Costco Shopping – April 14, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 15th time this year, 2nd time this month

Ah~~  So busy.  Last night to work on my tax.

First of all, I got my tire fixed.

I bought a pair of Adidas.  I couldn’t resist at the price tag of $29.99. It was the first time seeing Adidas at Costco.  What’s the chance?  I was thinking about buying a pair of Adidas so I can get back to my co-worker. Here are my stories on sneakers.

I bought a swimming trunk. You see, I never get out.  I didn’t swim in last 10 years or so.  I do think about taking vacations here and there..  mm.. we’ll see.

I have money and time for vacation.  I have 4 weeks of vacation time backed up.  My accounting lady’s been telling me to take vacation for over 1 year now.  The thing is that I don’t need vacation.  I am pretty relaxed and happy at work.  There is no stress.  If I meet right kind of friend I shall enjoy traveling.  But, for now, alone… I’m happy without vacation.

I have a full box of Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal.  I really like HBO, but I thought it would be better if I mix it with Costco’s Raisin Bran.

Kirkland Signature’s AAA batteries are the best.  I brought a $2.00 off coupon for Duracell batteries, but Kirkland Signature’s batteries were a lot better deal without coupon.

I spent $120.00.  I saved $18.00 with coupons. Then I put 12.65 Gallons of gas for $27.82 ($2.199/g)

Costco Shopping

Costco Cereals
50/50 mix of Honey Bunches of Oats & Kirkland Signature Organin Raisin Bran with Soy Milk.  This is my favorite combination so far.

Another Flat Tire In 3 Months~! :(

Gag me with a spoon. I have a flat tire.

I bought 4 tires from Costco about 4 months ago.
Then I had a flat tire three months ago.

Today, I took a short break to practice my Chin Ups and found out my car has a flat tire. Again~!!  This time it’s the rear right side.

Oh, my beautiful Costco tire.. CryCry
Well, Costco didn’t make the tires.  I just bought them from Costco.  To be honest, I don’t even remember the brand name of my tires.  All I know is that they are from Costco and Costco will take care of them.


There was an AAA towing truck waiting for me.  He knew the owner would come out sooner or later.  He asked me if I wanted his service.  I told him "no".  Then he moved on.

I quickly replaced the tire with a spare.  Replacing tire is easy if you have right tools.

** Make sure you have right tools to replace tires on your own.  Do not assume your cellular phone will save the day.  If you have never replaced a tire before you should try and see if you can do it.  If you are a small person it will be almost impossible to unfasten the lug nuts with the wrench that comes with your car.  You may have to buy a wrench like mine (below).  You may need a better jack as well.

Above Jack and Lug Nut Wrench are NOT Toyota’s stock supply. 
Large Lug Nut Wrench & a good jack are must have items.

The tire laying flat on the ground is a spare.
My spare is a fully maintained brand new tire.

*  I have a big shopping to do at Costco tomorrow, so I will check it in tomorrow.

Costco Shopping – April 10, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 14th time this year, 1st time this month

Nothing Special today.

I have a long Costco shopping list for next week (with the coupons).  Today, I just needed some basic stuff fast.

I bought 3 more shirts ($45.00).  I just need a few more shirts and I’ll be satisfied.  I need a few more pairs of dark pants.

I spent less than $100.00 ($91.14).

Costco Chicken:
I love Costco chicken. But, when you live alone, you are the only person eating that bird.  That means I will be eating nothing but Costco chicken for next 2-3 days.  I am not sure if I can finish the whole thing this time.  

Below is a reshoot of the shirts under better light, with correct color balance

Costco Coupons – April 13 – May 3, 2009

Check your mailbox.  I hope you got these as well.

Oh boy… I see a lot of things to buy.  I may have to spend a lot of money next week.

My shopping list from this coupon:

  • Candies (I am debating which one to get)
  • Trash bags
  • Ritz crackers
  • Hebrew National Kosher Beef Franks
  • Orange chicken
  • Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Variety Pack
  • Valley Fine Foods Pasta Prima Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli
  • Apache 3’x5′ Commercial Grade Scraper Mat
  • Kirkland Signature Chicken Alfredo with Penne Pasta
  • Vitamin B-12 (Good timing – I was running out of them) 

* I am looking at this tiny Olympus Camera (FE-370) for $99.99 after $30.00 off.  I should not buy this camera, but it’s very tempting.  The camera is very cute.

Costco Coupons


costco online savings

Costco Online Instant Saving Book

1 1/2 Slices of Bread For Breakfast

I eat 1 1/2 slices of bread for breakfast.

1 slice is too little.  2 slices are too much.

So, I make sandwich with 1.5 slices of bread & 3 slices of ham.
When I told my friends about it, they seemed puzzled about how I manage to distribute & stack 1.5 pieces of bread in one sandwich.

It’s very simple.  Check it out.

Breakfast Sandwich

Bread and Ham from Costco, of course

My First Sewing Kit

This is my first sewing kit I got from Michael’s today.

It looks pathetic. I spent less than $6.00 total.

I spent 15 minute sewing some stuff.

I quickly learned some tricks.  If common house-wives can do this, then I should be able to produce equal or better results.

I am afraid I will get too excited and end up buying a sewing machine.

I need a pincushion, a better needle case, a pair of small scissors, a better sewing case, etc…

Single man's first Sewing Kit

Today, after work, I did 6 loads of wash and put together my first sewing kit.  It’s getting too late.  I better fix a quick dinner before start ironing a mountain of shirts and pants.

I am so tired…

Love my new sewing kit. 

Salute to Single Men in the World

Here’s for all the single men in the world

I never go out on Saturday night. (any night of the week for that matter).  I have things to do.  I am busy.

It was a Saturday night 10pm when I started to get ready to burn midnight oil.

I took a shower and went out for a quick shopping. I went to Ralphs, Del Taco, and a donut shop.  I wanted some donuts to go with my coffee.

I brewed 100% Kona coffee at 11pm.  I hope to stay awake all night and get things done.  I have a lot of items on my to-do list.  I’ll be working all day tomorrow as well.  I work more during the weekends then I do on weekdays.  Weekend is the time I focus on my own business (and a secret project).

Here’s my salute to all the single men in the world.
Nobody gives you credit for what you do.  But, your days will come (I hope)…

Mental Note: Clean up coffee area

It’s now past 8:00AM Sunday morning.  I think I’m going to rest now.

Costco Shopping – March 19, 2009

* Today’s Costco shopping: 12th time this year, 2nd time this month 

I am always busy.  I mean super busy…

Right after work, I had a meeting with my customers at Agoura Hills.  We had a nice talk for 1 hour.  The event was booked and they cut the check on the spot.  When I meet customers, I have a high ratio of closing the deal. Sometimes I book events without meeting them.  Sometimes customers send deposits from Japan, Canada, New York….

After the meeting, I had a very short time to shop at Costco in Westlake Village.  I arrived there 8:15pm, 15 minutes before they close the entrance.

I went through my shopping list very fast.  I bought 2 bags of Starbucks Coffee.  I am going to give one bag to my neighbor. 

You see, I enjoy giving things to my neighbors.  I love watching people feeling happy because of what I do for them.

I spent less than $70.00 today (used 3 coupons).

I came home around 9pm and I fixed a quick dinner.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

* 19th package of the year

I wore green today. This is very unusual, because I never wear green for St. Patrick’s Day.  I don’t know… I felt like wearing green today.

Look, I even drank a cup of green tea (Jasmine).  I often use 2 bags in a cup for extra kick. 

Green Sleave, Green Tea

Story about my Homer Simpson mug.  First, I saw them at Linens’n Things for $25.00 each.  Then, a few months later, I went back to the same Linens’n Things.  I found 4 of these mugs at clearance bin for $5.00 each.  So I bought all 4 of them.  This quickly became my favorite mug.  The picture fits perfectly when I come to work every morning (although I love my work).

Swiss Army Knife

My mini Swiss Army Knife came. It’s got a tiny LED flash light.  This can come in handy at the weddings.

My coworker has the same knife.  He often helps me openning my packages with his knife.  So I figured, why not get one myself.  It was under $20.00.

Lunch – Salad & Anchovy Pizza

When I ordered an Anchovy Pizza, the cashier said "You are the first person ordering anchovy in 2 months".  So, I told her "Make that 2".  Because my coworker was getting a Double Anchovy pizza.

"How do I explain the beauty of anchovy?  How do I make them understand?" I asked to my co-worker.  "I don’t know, dude… start a website" he replied.

We talked about anchovy pizzas while we were eating ’em. 
I told him how much I enjoy the chalky, meaty texture of anchovy. 
My coworker told me about the best anchovy pizza he ever had.  That’s right, we are a couple of deep thinkers.

Mm… good stuff.


For lunch, we only get one trip to the salad bar with this bowl.  So, naturally, we pile ’em up high. 

I quickly learned that Sprouts goes on top.  That bowl of salad could have gone a lot higher but I didn’t want to embarrass my coworker.

Anchovy Pizza

Costco Shopping – March 10, 2009 – $100.32

* Today’s Costco shopping: 11th time this year, 1st time this month 

Today, I went to Costco on my lunch time. It took me exactly 1 hour and 2 minutes to go to Costco, shop, get gas, and come back to work.

I am beginning to like lunch time shopping.  It gives me luxury of free time after work. 

I think I’m going to do laundry on lunch time as well.  Of course, I cannot do laundry in 1 hour.  So, I’ll have to take 90 minutes lunch.  I’m gonna try that tomorrow.

I bought 2 more short sleeves shirts.  I have about a dozen of these shirts now.  I love them.

I am loving that Stir Fry Vegetables.

Anyway, I spent $100.32.  (Shopping $74.83, gas $25.49)

Costco Shopping