New Receipt Scanner
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I like to scan and share my Costco receipt on my blog. I started doing that since I started my blog in 2008.

I wanted to create my Costco fan blog for a long time. It was a fresh and unique idea back then. Then, in March 2008, I saw a NEAT document scanner at Costco for $149.99. I’ve been scanning my Costco receipts ever since. Sadly, today, 13 years later, I trashed this scanner because NEAT stopped supporting my scanner. It’s disappointing that… (negative statement skipped).

At least I had it for 13 years. Many people only had these scanners for a few years (or shorter). Sucks for them. What’s even worse is that 3rd party vendors are still selling various models of NEAT scanners right now.

So, I needed a new scanner fast.

March 31, 2008
The first Costco receipt I ever scanned.

I searched for Refurbished document scanners, and I found an Epson-certified refurbished scanner for $64.34. Retailmenot.com plugin found me free 2-day shipping plus 1% cashback. It came with a one-year limited warranty.

So, that takes care of my scanner drama. I just want to get back to my routine and live forever.

I hope Epson will not betray customers like NEAT did.

Bed Bath and Beyond – Cinnamon Stick Yankee Candle
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These are stuff I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond during this Christmas season.

I love Cinnamon Stick scented Yankee Candle. To me, Cinnamon Stick is the best holiday smell. You light this up… and it’s Christmas.

The big jar was about $15 with the sale & coupon.

Remember, Bed Bath and Beyond takes expired coupons. So, I clip and hold on to all coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Coupons are nothing to laugh at. I saved $5 on a large jar of Yankee Candle. I have great respect for coupons.

I would never buy Yankee Candle at full price. Because I cannot afford it. Coupons make it possible for me.

Yankee Candle, olive oil dispenser, olive oil sprayer, straws… from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Better Than Costco (?) – SimpleHuman Trash Can
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I love Costco. I honestly believe Costco is the best store in history, period.

But, I never stop shopping around. I am poor, and I am savvy.

Costco cannot beat all retail stores and their super sales. Sometimes some other stores will have better deals than Costco. So, it’s up to us consumers to keep our eyes open and maximize buying power.

Here is one example

Costco sells a 35L trash can by Simplehuman.  It also comes with a bonus “mini” trash can. Costco’s price is $79.99

Below is the trash can I bought a few months ago from Bed Bath and Beyond. 

I bought a 30L trash can by Simplehuman, it came with a bonus “mini” trash can. The retail price was $39.99. With a 20% coupon, my final price was $31.99. (Remember. Bed Bath & Beyond takes expired coupons, so keep collecting those coupons.)

So, I bought a similar trash can made by the same company. But I paid less than 60% of what I would have paid at Costco.

Finally Opened the Printer
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Here’s a printer I bought almost 2 years ago (September 2008). I paid $50.00 with free shipping.

My old printer died this weekend. So, after 20 months, I finally opened this printer. It prints well.

I went online and checked the price of this printer. They still sell this printer for $160 and up.

Update 2021 – I still use this printer. It prints well.

Online Shopping
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* 79th package of the year

More shirts. I like these. Cheap.

Update 2021 – These shirts were so low quality.

Saturday Night Grocery Shopping
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I went out for a routine Saturday night grocery shopping.

“Know what you’re going to buy. Buy what’s on your list.”

Tonight, I went to Vons, Albertsons, and Ralphs.

I spent $9.23 total. 

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*51 & 52nd packages of the year

I bought a pair of brown shoes from Overstock.com ($30.00). These shoes are very comfortable. It equals my $150.00 pair of Ecco shoes.

Now I have a brown belt & a pair of brown shoes as a set. And I have a black belt and a pair of black shoes as a set. I’ve always wanted to wear clothes like that – matching colors.

I don’t even know why I bought this flask (below). I never drink. I thought it was cool. It was $6.00 including shipping. 

This entire year, as of July 11, I drank half a can of beer. That’s all.  3 weeks ago my boss brought beer to work. So, I pretended I was drinking… and I dumped it down the sink.