Costco Shopping – February 25, 2018
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11th Costco shopping in 2018 – $68.59 (today) / $424.36 (this year)

It was a glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.  I did car wash first.  I bought my normal green stuff, lunch salads, strawberries, and a bag of coffee.  For my annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner, I bought a bag of Bill Bailey’s® Irish Brand Corned Beef Brisket.

I used my Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check and recevied $279.94 in change (cash).

I came home before noon.

Sign of Getting Old – Cufflinks
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I started to wear dress shirts with cufflinks at work.

We have “T-Shirts & Jeans” dress code at work.  But, I enjoy wearing white dress shirt with cufflinks that match my shoes. All my cufflinks are vintage sterling silver with some kind of gemstones. My shirts are…. expensive.

So, out of 700 – 750 employees at work, I think I am the only person who wears cufflinks.

*I am still planning to tell you about my shoes… later…

My father had this watch for about 10 years.  The battery ran out and he moved on to another watch.  I got this watch from my father and kept it for about 10 years.  I finally put in a new battery last month.  It works.

Costco Shopping – February 20, 2018
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10th Costco shopping in 2018 – $47.29 (today) / $355.77 (this year)

Fit Crunch guy looks like Mr Clean.

My Vitamix Routine
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I’ve been using Vitamix twice a day, non-stop, for last 6 years.  Below is a picture of my typical mix (one serving – 2 tall glasses)

First of all, I don’t use Vitamix for taste.  Vitamix is a chore.. I just gulp it down and move on with my life.  I make one when I wake up, and make another one when I come home from work (before dinner).

It takes so little time to make Vitamix juice. I cannot think of any faster way to eat.  So, in part, I do this because I am lazy.

I put some ice and water to start.

I put:

  • Flax seeds (of Chia seeds) – About 1 tbl spoon.
  • Celeries – 3 or less (depends on how thick)
  • 1/2 apple – normal size
  • some carrots
  • Spinach to fill the container to top (or green mix)
  • Ginger to taste (when I feel like it)
  • Lemon to taste (when I feel like it)

There is no rule.  I may buy random vegetables whenever I see them on sale.

Costco Shopping – February 14, 2018
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9th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.78 (today) / $308.48 (this year)

Happy Valentine’s Day.

I bought my usual greens for my everyday diet.

I bought roses for Valentines Day ($15.99 for a dozen).  I trusted that there would be roses at Costco, and Costco didn’t let me down.  Costco continues to provide me a convenient and economical life-style.  Roses were so cheap that I felt little guilty.

Costco Shopping – February 6, 2018
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8th Costco shopping in 2018 – $44.05 (today) / $275.7 (this year)

Nothing special today.

I put 2 CK shirts in the cart at first.  Then I changed my mind and bought just one.  They are slim fit.  As a grown man, I favor tailored fit over slim fit.  I find slim fit shirts too young and hip (facial hair, vaping, etc… ).  This skinny fit trend will go away soon.  I will just keep one.

Costco Shopping – February 2, 2018
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7th Costco shopping in 2018 – $28.15 (today) / $231.65 (this year)

What you don’t see is a take and bake pizza at the bottom.  I am getting ready for Super Bown 2018.  I bought a bag of chips and salsa.  Super Bowl is not the same without pizza, hot wings, chips and salsa.

Go team~!!

I don’t even know who’s playing on Super Bowl.  I will give NFL a chance if players stop being political.

Costco Shopping – January 30, 2018
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6th Costco shopping in 2018 – $21.66 (today) / $203.50 (this year)

Boring… I buy same things.. ZZzzz..

Costco Shopping – January 19, 2018
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5th Costco shopping in 2018 – $32.23 (today) / $181.84 (this year)

As usual, I didn’t buy anything special today. Boring..

I took passport photo today at Costco.  I have no plan to leave country.  I always keep my passport current just in case.

Costco Membership Fee Increased. Time to downgrade?
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I didn’t know annual membership for Costco was increased in July 2017.  Since the fee increase took place 6 months ago, 50% of you have already renewed membership with increased rate. But, there are about half of us, including me, who didn’t know about price increase.

$120 plus tax is $131.40.  In order for executive membership to pay for itself, You need to receive $65.70 on 2% rebate check (make qualifying purchase of $3,285.00)

4 years ago I spent $5,249.50 – My executive membership paid for itself and then some.
Last year I spent $2,929.00 and I just received a check for $58.58.  This check doesn’t pay for my executive membership. In fact, I lost $7.12. I may have to downgrade my membership… we’ll see…

I spend less money at Costco now.  I have everything I want (TV, Clothes, Kitchenware..). I don’t have much more to buy at Costco except food items. It is interesting that I shop less at Costco now that I have more money.


Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2017 purchases
(received January 2018)


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