Win One of 4 $1,000 Fundraising Kits for your School or Non-Profit from See’s Candies!

2015 September 1

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 Win $1,000 worth of See's Fundraising Products to sell at 100% Profit!

Don’t miss your chance to win BIG for your favorite school or non-profit! See’s Candies is giving 4 lucky winners $1,000 in delicious product to sell at 100% profit – ENTER TODAY and spread the word! Ends 9/15/15.

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Locating a REALLY great fundraiser for your group, organization, church or sports team often is the hardest part of fundraising. (Okay… asking people to PAY for things is the hardest part.)

But locating a QUALITY fundraiser with fabulous rates of return is high on the make-my-life less complicated fundraising list.

A GoodNCrazy Fabulous Fundraising Idea

I once helped a youth church group run a fundraiser where the kids all created unique—and cool—artwork, and then hosted a silent auction + dinner where they sold their constructions. They even sold a quilt jointly made by all the kids. It went over amazingly well, the parents and friends loved the art their own kids made and purchasing meaningful pieces of artwork lasting WAY past the fundraiser made a lot of sense.

fundraising idea: create unique artwork and host silent auction dinner night!

My husband purchased these funky figurines created by the kids during that artwork auction. I *might* have stolen them from him and display them in my home!

 

Not to mention they earned enough to cover several years’ worth of summer camp from ONE FUNDRAISER! I call that a whopping success. Too bad not all fundraisers are created equally, right?

 

Skip all the hard work. Here’s an easy suggestion.

See’s Candies is giving Schools and Non-Profits the chance to WIN BIG.

Win a Fundraising Kit worth $1,000 from See’s Candies and KEEP the Profit!
You heard that right, 100% of the profit from selling nationally recognized chocolates, easy!

Win $1,000 worth of See's Candies Product to Sell at 100% Profit!See’s Candies already makes it SUPER easy for schools to raise money with their American-made, preservative-free chocolates and lollypops, and with the #FlashFundraiser program, schools and nonprofits can enter to win a whole load of See’s Candies product, enough to sell at 100% profit to raise $1,000! Sweepstakes runs from 9/1/15 – 9/15/15. HURRY!

 

Each Fundraising Package Worth $1,000 Includes:

  • Lollypops (500): 250 each of Butterscotch and Chocolate
  • Candy Bars (288): 144 each of Milk Chocolate and Milk Chocolate w/ Toffee Nuggets
  • Reusable Totes (50): Perfect for transporting candy
  • Collection Envelopes (50): Hand them to all your helpers
  • See’s Banner (1): To use at your fundraising event
  • See’s Candy Dish (1): Great gift for an outstanding volunteer or coordinator!

Remember Your Organization Keeps 100% of the Sales!

 

Learn more about the Sweepstakes HERE.
Or go talk directly to @SeesCandies on Twitter or /Sees.Candies on Facebook!
Use #FlashFundraiser to search for other fundraising ideas.

 

 Disclosure: Sponsored Post, all opinions are my own.

School Clothes Shopping Tips | 3 Types of People

2015 August 12

Author: Katie Zufelt

It’s that time again. Hot August days. Back to School Orientations. Long lines of school supplies and fashion wishlists.

Kids are dreading it but admit it, moms are thrilled for the free time! But it’s also kind of like a kid New Year right?! All those new writing tools, tablets, binders, books, scissors, crayons; sharpened and stacked for the first day of school.

Back to School clothes shopping stresses a lot of folks out, fretting over when, where and WHAT to buy. Others love the idea of packing all their littles into the family SUV and carting them off to the craziness that is Back to School? Whether you love it or hate it here are a few tips and tricks to help with all types of Back to School Clothes shopping styles and attitudes.

school supplies art vector

School Clothes Shopping Types | Which Type are You?

Who knew? It turns out there are only 3 types of school clothes shoppers.

  • The Stockpiler

 

Carissa's friends posing for back to school fashion.

Carissa’s friends posing for back to school fashion.

If you’re like most of the back to school population, you most likely have to shop for more than one kiddo . But short of starving them all for a month or two how to cut down on the cost to clothe them all? The “Stockpiler” has this one figured out. She waits and researches and then pounces at the very last second of the End of Season Sales. She gets the best deals on clothes that are not wearable for almost a whole year. She bravely purchases everything she needs for each child i a size or two larger than they currently wear. This is a serious skill. Mom has to be able to guess what size her kiddos will wear the next year. Plus she has to pray the current fashion won’t be out of style in a year.

I’m impressed with her courage! I have a 6 foot son with size 14 feet and he could grow 2 sizes in 6 months or 4 in a year (or more?)! If you have younger children– planning ahead, stockpiling and snatching up deals in advance is a great way to save on your BTS Clothes shopping. They’re too young to know or care if the style is right and most likely won’t outgrow a size or two.

Bonus…No need to take them shopping with you since everything will be too big for them to try on. You get a fun day out all to yourself!

  • The One & Doner

This shopper is the super busy parent. She has no time to spend the entire summer hitting 18 stores with 25 pages of lists to grab what she needs.

How does she do it? She sticks to a 24 hour rule. Everything tried on, purchased and bagged in one fell swoop. {TIP: If you’re this type of shopper be sure to schedule your one and done day on a tax free weekend for your state–saving 3-7%.}.

Enlist a friend, mother, MIL, Spouse, or anyone over the age of 15 willing to help wrangle kids, bags and chaos. Gather the kiddos, along with those 25 pages of lists and head to the nearest mall or outlet stores. This mom is prepared in advance with a budget amount she’s willing to spend in that one weekend having put away a little money each month so she’s not hit with a huge expense all at once. Bonus…this lucky mom is done for the time being, all she’ll need later are a few cooler weather items.

She sits down at the nearest TCBY with her mother/MIL/sister/friend and watches all the other frantic moms shopping to and fro knowing she doesn’t have to set foot in another clothing store for at least 8 weeks! (Or until her 14 year old’s feet grow 3 sizes at once.)

  • The Hunter/Gatherer

This mom loves to shop and has time to spend on weekends hunting the racks and gathering the best deals of the current season. She has older and slightly picky children. Let’s face it she has kiddos who wouldn’t be caught dead in last month’s clothing, let alone last year’s. Summer clothes in Summer and Fall and Winter clothes in in Fall and Winter.

You get the picture. She shops a little at a time. {Tip: Start early and look only for the best bargain deals} When School starts they have a few favorites picked along with a few other items to mix and match into their attire. . When cooler weather hits all she needs are a few items to warm up the other ensembles each child has. Christmas and Fall and winter Birthdays are the perfect time for some fun new winter outfits too. Bonus…you never get a huge amount of overstock clothing. There is time to go weed thru the old making room for the new Catch of the day BTS Clothes you’ve so proudly acquired.

10 Extra GoodNCrazy Tips to Save Money and Sanity when School Clothes Shopping

I’ve compiled a few of my favorite tips and several I stole from friends. Including a few from above:

  1. Start Early.
    Applies to all type of shoppers!
  2. Check for your state’s tax free weekend.
    If there isn’t one—maybe you should move? (Kidding, go shop in THAT state!)
  3. Make lists.
    Life is one big distraction, and the one kiddo who most needed shoes will get forgotten in the chaos. Trust me, make a list.
  4. Separate Wants from Needs.
    Leave the WANTS for deal shopping and Christmas wish lists. This time of year is about Back to School Shopping, just the basics ma’am.
  5. Shop Online.
    Bonus points for not leaving your house! Often the best deals are online anyway, stick to the sites with free shipping and make sure you know the sizes you need.
  6. Quality over Quantity.
    It comes down to math, if you have to replace the same pair of pants a couple times, (and with 7 year old boys you will, TRUST ME), go ahead and buy the jeans with extra knees!
  7. August = NOT the Best Month for School Shopping.
    Contrary to popular thinking, September is a better month to shop. Sales are bigger and stores will be pushing their BTS Clothes out the door.
  8. Yard Sales are your Friend.
    No shame in that game. Only offer to pay 25% of what you’d pay in a store for any item. Consignment shops are another great option at back to school time.
  9. Make a Budget (and Stick to It).
  10. Sort and Sell.
    Go through the kids old clothing and sell anything that doesn’t fit or is in good condition.

Katie is a mom to 4 kids ranging in age from 5-18. Elementary, high school and one starting college. She’s is an avid runner, Jamberry consultant, kid-wrangler and loves 4-wheeling with her family in all her ‘free’ time.

Katie is one of Carissa’s 6 GoodNCrazy sisters.
And we’re excited because she’s going to start writing a column here on GoodNCrazy!

Thinking Summer Travel Solutions? Think Skype.

2015 July 1

{This Summer Travel Tips Post is Sponsored by Skype}

Let’s talk about Summer Travel with an extra boost of ‘peace of mind’ this summer.

Problems happen, go with the flow, keep teens happy and all that.

Sure. But…

NOT my type of travel. I try to enjoy the chaos once we get there, but BEFORE? I’m all about knowing in advance what/where/when/how!

Summer Family Travel Adventures with Skype Tech TipsWe have to plan our GoodNCrazy Summer Family travel around our 3 teen kids’ schedules WAY in advance. Between many different summer camps (seriously like 5!), friends flying to visit us, hosting a foreign exchange student and school starting earlier than usual this fall… we design our vacation time using an atomic clock. (Nerd alert! Don’t laugh, my son has a real-life atomic clock. Mark, set, GO!)

Oh and my oldest started a summer job, further making our travel plans trickier to schedule. (Yay for her own spending money! Boo for… either she can’t go with us or we alter our plans… again?)

Anyway, I’m not interested in spending one more atomic minute worrying about the technical details before, during or after our vacations.

5 Travel Hacks to Keep YOUR Family Travel Plans on Track this Summer!

The smart folks at Skype (you know: use your computer to make calls, video chatting and even Skype To Go on your cell phone) have created a list of travel tricks to keep your well-planned summer agenda orchestrated and running like a well-oiled machine!

My favorite is the International tip #5! We SOOO needed that last June on our trip to Spain.

  1. Seeing is believing: There’s nothing more horrifying than checking into your vacation rental home and finding that it doesn’t quite stack up to the appealing images you saw online. Before you sign that contract with any vacation rental company, ask your host if it’s possible to get a Skype tour. In addition to looking inside the home, check out outdoor accommodations such as the pool and parking.
  2. Personal concierge: People’s smartphones have turned into a one-stop-shop for all things travel, from directions, restaurant recommendations, mobile boarding passes and more. Additionally, mobile digital personal assistants such as Cortana Trip Planner helps take the stress out of traveling so you can kick back and relax. Cortana will let you know when online checking opens up, the latest weather at your destination, and keep an eye on traffic for your voyage to the airport.
  3. Plan ahead: Tools like Skype allow you to easily plan a group trip with group video calls and chats to share destination ideas, and even share photos from your trip. Keep the planning details together by storing things like reservations, flight confirmations and itineraries in OneNote.
  4. Back up your memories: Most mobile phones have impeccable cameras these days. If you’re using it to take pictures of your travels, make sure you back up your photos to OneDrive before you leave, creating space for all the new ones.

    Use Skype for International calls Summer Travel Solutions

  5. Ditch the international mobile plan: Traveling internationally can be expensive, but there are many free and low-cost resources to save you money. As an example, with Skype To Go, you can call home and check in with family for a low calling rate. No data plan required! Or, you can even send texts directly from Skype. Left your phone at home? No problem, you can also connect for free using Skype for Web. Most hotels have a business center so it’s super easy to connect. Just go to skype.com and you’ll be instant messaging in no time.

Which Skype tip do you most need in your Summer Travel planning tool-kit?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. My opinions and summer chaos are all my own.

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