Oh Costco. The place we say we like to shop to save big money… and yet, simultaneously it’s the place we end up spending big money. How does this happen? Quite simply it’s because we get to Costco and see all the things we’ve thought about buying at some point, or things we didn’t know we needed until that moment.
This blog series is a triumphal celebration of all those things. No shame. No judgment. Just pure Costco delights. With that, here’s March’s installment.
End of March is pretty much the same as middle of summer for Costco. My store had all kinds of umbrellas and plants and pool inflatables.
Proof that Costco has everything and the kitchen sink (ba dum dum…ching!).
We found this cool little shoe organizer for $29.99 on an end display. We liked that it had a couple bins you could use to store hats, gloves, or other small items. We took measurements to see if it would fit in our hall closet.
Costco had a number of portable speakers in the electronics section of the store. We liked this one for $99.99, which would be suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Vermont Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 pack of 32 ounces each for $6.49. Seems like a pretty good deal to me.
I’ve seen this Waterpik Showerhead several times now. We didn’t end up with it, but I looked longingly after it.
I think this “Chillax” portable hammock would make an excellent gift for someone (or maybe just yourself). It’s $29.99.
Costco was selling this Stoneycreek kids’ playhouse for $299.99. As we’ll go through this post, you’ll see this trip includes several other “playhouse” options.
Memory Foam Comfort Lounger for $64.99. Good for lounging on the floor in front of the TV when you don’t want to sit on your couch or have a lot of guests over.
I love these sweet vintage-style bubble umbrellas! This one is $15.99.
I’ve thought of replacing our toilet seats at some point. It’d be a lot easier (and cheaper) than replacing entire toilets. Plus, it’d give you a fresh new start for spring.
I think this is such a great deal, and it seems to pop up every year… get a set of 3 Speedo swimming goggles for just $14.99. This works out to $4.99 each. We always seem to lose or break goggles, so this would be a good deal for us.
My husband had his eye on this ladder we found for $179.99. I guess it’s a really good one. Anyone own it?
I love these cute colored bowls! The set of 4 of them is $14.99. They seemed to be a good size for serving up side dishes or bread or appetizers.
These Sharpies sets included 25 markers (either black or colors) for $13.49. That works out to $0.54 per marker. I’d consider that a solid deal, particularly at this time of the year. (We normally find the best deals during back to school shopping season.)
Set of 6 Crème Brulee for $9.99. That works out to $1.67 each. Crème Brulee is one of my favorite desserts! Have you tried this kind?
Pretty nice selection of Easter dresses for $19.99.
‘Tis the season for patio furniture at Costco. (Just insert drink.)
These Chinese Pork Buns caught our eye at the store! We totally bought them. My husband tried them and he said they were good. I like that you can just heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds.
I’d heard that Costco has been offering chicken coops lately and sure enough, I found this one for $469.99 at my store. This is “playhouse” 2 in the series of 3 playhouses for this post.
And here is playhouse #3. It’s a shed, yes. But on the side of the shed, it lists other possible “uses” including a yoga studio, workspace, and art room. I think it could also be a mommy hideout. Just stock it with books, wine, and candles. So there you go: kids’ playhouse, chicken playhouse, and mommy playhouse.
I always love looking at all the prepared meals in the refrigerated section. Today I found pork, chicken enchiladas, and stuffed peppers. I ended up buying a ravioli and lasagna for dinner and it was excellent!
This is the problem when you shop hungry at Costco….
Toy lawnmower at Costco for $14.99.
Pack of 12 gloves for $8.99. These look like they’d make good work gloves for cleaning up the garage, repairing the car, or working in the yard.
Huge US Flag with mounting pole for $29.99. That seems like a great price!
We found these buckets of 72 hour food supply on and end cap in the grocery section for $39.99. Each bucket contains 3 days’ worth of food for 4 people. Each day’s meals contains 2,100 calories. We ended up buying two buckets. Not something that was on our list today, to be sure, but something we’ve wanted to get. (SEE?! This is the kind of Costco purchase I’m talking about.)
I didn’t see an expiration date on the buckets, so I called the company and was told the shelf life was 15-20 years and will keep the best if you keep the bucket in a cool, dry place, out of the sun, and up off the floor.
Set of 3 grill sheets for $19.99. I guess this keeps your grill nice and tidy. It seems like it’d also be good to grill small items (such as shrimp or cut veggies) that may easily fall through a grill’s grates.
Ninja Coffee Bar Glass Carafe System for $159.99. Looks fancy!
Today was a pretty good sample day at Costco, particularly so because it was a Wednesday afternoon. (I usually see the best sample days happen on busy weekends). I had Chicago Mix Popcorn (one of my favorite treats!), honey, Tillamook cheddar cheese, chips, and some delicious hashbrowns with bacon mixed in (genius combination, guys!).
Set of 2 power chargers for $29.99. That works out to $14.99 per charger. Seems like a good price to me!
I always love these 32 Degrees shirts! Right now, they have 2-packs of mens’ and women’s tees for $7.99. I own these and find them to be great workout shirts.
This is a moment of classic Costco contemplation… “I didn’t come for this item, but it could be handy… I think I know where I could put it… do I buy it? Do I wait? Do I really need this item?”
This is a set of 25 all-occasion cards for $17.99. I always think it’s nice to have cards on hand as opposed to buying them every time you need them. This would work out to just $0.72 per card – great deal!
Today was not a cheap day at Costco as our bill topped $200 (thanks mostly to the unplanned for 72-hour food supply budget). I’m not going to sit here and justify the cost, it just is what it is! Sometimes, Costco happens.
For more posts in this series, please see my Costco page.
Now it’s your turn: have you recently spotted (or purchased) any of these items at Costco recently? What other items (deals or not) have you taken home recently? I’d love to hear your Costco stories! Leave a comment below