July 3 shopping
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July 3, 2008

I bought some booze, cake, ribs, and such to celebrate the 4th of July.

Bamboo cutting boards were $15.99 for a set of two. This is an incredible price. You cannot find this kind of value anywhere. I don’t know why I like bamboo boards. They split in half sometimes. Maybe because the ones I bought were inferior quality. Maybe I don’t know how to maintain bamboo boards. These boards from Costco are thick. I hope these will last.

PS. Later, I found out that I need to use some kind of oil to clean these bamboo boards. Screw oil treatment, I will just buy new boards next time. (*update 2021 – I oil all my cutting boards)

And I bought three bags of Jose’s coffee and syrups.

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Shopping at Costco – June 26, 2008
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It was a quick shopping trip. I spent 41 minutes in there, in and out. The total bill was $145.55.

An interesting new item was Arizona Iced green tea mix at $5.79. It’s a new item. I have a feeling I will love this tea mix.

So far, I bought about 12 of these short sleeves shirts (some at $15, some at $10. There are different brands). You can’t go wrong with these shirts. They look proper to wear at work. They are very comfortable that I wear them when I play or visit my mother’s house.

Wings of fire is my special treat. I always fight my urge to buy Wings of Fire whenever I go to Costco. I only buy them as a special treat about 2-3 times a year. If I can, I would buy them about 10 times a year.

Shopping – June 16, 2008
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Just another day at Costco, nothing special for today’s Costco blog.

5 dozen eggs were $7.39

There was a $15.00 instant rebate on Sonicare brush (from $124.99). I was very lucky because my old brush recently died. My old brush was good for me for 5-7 years. Sonicare tooth-brushes are very good. If you don’t have them, you are missing out on something fantastic.

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My typical breakfast
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This is my typical breakfast.

All food items are from Costco – Multigrain bread, Kirkland Signature ham, American cheese, and some Olives.

The container that holds olives is also from Costco.

Costco Breakfast Sandwich

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You don’t compare Costco with a dollar store!
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Whenever I see people talking about Costco, there are always people saying “I get similar items at dollar stores” or “I get a better price at 99 Cents Only Stores”.

I don’t understand what these people are thinking. You simply cannot Compare Costco with dollar stores.

Obviously, these people never used Kirkland Signature products before. They don’t know about a higher level of life-style we are enjoying because of Costco.

Costco elevates my life-style. It makes me enjoy items that only rich people can afford. I buy jumbo shrimps, imported beers, and organic soy milk, and much more. I would never afford those items if there was no Costco.

Dollar store’s fruits and vegetables are not usable. I feel sorry that some people must eat those to save money. Fruits and Vegetables from Costco are far superior in quality compared to any supermarket product.  

I shop at 99 Cents Only Stores frequently. I like 99 Cents Only Stores too. I buy instant noodles, candies, and miscellaneous items from 99 Cents-only stores. But 99 Cents store will not replace Costco.

You don’t compare Costco with Dollar stores. Some people have no idea what they are missing out. 

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All out with a coupon book
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I didn’t go to Costco for about 1 month. My refrigerator was almost empty. Then the new coupon book came out. The coupon book featured all kinds of staple items. It was my chance to stock up.

The coupons saved $38.25

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Fruit and Nut Medley
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I try to eat healthy. So, instead of candy, I try to eat Fruit & Nut Medley by Kirkland Signature. 

Fruit and nut Kirkland

Fruit and Nut Medley comes in a 56oz bag for $12.28

It contains the following food items.

  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Cherries
  • Golden Raisins

It’s Kirkland Signature (good quality food) I enjoy them too much.

2 Pancake Mixes – Regular & Fancy
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Costco carries 2 pancake mixes.

  • Coach’s Oats – MultiGrain Pancake Mix
    4 pound – $7.79     $1.95 per pound
    Fancy grains, need to mix egg & water.
  • Krusteaz – Buttermilk
    10 pound – $5.49    $0.55 per pound
    Regular mix (still very good) – just add water.
  • Syrup used – Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup – $19.79

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2 pancake mixes from Costco

I didn’t know which pancake mix to purchase, so I got them both. But I had a higher expectation on the expensive yet smaller pancake mix by Coach’s Oats. Per pound, the MultiGrain Pancake Mix was 4 times more expensive than Buttermilk.

Krusteaz Buttermilk (cheaper, bigger one) has a classic pancake house taste. This is a solid, good pancake mix.

Coach’s Multigrain Pancake mix is different. You may find this too fancy for your taste. I can tell this pancake mix is a high class with a lot of grain. It’s grainy and breaks down easily. This doesn’t have that classic taste. It’s a very good pancake mix.  It’s richer and fancier compared to Buttermilk. But if you crave that classic pancake-house taste, this is not for you. 

Personally, I am happy I got them both. My next purchase will be the Krusteaz. I like the price, taste, and that it doesn’t require an egg to prepare.

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Costco tote bags are must-have items. If you don’t own them, you are missing out.

They sell three bags for less than $5.00. It’s roughly $1.50/bag. (April 2008)

At first, I thought Costco’s tote bags were supposed to be free for the members. But if you think about it, $1.50 for a bag is a good price.

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Costco Tote-Bag. Simple design with hand straps and shoulder straps

Look at the above picture. Those three bags contain the following items (carrots (10lb), potato (10lb), large watermelon, lemon (5lb), beef jerky (x2), cereal, bread (x2), shampoo, vitamins (x2), yogurt (18pk), tuna (16pk)

With Costco tote bags, a fit person can carry all those items in one trip (I did). Try doing this with any other shopping bags or boxes from Costco. It’s impossible to carry all that with conventional methods. It’s worth investing a few dollars in these bags. If you live in an apartment, this is a must.

I bring these bags to Costco when I shop, so the cashiers would put items in the bag.

Show this bag to your family and friends, I guarantee they would like to have some too. I’ve already given some out. I had to buy some more.

Why I like Costco tote bags.

  • Convenient 
  • Save time
  • Save the environment
  • You don’t have to take boxes from Costco (more trash).
  • They can carry items from different stores. Most stores have small bags. You often need big bags like these.

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