When in Doubt, Pick Kirkland Signature over Coupon Item

I needed fabric softener.

Costco had $2.00 coupon on Downy Fabric Enhancer.

From the very start, I thought maybe Kirkland Signature’s fabric softener could be a better deal (compared Downy – with $2.00 coupon).

Below is what I saw at Costco… I didn’t bring my calculator at that time.  So, I went with my gut feeling and decide not to use $2.00 coupon on Downy.  I bought Kirkland Signature fabric softener instead.

Then I came home and did some calculating.

Downy Fabric Enhancer
150 Loads
$9.96 – ($2.00 coupon) = $7.96
Unit price per load = $.53

Kirkland Signature Fabric Enhancer
174 Loads
$8.69 (everyday price)
Unit price per load = $.50


My gut feeling was right.  Kirkland Signature’s fabric softener was still cheaper without coupon.

So, when in doubt? pick Kirkland Signature over coupon items.

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Costco Shopping – October 17, 2009

* 34th Costco Shopping this year, 2nd time this month

Returned Item:
On my last Costco shopping, I bought Essenza Reeds at $19.99.  A week later, they now have instant rebate of $5.00.  So I had to take mine back for a refund, and buy them again for $5.00 cheaper.  They had 1 item limit.  I am very tempted to go back and buy one more.  I can never get enough of these.  They make great Christmas gift as well.

Essenza Reed Difuser
Cool shot of my Essenza Reed Diffusers

I bought one more pair of Calvin Klein jeans (30 inch waist).  I am still pretty excited that I can fit into 30 inch waist pants.  So, I bought one more pair of jeans purely out of excitement.

That box of butter will last me long time.  I should give some away.

I put some gas on my way out. ($32.45)

I have to return Sonicare brushes – I found a brand new pack of 4 under the bathroom sink.  Returning items is effortless with Costco.

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I am still doing good with my fitness goal.

I’ve been running twice a week for 6 months now.  I rarely skip my workout schedule.

On Mondays & Wednesdays, as soon as I get home from work, I run a steep hill for 15 minutes.  I do light workout on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 

Today I wore Adidas shirt, Adidas shoes, and Adidas shorts.  I think they are all from Costco. 

I tell ya.  I look absolutely adorable in these.

(updated – Aug 2011) Much later, I realized how expensive these brand name clothes are.  I paid $15 or so for the shirt at Costco.  Big-chain stores sell very similar shirts for $30.00 easy.  If you buys few of these workout outfit? that will pay for your Costco membership and some.

Adidas Running

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Costco Shopping – October 10, 2009

* 33rd Costco Shopping this year, 1st time this month

It’s a long story…

Some of the stuff are already gone.  Cookies are missing a container.

Two things here:

  1. Chocolates of the World: These are so good.  I had to buy 2 jugs.  I think I’m going to buy several more jugs to last me to the next Christmas season.
  2. Essenza Reeds (home fragrance): Costco spoils me.  I used to buy Arm & Hammer air freshener spray once a year.  Now I cannot live without these fancy smell around me.  I must have 2 bottles opened at all time (at different locations).  I bought these as a backup.  I was afraid Costco will stop selling them.

Purchased item also includes the door mat – Love that door mat ($13.99)

* I am getting better with my Canon Powershot I bought in May 2009.

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When it Doubt, Buy it – Plastic Food Wrap

When it doubt, buy it. Costco will not over-charge you.

Case in study: Food Wrap by Kirkland Signature – $8.99 (double pack)

At first glance, you might think $9 for 2 rolls of food wraps is not much of a bargain. But take a look at this.

If you are lucky, you can buy a roll of food wrap for $.99 (from a 99 Cents only store). This roll contains a 100 SQ. FT. of inferior quality plastic wrap.

With Kirkland Signature’s Food Wrap (double pack), you get 1500 SQ. FT of high quality plastic wrap. That’s 166 SQ. FT per a Dollar.

So, with same amount of money, you get 66% more of high quality product.

But, that’s not all
Think about helping environment.
In order to get 1500 SQ. FT. of plastic wrap, you need to buy 15 of $.99 rolls. With Costco’s double pack, you are saving raw material to package 13 rolls.

Everyone wins with Costco.

So, when in doubt? Buy it.

Happy shopping.

** One problem with Costco’s plastic wrap is that it will take extremely long time for me to finish up 2 rolls of these. It took me 2 years to finish 100 SQ. FT. roll. So, mathematically, it will take me 30 years to finish these up. I will be in my 70’s when I’m done with these. My plastic wrap can out live me. Haha..

I guess some people use a lot of plastic wrap. I don’t. I always try to use containers with tops instead of putting a wrap over the food. I try not to use plastic wrap as much as possible. They cost money.

Costco Kirkland Signature Food Wrap

Costco Shopping – #30, #31, #32

* 30th, 31st, & 32nd Costco Shopping this year, 2, 3, & 4th time this month

(Sorry, this is a late post)

This is a collection of 3 Costco shoppings

September 21st

I went to Long Beach Costco and bought a white dress shirt and a pair of Calvin Klein jeans (32 inch waist)

September 25

I went back to Long Beach Costco and bought one more dress shirt, chicken soups, & soap.  I was catching cold.  So I needed more chicken soup.

September 27

I am now back home (no longer in Long Beach area).  I am still having hard time adjusting to my changing body.  My jeans were too big, so I went to Costco (this time, in my neighborhood in Oxnard).  I returned my jeans and got a smaller pair (30 inch waist).  And I shopped some more.  It was fun.  Now I have 7 of those white dress shirts.  I hope it will get cold outside so I can start wearing them.  It’s too hot to wear long sleeves shirts now.  I only wear long sleeves shirts when I’m on date or something. (so I can show my back-side, oh boy…  embarrassing, but I know it works.Embarassed)

Anyway, these white shirts are amazing.  They can easily be $60.00 – $80.00 or more.  I am not kidding.

* Jeans are very tight.  30 inch is too tight.  32 inch is too big.  It’s either I lose weight or gain weight.  I chose to lose weight. I know I can do it.  No problem.

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They are HERE~!!! Chocolates of the World


I should buy several jugs of these to get me through next year.

Excuse my bad picture – It was a hip shot (without looking)

Chocolates of the World 2009

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King of Mongolian BBQ (stacking)

You know what Mongolian BBQ is.

You get all the ingredients you want in the bowl.  And the cook will heat it up for you.

Dinner is all-you-can-eat.  But, for lunch, you only get one trip.  So, it’s up to you to pile up the food high.  And guess what? I am the king of Mongolian BBQ.

Look at the picture below.  On the right side, my co-worker tried to put as much food as possible in his bowl.  My bowl is on left.

I would never do this if I came here on a date or something.  That would be embarrassing.  I do this because it’s very entertaining when I’m out with the guys.  Funny funny stuff.

Mongolian BBQ

Fortune Cookie
Oh yeah.  Check this out. Everything will be just fine.
The cookie told me so.

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Coffee at Work – Bunch of Yuppies

Here is a proof that we have a bunch of yuppies at work.

We have coffee from Brazil & New Orleans.  They have exotic flavors.
Then we have a steady supply of Peet’s Coffee (my boss’ supply).
I bring steady supply of Starbucks.

Out of all these, my Starbucks Coffee (from Costco) is the least popular coffee at work right now.  Starbucks is still pretty good but…  I like the other ones more also.

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Gift Package – New Orleans Coffee

Oh boy.  This is good… makes my day.

Somebody sent me a gift.  It’s a coffee gift set.  You know I like coffee.

I’m going to try it tomorrow.

Thank you, thank you.

Costco Shopping – Boring Sunday

* Today’s Costco shopping: 28th time this year, 3rd time this month

I didn’t have to go to Costco today.  But I was having a long, boring day.  I wanted to drive somewhere.  So I went to Costco.

* The small, black package is a cheese.

Gibson Les Paul

This is Gibson Les Paul.  This particular model is almost $1,400.00, which is pretty cheap for a Gibson.

I have been eye-balling this guitar for… about 25 years now.

This morning, I put this guitar in the shopping cart.  I almost checked out, then I stopped.  I didn't have guts to click "Submit" button.

This was the second time I ALMOST bought Les Paul.  Now I'm older and have some cash, but it's still a lot of money.  I already have 2 professional guitars.

I guess I will buy this guitar sooner or later.  But… it's painful.
It's painful to buy it.  It's painful not to buy it.
When I think about buying this guitar, my heart beats faster and my face gets warm.  I feel like I am at the final showcase of "The Price is Right"

Grocery Shopping – Last Entry

This is my last blog post on Vegetable Shopping – I think I made my point.

I enjoy driving to supermarkets at night.  It’s very relaxing. 

Total cost on tonight’s shopping was $7.77 (Vons & Ralphs).  I saved $15.28.  But who really pays $2.50 for a pound of tomatoes.

I get onions, bananas, and potatoes from Smart & Final – their regular prices are usually better than sales prices at supermakets.

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Need Smaller Pants – Losing Weight

I’ve been doing very good with diet and exercise. 

I lost at least 5lb since April.  My weight does not fluctuate.  I am doing everything right. The progress is slow and solid.  I pig out once or twice a week and I know I am still on the right track.

I can now wear my 5 years old jeans with 30 inch waist

As a result, all of my dress pants are too big.  Even my boss pointed out that my pants started to look baggy.

I bought about 18 pairs of dress pants from Costco last year.  I spent roughly $400.00. I have a similar situation going on with my underwear.  I bought 18 pairs of size M underwear 2008 after thanksgiving. I am now back to size S.

I need to buy about 8 pairs of size 30 pants and see if I will lose more size.

29 inch would be perfect.  But 30 is good enough.  I cannot go under 29 inch, because Costco doesn’t sell pants smaller than 29. 🙂