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DollarDays Blog Archives Page 14

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-22 6:30 AM

It is estimated that roughly 7.6 million companion pets end up in animal shelters every year. While the exact number is unknown, there are thought to be about 70 million homeless and feral cats roaming the streets at any given time. Of those animals that end up in shelters, about 2.7 million are euthanized each year. As you can imagine, animal shelters are in over their heads trying to cater to the homeless animal population, while adopting out as many as possible. In summertime, they are even busier and need the help of volunteers and donors more than ever.

Why Are Animal Shelters So Much Busier in the Summer?

Animal shelters often find themselves much busier in the summertime than winter, and the reasons for this vary considerably. Here are some of the top contributing factors.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-20 6:30 PM

It’s harder than ever to start a family. The cost of living is rising across the nation, and yet the average wages aren’t increasing in conjunction. This may be why the millennial generation is waiting longer to start families than the generations preceding them. While there is little you can do about the economy or your immediate financial situation, there are a variety of budgeting tactics that will make it much easier to live comfortably on your current annual income.

  1. Minimize waste. We live in a notoriously wasteful culture, so much so that people waste things without even acknowledging it. Children are particularly wasteful, as they’ve yet to understand the value of money. There are a variety of ways your family can reduce household waste and save money over the months. Dish up smaller portions of food at mealtimes, and only provide seconds once children have cleaned their plate. Put name labels on all of your child’s school supplies, toys, and clothing, in case anything gets lost at school or sleepovers. Use reusable containers for lunches rather than paper or plastic bags. If you make a list of all the ways you accumulate waste in your home, you’ll be surprised to find all the easy ways you can start saving money immediately.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-18 6:30 AM

Summer is a hectic time to be a mom. In addition to your routine 9-to-5, you have to make childcare arrangements, keep up with errands, and make sure your children are prepared for the school year ahead. Despite summer break lasting two to three months, those months seem to slip by in seconds with little time to prepare. Yet, there are countless tasks required for preparing a child for their new year in school, which just adds to the never-ending list of things a mom has to do.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-15 6:30 AM

As the summer sun begins to shine, most people naturally start feeling happier, as sunlight encourages the release of serotonin and endorphins. Business owners, however, aren’t always so chipper. Not only are they stuck indoors all summer long, but many businesses notice a decline in sales come summertime. If your business falls victim to the summertime blues, use these tips to boost both your sales and serotonin.

Connect with Current Customers

If wintertime is your busy season, then you likely made a variety of new connections during that time. Use summer as an opportunity to connect with these people and deepen your relationship. You can reach out to them via email or snail mail and provide them with enticing deals that will get them into your store.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-13 6:30 AM

As summertime approaches, homelessness often becomes a more visible problem, as fewer homeless people are seeking out beds in shelters. In turn, many wonder how they might go about helping these people and make a lasting impact in their lives. Care packages are an easy, affordable, and thoughtful way to better the lives of those without homes. It can help lessen their struggle, while letting them know you’re concerned for their wellbeing.

The Importance of Care Packages for Homeless People

According to research conducted by Crisis.org, homelessness tends to exacerbate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Homeless people often feel alone, invisible, and as though nobody cares about their lives. Perhaps the best reason to distribute care packages to homeless people is because it will let them know that someone cares and that their lives have value to the community.

Additionally, one of the greatest challenges that homeless people face is breaking the cycle of homelessness. Even for homeless people with ample job skills and good health, finding a job has countless barriers. When they are struggling to find food, keep themselves clean, and find warmth at night, the prospect of landing a job seems insurmountable. A care package can provide them the basic necessities they need to remain clean, hygienic, and nourished, thus improving their likelihood of escaping the cycle.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-11 6:30 AM

By hosting a back-to-school drive, you’re providing children with the opportunity to access an array of new, high-quality school supplies that their families may be unable to provide. Families across the U.S. are financially struggling, whether due to unemployment, underemployment, family illness, or other reasons. This oftentimes leaves them unable to provide for their child’s education, which inevitably results in children falling behind in school.

How Can a Back-to-School Supply Drive Help?

With more than 30 million students across the U.S. enrolled in reduced and free meal programs, many parents lack the financial resources to buy their children the supplies and electronics needed to thrive. Furthermore, schools are also facing budget cuts, which limits their ability to help fill the gaps for students in need. A back-to-school drive enables you to collect school supplies from an array of donors, so children from low-income families can be equipped with the same school supplies as their peers.

How to Start a Back-to-School Supply Drive

Starting a school supply drive needn’t require a lot of time or money. In fact, you can implement a school supply drive quickly and with little resources.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-08 7:30 AM

When operating a small business, the concept of giving to charity often fails to cross the mind. After all, you’re so busy running around tending to all of the other pressing tasks, finding the time to support local causes simply doesn’t register on your radar. However, there are a lot of excellent benefits that businesses can gain by donating or volunteering with local organizations. Here are some of the top reasons your small business should begin giving to charity today. 

You’ll Win the Hearts of Customers

Customers greatly prefer to patronize establishments that donate to charitable causes. About 85 percent of customers report they are more likely to purchase a product that’s associated with charity. By creating a charitable image for your company, you’ll incentivize spending and create a stronger rapport with consumers. Additionally, about 71 percent of customers have contributed money to charitable causes at the cash register, and they often view a company more favorably when they are prompted to contribute to local nonprofits.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-06 8:00 AM

Summer break is upon us, which has led to college students everywhere breathing a collective sigh of relief. Finally, three months to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather, work to save money, and spend time with family and friends. However, along with being a college student comes inevitable financial stress. Not only do you have student loan debt to worry about, but you also have to find a way to make ends meet in your day to day life.

School supplies can pose an additional financial burden. In fact, the College Board estimates that college students, on average, are spending $1,200 per year on books and supplies. That’s enough for a down payment on a new car! Fortunately, there are some easy ways to find remarkable deals on everything you need for college, so you can eliminate financial stressors and enjoy your summer to the max.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-05 12:30 PM

With the sun blaring down, the flowers in bloom, and the sound of children cheerfully prancing through the streets, summer has made its grand entrance at last. It’s time to put away the snow shovels and dust off the lawn chairs, so you can enjoy some much-needed relaxation in the sun. People are often more active in the summer, spending their free time enjoying the great outdoors and partaking in a variety of spontaneous adventures. Yet, these adventures can be costly. To truly seize the summer fun, you need to cut costs wherever possible, so you have the leftover resources to invest in the activities that count.

By Brittany Engelmann @ 2016-07-05 7:30 AM

In June we ran a contest asking you to nominate a special teacher, so that we could award eighteen teachers with DollarDays shopping sprees. It is important to the DollarDays family to support educators every day and we thank the hundreds of wonderful people who nominated hundreds of teachers in our June contest! It is our honor to donate these shopping sprees so that they can continue supporting our children.