Tales from the DollarDays World

Stocking Your Store: A Guide to the Best Online Wholesalers

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Dec 12, 2014 10:48:42 AM

Small businesses have an increasing and evolving selection of providers to choose from in the world of online wholesaling.

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Topics: Wholesale, wholesale pricing

How to Make an Impact this Holiday Season

Posted by Maria Werner on Dec 11, 2014 2:08:34 PM

Volunteering is an excellent way to promote family bonding, while creating a lasting impact in your community. Children learn through observation and actively absorb and mimic the behavioral patterns of their parents. Kids who regularly engage in volunteer work are less likely to develop at-risk behaviors later on. By encouraging young children to participate in their community, you can support and strengthen their emotional and intellectual growth. Here are just a few ways that you and your family can become more involved this holiday season.  

  1. Help lessen poverty. With the temperature continuing to drop, those experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness are in desperate need of assistance. 49 million Americans, including 16 million children, live in food-insecure situations where they do not get enough to eat. By volunteering your time at a soup kitchen, food bank, or homeless shelter, you can serve America’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged demographics, while teaching your children invaluable life lessons about gratitude and humility.
  2. Help senior citizens. About 46 percent of seniors living in assisted living facilities are childless, and over 50 percent report that they don’t have relatives who visit them. As a result, solitude and isolation are rampant among elderly people. Fortunately, there are programs available to help mitigate their loneliness. By devoting just a few hours of your time interacting with elderly people, you and your family have the power to create a tremendous and long-lasting impact on the happiness and psychological well-being of senior citizens.
  3. Help animals. Like humans, homeless pets face higher risk of death in wintertime. Unfortunately, many stray pets lack the ability to seek out warmer accommodations, and there aren’t nearly enough organizations to cater to the homeless animal population. Bring your family to an animal shelter and volunteer your time engaging with the cats and dogs. You can further your impact by participating in a trap-neuter-return program where you can help to stabilize feral cat populations and decrease future rates of homelessness.
  4. Help your family, friends, and neighbors. Sometimes it’s the small gestures that create the biggest impact. Welcome your new neighbors to the block by surprising them with a platter of freshly baked cookies, or shovel your neighbor’s driveway after a heavy storm. Offer to assist a friend or family member with household chores or babysitting, so they can lessen their load and have more time to relax.
  5. Help a stranger. Show your ceaseless commitment to charity by never missing an opportunity to help another person in need. Whether you see a car stranded on the side of the road or a stranger asks to borrow your phone, small acts of kindness can make a profound impact in a person’s life.

Volunteering can be as beneficial to your own mood as it is for those you help. It’s a way to spend time with your family, while helping to create a stronger community in the process. Devoting your time, skills, and compassion to help others in need is the most valuable gift you can give, and it’s sure to create lasting family memories that your children will carry well into adulthood. 

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Topics: Charitable Giving

November Facebook 1,000 Fleece Blanket Giveaway Winners

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Dec 4, 2014 6:45:00 AM


We have winners!

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to nominate your favorite charitable organizations to win in DollarDays' November Facebook 1,000 Fleece Blanket Giveaway. And big congratulations to all the charities that won awesome fleece blankets!

Each winning charity was sent an email to let them know that they were nominated and won free fleece blankets to use in their holiday outreach efforts, helping a thousand people stay warm!

And the winners are:

  • 240 Fleece Blankets Bethesda Project Philadelphia PA
    144 Fleece Blankets Nevada Humane Society Reno NV
    96 Fleece Blankets Rebuilding Broken Places CDC Goldsboro NC
    24 Fleece Blankets Blankets of Hope Reading PA
    24 Fleece Blankets Grace Marketplace Gainesville FL
    24 Fleece Blankets Care Center Fayetteville NC 
    24 Fleece Blankets St. Vincent Catholic Charities Lansing MI
    24 Fleece Blankets Joseph's House and Shelter  Troy NY 
    24 Fleece Blankets Lighthouse Outreach Ministries Costa Mesa, CA
    24 Fleece Blankets Seymour Pink Inc Seymour
    24 Fleece Blankets New Hope Community Church Gilroy, CA
    24 Fleece Blankets Sonoma Humane Society Santa Rosa, CA
    24 Fleece Blankets Abundant Grace Christian Church Rutherford NJ
    24 Fleece Blankets City Youth Now San Francisco CA
    24 Fleece Blankets Santa's Stockings Colorado Springs CO
    24 Fleece Blankets Dustbowl Animal Rescue Midland TX
    24 Fleece Blankets Blankets of Hope Reading PA
    24 Fleece Blankets Fountaintown Volunteer Fire Department Fountaintown IN
    24 Fleece Blankets Hospice Circle of Love Enid OK  
    24 Fleece Blankets Project Sleep Tight Mesa AZ
    24 Fleece Blankets Bags of Love Eugene OR
    24 Fleece Blankets Tired Dog Rescue Gulfport MS
    24 Fleece Blankets The Haven Charlottesville VA
    24 Fleece Blankets Orphan Resources International Ephrata PA
    24 Fleece Blankets Safe Harbor of Sheboygan Sheboygan WI

    CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU FOR HELPING US HELP OTHERS!
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Topics: facebook winners, charitable, Facebook contest, charitable organization, shopping spree

DollarDays Donates 5% of your Order to your Charity

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Dec 2, 2014 3:50:00 PM

 

It's easy to donate to your favorite charities when we donate for you!

What is DollarDays 5% Give Back Program?

It’s an easy way for you to support your favorite charities, non-profits, school and churches every time you shop at DollarDays.com---and at no cost to you! DollarDays donates 5% of your purchase total in merchandise to the charity, non-profit, school or church you choose. Isn’t that an easy way to give back? DollarDays will send the non-profit and email stating how much credit they have in their account.

Help us help others!  Giving back costs you nothing!

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Topics: dollardays.com, charity, Donating, Charitable Donation

Donating...Is it the American Way?

Posted by Marc Joseph on Dec 1, 2014 10:26:00 AM

In the United States, there are 1,429,801 tax-exempt organizations made up of 966,599 public charities (including 321,380 congregations), 96,584 private foundations and 366,618 other types of nonprofits, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. These organizations paid for 9.2% of all wages in the US and accounted for 5.5% of GDP (gross domestic product). Charitable contributions are over $320 billion with religious organizations receiving 32% of this and educational institutions getting 13 percent. Over the last five years, the World Giving Index rates the US as the most giving country, followed by Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and the UK. What is driving the number one rating is the fact that helping a stranger is more commonplace in the US than in any other country in the world, with 77% of Americans saying they helped someone they did not know. The US ranks third globally in volunteering, and thirteenth in donating money.

People of the US have a long history of giving back. Starting with the Pilgrims in 1630, as is noted in US News, relied on neighbors to survive the harsh winters. The settlers raised each others' barns, hosted quilting bees for the community and built common areas in their towns. Benjamin Franklin, one of the most famous American Founding Fathers, is also known as the Founding Father of American volunteerism of the late 1700s. He gathered volunteers to sweep the streets of Philadelphia, organized the nation's first volunteer fire department, established a voluntary militia and organized a philosophical society. His philosophy was "individuals working together, un-coerced, for the common good." In the 1830s, two groups who felt their lack of power - women, who had no right to vote, and the clergy, whose political authority was weakened by the constitutional separation of church and state - formed benevolent societies to focus on issues they felt hurt our society. These groups addressed slavery, cruelty, drinking, illiteracy and more.

Throughout American history, billionaires have given to improve our society. Andrew Carnegie, who made his fortune in the steel industry, helped fund 3,000 public libraries over 100 years ago; which even today continues to impact most Americans. He funded construction of 7,000 church organs and his Carnegie Hall in New York City still stands as a monument to his belief that music can improve a society. John Rockefeller, Jr., who made his fortune in oil, donated land along the East River in Manhattan for the United Nations headquarters, in his belief that the world together can get better. In today's world of billionaires, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, probably the two best known billionaires, created the "Giving Pledge,"which now has 127 current billionaires committed to pledging at least half of their wealth to help nonprofits. These are examples of the very visible givers. There are hundreds of others who have given to help hospitals and schools and the underprivileged that are not in the news.

Overall, Americans give, on average, 3% of their income to charity, a figure that has not budged significantly for decades. The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that there are significant differences in how much the average American gives. In Utah and Mississippi households average 7 percent of their income to charity, while in Massachusetts and three other New England states, giving is under 3 percent. Middle class Americans give a far bigger share of their discretionary income. For example, households earning $50,000-$75,000 give an average of 7.6 percent of their income to charity compared to 4.2 percent of people making over $100,000. Religion has a big influence on giving patterns. Two of the top nine states giving the most as a percentage of income are Utah and Idaho, who have a high number of Mormon residents that have a tradition of tithing 10 percent of their income to the church. All of the other seven top states are in the Bible Belt.

What are the reasons people help other people? According to Gaiam.com, giving to charity improves your sense of well-being, knowing that you sacrificed time, finances or property to help others. Supporting a cause can help keep you informed about issues of social injustice. Giving to charity out of spiritual conviction can strengthen your spiritual life. Volunteering with a charity may result in physical and social benefits. And donations are tax deductible.

Having donations as a tax deductible item has been in the fabric of our taxes since the Revenue Act of 1917, which established for the first time, an individual income tax deduction for contributions made to tax-exempt charitable organizations. According to CNN, the charitable deduction is the ninth largest tax expenditure in the federal budget. In 2014, the amount of revenue the government will forgo from those claiming charitable deductions is estimated to reach $52 billion. Giving on one hand helps those in need, while on the other hand pushes our government into greater debt.

Community service is not political and it is not mandated by the state. It is something that comes from deep within our core values. A true definition of this can be seen with the Society of Secret Santas, who give away $100 bills of their own money to the needy to help reinforce the self-worth and image of those they help as well as show unconditional love to those who feel society has stopped caring about them. We do not know who these Secret Santas are. They give in anonymity, they show leadership by leading by example and they show humility by sharing their wealth in a humble, selfless way. They show compassion through random acts of kindness, tapping into the human spirit by giving the recipient hope and belief. Anonymous givers set the stage to teach our kids about the selflessness of being kind. Whether it is cleaning out your closet to help a charitable organization or spending time to help the elderly or volunteering to help a neighbor do yard work or shovel snow, the examples we adults set today by our actions will influence how the next generation views their obligations to others. Each community has several opportunities to donate money and time to help others in your town. Online Redcross.org or Habitat.org are worthy ways to quickly help others in need. At DollarDays on our Facebook page, we are giving away $5,000 in products to help non-profits support their causes, so please nominate your favorite charity that deserves our help.

From Ben Franklin to Andrew Carnegie to Warren Buffet, well known leaders set the example for us, but you don't have to be a billionaire leaving a legacy to make a difference. More than 200 years ago, Mr. Franklin believed that "one served not to save their soul, but to build a strong society." In our modern day society, volunteering still forms the core of the American character. It is who we are and how we pass on freedom and caring to the next generation. Maybe that is one reason that seniors volunteer at a higher rate than our children. The experience of life that seniors finally learn after all those years is precious, and if we can teach the younger generations to care more about others, we can continue to be the most charitable nation, just like our forefathers.

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Topics: Charitable Donation

Relax this Holiday with the Convenience of Wholesale Shopping

Posted by Maria Werner on Nov 13, 2014 1:19:37 PM


With the holiday season crawling closer, many people are once again finding themselves buried beneath a seemingly endless list of tasks and chores. Amid the extensive shopping and planning that Thanksgiving and Christmas entail, the holidays tend to feel like more of an encumbrance than a vacation.

In fact, a survey has shown that people, on average, feel a significant increase in stress over the holidays, rather than the decrease that should be associated with a break from work. Time and money are the two key factors that contribute to the added stress. The vast shopping excursions that accompany the holidays can impose considerable time-constraints on the already hectic lives of Americans. Additionally, it’s the most expensive time of the year, with people reportedly spending around $801 on Christmas gifts alone.

Fortunately, there is a way that you can save both time and money this holiday season, allowing you to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation. By purchasing wholesale Christmas gifts from sites like DollarDays, you can do the majority of your shopping from the comfort of your couch, all the while avoiding the mayhem of the malls.

Buying wholesale is great for:

    • Office parties
    • Neighborhood parties
    • School activities
    • Church events
    • Large family gatherings
    • Gift exchanges
    • Stocking stuffers
    • Holiday decorations
    • Candy and snacks
    • Gift baskets
    • Charitable donations
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October $5,000 Giveaway Small Business Winners

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Nov 12, 2014 9:56:00 AM

During the month of October, we had a $5,000 merchandise giveaway on Facebook for small businesses that were nominated by our Facebook fans. Below are the winners--thanks everyone for nominating a small business in your community! The winners will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem their winnings!

  • Small Business City & State  Award
    Copalli Cafe San Antonio TX $2000
    Wolfe Woodworking Chandler AZ $1000
    Ria's Secret Cellar Croydon PA $500
    Perfect Pairings Carlsbad CA $100
    Sockoholic Las Vegas NV $100
    No Bare Butts  Lehi UT $100
    Bitzen Pieces Apparel Sacramento CA $100
    Taylor's Closet Downsville LA  $100
    Jillybean's Studio Leesville LA $100
    Prescription Shop Brownsville KY $100
    Sundries Treasure Chest Broken Arrow OK $100
    Last Chance Overstock Schereville IN $100
    PK's Motor Sales Columbus Grove OH $100
    Girl Next Door Agoura Hills CA $100
    New Lube Auto Repair Springfield MO $100
    Two Smart Girls, LLC Louisville KY $100
    Arresting Designs Texarkana AR    $100
    Myrsa's Jewelry Austin TX $100
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Topics: DollarDays Facebook Contest

August $5,000 Facebook Merchandise Giveaway Winners!

Posted by admin on Aug 31, 2014 8:15:00 AM

We have winners in our August $5,000 Facebook Merchandise Giveaway for Schools YOU NOMINATED!

Congratulations winners! You will be receiving an email soon with details on how you can redeem your shopping spree! We are so happy to be able to help schools around the country. Here's to a GREAT school year and thanks so much to all of you who nominated schools.

Be sure to nominate a non-profit in our September $5,000 Merchandise Giveaway for a non-profit you nominate!

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Topics: discount prices, Facebook giveaway, winner for school giveaway dollardays, august coontest winners dollardays, merchandise giveaway, low prices, bulk prices, wholesale pricing, dollardays, august cintest, contest

Goodbye to Austin the Intern!

Posted by admin on Aug 29, 2014 8:40:29 AM

Greetings!

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Topics: Austin Czisny, cheap prices, wholesale discounts, dollardays, Week in Review, Guest Blogger

July Facebook Contest Winners are Here! Congrats, teachers!!

Posted by admin on Aug 15, 2014 4:46:32 AM

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DollarDays is compassionate

You may just think we are the premier online wholesaler, but we do so much more than delivering small business, non-profits and consumers the best possible margins on over 300,000 wholesale products.

We are proud of our commitment to:

  • Our 5% Giveback Program, where we donate 5% of your order to a non-profit you choose!
  • Each month, we donate $5,000 worth of merchandise to a cause that our fans nominate via Facebook.

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