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Shopping - June 16, 2008


Just another day at Costco, nothing special for today's Costco blog.

5 dozen eggs were $7.39

There was $15.00 instant rebate on Sonicare brush (from $124.99).  I was very lucky because my old brush recently died.  My old brush was good for me for 5-7 years.  Sonicare tooth-brushes are very good.  If you don't have them, you are missing out something fantastic.

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Vons with club card at 10:46pm


I had a very light dinner tonight (Salmon & Vegetable, all from Costco).  By 10PM, I was craving all kinds of food.  I wanted some meat and desert.  So I headed out to Vons around 10:30PM

Vons Receipt
Check it out.  Spent $23.63, saved $28.37
55% savings

On the way to Vons, I dropped by a Mobil station.  I topped off my gas tank with $30.00 worth of gas.  Cheapest gas is now $4.49/Gallon

Vons had ribeye steak for $3.99/lb.  Ribeye, New York, and T bone steak  occasionally sell for $3.99/lb.  This is when I stock up with good meat.  I found the smallest value pack for $15.52 (5 pack).  You can't find this kind of deal at Costco.  Not even close.

I also purchased a pack of Lucerne chocolate ice cream for $2.99.  I would never buy a pack of ice cream at a normal price at $5~$6 each.  Ice creams are bad for you to begin with.

I felt guilty about buying all the bad food, so I picked up some fruits.

I had a nice medium-rare ribeye steak close to midnight.  It was a fantastic meal for only $3.10.  Chocolate ice cream coming up.

Vons Ribeye Steak Sale

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My typical breakfast


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...


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!


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


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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Costco out of multi grain bread


Costco is out of Kirkland Signature Multi-grain Bread.  This is my favorite bread. 

Not all whole grain breads are created equal.  You see, you can have a pinch of whole grain in the loaf of bread and call it a "Whole Grain Bread".

Kirkland Signature's bread is 100% whole grain.

Forget about All Bran Cereal's 10 day challenge.  Have a couple of slices of these bad boys.  You will feel the power in 24 hours.  At least that's what happened to me.  I'm a believer. 

Kirkland Signature multigrain bread
File photo of Kirkland Signature Multigrain Bread

Anyway, the bread was not in display when I went to Costco on May 5, 2008.  I asked to see if they have any in the back.  They said something about the grain supply - we may not have Kirkland Bread for few weeks.

I bought some other bread that I didn't care much for.

I want my bread back. Yell  or the other bread better be as good.


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Fruit and Nut Medley


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


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


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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