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Best price on Sony DVD

I never buy blank DVD's from Costco.  Blank DVD's at Costco don't have good price.  Costco sells spindles of 100 blank Sony DVDs at $29.49 each. I can easily find the exact same Sony DVD's for $23.00.

This time Costco had "Buy one, get one free" coupon on these Sony DVD's.

So, they come out under $15.00 each spindle (100 pack).  Now that's a pretty good price on blank DVD's.

PS. I forgot to use this coupon the other day.  I dropped by today when I was on my way to meet somebody. 

I have a BS degree in computer.  But I don't know the difference between -R and +R.  They all work for me  But I always mix -R's & +R's just in case.

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Two kinds of syrups from Costco


Costco carries (at least) two different kinds of pancake syrups. 

  • Kirkland 100% Pure Maple Syrup (64 oz = 1/2 Gallon) - $19.95
    • $0.31/ Oz
  • Aunt Jemima Original (2x36 oz = 72 oz) - 4.89
    • $0.07/Oz

Costco Syrup, Kirkland Maple, Aunt Jemima

*  Per ounce, Kirkland's 100% Pure Maple Syrup costs roughly 4.5 times more than Aunt Jemima's Original Syrup.

I cannot tell orange juice from Tang.  I was curious to know why Kirkland's syrup is so expensive.  So I tried them both.

When I tasted Kirkland's syrup & Aunt Jemima's syrup in separate dates, I couldn't really tell which syrup was better.  But when I tasted both syrups at the same sitting, I could clearly tell that Kirkland's Maple Syrup had a better taste.  It almost made me to dislike Aunt Jemima's syrup.

Aunt Jemima's syrup tasted like sugar while Kirkland's syrup had a taste of natural nectar.

Which syrup I am going to buy next time?

I am not sure.  I am absolutely torn between "saving money" and "enjoying better taste".

Aunt Jemima's Original Syrup is pretty good.  If I didn't know about the Maple Syrup, I will still be a happy camper.  But, now I know how amazing Kirkland's Maple Syrup is.  To me, it's worth of paying 3 times more for Kirkland's maple syrup.  I am quite not sure if it's worth of paying 4.5 times more.  I really don't know which one to buy the next time.

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Shopping at Costco - August 5, 2008

Today's treat was the shrimps.  I look at these shrimps everytime I go to Costco.  I thought I've waited long enough to enjoy some. 

I also had a hotdog.  and I put gas in the car. (3.99/gal)

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Oops!  I ate this at Costco with a Costco Hotdog
At first, I was going to get a taste or two.  I hate myself. Smile

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Costco Breakfast

This was today's breakfast. 

Everything you see in this picture is from Costco. I try to eat good, but it's not easy.  I often eat really bad lunch (with fries and all...).

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Costco Shrimps at the Wedding

I went to a wedding today.  They had dinner catered from Wood Ranch.  Good stuff.

I was presently surprised to see some Costco shrimps on the kitchen table.  I had to grab some.   Costco shrimps completed my dinner.   Good stuff.

Costco Shrimps
Costco Shrimps at the Wedding

It was an incredible dinner.  I loved it.

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Costco Case Study


Organizational Culture 

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First time using American Express Card

I used my new American Express card for the first time today.  After shopping, I even put gas in the car.   There was absolutely no line at the gas station.  Gas was $4.159 a Gallon.

The price on eggs was pretty good at $5.49 (5 dz).  This is a lot cheaper than $9.29 I paid 4 months ago. ($6.59 in April)

We are in grape season now.  So enjoy fresh graps while they last. 

Costco Coupon Book (what's left from my last shopping) saved me another $10.00.  So my total savings from this Costco coupon book is now $41.50.  Smile

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Shopping with a Coupon Book

I love Costco coupons.  Today I saved $31.50 with Costco coupon book. 

Everything I bought was something we absolutely needed, except for the M&M candies and the wicked long pillow in the back.  Today was Friday so I treated myself with a bag of M&M.  After working 70 hours (or more) this week, I think I deserve something sweet.

Costco Shopping Coupon

I was tempted to buy some sodas (Pepsi) with the coupon.  But I decided not to.  I try not to drink soda.  Also, I do not have that kind of money.  Sodas are bad for you anyway.

I was especially happy with Gillette Mach3 disposable shavers.  They have the same Gillette Mach3 blades, except the whole bodies are disposable.  The price on this 10 pack was better than buying 10 pack of identical razors (heads only, per item cost calculated).

I don't have any work this weekend.  So, I'm going to relax and enjoy M&M as I work on my websites.  I don't think I will use the razors 'til Monday morning. Smile 

After shopping I went to El Pollo Loco to eat (next story).

Good day everyone.


Costco Receipt savings

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Shopping at Costco - July 13, 2008

I had two meetings with customers today (Sunday).  I was in the neighborhood, and today was the last day I could use $10.00 coupon for Brita water filters.  After picking up Brita Filters, I picked up some food items as well.

Saving Money with Brita Water Filter:
Box of Brita Filters was $32.00 (after $10.00 coupon).  These 10 filters will last well over 1 year.  With this, I have a guaranteed supply of good tasting water.  I don't buy bottled water.  I do not have a reverse osmosis water purification system. I believe Brita is the cheapest source for clean and tasty water.

Oh, and there is NO WAY I am buying water from one of those vending machines in front of supermarkets.  I don't know about you, but I woudn't drink that water if you pay me to.

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July 3 shopping

Another Costco Blog.

I bought some booze, cake, ribs, and such to celebrate 4th of July.

Bamboo cutting boards were $15.99 for a set of two.  This is an incredible price.  I know the price of bamboo cutting boards.  You cannot find this kind of value anywhere.  I don't know why I like bamboo boards at the first place. They tend to split in half.  Maybe because the ones I bought were too thin.  Maybe I don't know how to properly maintain them.  These boards from Costco are pretty think.  I hope these will last.

PS. Later, I found out that I need to use some kind of oil to clean these bamboo boards.  Screw oil treatment, I will just buy new boards next time.

There are three bags of Jose's coffee and syrups.

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