Costco Shopping – July 13, 2018

32nd Costco shopping in 2018 – $35.43 (today) / $2561.69 (this year)

I made a quick stop at Costco Friday after work.  I didn’t buy anything exciting.  I didn’t see my favorite sample lady today.  I didn’t see my little buddy at optical department.

I picked up two dozen roses.  They were only $13.99.

I almost walked out… then I went back for a hot dog.

Costco Shopping – Brushed Twill Pants

30th Costco shopping in 2018 – $223.25 (today) / $2516.78 (this year)

Late post:

I bought 12 pairs of Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants a few months ago. I rarely wear jeans at work anymore, mainly because I got older.  I am too old to wear neon colored Nike like my coworkers.  I am too old to carry a Jansport backpack like my coworkers.  There is nothing wrong with jeans, sneakers, and backpacks.  If you are in your 50’s and 60’s and still able to rock teen fashion, more power to you.  As for me, I look better with Italian shoes and leather briefcase.

These brushed twill pants are pretty OK. I don’t have to iron these pants. I’ve been wearing them daily to work.

FYI: English Laundry’s 5 pocket pants are much better. I have a pair, and they are the best.

 

Costco Shopping – June 29, 2018

38th Costco shopping in 2018 – $83.03 (today) / $2258.51 (this year)

Coupon saved $24.20.  Besides that, I didn’t buy anything exciting.  Wipe’n Clear is a box of 150 disposable eyeglass cleaners (wipes, towelettes). With $3 saving, each towelette is 3 Cents.  I only clean my eyeglasses with these wipes. Wipe’N Clear is not my favorite brand, though.  There are better ones out there.  But these are cheaper.  Wipe’N Clear is too wet.  They don’t dry fast enough.  And they leave a lot of lint on lenses.  Better (& expensive) wipes from Amazon will leave no lint and they dry fast.

I bought an extra box of Wipe’N Clear for a friend who wears eyeglasses.

One of my coworkers (I gave him a case of Cheez-It in May), displays a box of glass wipes on his desk.  So, anyone can take them.

I always buy beef jerky when they are on sale.  They were $4 off.

I will freeze Basil Pesto.  Hopefully it will last over a year.  I shall try and find out.

Costco Shopping – June 22, 2018

 37th Costco shopping in 2018 – $302.97 (today) / $2175.48 (this year)

I bought a pair of eyeglasses at Costco. Bought a frame for the first time at Costco.

I’ve been hesitant to buy designer eyeglass frames at Costco, mainly because I was poor.  If I put enough time and effort, there is a chance that I can find the exact same frames online at considerable savings.  Back then, I was willing to invest great deal of effort and time so I can save money.  Actually, I couldn’t afford a designer frame, period.  Just a year ago, I was wearing a pair of eyeglasses that I paid less than $50 for both frame and lenses.

I finally I came to the conclusion that buying designer frames at higher cost at Costco can be a smart move – depends on financial situation and how easy it is to find the identical frames online.

Searching online for the frame I saw at Costco can be a grueling process.  It can take many months.  And you may never be able to find the frame.  Additionally, Costco will charge you $25 for bring in your own frame.  So, if you can, just buy at Costco and enjoy your new frame.  It’s not about going hell and back to save $50.  It’s about enjoying higher level of life-style, the reason why I love Costco.

At Costco, designer frames rotate fast.  Your perfect frames can sell out in a few days. It happened to me twice this year.  I went back after a few days to look at the frames again, but they were gone.  Each time, I was informed that designer frames sell fast.

So, this time, when I saw the frame I liked, I didn’t hesitate.  I picked up a pair of blue Zegna frame ($129.99).  After I paid for it, the lady showed me a pair of olive/green Prada.  She said I looked much better in Prada, which I agreed.  So, I paid the difference ($40) and ordered lenses for Prada instead.

Total price for frame and lenses was $299.98. The frame was $169.99.  I have never bought a pair of eyeglasses this expensive. I better look adorable in them. I believe in owning multiple pairs of eyeglasses so I can match my glasses with rest of my clothes (how I feel that day, etc..).

After ordering a pair of eyeglasses, I picked up a bag of celery on my way out.

Do you see how convenient Costco is?

Costco Shopping – June 18, 2018

36th Costco shopping in 2018 – $40.07 (today) / $1872.51 (this year)

Brussels sprouts I bought last time was not very good.  This bag was good.  I mixed them with mini potatoes and fried them with oil and butter.  I seasoned them with salt, pepper, and some rosemary from front yard.  It came out OK.

 

Costco Shopping – June 2, 2018

33rd Costco shopping in 2018 – $41.99 (today) / $1807.54 (this year)

Ruta Maya Organic coffee is good. It’s really good. You cannot find them at Costco warehouse.  They are only available at Costco website.

Here:  https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch?dept=All&keyword=Ruta+Maya

I don’t understand why Starbucks Coffee is so popular.  You get better tasting coffee at fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King.  So far, Ruta Maya is the best coffee I know.  If you know any other good coffee, please let me know.

Costco Shopping May 30, 2018

32nd Costco shopping in 2018 – $29.03 (today) / $1765.55 (this year)

A jar of Jelly Belly ($13.99, Item #12173) was for yet another coworker of mine.  She is known for a Jelly Bean dispenser on top of her desk. People from neighboring departments would visit her, say hi, and take some Jelly Beans. It was her signature routine for some time. Then she ran out of her Beans. A few weeks had gone by.  No jelly, no beans…  She even put away her dispenser.

So, I put this Jar of Costco Jelly Beans on her desk when nobody was around.  Her entire department couldn’t figure out who brought Jelly Beans.

Jelly Bean dispenser is back on her desk now.

Kirkland Signature Balsamic Vinegar’s built-in pour spout

Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegar is well known for its superior quality and fine taste.  I use it often at work for my lunch salad.  It’s the best salad dressing I know of.  It’s tasty and healthy.

The bottle, however, was not ideal for dining room use.  I needed a separate bottle and a spout – so I can pour vinegar with some kind of control.  I spent last few years looking for a bottle and a spout. It was frustrating, because I couldn’t find products that I liked. Finally, that search is over. I don’t need a separate container anymore.

Now, Kirkland Signature’s Balsamic Vinegars come with built-in pour spout. This brilliant little mechanism is absolutely useful.  It eliminates the need for separate bottle and spout.  I can now use my Costco Balsamic Vinegar straight from the original bottle. The spout functions perfectly, much better than generic spouts at most restaurants. This is a great idea, and I am truly enjoying it.

I shot a quick video below.  Check it out.

Costco Shopping May 24, 2018

31st Costco shopping in 2018 – $111.45 (today) / $1736.52 (this year)

Coupon saved $26.60.  I bought a lot of stuff, it was fun, but I didn’t buy anything special.

Mixed vegetable will last a few months.  Frozen salmons will last about a year.  Garlic Chicken is for that time I want to fix something tasty, quick.

Box of Cheez-it (bottom of the cart) was for my coworker. The next day, I put the box at my coworker’s office when there was nobody in there.  They were surprised, but they knew it was me who put it there. There was no question about it.  Because rest of the guys on this side of the building are pr*cks.