Dinner For One – Saturday

I treat myself with fancy meals on weekends.  I try to make my life interesting on my own (you know what I mean… single life). 

Today I had..

  • Couscous – $.60/serving
  • Normandy Style Vegetable Mix  $.40/serving
  • Beef Bourguignon  $6.00/serving

All from Costco…

It took me about 15 minutes to prepare everything. This beats eating out.

Costco Dinner Plate
Costco Shopper’s Dinner Plate

Costco Shopping – January 21

* Today’s Costco shopping: 5th time this year, 5th time this month.

I didn’t buy anything special today.  I just needed to fill up my refrigerator. 

I needed some pre-made meals (Bachelors’ meal).  I also found "Normandy Style Vegetable Blend".  I would have liked it more if there were some potatoes in the mix. It works for now. 🙂

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Costco Shopping – January 16, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 4th time this year, 4th time this month.

I dropped by at Simi Valley Costco for some gas.  I returned my ironing board (I got it refunded.  Story is here).  The board was not for me.

I bought the ironing board at Oxnard, and returned it at Simi Valley Costco.  Refund process was quick and easy.

I bought a six pack of couscous about 3 weeks ago.  Now I only have 1 pack left.  I am enjoying this couscous a lot.  So I bought three more (18 total).  They are $1.15 pack each.  I get 2 meals out of 1 pack.  It’s a great side dish. I can get this ready in 10 minutes. 

CousCous Costco

Costco Shopping – January 10, 2009

Big shopping day

It was a big shopping day today.  Coupons saved me $48.99 but the total amount was still well over $300.00. 

Power Juicer was the most expensive item at $89.99.  My current juicer broke down this morning.  I had to buy a juicer ASAP. I drink juice once or twice every day, you see.

I spent a lot of money today.  I am a little sick to my stomach.  But, I bought a lot of items that will last many years.  It was a smart shopping for a long term benefit.

Juicer, Ironing Board, Ziplock bags, Sweeper, DVDs, & Liquid Plumber should last a few years at least. 

I didn’t eat hot-dog (I didn’t feel like eating after spending that much money Tongue out).  But I put gas in the car.

* I took the ironing board back for a refund

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Simple Office Ergonomics – Mouse

I hope somebody would agree with me on this

At work, we have expensive office furniture.  Everyone sits on a $600.00 Herman Miller office chair. I am saving money so I can buy one for my home office.

Then I have this under the desk keyboard tray. This keyboard tray has a built-in mouse pad.  It looks like this. This may look very typical to most people, but it doesn’t make sense to me. 

Office Ergonomics

With above setting, my right hand must move down to grab my mouse.  This doesn’t make sense.  The mouse must be raised up a little so it will be at the same level as the keyboard. 

Something like this (below)

Office Ergonomics Mouse

This is how I setup my mouse at both work & home office.  I raised up my mouse pad slightly.  I find this the only way to setup my mouse.

Also, I put my mouse pad right next to the keyboard, so I am able to click Enter key with my thumb while I’m operating mouse.

I don’t want my mouse too far away from my keyboard.
I want my mouse leveled with my keyboard.

Wash Your Ziplock Bags – Save Money

Your Ziplock bags are not for one time use only.  You must wash & reuse your Ziplock bags as often as possible.  These bags are very expensive.  Ziplock bags must be used at least a few times.  Recycle your ziplock bags if you are done with them. 

This is how I wash my used Ziplock bags.

  1. Turn the bag completely inside out.
  2. Use dish soap and sponge to wash "outside" ("outside" which used to be the "inside")
    • Lay the bag flat on the kitchen sink and scrub it with plenty of detergent (pay more attention if the bag used to hold blood).
    • Rinse inside the bag briefly ("inside" will become "outside" later)
  3. Dry the bag as is (bag is still inside out).
  4. After the bag is dried, turn the bag inside out to its original form.
  5. Personally, I do not worry about the outside of the bag. 
    • I only care about the inside where it will touch the food.

Wash Ziplock Bags
Drying…. 

Costco Coupon Book is Out – Now Recycle Friendly

New Costco coupon book is out.
It’s valid from January 5 – Jan 25, 2009.

But, there is a twist. 

This coupon book is recycle friendly.  It was printed on non-glossy paper.  Papers are not coated with plastic like any other fancy coupons.

This proves my point yet again.

Costco is saving money by using cheaper paper.  At the same time, these papers are recycle friendly.

Everybody wins – Costco is setting standard yet again.

Costco Shopping – December 27, 2008

I needed to refill my juice supplies (apples, pears, carrots). 

I needed to purchase more Costco tote bags because I gave two to my sister on Christmas day.  Also, I’ve been having a big craving for chocolate since I came back home from Christmas dinner.

On Christmas day, I brought a jar of chocolate to my family?  The whole jar disappeared.  I am so happy that people enjoy stuff I bring to them.  Anyway, I had to buy another jar – this time it’s for me.


Gas was $1.679 / gallon

Costco Shopper’s Christmas Day

Merry Christmas everyone.

I was looking forward to family dinner at my parents’ house.  You see, I was home alone for Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed my day off and all, but..  
Anyway, This is how my day went as a Costco shopper.



I had my usual breakfast (eggs, sandwich, & juice).  You see, I’m a single man.  I try to use less amount of dishes possible, so I have less to clean up later.  It works for me.

Costco Coffee Pumpkin Spice
I brewed Pumpkin Spice Coffee for the road.
Check out my poor man’s coffee maker from Rite Aid. 
I don’t need expensive coffee maker.


2 bags full of Costco products & gifts for Christmas dinner
Later, I ended up filling one more Costco tote bag with bottles of water and sodas.


My nephews loved the cars I bought from Costco


Before the turkey was ready, 3 containers of Costco shrimps were gone.
You can also see table cover, cups, plates, and napkins I brought.
Oh, and there is a piece of Cosco’s turkey jerky

Costco Chocolate
My oldest sister took the jar of "Chocolate of the World" by Kirkland Signature.  She emptied the entire contents on the carpet and picked out her favorite flavors.  Then she hid her stash.  ha ha….

I also gave my sister 2 Costco tote bags


This is what I came back home with.  Ham and mustard are from Honeybaked.  So, out of all the Costco products I brought, all I had left was 2 pieces of chocolate.  I even gave out 2 Costco tote bags to my sister.

It was a glorious day.  I felt sad that Christmas came and gone so fast.  It was past midnight before I knew it.  Cry Cool

A Christmas Gift to Myself

This is a Christmas gift I gave to myself.

It’s Das Keyboard – the best keyboard available.

I bought the "Ultimate" model.  As you can see the keyboard is completely blank. 

It was $129.00, delivered from www.daskeyboard.com
It’s a little expensive, but Christmas gift should be fancy.
I am loving this keyboard.

I spend 12-16 hours a day typing (programming & blogging).  I am thinking about getting one for work as well.  It’s a beautiful keyboard.  The quality is amazing.

Das Keyboard

Kas Keyboard ultimate

Costco Blog – Shopping December 23, 2008

I am getting ready for Christmas dinner at my parents’ house in 2 days.  I thought it would be too risky to go to Costco tomorrow (Christmas Eve).  Costco will close early tomorrow.  Also, pumpkin pies may run out.

I think I’m all set.  Oh, I need to pickup Honey Baked Ham from Ventura tomorrow.

Costco has quality ham.  Kirkland Signature hams are pretty good.  I feel sorry to betray Costco, but I had to pay big bucks and order Honey Baked.  What can I say…

After taking this picture, I fixed a quick dinner with Beef Steak Strips and couscous (pictured below, six pack).  I love good instant meals I get from Costco.

OK, Merry Christmas everyone.. I’m out.