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Q-Tips Cotton Swabs at Costco: Product Review

Like most people, I assume, and to the delight of manufacturer Unilever, I enjoy having cotton swabs in the house. There are a million applications for them, and thanks to Costco, I can have bran-name Q-Tips Cotton Swabs in great quantity, for a low price.

Interestingly, the one thing I actually use cotton swabs most consistently is to clean my ears, and that is the only use that is directly and expressly not recommended on the package. I guess they had a lawsuit from some ‘person’ that shoved one too deep and figured it was someone else’s fault. Idiots.

Q-Tips Cotton Swabs at Costco

Q-Tips Cotton Swabs at Costco

Anyways, this package of 3 packs of 625 Q-Tips each, for a total of 1875 Q-Tips, cost $10.99. It’s not really the greatest price ever, especially since those products are on special at Costco regularly. I just couldn’t wait for the next special to buy them. We were out an my wife had me use the ‘baby-safe’ cotton swabs, which have an enormous bundle of cotton at each end (made by Johnson & Johnson). I’m sure they’re quite safe, but to clean my ears, absolutely and utterly useless.

Even at full price, the price per swab is ridiculously low: $0.059 each, or less than a penny each. Of course, these are brand-name Q-Tips and not some cheap dollar-store knock-off, so you know that they are made from 100% real cotton. The packaging even has the official ‘Cotton’ seal to prove it, as you can see on the picture above, bottom left. So there you have it.

According to said packaging, there are many uses for Q-Tips Cotton Swabs. They include:

  • Blending and applying eye shadow
  • Apply and soften lipstick
  • Remove mascara smudges
  • Touch up and remove nail polish
  • Clean your ears… oh wait: *not* clean your ears

Assuming my wife and I each use two of these a day, we should have enough Q-Tips for about 15, 16 months or so. Even though I had to pay full price for these, I consider that the convenience and quality of brand-name Q-Tips cotton swabs is worth the few extra dollars. Even so, a quick check on Amazon tells me that even at full price, these are quite a deal. Hopefully they will go on sale at Costco in the next 29 days or so, and I’ll be able to go in for a price adjustment.

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads: Product Review

Disposable nursing pads are all the same. Or so I thought. Wrong.

I am one of the lucky ones who is able to breastfeed my children. When my son was born 3 years ago, I always bought the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads from the pharmacy at Costco. I never thought about other brands or trying to find better deals. They seemed like a good price for the product and I never had any complaints about the quality. I am a little more budget conscious now that my daughter has arrived and so when I forgot to purchase the nursing pads at Costco, I started to look at the local drugstores and grocery stores to avoid another trip out to Costco. The exact same product of 60 disposable nursing pads ranges from 12.99 to 16.99 at the drugstores/grocery stores. At Costco, I can get it for 8.89. So, I ended up purchasing the store brand disposable nursing pads package of 60 on special for 7.99 (regular price $9.99).

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads (from Costco)

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads (from Costco)

Wow, I was so pleased. Until, I tried them.

The quality of store brand disposable nursing pads is horrible. The packaging claims ultra thin, super absorbing gel, stops leaks, individually wrapped, new technology. The first problem I encountered after opening the box. The pads are not wrapped individually as per the claim and like the lansinoh pads; they are wrapped in pairs. This is inconvenient as often leakage occurs on one side only. Second, the wrapping is more difficult to tear and actually have torn more than one pad trying to open the wrapping. Third, the tape on the pads doesn’t stick well. Fourth, the pads are not breathable. I actually got a rash on my breast after using the store brand pads even when changing them several times a day. Fifth, overnight protection is not good. My shirts were soaked in the morning.

Store brand nursing pads are just not worth it. You might as well buy more shirts. You will need to change them just as often anyway. Spend a little more and get a lot more by purchasing the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads which are less bulky, packaged individually for more convenience, keeps you dry even overnight, breathable, have two adhesive strips to keep the pad in place, and each box comes with pre-sterilized breast milk storage bags as a bonus. And, if purchased at Costco, they are even cheaper than store brand.

Happy savings, happy shopping!

Publisher’s note: This article was written by my better half and mother of our children, Ms. LWC. Nature has made it so that I have little need for nursing pads, and she was kind enough to share her experiences!

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules: Product Review

This is going to be a short review, for a simple reason. The product I am reviewing today is the exact same as the brand name – and I mean *identical* except that it is a lot cheaper. Just the way I like my Kirkland Signature products!

The product I’ve chosen today is the Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules. I’ve bought them at my local Costco for the ridiculously low price of $8.99, plus applicable taxes.

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules

Kirkland Signature Ibuprofen 200mg Liquid Capsules

This product is the equivalent to the Advil Liqui-Gels; 200mg of Ibuprofen in a rapidly dissolving gel capsule.

As the box tells you, it is ideal for rapid migraine relief, also of menstrual pain, but I have no direct experience of that. What I can tell you, however, is that it figures prominently in my hangover cure / avoidance scheme.

The brand-name Advil is also available at Costco, of course, but you’d really have to be married to the brand to pass up crazy savings like this. At Well.ca, a box of 72 brand-name Advil Liqui-Gels costs $16.99, or 23.6 pennies per capsule. (this is not an affiliate link)

That sure doesn’t sound like much, doesn’t it? Well, compare this to 250 capsules for $8.99 when you shop smart and at Costco. It comes down to 3.6 pennies each. That’s a saving of about 85% for a comparable quantity. Let’s say that if you wanted to buy the same volume of brand-name pills as in a Kirkland Signature box, it would cost you $59.00.

Remember, Costco still makes money selling it at $8.99.

These are the kind of savings that pay for your membership card in no time. That and Kirkland Signature diapers, but that’s a topic for another day.

If you suffer from migraines, menstrual pain, have a fever or generally don’t feel so good, you can count on Kirkland Signature’s 200mg Ibuprofen Liquid Capsules to help put you back on your feet. By the way, I’m not a doctor, and nothing here is medical advice, ok?