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.
#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!
#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).
#3. LED Shop Light ($34.99). Seriously, I think Costco is becoming our go-to source for lighting! We reported on these LED Shop Lights for $34.99 and many of you were excited about this price, too. Not only is it a good deal, they work fantastic. We purchased several for our garage. As of yesterday, these were also still in stock at our local Costco.
#4. Cosmos Creations Salted Caramel Corn ($6.89). I discovered these caramel corn thanks to a friend and I’m hooked! I also tried the pumpkin spice version, but greatly prefer the caramel corn flavor. Recently, my parents have gotten me addicted to another version of popcorn Costco sells called Chicago Blend that is a mix of cheddar and caramel corn. (I *had* to pick some up during yesterday’s trip, of course!)
#5. Macaroni & Cheese (price varies). Costco makes the most amazing trays of macaroni and cheese! I like to add sausage (like a chicken and apple version) and some frozen veggies. So good. So not low in calories.
#6. Sports Cart (I forget the price – maybe $35-45?). We bought this on a complete whim. I didn’t even do a proper write-up about it! But turns out this little sports cart has been handy. We bring it with us during soccer games and tournaments to haul equipment such as our camping chairs, canopy, and sports drinks.
#7. 6-pack of Gardening Gloves ($6.99 with coupon). I have purchased this item twice now – what can I say? I’m a notorious glove loser. These gloves are cheap, but they work great. I just pulled out another pair the other day to do some much needed garden work. No doubt I’ll be purchasing another pack come spring.
#8. Adidas Track Jackets ($16.99). Back in the spring, my husband and I noticed that Costco actually sells a fair amount of Adidas-brand activewear for kids. And the prices are *really* good. We ended up buying my son a couple of these track jackets. We also purchased a track suit for my daughter. Last I checked, Costco still has these items in stock in the children’s apparel section.
#9. Chocolate Cake ($16.99). Don’t be deceived by the looks of this cake! It can easily feed a huge crowd. Case in point: I purchased it for my Christmas Eve gathering and I served it to my party there, brought the leftovers to my parents’ house on Christmas Day and continued to enjoy leftovers for several days afterwards. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted. Very decadent and delicious. It’s an incredible deal for $16.99!
#10. Weather Station ($59.99 with coupon). I first shared this personal weather station back in January. To be honest, I thought it was kind of silly. Why on earth would you need this? Just Google the weather people! Or look outside! But several of you attested that this gizmo was pretty cool. And then my husband spotted it during a Costco trip this fall. Guess what? I bought it for him as a Christmas gift and he loved it. Turns out, it is pretty cool. We can see the temperature inside and outside our home. We can track the wind speeds at our house, and rainfall. It tracks records and makes predictions. Once again, I discovered something I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco.
I sure hope you’ve enjoyed my Costco updates this year. I have a ton of fun putting this series together and can assure you, I will continue it in 2016! For all past editions of this series, visit my Costco page.
Now it’s your turn: what’s the best thing you found at Costco in 2015?