I needed to make a trip out to Costco today to pick up a gift, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to do my monthly feature “Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco.”
If you’re just joining me, this series is where I highlight items that I find at Costco. While some of these items are deals, many are simply things that stood out to me or gave me pause in some way. The truth is many of us say we shop at Costco to save money, yet still end up overspending somehow. I think it’s because of all the items that weren’t on our list but find their way into our hearts (and carts).
Here are some of those items I found during my trip today.
Decorative pillows, 2 pack, for $15.99.
Chair pads, 2 pack, for $9.99.
This LED desk lamp also has a bladeless fan in it! It’s $29.99.
Bench organizer for $39.99. Might be good in an entry or mud room.
I know it sounds silly, but I love these Costco toilet wands! I think they’re already a deal at $19.99 for 2 + 2 replacement heads. But at $12.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate? Yeah, I couldn’t resist. I noticed two people trying out this lounger ($99.99), so I had to take a closer look. While it certainly does look comfy, it looks a little bit too much like my dog’s bed for my taste. It might make better sense in a den or teen’s room.
Wire laundry rack for $19.99. I think you could set it out on the back patio or deck on these warm days of summer to let your clothes dry!
These 4-pack of Duracell flashlights are just $11.99 after instant rebate. That works out to $2.99 apiece! Seems like a good deal for camping or maybe a practical stocking stuffer?
This book caught my eye today: Seattle Family Adventures. It has ideas for all sorts of day trips, weekend getaways, and things to do for families in the Seattle area. It was selling for $11.99.
This is actually a workbench, but I think it looks more like an industrial-style hutch or entry way table. It’s $299.99 whatever you choose to use it for.
Costco always has the best selection of delicious, practical cookbooks!
Rice cooker/multi cooker for just $24.99 after instant rebate.
This mood light with soothing sounds alarm clock is totally my daughter’s style! I need to pick one up for her.
All-in-one mesh desk organizer for $16.99.
Costco was selling these character-themed kids’ backpacks for $13.99.
This Get-Away Overnighter has wheels and a handle. It was $29.99.
How pretty are these pasta bowls? The set includes a larger bowl an 4 smaller serving bowls. Super cute! And, only $19.99.
Ruh-roh. Here comes the Christmas décor, yo!
Women’s maxi dresses for just $9.97.
I think Costco has the very best deals for googles. This set of 3 is $9.97. At my store, these are now towards the back of the store, so I suspect they won’t be in stock much longer. If you still want summer items (think ice chests, camping chairs, solar lights for the garden), I would not wait much longer.
I very, very nearly bought two of these back rests for my kids! They are very soft and just $11.99, so a great deal. However, I certainly did not need them. I’m proud to say that yes, I took them out of my cart and put them back before checking out. It can be so easy to make thoughtless purchases like these, can’t it? I know my kids would’ve enjoyed them, but I also know they have other spaces in their room they can curl up with a good book. Plus, they have other pillows they can prop up.
If I wouldn’t have had a longer errand to run after my Costco visit, I might have easily picked up this Spatchcock Chicken for dinner! It looks really similar to the one I’ve had (and LOVE) at Trader Joe’s. If you’ve tried it, I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Both my kids own Sierra packs we bought here a year ago, and both have held up great!
I think the Five Star Zipper Binders Costco is selling right now are priced well.
I was thinking I’d find Halloween costumes today and I was right. Prices were starting just under $18 at my store.
2-pack headlamps for $19.99 after rebate. My daughter needs these for cross country in the fall. This is a good deal!
Writing essentials kit (contains Expo, Paper-Mate and Sharpie brands) for $11.99.
Samples today were good, but not great. I enjoyed gluten-free bread with jam, Asiago cheese, and Suki’s Chicken Tikka. I’ve certainly had worse (the visit with seaweed and unsweetened almond milk comes to mind), but I’ve also had visits that were out of this world amazing (multiple chocolate samples, for instance). I will say that in my experience samples tend to be better on weekends.
All told, I spent about $48 on today’s trip, which I’m pleased with! In fact, I only purchased 2 items so I didn’t even need to cart them back to the car.
Have you seen or purchased any of the items in my post? Other things you’ve spotted at Costco recently? How do you like to stock up on healthy stuff at Costco – do you go in with any particular plan? Leave a comment below!