I managed to get out of Pelican Pools without buying even one pool toy. I've never done that. I love toys! I did hold onto this cute little battery operated pink and purple seahorse that would swim underwater around the pool and I thought Devan would like it (me too) ...but I didn't get it. Then I was fondling a water basketball display...but I walked away and then I noticed there are these cool underwater lights for above ground pools but quickly averted my eyes. It did hold this weighted ring toss game but put it back and managed to make the great escape to the register to pay for the pool supplies. I am not working and right now can not justify these things. Besides, I have been putting my money toward something else and hope to again soon. Anyway, the pool chemicals came to $70.00 and that was enough in that store.
But then the first thing I picked up at Costco right by the entrance was a foam raft for $39.00, which took up a lot of space in the carriage.
Before I say another word...I just have one word to say...BLUEBERRIES! (Sunny Ridge Farm) If you like blueberries...you must go to Costco and buy these blueberries! For those of you in this area...I went to the Wharton Costco. Oh my gosh...these are the BEST blueberries I have ever had in my life from a store! 32oz of excellent, firm sweet blueberries for 7.99! EXCELLENT price!
4lbs of big sweet, succulent strawberries $6.99 (Short and Sweet brand) I had one for breakfast that was a big as a kiwi!
Large raspberries- 120z $3.49. These are good but could be just a little sweeter. Good price and I would buy them again.
5lbs Organic baby carrots- 5.59 (Terrific price!) No matter where I am I only buy organic carrots because they always taste good. I have found that other carrots usually don't taste as good and you can taste the pesticides. I wish I could buy all organic but too expensive. A friend recently told me about a local store that only sells organic food. I will check it out but I know not economically feasible at this point in time.
Here are some other things that I usually buy:
Costco's ground round- good price and quality. It was $2.49 lb.. Cheaper anywhere else? Maybe, but again the quality and always fresh! Six pound package that I break up and store in freezer bags.
This is my favorite frozen pizza! Palermo's primo thin Magherita pizza. (Company promo states-The Margherita begins with a robust tomato sauce on our all-natural, ultra-thin crispy crust. It’s then topped with a deliciously garlicky mixture of diced tomatoes, a medley of Mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano cheeses and a sprinkling of parsley. I LOVE vegetables on pizza or in sandwiches!
Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips with stone ground corn, high oleic sunflower oil and/or saflower oil, brown rice flour, flax seeds, Turbinado cane sugar, oat fiber, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and quinoa, soy flour and sea salt. Just a hint of salt and you can taste the flavor of the seeds and grains. Kind of a cross between a cracker and a chip. Younger son and I really like these. husband doesn't consider these food because they aren't enriched wheat/white flour, over salted and almost totally artificial with food dyes. Great with toppings.
Hannah Bruschetta! Good ingredients, great flavor- we all like it!
I am not a fan of prepackaged salads and washed them even though the directions said you don't have to...maybe they still do ...I don't know. I am cautious with food products. This really is good though.
I decided to try something new and purchased La Maison Blueberry Pomegranate salad dressing. I tasted it last night and it's so good that I could just suck it off the spoon sans salad! It would also be good as a light dip. I also purchased one of those large plastic containers of mixed greens. It seems that once you open one of them, it is the salad greens that keep on giving. It must be compressed in there. One of my favorite summer dinners is grilled chicken cutlets over salad greens with balsamic vinegar. I could have that every night!
We all know you can get some bargains at these stores. But you also have to know your products/sizes and use everything before spoilage or you are wasting money.
I also got a huge bag of fresh chopped broccoli for $4.99, 3 lbs of walnuts, eggs and also an almost 2.50 lb block of feta cheese at great prices too. Just have to make sure they are stored properly.
Oh and one of my favorite products to buy down there is Kirkland paper towels. They tear off easily, absorb well and are strong. A little goes a long way with a roll of these towels! I wish they had pretty or cute prints like Bounty and some others and sometimes I'll splurge on a holiday or summer print...but seriously...no contest with cost effectiveness. My husband will come home with the cheapest paper towels and with a few drops of water, they shrivel up to nothing, fall apart and can not be counted on for a tough job no matter how many you wad together. I think they end up costing more in the end.
Just a couple more products- Kirlkand stir fry vegetables.
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Baby Corn
- Portabella Mushrooms
- Water Chestnuts
- Red Bell Pepper
- Yellow Bell Pepper
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Green Onions
One of my favorite Christmas items is a box of Anthon Berg chocolate liqueur bottles. 80 per box. I sometimes put a bunch of individual bottles in with Christmas presents. One of my Urodocs' staff told me before Christmas how much they all enjoyed them the previous year and so I made sure to put extra bottles in this past year's Christmas basket for them. It made me smile to know how much they appreciated it. :)
I will stop with show and tell now. :)
I did get other products, but like I said I was a good girl and stayed away from the books and all the other normally tempting items. I did pick up a large pack of beautiful New Guinea impatients (pink) but put them back. They will look exquisite in someone's garden. :)
When I got down to the register I did decide to put the foam raft back too because really we have a lot of pool stuff and it wasn't necessary. Ha! Keeping that big box in the carriage kept me from over filling the cart. :)
Funny how you don't realize how much you bought until you have to fit it all in the car. It all looks smaller in a big store! I had to fit my mother's items and my items in with the pool supplies I forgot were already in the back. However...where there is a will there is a way...you just have to get a little creative. :)
Do you have favorite items you like to purchase?
I am open to suggestions. :)