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Garage Sale - May 14, 2016

May
15

I spent $3 today on this compass. 

FYI: I decorate my guest bathroom with nautical theme.  I live somewhat close to the ocean, but  never go to the ocean. Anyway I enjoy nautical theme in the bathroom.

The owner asked for $5 for this.  I haggled it down to $3.

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RECALL (Important) - Costco Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products

May
06

I trust most of you already received a phone call from Costco.

Some of Costco's frozen vegetable fruit products are on recall.  Please read if this concerns you.

Below is from CRF Frozen Foods, LLC's press release

"We are performing this volun tary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems."

Please click here for a list of Costco items on recall and a complete press release.

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I received a phone call from Costco.  They played a machine recording to my machine.  I was instructed to stop eating them and to take them back to Costco for a full refund.  This is a hassle. 

  • If they know enough to call my house about it, why don't they just give me the refund without having me taking food back to them?
  • Can I just dump all the food and bring the package wrappers for a refund? 
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Costco Coupons May 5 - May 29, 2016

May
04

Click below to view coupons. Thanks to Adamcos

http://www.adamcos.com/Costco/20160505.php

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Garage Sale - April 30, 2016

May
01

I spent $2.75 today at garage sales.

After garage sales I enjoy doing a little research on-line.  I want to know more about what I bought.  And, naturally, I would like to know how much these itmes sell for.  I never sold anything I bought from garage sales, but I think I'm getting better at picking out stuff.

Vintage spice rack with 10 jars was 25 Cents (2 jars missing).  I believe this mid-century Japanese spice racks were popular back then.  It's beautiful and practical.  I will be using it all the time. I found few of these on eBay for $30-50.

6 pack of brand new Ikea steak knives was $2. I found these on eBay for $27 - $46. At the garage sale the lady had 4 boxes of these.  I actually thought about buying all 4 boses so I can sell them. 

I bought Dale Earnhardt magnet (number 3) because I like Dale Earnhardt.  He's a NASCAR legend.  I watched his last race in 2001 (he died in the crash). I paid 50 Cents for two magnets.  I was going to stick one on my refrigerator and give one to my coworker.  Then I realized these magnets are hard to find items.  I guess they don't make them any more.  On several websites, including Welmart, they were selling these for $15 or more. I will try to sell them at $10 each.

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Computer Desk - Left Legs

Apr
17

I recently bought a computer desk for $30, and a 7up crate for $5.  Of course, I bought both of them at garage sales.  I used 7up crate to hide massive amount of clutter.   Inside the crate, I put two external hard drives, a fan to cool the hard drives, extension cord, 3 AC adopters, and a lot of wires.

*The black box on top of the 7up crate is a battery backup system for my computer. 

Oh my God, this is a boring blog..  ZZzz....

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Bathroom #1

Apr
11

Here's a picture of my master bathroom, AKA bathroom #1.  :)

I only buy Q-Tips and body lotions from Costco.  3 pack of Q-Tips last about 3 years.  It takes me about 10 minutes to put the Q-Tips neatly in the container as pictured.

I bought that Essenza reed diffuser several years ago from Costco as well.  It smells good.

I got colognes over the years for various reasons, and my collection is getting larger.  The oldest bottle of cologne is Tuscany.  I received it about 27 years ago from a girl who had a crush on me.  Bottle of Gucci is about 20+ years old.

I rarely wear colognes.  Sometimes I wear cologne on Sunday when I'm home alone.  Colognes are like music.  Some people will love your smell.  And it will make a lot of people gag. So, please think twice when you wear perfumes or colognes to work.  I guarantee you some of your co-workers are talking about your smell behind your back.

Sometimes, I wear colognes when I'm with a female companion, but ONLY after she approves the smell.

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Garage Sale - April 9, 2016

Apr
10

One lady picked up this bed sheet set and I quickly realized that I just missed something I desperately needed.  The fitted sheet I bought from Costco is worn out.  I needed a new one.

The lady asked the seller how much it was, but she asked in Spanish.  "Siete" the seller replied.   I don't speak mush Spanish, but I know siete meant seven.

She decided not to buy it and put in back.  So, I picked it up and asked the same guy how much it was, but this time in English.  "Fifteen" he replied.  I stuck to my routine and didn't show my emotion.  I said "I thought you said seven to that lady" - and he corrected himself.  Seven it was.

So, I bought 2 sets.  I washed and dressed my bed with the pink one.  It's hard to tell how they feel, because pima cotton gets softer over time as we wash them.  So far, it's not bad for Siete Dolares.

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Takeya Thermoflask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle 40 oz (Twin Pack)

Apr
09

You pay less at Costco for 2 bottles, compared to a sinlge bottle from Amazon.

If you are lucky enough to find these Takeya Thermoflasks at your local Costco, just so you know, these are really good price.  This twin pack was $34.99.  Usually a single canister goes for $35.  These high quality canisters keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12.  I haven't used it yet, but I believe this is a good buy that will not be repeated.

I bought the twin pack and gave one to my boss that made him very happy.  I know, I have no shame.  So, I bought a thermo canister I've always wanted AND kissed my boss' ass at the same price.

This is why I shop at Costco frequently.  I never know what I'm going to find. 

Amazon is selling the identical bottle for $32.18 (plus shipping). 
So, you pay less at Costco for 2 bottles, compared to a sinlge bottle from Amazon.

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Apr
07

Last Thanksgiving Day (2015) I ate 10% of the turkey and vacuum freezed the rest.

Almost 5 months later, I thawed the turkey for dinner.  It was very good.  It was like I baked the bird yesterday.

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Costco Coupons April 7 - May 1, 2016

Apr
05

Click below to view coupons. Thanks to Adamcos

http://www.adamcos.com/Costco/20160407.php

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