Today’s Costco Haul for $144

Costco Haul

My local Costco is in Issaquah obviously. It has a nice selection since Costco HQ is right across the street. Today’s Costco shopping haul cost exactly $144, including tax.
What did I get at Costco today?

Here’s my list of Costco items:
-Hormel pre-cooked bacon
-Cuties
-1 bag of broccoli
-Pack of Pentel mechanical pencils
-2 jars of toasted sesame seeds
-1 pack of Kirkland Brand Roasted Seaweed
-1 bag of Brioche Hamburger Buns
-1 Bag of English Muffins
-1 case of Izze Soda
-1 vacuum pack of pork ribs
-4 pack of A1 Steak Sauce
-1 box of mini pizza
-2 Pack Columbus Salami
-1 Box Kirkland Brand Organic Apple Sauce Pouches

$144
No coupons used

Costco Haul

Costco Haul


We heard that the mechanical pencils were really good so I had to pick some up for my middle school son. I heard from my friend Chris that Costco carried toasted sesame seeds over a year ago. This is the first time ever I actually saw them so I picked up 2 jars. They are by the spices. I will make school lunches with the salami and Brioche hamburger buns. I used to buy the La Brea Torta buns by the bakery, but my kids told me that they are too chewy. Izzy sodas are also for school lunch.

What are your favorite items at Costco?

Our staples usually consist of:
-Aveeno Lotion 2 pack
-Kirkland Brand toilet paper
-Kirkland Brand paper towels
-Kirkland Brand small tissue boxes
-Kirkland Brand baby wipes
-Kirkland Brand Ibuprofin
-Kirkland Brand Allegra Generic Allergy Pills
-Kirkland Brand contact lense solution
-Kirkland Brand Adult gummy vitamins
-Kirkland Brand Chocolate Milk (shelf stable)
-Kirkland Brand office clear garbage bags (I use these for kitchen garbage)
-Kirkland Brand black peppercorns
-Kirkland Brand Garlic Powder
-Kirkland Brand Organic Maple Syrup
-Kirkland Signature Plastic Wrap
-Reynolds Wrap Aluminum foil rolls & sheets

I heard that #1 seller of Kirkland Brand online was Amazon not Costco! People are buying Kirkland Brand at Costco and reselling them online at Amazon Marketplace.
Kirkland Brand selling on Amazon

Evidently #1 selling Costco item on Amazon is Kirkland Brand Minoxidil – Hair Regrowth Foam (generic for Rogain). No wonder they are often sold out when my husband goes to stock up. Some people just don’t like to venture into Costco or buy a membership. To us, the membership is well worth it. I think if Costco steps up their eCommerce strategy, they can increase their online sales greatly. Little bit of online marketing can go a long way even for traditional companies like Costco.

Please comment above with your favorite Costco items!
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Costco changes Seaweed Snack Packs from Kirkland Brand to GimMe Organic

Costco kirkland seaweed pack

Roasted seaweed snacks have become very popular in recent years. ¬†You can now find them in most grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and you no longer have to visit Asian markets to buy them. ¬†Kids bring them for snack or with lunch to school and eat them like chips.

Costco kirkland seaweed pack

Costco kirkland seaweed pack

I want to say prior to 2013 (when Costco started selling jumbo size packs of Kirkland Brand Seasoned and Roasted Seaweed Snacks), Costco started carrying small packs of Korean brand roasted seaweed snacks.  They sold so well that Costco researched and started selling larger packs under their private label РKirkland Brand.  This Kirkland brand seaweed packs were generous size with about 30 sheets of seaweed per pack Рa staple in our household.

 

Costco kirkland seaweed pack

Costco kirkland seaweed pack

This week, when I went to buy the seaweed snacks, I noticed that Costco changed suppliers again. ¬†This time it was organic gimMe (“gim” is Korean for seaweed, so a nice play on words) Roasted Sesame Seaweed Snacks. ¬†The package says “sesame” but it’s mostly roasted with a mix of sesame oil, no visible sesame seeds on the snacks. ¬†Organic is a nice touch, Kirkland brand also briefly had organic packs but they didn’t last long. ¬†Possible supplier issue perhaps. ¬†The biggest difference is that the pack sizes went down by more than 2/3!!! ¬†It’s just 10 sheets vs. previous 30. ¬†That’s going from 17 grams to 5 grams, .6 oz to .17 oz. ¬†Cleverly they noted .17 oz to previous net weight of 17 grams on the package. ¬†It’s such a visible difference that most people will notice the drastic reduction in the size.

Costco seaweed pack new gimme gim

Costco seaweed pack new gimme gim

As for taste and flavor, the new packs are good and kids like them. ¬†I want to say the Kirkland brand was thicker. ¬†The smaller packs are easier to pack for school, which I like. ¬†However, you will eat about 3 packs vs. the old 1 pack. ¬†The new gimMe packs are also certified Non GMO and USDA Organic certified. ¬†Certified organic by Quality Assurance International – an entity authorized by USDA. ¬†Since seaweed grows in the ocean, I’m not sure how you can add chemicals or genetically modify them…… Unless they grow seaweed in aqua-culture farms I guess. ¬†The old Kirkland Brand seaweed packs were also made with non-GMO oils, so not sure what is going on.

I wish Costco sold both kinds of roasted seaweed packs. ¬†Maybe they are having some supply issues and Kirkland Brand will be back soon. ¬† Sometimes, Costco pushes the supplier so hard they just can’t keep up with the demands from the tough Costco buyers. ¬†Trust me, they work super hard to get you the best deal possible. ¬†Good news is that they are both Products of ¬†Korea, the home of roasted seasoned seaweed (vs. plain nori) and Psy. ¬†It’s hard to know the original supplier for the Kirkland Brand, it just says “Imported by Costco WholeSale Corporation”. ¬†The new gimMe brand says “manufactured for GIMME health Foods LLC.” ¬†Another good news was that these new gimMe packs were on coupon with $3 off per pack. ¬†I picked up 2 packs and may go back for more. ¬†Original price-wise I think they are the same $7.99 each (West Coast), so basically we are getting 1/3 of the portion in organic for the same price. ¬†I got mine at my local Issaquah Costco, next to their corporate headquarters in Washington state.

What do you think of the new Costco gimMe seaweed packs? Please leave a comment via the link above near the title. Enjoy.

Easy and Quick Bacon

Kirkland Fully Cooked Easy Bacon

Does your family love bacon? Who doesn’t like the delicious smell of bacon. ¬†But do you hate the grease splatters and cleaning up the greasy pan afterwards? Our family have been enjoying the pre-cooked bacon from Costco. ¬†You simply line them up on a foil sheet in the toaster oven (use a cookie sheet or pan that came with the toaster oven) and toast it once or twice, depending on how crispy you want them. ¬†You can also do the same in the regular oven. ¬†Gently dab it with a paper towel and you got delicious crispy bacon in minutes with quick clean up. ¬†Just toss the foil sheet in the garbage.

Try it, Hormel Kirkland Signature Bacon from Costco.  Delicious and easy.

Kirkland Fully Cooked Easy Bacon

Kirkland Fully Cooked Easy Bacon

Easy bacon from costco

Easy bacon from costco