Costco Shopping – January 21

* Today’s Costco shopping: 5th time this year, 5th time this month.

I didn’t buy anything special today. I just wanted to fill up my refrigerator. 

I needed some pre-made meals (Bachelors’ meal). I also found “Normandy Style Vegetable Blend”. I would have liked it more if there were some potatoes in the mix. But it works as is.

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Laundry Bag Handles

* 3rd package of the year.

These are laundry sorter handles to go with Seville Classic’s Laundry Sorter. It took a little extra time to get here (about 2 weeks).

Seville Laundry bag sorter handles
Bag Handles for Laundry Sorter (Seville Classic)

Costco Shopping – January 10, 2009

Big shopping day

It was a big shopping day today. Coupons saved me $48.99 but the total amount was still well over $300.00. 

Power Juicer was the most expensive item at $89.99. My current juicer broke down this morning. I had to buy a juicer ASAP. I drink juice once or twice every day.

I spent a lot of money today. I am a little sick to my stomach. But, I bought a lot of items that will last many years. It was smart shopping for a long-term benefit.

Juicer, Ironing Board, Ziplock bags, Sweeper, DVDs, & Liquid Plumber should last a few years at least. 

I didn’t eat hot-dog (I didn’t feel like eating after spending that much money). But I put gas in the car.

* I took the ironing board back for a refund

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Simple Office Ergonomics – Mouse

I hope somebody would agree with me on this

At work, we have expensive office furniture. Everyone sits on a $600.00 Herman Miller office chair. I am saving money so I can buy one for my apartment.

Then I have this under the work desk. This keyboard tray has a built-in mouse pad. It looks like this. This may look very typical to most people, but it makes little sense to me. 

Office Ergonomics

With the above setting, my right hand must move down to grab my mouse. This doesn’t make sense. We must raise the mouse up a little so it will be at the same level as the keyboard. 

Something like this (below)

Office Ergonomics Mouse

This is how I set up my mouse at both work & home office. I raised up my mouse pad slightly. I think this the only way.

I don’t want my mouse too far away from my keyboard.
I want my mouse leveled with my keyboard.

Wash Your Ziplock Bags – Save Money

Your Ziplock bags are not for onetime use only. You must wash & reuse your Ziplock bags as many times as possible. These bags are very expensive. Recycle your ziplock bags. 

This is how I wash my used Ziplock bags.

  1. Turn the bag completely inside out.
  2. Use dish soap and scrubber (soft side).
    • Lay the bag flat on the kitchen sink and scrub it with plenty of detergents (pay more attention if the bag used to hold blood).
    • Rinse inside the bag briefly (“inside” will become “outside” later)
  3. Dry the bag as is (the bag is still turned inside out).

Wash Ziplock Bags
Drying…. 

Costco Shopper’s Christmas Day

Merry Christmas, everyone.

I was home alone for Thanksgiving. So, I was looking forward to a Christmas with my family.
Below is how I spent my Christmas 2008.



I had my usual breakfast (eggs, sandwich, & juice).

Costco Coffee Pumpkin Spice
I brewed Pumpkin Spice Coffee for the road.
The coffee machine was $7 from Rite Aid. 
I don’t need an expensive coffee machine.


2 bags full of Costco products & gifts for Christmas dinner


My nephews loved the cars I bought from Costco


Costco shrimps cocktail – before dinner.

Costco Chocolate
My oldest sister took the jar of “Chocolate of the World” by Kirkland Signature. She emptied the entire contents on the carpet and picked out her favorite flavors. Then she hid her stash.

I also gave my sister 2 Costco tote bags


This is what I came back home with.

It was a glorious day. I felt sad that Christmas was in the past already.

A Christmas Gift to Myself

This is a Christmas gift I gave to myself.

It’s Das Keyboard – the best keyboard in the world.

I bought the “Ultimate” model. As you can see, the keyboard is completely blank. 

It was $129.00, delivered from www.daskeyboard.com
It’s a little expensive, but a Christmas gift should be fancy.
I am loving this keyboard.

I spend 12-16 hours a day typing (programming & blogging). I am thinking about getting one for work as well. It’s a beautiful keyboard. The quality is amazing.

Das Keyboard

Kas Keyboard ultimate

Costco Blog – Shopping December 23, 2008

I am getting ready for Christmas dinner at my parents’ house in 2 days. I thought it would be too risky to go to Costco tomorrow (Christmas Eve). Costco will close early tomorrow. Also, pumpkin pies may run out.

Costco has a quality ham. Kirkland Signature hams are pretty good. I feel sorry to betray Costco, but I had to pay big bucks and order Honey Baked.

After taking this picture, I fixed a quick dinner with Beef Steak Strips and couscous (pictured below, six-pack). I love the good instant meals I get from Costco.

OK, Merry Christmas, everyone. I’m out.

Costco Shopping December 19, 2008

I took a day off today.

I am getting ready for a Christmas dinner party at my parents’ house. I will bring disposable party supplies.

Construction papers are a Christmas gift for my niece. Those will go well with the colored pens I bought earlier.

I treated myself with a fancy shower robe. The quality of this robe is amazing. It’s a Costco quality.

I bought an extra set of bedsheets set. This is a part of my “Buying new bed” project. My new bed is too warm with flannel sheets right now. I hope these 600 thread count Supima cotton sheets will cool me down a little. This was a totally unexpected extra expense of $69.99. I have blind faith that $69.99 is a very good price for queen-size bedsheets of this quality.

I spent about $180.00 today