Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (May ’19 Edition)

It’s time for another monthly installment of one of my most popular blog series, Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco! The concept behind this series is really simple: I just feature items that strike my fancy while wandering the aisles of Costco. Some of these are definitely good deals, but many are just things that catch my eye.

Without any further delay, here are the items I noticed during my trip today:

Sun Protection Hats, $13.99. They had both men and women’s styles.

Super cool camping chair for $29.99. This would be perfect for sitting ’round the fire!

And here’s the portable campfire you can use! Through June 7th only, it’s $73.99 after instant manufacturer rebate.

This is what really brought me into Costco today. It’s the American Chocolate Cake and it’s a complete steal at $16.99. The thing is huge I swear, it could feed 40-50 guests. It’s also the most delicious chocolate cake in the world. So naturally, my daughter wanted it for her birthday! 

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9 Tips for Shopping Costco Like a Pro

After writing about Costco shopping for several years, and fielding comments and insights from readers, I’ve decided to compile a list of my very favorite pro tips for shopping Costco.

White Chicken Chili made with Costco chicken!

Tip #1: Don’t leave without a Rotisserie Chicken. 

I recently saw an article circulating on Facebook about why you should just make your own roast chicken at home, but I absolutely beg to differ. The roast chicken at Costco is huge, perfectly cooked and only $4.99. That chicken is easily one of the best deals in the store! While you can certainly eat it as is, it’s also a great base for many recipes, such as this White Chicken Chili.

Cart = more room for STUFF.

Tip #2: If you are on a mission to buy one or two items, skip the shopping cart. 

Costco can be a great place to find all kinds of stuff you didn’t know you needed. If you are trying to stick to a shopping list and a budget, leave the cart at the front door! Make a beeline for the item you came for (wearing horse blinders through the electronics and housewares may be helpful), grab your item(s) and head for checkout.

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Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco (April ’19 Edition)

It’s time for another installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. If you’re new to these parts, let me give you a quick rundown about why I started this post. A few years ago, I noticed that a lot of people talk about all the money they save and good deals they get at Costco, while simultaneously leaving the store having spent hundreds of dollars and using a freight cart to transport their purchases to their car. So, what’s really going on here, I wondered?

My conclusion: people secretly go to Costco for the stuff. Or maybe they come for the deals and stay for the stuff. Whatever the case, chances are if you’re shopping at Costco, you’re leaving with stuff that wasn’t on your list. Stuff you didn’t know you needed… until you went to Costco.

In no particular order, here are some of these kinds of stuffs I noticed at my Federal Way store yesterday.

Baby Alive doll sets are just $9.99 right now on Instant Manufacturer rebate! I think this only goes through 4/15, but of course – I didn’t take a clear enough picture! (If you know, please leave a comment below.)

As much as I love putting together this post, my main reason for stopping in at Costco today was to put an order in for my son’s birthday cake! They ask for a 24-hour advance notice and they’ll decorate it and write a couple lines of text for no extra charge. It’s delicious cake, feeds 48 people, and is only $18.99 for either vanilla or chocolate! A good deal!

Kids’ beach coverup for $13.99. These are basically like robes that would also work well for home use, or at the swimming pool. 

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Stuff I didn’t know I needed… until I went to Costco (March ’19 Edition)

It’s time again for another monthly installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. I recently was chatting with a new friend about Costco and she remarked, “what is it about Costco that makes it feel so FUN to shop at?”

I have to agree. Unlike other stores you may shop at, there’s always a sense of excitement when you walk into a Costco store. Even if you have your list at hand, you do wonder about the new treasures you might find. There’s a sense of anticipation, and yes – FUN.

Here are some of the items I spotted at the Federal Way store yesterday with my son. These items are being shared in no particular order.

Adidas backpack for $23.99 through April 7th.

Arlo Baby Monitor with Table Wall Stand for $139.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate through April 7th. Isn’t it so sweet how it looks like a rabbit?!

Woah. Check out this fancy Bidet Luxury Seat for $299.99! It even comes with a remote control. Hmmmm.

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