February 18th, 2014
The Costco pork taquitos showed up in the deli a couple weeks ago and I just had to try them. I am a big fan of any new item at Costco, but especially when it’s food and even more so, when it’s Mexican food. For around $10 you get 6 whole taquitos cut in half, making 12 pieces. The taquitos are about an inch in diameter, which means they are much larger than the tiny taquitos sold in the frozen section. Each tray comes with two salsas to dip your taquitos into. On average, a tray is about 2 pounds of food for $4.59/lb.
Two of us had the pork taquitos for dinner and were pretty full, which makes sense considering we each ate about a pound of taquitos. They are very filling, with a lot of meat in them. Another way to put it would be that they’re pretty hearty. I also really enjoyed the flavor of them. They were not bland, with the meat having a nice flavoring to it, and the flour tortilla shell was very nice. The instructions say to bake for 30-40 minutes, and we baked for 42 minutes. Still, they didn’t get as crispy as I would have liked. Next time I would try broiling for a couple minutes at the end. The salsa on the other hand was not very good. Neither of us liked it, and ended up dipping in another salsa instead. Hard to describe what it was about the salsa we didn’t like, but it was also on the spicier side. The label says it has fire-roasted tomatoes and jalapeno peppers in it. Overall, I was happy with what I got for the price, it was simple to prepare, and will get it again some time. Not something I’ll eat every week, but perhaps once a month. Have you tried it yet? What did you think?
January 24th, 2014
Just arrived is next weeks February 2014 Costco Coupon Book. Clicking the link above will allow you to view, download, and print the coupons if you’d like to. The January 2014 Costco Coupon Book is valid through Sunday the 26th, and the February coupons begin the following Thursday. One very interesting thing is that besides the tire and optical coupon, there are only 6 items that require a coupon, and they are all Proctor and Gamble products. So, that tells us that Costco would prefer that all products be Instant Savings and not require a coupon, but some manufacturers require Costco to require a coupon. However, not all P&G products in the book require a coupon, so perhaps only certain divisions of the company. Lastly, you’ll see on the last page of the coupon book that Proctor and Gamble is offering a $20 Costco cash card when you spend $100 on P&G products at Costco during February and March. I see that as being difficult to achieve unless you buy something like a Braun electric razor or Iams dog food.
This coupon book seems to be much better than last months. There are quite a few items that people are excited about. The Sonicare FlexCare two pack plus UV sanitizer and travel accessories is a great deal at $30 off. Also, the Duracell batteries are not on sale that often, and definitely better than the Kirkland Signature equivalent. The Mobil 1 motor oil is a great price after coupon at $10 off. As for myself, I will likely only get Airborne, since I am low and do feel that it has worked really well when I’ve taken it. I’m also surprised there’s only one TV in the coupon book that runs during the Super Bowl. I’ve always heard a lot of people buy TVs during this time of year, but maybe that’s not true. The tire coupon is once again Michelin, so I’m predicting March will be Bridgestone.
You can download the Costco app if you didn’t get the coupon book mailed to you, and show the cashier your coupons from your phone. Also, at some locations the cashier will have the coupons already and automatically scan it for you. I heard they are getting more strict on this though. These coupons will not work in store, as you need the barcode. Remember, the booklet says that additional books will NOT be available at the warehouse, which is a change from the past. If you’d like to be notified as soon as deals come up, make sure to subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter! Have you tried any of the items in this coupon book? What did you think? Click Read More to see a full list of items below.
December 25th, 2013
As is common for Costco over the end of December, there is no coupon book during the holidays. The next one is the January 2014 Costco Coupon Book, which runs from January 2nd to January 26th. Clicking the link above will allow you to view, download, and print the coupons if you’d like to. I suppose all of the discounts Costco offered during the Black Friday weekend make up for the fact that there were 2.5 weeks between coupons. While the majority of discounts are Instant Savings which require no coupon book or app, there are still about 20 items that do require a book or app. The blue arrow will tell you if the item requires the book or app or not. Remember, the booklet says that additional books will NOT be available at the warehouse, which is a change from the past. If you’d like to be notified as soon as deals come up, make sure to subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
Besides the standard in-store coupons there are also 3 pages of Online-Only offers and two pages of Costco Travel deals. Overall, it seems as though people aren’t that excited about this coupon book. The only things I’ve seen chatter about are the Kirkland Signature chicken alfredo with penne and the Oral-B toothbrushes. Not much else seems very exciting. As for myself, I might get the Special K bars and I like the Pierre grilled chicken sandwiches. I’ll often add bbq sauce and avocado to them to make quite a tasty sandwich for lunch. Since the last two coupon books were Bridgestone it makes sense that this one is Michelin. I recently got new Bridgestone tires on my car from Costco and am quite happy with them.
You can download the Costco app if you didn’t get the coupon book mailed to you, and show the cashier your coupons from your phone. Also, at some locations the cashier will have the coupons already and automatically scan it for you. I heard they are getting more strict on this though. These coupons will not work in store, as you need the barcode. Have you tried any of the items in this coupon book? What did you think?
November 28th, 2013
It is hard to fathom that Costco would mark down a lot of items and not advertise that they did so, but that’s exactly how they operate around Black Friday. Here is a list of most of the unadvertised marked down items. This will vary slightly from store to store. There are also the Costco Black Friday TV deals and the December coupon book that are both valid during this time, as well as the standard Black Friday ad that has been passed out at the door for the last couple of weeks.
- Photoshop Elements 12 (Costco Special Edition) $50
- 2 Handset Digital DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone $30
- 151 Environmental Speakers $135
- Cinemate II Digital 2.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System $440
- Companion 3 Series II Speaker System $180
- On-Ear Headphones $100
- Soundlink Mobile Bluetooth Speaker $250
- 5.1 Home Theater Bundle (DHT-E251BA) $450
- MFC 8810DW Multi-Function Laser Printer $350
- 70D DSLR (2 Lens & Accessories/WiFi Bundle) $1400
- SL1 DSLR (2 Lens & Accessories Bundle) $800
- T5i DSLR (2 Lens & Accessories Bundle) $950
- SX-510HS Camera Bundle $230
- ZX600B103 60″ carbon fiber tripod $80
- OfficeJet 8600 Pro Plus E $220
- BIG Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $230
- Jambox Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker $95
- Wireless Solar Keyboard & Mouse (MK750) $60
- D7100 (18-200mm VRII Lens & Accessories/WiFi Bundle) <Item #748642>
- D5200 (2 Lens & Accessories/WiFi Bundle) $1000
- J3 (2 Lens & Accessories Bundle) $500
- S9500 Camera Bundle <Item #746510>
- S6500 Camera Bundle <Item #746496>
- AW110 Waterproof Camera Bundle <Item #746497>
- ZS25 16MP MOS, 20x Zoom, 16gb card, case <Item #743391>
- Roku 3 w/ Motion Remote $85 ***This deal expires 11/30/13***
- 2.1 Channel Soundbar (HW-FM55C) $270
- Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera (NX2000) (2 Lens & Accessories/WiFi Bundle) <Item #920009>
- Surveillance System (10 Cameras w/ 1TB DVR) (SDS-P5101) $600
- 4TB Backup Plus Desktop External HDD <Item #695080>
- 7.2 Channel WiFi & Bluetooth Home Theater Receiver (STR-DN1030) <Item #771030>
- Dual On-The-Go Portable Rechargeable Battery Bundle (w/ Bonus Pocket Charger/2 Micro USB Cables & AC Adapter) $80
- Triad Slim Case w/ Stylus (For Galaxy 3 10.1” Tablet) $19
- 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable HDD $110
- 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver (TSR-6750WA)
November 27th, 2013
While it took some work, I was able to acquire the 2013 list of Black Friday TV deals at Costco. I mentioned last week when I posted the 2013 Black Friday ad that much like last year there would be a bunch of televisions that would be on sale over Thanksgiving weekend, although unadvertised. It doesn’t make sense to me as to why Costco would not advertise these great deals, except maybe they’re hoping the anticipation and hype will draw shoppers in clamoring for the unknown. I’ve also posted the non-tv unadvertised Black Friday deals as well. The only way to know what items are deals are to look at the price tags and look for Manufacturer’s Instant Rebates. The bottom right of the price tag will have a print date on it, most likely it should be 11/24/13. Another older print date would imply that the deal has been out for longer and is probably not one of the Black Friday TV specials that started November 24th. A lot of these deals are also available on Costco.com, but then you’d have to pay about $80 for shipping. The advantage to buying a TV at Costco is that it comes with a 2 year warranty, which includes awesome tech support, you can buy a SquareTrade warranty for up to an additional 3 years if you’d like, and you can return it within 90 days if you decide you don’t like it. As a reminder, these deals are live now, so no need to wait until Black Friday. I’ve also linked to the Costco.com pages so you can see the specs on the TV when available.
55” Class Smart LED TV (SP55MC)
37” Class LED TV (EM37T)
$299 $249 ***This deal expires 11/29/13***
47” Class Smart LED TV (47LN5750) $599
75” Class Smart LED TV (UN75F6300A)
65” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (UN65F7050A)
65” Class Smart LED TV (UN65F6350A)
60” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (UN60F7050A)
60” Class Smart LED TV (UN60F6350A)
60” Class LED TV (UN60FH6003)
55” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (UN55F7050A)
55” Class Smart LED TV (UN55F6350A)
55” Class LED TV (UN55FH6003)
50” Class Smart LED TV (UN50F6350A)
46” Class Smart LED TV (UN46F6350A)
40” Class Smart LED TV (UN40EH5300)
39” Class LED TV (UN39FH5000)
32” Class Smart LED TV (UN32EH5300) $294
32” Class LED TV (UN32EH4003) $224
27” Class LED TV/Monitor (T27B350) $199
23” Computer Monitor (S23C570HS) $149
80” Class Smart LED TV (LC-80LE642)
70” Class Smart LED TV (LC-70C6500U)
70” Class Smart LED TV (KDL-70R520A)
60” Class Smart LED TV (KDL-60R520A)
40” Class LED TV (KDL-40R450A)
80” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (M801D-A3)
70” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (M701D-A3)
65” Class Smart LED TV (E650I-A2) $1179 ***This deal expires 11/30/13***
55” Class 3D 240Hz Smart LED TV (M551D-A2)
November 22nd, 2013
Valid starting today is the December 2013 Costco Coupon Book. Clicking the link above will allow you to view, download, and print the coupons if you’d like to. It will be valid from November 21st to December 15th. What is interesting is that the Costco coupons this week ended Wednesday for the November coupons and start Thursday for the December coupons. There are no days between the two. This coupon book also complements the Black Friday deals that start that Friday of Thanksgiving week (11/29/2013). That goes along with the Black Friday weekend unadvertised deals and TV deals. While most of the items on sale don’t require any coupon, some will have a blue arrow at the top of them, which means you need the booklet or app to get the discount. Remember, the booklet says that additional books will NOT be available at the warehouse, which is a change from the past. If you’d like to be notified as soon as deals come up, make sure to subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
For the second month in a row the coupon book has all the in-store coupons as Instant Savings, and there are three coupons that require a separate coupon (has the blue arrow). There are four pages of Online-Only offers. Once again you’ll probably be disappointed after looking through this coupon book. There aren’t that many great deals, nor much to be excited about. Quite a few items would make good Christmas gifts. 26 items are Televisions and Computers, which is a lot. There are also a lot of other electronics to round out the coupon book. The Disney DVD’s always make good gifts as well. As for myself, there are no items that I think I will be picking up. For the second month in a row the tire coupon is for Bridgestone. Expect Michelin next month.
You can download the Costco app if you didn’t get the coupon book mailed to you, and show the cashier your coupons from your phone. Also, at some locations the cashier will have the coupons already and automatically scan it for you. I heard they are getting more strict on this though. These coupons will not work in store, as you need the barcode. Read more if you’d like to see a list of items and their after coupon prices. Have you tried any of the items in this coupon book? What did you think?
November 15th, 2013
The most popular Costco ad of the year is now available for your viewing pleasure. The 2013 Costco Black Friday Ad is available to see, print, or download from this link. The first page of deals is valid from November 24th to December 2nd, while the other 8 pages are valid only on Black Friday weekend (November 29th to December 1st). Pages 2-5 are in store coupons while pages 6-9 are online-only offers. No deal requires an actual coupon, all deals are what Costco calls “Instant Savings”. The December coupon book will also be valid over this time period if you’d like to use those coupons as well.
It is weird that the first page advertises “Instant Savings on Samsung TVs” yet there are no TVs in the ad. Costco did something similar last year and had a bunch of TV deals that were unadvertised. I expect another circular that includes TV deals. I will post those coupons as soon as I get them. Also, the December coupon book begins November 21st, so there are some deals in there that overlap with Black Friday. Costco will open at 9am for Black Friday. Some stores will open early, with hours from 8:30am to 8:30pm. I would suggest calling your stores membership department to confirm what time they’re opening that day.
There are actually not a lot of great deals in this ad scan. Many prices are on par with Amazon and other retailers. The best deal may be the Dyson DC50, which after $100 off, should be around $299. The HP Envy TouchSmart 15.6″ Laptop for $799 after coupon is also a pretty good deal. Besides that, people like the Samsung Sound Bar, the Nikon D3200, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. However, it sounds like you can pickup the Galaxy Tab 3 at that price at any retailer on Black Friday. Also, don’t forget you get a free Costco Cookbook on Black Friday. These usually run out by mid-day on Saturday, so make sure to stop by and pick one up!
November 12th, 2013
Many of you may be wondering how many calories there are in the delectable BBQ beef brisket sandwich found in the food court of Costco. The good news is that it’s less than the Turkey and Provolone sandwich, the Carne Asada bake, and the Chicken Bake. The beef brisket sandwich has 710 calories in it. The rest of the nutrition facts are as follows:
- 710 Calories
- 33 g Fat (total)
- 11 g Saturated Fat
- 9 g Polyunsaturated Fat
- 12 g Monounsaturated Fat
- 1 g Trans Fat
- 75 mg Cholesterol
- 1,630 mg Sodium
- 0 mg Potassium
- 76 g Total Carbs
- 2 g Dietary Fiber
- 40 g Sugars
- 28 g Protein
What do you think? Are these numbers about what you’d expect from the sandwich? I know when I took off the paper wrapping and saw that it was stained with grease/fat I figured the sandwich was going to not be that great for me. If you want to know what others think of the sandwich, read the BBQ beef brisket sandwich reviews. Also, I have a list of which locations carry the sandwich if you’re curious.
November 12th, 2013
These Costco locations are confirmed to have the new BBQ beef brisket sandwich in their food courts:
- Burbank, CA
- Citrus Heights, CA
- Concord, CA
- Danville, CA
- Gilroy, CA
- Huntington Beach, CA
- Laguna Niguel, CA (Cabot Rd.)
- Merced, CA
- Sacramento, CA
- Honolulu, HI (Iwilei)
- Kailua-Kona, HI
- Bloomingdale, IL
- Lake in the Hills, IL
- Ann Arbor, MI (Pittsfield)
- Auburn Hills, MI
- Burlington, WA
- Covington, WA
- Tacoma, WA
- Grafton, WI
- Pewaukee, WI
- Sun Prairie, WI
Does your Costco have the sandwich and it’s not listed? Leave a comment letting us know!
Costco BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich Nutrition Facts and Calories
Costco BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich Reviews <— Coming Soon!