Costco Might Not Sell Live Christmas Trees This Year — Here’s Why

Costco Might Not Sell Live Christmas Trees This Year — Here’s Why

As climate change continues, a lot is at risk of disappearing forever, including coral reefs, endangered animals, and as early as now, a festive Christmas.

This year’s persistent heat waves and forest fires have been decimating Christmas tree farms around the country. The situation has gotten so bad that some Costco employees are already saying that the big-box retailer won’t be stocking up on live trees for the coming holiday.

“I was talking to the GM at my warehouse (in the upper Midwest). He was saying we will not be getting any tree trucks this year full of live Christmas trees,” a Costco employee revealed on Reddit, with the reason being, “The ongoing drought meant most of the trees didn’t grow large enough to be sold, and many others died in the early growth stages.”

Apartment Therapy has reached out to Costco for comment, and will update this story if and when the company responds.

“Northern California, Oregon, and Washington state are ​huge​ sources of the trees, and everything is either dead [or] dying from the drought or completely destroyed by the fires,” added another Reddit user.

But it’s not just this year’s festivities that could be affected. Fir trees take around a decade to mature, and with many seedlings gone, there could be a supply shortage until 2029 (or permanently, if actions to fight climate change are too slow).

And if you’re thinking of just buying an artificial tree, you might have difficulty finding one, as there’s also a supply pinch for plastic trees.

So if your heart is set on a holly jolly Christmas this year, Jami Warner from the American Christmas Tree Association has this tip: “If I can give one piece of advice to consumers right now, it is to find and buy your Christmas tree early.”

The Splurgy Costco Find I Always Buy for Myself Whenever It’s in Stock

The Splurgy Costco Find I Always Buy for Myself Whenever It’s in Stock

Nilina Mason-Campbell

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Nilina currently splits her time between Los Angeles and her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Outside of writing, she owns and operates a line of illustrated souvenirs, an outlet that marries both her passion for crafting and penchant for adventure. Her current undertaking is renovating a 1968 Airstream Overlander that she hopes to eventually live in full-time. She’ll be documenting her renovation progress via Instagram starting in the fall. In her spare time, she’s learning to play the banjo.

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The Costco Hack That Saved My Grocery Budget

The Costco Hack That Saved My Grocery Budget

The last year of lockdowns (and beyond-the-norm grocery shopping that’s come with them) has taught me a few things about my shopping habits and my family’s food preferences. After discovering the supreme value of a second refrigerator and my kids’ deep abiding love of ramen, I’ve also come to terms with my love-hate relationship with Costco.

Once an “event” to distract the kids on a rainy day, it’s now become a necessary, grin-and-bear-it activity. Gone is my fascination with samples: I want to get in and out! Costco does have some of the best prices on things I normally use, but it’s that big bill at once that frustrates me. Talk about blowing the grocery budget in one go!

While it’s certainly gratifying to be able to do a big stock-up, Costco can’t meet all my family’s grocery needs. I still need to shop elsewhere. If I spend half the month’s grocery money in one stop, that leaves me scrambling the rest of the month to get what I need or want. Here are two tips that have helped reconcile this a bit for me, though, and maybe they will be helpful for you too!

Space out your Costco visits.

I’ve found that shopping at Costco once every few months has been sufficient — not only in dealing with pandemic crowds and shortages, but also with the realization that most things we buy do take a few months to use up. Staying out of the store and shopping my kitchen is a great boon for my grocery budget, but I took it a step further by creating a Costco “sinking fund.” (More on this below.)

In personal finance, a sinking fund is an allotment of funds set aside for infrequent but expected expenses. For instance, I have a sinking fund for birthdays and insurance premiums so that our general budget doesn’t have a major freakout when those expenses come around. The money is there waiting, and the same goes for my grocery budget.

The best thing I’ve learned about budgeting and shopping at Costco is to spread the expense over several month’s accounting. Instead of letting that one long, flapping receipt with the smiley face decimate my grocery budget, I divide the cost and subtract it not from one month’s grocery allowance, but from two or three instead.

It makes perfect sense since those groceries are used over several months, and it gives me the freedom to shop at other stores when I need to. Costco doesn’t carry the ramen my kids like, anyway.

Jessica Fisher

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Jessica Fisher loves French food, creamy coffee, and great meals that don’t cost a fortune. Mom of six children, she’s written four cookbooks and five million to-do lists. Find her latest projects at Good Cheap Eats.

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Here’s What a Professional Home Stager Bought at Costco With $100

Here’s What a Professional Home Stager Bought at Costco With $100

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Maybe you have your own Costco membership, or you’re lucky enough to sneak in with a friend who does. Either way, there’s nothing like a good trip to Costco. If it’s not the plentiful free samples that get you, maybe it’s the three-pound container of milk chocolate-covered almonds, or the promise of a $1.50-hot dog at the end of your shopping journey. 

It turns out, though, there are more bargains at Costco than the ones that even the diehards tend to think of. The popular retail mothership for Kirkland Nation is actually a gold mine for home stagers who are looking for reasonably priced items that spice up a home before it goes on the market. 

We asked Boston-based interior designer and home stager Jess Harrington of Jess Finessed Homes to head to Costco with a budget of $100 and report back with the items she would choose to stage a home. Read on to see what Harrington chose to give a home that special something so it gets snapped off the market in no time. 

Harrington clocked in with a total of $91.97, leaving a few dollars to spare (for Costco hot dogs, of course). If she had more room in her budget, she says she would have sprung for this beaded glass mirror.  “We usually use at least two mirrors in each home we stage. They bounce light, open up a space, and look much better in real estate photos than faux TVs!,” she says.

Megan Johnson

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Megan Johnson is a reporter in Boston. She got her start at the Boston Herald, where commenters would leave sweet messages like “Megan Johnson is just awful.” Now, she’s a contributor to publications like People Magazine, Trulia and Architectural Digest.