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  • 5 ways you should be taking advantage of your Costco membership

    first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Ahh, Costco. Anyone who’s ever had a Costco membership probably thinks fondly of the free samples and friendly pricing on 25 boxes of macaroni and cheese. But if you think those are the only reasons for having a Costco membership, think again. Here are five ways you can better take advantage of your Costco membership…Discounts: Yes, we’re all aware that you can save a ton of money when you buy 5,000 rolls of toilet paper at once. This is not what I’m talking about. Tired of paying full price for a couple of movie tickets to the see the latest summer blockbuster? Buy movie tickets at Costco for a discounted price. Need some gift cards for a friend’s birthday? Buy them at Costco and save some money. You get the idea…Pharmacy: Well your local Walgreens may be closer, but the prices at the Costco pharmacy are good enough to make you drive a few extra miles. Plus, you don’t need to even be a member to take advantage. Tell your non-member friends about it and help them save a few bucks.Meal planning: If you rarely fix large meals, you might think buying in a bulk is a bad idea. But the truth is, saving money on the meals you often prepare is still possible even if you’re only cooking for one. Save money on the bulk price, portion out your meals in freezer bags, and you’ll have everything measured out and ready to go when the time comes.Eat while you shop: Want to kill two birds with one stone? Don’t just shop at Costco, but have a meal there too. Costco has been famous for a long time for their $1.50 hot dog and a drink deal, and the food is actually tasty. The pizza is cheap too. Fill up on free samples if you want, but if you’re hungry for a meal, you have a cheap and delicious option right in front of you.Upgrade your membership: If you have a big family at home, the Executive membership ($120/year) might be perfect for you. It’s twice the price of the Gold Star membership ($60/year), but you’ll receive an annual 2% reward. So, if you’re spending $250 a month at Costco, the upgraded membership will pay for itself.last_img read more

  • The cost of building a data warehouse for an analytics platform

    first_imgCredit unions can benefit greatly from collecting and storing information to leverage Big Data. The cost of building a data warehouse can be steep, though. If you’re considering building a data warehouse for your credit union, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into.The benefits of building a data warehouse speak for themselves in the financial world. Getting into the data analytics game isn’t cheap, however. It’s not as simple as just buying a data warehouse and watching a video tutorial; no, getting started requires a large initial investment as well as ongoing support and upkeep costs.Here are a couple of the common issues associated with building a data warehouse for the credit union industry.Initial Investment CostsThere are two major expense considerations for any enterprising credit union looking to construct its own data warehouse. The most pressing of the two is the financial cost, and the second is the time invested. Because we’re talking specifically about credit unions, let’s discuss the monetary side of this investment first. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • Badgers ‘gotta feeling’ about Duke game

    first_imghttp://http://vimeo.com/7934777The University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team takes on the Duke Blue Devils at the Kohl Center tonight. See what the players and the Badger Herald Sports editors are saying about tonight’s match up. The game airs at 7 p.m. on ESPN.last_img

  • Libtelco MD, Board ‘Failed to Adhere’ to Procurement Rules

    first_imgThe Managing Director and entire board of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (Libtelco) are currently serving a suspension sentence by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, “pending the conclusion of an investigation, under the guidance of the Ministry of Justice, into their failure to adhere to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act in concluding a contract with a European company, Ketter Telecom (K3),” the Executive Mansion disclosed over the weekend.The Liberian leader took the action following a meeting with the Libtelco Board on Friday evening.Multiple sources close to the issue told the Daily Observer over the weekend that Libtelco signed an agreement with K3 for the use of its patented technology that conveys telecommunications services over long distances for a fraction of the cost of building the standard infrastructure. “As attractive as the proposition seems,” our sources said, “the first mistake was that Libtelco forgot that it is a public utility company, and that it could not enter such a high-value agreement alone.  Other functionaries of government needed to be involved.” The agreement also included profit-sharing from highly competitive and thus very lucrative triple-play service package containing high-speed internet, television and voice, powered by Libtelco’s local advantage of the ACE fibre optic cable and the K3’s infrastructure.  For this to work, K3 would provide services under Libtelco’s license instead of applying to the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) on its own. LTA has yet to officially comment on the implications.The Acting Minister of Justice, Cllr. Benedict Sannor, whom President Sirleaf designated to probe the matter, said although he has not been called upon to carry out a full investigation per se, “the entire process between Libtelco and K3 is null and void. So it means that there is no contract between the two from the beginning of the whole initiative.”“What I have been called upon to do is not really an investigation,” Minister Sannor said. “The President is not happy with the manner in which the Libtelco leadership carried out the arrangement, because it is not in the interest of the Liberian government. So what we are doing now is that we are trying to protect government; this is why the entire process has been rendered void.”Our sources also disclosed that this was not Libtelco’s first attempt at entering an agreement without observing the public procurement process.  A previous agreement with another service provider for the provision of land-line communications infrastructure was rejected by the Ministry of Finance two years ago because Libtelco failed to observe the public procurement process and perform due diligence.  Libtelco was later informed that first of all, a tender (bid) needed to be announced for the conduct of a feasibility study in order to understand the cost implications of the land-line project.  That tender process is now being administered by the West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Project of the World Bank. Once the feasibility study is completed, and based on the results, a new tender would be announced for the provision of services. There are other alleged transgressions that, if proven true, could be very both legally and financially damaging for Libtelco, including the alleged use of “short-cuts” to facilitate cheap international calls in and out of Libtelco’s network. No official from Libtelco has responded to inquiries by the Daily Observer so far. Those suspended include Libtelco’s board chair, Mr. Francis Horton; managing director and board secretary, Mr. Ben Wolo; as well as members Ciata Victor, Floyd Thomas, Mohammed Sherif, James Cooper and Jackson E. Doe.Though Minister Sannor could not comment how long the suspension of the board would last, the fates of these officials remain in limbo until the investigation, spearheaded by the Ministry of Justice, is concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more