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Costco Shopping – November 15, 2018

51st Costco shopping in 2018 – $165.32 (today) / $4,492.87 (this year)

It was a big Costco shopping day today because: 1) I am trying to fill my new refrigerator.  2) I need to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner, and 3) I was feeling down after what happened to my old refrigerator.  I wanted to cheer myself up.

I bought a turkey roasting rack for my friend (early Christmas gift).

Maybe it has something to do with me living alone, maybe because I was poor all my life, maybe we all feel this way – anyway, it made me feel good and secured now that I have some decent food in my refrigerator.  I still need to get some steaks and vacuum freeze them.  I also need some good frozen fish.  I always keep my refrigerator full with decent food. It’s a satisfying feeling.

I eat like a vegetarian Monday to Friday.  But, during the the weekend I eat whatever I want.. a lot of Moo-Moo’s and Oink-Oink’s.

Honey Roasted Nut Mix is SOOO good.

Costco’s Major Appliance Delivery Process

I bought a refrigerator from Costco. Below is delivery process.

  • When I ordered from online – The website asked for my delivery address and phone number.
    • I made sure to leave them my cellular phone number, so I would receive the call when I’m at work.
  • 2 days before delivery – I received an email from Costco.  The email contained a phone number just in case if I need to change my delivery date.  The email said that I would receive a phone call that would tell me the delivery window.
  • 1 day before delivery – They called me around 4:30PM.  It was an automated message informing me that my delivery window is between 7am – 11am.  It also said that they would call me around 30 minutes before arriving at my house.
  • Day of the delivery – They came to my house at 9am, but without calling me 30 minutes before-hand.
    • They hauled my old refrigerator & installed a new one with water line in about 30-45 minutes

My delivery process was smooth and painless.  People were pleasant. I hope your experience will be as pleasant as mine.

Final note: Appliance delivery can be a nightmare if your delivery people are young, inexperienced, and don’t give a dang. I think I was little lucky.

Buying a Refrigerator 2018 – Costco Shopping #50

50th Costco shopping in 2018 – $1,051.04 (today) / $4.327.55 (this year)

My refrigerator died at the worst possible time, while I was on 7 day vacation.

When I came back home from the vacation, inside of my freezer was in room temperature.  All my food had to be trashed.  I always keep my freezer full with rib-eye steaks, jumbo shrimps, fish, bacon, etc, etc…   But it’s OK.  It happens.  Refrigerator dies. What can I do?

Luckily, before taking trip, I took out the ice bucket and turned off the ice machine, so I didn’t have any water damage on the kitchen floor.

Yes, I actually thought about “What if my refrigerator dies while I’m away for seven days?”  I also shut off the main water supply to my house just in case there is a water leak in the house.

Shopping for a refrigerator.

My criteria for a new refrigerator:

  • Find the cheapest full size unit.  I refuse to buy expensive refrigerator, because refrigerators die.  I don’t believe in paying $500 to fix a 10 years old refrigerator.  I will pay $500 more and buy a new one with current technology.
  • Find a unit with good reviews.
  • I like side by side refrigerators.  I don’t like freezer on top.  I don’t like freezer on the bottom.  I don’t like French door.  People with different life-style prefer different door configurations, so side by side refrigerators may not work for you.  Personally, I cannot imagine myself bending over every single time I use a freezer.  As a single man, I freeze a lot of food.  I use both freezer and refrigerator equally.  I must have a side by side unit.
  • I like stainless steel – I understand stainless steel will show fingerprints.  But, I never touch my refrigerator except for the handles.  It will be my pleasure to clean the face of my refrigerator once in a while (with Windex – according to Martha Stewart).  Stainless steel will look the best in my kitchen.

I spent several hours researching refrigerators.

And, guess what?  Costco has the best price on refrigerators.

Basically, price on refrigerators is almost universal.  You can buy from anywhere and you will pay similar.  But, there are distinctive advantages on buying from Costco.  They are:

  • Costco is slightly cheaper – pretty much on all units.
  • You get Costco cash back reward from your purchase.
  • (In my case) I get 2 years warranty, extended by Costco, instead of usual 1 year warranty from any other stores.
  • They haul away my old unit for free – some may charge $20 – $25 for this.
  • They will hook up water line for free – some may charge extra for this.

*If you are in a hurry – relax and just buy from Costco.

I ordered GE 25.4 CuFt Side-By-Side Refrigerator in Stainless Steel.  Total price was $1,051.04

I hope delivery process will be smooth. I will update you.

Personal Update – November 2018

HI.  I am doing good.  Sorry, I’ve been busy.  But, I am here.  I’ll be back on my blog soon.

Perhaps some of you are following my Instagram and have some idea what I’ve been doing.  Below is a quick personal update.

  • I went to New Orleans for 5 day and ate a lot – went to Costco there.
  • I visited Chicago for 3 days – ate pizza, hot dog, deli sandwich. I drove on Lake Shore Drive, and visited Costco there.
  • I visited Battle Creek, Michigan for 3 days.  I love Michigan.  I visited Costco in Kalamazoo.
  • I visited Michael Jackson’s childhood house in Gary Indiana. I was emotional. I cried.
    • And visited Costco there.
  • After Chicago – Michigan trip, I came home and found out that my refrigerator was dead. All my good food had to be trashed (oh well).  The refrigerator is back on for now.  I am currently shopping for a new refrigerator at Costco.com.  I am trying to get through this with a smile.

I am doing good and physically well.  Christmas is coming.  I cannot believe 1 year has passed already.  I try to enjoy every moment I am awake.

I’ll be back.  Please keep in touch.

Costco Shopping – November 7, 2018

49th Costco shopping in 2018 – $75.41 (today) / $3276.51 (this year)

Rental car for the last day of my trip.

At 7AM I picked up the car at the Down Town Battle Creek, Michigan.

Around 9:30AM, I arrived at Michael Jackson’s childhood house in Gary Indiana.  The entire house was fenced in.  I stood by at the house alone and cried. I was emotional.

Rental car was $75.41, but I drove through two toll roads.  I stopped at the first toll gate and I was completely puzzled.  I didn’t know what to do, because there was no human at the gate.  Then the toll gate communicated with my car and the gate was opened for me.  I am pretty sure I will be charged with that service.  On the second toll road, I went to the correct gate where I could pay with cash.

I ate my last meal of the trip in Chicago.  I went to Portillo’s for a Chicago style hot dog. I like Chicago style hot dog very much.  It was cute that I tried Deep Dish Pizza, but I didn’t like Deep Dish Pizza that much.  I like New York style better – and good old Costco style.

I dropped off my rental car at Chicago Midway Airport – They have a nice system going on that it was not that confusing to return my car.  I was nervous, but I followed signs all the way to parking garage. I told people “I am a first timer” – and people were kind.

Good times.

Costco Shopping – November 3 & 7, 2018

47th Costco shopping in 2018 – $16.72 (today) / $3194.89 (this year)

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48th Costco shopping in 2018 – $6.21 (today) / $3201.1 (this year)

It was fun visiting Costco in different cities. In the Midwestern US, buildings were ready for cold weather.  They were selling Winter products such as snow scrapers.  I saw a nice jacket at Chicago Costco for $70.  They were gentlemen’s long coats that goes with dress-shirt and tie.  I regret I didn’t buy that jacket. Jackets like that are not available online.

Gas was cheap compared to what I normally pay in California.  In California, I pay $4/gallon for cheapest grade gasoline.  In Indiana a gallon of gasoline was $2.56.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Merrillville, Indiana

Costco Shopping – October 17, 2018

 46th Costco shopping in 2018 – $119.67 (today) / $3178.17 (this year)

Both roses and lint rollers were for a friend who is a pet owner.  Both of them were on sale.  Girls like that kind of stuff, so… bada bing, bada boom.  Who loves you, baby?

I had to buy more frying pans.  I bought The Original Green Pans at Costco 2 years ago – those pans quickly became unusable. I am bitter that Costco sold me The Original Green Pans.  Those pans are not good at all.  I hope these will perform better.

I started to chew sugar free gum, because I started to wear invisalign.  You should never chew gum while wearing invisalign.  I chew gum after food or drink, especially when I’m at work or outside.  This makes it somewhat ok to put my invisaline back on temporarily.  And I try to properly brush on my earliest opportunity.

And, candies for Halloween. 🙂

Costco Shopping – October 10, 2018

 45th Costco shopping in 2018 – $77.39 (today) / $3058.5 (this year)

European Cookies are back.  I call them “Christmas Cookies”, and they are my 10 years old Christmas tradition.  Every Christmas season, I buy these cookies and make them last until the next Christmas season.  I only eat these cookies on Sunday morning with coffee.  My idea is that I enjoy little bit of Christmas all year. Eating these cookies with Sunday morning coffee – using my Sunday coffee mug is the highlight of the day.  I enjoy that moment very much.

Jarlsberg cheese was on sale.  It’s ridiculously cheap when it’s on sale.  To me, it is a luxury item, but I cannot pass it when it’s on sale.

Peanuts are so good. Unsalted is the way to go if you are grown up and watch blood pressure.

Memory foam slippers are for my work.  I have a cozy and private cubicle at work that I decided to wear these slippers at my cubicle.

Costco Shopping – August 14, 2018

44th Costco shopping in 2018 – $109.45 (today) / $2981.11 (this year)

This is a late post.

I bought 15 pairs of English Laundry pants 2 months ago in August (2018).  I had a high hope, but these pants were different than their last batch. The fabric and colors were different.  Some people may like them, but they weren’t for me.  So I kept 5 pairs and returned 10.

Costco Coupons: October 3 – 28, 2018

Member-Only Savings for October 2018.

You can check out the content of the coupon book at Costco website (link below)

https://www.costco.com/warehouse-savings.html

Refresh Skin Therapy’s Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel is on sale for online only sale.  You can still enter for a raffle here (ends October 24, 2018).  5 winners will receive free bottle. Thanks to Refresh Skin Therapy.

Raffle: Refresh Skin Therapy on Sale at Costco

Refresh Skin Therapy

Enter to win Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel ($36 MSRP).
$10 instant savings on October 2018 coupon period at Costco

Refresh Skin Therapy is organic chemical peel for your face. Below is description from their website.

This organic peel will dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines, shrink pores, and increase skin’s elasticity for a youthful and flawless glow.

Erases fine lines, dark spots and improves skin’s texture and tone while revealing noticeably smoother, healthier skin. Skin is noticeable brighter and complexion is more even-toned after first application

Currently Costco is selling three products from Refresh Skin Therapy.  At Costco.com, Amazon, and all over the web, hundreds (thousands ?) of people rated their entire product line 4 to 4+ out of 5 stars.

I am a man, but I think I will try this for myself.

Costco’s always low price for Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel (#1113435) is $24.99.  But, it gets better. They will be on sale during the next coupon period, in October 2018, for instant $10 off, making them crazy good price of $14.99 each. To celebrate the sales event, our friends at Refresh Skin Therapy will give away free products to 5 of my visitors. Check out and buy online.

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Raffle: Organic Maca Powder by World Gourmet

World Gourmet Food

Enter to win Raw Maca Powder (bottom of this page)

Raw Maca is superfood powder that you’ve been hearing more about lately.  Along with nutritional benefits, they’re supposed to give you energy and reduce stress.  It’s also supposed to be good for men (ehem).  Costco is now in business with World Gourmet Food.  You can now find Raw Maca powder at Costco locations in San Diego (CA), Arizona, Utah, Denver and Las Vegas.

*Whole Foods sells 4 oz Organic Maca Powderfor for $6.99.  World Gourmet’s Raw Maca comes in Costco size of TWO pounds (32 oz), and they currently sell for $9.99.

If you want to check out Maca powder for free, enter for raffle below.  World Gourmet Food will send you 2 bags of Organic Raw Maca Root Powder (total 4 pounds).

I am currently putting Raw Maca powder (1/2 Tbs ) in my Vitamix juice twice a day.  It gives my juice a hint of raw root taste.  I don’t have a girlfriend and I have absolutely no stress in my life, so it will be tough to monitor changes in me. But, I like what I read about Maca.

Facts about Raw Maca Powder

  • Provides 215% more fiber and 190% more iron than 1 serving of kale
  • Ancient Superfood that provides Calcium, Iron, Potassium, and Magnesium
  • Consumed by the Ancient Incas for nearly 2 millennia, warriors would eat them before battle and royalty would hoard for themselves.
  • Maca is generally categorized into 3 categories: Yellow, Red & Black. The Ancient Peruvian Root crop belonging to the radish family is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants. World Gourmet is one of the few brands to blend all 3 into 1 bag.
  • Maca helps the body adapt to stress by countering the negative effects of tension and anxiety while tonifying and boosting the endocrine system, It is rich in amino acids, which are essential to the cell regeneration processes. It also delivers abundant energy, mental stamina, hormonal balance, enhanced libido, and an elevated mood.
  • Maca has all sorts of beauty benefits is capable, strengthening your hair, and improving collagen production. It is incredibly nutrient dense, a solid source of protein key for getting shiny hair and strong nails. It is rich in vitamins that help keep skin looking plump and glowy.
  • The vitamin C in Maca fights free radicals that can cause everything from skin damage to inflammation. It also has vitamins D and E, which regulate collagen production as well.
  • Maca contains both iron and iodine, which are essential for your thyroid. When your thyroid is working properly, it helps with your sex hormones and skin.

How to use: Blend a heaping spoonful into Teas, confections, juices, puddings, smoothies, hot beverages, cookies, cereals, and ice cream to easily enjoy it’s benefits.

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Maximus Smart Security Light at Costco

Maximus Smart Security Light (Costco #1145059) is an outdoor light with built-in HD security camera. It will record high definition video with sound. Video clips are stored in cloud where you can review and download. You can watch live video feed and control the unit with your mobile devices. It comes with basic free services which can be upgraded to paid services.

My favorite function is audio and light alert when somebody approaches to my door. To me, that alert alone is worth of purchasing the unit. Bad guys are unlikely to pursue my house after seeing that.  See video below.

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