At Costco – Forever Stamps at old price until Feb 17, 2019

On January 27, 2019, the price of USPS’ first class (also forever) stamp went up 5 Cents to 55 Cents each. Now, a roll of 100 stamps will cost you $5 more.

Don’t feel bummed out if you heard the news too late. You still have a chance to buy 100 forever stamps at old price of $49.75 at Costco. You have until February 17, 2019.

After February 17, 2019, you will pay $5 more.

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USPS Postage stamps price increases effective Jan 27, 2019.

Don’t delay, purchase at current member prices in Costco locations through Feb 17, 2019.

Costco Take and Bake Pizza for Single Living

I get craving for pizza once in a while. I would like to enjoy pizza late Saturday night, or when I’m home alone feeling cozy. But, I live alone, so I need a little planning to enjoy pizza.

Pizza is family oriented food. Going to a pizza restaurant alone is not only depressing, but it’s too expensive. I don’t want to have a pizza delivered to my house and ended up with massive amount of leftover. That’s also too expensive. In both cases, just a tip alone will buy me 2-3 slices of Costco pizza.

So, this is what I do. I buy Costco’s Take and Bake pizza, slice them up, and freeze them. They last many months in the freezer. I enjoy pizza whenever I have a craving for it, and they will cost me $1.50 each slice. I can top it off with whatever I want. Since I enjoy my kitchen, baking pizza when I’m home alone is absolute joy. It’s the most economical way for a single person to enjoy good pizza. There are cheaper pizza out there (Dollar store). But…

It’s the Costco way. You enjoy good stuff cheap. You just have to buy in bulk.

Preparing Costco pizza for long term, single serving, storage

  • Take pepperoni off the pizza
  • Cut pizza into 6 slices
  • Put pepperonis back on (6 slices each)
  • Wrap each slice with Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap.
  • Put them in ziploc freezer bags.

** Costco’s take and bake pepperoni pizza has 36 slices of pepperoni

I broke my pizza cutter and I may never buy another pizza cutter again. I cut pizza maybe once a year. And there are plenty of people, including professionals, using kitchen sheers to cut pizza.

Can I get a yum~!!??

Costco Shopping – January 30, 2019

3rd Costco shopping in 2019 – $32.25 (today) / $249.00 (this year)

Chips, sala, and aidells meat balls are for Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t follow football. Especially after football became too political, I refuse to watch it. I don’t know a single artist who will be performing at the half-time show. They are talented people, I am pretty sure. I just don’t care to know them. I am old. Just let me be.

And.. Holy cow! I didn’t know Los Angeles had a football team… 2 of them.

To me, Super Bowl Sunday is just an excuse to eat a lot of food and pretend.

I put the bag of spinach in the freezer as soon as I take it home. This way, spinach will last fresh for a long time. I use it to make Vitamix juice. I can also cook with it. When thawed, it will immediately become soggy, so you cannot use it for salad.

2 Jackets from Goodwill Store

A week ago, I found a brand new Ralph Lauren jacket at a Goodwill store for $11. It’s a beautiful herringbone (fabric pattern) wool jacket that’s almost a perfect fit (sleeves are 1/2 inch too long). It has a few (moth) holes. I will try to fix it with Fuse It Powder.

Last night, I bought a vintage British coat in classy puppytooth pattern for $17. It was missing a liner, but it’s OK. I like this coat a lot. The sleeves are too long. I need to hem them.

The jacket I liked the most was a nice Burberrys jacket that fitted me perfectly. But it was $47. $47 is still a very good price, but… at a Goodwill store? I shall go back next week to check it out again.

Herringbone fabric pattern
Herringbone pattern. Moth holes
Puppytooth fabric pattern
Classy Puppytooth pattern
Cable Price is Insulting

I am currently a Frontier FiOS customer. Look below at my cable/internet/phone price. See how it increased from $149.57 to $194.29 in 12 months. I didn’t add any services, and yet, price went up $44.72 in 12 months. If this is not getting screwed I don’t know what is.

When I first joined Verizon about 10 years ago, my special discount price was about $125/mo. After 2 years of price lock-down they started to jack up the price on me. I kept calling them to lock down low price but they would only give me higher price than before. And they kept raising the price as if they are testing my limit. And I am finally seeing my limit.

This is it. I refuse to pay more than $150/mo on cable/internet/phone service. $150/mo is $1800 a year. That’s a lot of money. A lot of people don’t take home $1800 a month. $150 is what I pay for electric, gas, water, and trash collection combined.

Most people I know pay more than $150 on cable TV bundle. Those most people make less money than I do. That’s another topic and I will not go there.

Tomorrow I am switching to Spectrum. I will be paying $117/mo for next 12 month. So, I will save $927 in next 12 months. After 12 months, they will increase the price to $142/mo. I will still save $627.48 a year compared to my current provider, but I will try to lower the price, and hopefully lock down the price for a long term. I may switch provider again, or I will drop cable TV altogether. Whatever it may be, I will not spend $1800 a year on TV/Internet/Phone.

I absolutely hate cable companies for jerking us around with insane price and rate increases. I am this close to drop cable TV altogether. They can kiss my ass.

Costco Macaroni and Cheese

Oh! There is a total Lunar eclipse taking place tonight, January 20, 2019. Check your local schedule. In California, time for the maximum eclipse is 9:12 PM Sunday night. It may be too cloudy. We’ll see.

27 Pound bucket of Macaroni and Cheese at Costco

I don’t understand why news media is buzzing is about Costco’s 27 pound bucket of Macaroni and Cheese with 20 years shelf life. Currently sold out buckets contain 6 units of 4 pound packs. So… what’s the big deal? We are Americans. We drink wine out of boxes and buy ice creams in big buckets. 4 pound packs of macaroni and cheese don’t shock me at all, especially for long term storage and emergency use… especially for Costco. I found media reaction little annoying.

Government is shut down and people are losing homes… and we gasp about a bucket of Mac and Cheese…

How Kirkland Signature powers Costco’s success

Last year, it raked in nearly $40 billion, an 11% increase from 2017. That’s more than JCPenney and Macy’s combined. Kirkland’s sales also beat out Campbell Soup, Kellogg, and Hershey put together.

Kirkland, which Costco sells for at least 20% cheaper than national brands at its warehouses, helps the club keep prices low even on the products it doesn’t make.

Read more at CNN Business (Warning – this page plays video automatically, lower the volume before click.)

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/10/business/costco-kirkland-signature-brand/

Costco Executive Member Reward Check, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive your check according to your membership schedule. I happen to receive them on January.

Costco give 2% rebate checks to Costco executive members.

Costco’s regular membership fee is $60.00/yr. Executive membership is $120.00/yr. In order for my executive membership to pay for itself, I need to receive $60.00 in rebate check. This year I received $91.31. So, my executive membership paid for itself and I was rewarded $41.31 on top of it. It paid to be an executive member at Costco this year. Last year was a different story. Last year, my reward check didn’t quite cover my executive membership. It was short by $1.42.

Quick math: 2% of $5,000.00 is $100.00

Keep in mind, what I received is a reward check from Costco. If you have a Citi Visa card, you will also receive a Citi Visa reward check. I receive these on February, but you may be on different schedule.

Costco executive member reward rebate check
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2018 purchases
(received January 2019)
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2017 purchases
(received January 2018)
Costco executive member 2% rebate check for 2013 purchases.
(received January 2014)

You will receive your reward gift certificate according to your membership renewal date. (Read more from Costco)

The Reward is issued approximately 3 months prior to the member’s renewal date in a Renewal Statement.


2 items returned to Costco

On November 15, 2018, I bought a Circulon roaster with rack (Item #1153595) for my friend. But it was too big for her oven.

I returned Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Costco item #1678543). The package said “No artificial fragrance”. So, I thought they were unscented. But, they do have “Natural” smell. I looked at the package at home and saw there was a scratch and smell patch. So, I scratched and smelled. It smelled very good. It smelled like a clean and fresh armpit. That’s a Nono for me.

I have a strong opinion about smell of personal care products. I wrote a blog about it 10 years ago.

I went online and looked up Schmidt’s Natural Deodorants. It was highly rated. People loved the product.. and they loved the smell. That’s my problem, the smell. I don’t want my deodorant to smell. I don’t care how good it smells. At the end of the day, people know they are smelling my armpits. I prefer no smell over great smell of armpits.

I prefer no smell over great smell of a dead mouse. I prefer no smell over great smell of horse manure, cat litter. etc… no smell is the best in many cases.

How come people don’t seem to agree with me on this? Am I that crazy and different? Over the years, multiple female friends complimented about natural smell of my body. Some wrote me about it. Some took my worn undershirt after a long day together. We all smell different. Our unique scent will attract opposite sex (or same sex) in intimate settings. I don’t want to smell like a product that millions of other people put on their arm pits. To me, that’s disgusting to think about.

Anyway, these smelly deodorants had to go. I am back searching for unscented ones.

Costco Shopping – January 8, 2019

1st Costco shopping in 2019 – $223.96 (today) / $ 204.26 (this year)
1 item returned On Jan 11 ($19.70)

Novaform Evencor Gel-Plus 3 Inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper – Queen. Costco item #8816226. $109.99 (after $30.00 savings).

I have a guest bedroom that I call it “the nap room”. I take nap in my nap room almost every Sunday afternoon. I truly enjoy and treasure my nap time there. My Sunday nap is very satisfying and enjoyable. I often wonder why I get such amazing sleep in my nap room while sleeping in my master bedroom is just OK.

In my nap room, I have a memory foam mattress topper. It was given by my friend. I thought maybe a mattress topper in my master bedroom will improve quality of my sleep. So, I bought a mattress topper for master bedroom. I shall try and find out

Weider Prime Testosterone Support (Costco Item #886740) was intriguing to me. Since Costco is selling them I thought it was worth of trying. I am pretty healthy that I really don’t need “help”. But I am not a spring chicken. At this stage of my life, $23 for 2 month supply is cheap if it does fraction of what it claims to do for me. I will try and update you.

Protein bar & granola bars are for work (6 month supply).

My job requires brain power and concentration. I am afraid to stop taking Focus Factor. But, I plan to take less or stop taking them and monitor my work performance.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant (Costco item #1678543) looked promising. I’ve been searching for unscented deodorant. I desperately needed some decent UNSCENTED deodorant.

Two pairs of boots I cannot wear (for now).

Happy new year. I’m gonna continue with my boring stories. My visitors tend to enjoy reading about my boring life, so…

These two pairs of Italian boots are Christmas gift from me to me. But, I cannot wear them for now.

I work at a large company with 700-800 employees, and some of my colleagues follow my shoes. Some guys like to talk to me about shoes. They ask me about how I go about shopping for shoes. I didn’t think much of it at first. Then I realized that they were trying to tap in to my brain so they could buy the same shoes when I buy them. At least they are trying to emulate my style.

There is one particular guy at work… one day I caught him searching for my purple Chelsea boots. “I will find your boots. I like them. I will find them and buy them.” He said.

Luckily, he couldn’t find my boots. But, this forever changed how I share information at work. Now I don’t wear anything that is currently available to purchase, so I don’t play twinsies with annoying mofos. I will only wear these boots after they are completely out of season and completely sold out. It will be about a month. I can wait.