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Split Pea & Ham Soup - Kirkland Signature Recipe

I make ham dinner for Christmas.  I buy my ham from Costco, of course.  New years day is when I enjoy split pea & ham soup.  I make split pea soup with leftover ham bone. I follow the recipe that comes with the ham.

Except, I do things little differently.  I put less ham.  I don't put salt and pepper. Ham is salty already, and I can always add them later.  When it comes to water, I put just enough amount of water to start.  I would add more water as needed.  Starting with less water is much better than starting with too much water - because there is no going back if you end up with thin soup.  You don't need to think too much about how much water is needed.  You can just eyeball it and add more water as needed.  The soup will tell you how much water is needed. 

To make the soup, you have to be the soup.

Also, I put a few bay leaves that's not in the recipe.

The soup was amazing good.  I ate half and put the other half in the freezer.

Split Pea and Ham Soup - Costco Recipe

Kirkland Signature Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham

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Costco Shopping Jan 3, 2018

1st Costco shopping in 2018 - $87.27 (today) / $87.27 (this year)

I didn't know Costco had eye/vision health care supplement, Ocusight.  I am intrigued by it.  I will try and see if it does anything to my eye health.  My eye health is not too bad, but it's been bothering me lately (detail skipped). I will keep you updated on my experience. 

Turkey Jerky is a treat (for myself) for the weekend. Salad is for my lunch at work. Box of chips should last about 6 months. I buy them because they are tasty AND they are on sale. I should not buy any more of these chips, because I want to live healthy and long.  What's the point buying expensive vitamins when I eat even more amount of bad food.

Instant coupons saved $17.70

That's about it, boring...  (forgot to buy minced garlic)

I cannot believe Christmas is over. Now I have nothing but work... working forever... :(

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Costco Alamo car rental VS Alamo Insiders discount

This is a real life example of car rental pricing comparison between  Costco's Alamo car rental VS dealing with Alamo directly with insiders discount. 

Costco provides rental car services from Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.  I only had time (and energy) to experiment with Alamo. I like Alamo more than the other three.  Alamo suck less.

First, I joined Alamo's insiders membership 2 months ago.  I now receive insiders discount (5%).  I've been receiving newsletters and special offers.

FYI: Alamo's insider discount is supposed to be 5%.  But, non-members get "Pay Now" discount which is exactly as same as insiders discount.  Basically, I pay the  same amount as non-members.  In return, I receive ton of newsletters.

Below is my real-life final price on my rental car.  This is BEFORE adding insurance, XM radio, etc...

Conclusion - Maybe people who travel a lot will have different outcome. But, in my case, Costco is cheaper and better than dealing with Alamo directly. I had to spend many hours to come up with this conclusion. I should have trusted Costco and saved the hassle.  Also, in my particular case, their insider membership is useless, a joke.  With Costco car rental program, you cut the crap and get the best price.  

Also, if you use Costco Citi Visa card, you get 3% cash back on qualifying travel. I am not sure if Alamo is qualified.  I will be using a different credit card that I get 5% cash back on rental car.

Below - screenshots

Alamo - via Costco. The actual amount I paid was $121.10.  I shall add insurance.  I am likely to be driving in snow.

Alamo - member/insider pricing before adding any extra fees such as insurance. With insiders discount, it still costs $4+ more than Costco's regular price.

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13 Pairs of Buffalo Jeans - Low Sitting Back

One of my traits that matches Costco's business model is that I like to buy (some) items in quantity.  I enjoy shopping and I am picky.  When I find something I really like, I buy them in large quantity.

On my Sunday morning Costco shopping on November 19, I bought 3 pairs of Buffalo David Bitton Jeans. 3 pairs were all I could find in my size (30x30). 

They had excellet fit and equally excellent discout.  These jeans sang my name. They fit me better than Calvin Klein and Levi's.  They sit low on my back and they were comfortable.  So, I went online and ordered 10 more pairs (5 grays, 5 blacks).  In total, I spent $240 on 13 pairs of jeans.

My point of buying jeans in quantity is that I will no longer think about jeans for next several years.  I will not waste my time think about what to wear at work, that's why I have 40 Dylan George t-shirts. I'm a guy... nobody cares about my jeans and shirts.

If I want to look good, I will do some push-ups.

*Shoes...  shoes are my weak point.  I will tell you about that later.

Sitting low on back

I've been carrying a grievance all my life that most jeans sit so high on my back.  All my jeans are not comfortable because they sit too high (on back).  I always have a lot of extra fabric stuck on my low back.  They drive me crazy.  If I want a decent fitting jeans, I have to spend $200+ on a pair. I am not that much of a yuppie (yet).

Look below.  Levi's jeans go way up high on my back.  Do most men really like high sitting back like that?  Am I missing something here?  Look at the angle of Levi's - it climbs all the way up on my back.  It's stupid if you ask me.

Buffalo David Bitton jeans sit low on my back. They look normal, and I feel normal. They were only $18 each after savings.  To me, it would be stupid not to buy 13 pairs of these.  $240 was money well spent.

I am happy with my Costco purchase. 5 stars.

* Sorry, for best illustration I had to lift my shirt.

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Al Pastor Salad at Costco Food Court

Check this out - Al Pastor Salad at Costco food court.  I shall try this next time.  Let me know if you tried it before.  Did you like it?

It's $4.99.  The sign says...

  • Plant based protein (soy)
  • Chopped romaine
  • Black beans and fresh vegetables
  • Banh mi vegetables and dressing
  • 330 - 750 cal.

This salad sounds little too "city" to me.  Vegetarian, yoga, poetry reading, movies with subtitles, Prius driver...  Oh, That's me.  :)

Happy new year!

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PureGuardian Humidifier, 2-pack

I suffer from dry skin every Winter.  I try to use lotion whenever I can to relieve my itchy skin.  But, it's not just an itch.  It also makes me feel self-conscious about my appearance.  I am paranoid that people might see my dry skin and skin flakes.  It's gross to look at -  even though it's my own body.  Using lotion all the time is a hassle, but it is what it is, I guess....

So, this time I will try humidifier.  Perhaps humidifiers will solve my dry skin problem.  Costco has this 2 pack humidifiers from PureGuardian.  There was $15 discount at the time of my purchase, so I paid $64.99 plus tax.  $32.50 each is the best price anywhere. 

I put one humidifier in the kitchen and the other one in my master bedroom.  I had them for a few days now.  And my dry skin condition had completely disappears since then.  But I am not sure if I am seeing the benefit of humidifier or if there had been changes in the weather.

I shall give it time and see.  I will update you.

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Costco Shopping - December 20, 2017

I have the ham.  I am ready.

I opened the red wrapper to make sure the ham is being well kept in vacuum packaging.

Beef jerky is for the guys at the mail annex at my work.  I use mail warehouse all the time.  I get my personal items delivered. During the holiday season they get cookies and crackers.  But, guys like meat.  So, I will slap on a ribbon on top and give it to them.

There will be massive eating this weekend.

Merry Christmas.  Enjoy.

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Keep checking for holiday savings

I am enjoying special holiday savings at Costco.  I am keep fining some good stuff this year.  It's been fun so far.

This hooded sweatshirt is very fancy for how much you pay ($15.99 after $4 off).  It's high quality and I am loving it.  They are by Buffalo David Bitton.  I guess they are somewhat of high end (-ish).

It's not baggy.  It hugs your body, that it will be fun to wear if you are a fit person.

I also bought 3 pairs of Buffalo brand jeans with $15 total savings.

Keep checking for holiday savings. Enjoy!

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Snail in Spinach. EW~!!!


There is a snail in the bag of spinach I bought at Costco.  This is a sealed bag.  I shall take it back tomorrow morning (Sunday).  Gross.

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Costco Holiday Savings Book - 2017

Holiday Savings Book is out and the sales have already started November 9.  They have a lot of good stuff on sale.

Check out Costco's Holiday Savings Book 2017.

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