I don’t love to shop. I’m not a fan of crowds, grow impatient standing in line and struggle with deciding what items are worth purchasing and those I can do without. However, I do love a good sale, and when the price is right, my shopping anxiety goes out the window. I’ll jump in the car right away to get a good deal. Some may call it cheap but, I call it being a wise consumer.
With that said, the summer months are some of my favorite for shopping and sprucing up my house and wardrobe. While holidays such as Christmas or Boxing Day do bring about reduced prices, summer holidays can be an even better time to hit the stores. Think about it: how often do you hear on TV or read in the newspaper that a store is having a Memorial Day or Independence Day sale, or if in Canada, a Victoria Day sale? Chances are, since the unofficial summer season started last month, you’ve heard of at least one company that is reducing prices and encouraging consumers to take advantage of their super sales. Continue reading
Are you often saying to yourself “Oh snap, what was my password again?” If you’re like me, and you have a lot of logins, remembering which usernames and passwords you used on each site can prove to be mentally exhausting, and you may be constantly resetting passwords, or clicking the ‘forgot username and password option.’ The good news for you is there’s a solution!
No, it’s not setting all your passwords to ‘password’ or ‘taco’, it’s Keyring Free – a (you guessed it) free app from the folks at House Intellect, and available for download on the Google Play store.
This neat app, which also has a desktop version available, lets you set a master key – the ‘one password to rule them all’ which locks the app. Once you unlock it, it’s pretty straightforward – add a new item, input the site (or a cryptic reminder), your username, and your password. There’s also quick buttons to copy and paste, so if you always use ‘FordTrucks’ as your username, you don’t have to constantly type it out. Then, just kick back, and forget which site required you to toss that exclamation point at the end of your password – you don’t need to remember anymore. Continue reading
Beyond the basic be respectful and well behaved, there were two rules in my house growing up that were completely nonnegotiable.
1. Do not use sidewalk chalk in the front yard
2. Do not touch the newspaper before dad
Fortunately for me and my two siblings, the back driveway was a lot bigger than the front sidewalk so #1 was not really a problem. In regards to #2, my dad wakes up earlier than most farmers so that did not tend to get us in too much trouble either. For as long as I can remember, my dad would read The Plain Dealer each morning, seven days a week. The Plain Dealer is Ohio’s largest newspaper. He has a meticulous system (that’s the accountant shining through!) and when he is done, the paper actually looks more precise and crisp than before he started. Continue reading
You’ve got the groom, the dress, cake, flowers—you’re set! Wrong. There’s a small detail that comes between all of the magic of planning and getting your friends and family all in one place for the big day. Invitations! It sounds so simple but it was one of the most tedious tasks that I handled during my entire engagement.
Before consulting with a printed products specialist, I went straight to Pinterest and added more than 100 links to my wedding invitations board. If you are unfamiliar with Pinterest, it is a virtual “cork board” of links to everything from cute animals to party planning tips. There I sat with too many options for calligraphy, colors, fonts, glitter… but no firm grasp on reality.
I decided on a few options that included gold foil and letter press. I asked around to those who work closely with printers and the general consensus was how impossible satisfying these two elements would be with my champagne taste and beer budget. I ignored the advice of my peers and sent a few quote requests for 175 invitations, including the flat invitation, RSVP card, reception information, and three sets of envelopes. Wait, we need three sets of envelopes? When I received emails back, I was confident that paper could never be as much as I was warned it could be. Boy was I wrong! My quotes ended up being more than I paid for my wedding dress! Continue reading
There are hidden marketing opportunities everywhere – even in your everyday print pieces. Dean Manzetti, Proforma’s Director of Business Development Training and a 30-year industry veteran, has built his career on identifying ways to improve the performance of print material and helping businesses get the most out of every product they order.
“A lot of companies have products they order all the time, and they don’t see they’re missing out on open advertising space,” said Manzetti. “There’s usually no or just a little extra cost to add a logo or a message, so you can increase brand awareness for free.” Continue reading
Technology has changed the way people apply for jobs. In the not so distant past, if you were looking for work, you would send a resume through the mail or hand deliver it to an employer. Now you can sit at home and email a resume or apply electronically through a website. You can even apply for a job from your cell phone! Are paper resumes still relevant today?
The short answer is yes. While the application process is mostly electronic, most employers still prefer candidates to arrive at interviews with resumes in hand. Although I will probably do an internet search on the candidate, I like to write notes on the paper resume during interviews and check for any grammatical errors – which can be a sign that a person isn’t attentive to details. I also find it easier to concentrate with a paper resume rather than an electronic resume. Continue reading