 (no limit)
Works out to $1.74 per box (this is normally closer to $3-4/box in the grocery store)
(I’m glad they brought this deal back – I’m stocking up, this stuff is insanely good!)

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Regular or Free & Clear Laundry Detergent (126 loads): $11.49 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.09/load

Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $5.99 (limit 2)
Like paying $0.66 for 10-oz bottle (solid deal)

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6/24 oz): $6.19 Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tabs (6/3.5 oz): $7.89 (limit 5)
Works out to just $1.03/bottle

Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries (C or D, 14 ct): $11.89 (limit 10)
Works out to $0.85/battery

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer: $29.99 (limit 5)

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun stuff I found at Costco last week. (As usual, I found lots of stuff… mostly stuff I wanted, not so much needed. You know how it goes.)


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (October Edition)

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Stuff I didn't know I needed...until I went to CostcoAs much as everyone says they shop at Costco to save money, the truth of it is that it can be a difficult feat to leave the store without plunking $100. Costco is good - really good – at what they do. And what they do is get you to part with your money.

Which isn’t to say I don’t like Costco. They have some amazing things – things you can’t find everywhere else. And they also do have some bargains if you play your cards right. This year, I’ve launched a monthly feature that celebrates the deals AND the drools called Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco.

Given that we have a party tomorrow, I decided to stop in my local Costco today to stock up. So I decided to bring my camera to document everything that caught my eye today. Buckle your seatbelts folks, it’s time for another Costco post!

DSCN0843 (600x800)2-Pack Laundry Baskets for $9.97. Am I the only one who seems to always need more laundry baskets? (Maybe I should just save the $10 and finish my laundry already.)

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Water flosser for $69.99. This is the sort of thing that makes me wonder – what’s wrong with my good old floss? Is it no longer good enough? Do I need this?

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Why yes, yes I will sit for a massage. (Don’t mind the frizzy hair. I didn’t much feel like doing it after my workout today.)

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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals Oct 2 – 26

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the pricepoints. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. These deals are good clear through October 26th, so you’ll have some time to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Keurig Brewed K-Cup Multi-Pack (72 ct): $28.99 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.40 per cup

Mini Babybel Cheese (28 ct): $7.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.28 per cheese

Nestle Tollhouse Semi-Sweet Morsels (72 oz): $7.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.10/ounce (like paying $1.25 for a smaller bag at the grocery store)

Oikos Greek Yogurt (18/5.3 oz): $9.89 (no limit)
Works out to $0.55 per yogurt

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Variety Pack (9 ct): $6.99 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.77 per eraser

all Stainlifter or Free & Clear Laundry Detergent (158 loads): $11.49 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.07 per load

Softsoap Advanced Clean Liquid Hand Wash (2/80 oz): $6.49 (limit 2)
Like paying $0.40 for a 10-oz bottle at the drug store

philosophy Hope in a Jar (2 oz): $28.99
(Compared to $42 on philosophy’s website!)

Goodyear Hybrid Wiper Blades: $4.99 (limit 2) 
Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life recommends – says they are great quality!

Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue (30 roll): $15.99 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.15 per square foot

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. I also encourage you to check out the fun date my husband and I had at Costco this week. We found LOTS of stuff (some deals, some just fun!)


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco with my SPOUSE (September Edition)

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costcoboromirEach month this year, I’ve gone to Costco and asked myself the question: what do I find that tempts me here today? The funny thing is I’ve never come away short. To celebrate these items, I’ve created the feature “Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco.”

For kicks, September’s edition comes to you with help from my husband (Terry) with me. After all, the kids were in school, Costco has free samples, and it’s entertaining. Cheap date out, right? After spending nearly two hours wandering the aisles, I returned with about twice as many photos as usual. Such a sport he is!

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We spent a disproportionate amount of time in electronics today. I swear that they’ve ramped up their TV selection and my guesses are two-fold: 1) in anticipation of holiday sales and 2) because football season is here.

We also perused laptops, tablets, and fancy cameras. But, none ended up in our cart today.

DSCN0412 (730x800)Seahawks Art. This was near the TV section which kinda confirms my hunch about why so many TVs are being sold right now.

DSCN0414 (800x589)Security cameras for your house. This was about $500. I had fun taking a security-style selfie for today’s post.

DSCN0419 (773x800)Speaking of security, here’s a great idea… a keychain alcohol detector for $23.99. (I’m thinking of some jokes here about who you might gift this to, but in the interest of not offending folks, I’ll refrain. However, if you’re not easily offended you can <<insert your own joke here.>>)

DSCN0421 (558x800)This puzzled me. A weather station for $79.99. Who would need this? I’m not trying to be sarcastic here, I genuinely don’t get it. For the weather, I generally check the news or look out my window.

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*IT’S BACK* Costco Membership Offer – Coupon & Card Bonus (Living Social)

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Costco Membership Offer

This popular offer is back! Living Social just launched an offer for Costco membership today you might want to consider!

For $55, you’ll receive: a Gold Star Membership*, $20 Costco Cash Card, and high value coupons ($30.97 value). This offer is valid for NEW members for their first year only.

* I want to point out that this is the same price you’d pay for a Gold Star Membership if you went through Costco directly. The advantage of purchasing this Living Social deal is the $20 Costco card and the high-value coupons. There are coupons for a free apple pie, a free rotisserie chicken, and a free Kirkland Signature™ case of bath tissue! You can also get three months of free Identity Guard service (a $40.47 value).

Here’s how to take advantage of this deal:

:: Create a Living Social account (it’s free and easy)
:: Add the Costco Membership deal to your cart & purchase

If you were thinking about starting a Costco membership, I’d highly recommend you consider this – you might as well take advantage of those freebies!

You have until September 15, 2014 to sign up for this deal. After that point, you’ll need to redeem your voucher by December 15, 2014.

Head to Living Social to check out the additional details and to take advantage of this offer.

Speaking of Costco, be sure to check out the latest installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco for a humorous peek at some of the best (and most random) deals I found on my last foray through the store.


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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals Sept 4 – 28

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does an excellent job about visiting the store each month these come out and determining the pricepoints. The cool thing about the Costco coupons is that they are good for a full month. These deals are good clear through September 28th, so you’ll have some time to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Keurig-Brewed K-Cup Packs (80 ct): $32.99 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.41/per cup

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (52 ct): $6.79 (limit 2) 
Works out to $0.13 per packet

Capri Sun Variety Pack (40 ct): $5.99 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.14 per pouch

Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Baked Rice and Corn Puffs (16 oz)$3.49 (no limit)
Note: this is a huge bag!

Starbucks Frappuccino (12/9.5 oz): $12.99 (no limit)
Works out to $1.08 each

Scotch-Brite Sponges (18 ct): $9.79 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.54 per sponge

Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $5.99 (limit 2)
Like paying $0.66 for a 10 oz bottle!

Duracell Coppertop Batteries (AA, 40 ct or AAA, 32 ct): $12.99 (limit 10)
Works out to as low as $.32 per battery

Kleenex Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue (36/225 sheets): $14.69 (limit 4)
Works out to 1.4 cents per square foot

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Mailer Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. For other random Costco love, check out my recent Costco Trip and see the cool stuff I found (warning: some of my finds have nothing to do with getting a deal).


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (August Edition, 2)

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costcoboromirAs much as we like to think Costco is a place that saves us money, secretly we also all know it’s a place we end up coming home with things we never set out to buy – like neon colored wiper blades, shaved ice machines, and greeting card organizers.

Earlier this year I decided to embrace the paradox that is Costco with a less than serious series entitled “Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco.” You can read the past editions by perusing the Costco category on this blog.

Yesterday the kiddos and I paid a visit to Costco to scope out some back to school food items. I also was in desperate need of kitchen garbage bags (I was down to re-using plastic sacks). True to Costco shopping style, I ended up with a few more things than I bargained for.

DSCN0011 (800x600)For the last month or so, furniture has been featured in the prominent seasonal section of my Costco store. How about yours?

DSCN0012 (800x600)The kids adored this cool sectional sleeper bed sofa. At just $599, the price sure seemed right. The size wasn’t super big on this either, so I think it would work well in an apartment/studio situation or in a den or home office that doesn’t have a lot of room.

DSCN0013 (800x600)My daughter enjoyed this lounger for $199.99. Whenever I see these things, I think of a psychiatrist’s office (is that just me?).

DSCN0014 (800x600)This storage ottoman is way cool – think of all the storage possibilities! Toys! Magazines! Books! Blankets! It was just $99.97.

DSCN0015 (609x800)My daughter eyed this 315-piece Alex Art Set for $17.99. It got a prompt NO because I could envision 315 new things to pick up off the floor or counter.

DSCN0016 (518x800)Ticonderoga pencils, 96 ct for $9.49. I’ll help you with the math: that’s buying 8 dozen pencils for $1.18 per dozen, or $0.098 per pencil. Yes, that is a great deal!

DSCN0017 (800x632)Oh hey! It’s our October Book Club pick: Boys in the Boat! I’m hearing good things about it, and can’t wait to start. It’s $9.99 currently at Costco. Incidentally, I also found two of our past reads, Unbroken ($9.99) and The Fault in our Stars ($7.99). I recommend both of them.

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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals: August 7 – 31

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. While I don’t have the time or interest to match up these coupons to store prices, my pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does! (So why repeat what someone else is already rockin, ya know?) The cool thing about the Costco deals is that they are good for a full month. These deals are good clear through August 31st, so you’ll have some time to take advantage.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (54 ct): $7.69 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.14 per snack!

Frito-Lay Variety Pack (54 ct): $9.39 (limit 3)
Works out to $0.17 per bag!

Annie’s Bunny Snacks Variety Pack (36 ct): $8.69 (no limit)
Works out to $0.24 per bag!

San Pellegrino Mineral Water (12/25.3 oz): $11.49 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.95 per bottle!

Yoplait Go-Gurt Simple (32 ct): $4.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.14 per tube

Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean Max Liquid Laundry Detergent (160 loads): $11.79 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.07 per load!

Finish Powerball Tabs (110 ct) on sale BOGO (2/$14.49, limit 5 offers)
Works out to $0.065 per tab, GREAT stock-up price!

Huggies Snug & Dry Plus Diapers: $32.99 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.15/diaper (size 3)!

Huggies Natural Care Plus Baby Wipes (1160 ct): $19.99 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.017 per wipe!

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Mailer Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. For other random Costco love, check out my recent Costco Trip. It was actually my daughter’s 5th best day of her life.

 

 


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Finish® All-In-One Dishwasher Detergent Powerball Tabs 110ct

Costco.com: 220 Finish Powerball Tabs for $16.99 + FREE shipping (less than 8¢ apiece!)

Finish® All-In-One Dishwasher Detergent Powerball Tabs 110ct

Finish® All-In-One Dishwasher Detergent Powerball Tabs 110ct

Costco.com has a great deal right now on Finish All-in-One Dishwasher Detergent Powerball Tabs (my fave) – right now you can get a buy 1, get 1 free deal on the 110 ct. packs which are priced at $16.99 with free shipping.

Once you add the first item to your cart, the second item will be added automatically. That means you’ll pay just $16.99 (+ tax) for 220 tabs, which is less than 8 cents apiece and a sweet deal in my book.

Please note that this price is good for Costco members only (non-members will have to pay a minimal surcharge of 5%, or $0.85). There is a limit of 5 free packages.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (August Edition)

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One does not simply "pop into Costco"

My daughter recently started ranking the best days of her 6-year old life. It went like this:

Best Day Ever: the day we made ‘smores at my friends’ house over their firepit
2nd Best Day Ever: the day we got our puppy
3rd Best Day Ever: the day I took her to Costco and she got a slice of pizza the size of her head
4th Best Day Ever: the day we left for Disney World

Yes, folks, that’s right. My daughter ranks the day she went to Costco as a better day than when we took her to Disney World. (Gee, we could’ve saved a lot of money, now that I think about it!)

Judging by the carts coming out of my local Costco, it looks like many other folks treat a trip to the warehouse store similar as they would a trip to Disney World. OK… that might be a gross exaggeration, but still.

Here are some of the deals along with some of the random stuff we found on her 5th Best Day Ever (the second time we went to Costco, this past Monday):

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Fitbit Flex + 2 Bands: $97.99. These things seems super popular – do you own one?

DSCN8444 (514x800)Instead of renting a Rug Doctor, how about owning one? At $400, it’s quite a bit – but I suppose you could find ways to justify it if you rent one an awful lot or pay someone to steam clean your carpets on a regular basis.

DSCN8446 (600x800)This $23.99 drying rack would be perfect now that the summer is here!

DSCN8448 (600x800)Halloween LED lights – is it really almost that time again?

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Welp. Maybe it is that time of year. And Costco will be there to help you see it through.

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Do you ever peruse the book section at Costco? They have some surprisingly good stuff in there. I found The Fault in our Stars ($7.99), which our book club just read and LOVED….

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I also spotted one of our next reads, The Boys in the Boat ($9.99). I’m hearing really good things about it!

DSCN8451 (632x800)My daughter had fun looking at all the kids’ books.

DSCN8458 (600x800)We also found some really good deals in kids’ shoes. My daughter really, really, REALLY wanted these girls’ Skechers for $19.99, but we passed for now. I hope I don’t regret this later, because that is a really good deal for Skechers!

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We also couldn’t help but notice these adorable Hello Kitty rainboots for $17.99. They also had Batman ones.

DSCN8460 (600x800)Kids’ Crocs for $12.99!

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These women’s 2-pack pajama bottoms are on sale right now for $11.99. I bought some a few months back and have to say, I love them. Super comfortable!

DSCN8452 (800x600)There was also quite a bit of furniture at my Costco store. I loved this trunk for $229.99. But what to put in it? Blankets? Books? Spanish gold?

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We enjoyed a couple samples today. This was So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream and it was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. I would’ve eaten about 8 of these if I wouldn’t have looked like a sample hog. My daughter enjoyed hers too.

DSCN8469 (600x800)Two words: NUTELLA SAMPLE!

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Pineapple plates + napkin set = $12.99. It was only after I got home that I realized these would be *perfect* for my book club next month (we’re reading Moloka’i, which is set in Hawaii.)

DSCN8463 (800x714)WOAH – this is a really fantastic deal! Glad Matchware, 24 + 4 bonus piece set for just $4.99 after instant discount! I totally picked one of these up for that price!

DSCN8464 (600x800)This was another great deal: 12 pack of Vita Coco for $8.62 (and NO LIMIT!). I rarely to never buy coconut water, but at less than $1/per bottle, I jumped. I figure these will be good to have for those days I do extra long workouts.

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I was intrigued by these salad kits. They had Santa Fe Chicken as well as Caprese. Each included 2 complete salad kits for $5.99. Of course, I could always just make my own Mediterranean Chicken Salad and call it a day!

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HOW ADORABLE ARE THESE?! Small bottles of Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider for just $6.99 after instant discount. That works out to just $0.58 per bottle!

DSCN8472 (495x800)WHAT are THESE?! Coconut chips? I was sooooooooooooooo tempted by these, but at $9.79 for the bag, I just couldn’t do it. If you’ve had them before, I’d love to know what you think.

DSCN8470 (600x800)A huge box of fair scone mix for $6.69. This would be positively dangerous in my house – scones are my absolute FAVORITE fair treat. And oh great, I’m craving them now. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, thanks Costco!

Here is my shopping trip for the day:

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The Coconut Water + Gladware for a total of $14.48 (that includes tax). Not pictured: one slice of cheese pizza for $2.18, the size of my daughter’s head.

After all, this was her 5th Best Day Ever.

For past Costco reports, deals, and chatter, see my Costco category. So what deals have you snagged at Costco lately? What items have you bought on impulse lately – and why did they catch your eye?

 

 

 


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Costco: Top Coupon Mailer Deals: July 3 – August 10

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If you shop at Costco, you should have received your monthly coupon booklet in the mail recently. While I don’t have the time or interest to match up these coupons to store prices, my pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life does! (So why repeat what someone else is already rockin, ya know?) The cool thing about the Costco deals is that they are good for a full month. The deals I’m about to share with you below are good clear through August 10th!

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite deals for the month – the deals that I think actually beat what you could get with coupons or shopping at your regular grocery store.

Vita Coco Coconut Water (12/11.1 oz): $10.69 (no limit)
That works out to $0.89 each, which is a solid price!

Jif Peanut Butter (2/48 oz) : $7.19 (limit 2)
This works out to $3.59 each, or like paying $1.35 for an 18-oz jar. I consider anything under $1.50 a stock-up price, so this is a great deal.

Starbucks Frappuccino (12 ct): $13.69 (no limit)
This works out to just $1.14 per bottle!

Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Dish Detergent (135 oz): $6.89 (limit 1)
This is like paying about $0.50 per 10-oz bottle; solid price!

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6/24 oz): $6.29
Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach (32 oz Trigger + 180 oz Refill): $8.29 (limit 5)
This works out to $1.04 per bowl cleaner, great price!

Brawny Mega Pick-A-Size Paper Towels (15 ct): $15.99 (limit 2)
This works out to $1.06 per roll  (less than $.02/square foot)

Make sure to check out the full list of Costco Mailer Deals at This Beautiful Frugal Life. For other random Costco love, check out my recent Costco Trip with Kids post.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed….until I went to Costco (June edition, with kids)

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One does not simply pop into Costco.

Since January, I’ve been doing a monthly feature I call “Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco.” I figure that at least 88% of most people’s purchases at Costco are unplanned, and my goal is to celebrate that.

These posts highlight the deals, the drools, and the randomness that makes Costco the amazing place that we plunk down $200 for 8 items (and then mentally justify our purchases on the long drive home). As my kids are out of school, I asked if they wanted to come with me today or stay home with dad. Of course, they wanted to go to Costco.

DSCN7875 (800x439)My son’s first question was “what’s for lunch?” I didn’t plan this outing super well and realized that we were setting out to do our grocery shopping during lunch hour. (A big “no no,” I know.) I decided to have my kids eat first to prevent some of the begging later. I don’t know that I’ve ever eaten at the Costco food place, but the prices sure seemed good!

Each of my kiddos got a slice of pizza and an ice cream and I paid just about $7.50. NOT bad.

DSCN7878 (800x560)Have you ever had one of these Costco pizza slices? My goodness, they are just HUGE. As you can see, my kids had to work hard to eat them! My daughter could barely eat 1/2 of her pizza and 1/3 of her frozen yogurt too. I guess the Costco proportions shouldn’t have surprised me, but they did.

DSCN7881 (800x437) (2)While the kids were eating, this sign caught my eye. Did you know you can phone-in an order for pizza? At $9.99 for an 18″ pizza, seems like a deal to me.

DSCN7886 (800x600)Once the sugar high had set in nice and good, I knew we were ready to explore the store.

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