Costco Shopping – April 20, 2018
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John

23rd Costco shopping in 2018 – $68.56 (today) / $1195.09 (this year)

I cannot use bleach on most of my white clothes.  For example, most decent dress shirts, including Costco shirts, call for non-chlorine bleach.  I’ve been seeing Oxi Clean commercials for many years.  So, I finally decided to give Oxi Clean a chance.  I hope this is the product I was looking for.

Energy shots are on sale, get them now. When on sale, they cost $0.56 each shot  I often get so sleepy, it’s pathetic. $0.56 is super cheap, especially compared to 5-hour Energy ($1.50 each when on sale).

What you don’t see is 40 pack of drinking water on the bottom of the basket.

Costco Shopping – Rotisserie Chicken for Single Living
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22nd Costco shopping in 2018 – $22.24 (today) / $1126.53 (this year)

I am happy with my life.  I don’t want to change anything.  But I do realize my blog is boring.  I will try to do something fun… mm… next chance I get…

Costco Rotisserie Chicken for single living

I cannot eat the whole Chicken in a day or two.  So, to maximize my eating pleasure and to stretch my money, this is what I do.

I divide the bird, put them in small containers, and freeze them.  I use them mainly to make lunch salad for work.  But, I may use it for whatever I feel like.

Costco Chicken

Power Green and Costco Chicken for lunch. I enjoy that salad a lot. I use plastic fork so I don’t make clinking sounds at work.

Costco Shopping – April 9, 2018
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John

21st Costco shopping in 2018 – $14.97 (today) / $1126.53 (this year)

I think I am done buying spinach at Costco.  I’ve been having bad luck with Costco spinach too often.  I would take these bags home and realize they are already getting old despite long expiration dates.  It’s because It’s too dark at Costco produce room that I cannot visually decide if my bag of spinach is fresh or not.  It is frustrating.  Maybe Costco knows about that and there is a reason for it.  But, they need some more light in the produce cave.  I think I am done buying spinach at Costco.  I will stay with Power Greens, or get spinach from Smart and Final (store in California), where lighting is better.

OR…. Maybe I will develop some kind of technique or lighting system to gain advantage when I look for a bag of spinach in that cave.

For a starter, I shall re-exam my bag of spinach outside of the produce cave where ighting is better.  We’ll see.

Costco Shopping – April 5, 2018
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John

20th Costco shopping in 2018 – $5.46 (today) / $1111.56 (this year)

Got the stupid chicken after work.  Yum…

Costco Shopping – April 4, 2018
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John

19th Costco shopping in 2018 – $201.05 (today) / $1106.1 (this year)

I ordered another pair of progressive lenses for my eyeglasses.  My current glasses were new, about 5 months old.  But, after trying my new progressive lenses from Costco, I refuse to go back to regular lenses.  Costco has the best price and best quality on eyeglass lenses.  The world looks different with Costco lenses. Really, I am not kidding.

I stopped buying small lunch salad kits.  Instead, I’ve been making my own salad with Power Greens, boiled egg whites, and some protein items (chicken, fish, whatever I can find).

I promise, I will stop buying pants. But, these were light gray. I don’t have any light gray pants.  So, I bought two pairs.  They are Calvin Klein.  I will enjoy them.

Oh, and I don’t have to iron these.

* My heart was set on rotisserie chicken, but they were completely out of chicken.  There was 30 minute waiting time. I was very disappointed.

Costco Shopping – March 28, 2018
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John

18th Costco shopping in 2018 – $26.76 (today) / $905.05 (this year)

Boring… Zzz…  But, I am committed to document every single Costco shopping this year (to prove how boring I am)

 

Costco Shopping – March 26, 2018
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John

17th Costco shopping in 2018 – $13.37 (today) / $878.29 (this year)

Costco often offer instant savings on Doritos.  That’s when I buy them.

I bought a bag of Doritos for my coworker.  If you remember my Christmas video, I walked up to someone’s cubicle and took a scoop of salsa with a cracker (see below at 0:44). I left this bag of Doritos at that table.  It was a hit.  A few people made remarks about it.  People love me at my work.

Christmas 2017

Costco Shopping – March 21, 2018
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John

16th Costco shopping in 2018 – $20.46 (today) / $864.92 (this year)

I made a quick stop at Costco after work for some greens.  Wild herring in wine sauce is a treat.  I get a craving once in a while, and I must have some.

Costco Shopping – March 19, 2018
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John

15th Costco shopping in 2018 – $186.30 (today) / $844.46 (this year)

I spent many hours researching.  I can tell you with confidence that Costco provides the best deal on prescription lenses (for eyeglasses).

There are cheaper deals out there.  I used to wear a pair of eyeglasses from China that was $18 for both frame and lenses.  So, if you are poor, you can take a chance, sacrifice your vision, and save money.  I was young and financially challenged several years ago.  At that time China was my only option.  Now that I am financially stable, I will absolutely avoid sending my prescription to China.

Today I ordered a pair of lenses at Costco.  This was my first bi-focal.

Since Costco has limited supply of eyeglass frames, I bought a frame of my own from Amazon.  Costco charges $25 (?) for bringing your own glasses.  They charged me $18 this time, because of the system glitch.  They couldn’t find account number to charge me $25(?).  So, they charged the old price of $18.

After ordering prescription lenses, I bought a 16 pack of Gillette razor blades, Fusion5 Proglide, with $10 savings.  As far as I am concerned, Gillette razors that takes a battery is the best (non-professional) shaving system on this planet .  Let me know if there are better razors out there.

$34.99 for 16 pack is THE best price anywhere.  Without $10 savings, you can find better price on eBay.

There are ways to make your razor blades to last longer. I should study on how to properly maintain them. I don’t do anything special to my razor blades.  But, each of my razor blades lasts well over a month.  I understand most men go through 1 razor blades a week. I guess most men have a lot more hair.. thicker… gross.

Costco Shopping – March 16, 2018
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John

14th Costco shopping in 2018 – $122.33 (today) / $658.16 (this year)

Today is the first day of Costco Coupon Book savings. I saved $15.20 on Doritos and vitamins.

I am still not sure if Focus Factor works for me.  I have a decent job where I work with people 15-20 younger than I am.  I desparately would like to perform at my peak level.  They are little over $15 a bottle.  I have no problem paying for them.

I bought 2 pairs of Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants for $16.99 each (Item #7407740 – Free Shipping – link while available).  These pants are very good and I don’t have to iron them.  These are better than Calvin Klein or Buffalo David Bitton jeans.  You see, brand name clothes you find at Costco are made just for Costco.  They don’t have the same quality and integrity of expensive Calvin Klein clothes you will find at official retail stores.  So, when I “like” Calvin Klein pants from Costco, my level of satisfaction is somewhere between 75% – 85%.   I used to like them more, but I feel that the quality had gone down noticeably.  Sometimes I feel insulted because of lacking quality on CK items at Costco.  Some CK items at Costco are plain ugly.  I buy them because they are cheap.

These Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill pants are cheap ($16.99) but high quality.  With these pants, you are separating yourself from the “Jean People”.  Compared to jeans, these pants will make you look more matured and professional.  They are the ultimate office pants for men. I highly recommend Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants. I repeat, you do not have to iron these (*If you know what you are doing).

These pants are thin. They are not for cold weather.  Yesterday was a cold day.  So, I wore a pair of thermal pants under them to work – and it worked out fine.

Costco Shopping – March 15, 2018
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13th Costco shopping in 2018 – $13.45 (today) / $535.83 (this year)

I dropped by quick, after work, for a rotisserie chicken.  On my way to the chickens, I saw beef jerky on sale.

Costco Shopping – March 02, 2018
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John

12th Costco shopping in 2018 – $29.47 (today) / $453.83 (this year)

I bought a pair of really nice Calvin Klein pants (Costco Item #1147567).  They were made with a unique material and were shockingly beautiful. They looked even more beautiful when they were on me.  The pants were stretchy and super comfortable.  I immediately ran them through washer and dryer.  I was curious… (fingers crossed)

Soon, I discovered that these pants have to be ironed.  There is no way around.  If I want to enjoy these beautiful pants every day, I’ll have to iron 5-7 of these pants every week.  I iron a few shirts every Sunday morning for fun.  Adding several pairs of pants means I will spend one hour every Sunday morning ironing.  So, Sunday morning will no longer be my fun magic moment, but it will become a grind.

Currently, I wear black or gray jeans to work.  I never iron my jeans.  Unless you are Martha Stewart, not having to iron is a huge luxury in life. I will not buy any more of these pants.  I will keep this pair for special events.

Split Pea & Ham Soup – Kirkland Signature Recipe
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John

I make ham dinner for Christmas.  I buy my ham from Costco, of course.  New years day is when I enjoy split pea & ham soup.  I make split pea soup with leftover ham bone. I follow the recipe that comes with the ham.

Except, I do things little differently.  I put less ham.  I don’t put salt and pepper. Ham is salty already, and I can always add them later.  When it comes to water, I put just enough amount of water to start.  I would add more water as needed.  Starting with less water is much better than starting with too much water – because there is no going back if you end up with thin soup.  You don’t need to think too much about how much water is needed.  You can just eyeball it and add more water as needed.  The soup will tell you how much water is needed. 

To make the soup, you have to be the soup.

Also, I put a few bay leaves that’s not in the recipe.

The soup was amazing good.  I ate half and put the other half in the freezer.

Split Pea and Ham Soup - Costco Recipe

Kirkland Signature Split Pea & Ham Soup Recipe

Kirkland Signature Spiral Sliced Ham