• 12 Free to Low Cost PR & Marketing Tools

    Today’s PR and marketing professionals are expected to handle a wide range of responsibilities, from creating marketing collateral to analyzing campaigns to distributing content. Managing all these tasks by hand would grind productivity to a halt, so it’s no wonder many marketers use more … Continue reading

5 Survival Tips for Last Minute Shopping

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© micromonkey / Dollar Photo Club

Still have some holiday shopping to do? You are not alone. According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have gifts, food, décor and/or other holiday items to buy. This means the mall and stores are “cray cray” right now. If you’re planning to get into the ring and do some in-store shopping, here are a few survival tips:

1. Dress for the Occasion

Ladies, dressing to impress is not dead, but nobody will be impressed if you’re limping from the pain of those high heels that are suffocating your feet. This doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish. Choose instead your favorite pair of flats or knee high boots with a low heel. Remember, comfort is key and you’d be surprised at the number of miles you’ll rack up doing laps around the mall.

As for your outfit, layers will be your best bet as temperatures vary when travelling store-to-store. Go for a comfortable t-shirt, leggings or jeans with a little bit of give, and top it with a wrap sweater. Voila! Ready to shop! Men can be comfortable and stylish too, with a nice pair of sneakers, jeans and a comfortable t-shirt. A jacket is required as well for the trips in between stores.

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4 Tips for Giving a Great Gift

Photo Credit: Ana Krstic, Canva.com

Photo Credit: Ana Krstic, Canva.com

When it comes to shopping for a gift, sometimes the the best way to save money is to be creative. Here are some easy ideas for saving money while giving those you care for a gift they will enjoy.

Keeping a few quick go-to ideas on hand can prevent you from overspending.

1. Have a gift stash.

Whenever I see a great item on clearance that can be potentially used as a gift, I add it to a shelf in a cabinet for potential gifts. I can’t name how many times this stash has come in handy. Whether it’s a birthday gift I didn’t have time to shop for, a last minute decision to go to a baby shower or often never planned Thank You or Congratulations gift, going into this stash not only saves me time from having to make a trip to the store, I have already saved money on a cute gift.

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12 Free to Low Cost PR & Marketing Tools

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Today’s PR and marketing professionals are expected to handle a wide range of responsibilities, from creating marketing collateral to analyzing campaigns to distributing content. Managing all these tasks by hand would grind productivity to a halt, so it’s no wonder many marketers use more than 100 programs.

It’s also hard to get your job done if you’re waiting on graphic designers, copywriters and other employees or contractors. Sometimes you need a quick turn around to meet deadlines or leverage a new trend.

You don’t need to break your budget to handle the program load your marketing and PR campaigns require, you just need to take a look at some of these free and low cost tools.

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A Presidential Savings Weekend with Shopping Apps

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So I’ve become quite the saver lately. I use the Find&Save app as a tester for my company (who created the app), but also as an avid user who loves the savings. I also use other shopping apps because 1- they are fun + extra money savings, and 2- to see what “others” are doing.

Next to the Black Friday through Christmas shopping season, Presidents Day weekend is one of my favorite times to hit the stores. Honestly, shopping any weekend is fun, but shopping a major sales weekend as more so a mission to get the best deal. While retail therapy is great any time to browse and find cute items for your home or a new outfit. The therapy of a sales weekend is just how much money you can save. Continue reading

5 Must-Have Smart Phone Apps for Black Friday Weekend

Do you know what you’re shopping for this weekend? Every year, shoppers often times spend days before the actual event to scour through the deals, clip coupons and make their list. When it’s time to go shopping, there are several essential mobile phone apps you should have installed or make sure you have the latest update for. Here are five key apps for saving time and money this weekend: 

1. Find&Save

Yes, we’re a little biased, but with the new Cash Dash feature announced last week, the Find&Save mobile phone app easily tops the list as a must have for Black Friday. Be sure to install the app for your iPhone or Android phone, as there will be special alerts all week for extra savings at major retailers.

In addition to the Find&Save Cash Dash alerts, the app also provides all sales nearby based on your current location. With more than 500 major…

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Now is the time to stock up on paper, pens and more!

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I love notebooks, and pens, and printed folders – colorful office supplies in general. My childhood love of stationary and school supplies has stuck with me and results in an extra set of everything in my home office. As you can imagine, I love Back-To-School Sales!

From cheap go-to items, to new releases of different color patterns of everything office related, I enjoy hitting up Staples, OfficeMax/Office Depot, Target and others this time of the year.

photoAfter browsing through the weekly ads on Find&Save, my first stop was OfficeMax. They had a great sale on all of the basics for my son’s high school supply list. He ended up having to leave the store to go get a bite to eat so I can continue to browse around in peace.

From one-cent notebooks to a colorful array of Sharpie markers that were 50 percent off, I had great time adding…

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6 Tips for Getting Started on a Home Organization Project

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Summer is a great time for cleaning your house and tackling all those organization projects. No matter how much time you have to devote to the tasks at hand, your home, garage, and outdoor spaces can all benefit from a little TLC. Read on for some tips on how to make the most of your plans and find the best deals on your spring organization needs.

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1. Keep track of everything.

The humble list is your friend. Not only will it keep you on track where budget is concerned, it can help you be mindful of what you really need, which comes in handy during moments of shopping temptation.

Considering using an app like Evernote or Google Keep to organize everything from project ideas to shopping lists.

2. Make friends with Pinterest.

Not only does Pinterest allow you to visualize your organization projects, it is also an excellent tool for collaboration…

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