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Taking the SAT? Get FREE online test prep help

DollarDays SAT Test PrepNationwide, million of students take the SAT exam each year  for admission to colleges and universities. The SAT is the standarized benchmark exam that determines who gets into which schools, based upon scores.  If a student wants to go attend a top tier school, it’s important to do well on the SAT.  That’s why it’s important to take an online test prepration class prior to taking the exam. Not only can it help raise students’ scores, it can also build confidence for the big exam day. It will also help students manage the expectations regarding the flow of the exam.

Studying for the SAT is a smart plan, but knowing how to study is even smarter.  That’s why DollarDays has partnered with Boston Test Prep, an online SAT test prep tool, to give away 1,000 online SAT test prep courses through the end of August. We believe using this course can be the difference between a decent score and an amazing score!

So, go be amazing and enter to win a free SAT test prep course. You deserve it!

 

August 16, 2013   No Comments

Back to School: It’s Make It or Break It Time for the Economy

by Marc Joseph (reprinted from August 1, 2013 Huffington Post)

Marc Joseph Dollar DaysSpending this fall for students K-12 is expected to drop 12 percent, according to a National Retail Federation survey reported in the Wall Street Journal. The average that will be spent on each kid is $634.78, down from $688.62 in 2012. Even those going to college are expecting decreases from $836.80 this year, down from $907.22 last year. So it looks like the payroll tax hike, the sequestration and the continued sluggish job market are finally going to rear their ugly heads during the first major sales season of the year. This is troublesome news for retailers because the back to school (BTS) season is like the canary in the coal mine; BTS sales trends historically predict how the holiday fourth quarter sales will turn out. And in another BTS warning about the economy, 47.7 percent of college students expect to live at home, up from 42.9 percent in 2012.

These depressing numbers tell us that the American family has begun to focus on the needs of their children for BTS rather than the wants of their kids. If working Americans are having trouble getting their kids ready for BTS, what about the children in families stuck in poverty or not working at all? According to The Hechinger Report, poverty is getting so concentrated in America that one out of five public schools is classified as a “high poverty” school by the US Department of Education. To be classified as high poverty, 75 percent of an elementary, middle or high school students must qualify for a free or reduced price lunch.

Moyers & Co. reports that U.S. poverty (fewer than $17,916 for a family of 3) affects 46.2 million people, up 15.1 percent. The 16.1 million children in poverty are 22% of all children, including 39 percent of African-American and 34 percent of Latino kids. Deep poverty (fewer than $11,510 for a family of 4) hits 20.4 million people, which represents 1 in 15 Americans. On top of all this, we have 1,065,794 homeless students enrolled in U.S. preschools and K-12 schools and we know that only 48 percent of poor children are ready for school by the age of 5, compared to 75 percent of children from moderate and high income families.

So we have parents who are going to be spending less on their children for BTS. And we have poverty creating a major burden for schools to figure out how to deal with accommodating these kids’ needs. This is a bleak time for not only our economy, but to the answer of how we cope with an all-inclusive society so that no child is left behind.

Some organizations are rising to the occasion with drives to provide the underprivileged with what they need to go back to school with dignity with staples like backpacks, school supplies and clothes. Fox News reported in St. Louis that the National Council of Jewish Women brought a Back to School store to 1,200 children in need where they could just pick out what they needed for school. The Broomfield Enterprise in Colorado reports the organization “Crayons to Calculators” hopes to provide 9,000 students with new backpacks full of supplies. The City Wire in Arkansas reports on the “Stuff the Bus” campaign supported by the United Way where bright yellow buses will be scattered throughout Fort Smith, AR to collect school supplies for children in need. This is the ninth year of Stuff the Bus. We can all help online at Operation Backpack, where they are gathering backpacks for the New York City children in need (collected 13,500 in 2012). At DollarDays on our Facebook page, we are giving away $2,500 in products to a back to school drive that is nominated, so submit your favorite.

We have been putting up with this recession since late 2007. It has been close to six years where the poor are getting poorer, the needy are getting needier and now it looks like our school children will be getting less. Spending less for BTS is a major blow to our economy and when word of this decrease becomes widespread, it will be a major blow to the American psyche. As Americans, we have to do what we can do to ensure the long-term survival of our educational system, because all these kids, rich and poor, are our future. Dig deep into your pockets and help out your local backpack drive by donating backpacks, school supplies or cash so they can buy what is needed for the underprivileged. If you are a parent or grandparent, spend a little more on your kids for BTS so we can prove the predictions wrong. If this BTS season is truly less than last year, then we are in for a long, cold fall and winter retail season which will keep us in this recession for another year.

August 1, 2013   No Comments

Easy way to help your favorite charity

You don’t even have to get out of your chair. Just click on this image and you will be taken to our June Facebook Sweepstakes.

This month, all you have to do is nominate your favorite charity and they will be entered to win in the $5,000 merchandise giveaway. There will be 18 winners total, with a $2,000 first place prize, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.  Fifteen will each receive $100 in merchandise. Winners don’t EVER have to pay a penny. No shipping, no taxes.

Tell your friends. Tell your church! Tell everyone! Enter now to help your charity.dollardays, contest, $5,000 contest, non-prfit contest

June 12, 2013   No Comments

5 Ways to Help Teachers and Students Beat Sequestration

may13contest_160x300“Here we are at the end of another school year, and once again, teachers throughout the US are facing uncertainty,” said Marc Joseph, Founder and CEO of DollarDays.  “Will they have a job next school year, and if so, will their classrooms balloon to unmanageable sizes? Congress has not acted and now the impact of sequestration on federal educational programs is becoming a frightening reality.”

DollarDays, America’s premier online wholesaler, works closely with teachers and school administrators across the country, supplying the tools and supplies needed most in public education. We hear the horror stories of budget and personnel cuts from our customers in primary and secondary education throughout the year and the thought of deeper education cuts does not look good for our kids or our teachers.

Who are the biggest victims of the education sequester?
• Special needs kids and Head Start (the pre-school program for disadvantaged kids)
• Poor kids and Title 1 (federal support for low income school districts)

What are the consequences of education cuts?­­
• Special needs kids may not get the therapy they need
• School districts may become reluctant to classify kids with disabilities because of the cuts to this program
• Art and music programs may be reduced or cut to help the budget gap

Five ways  Americans  can help our teachers and students now:
1. Communicate with your representatives in the House and in the Senate.
2.  Donate to National Teachers Assistance Organization for professional assistance for teachers.
3.  At Donors Choose, public school teachers post classroom project requests and you can donate to the project that most inspires you.
4.  At Start Donating, they match donors with teachers in need of supplies.
5. And at DollarDays on our Facebook page, we are giving away $5,000 worth of products in May to help teachers across this great country; so please nominate your favorite teacher who deserves your help.

People become teachers because they want to help others and they want to make a difference. Our teachers need to focus on their passion, instead of worrying about if they will lose their jobs because our political leaders could not act to protect the educational system, which has been the backbone of our society.  Let’s hope our leaders come to their senses before it is too late for our kids, and in the long run, the future of this country.

“It may seem like contacting a senator or donating supplies couldn’t possibly make a difference, but collectively, we can make a difference—a difference that will help our ­­­teachers, our kids and our country.  Be sure to visit DollarDays.com and nominate your favorite teacher to win in our $5,000 school supplies giveaway—eighteen teachers will be randomly selected to win,” said Marc Joseph.

 

May 10, 2013   No Comments

Winners of our April $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway!

Dog thank youCongrats to the Winners of our April $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway!
$2000 winner: Partners for Pets
$1,000 winner: Jefferson County Humane Society
$500 winner: Adams County Pet Rescue in Othello
$100 winners:

DeKalb County Animal Shelter,P.A.W.S. Tinley Park, Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary,Pinal Animal Control,HELP Humane in Belton, MO, Clay County Humane Society,Trenton Animal Shelter,Windham County Humane Society,Oconto County Humane Society Oconto,It’s Meow or Never Animal Rescue,Lenawee County Humane Shelter,Eau Claire County Animal Shelter,THE ARK, National Mill Dog Rescue, One of A Kind Pet Rescue

Big thanks to all who entered their favorite pet shelters!

Be sure to participate in our “Nominate your Favorite Teacher $5,000 Giveaway” this month on Facebook!

May 2, 2013   1 Comment

100,000 Facebook Fans Winner

We have a winner! For the past few months, we have been trying to hit the 100,000 fan mark on Facebook, so we made it into a contest. We asked fans to guess the month, day and time when we would hit 100,000 fans.

With thousands of entries and hitting 100,000 fans while you were sleeping last night, we have a winner. Congratulations to Rosalind Suite from North Carolina! And a super huge thank you to all our fans!!

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April 24, 2013   No Comments

DollarDays’ $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway

Most of us own pets. We know the comfort they provide for life’s invisible scars. The unconditional love they provide transcends work issues, family conflicts, death, divorce and other life events. Our pets don’t care if we can read or not, what our skin color is or who we love.

At DollarDays, the nation’s premier online wholesaler, we are doing our part by giving away $5,000 worth of merchandise to help animal shelters across the country—and you can be a part of it.  Please nominate an animal shelter in your community by entering on our Facebook page. Additionally, Animal Planet’s hit reality TV show, Pit Bulls and Parolees, will have a donation opportunity for their pit bull rescue center, Villalobos (VRC) on DollarDays’ checkout page during April. Customers can choose to donate $1, $5 or $20 to VRC.

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April 9, 2013   No Comments

Our March Facebook “Help a Family in Need” Winners

Winners of our March “Help a Family in Need” Giveaway have all been notified. Due to the sensitive nature of the giveaway, we will only post the winners’ first names and the amount of their awards. Thank you to all who entered!

Julie $2,000, Marci $1,000, Catherine $500 and each of the following received $100: Tammi, Della, John, Judy, Dorrie, Tanina, Karla, Susan, Marla, Kimberly, Cheryl, Sandra, Jayne,
Kimberly, Alice. Congratulations everyone and thank you so much for paying it forward!

This month’s $5,000 Facebook Giveaway is to help pet shelters. Click here to enter.

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April 2, 2013   No Comments

A Compelling Facebook Post from Past Contest Winner

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Did you enter March’s Contest to help families in need? Please do! Click here.

 

 

March 12, 2013   No Comments

Meet DollarDays Podcast Host

Meet DollarDays’ podcast host, Sean.  Sean authors and delivers a weekly podcast show to DollarDays customers, touching on topics about how to run a successful distributorship to the true back story of DollarDays and CEO Marc Joseph’s commitment to giving back to communities, and everything in between.

Although this is only our second podcast, we are committed to getting the word out about all that DollarDays has to offer.   You can listen to any of our podcasts heresean

February 15, 2013   No Comments