How Small Business Owners Benefit From Online Wholesaling

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Jan 2, 2015 12:34:00 PM

More and more, both ecommerce and brick and mortar businesses rely on online wholesalers for parts, products, materials, and supplies to keep operating. The online wholesale business is growing rapidly. Forbes notes that while retailers took in $4 trillion in revenues in 2013, wholesalers nearly doubled that amount.

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Topics: Small Business

Congrats Winners of our $5k December Facebook Giveaway to Non-Profits

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Jan 2, 2015 12:26:00 PM

$2,000 Child Crisis Center Mesa AZ
$1,000 United Organ Transplant Association Riverside CA
$500 Abundant Grace Christian Church Rutherford NJ
$100 Rio Linda Elverta Food Closet Rio Linda CA
$100 The Spring of Tampa Bay, Inc Tampa FL
$100 S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue Linton  IN
$100 Saint Clair P.T.O Saint Clair  PA
$100 Sonoma Humane Society Santa Rosa CA
$100 Parkway People Boston MA
$100 Stockings of Love Palm City FL
$100 Informed Choices Gilroy CA
$100 New Hope Community Church Gilroy CA
$100 Villalobos Rescue Center New Orleans  LA
$100 Project Sleep Tight Mesa AZ
$100 Diamond Dachshund Rescue of Texas San Antonio TX
$100 The Masters Mission Ware Shoals SC
$100 Saved By a Whisker Rescue Eagan MN
$100 Azleway Boys Ranch Tyler TX


Many thanks to all our Facebook friends, new and old, who entered their favorite non-profit organizations to win in our December 2014 $5,000 merchandise giveaway. We have emailed all the winners and have given them instructions on how to manage their shopping spree.

Be sure to enter our January 2015 Facebook Giveaway where we will be donating 1,200 Hat, Scarf and Glove Sets to non-profit organizations across the country. There will be 20 winners, each receiving 60 sets. Pass it on! Post it on your Facebook page! Let help keep the less fortunate warm this winter!

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Topics: Giveaways

Nine Tips for Keeping your Resolutions Alive!

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Dec 31, 2014 8:43:27 PM

If your New Year's resolutions from last year are still resolutions, you're not alone. The new year offers another opportunity to try again! Here are nine tips to help keep your resolutions in motion all year long.

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Can't Stop the Giving

Posted by Marc Joseph on Dec 30, 2014 8:41:00 AM

Now that the season of giving is officially over, we are approaching the harshest time of year when underprivileged, poor and homeless fellow Americans need our help the most. The average high across the USA in January is 42 degrees and the average low is 27, which is the coldest month of the year. In February, the average high moves to 44 and the average low is 28, which is the second coldest month of the year. Using New York State as the example, the cost of heating oil jumps in the winter with last year's January cost per gallon of $4.13 and February's cost of $4.34, which was the highest of 2014.

According to the US Census Bureau, a family of four is considered living in poverty if their annual income is under $23,850. The current rate of US addresses under the poverty rate is 14.5%, which is down from the 15% in 2012 and was the first decrease in the poverty rate since 2006. This means there are 45.3 million people living in poverty. The poverty rate is two percentage points higher than in 2007, the year before our most recent recession. The poverty rate for children is 19.9%, for people ages 18-34, it is 13.6% and for those over 65, the rate is 9.5%.

We can't rely on our government to take care of the poor, or can we? The New American just reported that 65% of our children live in households that participated in at least one or more of these government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP new version of food stamps costing taxpayers $82 billion annually, up from $18 billion in 2000), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Medicaid and the National School Lunch Program. The "War on Poverty," which was part of the "Great Society" plan of President Lyndon Johnson, where he believed in expanding the government's role in education, health care and poverty reduction, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. Our government has spent $22 trillion over these 50 years to support this war.

So does the US welfare system actually hamper dignity while claiming to grant it? We continue to hear stories of recipients abusing the social safety net designed to help those who truly need our help. Do some of these programs trap people into the poverty they are trying to escape? Our government programs address complex social problems with a one size fits all solution. Local nonprofit organizations and local governments have a better vantage point to identify and address the true poverty issues in their communities. Local and state communities are more invested in the success of the families and individuals living within their communities.

More cold, more cost to keep warm and now that the holidays are over, we are back to focusing on ourselves. Whether it is finding a gym to get back in shape, or a diet to lose the holiday pounds, our attention naturally shifts away from those who need our help 365 days a year. Lucky for us that there are several nonprofit organizations that don't give up after the holidays and continue to help those in need. One of my favorites is One Warm Coat. This nonprofit organization started with a Thanksgiving weekend coat drive in 1992 in San Francisco. Since then, they have organized thousands of groups across America that collect coats to give to those in need, free of charge. They have given away four million coats! Another favorite is  Operation Warm which started in 2002 and use organizations like Rotary Clubs and Fire Fighters to distribute over 300,000 coats to impoverished children annually. Each of these caring organizations began way before the recession, survived the recession and continue to serve the underprivileged as the country recovers. The  Salvation Army, which started in 1865 and now has operations in 126 countries and just about every town in the USA, is a true definition of being there for local community needs. They are the second largest charity in the country receiving $2.08 billion in donations annually. The largest charity is The United Way, who took in $3.87 billion and because they are a network of over 1,300 units across the country; they really are our communities' feet on the ground supporting the local charities that see our poverty issues up close. And at DollarDays on our Facebook page during January, we are giving away 1,200 sets of hats, gloves and scarves to nonprofits in your area to help keep the needy warm, so make sure you nominate a charity in your town for these free hats, gloves and scarves.

With the impasse in Washington, which looks like it will be getting even worse in 2015, we cannot rely on our government to pick up the slack to take care of those Americans who truly need our help. Gas prices are going down, giving all of us more discretionary income to spend. The holidays are over, you bought all the gifts you needed and now it is time for the average American to step up and begin to funnel your extra gas money back into our local communities to help our neighbors pull themselves out of poverty. We, as citizens, need to create a new grass roots effort and create our own local War on Poverty. Having 45.3 million people living in poverty is not what any of our forefathers envisioned and it is not the country we want to leave to our children. Read More

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Stocking Your Store: A Guide to the Best Online Wholesalers

Posted by Jackie Lee Eldridge on Dec 12, 2014 10:48:00 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: Small Business

How to Make an Impact this Holiday Season

Posted by Maria Werner on Dec 11, 2014 2:08:00 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: Nonprofits

November Facebook 1,000 Fleece Blanket Giveaway Winners

Posted by Jackie 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

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Topics: Giveaways

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 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: News

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, 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 or 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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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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