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 see 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 and the ready-to-cook version we are familiar with. Fully cooked briskets are $5.59 per pound, whereas ready-to-cook briskets are $3.99 per pound.

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 10 minutes and turning it over once. We only have a handful of special days where cooking is part of the tradition. It’s sad to think that St. Patrick’s Day is becoming the day we microwave our dinner. I am already taking a shortcut 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 the change of the season by opening up my microwave oven. Maybe, in the future, we will all have multiple microwave ovens in our kitchens so we can prepare meals for special family gatherings. That 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 a ritual.

Bill Baily Corned Beef Brisket, Ready to cook. Costco
Bill Bailey's Fully Cooked Corned Beef Brisket, Costco
2020 Citi Card Reward Certificate
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I received my Costco (Anywhere Visa® Card) Citi rewards certificate. This certificate is not to be confused with Costco executive membership 2% reward certificate. They sent me the certificate via email and I redeemed it at Costco customer service by showing the email barcode on my iPhone.

They distribute reward certificates after your February statements are closed. You should receive yours by March.

Please note: If you are a Costco Executive Member, you will also receive an Executive Membership 2% Reward certificate. They distributed executive membership rewards via the mail two months prior to your annual renewal month.

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon
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9th Costco Shopping in 2020 – $153.38 today / $614.22 this year
Member Only Savings – $35 today / $125 this year

Kirkland Signature’s Atlantic Salmon (#46340) is a handy food item that I wish to keep in my freezer all the time. A 3-pound bag is currently on sale for $5 off (Feb 2020). They are individually wrapped and frozen to accommodate people like me who don’t live next door to a fish market. For the next several months, I will have salmon whenever I want. I always buy them when they are on sale. One bag has 7 portions of salmon. So one piece of salmon is $3.12. Now, steam up some vegetables, and you have a good meal. It’s Kirkland Signature quality, money-saving, healthy, and you can avoid going to the restaurant.

FYI: I HATE restaurants, mainly because they give me bad tables. I will eat out more often if they stop sitting me by the toilets. Don’t get me started.

They recommend us to thaw frozen salmon by unwrapping it first and place it in the refrigerator for 8-10 hours. But I often put it in cold water while it’s still in the wrapper for a quick thaw. Personally, I cannot tell the difference in how I thaw it.

Below is cooking instruction from the package.

Bake: Heat oven to 400 F. Place in a well-oiled baking dish. Bake portions for 10 to 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 F.

Grill: Heat grill to medium-high. Place on a well-oiled grill and cook for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, turning once, or until internal temperature reaches 145 F.

Microwave: Remove thawed salmon from packaging. Place in a microwave-safe dish that has been lightly coated with oil or cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and peel back one corner to allow steam to escape. Microwave at high power 4 to 5 minutes, turning once. Make sure the internal temperature reaches 145 F. Remove from microwave and let sit for 3 to 4 minutes before serving.

Kirkland Signature Atlantic Salmon, 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

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. The 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 over a year. Combined with pasta from Costco, I can enjoy excellent quality pesto at any random moment.

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. I would love to try homemade authentic Chinese dumplings.

I switched from organic eggs to non-organic.

Just how good are authentic homemade Chinese dumplings, 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 to a Caesar Salad. Costco’s Caesar salad is a guaranteed good meal. The trick is to eat the least amount of dressing possible or completely avoid the dressing. The chicken seemed to contain a lot of salt. And I don’t see anything good about croutons.

iPhone picture. Not good.
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 my hair. I’ve been taking an extra dose of Biotin for the 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 believe all brand-name laundry detergents are the same besides the scent. I buy all my laundry detergents at Costco, so they are all good. I wouldn’t buy some mystery laundry detergents at 99 Cents only store. Also, I question the freshness of 99 Cents only stores laundry detergents. Remember, laundry detergents break down (lose effectiveness) after 6-12 months.

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

PS. OMG, my blog is so boring. Haha. But, I wish you a boring and predictable life. I hope nobody will get sick… no hospital, no court date. 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

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 lunchtime on a workday. 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 are a few key points.

  • Because of 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 guess that February 14 delivery option may max out soon. I recommend 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 at Costco (in the past)

Costco usually sells roses on Valentine’s Day.

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 on 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. Maybe I will buy them again if I see them on sale.

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.

Member Only Savings saved $49.50