A lifestyle magazine for small business
VOLUME 19 ■ NUMBER 11
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Buying Smart: Santa’s big helper
BY PAT VOLCHOK
Our consumer reporter is making her holiday shopping list and
checking it twice. She says most signs point to Costco for gift-
giving needs. (Tip for Santa and his elves: A membership card
could cut your work in half!)
2The Consumer Connection
BY DAVID HOROWITZ
A friend in need should be a friend in deed, but not in this example. Nightmarish
credit problems can result from an abused friendship.
3The Financial Connection
BY SUZE ORMAN
Suze has said this before: Pay off your mortgage ASAP. Will she change her mind when
pitting mortgage against college tuition? She also talks about car leasing and identity theft.
10The Wine Connection
Need the perfect wine for your holiday meals? New Kirkland Signature Pinot Noir
steps up to the plate.
12Book Beat supplement
The Complete Cartoons of “The New Yorker” chronicles 80 years
Jimmy Carter has lived a storybook life, so it makes sense that he’d be
the first U.S. president to write a novel. The Hornet’s Nest, a tale of the
of comic relief; plus, famed illustrator Robert Sabuda talks about his
latest pop-up book creation, America the Beautiful.
14Mr. Carter’s opus
BY TIM TALEVICH
Revolutionary War, is this month’s Costco Book Club pick.
7Member Services Update
Are you Web-host savvy? These FAQs will help, and there’s news about tax forms
and expansion of the Medical Savings Card program.
8Sick of paying too much?
Costco offers affordable health insurance in select states to Executive Members who
own businesses with up to 50 employees.
BY MARK E. STRODER
The big-screen guy has a few pearls of wisdom and answers our burning questions from his
home in the swamp.
13Book Beat: Pop Up
BY TIM TALEVICH
America the Beautiful is the latest entry in a long series of pop-up books from best-selling
illustrator Robert Sabuda.
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