Costco Citi Visa reward certificate is in the mail/email

I just received a Costco City Visa reward certificate amount of $358.14 in the email. I recently switched my monthly statements to paperless. This is the first time receiving certificate in email. I have been always receiving these checks (certificates) in paper via US Postal Service.

I am guessing they will send paper copy of certificate to those who receive paper statements (?). That’s my educated guess.

Anyway, checks are in the mail/email.

Costco Citi Visa Reward Certificate 2019
At Costco – Forever Stamps at old price until Feb 17, 2019

On January 27, 2019, the price of USPS’ first class (also forever) stamp went up 5 Cents to 55 Cents each. Now, a roll of 100 stamps will cost you $5 more.

Don’t feel bummed out if you heard the news too late. You still have a chance to buy 100 forever stamps at old price of $49.75 at Costco. You have until February 17, 2019.

After February 17, 2019, you will pay $5 more.

Sorry about bad picture

USPS Postage stamps price increases effective Jan 27, 2019.

Don’t delay, purchase at current member prices in Costco locations through Feb 17, 2019.

Costco Take and Bake Pizza for Single Living

I get craving for pizza once in a while. I would like to enjoy pizza late Saturday night, or when I’m home alone feeling cozy. But, I live alone, so I need a little planning to enjoy pizza.

Pizza is family oriented food. Going to a pizza restaurant alone is not only depressing, but it’s too expensive. I don’t want to have a pizza delivered to my house and ended up with massive amount of leftover. That’s also too expensive. In both cases, just a tip alone will buy me 2-3 slices of Costco pizza.

So, this is what I do. I buy Costco’s Take and Bake pizza, slice them up, and freeze them. They last many months in the freezer. I enjoy pizza whenever I have a craving for it, and they will cost me $1.50 each slice. I can top it off with whatever I want. Since I enjoy my kitchen, baking pizza when I’m home alone is absolute joy. It’s the most economical way for a single person to enjoy good pizza. There are cheaper pizza out there (Dollar store). But…

It’s the Costco way. You enjoy good stuff cheap. You just have to buy in bulk.

Preparing Costco pizza for long term, single serving, storage

  • Take pepperoni off the pizza
  • Cut pizza into 6 slices
  • Put pepperonis back on (6 slices each)
  • Wrap each slice with Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap.
  • Put them in ziploc freezer bags.

** Costco’s take and bake pepperoni pizza has 36 slices of pepperoni

I broke my pizza cutter and I may never buy another pizza cutter again. I cut pizza maybe once a year. And there are plenty of people, including professionals, using kitchen sheers to cut pizza.

Can I get a yum~!!??

Costco Shopping – January 30, 2019

3rd Costco shopping in 2019 – $32.25 (today) / $249.00 (this year)

Chips, sala, and aidells meat balls are for Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t follow football. Especially after football became too political, I refuse to watch it. I don’t know a single artist who will be performing at the half-time show. They are talented people, I am pretty sure. I just don’t care to know them. I am old. Just let me be.

And.. Holy cow! I didn’t know Los Angeles had a football team… 2 of them.

To me, Super Bowl Sunday is just an excuse to eat a lot of food and pretend.

I put the bag of spinach in the freezer as soon as I take it home. This way, spinach will last fresh for a long time. I use it to make Vitamix juice. I can also cook with it. When thawed, it will immediately become soggy, so you cannot use it for salad.

Costco Executive Member Reward Check, 2019

Costco executive member reward check arrived on January 15, 2019. Costco give 2% rebate checks to Costco executive members.

Costco’s regular membership fee is $60.00/yr. Executive membership is $120.00/yr. In order for my executive membership to pay for itself, I need to receive $60.00 in rebate check. This year I received $91.31. So, my executive membership paid for itself and I was rewarded $41.31 on top of it. It paid to be an executive member at Costco this year. Last year was a different story. Last year, my reward check didn’t quite cover my executive membership. It was short by $1.42.

Quick math: 2% of $5,000.00 is $100.00

I always receive Costco executive member 2% rebate checks in mid January

Keep in mind, what I received is a reward check from Costco. If you have a Citi Visa card, you will also receive a Citi Visa reward check, usually in February. So, watch carefully. I once trashed my check (thinking it was a junk mail) and had to request a replacement check. They sent me a new check right away with no problem.

Costco executive member reward rebate check
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2018 purchases
(received January 2019)
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2017 purchases
(received January 2018)
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2013 purchases.
(received January 2014)


2 items returned to Costco

On November 15, 2018, I bought a Circulon roaster with rack (Item #1153595) for my friend. But it was too big for her oven.

I returned Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Costco item #1678543). The package said “No artificial fragrance”. So, I thought they were unscented. But, they do have “Natural” smell. I looked at the package at home and saw there was a scratch and smell patch. So, I scratched and smelled. It smelled very good. It smelled like a clean and fresh armpit. That’s a Nono for me.

I have a strong opinion about smell of personal care products. I wrote a blog about it 10 years ago.

I went online and looked up Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants. It was highly rated. People loved the product.. and they loved the smell. That’s my problem, the smell. I don’t want my deodorant to smell. I don’t care how good it smells. At the end of the day, people know they are smelling my armpits. I prefer no smell over great smell of armpits.

I prefer no smell over great smell of a dead mouse. I prefer no smell over great smell of horse manure, cat litter. etc… no smell is the best in many cases.

How come people don’t seem to agree with me on this? Am I that crazy and different? Over the years, multiple female friends complimented about natural smell of my body. Some wrote me about it. Some took my worn undershirt after a long day together. We all smell different. Our unique scent will attract opposite sex (or same sex) in intimate settings. I don’t want to smell like a product that millions of other people put on their arm pits. To me, that’s disgusting to think about.

Anyway, these smelly deodorants had to go. I am back searching for unscented ones.

Costco Shopping – January 8, 2019

1st Costco shopping in 2019 – $223.96 (today) / $ 204.26 (this year)
1 item returned On Jan 11 ($19.70)

Novaform Evencor Gel-Plus 3 Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Queen. Costco item #8816226. $109.99 (after $30.00 savings).

I have a guest bedroom that I call it “the nap room”. I take nap in my nap room almost every Sunday afternoon. I truly enjoy and treasure my nap time there. My Sunday nap is very satisfying and enjoyable. I often wonder why I get such amazing sleep in my nap room while sleeping in my master bedroom is just OK.

In my nap room, I have a memory foam mattress topper. It was given by my friend. I thought maybe a mattress topper in my master bedroom will improve quality of my sleep. So, I bought a mattress topper for master bedroom. I shall try and find out

Weider Prime Testosterone Support (Costco Item #886740) was intriguing to me. Since Costco is selling them I thought it was worth of trying. I am pretty healthy that I really don’t need “help”. But I am not a spring chicken. At this stage of my life, $23 for 2 month supply is cheap if it does fraction of what it claims to do for me. I will try and update you.

Protein bar & granola bars are for work (6 month supply).

My job requires brain power and concentration. I am afraid to stop taking Focus Factor. But, I plan to take less or stop taking them and monitor my work performance.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Costco item #1678543) looked promising. I’ve been searching for unscented deodorant. I desperately needed some decent UNSCENTED deodorant.

Costco Shopping – December 28, 2018

56th Costco shopping in 2018 – $18.33 (today) / $5006.37 (this year)
The last Costco shopping of the year 2018

Happy new year.

I am doing good and physically healthy. But, I’ve been busy lately that I missed out on a lot of Thanksgiving and Christmas experiences. I didn’t have time to update my blog often enough.

I barely had time to bake turkey for Thanksgiving. I didn’t have time to make some side dishes. I still have ingredients for candied yam and green bean casserole.

My turkey came out amazing and it was still enjoyable.

I decorated my work cubicle with Christmas. But I didn’t have a time to decorate my house.

For Christmas, my friend and I planned to repeat last year’s Christmas experience. We were supposed to take that same silly picture again, without showing my belly this time. We also had Saturday & Sunday plan to eat out, visit 2 Christmas Lanes, and bake cookies at my house. But, she caught cold that turned out to be bronchitis. So, we cancelled our entire Christmas plan. I visited her briefly on Christmas eve for dinner. But, there was no turkey, no ham.

I am little depressed that Christmas is now in the past. But I still have one last chance. I shall make ham dinner on New Year’s Eve weekend. I will make candied yam, green bean casserole, and split pea soup afterwards.

This is my last Costco shopping of the year.

Costco Shopping – December 24, 2018

55th Costco shopping in 2018 – $366.79 (today) / $4988.04 (this year)

Before Ring and Nest, similar alarm system would cost $1,000 or more. Consumers didn’t know where to go to buy such alarm systems. We purchased alarm systems from professional alarm service providers. Installation was about $1,000.00 or more. And they hid the fact that the alarm system can call any number such as our own cellular phones. They made it seem like the system only works when they were professionally monitored. So, we paid hundreds of Dollars every year for monitoring service.

Now, with Ring Security system. Consumers can have a better alarm system for less money. And it will not require monthly service. You can purchase monitoring services if you wish.

This Ring security system was Christmas gift for myself. I think this is my last Costco shopping of the year.

Merry Christmas

Costco Shopping – December 19, 2018

54th Costco shopping in 2018 – $33.68 (today) / $4621.25 (this year)

I bought a box of Christmas cards in 2009 at Costco (blog). I still have the box with 5 cards left. So, I am literally using this box of card for over a decade. It is bitter-sweet to look back at my blog from 2019.

Today I bought a box of 40 beautiful Christmas cards for $7.97. When I’m done with these cards, I will be in my 60’s (if I’m still alive). Imagine that.

Bag of Doritos was for my coworker who loves Doritos. He was very happy to see this bag on his desk. I told him NOT to share with anyone. I told him to take it home and enjoy it alone – which he did.