Yes, yes, I know it’s technically August. But, I can assure you that my husband and I popped by on July 31st (yesterday) to scout out this month’s Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco post. So you’ll have to “bear” with me…
In case you’re just joining me, this monthly series celebrates what I like to call the deals and the drools one might find at Costco. I’ve been running this series for well over two years now and without a doubt, it’s the most popular blog series I’ve ever run. (So for that reason, yes, I’ll keep it comin’!) As we were wondering the aisles yesterday and I was snapping pictures I remarked to my husband, “you know, every month I’m slightly worried I won’t find anything new. That I’ll hit this point where there just isn’t anything more to find to write about Costco. Yet, every month, I leave with dozens of photos and new items.”
Costco, my friends, never disappoints. Here’s what we spotted yesterday:
My Costco store had a great selection of school supplies. However, true to Costco style, you’ll find them sold in mass quantities, so you’ll need to do the math to determine if it’s a good deal or not. I think 25 Sharpie markers for $13.49 is a decent deal as that works out to $0.54 per marker.
Need pencils? Score 8 dozen Ticonderoga pencils for $9.49. That works out to $1.19 per dozen, which is a great deal on this brand! Bonus: you’ll have enough pencils to practically take your kid from Kindergarten to Graduation.
My husband spotted this color changing speaker for $39.99. And yes, he bought it. “It’s for work,” he told me. He’s a firefighter and would like to have a speaker for his phone when he’s working on the engines in the bay. He also added that he’ll likely get razzed for the color changing feature, but it’s a risk he’s willing to take.
I love these beautiful moleskin journals! And, they are only $19.99 for a pack of 6. That works out to $3.33 apiece.
Get 34 back to school supplies packaged up for $8.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate. It looks like you’ll get Sharpies, pens, mechanical pencils, erasers, Expo dry erase markers, highlighters and more.
Here’s another item my husband has purchased for work: these non-slip hangers. You get 35 in a pack for $9.89 (so just $0.28 per hanger). He says they are great.
“What is this, a bed made for ANTS?”
We found a few Halloween items on the far side of the store. I imagine we’ll see them moved more prominently next month. I think this set was about $135.
We found these large bags of Mac & Cheese chips which sounded delicious. I told my husband I can’t really do the big bags of stuff at Costco anymore – caramel corn, Chicago mix, coconut crunch – I just end up binging on it. One quick look at the nutrition information on these and they were back on the shelf. (I do bet they are tasty though!)
I love the way these fluffy sheepskin rugs feel! I asked my husband who would also love them, and he said Smike (our Shih Tzu). Then he added the kids would be on them too. I quickly envisioned that beautiful cream rug stained by Otter Pops and decided it would be best unpurchased.
Man, those muffins at Costco are delicious, aren’t they? We nearly bought some for the kids, but opted not to because we knew we’d just end up eating them too. Looks like someone else was convicted about buying them when confronted with the vitamin & supplement aisle.
We spent nearly $200 on our trip yesterday buying photo albums and toilet brush cleaners (things I’d planned on buying), Kind Bars, the fruit hammock thing, speaker, and a smattering of other stuffs. Not our most frugal trip there to be sure, but I’ve had several trips this year where I’ve been way under my goal of $100, so I figure a splurge trip was A-OK.
For past posts in this series, please see my Costco page.
Now it’s your turn: have you seen (or bought) any of these items at your Costco lately? Any new Costco discoveries you’ve made? Do you have any tactics for resisting temptations at Costco? Any other Costco story you’d like to share?