It’s only a week until Memorial Day, the symbolic end of winter and spring and a reminder that summer is almost here. Most people plan outdoor BBQ activities, visiting with friends and family, and some shopping during the long weekend. Retailers are gearing up to announce their holiday sales, and many will send out coupons to their email subscribers. Some of the sales will start a few days early, and shoppers can get the best deals by stacking coupons on top of the sale prices.
Of course every holiday brings big weekend sales, but not all the sales on this holiday will be great. Prices for items like apparel and home goods will be the lowest of the year, but better bargains for electronics and summer products like grills and patio furniture will come later in the season. Timing is important, too, because many retailers start their online sales earlier in the week, and there are two or three times more in-store sales on the Friday before Memorial Day, tapering off by Sunday and Monday.
May 20th, 2013
When a building in Bangladesh housing 5 garment factories collapsed last month, the incident called our attention to deplorable working conditions. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for global problems in the garment industry. Attracted by bargain retail prices, most consumers are oblivious to the conditions that make those sales possible: the workers who actually sew, press and fold the garments are making only pennies.
It’s not an isolated incident, and underscores the need for change. This building collapse and a fire in another factory only last week are the latest in a long list of factory building tragedies in Bangladesh, where there is notoriously poor workplace safety inspection. Fines levied under the country’s Labour Act are insufficient to force compliance, and labor groups in Bangladesh operate in a hostile environment. According to a New York Times report, the tight deadlines imposed by their Western customers also contributed to the factory’s refusal to shut down.
May 13th, 2013
The month of April is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.
Monthly Contest Results
CouponNut is the winner of this month’s contest followed by anand and siggy38 in the second and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:
1. CouponNut (1201 Points): $100
2. anand (1140 Points): $75
3. siggy38 (1064 Points): $75
4. onkarkulkarni (1061 Points): $50
5. laaya (1058 Points): $50
6. psplove (997 Points): $50
7. supergirl (947 Points): $50
8. gadhasing (910 Points): $50
9. clover (885 Points): $50
10. lootango (837 Points): $25
11. mommy25 (826 Points): $25
12. gabyperu (811 Points): $25
13. 2kidsnuts (794 Points): $25
14. pablos17 (777 Points): $25
15. bemicmom (724 Points): $25
May 6th, 2013
Mother’s Day is the official day when we show our love and appreciation for special people in our lives, whether they are our Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, or Wives. On this day we can honor those amazing women who raised children, cared for them, and helped them learn and grow. While no gift can truly compare with the sacrifices they made, we can use our creativity to bring them a thoughtful and unexpected surprise. A gift from the heart can be more meaningful without being expensive. Here are a dozen suggestions:
- Photo gifts – Create a photo cube or collage that includes the whole family, or get her a digital photo frame and pre-load it with family photos.
- Music – Get her an MP3 player and fill it with her favorite songs. Add an iTunes gift card so she can select more music to download later.
- Personalize her cell phone – Create a mobile screensaver or animated wallpaper with your text on it here. They’re quick, easy and free. Save your creation to your computer and copy it to her mobile, or generate an image identifier number so you can access a WAP link directly from her phone.
April 29th, 2013
If you always thought that you couldn’t afford a dream vacation to Europe, you may be surprised to learn that it’s possible to travel abroad on literally any budget and the cool thing is that now might be the best time to start booking your summer vacation. Keep reading to find why and also to learn a lot more useful tips that will help you get the most out of your time abroad. We’ve linked dozens of resources that will help you plan an enjoyable trip that won’t exceed your budget.
- When to go – The best time to plan a budget European vacation is in the off-season. The most expensive times to visit are during the summer months and holiday weeks. So, for the lowest prices and the nicest weather, consider scheduling your trip in the spring or fall. Visiting during the off-season saves hundreds off airfare and lodging, and also ensures shorter lines at museums and other major attractions. For Americans accustomed to universal air conditioning, temperatures in Europe during the summer can be very hot.
April 22nd, 2013