Costco Shopping – April 4, 2018

19th Costco shopping in 2018 – $201.05 (today) / $1106.1 (this year)

I ordered another pair of progressive lenses for my eyeglasses.  My current glasses were new, about 5 months old.  But, after trying my new progressive lenses from Costco, I refuse to go back to regular lenses.  Costco has the best price and best quality on eyeglass lenses.  The world looks different with Costco lenses. Really, I am not kidding.

I stopped buying small lunch salad kits.  Instead, I’ve been making my own salad with Power Greens, boiled egg whites, and some protein items (chicken, fish, whatever I can find).

I promise, I will stop buying pants. But, these were light gray. I don’t have any light gray pants.  So, I bought two pairs.  They are Calvin Klein.  I will enjoy them.

Oh, and I don’t have to iron these.

* My heart was set on rotisserie chicken, but they were completely out of chicken.  There was 30 minute waiting time. I was very disappointed.

Costco Shopping – March 26, 2018

17th Costco shopping in 2018 – $13.37 (today) / $878.29 (this year)

Costco often offer instant savings on Doritos.  That’s when I buy them.

I bought a bag of Doritos for my coworker.  If you remember my Christmas video, I walked up to someone’s cubicle and took a scoop of salsa with a cracker (see below at 0:44). I left this bag of Doritos at that table.  It was a hit.  A few people made remarks about it.  People love me at my work.

Christmas 2017

Costco Shopping – March 19, 2018

15th Costco shopping in 2018 – $186.30 (today) / $844.46 (this year)

I spent many hours researching.  I can tell you with confidence that Costco provides the best deal on prescription lenses (for eyeglasses).

There are cheaper deals out there.  I used to wear a pair of eyeglasses from China that was $18 for both frame and lenses.  So, if you are poor, you can take a chance, sacrifice your vision, and save money.  I was young and financially challenged several years ago.  At that time China was my only option.  Now that I am financially stable, I will absolutely avoid sending my prescription to China.

Today I ordered a pair of lenses at Costco.  This was my first bi-focal.

Since Costco has limited supply of eyeglass frames, I bought a frame of my own from Amazon.  Costco charges $25 (?) for bringing your own glasses.  They charged me $18 this time, because of the system glitch.  They couldn’t find account number to charge me $25(?).  So, they charged the old price of $18.

After ordering prescription lenses, I bought a 16 pack of Gillette razor blades, Fusion5 Proglide, with $10 savings.  As far as I am concerned, Gillette razors that takes a battery is the best (non-professional) shaving system on this planet .  Let me know if there are better razors out there.

$34.99 for 16 pack is THE best price anywhere.  Without $10 savings, you can find better price on eBay.

There are ways to make your razor blades to last longer. I should study on how to properly maintain them. I don’t do anything special to my razor blades.  But, each of my razor blades lasts well over a month.  I understand most men go through 1 razor blades a week. I guess most men have a lot more hair.. thicker… gross.

Costco Shopping – March 16, 2018

14th Costco shopping in 2018 – $122.33 (today) / $658.16 (this year)

Today is the first day of Costco Coupon Book savings. I saved $15.20 on Doritos and vitamins.

I am still not sure if Focus Factor works for me.  I have a decent job where I work with people 15-20 younger than I am.  I desparately would like to perform at my peak level.  They are little over $15 a bottle.  I have no problem paying for them.

I bought 2 pairs of Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants for $16.99 each (Item #7407740 – Free Shipping – link while available).  These pants are very good and I don’t have to iron them.  These are better than Calvin Klein or Buffalo David Bitton jeans.  You see, brand name clothes you find at Costco are made just for Costco.  They don’t have the same quality and integrity of expensive Calvin Klein clothes you will find at official retail stores.  So, when I “like” Calvin Klein pants from Costco, my level of satisfaction is somewhere between 75% – 85%.   I used to like them more, but I feel that the quality had gone down noticeably.  Sometimes I feel insulted because of lacking quality on CK items at Costco.  Some CK items at Costco are plain ugly.  I buy them because they are cheap.

These Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill pants are cheap ($16.99) but high quality.  With these pants, you are separating yourself from the “Jean People”.  Compared to jeans, these pants will make you look more matured and professional.  They are the ultimate office pants for men. I highly recommend Kirkland Signature Brushed Twill Pants. I repeat, you do not have to iron these (*If you know what you are doing).

These pants are thin. They are not for cold weather.  Yesterday was a cold day.  So, I wore a pair of thermal pants under them to work – and it worked out fine.

Costco Shopping – March 09, 2018

12th Costco shopping in 2018 – $98.02 (today) / $522.38 (this year)

I bought 2 pairs of Calvin Klein Twill Pants (item #1173014, link while available).  They are made out of thin stretchy cotton. They are slim straight fit and comfortable. Most of all, they look pretty good out of dryer without ironing.  So, they pass as realistic, everyday pants for normal people. I like these pants.

I am sick

I am sick.  I may be slow with my blog updates for a while.

As you know, this flu season is different.  My flu shot couldn’t save me this time. I am miserable and have no will to live.

I am taking medication and… I’ve been eating this Super Food Veggie Cakes (Costco item #966072). They are frozen cakes that I microwave for 1 minute. They are convenient and good for me. 

I received these cakes from GardenLitesGardenLites makes healthy, gluten free, allergy friendly, frozen food.  They are sold in Costco nation wide (#966072).  They have good reviews. I like them.

I am supposed to review them (I will).  But, I am so sick.  I am just eating these cakes before I review them.  I am glad I received these Veggie Cakes just in time.  It’s so quick, easy, and good.  I am almost glad I have flu. Haha.. cough.

I’m gonna lay down now… (cough)

Costco Shopping – March 02, 2018

12th Costco shopping in 2018 – $29.47 (today) / $453.83 (this year)

I bought a pair of really nice Calvin Klein pants (Costco Item #1147567).  They were made with a unique material and were shockingly beautiful. They looked even more beautiful when they were on me.  The pants were stretchy and super comfortable.  I immediately ran them through washer and dryer.  I was curious… (fingers crossed)

Soon, I discovered that these pants have to be ironed.  There is no way around.  If I want to enjoy these beautiful pants every day, I’ll have to iron 5-7 of these pants every week.  I iron a few shirts every Sunday morning for fun.  Adding several pairs of pants means I will spend one hour every Sunday morning ironing.  So, Sunday morning will no longer be my fun magic moment, but it will become a grind.

Currently, I wear black or gray jeans to work.  I never iron my jeans.  Unless you are Martha Stewart, not having to iron is a huge luxury in life. I will not buy any more of these pants.  I will keep this pair for special events.

Makin’ bacon

Yesterday, I had a quick chat about frying bacon with a friend far away.  I made pancake breakfast for my friend years ago.  She wanted to imitate my style.  That gave me a craving for bacon as well.  So, I made a pancake breakfast after my glorious Sunday morning Costco shopping.

One thing lead to another, we ended up exchanging pictures of our bacons.  How naughty!

I am scheduled to fly to see her on April 2024.

Above is my friend’s plate.

Below is my plate, I cook pancakes with butter, so I don’t need additional butter when I eat. Eggs were fried in bacon fat. I warm up my syrup in a small container.  I don’t slobber syrup all over the cake like a savage. 🙂

I think my bacon looked better because they are Costco bacon.  I bet her bacon was cheaper quality brand.  Acutally, everything on my plate was from Costco (bacon, eggs, syrup, pancake mix, butter… even the pan I cooked with).

That beautiful plate was $1 at a garage sale.  It’s from England.  I like pretty plates.  So does my friend.

Costco Shopping – February 25, 2018

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.

Costco City Visa Reward Rebate check, 2018

I received this year’s Citi Visa Costco reward rebate check amount of $340.54. This check doesn’t make me happy.  To me, this is a reality check.  I spent 60% more money compared to the year before. 60% is a huge jump on credit card spending. I need to be careful with money. Seriously…

Below is rebate checks from last year, (2017)

Sign of Getting Old – Cufflinks

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.