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I'm hoping everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! As kids
make their way back into the classrooms, you can hear that
collective sigh from parents around the world. That sigh of
"after 3 months I have time to myself!"
If you're a teacher you're just getting back to work, how would you
like a free planner and folder samples? It's
one less thing you have to buy for the classroom. Just fill
in the form and pick the products you need (a school name is
required). Teachers can also get a free 24x36 "Huddle up with
a good book" poster. School name and address are required
on the form.
Now is a great time to get a free family portrait from Walmart.
How many of you sit for 8 hours a day, slouched over at your desk while staring at the computer? Most of us who have office jobs don't really have a choice in that matter. I am one of those office workers that sits at her desk all day long. However, I do try to move and walk around every 20 minutes or so. Recently, Mashable posted a great infographic about the dangers of sitting all day. One of the risks is a 40% increase in dying within the next 15 years even if you exercise! Another is weight gain.
Shocking? Yes. But, don't fret, there is a solution to this. I present to you: The Standing Desk.
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Free Wi-Fi with your latte has been a great marketing tool to encourage customers to hang out with their laptops at the local coffee shop--presumably downing multiple cups of coffee, espressos, chai lattes and like as they surf the 'net.
Unfortunately, many shops have seen an influx in customers camped out at their tables without the corresponding increase in food and beverage sales. For this reason, according to a recent story in the L.A. Times, many coffee shops are eliminating Wi-Fi in an effort to increase their profits.
A couple of weeks ago, Derek mentioned a Lifehacker story about what people buy online vs. in stores as a part of his weekly roundup of favorite finance news. It was quite an illuminating post since I would have guessed online shopping accounted for a much higher percentage of total retail sales.
As it turns out, the numbers are a bit misleading since the data represents 2007. Certainly in the last couple of years e-commerce has seen significant growth--in fact, in 2009 online sales were 6% of total retail vs. 3.2% in 2007. And according to Techcrunch, e-commerce grew by 11% in 2009 vs. 2.5% increase for retail sales overall.
Obviously, we're spending more and more time shopping online...