*HOT* Costco Gold Membership: $55 + $20 Costco Cash Card + Coupons!

LivingSocial Deals!

Have you been watching all my Costco posts and thinking, gee, I really need to get a Costco membership so I can get a piece of this awesomeness?

If so, you’re in luck my friend. Living Social has just released a tremendous offer: pay $55 for a one-year Costco Gold Membership and you’ll receive a $20 Costco Cash Card + these high-value coupons:

• FREE AA Batteries 72-pack ($18.99 value)
• FREE Food Court Pizza ($9.95 value)
• FREE Organic Tortilla Chips ($4.99 value)
• Plus, $25 off an order of $250 or more at Costco.com (included in coupon mailer)

The freebies and cash card make this offer a savings of $78.93! If I didn’t already have a Costco membership, *this* is the offer I’d be snagging to start one.

Here is some of the important fine print stuff about this offer:

  • Promo codes do not apply to this deal. If you have one, sorry Charlie, it won’t work.
  • Valid for new members only.
  • Not valid for those with a current Costco membership or for memberships that expired after October 1, 2015.

This offer is in limited quantity and for a limited time only. For all the details you’ll need to know about buying and redeeming your voucher, head on over to Living Social! Already have a Costco membership? Make sure to share this deal with friends and family who don’t! (You know, they’re those people who always ask you to pick up stuff for them when you go to Costco!)

 


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 1/28 – 2/21

Top Costco Coupon Booklet 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 February 28th, so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (52 ct): $6.79 (no limit)
Works out to $0.13 per packet

Dannon Danimals Smoothie Variety Pack (36/3.1 oz): $7.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.20 each

Wild Planet Albacore Pole and Troll Caught Tuna (6/5 oz): $10.99 (no limit, through 2/14/16)
Works out to $1.83 per can

Chobani Greek Yogurt Variety (20/5.3 oz): $11.19 (limit 8)
Works out to $0.55 per cup

all Stainlifter or Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent (158 loads): $11.89 (limit 5 each)
Works out to $0.07 per load

Finish Powerball All-in-1 Plus Tabs (110 ct): $10.99 (limit 5)
Works out to less than $0.10 per load

Kirkland Signature Upright Facial Tissue (12/90 ct): $11.69 (limit 2)
Works out to less than $1 each

Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue (45/225 sheets): $16.99 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.37 per roll (like paying $4.44 for a 12-pack at the store)

Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes (4/30 ct + 2/15 ct): $9.49 (limit 2)
Works out to $1.58 per package

Culturelle Digestive Health Probiotic (80 ct): $24.99 (limit 10)
This is an incredible deal! You can usually pay this price for a much smaller size at the store

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? Then make sure to check out the latest installment in Stuff I didn’t know…until I went to Costco. You might also be interested to read my Top 10 Favorite Things I Found at Costco in 2015.


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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (Jan ’16 edition)

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Here we go! The first Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco post of the new year. This also marks the 2nd anniversary of launching this series and I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon. It continues to be the most popular blog series ever here at The Coupon Project! (You can see the past installments at my Costco page.)

If you’re new, the premise is simple: once a month I prowl Costco’s aisles, displays, and endcaps for interesting, helpful, extraordinary and tempting items and I post about them. Some are deals, and some are simply items I’ve never seen before… items I never knew I needed before… until I went to Costco. (You get the idea.)

My husband and I snuck out recently while my kids were in school. Costco dates are awesome. Costco dates where you don’t have to pay for childcare? Even better.

Storage Shelf at Costco

This seemed like a good price to me! $24.99 for a 5-tiered storage shelf. Somehow my husband didn’t share my enthusiasm. But I said – “don’t you get it? I think my readers will love this item because a lot of them like to stockpile and organize.” I think this would work well in a pantry or garage. Expandable Colander at Costco

This expandable colander was just $12.99 after rebate. I could actually use something like this because I hate having to drain heavy pots of pasta and potatoes. Look how much easier this would be – just throw it over the sink! Kitchen Gadgets at Costco

Here’s a chopped and grater set for $15.99 after instant rebate.  New LG Fridge at Costco

Lately, my husband and I have been drooling over the fancy new refrigerators LG has come out with. (We must be getting old if a new fridge is exciting!) These ones have all kinds of drawers and containers. I think it would make looking in a fridge for a snack or a drink pretty exiting. I forget the exact prices of the two we were looking at – maybe $2399 and $2999? (And that’s after rebate.) Oye, that’s a lot!  [Read more…]


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 12/29 – 1/24

Top Costco Coupon Booklet 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 January 24th, so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Fiber One 90 Calorie Brownies (38 ct): $7.49 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.19 each

Pure Protein Bar Variety Pack (18 ct): $12.19 (limit 15)
Works out to $0.67 each

Kashi Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars (35 ct): $9.49 (limit 6)
Works out to $0.27 each

Jimmy Dean Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches (12 ct): $7.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.66 each

Palermo’s Primo Thin Margherita Pizza (4 ct): $9.99 (no limit)
Works out to $2.49 each

V8 Original Vegetable Juice (48/5.5 oz): $14.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $0.31 per can

Dawn Platinum Advanced Power Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $7.69 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.85 per 10-oz bottle you’d pay at the store

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

Tide Original HE Liquid Laundry Detergent (110 load): $15.99 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.14/load

Scotch-Brite Sponges (18 or 21 ct): $9.99 (limit 5)
Works out to as low as $0.47 per sponge

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? Then make sure to check out the latest installment in Stuff I didn’t know…until I went to Costco. You might also be interested to read my Top 10 Favorite Things I Found at Costco in 2015.


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Top 10 Costco Finds for 2015

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The Top 10 Costco Finds of 2015

Without a doubt, my most popular series ever on this blog is Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. In these once-monthly posts, I highlight the fun, interesting, bizarre, and tempting things that cross my path down the Costco aisle.

For fun, I decided to go through all my Costco posts for 2015 and compile a short list of the top 10 things that struck my fancy. While I easily highlighted hundreds of Costco items in 2015, these were the few that not only made it into my cart, but that I can heartily say “yes! This is awesome!”

Before we get started, I would like to point out that stock at Costco seems to change at any time, without warning. Something I found in April may be gone by June, only to return in November. Stock may also vary from store to store and coupon discounts also come and go.

In no particular order, here they are.

32 Degree Shirts at Costco

#1. 32 Degree Thermal Layer Shirts ($6.99 with coupon). I highlighted these base layer shirts in November because I was stunned by the price – just $6.99! I bought one, sort of skeptical if you could get a good quality thermal shirt for this price. To my surprise, it’s worked out amazingly well. I love wearing them for my cold weather runs – including the Seattle Half Marathon. It kept me perfectly warm. In fact, I just bought another yesterday and this price was still good. The kids’ version includes pants, too. Score!

Outdoor Lights at Costco

#2. Outdoor LED Lantern ($34.99). My husband was particularly thrilled by the deal on these outdoor lanterns. He had been wanting to replace our ugly outdoor brass ones, but the cost can be so high. This is truly an amazing price and they look just gorgeous. While they were temporarily out of stock for a few months, I’m happy to say we found them at our Costco store just yesterday (12/29). [Read more…]


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A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: Rediscover the Joy of Costco Shopping

A Costco Carol: A Christmas Carol, Costco-Style

A Costco Carol: A Retelling of the Charles Dickens Classic

Scrooge’s Costco membership was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that…

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“The season of giving – bah humbug!” This was Scrooge’s customary way of passing the holidays.

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But on Christmas Eve, as he was returning home he witnessed a ghastly sight. “I must be hallucinating!” Scrooge shouted in disbelief. “A bit of undigested beef.” And with that, Scrooge retired to bed early.

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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (Dec ’15 Edition)

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My husband asked me this morning if I wanted to run to Costco with him to return a light we bought that was broken. Sure, I thought – and we’ll kill two birds with one stone because I can also wander the aisles for the December version of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. Plus, I know that Christmas is next week and the store is going to get super busy. (And me + busy crowds = no good.)

In case you’re new to my site or this post series, let me break it down for you. Once a month, I head to Costco and compile a list of cool, crazy, and just plain interesting stuff that catches my eye. Some of the items are truly good deals, yes – but many items are “just cuz.” While many people say they go to Costco to save money, I’m a believer that most of us actually overspend at Costco (or are tempted to overspend at Costco). Why? It’s because of all the stuff. The stuff we didn’t know we needed… until we get to Costco. You get the point.

Of course, as I’ve been doing this series for awhile, my husband often loves to help me. (He loves Costco.) Today was no exception.

With that, let’s do this thing!

Weather Station at Costco

I am pretty sure I reported on this professional weather center previously, but man – it *really* caught my husband’s eye today. It’s currently priced at $59.99. Interestingly enough, he pointed out several homes in our neighborhood that have one on the drive home! GoPro Hero at Costco

It seems like some of the GoPros have come down in price.

Brother Labeler at Costco

Label maker for $19.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate.  Pryex Bakeware at Costco

Somehow, I’ve managed to up and lose not one, but two of my nice Pryex baking dishes! (Seriously no clue where they are.) Costco is selling this set of 3 for $9.99. I just might have to nab one because I’m getting annoyed at having to wash my last remaining baking pan over and over and over….  [Read more…]


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 11/30 – 12/24

Top Costco Coupon Booklet Mailer DealsIf 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 (Christmas Eve!), so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

$100 Alcohol & Spirits Rebate (Found in Stores – See Form for Details)

  • Buy one bottle, Get $10 via mail-in rebate
  • Buy two bottles, Get $25 via mail-in rebate
  • Buy three bottles, Get $50 via mail-in rebate
  • Buy five bottles, Get $100 via mail-in rebate

See This Beautiful Frugal Life has price points & deal scenarios on her blog – check it out.

Nature Valley Protein Bar (30 ct): $9.99 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.33 per bar

Kirkland Signature Macaroni and Cheese: $2 off/package (no limit)
Melody writes: “Most at my store were 3.5-pounds and priced at $2.99/lb. After discount, you will pay around $8 per package!”
Angela writes: “This is stuff is AMAZING. I almost said amazeballs, but refrained myself.”

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Laundry Detergent Pacs (130 ct): $14.69 (limit 1)
Works out to just $0.11 per tab

all Stainlifter or Free & Clear Laundry Detergent (158 loads): $11.89 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.07 per tab

Kirkland Signature Environmentally Responsible Dish Detergent (135 oz): $6.89 (limit 1)
Works out to $0.51 per 10-oz bottle you’d find at the grocery store

Powerball All-in-1 Tabs (110 ct): $10.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just under $0.10 per tab

Gillette Custom Plus 3 Disposable Razors (26 ct): $22.99 (limit 2, through 1/20)
Works out to just $0.88 per razor

Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries (AA 40 ct or AAA 32 ct): $11.99 (limit 10)
Works out to as low as $0.29 per battery

Cush for your toosh

Ultimate Gel Seat Cushion on sale $14.99 (no limit)
Angela writes: “Oh hey! I told you about these cushes for your tooshes in my last Costco write-up!  They were $18.99 then, but I may have to get one at this price!”

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? Then make sure to check out the latest installment (just posted yesterday!) 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 (Nov ’15 Edition)

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

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

Yesterday, I popped by Costco to scout out the prices of their turkeys. The place was definitely busier than normal and it occurred to me, I should just turn this into my monthly Costco trip! I don’t particularly enjoy busy shopping crowds and doubt I’d want to pay a trip the week of Thanksgiving to compile my monthly Costco post.

What this means for you: you get your Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco post a bit earlier than usual. If you’re just joining me, let me break down this post feature for you. This post is for the people that are honest with themselves about why they shop at Costco. It’s not just about the great prices, it’s about all the amazing stuff. Stuff you can’t find anywhere else. Stuff that makes your life easier or more pleasant. Stuff you didn’t know you needed, however… until you went to Costco.

OK, now that you’ve gotten the gist, I’d like to share what I spotted during my trip yesterday. Seagate Hard Drive at Costco

This 2-pack of Seagate Back-up Hard Drives for $79.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate seemed like a great price to me! I just purchased one for a bit more than that recently. Women's Base Layer Top at Costco

This deal really caught my eye! 32 Degree Heat Ladies or Men’s Long Sleeve Crew for just $6.99 after instant rebate. These are fitted, long sleeve base-layer style tops. I was actually looking for something like this to wear next week during the Seattle Half Marathon. My only complaint is they had lots of size L and XL, and I only found one S and just a few M. I snagged the last S at this price and hope they’ll restock more! I went to try it on, and then proceeded to wear it the rest of the day. I’m going to take it for a test run later this afternoon to see if it will work for my race.

Stacking Bowls at Costco

Costco always has the best mixing bowl sets! This one was $19.99. Soup Bowls at Costco

Maybe if I had this porcelain bowl set ($18.99), I’d make French Onion Soup more. Mmmmm….LED Desk LIght at Costco

I’m trying to figure out the purpose of this, but then maybe I’m thinking too deeply. This LED Desk Lamp has a base that changes color. It’s $26.99. I kind of want it.

Organizers at Costco

Here is a set of 5 project storage bins for $19.99. My first thought: LEGOS! I also think these would work well for storing craft supplies or projects that are in progress. Other possible ideas: first aid kids, coupons!, emergency kits, make up/toiletries. What are your ideas?

Cozy Throws at CostcoCostco always has these fluffy, fluffy throws that I must feel. During this particular trip, I found a couple options priced at $13.99 and $15.99.

Outdoor LIghts at Costco

Guys! It’s a miracle! If you remember, I purchased three of these lights back in the summer. We love them. LOVE. And, they are only $34.99 which is a total steal if you’ve ever priced out outdoor lights like these. Well, we decided we wanted one more and guess what? They were out of stock! In fact, I was told they wouldn’t be carrying them again. I was resigned to “lesson learned” and I thought all hope had faded, when LO. They came back! My husband was thrilled! [Read more…]


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Best Turkey Price Roundup – as of 11/18

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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 (Seattle/Tacoma area). I noticed a few offers have started to pop up this week, but I expect more to follow in the next week or so. For stores I don’t have prices on just yet, I’ve left notes and comments from 2014 sales as guidance (so pay careful attention to dates). I’m starting this update on a Saturday, but going forward, look for the weekly updates to publish on Wednesdays (the day most stores sales cycles start).

I also addressed the question “what’s a good price for a turkey?” which you might find helpful to read when considering these deals. I made sure to update that post for 2015, to give you the best, current information.

Last updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fred Meyer Turkey Price

Fred Meyer Turkey Deal 2015

Fred Meyer has released their 2015 turkey deal.

FREE Turkey when you spend $150 or more
OR $0.69/lb when you spend $50 or more
10-20 lb Frozen (limit 1 with in-ad coupon)

This is very similar to 2014, except in 2014 they also gave you the option of paying $0.49/lb with a $100+ purchase. Maybe they are just simplifying things this year!

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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 $8. (Note: the $69.99 price is the same as last year, but the discount this year is a few dollars more.)

QFC Turkey Price

Turkey Price - QFC

I popped by my QFC over the weekend and noticed that they have a turkey deal in stores now. Pay $0.69/lb for a frozen turkey with a total purchase of $30 or more. While this purchase does not include the price of the turkey, the $30 threshold is considerably lower than we’re seeing at other stores. Pro tip: if you want this deal, combine it with the Mix & Match Sale that’s in effect through tomorrow for the best bet.

They are a good store to watch – last year, they had turkeys for $0.69/lb with an additional $30+ additional purchase (my 2014 stock-up price) and in years’ past, they’ve been the store to beat. I anticipate we’ll see some advertised prices soon.

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QFC also has some holiday dinner offers to consider. They have a deal starting at $49.99 (serves 6), plus there’s a $5 ecoupon you can download. $44.99 seems like a good deal to me – plus you don’t have to cook. However, please note that the dinner will be cold, so you’ll need to plan accordingly if you want a hot dinner (I’m guessing so). For more information and to download the coupon, please visit qfc.com.

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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 10/29 – 11/29

 

Top Costco Coupon Booklet 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 November 29th, so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Toblerone Bars (6/3.52 oz): $5.49 (limit 18)
Works out to $0.91 per bar.

Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa (60 ct): $4.39 (limit 10)
Works out to $0.73 for a 10-count box.

San Pellegrino Mineral Water (12/750 mL): $11.49 (limit 4)
Works out to less than $1 per bottle.

Scotch-Brite Sponges (18-21 ct): $10.29 (limit 5)
Works out to as low as $0.49 per sponge.

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (6/24 oz): $6.19 (limit 5)
Works out to just $1.03 per bottle.

Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Regular (126 loads): $11.69
Kirkland Signature Free & Clear Ultra Clean Laundry Detergent (126 loads): $10.99 (limit 2)
Works out to as low as $0.08 per load.

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

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

Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch (140 ct): $6.99 (limit 4)
Works out to less than $0.05 per patch.

Duracell Alkaline Coppertop Batteries (C or D, 14 ct): $11.89 (limit 10)
Works out to just $0.84 per battery.

St. Eve Kids’ Sleep Pant (2 pack): $7.99 (no limit)
Works out to just $3.99 per pair.

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? Then make sure to check out the latest installment (just posted yesterday!) 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 (Oct 15 Edition)

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It’s time once again for another monthly installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco! This feature is one part finding great deals at Costco and one part sharing great things Costco is selling that have nothing to do with our shopping lists.

As you might imagine, Costco is ramping up for the holiday season. Expect to find all kinds of seasonal items in your store including lights and Christmas trees, as well as a beefed up home electronics and toy section. Even the grocery aisles are making shelf space for gift items such as gourmet truffles and dried fruit baskets.

Here’s what I found on my trip out this afternoon.

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Pyrex mixing bowls with lids were $10.99 for the set of 4 after instant manufacturer’s rebate.

DSCN6494 (Medium)Here’s a set of 2 Lodge Cast Iron Skillets for $36.99. That seemed like a pretty good price to me. Plus, I love the handles!

Owl mugs at Costco

I love this cute 6-piece “Owl City” mug set for $14.99. I adore mugs that are bigger than normal, but not so big as to over-caffeinate you.Non-Slip Hangers

Don’t you hate it when your clothes slide off plastic hangers? Well if this problem annoys you enough, you might want to pick up one of these sets of non-slip hangers. Costco is selling a pack of 35 of them for $9.89.Little Miracles Blankets at Costco

These Little Miracles Snuggle Me Sherpa Blankets were selling for $10.79. [Read more…]


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 10/1 – 10/25

Top Costco Coupon Booklet 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 October 25th, so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Mars Chocolate Variety (30 ct): $13.49 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.45 per bar (these are full-size bars)

Fiber One Oat & Chocolate Chewy Bars (48 ct): $9.99 (limit 4)
Works out to just $0.21 per bar

Ocean Spray Craisins (64 oz): $6.79 (limit 2)
Like paying around $0.50-$0.60 for the smaller bags you’d find in-store – wow!

DiGiorno Supreme Pizza (3/32.7 oz): $9.54 (no limit)
Works out to $3.18 per pizza

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (6 pack, 80 ct): $12.99
Works out to $2.16 per tub – Melody reports these are HUGE tubs, too.

Finish Powerball All-in-1 Tabs (110 ct): $10.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just under $0.10 per load

Gillette Disposable Razors (26 ct): $20.49 (limit 2)
Works out to just $0.78 per razor

KitchenAid 6-Quart Bowl Lift Mixer w/ Glass Bowl: $39.99 (limit 2, through 10/11) 
Seems like a noteworthy deal to me?

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge 8″ Scissors (3 ct): $6.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just $2.33 per pair

If you’re making a trip, don’t forget about these overlapping Costco Organic Coupon Booklet deals good through October 5, too. Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? 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 (Sept ’15 Edition)

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

While you tell everyone you shop at Costco for the great deal on coconut oil, I see you loading your cart up with new towels, a cookbook, and a sweatsuit for your toddler. Look, I’m not here to judge. In fact, I’m here to celebrate both the deals and the drools. Yes, it’s time once again for Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. 

After much zero persuasion, I convinced my husband to join me for this month’s trip. It’s funny though, I think we have all this time to scour every aisle, and then I’ll look at my watch and think, “um, we’ve been here for an hour and a half already…and we haven’t even hit the grocery aisles yet!” How does that happen? I think it’s like the Costco Triangle. (Kind of like the Bermuda Triangle, only it happens at Costco.)

Here’s what we spied on our trip today:

Pillow Chums at Costco

Pillow Chums for $14.99 after instant coupon. I saw these puppies as soon as I walked in the door as if to signify the start of holiday shopping. DSCN6177 (780x800)

2-in-1 Trimmer for $19.97. I like how it’s called a guillotine. I have always called these things paper guillotines. It just makes sense. Healthy Ceramic Pans at Costco

Healthy Ceramic Non-stick Pans for $33.99 after instant coupon.
Pacific Grill Gift Cards Deal at Costco

So this is actually a really HOT deal for my locals. See these (2) $50 Pacific Grill gift cards for $74.99? That’s already a deal right….

Pacific Grill Gift Card Deal

Well, through 9/27 only (tomorrow – Sunday!) you can pay just $59.99! That’s an instant savings of $40. Great idea if you’re coming up with auction items for a fundraiser or looking for a holiday gift or just want to save on your next date night. You can find it at these stores only: Tacoma, Puyallup, Gig Harbor, Federal Way, Covington (per the email I got from Pacific Grill!). [Read more…]


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Costco Organic Coupon Book through 10/5: Best Bets!

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Costco Organic Coupon Booklet

Costco has released a new in-store coupon booklet full of coupons on top organic foods and items! You should be able to find the booklet at your store, but if not – it’s quite possible you won’t need the coupons. Costco does such a great job of automatically giving you the discounted price at checkout. (However, I’ve not been since they release this, so you might just want to double check!)

My pal Melody at This Beautiful Frugal Life has scouted out all the prices to match up with the coupons. I wanted to highlight some of the best bets for you – then send you over to her blog for the full scoop. Please note that these deals are good through October 5, 2015.

San Francisco Bay Certified Organic Rainforest Blend Coffee Beans (3 lb): $13.99 (limit 3)
Works out to $4.66 per pound or $3.49 for a 12-ounce bag.

Clif Kid Organic Zbar Variety Pack (36 ct): $13.49 (no limit)
Buy 1, Get $1 Ibotta offer 
Works out to $0.35 per bar after rebate

Happy Tot Organic Sweet Potato, Apple, Carrot & Cinnamon Pouches (12 ct): $8.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.75 per pouch!

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

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

Pure Organic Ancient Grains Bar (15 ct): $12.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.86 per bar (Gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan)

Annie’s Organic Mac & Cheese Variety (12/6 oz): $10.19 (no limit)
Works out to $0.85 per box

Make sure to check out This Beautiful Frugal Life for the full list of deals. You might also wish to read up on current Costco Coupon Mailer deals (through 9/27) as well as the latest installment of Stuff I didn’t Know I needed…until I went to Costco.


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 9/3 – 9/27

Top Costco 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 September 27th, so you have a few weeks 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. Then, you’ll definitely want to check out the full list at This Beautiful Frugal Life!

Fruit by the Foot Variety Pack (42 ct): $7.99 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.19 per roll

Annie’s Bunny Snacks Variety Pack (36 ct): $8.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.25 per snack

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (52 ct): $5.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.12 per packet (like paying $1.20 per 10-ct box in the store)

Pure Via Stevia All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener (800 ct): $7.99 (limit 10)
Works out to less than $0.01 per packet

Smucker’s Uncrustables Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly Sandwiches (18 ct): $8.54 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.47 per sandwich

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

Gatorade All Stars Variety Pack (28/12 oz): $10.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.37 per bottle

ANY Starbucks Frappuccino (12/9.5 oz): $10.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.92 per bottle

ANY Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap (90 oz): $5.99 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.67 per 10 oz bottle!

Huggies Natural Care Plus Baby Wipes (1,160 ct): $19.99
Works out to $0.017 per wipe

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? 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 (Aug 2015 Edition)

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

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

Once again, it’s time to head to Costco. Sure, we’re going for the things we know are deals, but if we’re being honest – we’re also there to tool around down the clothing and housewares aisles to peruse all the nifty stuff we didn’t know we needed until we saw it.

This month, my husband wanted to join me. He wanted to pick up some healthy food and what better place to do this than Costco. Going into the trip, I was guessing we’d go over my goal of not spending more than $100… and I was right.

Here’s what we spied on our trip today:

School Clothes at Costco

On display in the front part of the store is a ton of clothes – probably for back to school shoppers. We found kids’ jeans and track pants for $14.99.Men's Fila Sweat Pants at Costco

I thought these men’s Fila sweatpants for $9.99 after instant coupon were a great deal!Mini Fridge at Costco

Costco was selling a couple different mini fridges. This one was the cheaper of the two, at $129.99. What a nice gift this would be for a student heading off to college! I always wanted a mini fridge in my dorm room.  [Read more…]


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 8/6 – 8/30

Costco Home 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 August 30th, so you have a few weeks 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!

Welch’s Fruit Snacks (80 ct): $8.49 (limit 4)
Works out to just $0.11 per bag. We buy & love these. They are normally more like $10-11 box. I’d stock-up at this price!

ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar Variety Pack (24 ct): $11.99 (limit 6)
Works out to $0.50 per bar. I think most brands of nutrition bars under $1 is a good deal!

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (18/7.25 oz boxes): $10.99 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.61 per box – stock-up price, baby!

Post Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds AND/OR Honey Roasted Cereal (48 oz): $3.99 (no limit)
Works out to $1.50 for an 18-oz box (like you’d find at the grocery store).

Hellmann’s OR Best Foods Mayonnaise (64 oz): $4.79 (limit 6)
Works out to $2.24 for a 30-oz jar (like you’d find at the grocery store).

Kellogg’s Eggo Homestyle Waffles (72 ct): $7.49 (no limit)
Works out to $0.83 per 8-ct box (like you’d find at the grocery store). This is a great deal!

Bounce Dryer Sheets (260 ct): $6.29 (limit 1 per household)
Works out to $0.02 per load

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

Glad 13 Gallon Trash Bags (140 ct): $13.59 (limit 5)
Works out to $0.10 per bag. Awesome deal!

Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes (900 ct): $16.49 (limit 2)
Works out to $0.02 per wipe. I’d consider that a stock-up price for wipes.

Get the full list of mailer matchups at This Beautiful Frugal Life. Want more Costco fun? 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 (July 2015 Edition)

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costcobannerIt’s time once again for another monthly installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. This post series is where you can finally relax and stop pretending that the main reason you shop at Costco is to save money. (Because face it, we all know better.)

Today I took my daughter with me. The goal: in addition to scouting out fun stuff, end up with some snacks to take with us to my son’s soccer tournament this weekend. While we had a mostly successful shopping trip, I feel the need to point out that my shopping cart seemed extra static-y today. Has this ever happened to you? Seriously, every few steps and ZAP! Of course, I was too lazy to return the cart, so I just put up with the minor electrocution while shopping.

Anyways, onto the stuff that caught my eye today.

Organic Coconut Oil at Costco

This seems like a great price for organic coconut oil to me – pay $24.99 for 2-42 oz jars. Do you use this stuff?
Halloween Costumes at Costco

Oh my goodness, don’t look… but Costco’s selling Halloween costumes. We found them up near the front of the store, between the electronics and housewares. Prices start at $16.99. Dishes at Costco

I found some cute dish sets at Costco today! The set on the left is $39.99; the square one on the right is a bit more at $49.99. How do you feel about square plates? Skeleton Dog at Costco

Maybe a more important question would be… how do you feel about displaying a skeleton dog in your home? I dunno, I’d be nervous someone would see it and wonder if I’ve not been feeding my Shih Tzu frequently enough and call Animal Services on me. (It’s $14.99 if you are interested.) [Read more…]


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Top Costco Mailer Deals: 7/9 – 8/2

Top Costco 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 August 2nd, so you have a few weeks 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!

Frito-Lay Variety Pack (54 ct): $10.29 (limit 5)
Works out to just $0.19 per bag

Fiber One Lemon Bars (38 ct): $7.49 (limit 4) 
Works out to $0.20 per bar

Skippy OR Jif Peanut Butter (2/48 oz): $7.19 (limit 2)
Works out to $1.20/lb – stock-up price!

Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (18/5.3 oz cups): $9.89 (no limit)
$0.20/1 Any Brand Yogurt iBotta offer
Works out to $0.54 per cup after coupon + rebate

Perrier Sparkling Water (24/16.9 oz): $13.49 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.56 per bottle

Kirkland Signature Sport Drink (30/16.9 oz): $7.99 (no limit)
Works out to $0.27 per bottle

Oxi Clean Versatile Stain Remover (13.4 lbs, 290 loads): $12.99 (limit 4)
Works out to $0.044 per load

Blendtec Classic 570 Blender: $249.99 (limit 5)
This seems like a stellar price to me for a quality blender!

Lee Boys’ Assorted Style Jean (Sizes 2T-7): $8.99 (no limit)

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 (June 2015 Edition)

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

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

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

Costco 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 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)

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

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

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)

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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

Top Costco 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 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

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

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

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

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 Booklet Mailer Deals

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

Top Costco Coupon Booklet Mailer Deals

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

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)

Bring on the Easter dresses!DSCN9192 (800x600)

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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