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Kitting your office out with discount Target shopping

Kitting your office out with discount Target shopping

Office supplies of blue
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For some people, buying office supplies is always a drag, whether you’re doing it online or offline. On the other hand, I’m proud to say I actually enjoy shopping, especially if I have something like a Target coupon code which will give me a discount at the end of my shop. I guess this is one of the advantages of shopping online, you do get a chance to use more coupons and vouchers than in real life.

I mentioned Target before as it’s one of the great places to shop for office supplies, whether it’s furniture or staples. And finding Target coupons to get money off your purchase is usually quite easy. Target Online Couponsseem to be spread all over the web, which means that you can make instant savings on your shop. And as you all know, shopping at Target is already quite cheap. And the sales don’t stop at office supplies; you can save on electronics, furniture, apparel, toys, gifts, appliances, jewellery, baby products, films, music and all sorts of other things you may want to buy.

So, before you run out to the shops, spare a few minutes and check the Internet. You may find that you not only save the fuel cost of getting to the store, you’ll also find discounts not available in store.

Sell Your Cell

Sell Your Cell

Thanks to the success of SellMyMobile.com here in the UK, the company behind it has decided to open up a US based franchise called SellCell.com that lets people sell cell phones that they no longer need. The site isn’t available yet, however we can use the UK version of the site to get an idea of the model they’re going to introduce.

The consumer end of the model is pretty straight forward. Tell the website what mobile phone you have, and you get a list of offers from a number of different 2nd hand phone purchasers around the country. Select the best deal, send them your phone by pre paid post, site back and wait for your cash to arrive. It doesn’t really get any simpler than that really. So what value do SellMyMobile and SellCell provide? Well, they give the consumer the ability to search for the best deal across a multitude of suppliers, without having to check out their sites one at a time. Giving a quick search for the HTC Mozart for example, the different offers exhibit a spread of £71 across the spectrum of offers. And these sites help you spot the best deal for your phone.

An interesting fact I learnt from their site. Most second-hang phone purchasers will also buy phones that aren’t in full working condition. So, if you have a phone lying around in a drawer somewhere, even if it’s broken, check out the site, you may get a few bob for your trouble!

Collaborate Online

Collaborate Online

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Mavenlink. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever heard how great communication is the pathway to success? Well, one advantage of the online world is that there are a number of tools that can help companies and consultants manage their interactions with each other, with clients and with other third parties. One such platform is Mavenlink, an online cooperative workspace provided as a hosted service which can be accessed just anywhere. Mavenlink is designed to help you through the complete lifecycle of your projects, from lead generation, all the way to providing invoicing capabilities and showing off you completed projects to potential clients.

The website is free to try for 30 days, so you don’t even need a credit card to check it out. After that there are 3 different tiers of service you can opt for. There’s a free service that lets you create 1 project. You can invite unlimited participants, but not have another project. The top tier costs $39 per month lets you have unlimited projects and 5 users on the system. Which package you go for depends on what volume of work you intend to use it for.

If all this sounds like it might interest you, go ahead and check out Mavenlink. It might change the way you work and deal with your clients.

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2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits

2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Coldwell Banker. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve just been reading about the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits system in the US, which is very different from what I’m used to this side of the pond. It’s quite interesting to see how different taxation systems work and how different incentives are designed by the powers that be. Here’s a video what can help explain what the Tax Credit is all about:

So, here are some highlights of the Tax Credit system:

  • If you’re buying your first house, or haven’t owned one in the last three years, you can receive up to an $8,000 tax credit.
  • If you have lived in the same home for 5 of the past 8 years can receive up to a $6,500 tax credit if you decide to buy a new house.
  • For this extension, income limits are now $125,000 for singles, $225,000 for married couples with a $20,000 phase-out of the credit for both.

It’s interesting to see how the incentive is designed, the main reason being to stimulate the housing market and try and recovered from the current downturn. The thing about downturn is that it’s very much based on people’s perception, so something like this can have a positive effect by making the market start to regenerate. It’s all cyclical and one the ball gets rolling, things will start improving.

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Keeping the competition level

Keeping the competition level

Eurozone map in 2009 Category:Maps of the Eurozone
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We had some travel disruption recently and I came up first hand against the EU Directive regulating passenger rights. It’s interesting to note that the Directive not only protects passengers, but it also helps even the playing field between different airlines. Budget airlines reduce their cost by removing the service element from their offering, but the EU Directive provides a baseline of service that helps even out the playing field between the companies. I doesn’t matter if we’re talking airlines or rv towing companies, competition is usually a good thing, but not at the expensive of discriminating or ill-treating customers. And that’s what the EU Regulation 261/2004 provide for.

Interesting area which I never really looked into much. I’ll blog more when I learn more about it.

Disney: Watching them do what they do best

Disney: Watching them do what they do best

Disneyland Resort Paris
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Well, it’s our second day at Disneyland Paris and it’s been a bit of an eye opener for me. I’ve never been to any of their resorts before, but the people I know who have been come back raving about what a great time they had. And I can see why. Our hotel stay so far has been impeccable, the entertainment spot-on, with a pass to get into the park from 8:00am all the way to a fabulous parade complete with fireworks at 11:00pm, there’s no time in the day that you’re left feeling you’d rather be somewhere else. All the shows, parades and everything we’ve experienced has been choreographed and rehearsed and was executed flawlessly. If someone was marketing a weight loss supplement with the same amount of passion, zeal and expertise; well, they’d have cornered the market by now. Granted, they do have the economies of scale to make it worth it, but it does make all other shows we’ve seen elsewhere feel amateurishly thrown together.

The great thing is that as a parent, I’m gauging the success of this trip upon how much fun my three year old is having, and well, it’s like all his dreams have come true at the moment. There can be no higher praise than that I guess. I might spend some time reading about Disney’s forays into theme parks and how it’s been going for them. Anyone have any pointers?