Month: May 2015

Tips for Buying Graduation Gifts

More than 3 million students are expected to graduate this year from high school with several more million graduating from college or graduate school.  And don’t forget that kindergarten graduate! The average person buying graduation gifts will shop for two graduates and spend an average of $97.79 according to the National Retail Federation.  The spending is on gift cards, electronic items, apparel, and other items.  This totals to more than $4.7 billion. Consider the relationship you have with the graduate.  If they are close family member or a close friend, $50 to $100 is a good range of giving. ...

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Do Service Providers Have to Deal with our Complaints?

As consumers, we expect high quality services from the providers that we use consistently. We feel entitled to good service because we shop at businesses often, but are we actually entitled to always receiving high quality services? The answer is absolutely! Businesses know that regardless of how difficult a customer may be, they are nonetheless paying customers, and therefore their purchases are valuable.  The service providers are the ones that need to keep the customers coming back regardless of how rude we as consumers may be to them sometimes. But is it okay to be rude towards a provider because...

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Consumer Trends for Mother’s Day

Universally celebrated; Mother’s Day is the second largest holiday for spending (second only to the winter holidays). It was estimated that consumers spent about $19.9 billion dollars on mom this year; that’s a lot of jewelry, clothing and flowers to go around. This is not the time of year to skimp on offerings – and now is exactly the time to start offering them. Shoppers are being more and more practical, giving you more of a reason to offer up discounts that will make them want to purchase. This year they aren’t so concerned about buying the latest gadget –...

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Never Pay Full Price at the Bar Again

With summertime right around the corner, its hard to resist enjoying a nice beverage outdoors after a long day.  And of course, everyone is always looking to save money while doing so! I am pleased to share with you a personal favorite website that contains a 5-page list of Pittsburgh bars.  On this list, you will find happy hour specials and featured entertainment for every night of the week.  So plan ahead and save money by finding out what spots you can find your “go-to” drink on special! HERE IT IS! ...

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