Costco answers phone with “Merry Christmas”

Below is an excerpt from the article I found at The Christian Science Monitor.  I thought it was interesting.  Click here for a full article

This year between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, Costco President Jim Sinegal received e-mail from 124,000 AFA members who objected to an alleged Costco policy to avoid the term "Christmas" in promotions. By Dec. 10, an operator at Costco headquarters in Issaquah, Wash., was answering all calls with a "Merry Christmas!" greeting. "They recognize now that these advertising yuppies out of college were steering their companies wrong," says Randy Sharp, AFA director of special projects. "I believe we’re beginning to win the war [for] Christmas."

Costco Shopping December 19, 2008

I had a day off from work today, so I went to Costco to enjoy myself.

I am getting ready for a Christmas dinner party at my parents’ house.   I will bring disposable party supplies so my parents will not do dishes.  They are getting old, you see. 

Construction papers are Christmas gift for my niece. Those will go well with the colored pens I bought earlier.

I treated myself with a fancy robe. I wish Jehovah’s Witness will visit me Sunday morning.  So I can greet them in my new robe.  I couldn’t resist this robe at $19.99.  The quality of this robe is amazing.  Of course, it’s a Costco quality.

I had to buy an extra set of bed sheet set. This is a part of my "Buying new bed" project.  My new bed is too warm with flannel sheets right now.  I hope these 600 thread count supima cotton sheets will cool me down a little. This was a totally unexpected extra expense of $69.99.  I have a blind faith that $69.99 is a very good price for queen size bed sheets of this quality.

I spent about $180.00 today

Costco Shopping December 12, 2008

Beer and chocolate are for Christmas party tomorrow. 

Box of pens (84 colors) is for my niece.

Samsonite’s wheeled duffel was only $39.99 – I thought it was an incredible price.  I am planning to go to Hawaii next year, so..

I had to buy more chicken soup just in case I catch cold again.

I liked the pillows so much that I had to buy one more set.

* I forgot to buy cold medication.

** I spent well over $200.00 today (with hotdog, salads, & gas)

* The story behind the beer:  At Costco, I was looking for something to bring to the party tomorrow.  Then I saw this Kirkland Signature’s Handcrafted Beer.  It contained four different kinds of beers, including hefeweizen.

I stopped and looked at the beer for a while.  Then some other guy stopped and started to look at the beer.  I told the guy "These beers have to be good.  It’s Costco.  Satisfaction guaranteed".

The guy said "I know.  Costco didn’t make them.  I bet they are from a good beer maker".  We chatted a little.  He told me that I should try Hefeweizen beer.  We both agreed that less than $1 per a bottle is pretty good value.  I walked away without the beer.  Then I came back later to get a case.

10 minutes later I bumped into the same guy.  We both had a case of Kirkland Signature’s Handcrafted Beer in our carts.  We laughed.

Unpacking Memory Foam Mattress

Unpacking Costco Mattress:
Product information

NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand™ Queen Mattress  
Item #  354280
Regular price – $799.99
Sales price $649.99 – (after $150 off)

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The mattress and bed frame arrived today via UPS. The bed frame took 11 days and the mattress took 3 days to arrive.  They came in on the same day.

As you can see, the mattress was vacuum packed and squeezed into a smaller box so it’s easier to ship.  The box actually fit in the back seat of my car.  I borrowed a dolly from work to transport this 98 lb box. But I could have done it without the dolly. 

Costco Mattress Delivered
Mattress & bed frame delivered at work 

Costco Mattress Packaged
NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand – Vacuum Package
Mattress is folded in half then into W shape

The mattress was vacuum packed.  I had to unpack it and let it expend. 

I did plenty of research before ordering this mattress.  So, I had to go over a few things.

  • The instruction said it may take up to 72 hours to expend the mattress into normal shape.
    • My logic tells me that it will take longer time to expend if the mattress should stay in vacuum pack for longer time.
    • I figured, it would be wise to open the mattress as soon as possible.  I don’t have my box spring yet, but I decided to unpack the mattress immediately.
  • Some people complaint that mattress would never fully expend to their normal shape.
    • I was a little worried about that.  So, I read the instruction very carefully.
  • I even read one person complaining about strong chemical smell.  She said she was physically ill for months because of the chemical smell.  That person ended up returning the mattress.

NovaForm Pure Comfort Grand
Package comes with opening instruction & a letter opener

Unpacking Nova Form Mattress
Memory foam mattress expending from vacuum – still folded in half

I followed the instruction and cut the plastic bag.  As soon as I put a small hole in the bag the mattress started to expend very slowly.  As I was cutting the long side of the bag, the mattress started to expend pretty fast.  I had to move fast and get rid of all the plastic. It took about 10 minutes or less for the mattress to take a basic form.

The mattress already had a protective cover on it.  I’m thinking that cover should cost about $75.00 or more if I had to purchase separately.

The mattress was fully expended in 10-20 minutes. I didn’t have to wait 72 hours. And there were no bumps or irregular corners. I did smell chemical, but it was manageable.  I was relieved.

Most spring mattresses from Costco come with box springs.  That makes mattress shopping from Costco more attractive.  Because a box spring goes for about $150.00 delivered.  But Costco doesn’t include box springs on memory foam mattresses.  I think it has something to do with how they package the mattress.  When you buy a full-sized spring mattress, they can slip in a box spring easily.  They only need extra foot or so of space.  That’s not the case when they ship memory foam mattresses in smaller boxes. 

Then you may have to purchase a bed frame, comforter, & sheets…

Anyway, the mattress is all good and I am happy.

** 10 months later (October 15, 2009).  I can tell you without a doubt that I love my mattress.  I am very happy with my mattress.

 

Fighting Cold – Costco Style

I rarely get sick.  But I do catch cold now and then.  I cannot afford to get sick because I am always working.  Somebody is always counting on me.

I woke up with a sore throat Friday morning.  It was very clear that I was going to have a full blown case of cold.  My cold (flu ?) was slowly getting worse.  I started to feel miserable by Saturday.

This is when a single person feels sad to be alone. You imagine how your neighbor will find your dead body.  Thank God I don’t have a cat to eat my face. Yikes…

Costco Cold Remedis
Fighting cold – Costco style – Progresso chicken soup & a T-Bone
I love that griddle from Costco

When I have cold, I focus on 4 things.

  1. Drink a lot of fluid
  2. Chickens soup
  3. Take Medication
  4. Rest

I believe in power of chicken soup.  Chicken soup will speed up your heeling process, trust me.

Most of my home remedies are from Costco.  Look below.

  • Water – Brita Filters
  • Juice (home made) – with apple, pear, carrots
  • Chicken soup (I ate 6 cans during this cold episode)
  • Cold medication

All those products were purchased from Costco

Juice
Ready for juicing – Bamboo cutting board is from Costco as well

Anyway.. I took Monday & Tuesday off.  I worked from home.  By Wednesday morning I was all good and ready for work.

So my entire cold episode lasted 5 days or less.  I thought I made a remarkable recovery in short time. 

* I still cannot figure out how I got this cold at the first place.  It would be ironic if I got the cold from Costco.

Costco Shopping December 5, 2008

I think I am absolutely done with buying new pants from Costco. I think I bought about 17 pairs of pants this year.  I may buy a couple more pairs.  I am not too crazy about black pants anymore. I would like to have a few more pairs in lighter colors.

I love Costco apples.  They are so good and so cheap. They are about $.50 a pound.  You cannot find apples of these quality from any supermarkets even if you pay 4 times more.

On my last shopping, 9 days ago, I bought Apples, pears, carrots, and 2 salads.  I haven’t noticed any improvements on my eye-sight. 🙂

I love them Costco salads.

After Thanksgiving Shopping Spree – 2008

I wouldn’t dare going out for Black Friday shopping.  The traffic & waiting game ain’t worth it for me.  Black Friday shopping sounds fun if you have a shopping buddy (girlfriend, wife).

I went out shopping on Saturday, 2 days after Thanksgiving Day. 

1. ROSS

I found medium size (32-34) Jockey underwears.  A box of 3 was $5.99.  So I bought 6 boxes – Basically, I grabbed everything with M sticker on it.  Finally my underwear worry is over (until 2013 ?).

2. Costco
My shopping spree wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Costco.  As a part of my current project  ‘Shopping for a Bed‘, I bought some pillows and a queen size flannel sheet set. I also treated myself with some new towels.

 

And I bought a pair of pants for work, 2 fleece shirts & 1 pair of fleece pants.

I ate a hot-dog in the car – there were a lot of people that I couldn’t find a place to eat outside.

4. Bed Bath and Beyond
I already ordered a queen size comforter from Costco.  I needed to find a duvet cover ASAP. So I headed out to Bed Bath and Beyond. I was looking for anything in flannel.

Then I quickly realized how expensive queen-size flannel duvet covers were ($100.00 minimum), not to mention that they didn’t have much flannels to begin with.  I was discouraged and ready to leave, then I saw this cute little mofo hiding in the back.

Duvet cover

I hit the jackpot. With their usual 20% off coupon this $100.00 duvet cover was only $39.99. This duvet cover is almost perfect.  The color works nicely with the bed sheets I jut bought from Costco.

I was happy with the savings so I bought some kitchen items with the money I saved (picture below – I put egg there to illustrate the size)

And, later that night, I washed all my new towels and sheets.

Good times… 

ZZzzz

Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales

I think I still have about 9 pieces of New York steak in the freezer (vacuum packed).

Then I saw this Ralphs ad on T-bone steak… $3.99/lb is just about the best price you will find anywhere.  Ah~! the glorious Thanksgiving steak sales

Ribeye, New York, and T-Bone each has its own unique taste.  I like steaks with bones.  The bone brings more flavor to the meat.  To me, bone is very important in steaks.

Ralphs Vons flier
Vons has New York steak for $3.77/lb – That’s insane

 

I didn’t look at anything else on the fliers.  I have a lot of food already.  Not only that, I went out to shop during my break-time.  I had to go back to work fast.

Oh boy… I have a huge craving for chocolate ice-cream.  I shall go and pick up a pack right now.  I hope they have a sale.  Smile

Costco Shopping November 17, 2008

The major purchase was a Canon Camera.  I bought the camera for somebody.  The camera is not for me.

I’ve always wanted to try Red Bull, but I find them extremely expensive.  They usually go for ove $2 a can.  With a $6.00 coupon, Costco’s Red Bull is about $1.16 a can.  You’ve gotta love Costco.

I bought a bunch of fruits and vegetables for juice. I need to make juice every day before they go bad.  I love juice, so no problem there. 

I bought a bunch of kitchen items today.  I feel good about it.

I will not buy Pita Chips again.  It’s not for me. They are thick and hard.  They don’t have enough flavor for me.

After taking picture, I realized that I left out two items.  My salad and 2 pairs of lounge pants were hiding in the corner.

Costco Coupons saved me $69.00.
After shopping, I ate a hotdog & bought gas.
Then I gave rest of the unused coupons to my co-worker.

Halloween 2008 shopping

I saw a lot of Costco employees in fun costumes today.

I finally found Guinness (beer).  I thought about buying two cases, but I really don’t drink too much.  18 cans will last about 6-10 months.

All fruits and vegetables are for morning juice before going to work. Bread is for breakfast sandwich at work.  I’m having salad for lunch tomorrow.

I went overboard with snacks.. I had a huge craving, kill me Yell.

On the way out, I ate a hot-dog and put gas in my car. 

I am happy I finally found Guinness.

How I like my coffee (chit chat)

I appreciate good coffee.

Good coffee in the morning makes me feel like I can rule the world.

I try not to drink coffee every day (because it’s acidic).  I try to drink tea instead.  But, none the less, I drink coffee 2-4 times a week.

I like my coffee hot and black.  To me, coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t put sugar, milk, cinnamon powder, etc… coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t understand people who put a lot of sugar in coffee.  When I taste their coffee, I don’t even taste coffee… all I taste is sugar.  So, why don’t they just drink sugar water?

I think people put sugar in coffee because they grew up drinking instant coffee (AKA crap).  I believe, in the future, as more people get exposed to good coffee, more people will drink coffee black. 

I don’t care too much for flavored coffee in general.  When I drink flavored coffee, I drink for novelty of it.  For example, I drink a lot of flavored coffee during Christmas season. 

Flavored coffee beans are always dry and they lack freshness.  I bet they make flavored coffee from expired coffee beans (just my guess).

I avoid coffee shop as much as possible.  $2.00 for a cup of coffee is too expensive.  25 Cents a cup sounds just about right. 

I can’t stand those phony people at coffee shops also. I can go on forever about phony people.  I used to work in Hollywood for five years, you see.

I appreciate good coffee.

Good coffee in the morning makes me feel like I can rule the world.

I try not to drink coffee every day (because it’s acidic).  I try to drink tea instead.  But, none the less, I drink coffee 2-4 times a week.

I like my coffee hot and black.  To me, coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t put sugar, milk, cinnamon powder, etc… coffee should taste like coffee.  I don’t understand people who put a lot of sugar in coffee.  When I taste their coffee, I don’t even taste coffee… all I taste is sugar.  So, why don’t they just drink sugar water?

I think people put sugar in coffee because they grew up drinking instant coffee (AKA crap).  I believe, in the future, as more people get exposed to good coffee, more people will drink coffee black. 

I don’t care too much for flavored coffee in general.  When I drink flavored coffee, I drink for novelty of it.  For example, I drink a lot of flavored coffee during Christmas season. 

Flavored coffee beans are always dry and they lack freshness.  I bet they make flavored coffee from expired coffee beans (just my guess).

I avoid coffee shop as much as possible.  $2.00 for a cup of coffee is too expensive.  25 Cents a cup sounds just about right. 

I can’t stand those phony people at coffee shops also. I can go on forever about phony people.  I used to work in Hollywood for five years, you see.

Anyway, I like good coffee. – Cheers –  Cool

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Coffees I drink frequently at home & work.

  • Peet’s
  • Starbucks
  • Krispi Kreme’s

Flavored coffees I have

  • Pumpkin Spice (Newhall)
  • Butterscotch Toffee (Jose’s)

Coffee syrups I have

  • Caramel (Jose’s)
  • French Vanilla (Jose’s)
October 13 shopping

I made a quick stop at Costco to pick up some coupon items.

I bought M&M and Pumpkin Spice Coffee.  There is no way I can finish that coffee.  I’m going to have to vacuum half a bag and freeze it for next holiday season.  I may have to trash it or give it away.

I’m having Costco salad for lunch tomorrow. Tongue out
I spent less than $50.00 – Coupon saved me $6.50

* I’ve been going to supermarkets for fruits and vegetables lately.
** You know what they didn’t have at Costco today? – Beef Jerky.  I looked everywhere for Beef Jerky or Turkey Jerky…. I couldn’t find them.

pumpkin spice coffee

Costco Addict’s Closet

Oh boy.. I just finished ironing… Took me over an hour.

Take a look at my closet.. this is how Costco addict’s closet should look like.  Everything you see is from Costco (shirts, pants, even hangers). 

Photographed is my "work clothes" section.  I have a section of casual & lounge-wears from Costco as well.

AS you can see, I have multiple number of identical shirts and pants. 

How do I rotate my work clothes? – Recently ironed shirts and pants are placed on each outer side.  I wear whatever that’s in the center of the rack.  So I get to match shirt and pants by random chance. 

Yeah, it’s crazy good time.. ZZzz….

Costco shopper's closet

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