Costco APP feature I use every day
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I use Costco APP to check out member only savings, special sales, and do much more. The app is almost like a mobile website. But the APP has some extra features. My favorite APP feature is called “Lists”, that I use every day as a part of my everyday life.

In the Costco APP, I have a list named “Costco”. As I checkout member only savings items on the APP, I swipe and send items to my Costco list. I also type in additional items in my Costco list. When I’m at Costco, I open my list and delete items from the list as I put items in my basket. The list gets shorter.. and I’m done with shopping.

But, that’s not all. It does much more than Costco shopping. Below is why Costco APP is a part of my life.

You can create additional lists. For example, in addition to Costco, I have lists such as; Walmart, Target, Vacation Check List, Rib Eye Roast Recipe, and whatever the list I want.

Let’s say I am visiting my friend, and he happens to live close to Walmart. Then I would open Walmart shopping list and quickly take care of my Walmart shopping while I’m in that side of town. I cannot rely on my memory alone. My shopping list can be several months old – sometimes over a year old. If I don’t have a shopping list, I am sure to forget a few items. At the worst case, I would completely blank out and not remember a thing. Costco APP helps me to organize and streamline.

Sometimes I use the Lists to jot down recipe. The possibility is endless. Lists even works without internet connection. Lists is a simple but versatile feature in Costco APP that improves quality of my everyday life. I enjoy using Costco APP very much. Thank you.

* You can locate Lists by tapping “More” at the bottom of Costco APP.
* I use OneNote for heavy duty multi device note taking.

Costco APP Lists
Costco Shopping – February 19, 2020
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12th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $2.18 today / $665.57 this year

After working 11+ hours at work, I had to hurry home and work remotely for a few more hours. It’s all good. Busy is good. But, I was SOOO hungry. So, I went to Costco on my way home around 8pm for a slice of pizza with water. No soda for me.

Pizza was enjoyable and comforting.

It turned out, employers favor people like me – single grown man without family. Guys like me tend to be flexible and reliable at work, just like what I’m doing right now. Currently, my team is one man short for next 7 days. And we suddenly got super busy. But, it’s no problem for my team. While rest of the team members go home to enjoy their families, I stay and work for a few more hours… and I would go home and work some more. And they thank me and pay me big bucks. No problem here. Except, I cry myself to sleep every night.. 🙁 Hahaha. Sad, dude.. sad.

Costco Shopping – February 14, 2020
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10th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $40.69 today / $654.91 this year
Member Only Savings – $5 today / $130 this year

Happy Valentine’s Day. I went for a quick Costco shopping after work. Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is when we start seeing St. Patrick’s Day items at Costco. The most popular St. Patrick’s product at Costco is Bill Bailey’s Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket. I found the briskets today… but there was a twist.

Costco now sells fully cooked corned beef briskets as well as ready-to-cook version that we are familiar with. Fully cooked briskets are $5.59 per pound, whereas ready-to-cook briskets are $3.99 per pound. There was a large shelf area dedicated for fully cooked briskets, with hundreds of boxes of briskets neatly displayed. In contrast, shelf space for ready-to-cook briskets was considerably smaller, about 90% smaller than that of fully cooked ones – maybe even smaller. I guess most people buy fully cooked meat and microwave them.

But… pre-cooked brisket? Do you really want to microwave your special meal? St. Patrick’s Day dinner has to be more than just nuking a packaged meat for 7 minutes and turning it over once. We only have a handful of special days where cooking is part of tradition. It’s sad to think that St. Patrick’s Day is becoming the day we microwave our dinner. I am already taking a short cut, because I don’t season the brisket myself. Perhaps, in the future, I will succumb to the concept of pre-cooked holiday meals. Perhaps I will celebrate change of the season by opening up my microwave oven. Maybe, in the future, we will all have multiple number of microwave ovens in our kitchens so we can prepare meals for special family gatherings. That, to me, sounds grim and dystopian.

This Saint Patrick’s day (2020) I will proudly slow cook my corned beef brisket for ten hours. I will pay respect to Irish history and tradition as I put my body into ritual.

Update (Feb 18, 20) – I went back to Costco just 4 days after and saw a complete opposite. There was a much larger shelf area for ready-to-cook briskets. And shelf area for fully cooked briskets was considerably smaller than that of ready-to-cook versions. I find this intriguing. I am sure Costco is studying this case.

Update (February 20) – I ate the pineapple after leaving it out on kitchen table for 6 days. It was possibly the best pineapple ever.

Bill Baily Corned Beef Brisket, Ready to cook. Costco
Bill Bailey's Fully Cooked Corned Beef Brisket, Costco
Costco Shopping – February 5, 2020
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8th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $115.96 today / $460.84 this year
Member Only Savings – $22 today / $90 this year

Today started February member-only Savings period. Instant savings saved $22. Costco’s member-only savings is a major part of my Costco shopping habit. I often hold out on some purchases, hoping they will be on sale.

Costco Basil Pesto (#990551) was not on sale. Last time I saw these on sale was 2 years ago (2018) for $3 off. The next time I see them on sale, I shall buy 4 bottles. They are very good and they also freeze well. I think they can last for years. Combined with pasta from Costco, I can enjoy excellent quality pesto at any random moment. This is a perfect example on how Costco elevates my life-style. These little things add up, you see. And, before I know it, here I am enjoying better life-style because of Costco.

I bought a bag of Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon (#46340 $21.99 after $5 saving). Each bag contains about 7-8 individually vacuum packed salmons. They are so good and so fancy. I should buy one more bag before the sale ends.

CJ Bibigo steamed Dumplings are quick and fun (#107699 $7.99 after $4 saving). It takes only 3 minutes to prepare. There are 6 tiny dumplings packed as a unit (see picture). A Chinese coworker told me he didn’t like these dumplings. He said his mother’s dumplings are much, much better…. well… As for me, unless I marry a Chinese woman, these are pretty dang good.

I switched from organic eggs to non-organic.

Just how good is authentic home made Chinese dumpling anyway? How will I ever know? Sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on too many things in life.

Costco Shopping – February 4, 2020
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7th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $9.83 today / $344.88 this year

My favorite colleague came to work really late today. I figured she was not having a good day. So I made a Costco run and got an Acai Bowl for her. This made her feel better.

I worked 11 hours today. So, I treated myself with a Caesar Salad. Costco’s Caesar salad is guaranteed good meal. The trick is to eat the least amount of dressing possible, or completely avoid it. Chicken seemed to contain a lot of salt. And, I don’t see anything good about croutons.

iPhone picture. Not good.
Costco Shopping – February 2, 2020
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6th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $10.13 today / $335.05 this year

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, 02/02/2020. I went to Costco early morning for car wash and a slice of combination pizza to go. I’ll be watching the Super Bowl alone. I am preparing for the Super Bowl viewing party for one person. I will have this slice of pizza and some snacks when I watch the game. I know it’s little sad having a one person viewing party, but it’s OK… I’m OK…

What’s challenging was food temptation at Costco. I was craving for a hot dog. I wanted to enjoy Sunday morning hot dog while sitting outside in glorious California weather. Also, I wanted to buy two slices of pizza instead of just one. I should reward myself with two slices of pizza, the hungry John said to my ear. But, I was determined to fight the temptation. So, I put on my retainers before leaving home, that way eating would be a hassle.

I didn’t eat a hot dog. Also, I only bought one slice of pizza. I came home and made a Vitamix juice for breakfast. One of my new year’s resolution is to fit in my 30 Inch waist pants comfortably. Young folks look good no matter what shape they are in. Big women look amazing sexy no matter how old they are. But, if you see an awesome looking gentleman, chances are, he is slim – not necessarily muscular, but slim. So, I choose to stay slim.

OK, I am ready for the football. I don’t even know who’s playing. Oh, red and white. I like the red team. Yes~! the red team made the first rundown!

Costco Shopping – January 23, 2020
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5th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $53.61 today / $324.92 this year
Member Only Savings – $18.50 today / $68 this year

My song of the day. What I’m listening now.

Costco member only savings (coupon) saved $18.50.

I picked up some extra bottles of Biotin, hoping they will grow hair. I’ve been taking extra dose of Biotin for last few months.

Woolite for all clothes (#2154729) was $12.49 after $3.50 instant saving. The price alone was the reason I decided to I give it a try. I guess I’m wrong, but I believe all brand name laundry detergents are pretty much same besides the scent. But, I buy all my laundry detergents at Costco, so they are all good stuff regardless. I wouldn’t buy some mystery laundry detergents at 99 Cents only store. Also, I question freshness of 99 Cents only stores laundry detergents. They sell expired bolognas. Remember, laundry detergents break down (lose effectiveness) after 6-12 months.

I wrote down the purchase date on Woolite jug so I will know how long they last.

PS. I just reviewed my blog before posting. DANG! I am boring. Haha. But, I wish you a boring and predictable life. I hope nobody will get sick… no hospital, no court. I wish you will enjoy your everyday coffee, walk your dog every day, sit on your old couch… and smile forever. Talk to you later.

Costco Shopping – January 14, 2020
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4th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $1.64 today / $271.31 this year

Tuesday lunch.

Since some people don’t like paper straws, this time I paid close attention to the paper straw. I couldn’t find anything wrong with the paper straw. I have absolutely no complaint. I like these paper straws – with or without environmental benefits.

Costco Shopping – January 7, 2020
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3rd Costco Shopping in 2020 – $2.18 today / $269.67 this year

There is beauty in eating alone, especially when it comes to lunch time on work day. Sometimes last thing you want to see is your coworker’s face. It was an enjoyable and relaxing lunch. I drank water instead of soda.

Costco Delivers Valentine’s Day Flowers
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2nd Costco Shopping in 2020 – $53.62 today / $267.49 this year

Costco sells Valentine’s Day flowers, mostly roses, with free delivery. A typical arrangement contains 50 roses, and it will cost you about $54 after tax. I believe this is an excellent price. Visit Costco for all Valentine’s Day floral arrangements. Below is a few key points.

  • Due to the large volume of Valentine’s Day floral orders, your order will deliver on or one day before your preferred arrival date.
  • For Valentine’s Day flower delivery, you must order before February 11, 11 AM PST. I am guessing that February 14 delivery option may max out soon. I recommend that you order as soon as possible if you want Valentine’s Day delivery.
  • You will Choose your arrival date when you check out.
  • Shipping is free. Tax will be added.

Dozen Roses for $15.99 at Costco (in the past)

On Valentine’s Day, Costco sells a dozen roses for $15.99. I am saying this from my past experience. I cannot promise you if there will be roses on Valentine’s Day at Costco this year. But, personally, I rely on Costco every year for the roses, and they always had plenty of roses for last minute shoppers like me.

If $15.99 is too much. Just buy one stem rose from anywhere (local supermarket). I bought one stem rose in 2011. That one stem rose was more meaningful and beautiful than the 50 stem roses I just ordered. I don’t remember to whom I gave this rose to (#ladysman), but I remember that rose in the coffee pot in my government subsidized apartment. I remember that quiet moment alone. 2011 was a good time.

Feb 2011 – My old apartment
Costco Shopping – January 3, 2020
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1st Costco Shopping in 2020 – $213.87 today / $213.87 this year
Member Only Savings – $49.50 today / $49.50 this year

Sardines (#180973) were not in my shopping list. Canned sardines are usually gross. But, I never tried sardines from Costco before, and they were on sale, so I gave it a try. To my pleasant surprise, they were enjoyable. They are skinless and boneless. I will buy again and keep them as long term storage (backup) snack.

Snapdragon’s Vietnamese Pho is relatively new at Costco. They are bad for you but also so tasty. I bought 2 boxes (18 bowls total). I will try not to eat them too often. They were also on sale. ($3 off each box).

All supplements were on sale, but I spent a lot of money on them nevertheless.

Member Only Savings saved $49.50

Holiday Savings 2019
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Don’t forget to check out this page for Holiday savings that’s going on already. You can also view savings for Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday savings. I see some food items I will buy to treat myself for this season, including jumbo shrimps.

https://www.costco.com/holiday-savings-offers.html

Paper Straws at Costco Food Court
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I’ve heard about paper straws on news media but this was the first time seeing them in person – at Costco Food Court. As I was dressing my hot dog, I could hear people talking about the paper straws. They were basically saying “Oh, paper straws”

The straw was narrower than normal plastic straws that I am use to. I would prefer wider straws, but that’s an American gripe (one of the reasons why some people hate Americans). Paper straws are just fine. I enjoyed my hot dog.

Out of curiosity, after my hot dog lunch, I filled my soda cup with water and came back to work. I drank that water rest of the day using the same paper straw. The straw held up nicely. I think tip of the straw will break apart if you hold it in your mouth constantly for a few hours. Besides that, paper straws seem perfectly fine for normal people.

It was nice to see paper straws at Costco food court.

Update (January 14, 2020): After reading some of the comments, I paid close attention to the straws on my next few visits to Costco food court. And I can tell you without any hesitation that I absolutely enjoy using these paper straws at Costco. Again, maybe it’s because I grew up (& lived) poor all my life. Maybe I am just not sensitive to taste and smell. Whatever the reason may be, I am absolutely happy with these paper straws at Costco food court. But it is also important to hear from people who don’t like these straws. Because maybe I am the minority in this opinion poll.