ANNOUNCEMENT: It’s The Impulsive Buy’s Season of Giving (2018 Edition)

Welcome to The Impulsive Buy’s 2018 Season of Giving!

(I’ll pause here to let you all celebrate)

Starting next week, we will be giving away something (mostly gift cards) EVERY DAY until the end of the year. The gift cards are from a variety of stores and fast food chains we’ve covered throughout the year. You’ll have to visit us every day to find out what’s being given away.

The title of the posts will begin with “TIB’S SEASON OF GIVING 2018.” Because we’re having a new drawing every day, we’ll be accepting entries (via the comments) for each prize for only a 24-hour period.

The prize drawing posts will go up at 9:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (11:00 p.m. Pacific, 2:00 a.m. Eastern) and once the 24 hours have passed, the comments for that post will close. The winners will be selected and announced soon after TIB’s Season of Giving is over.

For those of you who regularly enter our prize drawings, you might notice the time each 24-hour period starts is different from the usual 12:00 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time. I moved it up because I now want to go to sleep at a normal time.

As with all our prize drawings, it’s only open to those in the U.S. who are 18 years old or older (gift cards can be used only in the U.S.).

So, keep an eye out for the first post, which is going up on Sunday, December 16 at 9:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.

Good luck!

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 12/14/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Frito Lay Holiday Sweet  Salty Mix

Frito-Lay Holiday Sweet & Salty Mix

Frito Lay Winter Fun Mix

Frito-Lay Winter Fun Mix

(Spotted by Kelly S at Walmart.)

Great Value Lightly Salted Shelled Pistachios

Great Value Lightly Salted Shelled Pistachios

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

BarkThins Dark Chocolate Nut  Pretzel Medley with Sea Salt

BarkThins Dark Chocolate Nut & Pretzel Medley with Sea Salt

(Spotted by Dorothy at Sam’s Club.)

Diet Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea

Diet Snapple Takes 2 to Mango Tea

(Spotted by Rachel J at Fred Meyer.)

Sun Tropics Moch Rice Bites  Sea Salt and Tamari Soy Sauce

Sun Tropics Mochi Rice Bites (Sea Salt and Tamari Soy Sauce)

(Spotted by Rachel J at Safeway.)

Happy Inside Bold Blueberry Cereal

Happy Inside Bold Blueberry Cereal

Happy Inside Simply Strawberry Cereal

Happy Inside Simply Strawberry Cereal

(Spotted by Sarah D at Hy-Vee.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES: Jello Play Unicorn Slime and Monster Slime

Jello Play Unicorn Slime

Jello Play Monster Slime

I’ve seen The Blob and enough anime to I know what monster slime is. But I’m not sure what unicorn slime could be. Does it come out when I pull down on a unicorn’s horn? (Spotted by Bob K at Giant Eagle.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES (SEASONAL EDITION) – 12/13/2018

Here are some new seasonal products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of them, share your thoughts in the comments.

Perry s Hot Cocoa Ice Cream

Perry’s Hot Cocoa Ice Cream

(Spotted by Bob K at Wegmans.)

Sisters Gourmet French Toast Cookie Sticks Cookie Mix

Sisters Gourmet French Toast Cookie Sticks Cookie Mix

Sisters Gourmet Hot Cocoa Cookie Mix

Sisters Gourmet Hot Cocoa Cookie Mix

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Central Market.)

Russell Stover Hot Chocolate Soild Milk Chocolate Pour and Stir Santas

Russell Stover Hot Chocolate Soild Milk Chocolate Pour-and-Stir Santas

(Spotted by Robbie at H-E-B.)

Spongebob Squarepants Chocolate Cake in a Cup

Spongebob Squarepants Chocolate Cake in a Cup

Paw Patrol Cookies  Creme Cake in a Cup

Paw Patrol Cookies & Creme Cake in a Cup

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Two Bite Christmas Vanilla  Chocolate Cupcakes

Two-Bite Christmas Vanilla & Chocolate Cupcakes

(Spotted by Rachel J at Safeway.)

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Marketside White Chocolate Christmas Shortbread Cookies

(Spotted by Bob K at Walmart.)

Thank you to all the photo contributors! If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you do so, you might see your picture in our next Spotted on Shelves post.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.

REVIEW: Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup

The Chobani Flip Peanut Butter Cup flavor is like dumping your good Halloween candy into Greek yogurt.

Or, to be more exact, it’s tiny peanut butter cups, tinier peanut butter oat clusters, and even tinier fudge coated peanuts you dump into chocolate and peanut butter-flavored low-fat Greek Yogurt.

Let’s start with the chocolate and peanut butter Greek yogurt base. If it was sold separately, I’d pick it up regularly to get my calcium, protein, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus fix. It doesn’t have a strong flavor because the yogurt’s tang cuts through it like a chainsaw into a marshmallow. But it’s mild enough that eating it sans mix-ins was more than fine with me.

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But with that said, the mix-ins are what makes this Chobani Flip perhaps my GOAT. The peanut butter clusters and fudge-covered peanuts slightly amp up the sweet flavors and provide a little crunch. But they pale in comparison to what those tiny peanut butter cups do with the yogurt. They pack a punch that makes you forget there are other types of mix-ins. It’s as if I’m eating a peanut butter cup by itself that happened to get a little Greek yogurt on it.

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With this Chobani Flip variety, you can experience three different levels of chocolate and peanut butter goodness. There’s the yogurt by itself, which would be level one. Then there’s the yogurt with the PB clusters and fudge peanuts, which would be level two. Then there’s the yogurt with just the mini PB cups, which is several chocolatey and peanut buttery levels higher than the others.

All it takes is just one of those tiny PB cups to make a spoonful worthwhile. Unfortunately, there might not be enough of them in every container to make EVERY spoonful worthwhile.

In a nutshell, Peanut Butter Cup the best Chobani Flip flavor I’ve ever had. Although, that could be the sugar in the candy that goes into the Greek yogurt talking. This flavor better be around forever, because if it ever gets discontinued, I’ll eat a large tub of Yoplait Plain Yogurt in protest.

Purchased Price: $1.29
Size: 5.3 oz. container
Purchased at: Target
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 140 milligrams of sodium, 25 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 21 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.

SPOTTED ON SHELVES – 12/12/2018

Here are some interesting new and limited edition products found on store shelves by your fellow readers. If you’ve tried any of the products, share your thoughts about them in the comments.

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Chile Verde Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Chile Verde Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Parmesan Garlic Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Parmesan Garlic Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Korean BBQ Style Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Korean BBQ Style Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Cajun Style Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Cajun Style Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Caribbean Jerk Style Seasoning

Foster Farms Bold Bites Chicken with Caribbean Jerk Style Seasoning

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Walmart.)

Dave's Killer Bread Rockin' Grains and Killer Classic Organic English Muffins

Dave’s Killer Bread Rockin’ Grains and Killer Classic Organic English Muffins

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

uji's Korean Cuisine Korean Style Bento (Shiitake Japchae, Beef Bulgogi Rice, and Chicken Bulgogi Rice)

Suji’s Korean Cuisine Korean Style Bento (Shiitake Japchae, Beef Bulgogi Rice, and Chicken Bulgogi Rice)

Suji's Korean Cuisine Korean Style Grilled Chicken and Grilled Beef Patties

Suji’s Korean Cuisine Korean Style Grilled Chicken and Grilled Beef Patties

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Central Market.)

Safeway Signature Cafe Snack Boxes

Safeway Signature Cafe Snack Boxes

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Tom Thumb.)

Bantam Bagels Gruyere, Onion, Thyme Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Gruyere, Onion, Thyme Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Garden Veggie Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Garden Veggie Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Pepper Jack, Chipotle Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Pepper Jack, Chipotle Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Original Egg Bites

Bantam Bagels Original Egg Bites

(Spotted by Amanda Y at Central Market.)

If you’re out shopping and see an interesting new product on the shelf, snap a picture of it, and send us an email (theimpulsivebuy@gmail.com) with where you found it and “Spotted” in the subject line. Or reply to us (@theimpulsivebuy) on Twitter with the photo, where you spotted it, and the hashtag #spotted. If you’ve tried the product, share your thoughts about it in the comments.

Also, if you want to send in photos and are wondering if we’ve already covered something or if the product is old, don’t worry about it. Let us worry about it.