Once again, it’s time for a new installment of Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco! If you’re just joining me, each month I head to Costco and highlight on the blog stuff that I find interesting, beautiful, delicious, or a combination of these things. Sometimes these items end up being good deals. But a good chunk of these items are highlighted for their simple fact of having caught my eye.
The truth is that many people say they shop at Costco for the cost savings, but very few will admit that they like shopping at Costco just because of the cool stuff they find. This series is a judgment-free zone where you can face facts about how much you love killing time at Costco perusing coffee table books, coffee tables, previously unheard-of small kitchen appliances, and gourmet chocolates in obscenely large quantities.
With that, here are some of the items I found during my trip today.
I recently read a super sweet post about a writer who followed her mom around Costco for shopping tips. One of the things I remembered from the post during my trip today was how much that mom raved about this organic pasta. You get 6 packages for $8.99. I figure, why not? Let’s give it a gander.
I was super excited that Costco was handing out samples of this Ghirardelli Brownie Mix today! Yum! However, the brownie was REALLY stuck to the bottom of the wrapping, so I was only able to get maybe 1-2 good bites. SAD FACE!
Now that it’s February, Costco has decided it’s time to gear up for summer. Look for stuff like sheds, potting soil, gardening supplies, and lawn décor.
32 degrees is at it again. They put out those thermal shirts that I love and have written about on many occasions. Today I found these performance rain jackets for $19.99. They are lightweight and would be excellent for running or other outdoor sports where you don’t want a bulky coat.
Bring on the canopies! This one was $119.99.
Check out this outdoor fountain sphere. It was about $185ish.
I found these two tubs of Jason Coconut Oil for $11.99. This coconut oil is specifically for skin, hair, and nails. I didn’t take the time to look to see what made it different than cooking oil, but it seems like a good deal and worth considering if you use it for beauty reasons.
Wahoo! Headlamps for $22.99 for a 2-pack. This is a great deal. I know, because I needed to buy a headlamp for my daughter for cross country last fall. Besides outdoor running, I know some people like to wear them when working on home or auto projects where extra light is needed.
Girls’ swimwear just $12.49. Last year, we bought a suit here for my daughter and it’s her absolute favorite. This is a fantastic price, and I’d totally stock up (particularly if you have kids in swim lessons).
I found a huge display in the beer and wine section today of all local brews. I liked that they were selling them as a single bottles, so you could try a few different things without committing to a bunch of bottles at once.
I usually purchase a package of new garden gloves like these each year. They are such a good deal! You get 9 pairs for just $7.99 – that works out to $0.88 a pair! And hey – check out the packaging. What an improvement. I really hate those typical Costco-thick cardboard packages with the Costco-thick plastic covers that you have to go at with a hacksaw. Kind of makes me wonder how many ER visits Costco has indirectly caused.
I found an end display of Command hanging products, each for $9.99. They had hooks and picture hangers and such. Might be worth checking out if you are renting or living in a college dorm or somewhere else were putting nails in the wall is not an option.
Lighted tabletop pillars, 3 pack for $49.99. How pretty are these?
I don’t recall if I’ve seen this before: a 2-pack of Olive Garden’s Italian Dressing for $6.99. These are large 24 oz bottles, and grocery stores usually sell 10 oz dressing bottles. This would be the equivalent of roughly $1.40 per grocery-store sized bottle. Seems like a good deal, and for a pretty yummy dressing.
I had a fun moment trying the different pillows at Costco today. I hadn’t planned on purchasing pillows today, but I’ll tell you – I came very close to! Costco makes all the soft things.
The coolers are coming!
I found these adventure camera backpacks near the cameras in electronics today. I believe I found them a month or two ago, but in the luggage section. This is something to note about Costco in case you’ve not noticed: they like to move stuff around. Keep you on your toes.
Huge container of organic ginger root for $5.99. Over the past few months, I’ve really upped my ginger intake. Not for any health reasons, just because I realize it’s pretty much awesome. I’m a fan of ginger candy, ginger chews, and ginger tea. I decided to take this container home to make some of my homemade concoctions.
I own a NeilMed sinus rinse just like this one and LOVE it. It’s helped me through a number of colds and allergy seasons. This seems like a particularly good deal to me: you get 2 bottles plus 250 packets of the rinse and a travel size mister for $18.99.
Costco’s selling this 6-pack of Burpee organic seeds for $7.99. That works out to $1.33 per pack, which is a solid price for organic seeds. There are two varieties: salad garden and herb garden.
I don’t know why I haven’t seen this before: 4 pounds of frozen pineapple chunks for $6.89! I think this may be about the very best deal I’ve ever spotted for frozen pineapple, which can get rather spendy.
How cute are these mini cucumbers? Get a sizeable bag for just $4.99. I’m trying to sneak more fresh stuff into my diet, so I picked up a bag of these and my goal is to work my way through them before they go bad.
Get Writer Pens, 100 pack for $19.99. That works out to $0.19 per pen. I *think* there were two of each color, which would make it easy to split up among two kids!
These look really tasty! Don Lee Farms Organic Veggie Bowls. You get 6 10-oz bowls for $14.99 ($2.49 each). If you’ve tried these, I’d love to know what you think.
Here’s another thing I picked up today, based on friends’ recommendation: a large bag of Organic Cauliflower Rice for $3.99. I’d love some ideas for what to do with it. What’s your favorite way to cook it?
Ready to see what I spent?
So yeah, today was a spendier day of $193.33. A good chunk of this was an external hard drive which I needed to purchase. Other than that, I bought a fair amount of produce and grocery items along with my favorite huge box of Epsom salt.
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!