Costco Shopping

* Today’s Costco shopping: 17th time this year, 4rd time this month

I ran out of apples, so I went to Costco for some quick refill.

It was getting late after Costco shopping, so I looked at my coupon wallet and found an El Pollo Loco coupon.  Below dinner was only $2.99.  It’s so hard not to eat out when I can take care of dinner so easy, fast, and cheap.

When did this happen? McDonald’s Nutritional Fact

I went to McDonald’s for lunch today.

I had Filet O Fish & 6 pieces of Chicken McNuggets (& no soda)

My Coworker had a 1/4 Pound Burger Value Pack.

I looked at the bottom sides of the boxes and saw nutritional facts.  This was the first time seeing nutritional facts on any fast food containers.

Anyway, I ate 660 kCal (plus honey mustard) while my coworker ate over 1400 kCal.

My lunch (without soda) was $6.42.  That’s a lot of money.  I remember I used to go to McDonald’s to save money.

McDonald's Nutritional Fact

The Week I Ate The Most Amount Of Fat

I believe I ate the most amount of fat (greasy food) last week.

  • I ate 8 pieces of Popeys chicken – that’s a whole chicken.
  • I had 4 pieces of KFC chicken
  • I went to Carl’s Jr for a burger and fries
  • I had two big slices of anchovy pizza & salad.
  • I also had a double chili cheese burger with fries

I need to try very hard to fight the temptation.  I keep thinking "just once" or "It’s OK I will work out"

This is bad, bad…  I am definitely fatter than last year.  

I drink juice every morning.  I think I get about 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  But… look at some of the things I ate past week.  I don’t have pictures of Popeyes Chicken (I went twice and ate 4 pieces each time).

FYI: Normally, I eat about 2 pieces of fried chicken a month.
FYI: I currently wear 32" waist pants – But I know I’m bigger than 32.

But I tell you what.  I enjoyed every single bite of them.  I don’t normally drink sodas (to save money & etc).  So, when you see me with soda, you know I am really enjoying my meal. (especially for lunch – because I have soda at work).

Costco Shopping – April 19, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 16th time this year, 3rd time this month

I had a meeting with a customer. I drove by Simi Valley Costco, so…  I had to drop by to see what they have.  Different Costco stores have different items in stock.  If you go to a Costco in rich neighborhood, you will find more fancier & expensive items.  Maybe I’m wrong about that theory, but that’s what I believe.  Different Costco carries different items.

Back to shopping:

Mm.. yes, I bought another pair of Adidas running shoes from Costco. But, these are running shoes.  Oxnard Costco didn’t have these.  I needed those shoes to replace my 5 years old gym shoes. I swear, my existing gym shoes are pretty beat up. 

They were only $28.99/pair. They are very light and designed for running.  With these shoes, I will workout every day and live forever.  It would be stupid not to buy at this price. Embarassed

That’s it. I’m done with sneakers.

I spent $43.45 at Simi Valley Costco.

adidas running shoes costco

Costco’s Adidas running shoes

Costco Shopping – April 14, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 15th time this year, 2nd time this month

Ah~~  So busy.  Last night to work on my tax.

First of all, I got my tire fixed.

I bought a pair of Adidas.  I couldn’t resist at the price tag of $29.99. It was the first time seeing Adidas at Costco.  What’s the chance?  I was thinking about buying a pair of Adidas so I can get back to my co-worker. Here are my stories on sneakers.

I bought a swimming trunk. You see, I never get out.  I didn’t swim in last 10 years or so.  I do think about taking vacations here and there..  mm.. we’ll see.

I have money and time for vacation.  I have 4 weeks of vacation time backed up.  My accounting lady’s been telling me to take vacation for over 1 year now.  The thing is that I don’t need vacation.  I am pretty relaxed and happy at work.  There is no stress.  If I meet right kind of friend I shall enjoy traveling.  But, for now, alone… I’m happy without vacation.

I have a full box of Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal.  I really like HBO, but I thought it would be better if I mix it with Costco’s Raisin Bran.

Kirkland Signature’s AAA batteries are the best.  I brought a $2.00 off coupon for Duracell batteries, but Kirkland Signature’s batteries were a lot better deal without coupon.

I spent $120.00.  I saved $18.00 with coupons. Then I put 12.65 Gallons of gas for $27.82 ($2.199/g)

Costco Shopping

Costco Cereals
50/50 mix of Honey Bunches of Oats & Kirkland Signature Organin Raisin Bran with Soy Milk.  This is my favorite combination so far.

Another Flat Tire In 3 Months~! :(

Gag me with a spoon. I have a flat tire.

I bought 4 tires from Costco about 4 months ago.
Then I had a flat tire three months ago.

Today, I took a short break to practice my Chin Ups and found out my car has a flat tire. Again~!!  This time it’s the rear right side.

Oh, my beautiful Costco tire.. CryCry
Well, Costco didn’t make the tires.  I just bought them from Costco.  To be honest, I don’t even remember the brand name of my tires.  All I know is that they are from Costco and Costco will take care of them.


There was an AAA towing truck waiting for me.  He knew the owner would come out sooner or later.  He asked me if I wanted his service.  I told him "no".  Then he moved on.

I quickly replaced the tire with a spare.  Replacing tire is easy if you have right tools.

** Make sure you have right tools to replace tires on your own.  Do not assume your cellular phone will save the day.  If you have never replaced a tire before you should try and see if you can do it.  If you are a small person it will be almost impossible to unfasten the lug nuts with the wrench that comes with your car.  You may have to buy a wrench like mine (below).  You may need a better jack as well.

Above Jack and Lug Nut Wrench are NOT Toyota’s stock supply. 
Large Lug Nut Wrench & a good jack are must have items.

The tire laying flat on the ground is a spare.
My spare is a fully maintained brand new tire.

*  I have a big shopping to do at Costco tomorrow, so I will check it in tomorrow.

Costco Shopping – April 10, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 14th time this year, 1st time this month

Nothing Special today.

I have a long Costco shopping list for next week (with the coupons).  Today, I just needed some basic stuff fast.

I bought 3 more shirts ($45.00).  I just need a few more shirts and I’ll be satisfied.  I need a few more pairs of dark pants.

I spent less than $100.00 ($91.14).

Costco Chicken:
I love Costco chicken. But, when you live alone, you are the only person eating that bird.  That means I will be eating nothing but Costco chicken for next 2-3 days.  I am not sure if I can finish the whole thing this time.  

Below is a reshoot of the shirts under better light, with correct color balance

Costco Coupons – April 13 – May 3, 2009

Check your mailbox.  I hope you got these as well.

Oh boy… I see a lot of things to buy.  I may have to spend a lot of money next week.

My shopping list from this coupon:

  • Candies (I am debating which one to get)
  • Trash bags
  • Ritz crackers
  • Hebrew National Kosher Beef Franks
  • Orange chicken
  • Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Variety Pack
  • Valley Fine Foods Pasta Prima Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli
  • Apache 3’x5′ Commercial Grade Scraper Mat
  • Kirkland Signature Chicken Alfredo with Penne Pasta
  • Vitamin B-12 (Good timing – I was running out of them) 

* I am looking at this tiny Olympus Camera (FE-370) for $99.99 after $30.00 off.  I should not buy this camera, but it’s very tempting.  The camera is very cute.

Costco Coupons


costco online savings

Costco Online Instant Saving Book

1 1/2 Slices of Bread For Breakfast

I eat 1 1/2 slices of bread for breakfast.

1 slice is too little.  2 slices are too much.

So, I make sandwich with 1.5 slices of bread & 3 slices of ham.
When I told my friends about it, they seemed puzzled about how I manage to distribute & stack 1.5 pieces of bread in one sandwich.

It’s very simple.  Check it out.

Breakfast Sandwich

Bread and Ham from Costco, of course