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Costco Shopping – March 8, 2019

11th Costco shopping in 2019 – $9.98 (today) / $1021.2 (this year)

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I’ve been enjoying Hoody’s unsalted roasted peanuts lately. Maybe there is a right season for them? I don’t know. But, sometimes these peanuts are not very good. But, lately they are amazing good. They are meaty and tasty. I eat them every day.

Online Auction and Sniping

This is for those who appreciate excitement of online auction, and to those who want to know what it’s about.

I bid on an Italian (Lubiam), 100% cashmere coat at Goodwill auction website. Auction end time was Friday 3/1/2019 6:05 PM.

I was willing to spend a few hundred Dollars to buy it, alter it, and dry clean it. I decided $157 is my absolute maximum amount I am willing to spend at this auction. I would bid at the very last seconds, within 4 seconds. This strategy is called sniping.

I waited for 5 days and watched the price going up from $6 to $20 to $70. Two bidders, JR & SA were going at it. It was exciting to see two dapper bidders in action.

Finally it was my time. 9 minutes to go, my stop watch was synchronized with auction clock. By now, my heart was pumping hard. Time seemed to go fast and slow at the same time. I didn’t know at that time, but, 8 seconds to go, KG appeared out of nowhere and made his move, but he was 50 Cents below JR’s maximum bid of $75. Dang! so close. (FYI: maximum bidding amount is hidden during the auction).

3 seconds to go, I made my move and bid $157. Suspense was killing me. 5 seconds later I learned that I won the coat for $76.00. Soon, I looked at detailed auction history (below), and learned that KG was sniping with 8 seconds to go. Cheeky monkey…

KG thought he was slick, the only game in town, but he was still a student (or poor). He bid enough to beat current amount. But he didn’t know the other person’s maximum amount. When he realized he was outbidded, he didn’t have time to react. KG should have bid his absolute maximum amount, Then KG and I would have a fair battle.

Some people frown upon auction snipers. But, I am bidding at my best ability. I see nothing’s wrong with it. So, am I supposed to bid at my second best ability? As far as I am concerned, the best and the only way to bid at online auction is to bid your maximum amount at the very last seconds. You will have no regret if you don’t win, because you bid your maximum amount. You lost on your own term.

Costco Shopping – March 1, 2019

10th Costco shopping in 2019 – $10.94 (today) / $1011.22 (this year)

Costco coupon was about to expire. I wanted to buy dishwasher detergent while it was still on sale. So, I make a quick stop to Costco on my lunch time – then I saw Kirkland Signature dishwasher detergent at better deal, without any discount. Naturally, I bought Kirkland Signature brand.

With this, I pay less than 10 Cents on detergent every wash. That’s not too bad, I think.

Costco Shopping – February 28, 2019

9th Costco shopping in 2019 – $611.32 (today) / $1000.28 (this year)

** Purchase like this pays for Costco membership and more.

I am finally getting a dishwasher. To me, this is a life-changing event.

When I bought my house 7 years ago, the house came with a broken dishwasher. I never felt the need for a dishwasher. ‘Dishwashers are for rich people,’ I thought.

I had a similar notion on gardening services. I thought any man with able body should mow his own lawn and save hundreds of Dollars. It took me a year to change my mind. Now I cannot imagine my life without a gardener. And, lately, I’ve been thinking about getting a dishwasher. I started to think about how much time I will save if I had a dishwasher. A single man with a career should not spend this much time washing dishes every night. A grown man should not come home to see a mountain of dishes piled up.

Costco had $200 discount on Maytag dishwashers. So, I ordered one. It was a right time for me.

Order process was different than the time I ordered my refrigerator. It currently says “order received” – and I am waiting for some kind of communication from delivery company. We’ll see…

Update: 2 business days later, I received an email from Costco informing me to expect an email from a delivery service. I’ll get to schedule delivery, it says.

Costco Shopping – February 19, 2019

6th Costco shopping in 2019 – $22.76 (today) / $361.47 (this year)

Today marks the landmark event. I finally bought meat at Costco for the first time. I was always afraid(?) to buy meat at Costco, because Costco meats were too fancy for my lifestyle.

I’ve been buying meats from local supermarkets only when they had special sales going on. Today, I had a huge craving for some stew. I couldn’t wait for stew meat on sale… so I thought ‘Why not buy from Costco?’

I did it! I am not afraid of Costco meat anymore

Costco Citi Visa reward certificate

Correction – I may have made a big mistake. I assumed that everyone receives Visa Reward Certificate in February, but I may be wrong. You may receive your check in relation to your membership renewal date.

I just received a Costco City Visa reward certificate amount of $358.14 in the email. I recently switched my monthly statements to paperless. This is the first time receiving certificate in email. I have been always receiving these checks (certificates) in paper via US Postal Service.

I am guessing they will send paper copy of certificate to those who receive paper statements (?). That’s my educated guess.

Again – You may receive your certificate on your own schedule. I happen to receiev them usually in February.

Costco Citi Visa Reward Certificate 2019
At Costco – Forever Stamps at old price until Feb 17, 2019

On January 27, 2019, the price of USPS’ first class (also forever) stamp went up 5 Cents to 55 Cents each. Now, a roll of 100 stamps will cost you $5 more.

Don’t feel bummed out if you heard the news too late. You still have a chance to buy 100 forever stamps at old price of $49.75 at Costco. You have until February 17, 2019.

After February 17, 2019, you will pay $5 more.

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USPS Postage stamps price increases effective Jan 27, 2019.

Don’t delay, purchase at current member prices in Costco locations through Feb 17, 2019.

Costco Take and Bake Pizza for Single Living

I get craving for pizza once in a while. I would like to enjoy pizza late Saturday night, or when I’m home alone feeling cozy. But, I live alone, so I need a little planning to enjoy pizza.

Pizza is family oriented food. Going to a pizza restaurant alone is not only depressing, but it’s too expensive. I don’t want to have a pizza delivered to my house and ended up with massive amount of leftover. That’s also too expensive. In both cases, just a tip alone will buy me 2-3 slices of Costco pizza.

So, this is what I do. I buy Costco’s Take and Bake pizza, slice them up, and freeze them. They last many months in the freezer. I enjoy pizza whenever I have a craving for it, and they will cost me $1.50 each slice. I can top it off with whatever I want. Since I enjoy my kitchen, baking pizza when I’m home alone is absolute joy. It’s the most economical way for a single person to enjoy good pizza. There are cheaper pizza out there (Dollar store). But…

It’s the Costco way. You enjoy good stuff cheap. You just have to buy in bulk.

Preparing Costco pizza for long term, single serving, storage

  • Take pepperoni off the pizza
  • Cut pizza into 6 slices
  • Put pepperonis back on (6 slices each)
  • Wrap each slice with Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap.
  • Put them in ziploc freezer bags.

** Costco’s take and bake pepperoni pizza has 36 slices of pepperoni

I broke my pizza cutter and I may never buy another pizza cutter again. I cut pizza maybe once a year. And there are plenty of people, including professionals, using kitchen sheers to cut pizza.

Can I get a yum~!!??