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Garage Sale - July 2, 2016

I didn't find a Michelangelo, but I hit a small jackpot today at a garage sale.

Below picture shows about 75% of what I bought from one garage sale. I also bought a buch of earings (not pictured).  I paid about $10 for everything I have on my hand . They are all sterling silver.

I am hoping to sell these from here, at my blog, not via eBay.  We'll see...

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Costco Shopping - July 1, 2014

It's July already.  Christmas is coming to Costco in 4-5 weeks.

There is a tower fan on the bottom of the cart.

I am looking forward to 4th of July weekend.  I can use a nap.

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New tires

I bought tires today, NOT from Costco.  I paid $307.50 total for 4 tires. Costco no longer carries the same tires I bought the last time ($368.71).  But the cheapest set of tires from Costco is $430.00+.

I went to the tire store early Saturday morning.  The air was crisp, guys were rolling up the shop doors, and I was the only customer there for a while.  It felt good to be in that moment.  Somehow, that moment made an impression on me.  I guess I'm getting older and feeling sentimental over small things around  me.  I set there and enjoyed my coffee.  Tires were installed in about 30 minutes.

They tried very hard to sell me extended warranty.  But, I didn't buy it.  I do not believe in tire warranty. If I understand correctly, they cover defected tires.  So, if your tire is damaged, they will check your car first.  If your car is not in perfect condition (bad alignment, etc..) then they will not honor your warranty.  At least that's how I understand.  I don't need tire warranty.  Just keep a good spare tire.  I have a brand new full-size tire as a spare. 

No struts:

My car has bad (old) struts.  It will cost me $1500 to replace struts.   So, I decided NOT to replace struts, but just bought new tires.  I plan to buy a car in 1-2 years.   hope it was a smart move.

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Costco Shopping - January 8, 2014

Happy new year~!

This was my first Costco shopping in 2014.

2014 - I can't believe I started this website 6 years ago.  Yikes, this makes me to think.  Will I be doing this 6 years from now?  Will I be still alive after 6 years?

I had a bunch of staple items to buy. Coupon saved $26.00

I stock up on chicken soup for when I catch cold.  I truly believe in power of chiken soup.  I need V8 juice for busy mornings when I don't have time to make Vitamix juice.

I didn't buy anything fancy.  It is my new year's resolution to save money.  With my new year's resolution, I still spent $124.61.  I think I'm doing OK as long as I use everything up without trashing any.

Happy new year.  I will keep in touch.

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New Camera

I wasn't happy with picture quality from my iPhone (4S).

I bought a Canon Powershot S120 ($450). It's a very nice pocket camera.  It has WiFi, 1080p HD video, and full manual control.  I shall improve my picture quality with this camera.

Below is a picture from this morning.  Happy Halloween.

*Buy Canon Powershot S120 from amazon.

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Costco Shopping - July 12, 2013

I used $2.00 coupon for Irish Spring (original).  I always use 2 soaps, Irish Springs (dry) and Dove (moisturized).  To me, it is important that I have two different kind of soaps.  For example, I want my face to be squicky clean, but I don't want my arms to get too dry.  With today's shopping, I don't have to worry about soap for next 2-3 years. 

What's in the bag is a lobster tail (small one - $7.20)

I was a little disappointed at the peanuts.  They were not as meaty as they were supposed to.  They were all in the dark side (color) and kind of dry, as if they were over-roasted.  It has a hint of bitterness in taste.  I am not really happy with this batch.  It will be a long time until I buy these peanuts again.

I bought gas, but I didn't eat a hot dog.  I will eat a slice of Take and Bake pizza that I freezed last week.

* I looked carefully.  I didn't see any Christmas items at Costco yet.

Costco Apples

* Wal*mart shopping

I usually go to number of other stores after shopping at Costco. Below is my shoping cart from a Wal*mart shopping.

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Salute To 99 Cents Only Store

99 Cents only store is not just for poor people.   Yes I wouldn't buy most of the products they sell.   But, I frequently find good stuff at 99 Cents Only Stores.

For example, below is from January 2011.

I bought 4 Coca Cola cups - Look at them, they are adorable.  They are genuine Coca Cola products made in The USA.

I also bought 8 boxes of Wasa flat-breads.  They normally go for $3 or more at world market & etc..  I love their new rosemary flat bread.

If you watch your diet, then check out WASA products.  Some flat breads have 0 fat and very low Calories.

I like 99 Cents Only Stores for providing low priced products to people who cannot afford expensive stuff.  Several years ago, I bought most of my stuff from 99 Cents Only Stores.  Who cares if they look ugly.  I simply couldn't afford anything else.

To me, 99 Cents Only Store will always be the big brother who helped me out when the time was tough.  They are still one of my favorite stores.

Here's my salute to 99 Cents Only Stores and good people who work there.

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Catching Up With Old Blogs - Silk Ties

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Last Summer, I was talking about silk ties. 
Oh, how obsessed I was about silk ties...  I am still interested in ties, but I bought enough ties last year that my itch is gone.

They are all brand name silk ties.  I shall make them last forever.

I have worn 3 ties from this batch so far.

Sometimes I wish we wear shirt and tie at work.

I even thought about getting a part time job where I can wear shirt and tie.

Beside these ties, I have several shirts that I haven't worn.  I also have a brand new suit that I never worn.

This is why I promised myself not to buy any clothes this year.

And here is a bonus picture of my old ties (below).
I think I paid $2.00 for the whole thing about 10 years ago.

Check out the one with soccer balls, yikes.

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Bed Bath and Beyond - Cinnamon Stick Yankee Candle

These are stuff I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond during this Christmas season.

I love Cinnamon Stick scented Yankee Candle.  To me, Cinnamon Stick is the best holiday smell.  You light this up... and it's Christmas.

The big jar was about $15 with the sale & coupon.

Remember, Bed Bath and Beyond takes expired coupons.  Maybe not all stores practice that policy, but all stores I went honored expired coupons so far.

So, I clip and hold on to all coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond.  When I have a coupon in the mail box, I look through the trash bin next to our mail box to look for more coupons.

Coupons are nothing to laugh at.  I saved $5 on a large jar of Yankee Candle.  I have a great respect for coupons.

I would never buy Yankee Candle at full price.  Because, I cannot afford it.  Coupons make it possible for me.

Yankee Candle, olive oil dispenser, olive oil sprayer, straws...  from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Costco Shopping - August 22, 2010

I was looking forward to today's Costco shopping. 
I was hoping to find black jeans & black sneakers.

I went to Costco before 5pm

I thought 1+ hour of shopping time will be enough.

But time flew.. I ended up rushing up and down the store to complete my shopping list.  I needed more time.  I didn't fully enjoy the shopping experience. Hm...

Costco Pants:

I have one complaint about Costco. Costco doesn't carry 31" waist pants.  I believe I look the best in 31 waist pants.  Costco rarely carry 31" waist pants.   They always have 30 & 32 waist sizes.  They usually skip on 31" waist.

I have several blue jeans in size 30 waist.  I can only fit into them when I am really good with diet & exercise.  I need bigger jeans.

Today, I bought a pair of Calvin Klein blue jeans in 32 inch waist.

They are too big... really big.  So I need to take these pants back.

I am a little frustrated that there are no 31 Inch waist pants in Costco.

I couldn't find black jeans & black sneakers.  I may have to go elsewhere for clothes.

Chocolate Cake:

I didn't have chocolate cake for the longest time.  I couldn't fight the urge today, so I bought one.  I plan to freeze half and enjoy it slowly.


What you don't see: Chocolate cake, 5 dozen eggs, extra sharp cheddar cheese, ravioli, cilantro lime shrimps.

I spent $124.35.  Coupon saved me $12.00
Then I put some gas in my car.

It should have been a better shopping experience.   It was just OK.
1 hour is not enough for me to enjoy shopping at Costco.
I needed more time (stupid, stupid...)

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