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My typical breakfast

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Jun
06

This is my typical breakfast.

All food items are from Costco - Multigrain bread, Kirkland Signature ham, American cheese, and some Olives.

The container that holds olives are also from Costco.

Costco Breakfast Sandwich

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Seemingly Expensive Shopping Today, But...

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Jun
05

Hi everyone.  Here's today's Costco Blog. 

I didn't expect to spend more than $100.00 today. I ended up spending $125.11. 

I think I need to be more picky about what I buy.  Price of lemon was up about 2 dollars (I think).  The olive oil did the damage at $24.49.  I guess I could have bought regular milk instead of organic soy milk.  I don't really need olives also.  I just like the taste now and then. I could have bought potatoes from local produce market at half the price.

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Costco Shopping

But, most of my purchases are justifiable.

  1. I refuse to visit multiple number of stores just to save a few dollars.  I make x amount of money.  I cannot waste too much time when I can invest that time in my money making projects.
  2. I drink little milk.  They say milk will give me cancer (men's prostate cancer).  It makes sense for me to buy vacuum packed soy milk and open each one as I go.  They have a long storage life, like 1 year.
  3. Costco's olive oil is very good. And I will buy next jug of olive oil in next century (literally).  At this state of my life, I make enough money to avoid cheaper oils such as Wesson.
    • I am not saying I'm rich.  I have a different set of priority.  For example, my living-room TV is 9 inch.  I would rather NOT buy plasma TV and put quality food in my stomach.
  4. Fruits, Vegetable, Bread - they are good food at good price. No problem there.
  5. Queen Olives - Guilty. Perhaps I am better off without them.

Lastly, none of the items will go to waste.  I will make sure to enjoy everything I bought today.  To me, Costco is still the way to go.  Everything I bought was a quality food item. 

But, I need to control myself when I'm shopping at Costco. Embarassed

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You don't compare Costco with a dollar store!

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May
27

Whenever I see people talking about Costco, there are always people saying "I get similar items at dollar stores" or "I get better price at 99 Cents only stores".

I don't understand what these people are thinking.  You simply cannot Compare Costco with dollar stores.

Obviously these people never used Kirkland Signature products.  They don't know about higher level of life-style we are enjoying because of Costco.

Costco elevates my life-style.  It makes me to enjoy items that only rich people can afford.  I buy jumbo shrimps, imported beers, and organic soy milk, and much more.  I would never afford those items if there was no Costco.

Dollar store's fruits and vegetables are not usable.  I feel sorry that some people must eat those to save money.  Fruits and Vegetables from Costco are far superior in quality compared to any supermarket products.  

I shop at 99 Cents only stores frequently.  I like 99 Cents only stores too.  I buy instant noodles, candies, and miscellaneous items from 99 Cents only stores.  But 99 Cents store will not replace Costco.

You don't compare Costco with Dollar stores.  Some people have no idea what they are missing out. 

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All out with a coupon book

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May
22

I didn't go to Costco for about 1 month.  My refrigerator was almost empty.  Then the new coupon book came out.  The coupon book featured all kinds of staple items.  It was my chance to stock up.  I knew it was going to be painful to my wallet.  I thought, I might as well enjoy.

The coupons saved me $38.25
Costco Coupons
Costco Coupons

Costco Shopping Cart
Shopping Cart - Costco

costco items

Costco Receipt

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Fruit and Nut Medley

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Apr
27

I try to eat healthy.  So, instead of candy, I try to eat Fruit & Nut Medley by Kirkland Signature. 

Fruit and nut Kirkland

Fruit and Nut Medley comes in a 56oz bag for $12.28

It contains following food items.

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Golden Raisins

It's Kirkland Signature (good quality food) I enjoy them too much.

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2 Pancake Mixes - Regular & Fancy

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Apr
27

Costco carries 2 pancake mixes.

  • Coach's Oats - MultiGrain Pancake Mix
    4 pound - $7.79     $1.95 per pound
    Fancy grains, need to mix egg & water.
  • Krusteaz - Buttermilk
    10 pound - $5.49    $0.55 per pound
    Regular mix (still very good) - just add water.
  • Syrup used - Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup - $19.79

costco pancake mix
2 pancake mixes from Costco

I didn't know which pancake mix to purchase, so I got them both.  But, clearly, I had a higher expectation on the expensive yet smaller pancake mix by Coach's Oats.  Per pound, the Multi Grain Pancake Mix was 4 times more expensive than Buttermilk.

Krusteaz Buttermilk (cheaper, bigger one) has a classic pancake house taste.  This is a solid, good pancake.  You will not miss out on anything.

Coach's Multigrain Pancake mix is different.  You may find this too fancy for your taste.  I can tell this pancake mix is high class with a lot of grain.  It's grainy and breaks down easily.  This doesn't have that classic taste.  It's a very good pancake mix.  It's richer and fancier compared to  Buttermilk.  But if you are craving for that classic pancake-house taste, this is not for you. 

Personally, I am happy I got them both.  My next purchase will be the 10 Pounder (cheaper).   I like the price, taste, and the fact that it doesn't require egg to prepare.

Update (May 24, 2011)

I don't always see Coach's Oats pancake mix at Costco.  But they periodically bring them back in stock.  So, watch closely when you are at Costco.

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Costco Tote Bag, shopping bag

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Apr
16

Costco tote bags are must have item.  If you don't own them, you are missing out.  I mean, you are missing out big time.

They sell three bags for less than $5.00.  It's roughly $1.50/bag.

At first, I thought Costco's tote bags were supposed to be free for the members.  But if you really think about it $1.50 for a bag is a steal.

Costco Tote Back, shopping
Costco Tote-Bag. Simple design with hand straps and shoulder straps

Refer to above image.  Those three bags contain following items (carrots (10lb), potato (10lb), large watermelon, lemon (5lb), beef jerky (x2), cereal, bread (x2), shampoo, vitamins (x2), yogurt (18pk), tuna (16pk)

With Costco tote bags, a fit person can carry all those items in one trip (I did).  Try doing this with any other shopping bags or boxes from Costco.  It's impossible to carry all that with conventional methods.  It's well worth of investing a few Dollars on these bags.  If you live in an apartment this is a must.

I bring these bags to Costco when I shop, so the cashiers would put items in the bag.

Show this bag to your family and friends, I guarantee they would like to have some too.  I've already given them out.  I had to buy some more.
Below is why I like Costco tote bags.

  • Convenient 
  • Save time
  • Help saving environment
  • Less trash piling at home
  • Of course, they can be used to carry items from different stores

OK? - Buy some

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Costco Hotdog - BBQ style

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Apr
11

We have a public park right outside of our work.  Our boss was out on the road, so we scheduled for a quick BBQ lunch at the park.  Some volunteered for beer, some volunteered for labor and chips.

I volunteered for hotdog - and I headed out to Costco.  I bought a pack of Kosher hot dogs (The same hot dog that Costco sells for $1.50 each).

Next day:
When I produced the Kosher dogs from the ice box, all my co-workers gasped.  They didn't expect me to bring full size dogs.

The hotdog was a big hit.  Guys ate 3 each. Girls ate 1 1/2 each.  I thought Costco hotdogs tasted the best.  But they tasted even better off BBQ grill.

Other Costco items used in this lunch picnic:

  • Disposable Plates
  • Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Paper Towels

Costco Hotdog Grill 

Costco Hotdog, Picnic

 Costco Hotdog Picture

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