Costco Shopping – September 9, 2021
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20th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $118.65 / $2,324.34 this year

  • No! It was not Christmas time at Costco yet. I only saw one small stack (pic). It was a sad-looking Christmas display.
  • I have had a huge craving for chocolate for the last few months. So, I bought some chocolates.
  • All American Chocolate Cake is back in mini size. I tried one, and it tastes just like the original big cake.
  • Flu shot was free with insurance.
  • Kirkland Signature Cheddar Cheese is my go-to snack that I enjoy so much.
  • I bought a bag of Coache’s Oats Oatmeals 2 months ago. I almost finished this huge bag. I ate this much oatmeal because I work from home and have access to the kitchen. The pandemic changed my diet.
  • Vienna Sausage is my guilty pleasure – I always buy some at local grocery stores for about $0.70 a can. I often get a huge craving for these. Buying a case at Costco is much cheaper ($0.44 each can, 37% savings). BUT, only If I make them last a year.
  • Instant savings saved $22.40.
  • Kirkland Signature shampoo was unavailable. There were conditioners, but no shampoos. I hope I will find them on my next visit.
  • I tried Dunkin’ Donuts coffee several years ago, and I didn’t like it. But I wanted to give it one more chance. It was on sale.

Flu shot

I had a mixed experience today getting my flu shot. When I checked in, the lady said “wait 10-15 minutes”. But, I waited 40 minutes. At that point, I thought something was not right. I had to check to see if they didn’t lose my paperwork. So, I became THAT guy, asking for special attention. I finally paid for my flu shot ($0). And the shot was absolutely painless. This guy was amazing. I barely felt the needle. “Wow!, you are good!” I exclaimed.

My shingles shot last December (2020) was painful, and I bled. I could tell that pharmacist was reckless. I felt the negative energy from his core, and I didn’t like that. But today’s pharmacist was pleasant. He was careful, and I barely felt the needle. This made me think. Those two pharmacists wake up and go to work the same. They probably take home similar paychecks. But, one guy was pleasant and the other guy was negative. From now on, I shall be mindful of my attitude. I want to be like the Costco pharmacist I met today.

Thank you for the hot dog
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19th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $1.64 / $2205.69 this year

Friday, August 20, 2021 – Sunny and warm. Lazy day. Still working from home.

I took a quick ride to Costco for a hot dog lunch. I didn’t go inside the warehouse.

The food court was busy. The drink station was open for everyone. Catchup, mustard, & relish dispensers were back, but there was no onion. And they still had sippy cup tops instead of straws. They cut down the number of the tables by about 75%. I was lucky that I found the only empty table.

Thank you for the hot dog donation. It’s fun killing time. Yum..

Chicken Sausages at Costco
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Article submitted by a new reader of the blog, David from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

One of the things I love about Costco is that, despite being a warehouse type store, they often manage to offer multiple options for many products.  A case in point are the chicken sausages they have for sale!

I love chicken sausages.  They taste great and have less fat and cholesterol than traditional pork and beef sausages.  When I am eating chicken sausages I can at least pretend that I am eating healthy.  By the way, they are especially great when sliced thin and used as a topping for the Costco Caesar Salad!

Costco is currently offering chicken sausages from the following brands:

  • Chef Bruce Aidells
  • Amylou
  • Sabatino’s

The sausages from all of these brands are pre-cooked and ready to eat.

Aidells’ Chicken and Apple Sausage

Bruce Aidells was a pioneer in the poultry sausage marketplace.  His brand has developed a lot of different flavors and there are a ton of great recipes on the company’s website.

I have tried lots of different Aidells products and the apple flavored sausage is one of my favorites.

Chicken Sausage Costco

Amylou’s Andouille Chicken Sausage

Amylou Foods started in 1992 out of Chicago as a side business from an existing sausage shop.

Amylou has developed a lot of interesting chicken products and even has a line of chicken bacon!

The sausage they are selling at Costco is an andouille style that is being marketed as Paleo friendly.

Sabatino’s Basil and Black Pepper Chicken Sausage

Sabatino’s is based out of California and traces its food styling origins to Palermo, Italy.
The Sabatino sausage at Costco is the Paleo friendly Basil and Black pepper flavor that they feature in this amazing recipe for Keto Corndogs!

Which of These Sausages is the Best?

I wish I could tell you that Brand XYZ is the absolute best option so I could make your shopping decision easy.

However, the reality is that all of these brands are great and the flavor profiles of the sausages are so different from each other that a Head to Head taste comparison wouldn’t make any sense.

I think it would be fun to hear what other folks think about these sausages and learn which ones are their favorites!

Costco Shopping – August 13, 2021
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17th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $32.16 / $2200.78 this year

Tramontina Cast Iron Skillets

I’ll have to try the product, but they are from Costco. So, I have a high expectation.

A set of Tramontina’s 2-piece Cast Iron Skillets is $29.99 with free shipping at the Costco website. The set contains 10-inch & 12-inch skillets, both with removable grips. They are pre-seasoned. FYI: I have never seen an unseasoned cast-iron skillet being sold anywhere.

Delivered by UPS in 2 working days

The shipping is free. I thought that was amazing for 2 cast iron skillets.

To be honest, I ordered these skillets mainly because I wanted to look cool. I have seen people cooking with cast iron skillets before. And they always seemed cool and deep. So, I wanted to look cool, too. I will learn how to cook with these. I shall widen my repertoire in the kitchen. I will show you…

Cast iron skillets require special attention when cleaning. I need to avoid dishwashers, avoid soap, dry them quickly, and oil them.

Order date: August 13, 2021

Costo has an ongoing relationship with Tramontina. I purchased 7 pans in the above picture at Costco. All 6 round-shaped pans bear a Tramontina stamp on the bottom. The pot on the left is a Kirkland Signature. It was 1 at a garage sale. One dollar! I’ve been enjoying that pot for over 4 years now. God bless kind-hearted rich people.

Costco Shopping – August 14, 2021
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16th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $3.27 / $2168.62 this year

Mocha Freeze = Guaranteed good timez

This is my 4th Mocha Freeze in 18 days.

Since I discovered Costco’s Cold Brew Mocha Freeze, I just cannot get enough of this sweet coffee treat. I realize I need to drink less of this. Although they are much cheaper than what you get from local coffee shops, they still eat away my finance. And they hurt my diet (580 Calories). But, I had to get one on a day like this, because Cold Brew Mocha Freeze is guaranteed good timez.

It’s a sunny Saturday. I drove my convertible for fun for a few hours (with the top up – too sunny, too hot). I made the first stop at Costco and bought a Mocha Freeze for the road.

I drove through a beach town, shopped at ROSS to check out exotic spices, and ate at Popeye’s Chicken. I came home around 3 pm. I shall take a nap now. I’m having a slow and lazy weekend. I love it!

Have a nice weekend. Be safe.

Leaving Costco. Saturday lunch drive.
Limited Time: Jose’s Coffee Available Online
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This is for a limited time – Jose’s flavored coffee is available on Don Francisco’s website. With that, Jose’s coffee will not come to Costco (roadshow) until further notice.

Because of the pandemic, Jose’s had stopped visiting Costco for the roadshow. I could not enjoy Chocolate Raspberry coffee last year. That made my pandemic-riddled holiday season seemed even more empty.

I rarely enjoy flavored coffee. In fact, I look down upon flavored coffee because they are not pure coffee. But, during the holiday season, I must have some flavored coffee. To me, flavored coffee is essential for creating that cozy holiday feeling. The flavor of Christmas is just as important as Christmas decorations.

My favorite Jose’s flavored coffee for the holidays is Chocolate Raspberry. This coffee smells like Christmas to me.

Our second pandemic holiday season should be more relaxing and enjoyable. I am glad and relieved that I can enjoy Jose’s coffee this year.

Limited Time: Jose’s flavored coffee is available on Don Francisco’s website

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Costco Shopping – August 6, 2021
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15th Costco Shopping in 2021 – $90.42 / $2165.35 this year

It’s amazing how people can get used to the global pandemic. I was wearing a mask, but it didn’t bother me much. I took my time and enjoyed my Costco shopping.

Coupons (member discount) saved $21.50.

Bottom of the cart: Kirkland Signature bottled water, Charmin bath tissues

I was happy to see the Christmas ribbons. The ribbons mean Christmas is coming to Costco in 3-4 weeks.

I bought Peet’s French Roast coffee. They were on sale ($4 off). I took it home and realized it was ground coffee, not coffee beans that I prefer. But, I guess I couldn’t really tell the difference, anyway. The coffee is excellent. I like it. It’s more enjoyable than Starbucks’ French Roast. Starbucks coffee is bitter (acidic). Your opinion may vary.

I like dumplings of any kind. People like it when food comes in small units. That’s why some people enjoy tacos. It’s fun eating small units of food. The same goes with hot wings & Hershey’s Kisses. If your kids don’t eat a full-size sandwich, try cutting them into small strips. I usually buy dumplings at Costco whenever they are on sale. I can boil them, steam them, or fry them. Dumplings are fun, exotic, tasty, and easy to prepare.

There were plenty of Clorox wipes. I found it fascinating that their containers now mention Covid-19 on the package. It’s a scary time, but also fascinating.

I have over a year’s supply of toilet paper, but I bought one more bag just to make myself feel better.

Chobani yogurts come out about 50 cents a cup. They are normally $1.00 or more at discount grocery stores.

Kirkland Signature’s sharp cheddar cheese (I bought 2) is super tasty and affordable.

After my Costco shopping, I bought a Cold Brew Mocha Freeze (with Chocolate) for the road.

Mocha Freeze