Fighting Cold – Costco Style

I rarely get sick.  But I do catch cold now and then.  I cannot afford to get sick because I am always working.  Somebody is always counting on me.

I woke up with a sore throat Friday morning.  It was very clear that I was going to have a full blown case of cold.  My cold (flu ?) was slowly getting worse.  I started to feel miserable by Saturday.

This is when a single person feels sad to be alone. You imagine how your neighbor will find your dead body.  Thank God I don’t have a cat to eat my face. Yikes…

Costco Cold Remedis
Fighting cold – Costco style – Progresso chicken soup & a T-Bone
I love that griddle from Costco

When I have cold, I focus on 4 things.

  1. Drink a lot of fluid
  2. Chickens soup
  3. Take Medication
  4. Rest

I believe in power of chicken soup.  Chicken soup will speed up your heeling process, trust me.

Most of my home remedies are from Costco.  Look below.

  • Water – Brita Filters
  • Juice (home made) – with apple, pear, carrots
  • Chicken soup (I ate 6 cans during this cold episode)
  • Cold medication

All those products were purchased from Costco

Juice
Ready for juicing – Bamboo cutting board is from Costco as well

Anyway.. I took Monday & Tuesday off.  I worked from home.  By Wednesday morning I was all good and ready for work.

So my entire cold episode lasted 5 days or less.  I thought I made a remarkable recovery in short time. 

* I still cannot figure out how I got this cold at the first place.  It would be ironic if I got the cold from Costco.

Costco Shopping December 5, 2008

I think I am absolutely done with buying new pants from Costco. I think I bought about 17 pairs of pants this year.  I may buy a couple more pairs.  I am not too crazy about black pants anymore. I would like to have a few more pairs in lighter colors.

I love Costco apples.  They are so good and so cheap. They are about $.50 a pound.  You cannot find apples of these quality from any supermarkets even if you pay 4 times more.

On my last shopping, 9 days ago, I bought Apples, pears, carrots, and 2 salads.  I haven’t noticed any improvements on my eye-sight. 🙂

I love them Costco salads.

After Thanksgiving Shopping Spree – 2008

I wouldn’t dare going out for Black Friday shopping.  The traffic & waiting game ain’t worth it for me.  Black Friday shopping sounds fun if you have a shopping buddy (girlfriend, wife).

I went out shopping on Saturday, 2 days after Thanksgiving Day. 

1. ROSS

I found medium size (32-34) Jockey underwears.  A box of 3 was $5.99.  So I bought 6 boxes – Basically, I grabbed everything with M sticker on it.  Finally my underwear worry is over (until 2013 ?).

2. Costco
My shopping spree wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Costco.  As a part of my current project  ‘Shopping for a Bed‘, I bought some pillows and a queen size flannel sheet set. I also treated myself with some new towels.

 

And I bought a pair of pants for work, 2 fleece shirts & 1 pair of fleece pants.

I ate a hot-dog in the car – there were a lot of people that I couldn’t find a place to eat outside.

4. Bed Bath and Beyond
I already ordered a queen size comforter from Costco.  I needed to find a duvet cover ASAP. So I headed out to Bed Bath and Beyond. I was looking for anything in flannel.

Then I quickly realized how expensive queen-size flannel duvet covers were ($100.00 minimum), not to mention that they didn’t have much flannels to begin with.  I was discouraged and ready to leave, then I saw this cute little mofo hiding in the back.

Duvet cover

I hit the jackpot. With their usual 20% off coupon this $100.00 duvet cover was only $39.99. This duvet cover is almost perfect.  The color works nicely with the bed sheets I jut bought from Costco.

I was happy with the savings so I bought some kitchen items with the money I saved (picture below – I put egg there to illustrate the size)

And, later that night, I washed all my new towels and sheets.

Good times… 

ZZzzz

Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales

I think I still have about 9 pieces of New York steak in the freezer (vacuum packed).

Then I saw this Ralphs ad on T-bone steak… $3.99/lb is just about the best price you will find anywhere.  Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales

Ribeye, New York, and T-Bone each has its own unique taste.  I like steaks with bones.  The bone brings more flavor to the meat.  To me, bone is very important in steaks.

Ralphs Vons flier
Vons has New York steak for $3.77/lb – That’s insane

 

I didn’t look at anything else on the fliers.  I have a lot of food already.  Not only that, I went out to shop during my break-time.  I had to go back to work fast.

Oh boy… I have a huge craving for chocolate ice-cream.  I shall go and pick up a pack right now.  I hope they have a sale.  Smile

Costco Shopping November 17, 2008

The major purchase was a Canon Camera.  I bought the camera for somebody.  The camera is not for me.

I’ve always wanted to try Red Bull, but I find them extremely expensive.  They usually go for ove $2 a can.  With a $6.00 coupon, Costco’s Red Bull is about $1.16 a can.  You’ve gotta love Costco.

I bought a bunch of fruits and vegetables for juice. I need to make juice every day before they go bad.  I love juice, so no problem there. 

I bought a bunch of kitchen items today.  I feel good about it.

I will not buy Pita Chips again.  It’s not for me. They are thick and hard.  They don’t have enough flavor for me.

After taking picture, I realized that I left out two items.  My salad and 2 pairs of lounge pants were hiding in the corner.

Costco Coupons saved me $69.00.
After shopping, I ate a hotdog & bought gas.
Then I gave rest of the unused coupons to my co-worker.

Halloween 2008 shopping

I saw a lot of Costco employees in fun costumes today.

I finally found Guinness (beer).  I thought about buying two cases, but I really don’t drink too much.  18 cans will last about 6-10 months.

All fruits and vegetables are for morning juice before going to work. Bread is for breakfast sandwich at work.  I’m having salad for lunch tomorrow.

I went overboard with snacks.. I had a huge craving, kill me Yell.

On the way out, I ate a hot-dog and put gas in my car. 

I am happy I finally found Guinness.

How I like my coffee (chit chat)

I appreciate good coffee.

Good coffee in the morning makes me feel like I can rule the world.

I try not to drink coffee every day (because it’s acidic).  I try to drink tea instead.  But, none the less, I drink coffee 2-4 times a week.

I like my coffee hot and black.  To me, coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t put sugar, milk, cinnamon powder, etc… coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t understand people who put a lot of sugar in coffee.  When I taste their coffee, I don’t even taste coffee… all I taste is sugar.  So, why don’t they just drink sugar water?

I think people put sugar in coffee because they grew up drinking instant coffee (AKA crap).  I believe, in the future, as more people get exposed to good coffee, more people will drink coffee black. 

I don’t care too much for flavored coffee in general.  When I drink flavored coffee, I drink for novelty of it.  For example, I drink a lot of flavored coffee during Christmas season. 

Flavored coffee beans are always dry and they lack freshness.  I bet they make flavored coffee from expired coffee beans (just my guess).

I avoid coffee shop as much as possible.  $2.00 for a cup of coffee is too expensive.  25 Cents a cup sounds just about right. 

I can’t stand those phony people at coffee shops also. I can go on forever about phony people.  I used to work in Hollywood for five years, you see.

I appreciate good coffee.

Good coffee in the morning makes me feel like I can rule the world.

I try not to drink coffee every day (because it’s acidic).  I try to drink tea instead.  But, none the less, I drink coffee 2-4 times a week.

I like my coffee hot and black.  To me, coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t put sugar, milk, cinnamon powder, etc… coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t understand people who put a lot of sugar in coffee.  When I taste their coffee, I don’t even taste coffee… all I taste is sugar.  So, why don’t they just drink sugar water?

I think people put sugar in coffee because they grew up drinking instant coffee (AKA crap).  I believe, in the future, as more people get exposed to good coffee, more people will drink coffee black. 

I don’t care too much for flavored coffee in general.  When I drink flavored coffee, I drink for novelty of it.  For example, I drink a lot of flavored coffee during Christmas season. 

Flavored coffee beans are always dry and they lack freshness.  I bet they make flavored coffee from expired coffee beans (just my guess).

I avoid coffee shop as much as possible.  $2.00 for a cup of coffee is too expensive.  25 Cents a cup sounds just about right. 

I can’t stand those phony people at coffee shops also. I can go on forever about phony people.  I used to work in Hollywood for five years, you see.

Anyway, I like good coffee. – Cheers –  Cool

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Coffees I drink frequently at home & work.

  • Peet’s
  • Starbucks
  • Krispi Kreme’s

Flavored coffees I have

  • Pumpkin Spice (Newhall)
  • Butterscotch Toffee (Jose’s)

Coffee syrups I have

  • Caramel (Jose’s)
  • French Vanilla (Jose’s)
October 13 shopping

I made a quick stop at Costco to pick up some coupon items.

I bought M&M and Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  There is no way I can finish that coffee.  I’m going to have to vacuum half a bag and freeze it for next holiday season.  I may have to trash it or give it away.

I’m having Costco salad for lunch tomorrow. Tongue out
I spent less than $50.00 – Coupon saved me $6.50

* I’ve been going to supermarkets for fruits and vegetables lately.
** You know what they didn’t have at Costco today? – Beef Jerky.  I looked everywhere for Beef Jerky or Turkey Jerky…. I couldn’t find them.

pumpkin spice coffee

Costco Addict’s Closet

Oh boy.. I just finished ironing… Took me over an hour.

Take a look at my closet.. this is how Costco addict’s closet should look like.  Everything you see is from Costco (shirts, pants, even hangers). 

Photographed is my "work clothes" section.  I have a section of casual & lounge-wears from Costco as well.

AS you can see, I have multiple number of identical shirts and pants. 

How do I rotate my work clothes? – Recently ironed shirts and pants are placed on each outer side.  I wear whatever that’s in the center of the rack.  So I get to match shirt and pants by random chance. 

Yeah, it’s crazy good time.. ZZzz….

Costco shopper's closet

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Day Old Coffee

Sometimes I don’t get to finish all the coffee I brew.

When I have left-over coffee, I don’t trash it.  I keep it for the next day.

I keep my old coffee in the refrigerator.  Next day, I put some syrup (either French Vanilla or Caramel, depends on the mood) and drink it cold.

I buy coffee syrups from Costco, but it gets a little tricky.

You can purchase coffee syrups ONLY from Jose’s booth events.   Jose’s sales team will visit your local Costco a few times a year.  We don’t shop at Costco everday, so you may not get to see Jose’s Booth for years.  You may have to call your local Costco for Jose’s schedule.

Costco Iced Coffee

Butterscotch Toffee Coffee from Costco
My recent purchase from Jose’s booth event

Forgot to bring my coupon~!!

I went Costco today and I completely forgot to bring my Costco coupon book. I didn’t have much to buy.. but one of the items (I wanted to buy with coupon) was a 56Oz bag of M&M (peanuts).

I am scheduled to go to Costco pretty soon. So… things can wait.

I’m having chicken for dinner tonight.
Jumbo shrimps are my special treat.  This bag will last 4-6 months.

Reed (Fragrance) Diffuser is something I need.  After a long day, when I walk into my apartment, my place doesn’t smell quite the best.  I need to have some fancy scent that will motivate me to work on my personal projects such as ilovecostco.com.

Gas was $3.359 a Gallon

* I was looking for Guinness (beer), but they didn’t have it. Frown.  I cannot drink cheap beer anymore.  This is a typical side-effect from shopping at Costco for too long.  You learn to appreciate good stuff.

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76th Costco built in Canada opened in Peterborough

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Let the treasure hunt begin.

The doors to the first ever Costco in Peterborough opened today at 8 a. m.

Last night at an invitation-only pre-celebration, eager customers, business people and local politicians got their first glance at the 145,000-square-foot store.

There were rows and rows of perfectly stacked iPods, vitamins, chocolates and perfectly folded coats and towels — all waiting for eager hands to rummage through the piles for the perfect purchase.

General manager James Dalton, who relocated from Halifax, said customers should look forward to the "treasure hunt that we always have."

The Bastian family is ready. "We’re thrilled," said Ralph Bastian.

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