Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Costco Members Score a Touchdown

In 2014 Hillary Clinton's  book Hard Choices hit the store. At the same time so did America Imagine A World without Her by Dinesh D'Souza.

 For those that do not know much about Mr. D'Souza he went to college with many of those now in the government. Included in the book are the Clintons, Obama, Elizabeth Warren and others. His book tells the truth about some of them and is considered controversial.

As for Hillary Clinton's book Hard Choices since I have not read it yet so it would be hard for me to comment. I only know it is about the choices and sacrifices  Bill and her had to make over the years.

Costco's CEO Mr. Craig Jelinek was caught between a rock and hard spot. Many founders, former CEO's, executives and directors are openly Democratic and back Obama were faced with a dilemma. While America was selling better than Hard Choices it was decided to pull it off Costco Shelves in all their stores. One can only imagine the difficultly of this. Here you run a store to make money yet you wish to remain loyal to your party.

Some say the decision came from the White House others claim the book just was not selling even though the sales tell a different story.

Little did CEO Craig Jelinek know just what he stepped into. A Costco customer found out what they planned on doing and it hit social media sites faster than a forest fire! It did not take long before the Tukwila Washington office was slammed with phone calls, e-mails, letters and even some that cut up their Costco Cards vowing never to shop there again.

The pressure of the consumer was greater than the white House. So it did not take long before America was back on the shelves in all stores in the USA. Since then more have been ordered. My mom would have been so proud of this power of the purse action.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Feeding The Hummers

I know it has been along time between posts. I am sorry. I have been busy finding lots of products made in America to let you know about. So welcome back and enjoy all the good things to come.

I love humming birds. They are beautiful, make a lovely buzzing sound and so much fun to just sit back and watch. The few that come to my feeders do not seem to be afraid. Not sure if that is a good thing or bad.

I found this wonderful glass and plastic feeder at Home Depot for only $9.95 plus tax. The best part of this find is that it is 100% made in the USA. Even better it is sold by perky pet.

It comes apart for easy and through cleaning. There is an ant guard as well as a bee one. So you can feed your hummers and keep the bugs away.

Since it is reasonably priced I plan on buying several more in the near future. While it does come with it's own premade humming bird food I prefer to make my own. There is some dispute as to whether the red dye is harmful. So to be on the safe side I make mine.

Here is what you will need:
  1. 4 cups water. Tap is fine or you may use purified.
  2. 1 cup sugar.
In a medium sauce pan pour 4 cups water. Heat until steaming but not boiling. Add 1 cup sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. Bring to a full boil and boil at least 2 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Pour into feeder. remaining maybe refrigerated for up to two weeks.

The top cover is the ant moat. Keeps them out!

The yellow is the Bee guard. Someone I work with mention they can fall out but go back in place easy. With or without them the Hummers still come. So no worries if they fall out.
Want to know more about Hummingbirds and their migration?  Follow this link to the migration map.

Interested in helping them tract the Hummingbirds in your area? You can submit your sightings as well.

Next week I'll talk about my great gardening tool! See ya then.

March 19, 2014
I just had to add some exciting news to this blog. Just in a new shipment of feeders. These hold a whopping 30 ounces, have six feeding stations and are so easy to clean. Yes they are still made in the USA. However they are slightly more expensive. Available at Home Depot for about $16.99 plus tax. I feel they are worth every dollar I spent.
 Above: As you can see it comes completely apart for through cleaning.
 Above: the feeding station top comes off the bottom to be sure one gets it really clean.

  Above: The underneath side of the feeder. You may use either a spray bottle set to stream or a water pick like one would use for their teeth to clean the yellow daisies. keeping these clean helps ensure your hummers won't become ill.

 Above: the flat top helps it stay upright and stable while you fill it.
 Above: The wide mouth allows for easier filling.
 Above: Filled with almost 30 ounces of the water mixture left over from earlier.

 Above: cleaned, filled and ready to go up!

Above: just monuments after I took this picture a Hummer showed up to feed but left before I could snap another picture.

Above: my new find hanging and waiting for the gang of six to feed!
 Well not a gang of six yet. But three discovered the feeders.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reward Cards: are they worth it?

Reward Cards are all the rage. Every store has one.  Most people use them. However are they really worth it?

Well that depends on how much you are willing to give up. Nothing is free.

First you give up privacy. Every time you swipe that card the store knows who you are. How much you spend. How often you shop. What you buy and if you are a creature of habit what days of the week you shop. Even the time of day!

So if don't mind them snooping around then the rewards are worth it.

Know your store and their policies. One store I shop at has the same price for everyone. It's the points you earn by being a card member. The other store offers discounts for it's members plus points.

Find out what their coupon policies are. Some stores allow the member discounts, the paper coupons found in  their weekly sale flyer, plus a manufacture coupon others do not. One store I used to shop at only allows their store coupon that I find in their weekly sale flyer or a manufactures coupon. But not both.

Always keep an eye on your account information. A mix up at my local Fred Meyers gave way to me losing my rewards points to someone else. Years ago I signed up for a rewards card. Over the years we have linked our current phone  number to the card. One day I lost my card. So I was using my alternate ID which is my phone number. Now almost three years later it came to my attention that some how some one else had that same number as their alternate ID.

So I spent two days trying to straighten things out to save my points (334) to be exact. To know avail. I was simply told I did not exist in their computer. Even though I had written my card number down they still could not find me. I was told that some one else had my alternate ID first so tough. Who in their right mine remembers a phone number 3-4 years old?

The end result is I will no longer shop there. First, rewards members should be ask to up date their account information from time to time. Especially if it is 12 years old. Second, people should never use an old phone number as their alternate ID. This is out of  respect to some one else that gets that number and pays the phone company for it.

Since it is recommended one use a number for your alternate ID that is easy to remember. What could be easier than your current phone number? When you change your phone number please update your alternate ID and release it for some one else.

Here is to lessons learned.