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    Amusing Costco item of the week


    2012 - 11.14

    It definitely used to be the case that Costco only sold huge quantities of things, but that really hasn’t been true for a lot of years now.  Sometimes you still need to buy more than you really want, but usually it’s not by an order of magnitude any more.

    That’s what made this item amusing: Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid.  Okay, not that amusing yet.  It comes in 3.78L jugs, and you need to buy 208 of them!  So that’s 786.24 L in total, because who doesn’t leave there windshield wipers on continuously?

    On the bright side it’s currently on sale for only $395.99 (which is $104 off the regular price of $499.99).

    Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid 208 x 3.78-litre Jugs

    Laurentide -40ºC Windshield Washer Fluid 208 x 3.78-litre Jugs

    AAA Batteries anyone?


    2012 - 09.28

    It’s time to replace some batteries in our cordless phones, which use rechargeable AAA batteries.  So I started looking around for the best prices, and just when I thought I’d found it, I found a better one.

    Looks like the normal price for 4 AAA rechargeables is about $20, at the moment a couple of places have them on sale for $15.  That said, Costco sells a 12 pack for $33 (or $11/4 AAA), by far the best overall deal.  We probably don’t need 12 batteries at the moment, not all of the 5 phones need the batteries replaced.  So thought I’d throw it out there and see if anyone else would like some AAA batteries at the moment, if not we’ll probably still get the 12 pack, but figured we might be able to save someone else some money too…

    Prodige Underwear


    2012 - 09.27

    If there’s anyone else out there who misses the underwear that they used to buy at Costco, you can buy the Prodige Athletik cut boxer briefs at Sears.  They have been on sale during Sears Days (which ends on Sunday) for as much as 40% off ($9.99 regular).

    They also have other styles of Prodige underwear, and in truth pretty much all of the underwear they sell is on sale, so if you like other brands you might find a bargain.

    Costco Deal of the Week: Fineliner


    2012 - 07.11

    Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (12 pack) Pens for $7.79, this are nice pens.  Compared to a 10 pack of the same pens at Staples for $12.26 it becomes obvious how good a deal it is.

    Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 12 pack @ Costco $7.79

    Also on the chopping block with a .97 price is the Oxo Mandoline currently going for $19.97… I think I’ll wait and see if it goes down another $5-10 before picking one up (even though it’s already at half the MSRP).

     

    New Printer


    2012 - 05.15

    A few weeks back we bought a new printer a Brother MFC-J6910DW so far we’re very happy with it.  Setup was very straightforward and we had it working on our network from both computers in under an hour (which is essentially how long it took for us to unpack it and install the relevant software on the computers).  Some of the things which we like about it:

    • wireless connectivity to all computers
    • wireless scanning directly to a computer or flash drive
    • 35 page auto document feeder
    • 2 paper trays
    • 11×17 (Ledger) printing and scanning
    • duplex printing
    • duplex scanning (doesn’t do Ledger duplex, only goes up to legal)

    Because of the convenience of the connectivity of the new printer we’ve managed to digitize a bunch of stuff which was too large or inconvenient to scan previously, and we’ve managed to get rid of some paper.

    So if anyone needs to make use of our giant scanner/printer let us know.

     

    Oh, another interesting feature (required a firmware update to the printer) is that Karin can print directly from her iPhone wirelessly.

    Ribs


    2012 - 02.01

    Made ribs on Monday following the recipe from the blog: Delish for Juicy Tender Oven Roasted Barbecue Baby Back Ribs.

    They turned out well.  I wouldn’t say that they are the best ribs ever or anything like that, but they are simple and not incredibly time consuming either (takes a similar amount of time as a frozen lasagne), and everything is done in the oven.

    I received some House of Q sauces for my birthday specifically the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce and the Slow Smoke Gold Sauce and Slather.  So given that I got two racks of ribs from Costco we did one each.  We liked them both, but I think for ribs we prefer the Apple Butter.  I think I’d use the Slather more for pulled pork, or something that I was putting multiple sauces on.

    Overall it was very satisfying (rounded out the menu with garlic mashed potatoes, maple carrots and Karin’s mushroom and zucchini).

    Designed For Karin?


    2012 - 01.17

    It probably just seems as though this product is designed for Karin… but then again maybe it is:

    Fellowes Heat and Slide footrest

    That’s right, it’s a heater, it’s a footrest, it’s magical…  It even allows you to warm the top of your feet.  They also have one that can heat and cool you off.  I noticed the first one at Costco.ca

    Mostly just mentioning it because I didn’t know such things existed…

    Most Important Sale of the Year


    2011 - 11.22

    Sure it’s almost American Thanksgiving with its associated sales and shopping hoopla, but there’s an even better sale on right now at Costco!  Martinelli’s Sparking Apple Juice (4 pack) is currently $2 off, which makes it about $6.69 (plus deposit and such), which virtually makes it 4 for the price of 1 (anywhere but Costco).  So stock up, because it’s super delicious, and much better for you than a cheap flatscreen TV.

    If you’re feeling adventurous you can check out some recipe suggestions from their website too.

    Polish Sausages (in the refrigerated section)


    2011 - 11.15

    It’s a while back now that I noted that Polish Sausages were back at Costco in Canada.  Well, now in addition to being able to buy them from the food court, you can now also buy them from the refrigerated section: Kirkland Polish Sausages.

    Hallowe’en Aftermath


    2011 - 11.01

    Scientists say that sugar doesn’t cause hyper children.  As a teacher, I have strong anecdotal evidence that it DOES.  The day after Hallowe’en is a good example.  Granted, there are other reasons: lack of sleep, excitement, lack of breakfast in lieu of candy, caffeine in chocolate etc.  But man, I’m totally blaming the candy.  My first day in a kindergarten/grade one class for my teaching practicum was on November 1st.  I sometimes am amazed that I managed to stay in the profession. :)

    We live in a condo with very few children, and so have never gotten trick or treaters.  That doesn’t stop me from buying a giant Costco box of candy, just in case.  What??  IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN!  No wonder most people gain 5-10 lbs between Hallowe’en and Christmas.

    I love Hallowe’en.  It’s my favourite holiday…even over Christmas.  I love dressing up in costume and I love the smell of burnt pumpkins.  I love seeing Jack o’ Lanterns, and toddlers and babies dressed up.  I love fireworks and crunching leaves (although it’s more like squishing leaves in Vancouver…details, details) and hot chocolate and misty evenings.  I love October in general: my birthday, the Surrey Writer’s Conference, Canadian Thanksgiving, the anticipatory build up to NaNoWriMo, those last few hot days before a Wet Coast winter comes in…yeahhhh…

    Welcome, November.  Welcome to darker skies and the insane buildup to Christmas.  Welcome to the frantic joy of creating a 50,000 word masterpiece in 30 days.  Welcome to hot chocolate and stale marshmallows.  Welcome to the first dustings of snow on the coast mountains (although that actually happened in October…shush.  I’m being all poetical.) and the point at which Christmas chocolate can be purchased for “emergency gifts” and the buyer won’t be looked at funny by her spouse. (Ummm…totally not talking about me…lalala…)

    Welcome to the next month flying around this little old star we call the sun.