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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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After 2 years, got 3 bags of butterscotch toffee coffee

I've been waiting over 2 years for Jose's Coffee sales team to make a round at my Costco. 

About 2 years ago, I bought a bag of Butterscotch Toffee flavored Coffee when there was a special coffee booth at Costco.  I normally do not tolerate flavored coffee.  I believe coffee should taste like coffee, not like candy.

Butterscotch Toffee Coffee from Costco
Jose's Butterscotch Toffee Coffee from Costco, and Syrups

But this particular coffee tasted like Christmas.  It's quite enjoyable and cozy.  So I bought a bag.  Then I finished the bag pretty fast.  Since then I've been looking for Jose's Butterscotch Toffee Coffee.  But I couldn't find it anywhere. 

For last 2 years, every-time I go to Costco, I would check coffee aisle very carefully for butterscotch toffee coffee. 

Finally, today, I saw Jose's Coffee booth at my Costco.  This time I asked a few questions to find out more.  They normally make round to our Costco about twice a year.  I must have missed them last two years.  They also have a mailing list that I can mail-order the coffee.  I also found out that their coffee products are Costco exclusive.

Anyway, I bought three bags of butterscotch toffee coffee and two bottles of syrups.  I spent roughly $50.00.  $50.00 seems like a lot of money for coffee.  But, considering a cup of coffee is over $2.00 at any coffee shops.. I am actually saving a lot of money this way.  I bet I spend a lot less in coffee than most people.

I can't wait to enjoy Butterscotch Toffee coffee with Caramel Syrup.

Costco spoils me.  This is the point.  I spend less money, but I enjoy exclusive, high quality products.  It's a good thing.

Joses Gourmet Coffee

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Shopping at Costco - June 26, 2008

It was a quick shopping trip.  I spent 41 minutes in there, in and out. Total bill was $145.55

Interesting new item was Arizona Iced green tea mix at $5.79.  It's a new item.  I have a feeling I will love this tea mix.

So far, I bought about 12 of these short sleeves shirts (some at $15, some at $10.  There are different brands).  You can't go wrong with these shirts.  They look proper to wear at work.  They are very comfortable that I wear them when I play or visit my mother's house.

Wings of fire is my special treat.  I always fight my urge to buy Wings of Fire whenever I go to Costco.  I only buy them as a special treat about 2-3 times a year.  If I can, I would buy them about 10 times a year.

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Shopping - June 16, 2008

Just another day at Costco, nothing special for today's Costco blog.

5 dozen eggs were $7.39

There was $15.00 instant rebate on Sonicare brush (from $124.99).  I was very lucky because my old brush recently died.  My old brush was good for me for 5-7 years.  Sonicare tooth-brushes are very good.  If you don't have them, you are missing out something fantastic.

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My typical breakfast

This is my typical breakfast.

All food items are from Costco - Multigrain bread, Kirkland Signature ham, American cheese, and some Olives.

The container that holds olives are also from Costco.

Costco Breakfast Sandwich

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Costco Coupons on Ebay - A lot of them

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Have you visited Ebay and searched for "Costco Coupons"? (here)

There are hundreds of Costco Coupons on auction.

I think it's wrong to sell Costco Coupons on Ebay.  I mean, isn't that illegal? (I guess not)  Anyway, it's a sneaky way to make money.  Also, I bet there are some people making a lot of money selling Costco Coupons this way. I bet there are a lot of Costco employees selling coupons in person and/or online.

Here's a tip.

If you see a good Costco coupon on Ebay auction and you don't have that coupon?  Go to Costco and see if they have a coupon.  If they are out of Costco Coupons, then ask them if they can give you the coupon discount (that you never received Costco coupon on this round)

Sometimes I go to Costco and realize that some people have coupons in their hands.  I always go to the customer service desk and ask for coupons.  Sometimes they have some left.  sometimes they are out of Costco Coupons.

Try not to buy Costco coupons from Ebay when they can be available to you at Costco service desk.  I just don't feel selling coupons is right.  I can't believe Ebay is allowing people to do this.

But, at the same time, I guess I would pay $20.00 for a coupon that will save me $100.00 on a big screen TV.  Supply and demand, I guess.

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You don't compare Costco with a dollar store!

Whenever I see people talking about Costco, there are always people saying "I get similar items at dollar stores" or "I get better price at 99 Cents only stores".

I don't understand what these people are thinking.  You simply cannot Compare Costco with dollar stores.

Obviously these people never used Kirkland Signature products.  They don't know about higher level of life-style we are enjoying because of Costco.

Costco elevates my life-style.  It makes me to enjoy items that only rich people can afford.  I buy jumbo shrimps, imported beers, and organic soy milk, and much more.  I would never afford those items if there was no Costco.

Dollar store's fruits and vegetables are not usable.  I feel sorry that some people must eat those to save money.  Fruits and Vegetables from Costco are far superior in quality compared to any supermarket products.  

I shop at 99 Cents only stores frequently.  I like 99 Cents only stores too.  I buy instant noodles, candies, and miscellaneous items from 99 Cents only stores.  But 99 Cents store will not replace Costco.

You don't compare Costco with Dollar stores.  Some people have no idea what they are missing out. 

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All out with a coupon book

I didn't go to Costco for about 1 month.  My refrigerator was almost empty.  Then the new coupon book came out.  The coupon book featured all kinds of staple items.  It was my chance to stock up.  I knew it was going to be painful to my wallet.  I thought, I might as well enjoy.

The coupons saved me $38.25
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How to calculate "Per Pound" "Per Item"

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This is one example on how to use your smartphone calculator at stores for smart shopping.

Let's suppose:

  • 6 pack of soda is $6.00
  • 12 pack of soda is $13.00

What is more economical?

The answer is 6 pack of soda at $6.00 - Because you can buy two 6 packs and pay $12.00.  You save $1.00 by NOT buying 12 pack  at $13.
You can do this calculation in your head.

But, in the real world, stores will trick you with complicated price structures.

For example - more realistic this time.

  1. 4 lbs of rice is $3.75
  2. 9 lbs of rice is $7.95

How do I know which is a better buy?

This is when you use a calculator to figure out "Per pound" price.

When you do this kind calculation, there is one rule to remember "Money comes first" So, instead of saying 4lb of rice is $3.75, you should say for $3.75 I get 4lb of rice. put money first in your sentence.  And use calculator like how you say it.

  1. For $3.75 you get 4lbs of rice.
    Calculator:   3.75 ÷ 4 =
    Answer $.937 per pound.
  2. For $7.95 you get 9lbs of rice.
    Calculator:   7.95 ÷ 9 =
    Answer:  $.883 per pound

So, it is more economical if you buy 9lb bag.

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Fruit and Nut Medley

I try to eat healthy.  So, instead of candy, I try to eat Fruit & Nut Medley by Kirkland Signature. 

Fruit and nut Kirkland

Fruit and Nut Medley comes in a 56oz bag for $12.28

It contains following food items.

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Golden Raisins

It's Kirkland Signature (good quality food) I enjoy them too much.

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