A couple years ago, I came to a conclusion about Costco. Many of us we say we shop there for the good deals, but the truth is that we often leave the store with gads of stuff we hadn’t planned on buying. Sure, these things may be useful, budget-friendly, and super cool – but they are impulse purchases and deep down, we know it.
I decided it was time that we just come clean about our obsession with Costco. No more justifications to ourselves or others about why we shop at Costco or what we buy there. Let’s own it. Enjoy it. Let it be what it is. Hence, this monthly blog series that I call Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco was born. To-date, it’s my most popular blog series ever at The Coupon Project. (So apparently, I’m not the only one that feels this way about Costco!)
I had some time to kill before an appointment today, so I decided to tackle this month’s Costco post a little early. (Why not?) Here’s what stood out to me today:
I’ve shared these 2-pack of photo albums before, but I thought I’d mention them again because I think they are a great deal! You get 2 for $19.99. Over the course of the past several months, I’ve purchased 4 of these sets. One of my 2016 goals (that I’m still working on!) is to organize all our family’s photos.
These succulent gardens are $19.99. And yes, they are real!
Power Pulse Massage Shower head for $29.99 after instant rebate. Has anyone here purchased and installed one of these? I was super tempted to buy this today, but was curious if it delivers on the “2x massage force” it promises. Thoughts?
I love Oregon Chai, and this is definitely not a bad price! There are 3 in a package for $7.89. That works out to $2.63. Sometimes, we can find prices slightly lower than that with store sales and coupons, but this isn’t a bad way to go either.
OK these snack packs are totally cute. Yes, yes, I get that you could assemble your own carrots, grapes & cheese with pretzels for less than $4.89, but if you’re short on time or imagination, this may be the ticket for you.
I purchased a couple of these 32º shirts last year at Costco. They are a great deal for only $8.99 (and I believe I even got mine for lower than that during an instant rebate promotion). I’ve used them as a base layer for winter running as well as for times I’m standing out in the cold watching soccer games.
I totally bought this myself: it’s a 12-pack of Annie’s Organic Macaroni & Cheese for $9.99 after instant rebate. That works out to $0.83 per box. I consider $1 or less a good stock-up price for this brand – and I *believe* the organic version is usually spendier, too!
The Fair ends on Sunday, but on the chance you’re planning to go – you might consider popping by Costco first for this deal. For $34.99, you get 2 FunCards. Each FunCard is worth 5 Rides or Games. This is a cost savings of what you’ll pay at the Fair. (However, in my book, the rides are still way overpriced!)
All told, I spent $85 today (including tax) on 2 album sets, coconut water, and some snacks for school lunches. Not bad, since I consider leaving Costco having spent $100 or less a victory.
For more Costco deals and past posts in this series, please see my Costco page.
Now it’s your turn: have you seen (or purchased) any of the items shared on my post today yourself? What did you think? Any other Costco-related stories, tips, or questions you’d like to add? Leave a comment below.