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Costco Shopping - February 2, 2013

Getting ready for Super Bowl.

What you don't see is a Take and Bake pizza and eggs.

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Costco Executive Membership Reward

I received my annual Costco 2% executive membership reward check, amount of $96.36.  Costco's executive membership is $110/yr.  So, I pay $55/yr more than a regular membership.

With $96.36 check, my executive membership pays for itself and it pays $46.36 extra.  That's not all.  I have Costco/American Express membership.  I will receive about $160.00 cash back check from AmericanExpress as well.

And I live alone, AND I don't shop a lot (do I?).  If you have a big family, then your check must be huge. Surprised

So, as far as I am concerned, the evidence is clear.  Everybody should sign up for Costco executive membership (also American Express).  :)

Happy Costco Shopping~!

FYI: I received 2% rebate check of $96.36.  This means I spent $96.36 x 50 (= $4818.00) in Costco last year.  That seems a lot.

Costco Executive Member Reward Check

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Sensible Dinner - Costco Style

I try to eat good Monday to Friday.  I use Vitamix three times a day.  Vitamix is perhaps the most valuable item I bought from Costco.  I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because of Vitamix. If you care about your well being, please buy Vitamix and use it.

I always start my dinner with a tall glass of Vitamix juice.  Today's juice contained:

  • Apple (1/2)
  • Carrot (1)
  • Orange (1/2)
  • Tomato(1/2)

Remember, Vitamix is not a juicer.  There is no pulp to throw out.  You eat the entire fruits and vegetables.  With this juice, I am already half full that I don't feel like eating much more.


Today I grabbed some items I bought from Costco, and came up with a quick soup.  I used following Costco food items:

  • Healthy Choice chicken soup (1 can)
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips (a handful)
  • Egg whites (2) - No yolk (I love yolks, but they say yolks are bad)

I seasoned the soup with some green onions, salt, and pepper.

I don't usually eat dinner out of cans.  But I have no problem eating can food for dinner when I feel like it.


After dinner I ate some strawberries and grapes.

I feel pretty good about how I eat.  I can make quick dinner with staple items from Costco.  I always keep frozen vegetables, grilled chicken, fish, eggs, cans of tuna, & etc...  It's easy to make sensible dinner, fast... Costco style.

When it comes to cooking, a little creativity goes long way.  You better enjoy cooking if you live alone.  Or your bad diet can mess you up. And before you know it, you are in irreversible course to early death.

What I take for granted is that I buy these food items at one location at good price.   Without Costco, I cannot imagine myself shopping for frozen vegetables, fish, and etc.   I would check supermarket fliers and drive around the town.  It will consume my free time.  To me, Costco is the only way to go.

I try to tell them... I don't go to Costco to save money.  I go to Costco to enjoy higher class of life-style.  And Costco happens to save me money.   It's a win-win situation.

Later, I changed my mind and put 2 egg whites (no yolk)

Costco Soup served in a Costco bowl

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Happy Sunday Morning - Costco Coffee & Christmas Cookies

Happy Sunday morning everyone.

I am enjoying my Sunday morning routine.  I love my Sunday coffee with Christmas cookies.  I drink Costco's Cubita Organic Coffee on weekend.

Costco sells these cookies only on Christmas season.  I bought 3 cans last year.  I still have a half of can left.  It's been 1 year already.

I shall buy 3 more cans next month.

I will not buy any more Chocolates of the World.  I still have 2 full jars left from last year.  I am officially sick of Chocolates of the world. Frown

OK, I'm getting ready for a pan cake breakfast.   I hope you guys will have a sweet nap today.

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My First Halloween Decoration - Costco Style

This is my first Halloween decoration ever.

I went to Wal*mart and bought a $1 jack-o-lantern bucket.

Inside the bucket, I put a solar powered lawn light I bought from Costco.  So the pumpkin lights up at dusk.

Happy Halloween.

Don't blink, 2012 will disappear before you know it.  Please slow down and have fun.

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New Blogger Introduction

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to John, I can blog along with the big boys (and girls!).  I have been following this blog for some time now, and I hope that I can contribute in a way that is helpful...or at least entertaining.  So, just a quick intro...

I live in California's beautiful central valley, with my husband, pets and baby on the way.  I have going to Costco virtually my entire life (back with it was Price Club).  My home is Costco-ed out, in fact I am writing this blog from the comfort of our reclining sofa we purchased there at the beginning of the year.

We love Costco.  It is kind of embarrassing...but its true.  From my point of view, Costco is not cheap (at least my trips are not lol), but I do feel like it is money well spent and the quality of product we can get there exceeds what we would get elsewhere for the same or less money. 

The Kirkland products are my dirty little secret.  Years ago, I would have laughed if you suggested that I wear Kirkland brand products--I mean The K is good for toilet paper…but I never would have dreamt about Kirkland clothes or even shampoo or body products, someone might see the label and KNOW I purchased a store brand (oh horror of horrors), but my experience with their sheep skin boots a few years back turned it all around for me.  Like a lot of women, I got swept up in the Ugg craze and I had a pair that I really liked but at 100 bucks a pop (or more!), I was limited to the one pair.  On a whim I tried the Kirkland sheep skin boots and they have held up as good…perhaps even a little better (because the soles are more substantial) than the name brand, and for less than forty bucks.  Now it is on, I wear the Costco brand make up, shampoo, and expanded into their women’s dress shirts.  This spring Costco came out with ¾ sleeve dress shirts that were really exceptional…a little stiff but they are well designed and hold up well to my washer.  Alas, shortly after I bought them, my belly popped so the dress shirts are on hiatus until I can wear normal clothes again.

Other than that I am a Costco every other week, or sometimes every week for staples such as milk, eggs and veggies.  Our Costco carries cage free, organic eggs and their organic milk is sourced from a dairy farm not too far from us, I really like that I am still able to buy semi-locally.  I learned from this month’s Costco magazine that their processing plant for organic beef is also located in the Central Valley.

So, count me in as another very happy Costco customer.  Thanks again to John for allowing me space here and thanks to everyone who makes this blog a nice little community.  Have a great weekend!

Posted By SJC Fam

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Costco Package Design - Kirkland Signature

I would like to pay respect, and give salute to the designer who created this classic Costco design.  We don't think much of it in our everyday lives.   But, I would be upset if they take away this design.

My experience with Costco will not be the same without these red boxes.  I love those flash and lightning effects.

Look at the design on Energy Shot.  The design reminds me of brain wave, muscle tissue, surge of power, etc.  The design actually represents what Energy Shot is about.  It sold me.  It made me want to buy a box.

Design is folksy (not snotty), effective, tells story, catches eyes, and it feels like this is how it's supposed to be.  This is a great design.

I also like the check marked list. 

Thank you designer, whoever you are.

Costco Fabric Softner

Costco Product Box Design

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Buying a TV

Update: posted bottom of this page


I have 2 old style Television sets.  They are both 27 Inches, and pictures are great.  So, I had no intention of buying new TVs.

TVs are major appliances, I need to save money to buy a house, I thought... 

Then, today, I checked prices on TVs?  They are so cheap.  I can buy a decent 32" TV for about $300.00.  That's rediculous.  I love TV.  TV is my best friend (I know it's pathetic, but that's how it is when you are single).  I have hours of enjoyment every day from TV.  I will get thousands of Dollars worth of fun from a new TV.

I think I am going to buy a 32" TV very soon.  In fact, I shall grab my tape measure and head out to Costco after work tonight.  I would love to watch Darlington Races on wide screen.

I shall buy a really big screen TV when I have a house.


7 hours after I decided to by a new TV, I went to Costco and found 32" Samsung HD TV.  This unit was $339.99 after $30.00 instant rebate.  That's cheaper than my Vitamix blender.  There were number of cheaper units.  But, I bought the most expensive 32" there.  It had the best picture quality.  It took me less than 10 minutes to decide on this unit.

I ate a hot dog and bought gas before I headed back home. 

After I took the TV home, I took a crash course on HD TV setup.  

I learned that I need to rent a HD cable box which will cost me extra $4-$5/mo.  So, I will drive across the town tomorrow on my lunch time to exchange cable boxes.

Then I'll have to pick up some HDMI cables after work.  I will buy the cheapest HDMI cabels.  I do not t believe in expensive cable myth.  HD TV is digital signal.  Signals are in 0's and 1's.  Either it's on or off.  You don't need expensive cable.  That's my belief.

Finally, I will enjoy high definition television .  I have waited long enough. 

I am glad I came to Costco for a quick shopping.  I wanted to see picture quality myself.  The convenience, speed, and piece of mind was well worth of avoiding online shopping.

I was satisfied with my shopping experience.


Update: I called Verizon and asked for cable package upgrade, discount, and price lock for 2 years.  Now, I will pay $120/mo for TV, Cable, & Internet ($15 less than before). And I will have 65 HD Channels.  They will also send me $250 gift credit card.  So, my phone call to Verizon paid for my new HD TV plus $250 cash card.

So, call your cable company for special offer.  If you don't ask, you lose.

I am very happy with my first High Definition TV.  Picture quality is amazing.  TV was only $339.99.  Life is good when your standard is low.  (Don't tell that to my ex girlfriends).

Ipdate 2: A few days later, I still cannot believe how amazing this High Definition Television quality is.  I know my TV doesn't have the best picture quality.  Still, I am blown away.   I heard that they have a prototype TV with 16 times better picture quality than HD TV.  Amazing stuff. 

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Experiment - Costco Pep Shots

As you know, I've been slowing down on my blog considerably.  I feel tired and slow lately.  I have a lot of work and all..  Then I thought this would be the perfect time for a little experiment.

You see, Costco sells energy shots, they look very much like popular 5 hour energy shot. I am going to try them Costco energy shots and we shall see if I will update my blog more often.  This will be fun.

Maybe I will go to Costco tomorrow to pick up those pep shots.
Ah~~ I don't feel like doing it today.

### Update ###

It's Saturday.  I slept 3 hours this morning and visited my parents.  We had a nice lunch, but I was tired.  On my way home I dropped by at Costco there and picked up Kirkland Signature Energy Shots (and a lobster tail, hehe).  I came back home (apartment) at 3:30pm.

At home, I was dozing off on the couch.  I was missing out on good TV.  So, I took one shot of Costco Energy Shot.  It was a grape flavor.  I guess it tastes OK.  I don't drink this for taste, so..

Oh my God, I think it works.  I am no longer sleepy.  I jut took some pictures of the pep shots (below).  I shall steam the lobster soon.

My plan is to take this Energy Shot after work.  I will doze off during the business hours, that's no problem.  But, I would like to get a second wind after work, so I will take care of my personal stuff.

I wil update this blog as I use it more.

PS. Lobster was fantastic.


Monday May 7, 2012:  I took one energy shot at 5pm, before I got off work.  Now it's 2:30am (Tuesday), and I am still awake.  I just had some midnight snack.  I think should drink just a half a shot of these.  I think my body is too small(?) to drink a whole bottle.  Maybe my body needs to get used to this stuff.  I am now going to take a shower and try to go to sleep.  I am worried if I will be tired tomorrow at work.  Oh, I will take a shot of Energy!  Nothing to worry about here, hehe...

Costco Energy Shot - Kirkland Signature

Product information:
Kirkland Signature Energy Shot
Costco Item number: 601180
48 Count x 2 ounce
Sell Price $34.99
Unit price per bottle: $0.729

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Tyson's Wings of Fire is Back. No More Foster Farms

Costco brought back Tyson's Wings of Fire.

On my December 23, 2009 Costco shopping, I bought a bag of Foster Farms' Hot'n Spicy Wings.  They didn't have Tyson's Wings of Fire.  From that time, for 2 years, there was no Wings of Fire.  We had Hot'n Spicy Wings.  But, I like Wings of Fire better.  As Dos Equis man woud say.  "I don't always eat hot wings, but when I do, I prefer Wings of Fire."

I was disappointed that Costco took away Wings of Fire.  Then around December 2011, I saw Wings of Fire back at Costco.  As of February 2012, Costco is still promoting Wings of Fire by sampling them.  People stop by to eat those wings.   As much as I love Wings of Fire, I wouldn't eat there standing up with my hands.  It's not my style.  But, I tell ya, I wanted to talk to people who just ate those wings up close, so I can smell their greasy upper lips.

Costco replaced Wings of Fire with Hot'n Spicy Wings for exactly 2 years.  There has to be some kind of inside story (2 years contract, etc...).  Anyway, this is a pleasant news to me.

* Yes, I took a picture of an empty bag of Wings of Fire 2 years ago.  I know it's crazy.  But, you should know me by now.


Below: Older Package of Tyson's Wings of Fire - Sold by Costco
Photographed December 2009
Costco stopped selling Wings of Fire from this point

Costco Wins of Fire Old Design

Below: Foster Farms' Hot'n Spicy Wings - Sold by Costco
Photographed December 2009
Costco carried Hot'n Spicy Wings for 2 years, until December 2011

Costco Hot's Spicy Wings - Foster Farms

Below: Tyson's Wings of Fire - Sold by Costco
Photographed January 2012
Package now have new design

Costco Hot Wings - New Design

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