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Grocery Saving Tips

The monthly grocery bill is usually more of an emotional barometer than a reflection of wise planning. If you are hurried and stressed, the monthly bank statement will probably be littered with numerous, small trips to the corner grocery store.

Shoppers who are chronically short on time are shocked to see that the dozen or so hasty trips to the grocery store rack up receipts that are hundreds more than expected. Another breed of disorganized shopper finds that instead of devoting enough resources to groceries, money disappears elsewhere, leaving the family to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and upteen spaghetti dinners. Whether you are trying to reclaim your grocery budget or tame it, the following strategies will put you back in control of your grocery dollars.

  • Set a realistic goal. The first step to staying in budget is setting one in the first place. Determine a reasonable amount of money to spend and stick to it.
  • Plan a menu with the full understanding that you – and not a personal chef who is blessedly free of kid-chauffeuring responsibilities – will be doing the cooking. In other words, create a menu that fits your life, as well as your enthusiasm for cooking.
  • But, learn how to cook anyway. Not only is processed food more expensive, it’s loaded with sodium and plenty of other unpronounceable ingredients you don’t want to feed your family. There are plenty of simple recipes that taste great.
  • Make a list of these meals and have the ingredients on hand.
  • Stop throwing away leftovers. Most leftovers can be frozen or reinvented in another recipe. An alternative is to reduce the amount you cook in the first place.
  • Use fresh ingredients first. Vegetables are especially versatile, and just because the recipe calls for frozen corn, doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to work in the celery in the fridge instead. Get creative. Instead of milk in the macaroni and cheese, use the last spoonful of sour cream.
  • Identify the items you can’t go without yet seem to always run out of. Determine how much of these items you need for one week. Then, determine the place that sells these for the best price. If the place across town sells milk 40 cents cheaper than the corner store, buy enough gallons and freeze the extras (remember to pour a small amount from each gallon before freezing.)
  • Plan enough time for grocery shopping each week. You may have to go on a different day each week, but set aside a couple of hours so that you can shop without feeling rushed.

September 30, 2010   No Comments

8 Halloween Props to Throw the Spookiest Monster Mash

1. Vampire Teeth
Adults and kids alike will get a kick out of walking around with these scary teeth giving you their best rendition of the phrase “I want to suck your blood” (said in a Transylvania accent of course). You can’t go wrong with this classic!

2. Human Skull
What Halloween party would be complete without a couple human skulls laying around? Besides, how else are you going to show your party guests that your house is a dangerous and scary place without this convincing prop?

3. Safety Strobe Clips
Clip these blinking lights on your kids to keep them safe while out trick or treating, or for a use targeted to adults, clip them on the guest who has had a little too much to drink so others can steer clear of the “deep” conversations!

4. Spider Webbing
There is no better way to make your less-than-scary landscaping resemble an old, decrepit haunted house than with a few well-placed cobwebs.

5. Halloween-Themed Cups
Novelty glasses with popular Halloween characters are the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit. They also serve as party favors for your guests to take home!

6. Spooky Haunted House Caution Tape
Edge your lawn with this and tell your guests to look for the haunted house tape when trying to find their way at night. It also acts as an excellent deterrent for wondering zombies.

7. Halloween Mobile
Attach this overhead to add an extra hint of spooky to any room or use it as a “trick” over your “treats” making your guests dodge the bats to get a snack.

8. Halloween Leis
Quickly get your guests into the party spirit by giving them a lei at the door. Use them as a voting tool for the end of the night. Tell your guests to give their lei to the person with the best costume, whoever has the most leis at the end of the night wins!

September 29, 2010   1 Comment

Share the Scare Contest – Win Money, Do Almost Nothing

You like winning stuff? You want to win $100 and not really have to do any work? Well, good thing you’re here. DollarDays is now running a Share the Scare contest. We’re giving away a $100 gift certificate that can be used toward the purchase of a halloween costume.

You have until October 12 to enter, so you better head on over to the contest page and figure out what you need to do to become eligible for this scary offering. Halloween is fast approaching, and you don’t want to end up costumeless.

September 29, 2010   No Comments

Creating an Online Presence for Your Small Business

In these times of constantly upgrading technology, it is not uncommon for the average shopper to check out a business online before actually visiting. An online presence, or website, is imperative in building your small business, regardless if it is local, national, or even international. The internet is your key to introducing your business to the community.

Initially, there are plenty of options for websites. There are certain free website hosts online that give you a free web presence, as long as you don’t mind having ads on your site. The other option, and one that is most utilized, is that of hiring a professional website designer or design company to build your site. This gives you the ultimate freedom for your site design, as well as professional experience to back it up.

Starting out you have to have a good idea of your target audience. For example, a toy retailer would be oriented towards children and parents. A business dealing with the stock market, on the other hand, would be oriented more towards the white collar crowd. With a good feel for your customers, you will have a good ideal of the style of website you want. You can have a clean simple site, a flashy cutting edge site, a professional looking site, or anything else you would like. The imagination of your web designer and yourself is your only limitation.

One important factor to remember is that you don’t want to overwhelm those looking at your website. If, for example, you own a store, you won’t want to have every single product listed on the website at the front page. This is simply too much to take in. It is a proven fact that teaser pages do better. A teaser page is a webpage that tells a few of the more high profile items or services you provide. If you can appeal to the potential customers’ sense of curiosity, you will likely end up with a new customer.

There are certain pages that you will want on your website. Never settle for a single “landing” page. Regardless of the size of your business, one single page website will make you seem small. Of course, you will have your front page where you will identify your business and build the customers curiosity. Next, you will want a contact page with your actual address, phone number, email, and any other pertinent contact information, as well as your business hours. Next, have a page with actual photographs (professional) of your business, inside and out, and your employees happily doing their jobs. This will give your business a nice comfortable atmosphere to the customer.

These are your main pages, but the list of optional pages is limitless. You can have a history page, a coupon page where customers can print out coupons, a calendar of events if your store holds certain community events, an about us page describing the inner workings of the business, and the list goes on and on.
Once you have your website set up and going, it is important that you spread the word about it. Be sure and put your web address on business cards, newsletters, and advertisements. Make sure your employees spread the word about your new site also.

Websites are a proven success for any business. If properly created and managed, in many cases, websites have brought in more customers and sales than actual storefronts. Consider the concept of a door. Before someone walks into a building, they have to go through the door. A website is a metaphorical door for your customers to get to your business.

September 27, 2010   No Comments

Great, Low Cost College Football Products

When searching for college football merchandise, it is sometimes hard to find products in a reasonable price range. Fortunately, DollarDays offers a wide range of wholesale college football merchandise for even the most rabid fan. Below are five of the best deals.

1. Three Foot by Five Foot Single Sided Alabama Flag
This flag offers Alabama students and fans an opportunity to fly their team’s logo high and proud. Made from high quality materials, it is well suited for display in a dorm room, home, or even a front porch. At three feet wide by five feet long, people are sure to recognize the Alabama Crimson Tide Elephant logo, even from a distance. At just over 16 dollars, this flag is a steal. It is available here: Alabama Flag

2. Small University of Virginia Logo Backpack
This backpack offers an opportunity to carry objects to class or on a hike while displaying school spirit. The Cavaliers logo contrasts nicely with the deep navy color of this scaled-down backpack. It is ideal for times when a full-sized backpack is too unwieldy or large. A convenient outside zippered pocket, an inside easy-access pouch, and padded shoulder straps make carrying this pack comfortable and convenient. At just 15 dollars, it won’t break the bank! Get it here: Cavaliers Backpack

3.LSU Carry-All Bag
This is a perfect carry-all for the avid female Tigers fan! Both durable and stylish, it is great for toting everything from books to makeup to class, the gym, or a night out. The LSU tigers logo is on proud display. Reinforced straps and a wide slip pocket on the exterior add comfort and convenience. At under 25 dollars, every LSU girl could use one of these: LSU Carry-All

4.Colorado Buffalo Key chain
This officially licensed key chain is a great way to always display school spirit. You use your keys every day, so why not boast about the greatness of your team while you’re at it? The CU Buffalo logo looks great against a Colorado Gold background. It is made of hard, clear plastic with a backer card. This key chain is ultra affordable at just 34 cents a piece or $4.08 for a whole case! You can get them here: Colorado Buffalo Key Chain

5. Little Earth Tote Bags
These handy totes are available in all team colors and with every team logo! No matter what team you root for, you can carry one of these great bags. These totes are great for carrying a vast array of objects. They are roomy enough for students to tote their books to and from class. They also make great beach, gym, or grocery bags. The possibilities are endless. They cost only five dollars a piece, but they are available for a limited time. So get them now, here: Tote Bags

September 27, 2010   No Comments

Grow Healthier Food and a Healthier Budget

The idea of providing fresh food for your family–dirt cheap–can become a reality for you. Not only can you save money over what you’d buy at a store, but your food will be more flavorful. Your fruits and vegetables will also be healthier for you, because you harvest them at their nutritional peak, and can avoid chemical sprays or fertilizers. Gardening can be a stress-relieving, inexpensive hobby, and, if you involve family or friends, provide satisfying time together.

Where to begin? With your taste buds. What fruits or vegetables do you like to eat? Your next step is to call a local gardening expert with questions of what grows well in your climate, what growing space requirements do individual plants have, and when is a good time to get seeds or plants into the ground. In the United States, county extension agents provide such advice free of charge, oftentimes online.

Some plants require lots of growing room to really flourish, others are beautifully suited to container gardening. Based upon what you’d like to grow, what room do you have available? A plant has only four basic requirements: sun, good soil, water, and an adequate growing temperature. How can you provide these four elements for your plants?

Once you’ve chosen the spot for your garden, prepare your soil for planting. Any plant can thrive if its roots can freely grow down into the dirt, and if it can readily find the nutrients it needs for growth. Buy some compost–bulk prices are cheaper than bagged–and toss it over the soil you’ll be working. Using a shovel or digging fork, mix the compost into the ground, and turn it over as you work. If you’re working with a container, make sure you blend in some top soil with your compost. When you finish, the compost will be mixed into the soil, and no large clumps of dirt will remain.

One word of caution: start small if you’re just starting out. Get a feel for how things work the first year; those extra seeds will keep just fine for next year if stored in a cool, dark, dry place. When you’re ready to branch out, consider planting more, or different types of plants. Experiment with succession planting: using that carefully prepared soil for growing more than one crop in the course of a season. You could even try growing your own starts from seed.

September 23, 2010   No Comments

Top 10 Best Trick or Treat Treats

Picking the best trick or treat treats can be a thought out process for some. There are a number of treat options available such as fruit or nuts as well as a wide variety of candy. Treats may be purchased wholesale, which can not only lower cost but provide a larger number of treats to hand out to trick or treaters.

10. Raisins – these healthy little snacks are a great alternative to sweetened candy or salted treats. They have a long shelf life and come in both natural and flavored varieties. Left over raisin treats can also be used to pack in lunches or eaten as snacks.

9. Nuts – a nutritious option for trick or treat treats, these should be used with caution as many children have nut allergies. If giving these out as the primary treat, consider keeping a nut free option available in case someone has a nut allergy.

8. Trail Mix – a combination of healthy dried fruit, candy pieces and salty treats, these snack packs are a filling option for Halloween candy treats. They have a very long shelf life and are well enjoyed by many.
7. Popcorn snacks – whether in a pre-filled bag or made into a gooey popcorn ball, this treat remains an annual favorite. Popcorn can be given as is, topped with cinnamon or sugar or cracked salt for an added touch.

6. Fresh fruit – a very healthy option for trick or treat snacks, fresh fruit can often be purchased in bulk and given to Halloween guests. Apples, especially caramel dipped ones, are a favorite.
5. Licorice – black, red or gourmet flavors, this long and twisty treat is a popular choice for many trick or treaters. Fun size packages of licorice can be purchased, or larger wholesale packages may be broken up into smaller single serving bags.

4. Caramel candies – sticky, gooey and sugary delicious, caramel snacks are near the top of any candy lover’s treat list. These tiny bite size snacks can be distributed a handful at a time or melted down into a topping for popcorn or apples.

3. Cookies – single serve or a handful at a time, cookies of any flavor can satisfy the sweet tooth of most any Halloween visitor. Cookies may be purchased wholesale in single serving packages or in larger bags then repackaged.

2. Crayons – Not the best treat for older visitors, but certainly a welcome break from the overload of snacks. Crayons or even small toys can be purchased in large bulk quantities and packaged with other treats then given out to those who may be too young for sugary snacks.

1. Fun Size candy – any of the most popular brands of candy offer a fun size version. These smaller packages may be just a few bites, or a single serving size, giving trick or treaters a quick taste of their favorite treats.

September 22, 2010   No Comments

Winters Coming… Get Your Flip Flops


Nothing says fliip flops like the beginning of fall and the impending cold of winter…

Well, maybe hot summer days, walks on the beach, and all those other things you do in your bare feet are better for flip flop wearers. But since those days are over, DollarDays has a gift for you. We want to help you stock your shelves for next year before the winter comes.

A Change in seasons, a change in product, and that means great deals for you.

Come on in and get your free shipping on DollarDays’ select fliip flops today only.

September 22, 2010   No Comments

Creating an Online Presence for Your Small Business

In these times of constantly upgrading technology, it is not uncommon for the average shopper to check out a business online before actually visiting. An online presence, or website, is imperative in building your small business, regardless if it is local, national, or even international. The internet is your key to introducing your business to the community.

Initially, there are plenty of options for websites. There are certain free website hosts online that give you a free web presence, as long as you don’t mind having ads on your site. The other option, and one that is most utilized, is that of hiring a professional website designer or design company to build your site. This gives you the ultimate freedom for your site design, as well as professional experience to back it up.

Starting out you have to have a good idea of your target audience. For example, a toy retailer would be oriented towards children and parents. A business dealing with the stock market, on the other hand, would be oriented more towards the white collar crowd. With a good feel for your customers, you will have a good ideal of the style of website you want. You can have a clean simple site, a flashy cutting edge site, a professional looking site, or anything else you would like. The imagination of your web designer and yourself is your only limitation.

One important factor to remember is that you don’t want to overwhelm those looking at your website. If, for example, you own a store, you won’t want to have every single product listed on the website at the front page. This is simply too much to take in. It is a proven fact that teaser pages do better. A teaser page is a webpage that tells a few of the more high profile items or services you provide. If you can appeal to the potential customers’ sense of curiosity, you will likely end up with a new customer.

There are certain pages that you will want on your website. Never settle for a single “landing” page. Regardless of the size of your business, one single page website will make you seem small. Of course, you will have your front page where you will identify your business and build the customers curiosity. Next, you will want a contact page with your actual address, phone number, email, and any other pertinent contact information, as well as your business hours. Next, have a page with actual photographs (professional) of your business, inside and out, and your employees happily doing their jobs. This will give your business a nice comfortable atmosphere to the customer.

These are your main pages, but the list of optional pages is limitless. You can have a history page, a coupon page where customers can print out coupons, a calendar of events if your store holds certain community events, an about us page describing the inner workings of the business, and the list goes on and on.
Once you have your website set up and going, it is important that you spread the word about it. Be sure and put your web address on business cards, newsletters, and advertisements. Make sure your employees spread the word about your new site also.

Websites are a proven success for any business. If properly created and managed, in many cases, websites have brought in more customers and sales than actual storefronts. Consider the concept of a door. Before someone walks into a building, they have to go through the door. A website is a metaphorical door for your customers to get to your business.

September 20, 2010   No Comments

Wholesale Week in Review – (September 17)

Does Free Shipping Pay Off? – September 15, 2010

http://www.internetretailer.com/2010/09/15/does-free-shipping-pay

Customers can shop numerous retail sites that offer free shipping; however, sellers need to know whether that free shipping offer is worth it. To know whether free shipping really does improve a site’s business, retailers who have already found success with free shipping promotions suggest experimenting with different product categories and pricing strategies. The goal is to get the customer to purchase more. This may be achieved by only extending free shipping to higher-margin products or by setting a minimum-purchase threshold.

7 Tips for Tapping Into the Product Video Sales Bonanza – September 15, 2010

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/7-Tips-for-Tapping-Into-the-Product-Video-Sales-Bonanza-70825.html

As the holiday season approaches, on-line retailers will be rushing to upload more videos to their sites. The reason is that on-line videos are proving to be quite effective in showcasing products as they engage potential buyers and ultimately increase sales. Seven suggestions on how to increase sales with the use of video are provided, including: select the best video production format for the site – full production video or the more cost-effective automated video; create videos of best-selling products first; embed current marketing messages and incorporate product reviews in the video; and ensure the video will be viewed by uploading to a popular website.

Work From Home As an eBay Dropshipper – September 13, 2010

http://blog.dropshipaccess.com/bid/43491/Drop-Ship-News-Work-From-Home-As-an-eBay-Dropshipper

eBay is the premier online auction venue, and an opportunity for a home business is to become an eBay dropshipper. Dropshippers simply select items of interest from a wholesale dropship product source and list them. It is suggested to write product descriptions and provide personal photographs for each item. There is no need to house any inventory. An eBay dropshipper is only responsible to sell product while the wholesale product source stores, packages, and ships all items.

September 17, 2010   No Comments