A blog by Jacob
With Costco coming to Northern Colorado, I thought I would share some thoughts on why you would or wouldn’t want to get a Costco membership.
Costco is a good place to buy quality products, in larger quantities, at good prices, but that doesn’t mean your grocery budget will shrink.
Why Costco might not be a good fit:
Why Costco might be a good fit:
If you still don’t know if Costco is a good fit for you, I suggest giving it a try. They have a satisfaction guarantee on your membership: if you try Costco but are unhappy with your membership, they will refund your membership fee. If you try products at Costco but are unhappy with them, you can easily return them (some electronics have a limited return window.)
If you are spending hundreds of dollars on a cell phone plan that you don’t use very much, you are spending too much. Here are a couple of different cell phone services for those people who only need a cell phone for talking a few minutes a day.
Ring Plus has plans starting at just $2/month for 50 minutes. Apparently, you get to listen to advertisements instead of ringing. While there is no contract, this isn’t a strict pre-paid plan and you can incur (reasonable) overages. Operates on the Sprint Network.
Ptel provides a Pay As You Go with rates of 5 cents/minute. You have to recharge your account with minimum of $10 every 60 days. They operate on the T-Mobile network, so you should be able to use any unlocked GSM phone.
FreedomPop operates on Sprint’s Data Networks. From what I can tell, you use a FreedomPop VoIP client on the phone to make calls over a data connection. Since calls go over data instead of voice, the reliability, coverage or call quality may not be as good in some areas. However, they provide 200 minutes, 500 text messages, and 500 MB data for free every month.
H2O Wireless provides a Pay As You Go plan providing 5 cents/minute, with payments of $10 or more every 90 days. They operate on AT&T’s network, and you can bring any unlocked GSM phone.
PagePlus is on Verizon’s network. Their Pay As You Go rate is 10 cents/minute when you add $10 every 120 days. They provide better rates when adding $25 or $50 to your account.
Because plans change all the time, you should take all this information as a general starting point and investigate your own plans. I’ve only listed 5 services, but there are many more. With all sorts of various plans including pre-paid, post-paid, pay-as-you-go and unlimited plans.
This table shows an average monthly cost for each service based on a set number of monthly minutes. The rates do not consider text-messaging or data rates, do not include the cost of a phone, and may not be valid for variable month-to-month usage.
|Monthly Minutes||RingPlus||Ptel||FreedomPop||H20||PagePlus||Net 10|
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Dear Xcel Energy,
Your communications about the Xcel West Main Gas Pipeline construction through Fort Collins have been misleading. Considerations to Fort Collins motorists have been minimal.
In an April 21 article in the Coloradoan, Kevin Duggan reports that East bound Drake Road would be closed for two weeks for construction. 15 weeks later and there is still construction on Drake Road causing lane closures.
In a June 30 article in the Coloradoan, Kevin Duggan reports that work should wrap up that week, by July 4, along Drake and Timberline, except that it hasn’t.
On your own website you state, “There are currently no road or lane closures in place for work along South Timberline Road north of the Drake Road intersection.” (Pulled 8:45am, August 4). Except that as I drove by this morning I noticed that a South bound lane was closed for more construction.
I understand the need for infrastructure upgrades. But the importance of such upgrades are no excuse for poor communications with the public. Not only is information passed through the newspaper or your website incorrect, but roadside information has been almost non-existent. There have been no signs informing the public of possible delays. Even “LEFT LANE CLOSED AHEAD” signs are located low to the ground on the right side of the road where they often can’t be seen by drivers in the left lane. That is not being “responsible by nature.”
Maybe you are wrapping things up (although I’ve thought that a few times before) and it is too late to make this plea, but I request that you get your communications act together and start being more forthcoming with the public about lane closures, possible delays, and the realistic time frames for such activities.
REI recently announced that their 100% satisfaction guarentee only lasts for one year, whereas their guarentee used to be time unlimited.
With REI’s transition to a clothing store, its not unreasonable to have a full year to decide if you are satisfied with a pair of socks.
But when it comes to camping and other outdoor equipment, its not like I use it day in and day out. In fact, I only go camping about three times a year. If I were to buy a tent (the cheapest tents that REI sells are about $100), I would expect it to last more than three camping trips.
Paying a premium price for outdoor equipment, I expect it to last for more than just a handful of adventures. Under the old REI return policy, if I found on my fifth camping trip that the tent really didn’t stand up to the wind like I expected it to, I could return it. Under the new policy, I better go camping many times in many conditions in the first year to make sure I bought a satisfactory tent.
In fact, it was only under the really exceptional old return policy that I even considered buying expensive camping equipment at REI, because I knew that REI guarenteed my investment.
It seems that there is a war on the rich. President Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich. Occupy Wall Street was willing to camp in their own poop in order to protest the rich. Even the latest Batman Rises movie had an apathetic theme about the rich. But who are these people that so many people are so ready to hate? A couple of the names from the Forbes 400 list:
I was buying diapers at Target the other day, and I found a peelie coupon on the box of diapers. I peeled the coupon of the box of diapers to reveal that it said, “Save $1 off this box of diapers.” Great! I proceeded to the checkout lanes.
Upon checking out, the cashier told me that the coupon had expired in September and that they wouldn’t be giving me the discount. Dumb. Don’t put coupons on your merchandise that are going to expire before the merchandise sells.
The ethics guide for HP uses the headline test to determine if a business decision is ethical:
The Headline Test is a simple but powerful tool designed to make sure we appropriately consider the soundness and impact of our business decisions. It is named after one of the tools most commonly used by executives: “Before I make a decision, I consider how it would look in a news story.” (Source: SBC, page 8 )
According to the headline of this blog post, HP’s decision to mislead customers for months about the availability of Touchpads at firestorm prices is unethical.
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