Why I Love Costco

Recipe for a Stress-free Thanksgiving


Leaves are falling, days getting shorter; it’s coming. Count the weeks … Thanksgiving. Are you exhausted just thinking about it? Does Halloween wear you out? You may delude yourself into thinking it’s fun doing all that work alone, any heretofore visible means of support vanishing with the first “Black Friday” ad supplement in the newspaper. But, honestly, wouldn’t you rather be having a root canal?

Well, toss those holiday cookbooks out! I’ve stopped cooking—Costco does it so much better!

In the spirit of making Thanksgiving as effortless as cooking for an RV club—like mine, which has requested my recipes for tortilla soup (Costco’s powdered in a can), and chili beans (Costco’s commercial size Heinz variety), demonstrating to me that it’s all in the presentation—I offer the following menu for a stress-free holiday. (Serves six; any more should be a progressive dinner, and you do dessert.)

·       Purchase a half-dozen, roasted Kirkland/Foster Farms chickens, aka "personal turkeys." (Costco carries several brands of organic and national brands of genuine, raw turkey, but you’d want to wrestle with a turkey, why?)

·       Costco dinner rolls – They slave in a hot kitchen so you don’t have to (36 to a package).

·       Harry’s cranberry sauce – Costco also sells fresh cranberries, but, really… (two 15 oz. containers).

·       Stove Top Stuffing – Shout out to Costco: Seriously, you do need to carry this item. I mean, it’s the only dish on my menu that can’t be purchased at your store, and you know how well items with fewer steps (pour contents of box in boiling water, let stand) sell. Shovel dressing liberally into each bird, leaving some spilling out to simulate expansion during baking (you’ll need three boxes).

·       Bourbon yams ­­– Open a #10 (commercial size) can of Bruce’s Yams. Mash, and spike liberally with Jim Beam. (“Everything’s better with bourbon in it” will become your holiday mantra.) Heat at 100 degrees all day so that the scent pervades your home and the aroma of roast turkey is not conspicuous by its absence. (Keep an atomizer filled with bourbon easily accessible to refresh.)

·       Vegetable – Costco’s Organic Petite French Green Beans. Though your guests know that you would probably not clean and chop a fresh vegetable, they will credit you for going a cut above domestic green beans.

·       Dessert – Does your weight increase in ratio to the number of desserts you make? Costco to the rescue! Get their pumpkin pie (enough to feed an RV club) and Land O’Lakes whipped cream (three 14 oz. cans to a pack).

These items can be purchased in mass quantities, so you may not have to cook again until Christmas. Or, hey! Buy a freezer from Costco online and make enough for Christmas!

Having dispatched your significant other (who unfortunately misplaced his wallet and had to return home) to do the shopping, you are now free to interview Costco’s contractors who will:

·       paint the living room a neutral color,

·       resod the lawn,

·       convert the whelping pen back to a family room so that the friends and family who see you only once a year will think you live like this.

All the time you’ve saved will enable you to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. But share your “tasty little secret” and get everyone a Costco gift card; liberate them, too, from the kitchen!

(Some items not available at all stores; consider it a sign.)

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Sensible Dinner - Costco Style


I try to eat good Monday to Friday.  I use Vitamix three times a day.  Vitamix is perhaps the most valuable item I bought from Costco.  I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because of Vitamix. If you care about your well being, please buy Vitamix and use it.

I always start my dinner with a tall glass of Vitamix juice.  Today's juice contained:

  • Apple (1/2)
  • Carrot (1)
  • Orange (1/2)
  • Tomato(1/2)

Remember, Vitamix is not a juicer.  There is no pulp to throw out.  You eat the entire fruits and vegetables.  With this juice, I am already half full that I don't feel like eating much more.


Today I grabbed some items I bought from Costco, and came up with a quick soup.  I used following Costco food items:

  • Healthy Choice chicken soup (1 can)
  • Crushed Tortilla Chips (a handful)
  • Egg whites (2) - No yolk (I love yolks, but they say yolks are bad)

I seasoned the soup with some green onions, salt, and pepper.

I don't usually eat dinner out of cans.  But I have no problem eating can food for dinner when I feel like it.


After dinner I ate some strawberries and grapes.

I feel pretty good about how I eat.  I can make quick dinner with staple items from Costco.  I always keep frozen vegetables, grilled chicken, fish, eggs, cans of tuna, & etc...  It's easy to make sensible dinner, fast... Costco style.

When it comes to cooking, a little creativity goes long way.  You better enjoy cooking if you live alone.  Or your bad diet can mess you up. And before you know it, you are in irreversible course to early death.

What I take for granted is that I buy these food items at one location at good price.   Without Costco, I cannot imagine myself shopping for frozen vegetables, fish, and etc.   I would check supermarket fliers and drive around the town.  It will consume my free time.  To me, Costco is the only way to go.

I try to tell them... I don't go to Costco to save money.  I go to Costco to enjoy higher class of life-style.  And Costco happens to save me money.   It's a win-win situation.

Later, I changed my mind and put 2 egg whites (no yolk)

Costco Soup served in a Costco bowl

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Nothing's Going on - Nothing...


I haven't updated my blog not because I was sick, too busy or lazy.

I have absolutely nothing going on in my life.  This is good. This is how I would like my life to be - a life with no drama.  I just want to live everyday life happy and positive.  And I would hope tomorrow will be just as same as today.  Life is good.  Anyway, I didn't have much to talk about.  That was all.

I plan to go to Costco next week.

Shopping wise? I cannot think of anything else to buy.  I would like to buy a lot of stuff, but they are all luxury items, and I don't have much money.

I still practice guitar.  I love my new guitar. It's been almost 1 year, and it's been a dream.  I still cannot believe I own a real Les Paul, not a fake one.

I am not a good player.  I am very bad, but it's a lot of fun practicing.  Sometimes when I play, I try to dance like a rock star? When I do that, I really mess up my play.  So, I have to sit tight and concentrate.

NBA season started.
I missed the last episode of "Desperate Housewives" - :(
I wonder what happened to Susan. 

I've been listening to Christmas music a lot.

I still eat very good.  I eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (Mon - Fri).  I don't eat red meat during the weekdays.

Now I weight myself at 156lb in the morning. (Remember? I used to be 164lb last year).  I stopped running, but I will start running again.  I still can do 10 chin-ups easy.

We have a new employee at work.  This young dude is so incredibly handsome.  He looks like a Calvin Klein model.  I am not kidding.  He just came from Ukraine, so he even has this shy and humble personality with accent.  Girls will go crazy on him (and some guys).

I am not the cutest guy at work anymore. Cry

Anyway...  really, not much going on.  But it's good.

I enjoy my coffee every morning.  I go to sleep with smile every night.  I love my bed

24 hours a day, my life is being pampered by (semi) luxury items, made it possible by Costco.  For that I am truly Thankful to Costco.  I cannot afford a lot of items if there was no Costco.  Or I'll have to look everywhere for special discount.  I don't have time for that.

Anyway, I'm here.  Nothing's going on... 

I'll keep in touch.

God bless everyone.  Please take care. 

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Price Comparison - Jarlsberg Cheese


When in doubt, buy Costco.

Check this out.  I bought 2.25lb Jarlsberg cheese at Costco.  After$2.50 coupon, the final price was $7.60

Then I went to xxxx supermarket and found the exact same cheese.  It was $7.53 for 0.58lb.

Do you see the power of Costco?  With same amount of money, I got 4 times more cheese.

2.25lb of cheese comes out to be $29.23 at the Supermarket.  But I only paid $7.60 at Costco.  This is ridiculous (in a good way).

Things like this remind me why I love Costco.
It's good to have Costco in my team.

Costco Jarlsberg CheeseUnit price $4.49/lb at Costco

Jarlsberg Cheese Supermarket
Unit Price $12.99/lb at a Supermarket

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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

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Costco Shopping - July 28, 2009


* Today's Costco shopping: 25th time this year, 3rd time this month 

I spent over 1 hour at Costco today.  I am an indecisive person.  When I have unexpected products in front of me, I need to spend plenty of time making decision. 

Food-wise, I bought same old stuff, except for the cheese and seasoning salt. I've been doing very good with money and diet.  So, I'm going to celebrate by cutting cheese.

I spent $196.48 today ($38.78 gas, $79.82 clothes, $77.88 food). 

How can I resist Costco?

5 Lounge shirts were under $5 each.  I had to fight my urge not to buy 10 of them.  I wear Kirkland's white undershirts when I go to sleep.  I thought it was time I graduate from them.  If I like these shirts, I should buy 5 more.  These are extremely cheap. They are very light and soft.  They feel very pleasing to my skin.  A lot of time, I find my undershirts too thick and warm.  But I hate to take them off and walk around topless.  These shirts fill the gap perfectly.

Adidas' sport shirt was $14.99.  I guess I could have spent same amount of money and bought 2 shirts of lesser quality.  But look at that shirt.  It's adorable. I love this shirt.  I've been doing very good with my workout schedule.  I lost 4 pounds since I started to run 3 months ago.

A pair of vacation shorts was $19.99.  I could have saved a few bucks by buying cheaper shorts from Target.  But these are Calvin Klein with a lot better quality.  It's definitely worth of paying a few extra bucks.

The yellow shirt goes with the vacation shorts - it's for the vacation. :)

Costco has good stuff.
Without Costco, I would buy cheaper quality clothes from elsewhere.  I don't mind buying cheaper quality clothes, but...

All in all, I spent almost same amount of money I would have spent at discount stores.  But I walked away with much better products.

This is a perfect example of "elevating my life-style with same amount of money"

I love Costco.

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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.

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