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Goodbye to Austin the Intern!

austin the internGreetings!

Today is my last day at DollarDays. I am excited to return to school but will greatly miss being the intern here at DollarDays. I have had lots of fun working here and will miss everyone in the office. DollarDays has a unique office atmosphere that I have never experienced at any other company I have worked for. Everyone is friendly and upbeat. This office atmosphere definitely contributes to the great success this company has had and will continue to have in the future.

I have also learned a lot in the time I have been an intern. I learned about search engine optimization and how deep search engines dig for their results and how they order and filter results. I also had the amazing opportunity to witness the launch of a new website design here! I learned about all of the work that goes into a new website and how to have a successful launch. I also learned lots about marketing in several different aspects, especially in relation to social media. I cannot wait to share all I have learned with my classmates.

This last week has been very busy for me. I have been finishing up projects here in the office and packing up to get ready to drive back to Northern Illinois for a couple weeks to spend time with friends and family. A teammate of mine flew out here to Arizona on Thursday to drive back with me so I won’t be bored on the drive. I am excited to drive back because of all of the beautiful scenery here in the Southwest. There are some amazing views on the drive.

I know that anytime I am in Arizona I will be stopping at DollarDays to say hello. I could not have asked for a better experience as an intern. The future looks bright for DollarDays and I can’t wait to see how the company grows in the coming years. I would like to thank everyone here at DollarDollar days for everything that they have done for me and taught me. I will remember my summer as an intern here forever.

 Regards,

Austin

 

August 29, 2014   No Comments

Teachers spend $500+ on school supplies annually

Why must teachers have to spend out of pocket each year to keep their classrooms stocked with supplies and instructional materials?

A June 2014 survey conducted by Agile Education Marketing and SheerId, the leading teacher verification provider, delved into how much teachers are spending of their own money and what they’re spending it on.  Take a look at the information to see exactly how much our underpaid teachers spend to help our country’s children learn!

DollarDays.com continues to provide wholesale discounts to teachers 365 days a year. Many teachers pool their dollars and place a large bulk order to maximize their money. Take a look at all the back to school supplies DollarDays carries. We save you time and money!

Be sure to nominate your favorite school to win in our $5,000 merchandise giveaway on Facebook! Let’s do what we can for these teachers, our heroes, who are building and shaping the minds of our future generation.

teacher spending

August 15, 2014   No Comments

DollarDays employee volunteers at Phoenix Rescue Mission

 

by Chris Steagall, DollarDays’ Senior Account Representative

I wanted to share the wonderful experience Lynda (my wife) and I had this past weekend. We both volunteered at the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Back to School event. Around 600 families were provided filled backpacks, school uniforms, a free Thrift store with clothes, toys and bedding. Plus a nice box of food and a case of water.

Lynda and I were responsible for the last stop. Our first hour, while the first families were in a prayer service, Lynda and I packed 300+ boxes of food and staged all the cases of water. For the next 3 hours we passed out 600+ boxes of food!

I invite everyone to volunteer next year, it was a wonderful heartwarming experience. Here are a few pictures:

PRM

August 5, 2014   No Comments

Austin the intern still having fun at DollarDays

Greetings!,

This week at DollarDays has been especially exhilarating! The effects of the new website and everyone working hard here has created a great atmosphere. The future is looking bright for DollarDays! Everyone is charged up and ready for the weeks to come. I’ve continued to maintain the social media accounts especially our Pintrest. I’ve recently started pinning Halloween items for the fall. Check it out for all of your wholesale Halloween needs!

While most of the times I’m reaching for a good book to read this week I have been more focused on another hobby of mine which is video games. I recently picked up a copy of the new game Watch

My boss posted this pic, not me. She calls it Lil Austin.

My boss posted this pic, not me. She calls it Lil Austin.

Dogs. I have closely followed the development of this game from the time it was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2012. I have been playing a lot and have so far enjoyed the game.

I am very excited for the coming weekend. Two of my cousins are flying in from Wisconsin for vacation! Unfortunately I do not get to see my cousin very much because I am usually at school in Southern Indiana. I cherish the time I get to spend with them and can’t wait for what adventures the next few days will bring.

I am elated to be returning to school soon but am also dreading leaving DollarDays. I have enjoyed being the summer intern and all of the new knowledge I have gained from the great people here. I can’t wait to share all the new knowledge I’ve gained with my peers.

Regards,

Austin

August 5, 2014   No Comments

Austin, the well-rounded Intern in AZ, IL, IN and Korea

Hello!

I have just completed another lovely week here at DollarDays. It is amazing how my time here is flying by and I only have two weeks left. At the end of this month I will be returning back to Illinois for a brief period and then returning to school (Hanover) blog option 2 - Copyin Indiana for my senior year. Although I am excited to get back to school I am very sad to be leaving DollarDays. I will miss being in the office every day. Everyone here has been working hard during this busy back to school season. I have continued maintaining social media here as well as data entry and other tasks.

Recently I have been following the Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championships. Team USA has so far been undefeated and is playing tomorrow against major rival Canada. Team USA has already beaten Canada once in round robin play and have never lost an international game played on US soil. I have also been active myself playing three or four times a week here.

I am currently reading the book, Escape From Camp 14, By Blaine Harden. The book is about a man named Shin who is from North Korea. The book details Shin’s life growing up in a North Korean prison camp, how he escaped, and how he has had issues adapting to life outside of North Korea. The book is extremely eye opening to the human rights violations happening in North Korea.

I’m highly excited for the next two weeks and any projects or challenges they bring. I am still learning new things everyday.

Regards,

Austin

P.S. My boss asked me for a photo to go with this post, so this is the one I gave her. Movie night at the fraternity—can you guess which movie I’m in? And you’ll never guess how I got the baby!

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Hey look! It’s Austin the intern! He survived another week!

blog post photo 3Hello!

This past week at DollarDays has been another great one! Things have slowed down a bit since the new website launch but there is still plenty to do. I’ve been working hard to maintain the social media properties as well as creating databases for our business development division. I have enjoyed every minute here at DollarDays. I am hoping to continue growing our social media presence and contribute anywhere I can in the office.

Outside of the office, I have been playing lots of box and outdoor lacrosse. Lacrosse is a major passion in my life and I am glad I get to play as much as I do here (even though it’s like 107 degrees every day!). Currently, the Lacrosse World Championships are being held in Denver. This event only happens every four years and I am very excited to see all the great games and hopefully see the United States bring home their 10th Gold Medal.

Also, I recently started to read the book, Flags of our Fathers,  by James Bradley and Ron Powers. This book takes an in depth look into the men who were raising the American flag in the famous photograph taken on Iwo Jima. The book is absolutely captivating and once I start reading, I have a hard time putting it down! Did you know Hollywood made it into a movie in 2006? Yes, it’s that good!

I also had a fantastic 4th of July in Cincinnati where I got to see a lot of my lacrosse teammates and got to see the Milwaukee Brewers play (they beat the Reds!).

The new website has been working phenomenally and I am glad that I had the opportunity to witness some of the work that goes into a new site. I learned a ton from everyone here about what goes into a new website and the different metrics that are used to measure the success of a website. I am excited for the next few weeks and am dreading leaving at the end of summer. I know I will learn a lot more in my remaining time here.

Regards,

Austin

July 11, 2014   No Comments

Austin the intern wraps up his first month at DollarDays

austin the internGreetings!

My last post was on June 13. I’ve been trying to post every week so you all know what “Austin the intern” has been up to!  I’m a little behind, but here’s my latest!

The last couple weeks at DollarDays have been fantastic! I highly enjoy working here. I’ve been busy with many projects such as helping launch the new website on July 1 by combing through it to ensure everything was working properly, doing different data entry tasks and running the social media for the company. In fact, I have discovered a way to grow our audience and reach on Facebook—I’m having a photo caption contest every Friday and the best caption gets a $100 shopping spree! Managing the social media has been fun! I have learned a ton in the short time that I have been here and I know I will learn more in the coming weeks. One of the most exciting events that has occurred is the launch of the new design for DollarDays website. I am excited about the new design and I know that a lot of hard work has gone into it.

Outside of DollarDays I have been enjoying activities such as reading, fishing, riding my bike, swimming, lacrosse and playing video games. I am currently reading Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. The book tries to take economic theories and use them in areas that economics would not typically cover. It’s a great read and Levitt and Dubner are two of my favorite authors. I’ve also found a great fishing spot (here in the middle of the desert!) and there are plenty of catfish just waiting for me!

I am extremely excited for the coming weeks and plan to continue contributing my best effort.  I have never been involved in a launch of a new website for a company as large as DollarDays. They have as many as 30,000 customers each day, so as you might imagine, we continue to find little things on the site that need to be fixed, added or removed. The entire company gives feedback to the IT department and they take it from there. In case you thought a website launches and it’s “set it and forget it,” that’s not the case. I was told the website will be in beta indefinitely! I AM learning!

I hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!

Regards,

Austin

July 3, 2014   No Comments

Meet DollarDays’ New Summer Intern!

Greetings!

I am Austin Czisny, the new summer intern here at Dollar Days. I will be working with  the great DollarDays team  while on break from school. They have already been awesome and I can tell that I will highly enjoy my time here this summer.

A little about me…I am about to enter my senior year at Hanover College in Hanover ,IN. While I’m a political science major, I also participate in the Business Scholars program that Hanover offers. Through the Business Scholar program, I was able to secure a summer internship here at Dollar Days. The program is designed to supplement my major and give me the skills needed to be successful in a business environment. The curriculum of the program calls for me to have an internship at the end of my junior year and I am very excited to have one with Dollar Days.

I will be working in the marketing department and have already learned a lot as well as shared new ideas with my coworkers. I am excited to be working under Jackie Eldridge and I can already tell I will walk away with lots of new skills and experience that will help me in the future.

Besides my academics, I am also a member of the varsity lacrosse team, Student Athletic Advisory Board, and Greek Life at Hanover. In my free time I enjoy many outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking. I also enjoy playing video games, reading and keeping up to date with current events.

Regards,

Austin

large mouth bass

4 lbs.,10 oz., 22 inches!
Largemouth bass.

June 13, 2014   No Comments

THIS is How To Pay for College

pickuoguitarclubBy Guest Blogger Jack Ross
Co-Founder, PickupGuitarClub.com
Like many, Jack Ross, a high school student from Washington D.C., falls in financial aid no man’s land. With most colleges topping $45,000 a year, his chance of leaving school in four years without a crippling amount of debt is bleak. Despite his near perfect test scores and GPA, scholarships are few and far between. So, he decided to fund his own schooling by teaching others.

Jack and his best friend, Brian Abod, recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding effort for their music education website PickupGuitarClub.com.

Jack is a self-taught software developer who built his first tablet computer at age 12, and Brian is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. Together they developed a learning environment that is the first of its kind.

Centered on gamification and popular songs, their website turns learning guitar into an enjoyable experience. Jack developed polyphonic note-recognition software that listens to the guitar as it is played, rewarding players’ improvement and demonstrating how to improve where needed. The intuitive user interface breaks down every part of guitar from notes and rhythm to technique and chord shapes, making it easier than ever to follow along.

Brian taught himself guitar through songs and designed the curriculum in the same way. Songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Wagon Wheel, and Hey There Delilah teach all the skills needed to play guitar – picking, fretting, scales, chords, and more.

It is like Guitar Hero for real guitar.

With the funding from Kickstarter, they will finish the development and launch their company. Profits from the company will go towards funding their college education.

Here is their video describing their project:
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If you want to support these young men and their endeavors, visit their Kickstarter campaign page – bit.ly/PickupGuitarClub

A few words from DollarDays:
Jack Ross contacted Marc Joseph, CEO of DollarDays.com about an article Marc wrote last October for the Huffington Post, titled “It’s Too Expensive to go to College Anymore.” Jack asked us to take a look at his story to see if we would publish it, since Marc and Jack are basically coming from the same place about getting an education today: it’s hard to get money to pay for college.

DollarDays hopes you’ll take a look at their project and possibly donate a buck or two. We think these two young men are rising stars to watch!

 

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Old World Egg Nog will Spice Up your Holidays!

 

Josh Froelichby Josh Froelich

I love finding simple old world recipes and bringing them back to life. And this old world egg nog recipe is so delicious, after one sip, even egg nog nay sayers will have a glass! Or two!

This recipe is a delicious trip back in time. There are several origins of the word “nog.” One is a block of wood or a cup carved from a block of wood. I like to use a handmade palm wood cup from Thailand to sip my egg nog.  An alternate definition is “a strong beer” from Norfolk, England.

For this recipe I prefer using an Oatmeal Stout.  The history of Oatmeal Stout dates back to the mid to late 1800s, with the discovery that adding oats to beer made it healthier. This new creation was often considered a table beer and prescribed to nursing mothers and ailing children and believed to be a remedy for sickness in general.

Now that you know a little egg nog history, are you ready to try the best egg nog on the planet?

eggnog

Ingredients

10 oz of oatmeal stout

4 oz bourbon (optional)

4 large organic farm fresh eggs separated

2/3 cup pure organic cane sugar

1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1/2 pinch of cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Separate the eggs, putting the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.

Hand beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In the other bowl, beat the yolks, sugar and vanilla until light in color and creamy.

Add the milk, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon, mix until well combined.

Gently fold the egg whites back into mixture with the beer and bourbon.

 

Enjoy your egg nog! Happy holidays from Josh Froelich, DollarDays’ resident purveyor of fine food, drink and other random finds (he even makes his own wine). And of course, happy holidays, merry egg nog and good health from all of us at DollarDays.

 

 

December 14, 2013   No Comments