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.
Large beach umbrella for $22.99. Funny seeing all this beach and summer stuff while it’s dumping rain here in Western Washington!
Blanket and plush set for $11.99 through 4/15 only. Might make a fun little Easter gift?
Huge, 4-gallon blueberry bushes for $19.99. My store had tons of additional garden plants and trees available!
5-piece mixing bowls with lids. I love that these have pour spouts on them. They’d be great for mixing up pancake or muffin batter!
Costco always seems to have the prettiest serving bowls! These were selling for $13.99.
Great deal right now on Cetaphil skin cleanser! You get 2 20-ounce pump bottles plus a 4 ounce bottle (perfect for traveling!) for just $15.49 after instant manufacturer’s rebate.
They also had a similar deal on the Cetaphil moisture lotion. Pay just $14.49 after instant rebate for 2 2-ounce bottles and one 4 ounce bottle. Both rebate offers are good through April 28th, so you’ve got a couple weeks to hop on over to your Costco store!
Dash Cam for just $79.99 after instant rebate. I think this one only lasts a couple more days, so I’d urge you to hightail it over to your store if you’re interested! This seems like a good price to me, and I’ve been thinking of getting a dash cam for awhile.
My store still has a nice assortment of Easter treats available, including these baskets for $19.99.
Girls’ Easter dresses starting at just $16.99.
I found this featured gift card deal near the checkout area of my Federal Way store. It’s good for 2 rounds of golf at Auburn Golf Course for $44.99.
Hi-Chew candy on instant rebate for $6.39. My family loves these! They are perhaps a little too good. We recently worked our way through a bag, so I decided to pass today. However, this is a really good price.
Cascade Mountain Tech 3-pack Mini Lanterns for just $14.99 after instant rebate (through 4/14 only).
Make all the other soccer parents jealous on the sidelines when you show up with this anti-gravity lounger. It’s $64.99.
Seattle Mariner’s baseball caps for just $10.99.
This is the best price I’ve seen Costco put these large memory foam roll-out loungers! Just $47.99 after instant savings! I guess the idea is to have a soft space to lay on to watch TV or what have you.
2-pack waterproof lanterns for $39.99.
Pack of 2 pet food/water bowls for $21.69.
Don’t forget that Costco is a great place to order pizza! You get a huge 18″ whole pizza in combo, pepperoni or cheese for just $9.95. This seems like a really good deal to me, and I’m going to be ordering some for my son’s birthday party this weekend.
These quick shelters are selling for $42.99 and would be great for the beach. But I also think they’d be great for hot summer soccer tournaments when you’re stuck in the middle of a huge grass field with no shade!
Strivectin award-winning eye cream for $39.99. Looks like it comes with a couple different eye creams. Super curious about this stuff – anyone tried it before?
Women’s 2-pack sleep shirts for $12.99 after instant manufacturer’s rebate.
Giant Sticker Activity Pad for $12.59. There were a few other character themes if My Little Pony ain’t your thing.
Stroopwaffles for $8.99!
Truly Hard Seltzer, 24 cans for $26.99. I did the math – that works out to $1.12 per can.
These are the best umbrellas. I know, because I own two of them. They are huge and work well for both rain and sun. They are sturdy and don’t flip inside out in the wind. I really think that $13.99 is a good deal, though sometimes Costco will put them on rebate for $9.99. Either way, do yourself a favor and pick one (or two) up.
How fun are these unicorn-themed popcorn cones? You get 10 for $9.59. Maybe a fun idea for a birthday party treat?
We own a wagon just like this one. (In fact, we bought it at Costco a few years ago!). Just like the picture on the box indicates, we use it for toting soccer equipment across fields during tournaments. The thing is amazing, well built, and collapses easily enough to fit in the trunk. I want to say it’s around $50.
Last but definitely not least, this 3 piece wine cooler set for $24.99! It comes with two tumblers (and lids) and a cooler large enough to store a bottle of wine. I think this would be a perfect gift for a friend…or maybe just yourself.
Wondering what I spent today? A grand total of $1.50 on a coffee. I really only came to put in the cake order for my son’s birthday party. I’m planning on paying about $50 for the cake and pizza come Sunday. Kind of nuts leaving the store without a receipt to present to the receipt checker!
Looking for more posts in this series, or more Costco love? Check out my Costco page. I’d also love to hear what you’re finding at your Costco store! Leave a comment below.