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Hug Your Independent Pharmacist!

pill countOctober is American Pharmacists Month! Hug your pharmacist today!

DollarDays has relationships with many independent pharmacy co-ops that represent your corner drugstore throughout the country. These independent pharmacies make it easy for you to have a relationship with the pharmacist and their teams. They care about you and strive to ensure you understand all your medications and how they affect your life. Independent pharmacists are more like having a friend at your local drugstore, rather than being a you becoming a number at a large chain drugstore. These pharmacists and their teams want to know you on a first name basis and to be your one stop shopping for all your prescription needs. Think of it as having a friend behind the counter at your local independent drugstore! They are always available to discuss your medications. They talk in plain, non-medical language to help you understand your medications and health conditions. They are your friend!

DollarDays partners with these pharmacy co-ops that represent thousands of independently owned pharmacies—there’s surely one in your neighborhood!

Getting to know your pharmacist can help you become more familiar with the medicines you use. Did you know consumers who know their pharmacist’s name are twice as likely to ask their pharmacist the questions they have? They are also twice as likely to have made an appointment with the pharmacist to discuss their medications, more likely to read product labels and more likely to know the main (active) ingredients in their prescription medications, over-the-counter products, herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals (Knowing the main ingredients is key to avoiding accidental overdose of an active ingredient contained in multiple medications, or conflicts between and among the active ingredients).

Taking your medication correctly is one of the best ways to decrease your health care costs. The likelihood of medication errors occurring decreases substantially when patients know their pharmacist and feel comfortable asking questions and seeking the pharmacists’ advice. Get to know your pharmacist if you haven’t already!

Many pharmacists offer an array of education, prevention and wellness services to help patients improve their health and get the most out of their medications:

  • Annual Medication check-ups to review all medications, including action plan, documentation and follow-up visits as necessary
  • Prescription medication education – purpose, interactions, side-effects, timing and dosing of your prescription medications
  • Advice on over-the-counter medication, herbal supplements, vitamins or minerals for your condition or lifestyle
  • Assistance filling out a personal medication record that includes all medications, immunizations and health care providers
  • Medication adherence reminders or counseling on ways to make it easier to take medications
  • Seasonal and life-span immunizations
  • Diabetes care guidance – continuous blood glucose monitoring, proper insulin injection technique, foot care and eye care
  • Health maintenance counseling and guidance – smoking cessation, asthma care, nutrition management, exercise and physical activity instruction, body mass index (BMI) screenings, skin care and dental care
  • Healthy heart management and counseling – blood pressure and cholesterol screenings

Choosing the right pharmacist is as important as choosing your doctor. Find a pharmacist that you are comfortable talking with, and one who takes the time to help you with your medications. Ultimately, you have the responsibility for managing your health care, but your pharmacist can help if you keep him or her up-to-date about your health and the medications you are taking. For this reason, it is important to use the same pharmacy for all of your prescription services, especially when seeing multiple health care providers. This ensures that your pharmacist has access to your complete medication history when checking for problems or possible interactions.

The goal of American Pharmacists Month is to encourage these consumer-pharmacist interactions. There is a clear relationship between the consumer, their pharmacist and the consumer’s knowledge of how to use medications with lower risk of adverse effects and better health outcomes. American Pharmacists Month opens the door for pharmacists to reach out to their patients by highlighting the profession. It encourages pharmacists to participate in promotional events and activities to heighten awareness of the services they offer and help consumers get to know them better.

Hug your independent pharmacist today!

 

October 10, 2014   No Comments

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

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

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August 15, 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.

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August 15, 2014   No Comments

Give $500 to your favorite teacher (and that can be you!)

Each month, DollarDays gives away $5,000  via Facebook to good causes.  Education is a cause that  DollarDays is quite passionate about, hence the three or four months of the year they donate to teachers, students and education. DollarDays’ CEO, Marc Joseph wrote his July Huffington Post article about teachers spending money from their own pockets for school supplies—good read.

During the month of July, DollarDays would like you to nominate a teacher to be put into a pool to win in the $5,000 giveaway. Ten teachers will each receive a $500 shopping spree at DollarDays for back to school supplies, or whatever floats their boats!

Please nominate your favorite teacher on our Facebook page! And if you’re happy with it, please tell your friends—even post it on your own page! Pass it on and pay it forward!

Hurry! You must enter by 10 am July 31!FB Button Nominate2

July 11, 2014   No Comments

Winners receive 100 stuffed backpacks for kids

free backpacksWE HAVE WINNERS!!

Congratulations to:
Mary Jane Coward of Dillion, SC
Teresa Riddle of Clayton, NC
Ann Welch of Ludington, MI
Mary Shariat of Mobile, AL

Each of the above nominees won 25 backpacks stuffed with school supplies in our June Facebook Giveaway.

Thank you to the THOUSANDS of people who took the time to nominate teachers to help their students.

DollarDays is absolutely committed to helping teachers. We are a strong advocate of education and helping our teachers (who we call heroes) have the tools they need to teach and grow our future leaders. Marc Joseph, our CEO, wrote a thoughtful article on education in the Huffington Post that we hope you’ll read. We truly ARE champions of education.

This month, we are giving ten teachers each $500 to spend at DollarDays to help stock their classrooms! Please nominate a teacher on our Facebook page contest.

July 2, 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

March 29th was National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!

apr14contest_160x300 (1)National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners, much like the business owners DollarDays serves every day. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands coupled with the lack of a hired staff, often translate into late hours and long days. There are missed family and personal events, but they love what they do because they are their own bosses.

New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On they retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products. According to the US Small Business Association, there are more than 27 million small businesses in the US today.

Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, every day, by showing your support…shop their stores!

Nominate your favorite Mom & Pop store here and we’ll enter them into a drawing for $5,000 in Merchandise from DollarDays!!

April 2, 2014   No Comments

Marc Joseph interviewed in Success Magazine!

marc joseph success magazineSome of you know that DollarDays’ CEO, Marc Joseph, authored the book, The Secrets of Retailing or How to Beat Wal-Mart! to help small businesses compete in the world of big box stores. In fact, DollarDays.com has a wealth of Marc Joseph’s business and entrepreneurial articles, focusing on small businesses for you to enjoy.

But this time, Marc didn’t do the writing; he was interviewed by Success Magazine for an article they titled “Want to write a book? Our step by step guide.”  Marc gave his candid advice for wannabe authors including how writing a book can ultimately help your business. You can read the article here.

March 24, 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