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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

How to Save Ten Percent or More Every Month

One of the most simple yet overlooked ways to save money is the “imagination technique.” No, it doesn’t mean to imagine you’re incredibly wealthy, although that can be fun too!

The imagination technique involves picking a percentage of your monthly (or bi-weekly if you prefer) income that you would like to save. Say you would like to save 10% of your earnings, but like so many others, can’t seem to figure out where your money goes.

The next time you’re out shopping, you’ll use your imagination to pretend everything you’re buying is 10% more expensive. That grocery bill of $50? Pretend it was $55. Bought yourself a new article of clothing for $25? Your imaginary expense kicks in, it’s $27.50. As you can see, it doesn’t seem like much, but these little piles of 10% will stack up quite quickly.

You may be thinking this is going to be hard to keep track of. It does require a little bit of effort, but after you notice your savings adding up, it will become much easier. A great way to keep track of your imaginary 10% “pretend tax” is to just keep a little notebook in your pocket. After you make a purchase and get back in the car or get home, whip out your notebook and make a note of the 10% amount (although don’t wait too long or you’ll forget).

Now the hard part. Obviously you still have the money you pretended to spend, and it sure will be tempting towards the end of the month to use it. Don’t. Part of the imagination technique is to pretend that the money has actually been spent – it doesn’t exist anymore. Train yourself to accept the idea that the money is spent, it’s gone, and you’ll have to make do without it.

Of course if there’s an actual emergency or an urgent need for the money, you’ll have to use it, but isn’t that part of the reason you’re saving in the first place? Even a few weeks of using the imagination technique can add up to enough to fix minor car repairs or pay an unexpected bill.

This way of saving money every month is fun, easy, and the only effort required on your part is to make use of something you’ve always had – your imagination!

September 16, 2010   No Comments

Top Ten Horror Movies of All Time

It’s that time of year again. The nights are getting shorter, the wind is starting to bite, and Halloween is approaching. Nothing says tradition like settling down with a scary movie – or ten – but with Halloween only lasting a day, how should you prioritize your list of scary movies for the ultimate fright night?

10: Halloween (1978)

Of course.

9: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

It’s classic for a reason – that reason being the titular nightmares that seep from the movie into your brain. The claws, the claws!

8: Shutter (2004)

This horror movie from Thailand is the ultimate experience in jumps, chills and thrills, and it gives a whole new meaning to “looking over your shoulder.” For that time of night when you REALLY want to be scared.

7: Children of the Corn (1984)

It may be old and suffering from 80s special effects, but Stephen King is the master, and nothing proves it like a cult of crazy kids and a cornfield.

6: Chakushin Ari (2004)

Japan has perfected the art of creepy, ghostly girls with long black hair and a score to settle. The only thing scarier? Ghost girls who trail behind you on the ceiling…

5: The Amityville Horror (1979)

Your home should be a safe place where you feel protected from things that go bump in the night. If you believe that, don’t watch this movie.

4: Poltergeist (1982)

They’re heeeeeeere… and you’ll never sleep again! Which is a good, because you’ve still got a few more movies left to go.

3: It (1990)

Oh, afraid of clowns, you say? There’s nothing to be scared of. They’ll just slither out of the gutter drenched in blood and grinning with all their teeth. No biggie.

2: The Exorcist (1973)

Where do we even start? How about the infamous head-spinning scene? The crucifix, the shaking bed, the deep guttral voice issuing from the throat of a little girl? How about that terrifying spider-crawl down the stairs – backwards?!

1: Ringu (1998)

If you really want your kids to stop watching so much TV, this should do it.

September 15, 2010   No Comments

Get the Scoop on DD’s Breast Cancer Awareness Products

The following is a great list of Breast Cancer awareness products. Buy them for yourself and use them proudly or share them with others and help spread breast cancer awareness during the month of October.

1. Wholesale 3 Button Pink Crystal Laser Mouse
This mouse is equipped with high definition laser technology which can be used on any surface. The double heart mouse is embellished with Swarovski crystals and can be used on both laptops and desktops. When you buy this mouse, Innovera will donate $5 to City of Hope to promote breast cancer research so you can feel good about using your mouse. This mouse is suitable for left or right handed users.

2. Wholesale Breast Cancer Awareness Lanyard Keychain
Attach your keys to this fun pink lanyard keychain. You never have to worry about not being able to find your keys in your bag as this pretty pink keychain will be easy to spot every time.

3. Wholesale Breast Cancer Awareness Embroidered Wristbands
Everyone knows that exercise is crucial for health and breast health is no different. Promote Breast Cancer awareness when you wear these pink embroidered wristbands. 2 Wristbands come in an assorted pack of pink and white.

4. Wholesale Pink Ribbon ReAction Mechanical Pencil 0.7mm
BIC plans to donate $75,000 this year with the sales of some of their products Their mechanical pencils are decked out with breast cancer ribbons ribbons and are refillable. 2 pencils come in a package along with lead and eraser refills. A rubber grip and D-Flexion technology makes these pencils comfortable and easy to write with. Show your breast cancer support as your write!

5. Wholesale Resilient Business Card Book Faux Leather Pink
This adorable faux leather business card book comes in pink and includes 12 plastic sleeves for extra card storage. Rolodex plans to donate $53,000 to City of Hope and when you buy a business card holder, $0.50 goes to meeting that goal. An additional card pocket and 10 note cards allows you ample space to store all of your important contacts.

6. Wholesale Leather Tote 11-1/2 x 4 x 10 Pink
Carry around all of your necessities in this fashionable pink leather tote. Now you can look trendy and support a great cause at the same time. 3-10% of the price of each bag goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Double handles make it easy to carry and a pink ribbon adds to the cute factor of this tote. The pink leather is accented with chocolate brown and has room for all of your things. Store your loose items in a small zipper pocket. There are also extra pockets to store your cell phone and any other small electronics.

7. Wholesale Caramel Mochaccino 8 Oz Can
There’s nothing better than a warm and indulgent Caramel Mochaccino. Fireside coffee will donate part of the profit of every Caramel Mochacchino sold to breast cancer research. 14 one cup servings of a chocolatey, caramel, coffee confection come in each can.Help support the fight against breast cancer – Each can contains 14 8-oz. servings of instant gourmet coffee.

September 15, 2010   No Comments

Growing Service, Reducing Costs – Outsourcing Secrets

Imagine a situation where a company could increase its service abilities and core competencies, grow its business revenue and reduce its cost structure. Does this sound impossible? Well, it isn’t. In fact, a number of small business owners and entrepreneurs do it every day. They effectively increase their capabilities and grow their business while reducing costs. How is this done and why is it so important for small business owners to know about it? It’s outsourcing and it allows companies to control their day to day operating costs while improving efficiencies and growing sales. Every small business owner must wear multiple hats. Finding the time for all the responsibilities of running a business can often be an exercise in futility. Freeing up that time means more valuable time spent closing on business opportunities. So, what are the best functions to outsource for small business owners?

Outsourced Marketing Increases Business Opportunities
A number of small businesses have excellent products and services, but aren’t able to maximize on their opportunities for sales in a given market. Outsourcing marketing allows companies to control their marketing costs while ensuring they concentrate their sales efforts on qualified leads and opportunities. It allows companies to better control their marketing budgets and expenditures while ensuring they have the time available to close sales.

Outsourcing Payroll Reduces Operating Expenses
Using an outsourced payroll company helps to lower a company’s day to day operating expenses and ensures they won’t be penalized for late or incorrect tax filings. Outsourced payroll companies are tax and government regulation experts and are up to speed on the most relevant tax codes. They manage all aspects of the company’s payroll and will ensure timely deposit of funds by direct deposit.

Outsourcing Accounting Improves Receivables Collection
Keeping customer accounts up to date and in line with their terms can often be extremely time consuming and costly. To alleviate this concern and free up time, a number of small business owners outsource their receivables collection and invoicing to an outside accounting firm. This allows them to benefit from a professional firm able to follow up on receivables collection and address any outstanding issues relating to invoices.

Small business owners must be able to continually lower costs and close on business opportunities. It amounts to freeing up time and allowing business owners to concentrate on business growth. When small business owners and entrepreneurs can concentrate on what they do best, the company as a whole will thrive. These outsourcing functions allow small businesses to reduce operational expenditures and improve service.

September 13, 2010   No Comments

Decorate for Halloween Using Wholesale Products

It’s that time of the year again: zombies, pirates, and ghosts, oh my! Halloween is a great holiday for children and adults alike. Kids love the costumes and candy, whereas adults love it because, well… when else is it considered socially acceptable to have cobwebs, pests, and dead things lying around your home? Time to make the most of it and get to decorating!

1. Spider Webs
Spider webs are one of those must-have things for Halloween. On this here site, you can find spider webs galore. There are webs that stretch across doors and windows, webs that glow in the dark, ones that hang across ceilings… the list is limitless.

2. Roaches and Rodents
Your Halloween home wouldn’t be complete without roaches, rodents, and other creepy crawlers. Be über nasty and get a variety. The next step up would be to leave open food containers lying around for a few weeks prior to Halloween. But don’t say you haven’t been warned: pest control is expensive.

3. Rodent Silhouettes
Thanks to rodent silhouettes for windows, even folks who don’t get the privilege of coming into your home can see what lurks within.

4. Skeleton
No Halloween would be complete without a decomposed body, would it? This skeleton can be hung or laid out on the ground.

5. Crime Scene Kit
Skeletons might be common Halloween décor, but you can add a touch of realism by creating a gruesome crime scene with it. If they call you morbid, they’re just jealous of your originality.

6. Zombie Chowing Down On Human Head
The human fascination with flesh-eating, dead people is something that psychologists are still trying to figure out. Regardless, zombies are all the rage this year. It appears as though he is rising from the ground, making it the perfect front yard prop.

7. Dangling Bats
In case webs, roaches, and rats aren’t enough, the bats dangling from the ceiling will provide the finishing touch. Halloween is once a year, so it’s time to go all out.

8. Skeleton Table Pieces
This is a set of three skeleton table pieces to prop on the kitchen or coffee table. One skeleton covers his eyes, another covers his ears, and the third covers his mouth. “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.”

9. Skeleton Door Cover
Undoubtedly, this will throw some much-needed humor into the ghoulish mix. Guaranteed, nobody has ever seen anything like it. The perfect cover for your bathroom door: a skeleton reading the newspaper on a toilet bowl.

10. An Utterly Terrifying Mask
Aside from turning your clean, cozy home into a filthy deathtrap, the other great thing about Halloween is something that no self-respecting adult wants to admit to themselves. It’s hidden there in your subconscious. After all the headaches and stress they’ve caused, you want to scare those little neighborhood brats. Don’t deny your perfectly natural urges. BOO!

September 8, 2010   No Comments