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Costco In News - August 2017

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Aug
12

Costco Adds Gift Registry To Its Customer Services To Gain Sales And Loyalty

August 7, 2017

Costco has added a new service by adding a Gift Registry for many occasions. The company has partnered with My Registry.com so that a bride or an expectant mother can list all items she wants at one universal gift registry

Read more at Forbes.com

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Costco has opened a new store in North Hollywood, but it’s not what you’re used to

August 9, 2017

A new 137,000-square-foot Costco Business Center opened its doors Wednesday in North Hollywood, catering to convenience stores, restaurants and small offices.

Read more at DailyNews.com

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Costco names chairman to replace late co-founder Jeff Brotman

August 11, 2017

Hamilton "Tony" James is president and chief operating officer of investment firm Blackstone. He's been a Costco director since August 1988 and was the board's lead independent director before his appointment to chairman.

Read more at bizjournals.com

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Costco's co-founder and chairman dies

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Aug
05

Costco co-founder and chairman Jeff Brotman has died, according to the company. He was 74-years-old.

Read more from CNN Money

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Costco Shopping - August, 3 2017

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Aug
04

Today was the first day of August Costco Coupon cycle, so I bought a few items.  It was just a quick in and out shopping.

I don't know if Focus Factor really works.  At this point, I am afraid to get off of Focus Factor to see if my work performance will suffer. I do computer work at a large company.  One error, one click can cost me hours of trouble shooting time.  Focus is very important for my job.  I have a coworker who often spends hours trying to troubleshoot his own work.  The guy never learns.  But, I will not tell him about Focus Factor.  "Hey, dude, take these, so you don't suck so bad"...

I don't remember seeing Costco Nut Bars in the past.  They are Kirkland Signature products, so you know they are good. They are not chewy like some other fancy bars.  But I like these Nut Bars.  They are tasty.  $16.89 for 30 bars is a really good price.  There was no coupon for these Nut Bars. But it was a special price.  Either these are temporary items (they will sell out) or they will raise the price next round. $16.89 is a good buy.  I may buy one more.

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Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver - Costco Shopping July 7, 2017

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Jul
07

I wrote about keeping Costco spinach fresh , December last year (2016).  I put 3 sheets of paper towel on the bottom of food containers hoping that will keep Costco spinach fresh.

Today, I found this containers, yet another Rubbermaid product, that may change my life.  It's FreshWorks Produce Saver by Rubbermaid .  Each container comes with a crisp tray (sits at the bottom) and ventilation system. They will keep produce fresh up to 80% longer, it claims.  These Rubbermaid containers are doing what I've been trying to do but better.  I am excited to try them out.  I have a high hope.  I just found out about these, thanks to Costco.  I wonder how long they've been available.

Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver

Note: 3 days later, on July 10th, I went back to Costco to buy one more set of containers.  But, this time, there was no more $6 discount.

Buy from Costco:

Costco is currently selling set of 3 containers for $13.99 after $6.00 coupon.  The set contains 1 large container and 2 small containers. 

Price comparison:

  • eBay - one medium size container is about $10
  • Walmart - one medium size container is about $8
  • Amazon - 2 piece set containing 1 small and 1 large containers is $19.99 (you must spend $25 to qualify for free shipping)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond - One large container is $14.99 - with a $5 coupon, it's $10.00
  • 3 piece set, exactly as Costco (1 large, 2 small) can be found at $30+ elsewhere.

You can go on and on... and on and on... searching for better price so you can save $1.  Or you can just buy from Costco and enjoy your free time.  Because, chances are, you cannot find better price than Costco. 

Below is rest of my Costco shopping (July 7, 2017)

Coupon saved $20.70.  Dog treats are for my friend's birthday.  I don't have a pet of my own.  But I can make any cat purr (guaranteed).  Also dogs love me.  Children like me, I used to teach long~~ time ago (25 years ago?).  Senior citizens love me also.   Basically, everyone loves me except girls...

I bought a package of hanging hooks... wait until Christmas, you may see why I bought them.  Yes, I am planning for Christmas.

I bought a rotisserie chicken because they are yum.

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2 Kirkland Signature saucepans - $1 each

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Jul
05

Happy 4th of July.  Congratulations to Joey Chestnut for winning 10th championship on hot dog eating contest.

These 2 Kirkland Signature saucepans (2 qt & 3 qt) were $1 each.

Kirkland Signature Saucepans

I found them at a garage sale, of course.  They came without lids. They look used.  But it doesn't matter to me.  Before these, I had a saucepan that I got for free.  Either a friend of mine gave it to me or I dug it out from a public trash bin (I used to be very thrifty).  I've been using that free saucepan for over 10 years.

I was excited to fine these 2 saucepans for $2.  And they are Kirkland Signature.  When I go to Costco, I always look at Costco cookware set. I've always wanted to have some of those Kirkland Signature kitchenware.  They are so good used, I can only imagine how good they are as a brand new set.

I shall enjoy these saucepans.

Kirkland Signature Saucepans 3 QT

Used Costco Saucepan

 
 
 
 
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Costco & Citi Visa Refund Checks

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Jul
03

$37.07 is a Costco reward from having an executive membership.  I pay $110 a year, $55 more than standard membershp.  My executive membership paid for itself and it paid me $37.04.

$200.93 is Citi Bank's reward. $211.93 is a lot of money to get back, but sometimes I wonder if there are any other card (program) with a better rewards.

That's the beauty of Costco.  If you just stick with Costco, you are getting some of the best rewards available, if not the best. You don't need to do all the research.

I thought I never received this $200 check.  I had to request for a replacement. But, really... I was soo looking forward to this check.  I cannot believe I lost it without knowing.  I still think I never received it at the first place. 

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Sebamed Roadshows, Bundles at Costco.com

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Apr
02

Sebamed, the experts in sensitive skin care, has updated a few of its cost-saving bundles, and I wanted to pass the savings along!

Besides the bundles at its in-store roadshows (the events calendar can be found here), Sebamed has several discounted bundles available for purchase on the Costco website.

Sebamed has become one of the biggest market movers when it comes to sensitive skin. The brand’s ultra-gentle formula is safe and effective. For more than 60 years, the brand has provided relief for those suffering from delicate skin conditions, including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dermatitis. Sebamed is even coveted by those looking to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

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Costco Shopping - March 23, 2017

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Mar
24

I was excited to see SPAM on sale.  I don't know why a lot of people mock SPAM.  It's perfectly fine if you don't like SPAM.  But, you don't have to mock us.  None of my female friends, past and present, liked SPAM.  But, it was more than that.  When I told them I liked SPAM, they all made a puke face and said "Yuck". They seemed to take away points because I liked SPAM. Maybe that's why they didn't stick around... because I'm a SPAM lover.  SPAM, to me, is a must have item at my house. I crave SPAM every several months, and I must have some.  This 8 pack will last a few years.  Girls may come and go, but I will have these low sodium SPAMs in my cupboard, telling me everything will be fine.

Coupons saved $24.50 today.

Chef's Cut Beef Jerky was really good. I finished the whole bag in two days.  I may buy one more.  This was one of the best jerkies I have ever tasted.

I always buy jarlsberg cheese from Costco whenever there is a coupon.  This is an amazing buy.

Toiliet papers, glad food containers, shampoo, and conditioners were all on sale. It was a fun Costco shopping.

Costco Receipt

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Costco Shopping - January 5, 2017

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Jan
05

Happy new year

It was my first Costco shopping of 2017.  I didn't buy anything special.  Coupons saved $29.40.  Protein bars are for work.  Apples and green blends are for juicing.  I freeze naan bread which they will last about six months.  I am not quite sure if Focus Factor works.  But, at the same time, I am afraid to get off it.

Toilet papers at the bottom of the cart.

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Keeping Costco Spinach Fresh - Rubbermaid Containers

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Dec
24

Mery Christmas!

I still live alone.  And I still buy food in bulk at Costco. 

I can make a big bag of Costco spinach to last solid 7 days.  I keep them crispy fresh until I finish the whole bag.  Recently I improved my vegetable storage system with a new set of 3 Rubbermaid containers at Costco.  I am not sure if they are still available at Costco. They were $15 or less for 3 containers (6 pieces).  That's a pretty good price.  They will pay for themselves in a few month.

For a large bag of Costco spinach, I need all three containers.  I put 2 sheets of paper towels at the bottom of each containers.  This system keeps my Costco spinach (& other vegetables) last a lot longer.

This saves my time and money - and elevate my life style.

Merry Christmas, everyone.  Now I get back to massive eating.

Costco Rubbermaid Premier Containers

Costco Rubbermaid Vegetable Containers

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