Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Smart Safety: Cyber Monday Security Tips

Will you join half of all Americans this holiday season by making a purchase online? If so, you could be a victim of cybercrime. More than 40 percent of survey respondents were victims of cyber-attacks last year, costing each an average of $298, according to a 2013 Norton Cybercrime report. DeVry University professor Dr. Rajin Koonjbearry offers tips for consumers to avoid becoming part of this statistic.
 
The biggest online shopping day of the year is Cyber Monday, Dec. 1, with last year’s sales reaching a record $2.29 billion (Internet Retailer). Industry analysts expect online sales to grow this year, especially via mobile devices (EWeek.com). As Americans head online this holiday season, cybercrime is a serious threat most aren’t protecting themselves against.
 
Despite the high risk of cybercrime –eight security breaches were responsible for exposing more than 10 million identities in 2013 (Symantec) – and the fact that nearly 70 percent of Americans frequently or occasionally worry about identity theft (Gallup), Norton found nearly half of smartphone and tablet users do not take even the basic precautions to protect their mobile devices, such as using passwords, installing security software or backing up files.
 
Cyber security expert Dr. Koonjbearry, from DeVry University’s College of Engineering and Information Sciences, provides the following tips to keep consumers safe while shopping online this season:
·         Be cautious clicking email links.
·         Keep your passwords secure.
·         Update anti-virus software regularly.
·         Shop on secure websites.
·         Get rid of apps you don’t use.

Parenting Pointers: Holiday Toy Trends

The holiday shopping frenzy has begun but don’t panic. Joining today is Daily Lounge contributor and toy trend expert Reyne Rice to give us some insight on what will be on your kids’ list this holiday season.  

Shopping Savings: More Black Friday/Cyber Monday News

After a day of Black Friday shopping, relax and enjoy a deal at Olive Garden! Using the below coupon on Black Friday, guests can take $5 off two dinner entrees after 4 p.m.
 
 
Partaking in a virtual shopping spree on Cyber Monday? You won’t miss any deals when you place a To Go order on Olive Garden’s website and receive 20 percent off your order using the code “OGCyber20.”
 
Also, during December, with every purchase of $50 Olive Garden gift cards, you will receive a $10 bonus card!



Yantouch www.yantouch.com, winner of the Red Dot Award for their “Music + Light” consumer electronics designs, announced today the Black Friday deal for the Diamond+ Bluetooth Speaker, the world’s first 3-in-l Bluetooth speaker/Smart Light/Sleep and Wake-up device.  From November 18 until December 31, 2014, the Diamond+ is $50 off, priced at only $99 (normally $149) from Amazon.com when using coupon code YT50DOFF at check-out at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JFGIVWE (available for both the black and white models).

Thrifty Thinking: Tips from Daily Lounge

As you know there’s a huge rush on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, as holiday shoppers frantically grab the store specials.  Retailers offer insanely low prices to make sure that this is the Friday that will put them in the black for the year. Chris Leary from DailyLounge.com provides some great tips to help you make the most of your tech gadget shopping.


Thrifty Thinking: Using Twitter to Score Holiday Deals

Here are some tips for using Twitter to get extra deals and service.

·         Follow your favorite brands! Most brands have an active Twitter account that they use to communicate with their followers. By following your favorite brands, you can make sure you hear about new deals and promotions during the holidays as they happen.
·         Do a quick search for key holiday terms like “holiday gifts”, “Black Friday deals” or “Cyber Monday deals.” You’ll not only learn about a new deal or promotion from brands in real time, but you’ll also be able to see great deals other Twitter users are Tweeting about.
·         Tweet at a brand. Twitter is a great way to get quality customer service from brands - often much faster than via phone, chat or email. To make sure you get the help you need on Twitter during the holidays, make sure to Tweet at a brand and ask your question in a clear, concise manner. You’ll be impressed with how far 140 characters can get you.

Shopping Savings: Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

This weekend, participating Ace Hardware stores across the country will offer TWO value-saving promotions starting on Black Friday and lasting throughout the weekend!
  • On Friday, November 29th customers will receive 50% off one regular-priced item under $30! The discount will be received at the counter with the coupon found online here!
  • On Saturday and Sunday, November 29th and 30th customers will receive $10 off a purchase of $50 or more regular-priced merchandise. The discount will be received at the counter with the coupon found online here!
In addition to these great money saving deals, Ace’s Red Hot Buys this month include all the necessary Holiday decor to get your home ready for the season including wreaths, garland, LED holiday lights and more! So this weekend only, head into your local neighborhood Ace and save money with these great deals.


Tubby Table Toys, Inc. is 30% off at diapers.com and yoyo.com now through Cyber Monday. Tubby Table is a bathtub play table designed to create a peaceful bath time ritual for young families with active toddlers and preschoolers. Tubby Table keeps bath time play in the center of the tub and water from spilling all over the bathroom floor. With an eye toward early childhood development, the tabletop features five, numbered cups in different shapes and colors for fun and learning in the tub. Plus, the non-slip bathmat keeps kids safe while playing in the bath tub. Two kids can play in the tub together with the Tubby Table!


Some brands, like ToysRUs are making holiday shopping easier by Tweeting some of their biggest holiday deals that you can stay up to date on by following the hashtag #letsplay. You can also follow along with their hashtag #ChristmasMadeEasy for tips on tricks to get the most out of holiday shopping.
 
Hot Black Friday Deals on Twitter:
 
  • 30% off at REI [LINK]
  • 50% off upgraded Virgin America seats over the holiday with promo code [LINK]
  • 50% and free delivery from Sleepy’s [LINK]
  • 25% off Target’s holiday shop [LINK]
  • 40% off using code “BLACKOUT” at checkout at Creative Recreation [LINK]
  • Answer Kohl’s with #BlackFriday or #KohlsSweeps for a chance to win a $500 gift card [LINK]
  • JCPenney’s coupon giveaway [LINK]
  • 30% off at HYPEBEAST [LINK]
  • Get a $5 eGift from Google Wallet when you send a $25 Sephora eGift card [LINK]
  • 40% off at Abercrombie and Fitch [LINK]
Nononsense.com is offering some great deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday –
Black Friday: use code ‘blackfriday’ at checkout from now-11/30/14 to receive 40% off items + Free Shipping
Cyber Monday: use code ‘cybermonday’ at checkout on 12/1/14 to receive 40% off items + Free Shipping… & DOUBLE POINTS for Rewards members!*
*Excludes products in Sale category. Prices will be displayed in cart with promo code.

Online print company Signazon.com offers the marketing collateral small businesses need to drive revenue in the upcoming holiday season. This Black Friday weekend, Signazon will deliver its most comprehensive sales event of the year.
·         20% off site-wide with coupon code BF20
·         Begins Friday, November 28 at 12:00AM
·         Ends Sunday, November 30 at 11:59PM

Freebies!

Bic Soleil Twilight Razor
Depend
Butterfly Liners
Stetson Cologne
Pantene Pro-V

Shopping Savings: Cyber Monday/Black Friday Deals

Slimming World Online is having a special Cyber Monday sale.You'll pay just $12.01 between 11/27 and 12/07 when you sign up to our silver membership package.  That's an awesome savings of $82.99 for 3 months of personalized weight loss support!


There's also a Cyber Monday deal for VERVE 2, a groundbreaking, easy-to-use interactive tech toy that allows kids of all ages to create fun projects and experiences by allowing them to control their computer and the Internet with everyday objects.  On Monday, December 1, shoppers can go to the VERVE 2 store at http://vervestore.myshopify.com/, enter the code “Cyber50” and save 50% off the purchase price (regular price is $119).

With VERVE 2, you can plug a sensor into any object (i.e. an apple) and make it a musical instrument – this gives a whole new meaning to “playing on your Apple!” Or, how about playing Guitar Hero with a tennis racket?  Angry Birds with a real slingshot? 


SingldOut, the company that revolutionized the online dating world by offering DNA compatibility to members, will offer new users 50% off a one year membership – including a complimentary DNA kit and free shipping.  Interested singles can try out the site for just $10 a month ($120 for one year) using coupon code: CYBERLOVE.  


Mantry has a couple special Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, the perfect gift for him.
Mantry Black Friday Deal: http://mantry.com/black-friday-2014/
Mantry Cyber Monday Deal : http://mantry.com/cyber-monday-2014/

On December 1, Juicepresso will be offering a $100 discount on their slow-press juicer, along with free shipping through Amazon.com. 

Here is some information on the Juicepresso:
  • A ONE OF A KIND Patented one-piece extraction system (three-in-one extractor systems, merges the auger, strainer and rotating brush components and dishwasher safe).
  • Slow pressing with a 40 RPM motor, gently squeezes the last drop of juice, enzymes and nutrients from fruits and veggies
  • 40% more juice
  • 72-hour juice life
  • Almost the smallest footprint and lowest maintenance of any in-home slow juicer on the market
  • Make more than just juice, you can make soups, pancakes, baby food, etc.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shopping Savings: Body Glove Surge

Body Glove SURGE is the first proven all-natural energy shot with a non-GMO formula containing ingredients such as green tea, protein, honey, coconut water and pomegranate. Body Glove SURGE is offering one carton of a single flavor (12 shots) for $15.99, which is 43% savings. Flavors include Tropical Berry, Grape and the newest addition, Peach Mango.

Caring Causes: Goodshop Sunday

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but where’s the holiday spirit? Goodshop Sunday (November 30th) is the day where thousands of merchants will be offering great deals and coupons AND donating a percentage of nearly every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite nonprofit or school!
Nearly 70% of online shoppers say they feel at least a little guilty that they are not donating more of the money they use to shop for gifts*. On Goodshop Sunday, feel guilty no more!
Leading up to the day, thousands of stores (including Amazon,Old Navy, Target, and Kohl's) will have the best coupons and deals listed on Goodshop.com and will donate a percentage of nearly every purchase to the users’ favorite cause – for free!  In addition, on Goodshop Sunday, select retailers are offering double donations, while others are sharing exclusive deals-- so people can feel extra good about their holiday shopping!  
Passionate cause supporters nationwide are taking the #GoodshopSunday pledge - to buy 1 gift that gives back this holiday season - and spreading the word to get their friends to do the same. Photos of people forming the “hand heart” are being shared across social media-- acting as the visual confirmation of their pledge and the promise that holiday shopping can make a difference.

More than 110,000 causes are participating and it’s up to the shopper to select who they want to support. To bring that home – if you support the ASPCA, one sweater would raise enough to get two dogs adopted into loving homes.  If you support UNICEF, your purchase of an Xbox could donate enough to provide therapeutic milk to fourteen malnourished children. To date, Goodshop has raised more than $11 million for causes.

Plus, while there will be special deals on Goodshop Sunday, shoppers can find deals and donations all year long. Goodshop helps shoppers save more than just money!
Here are some sample holiday deals:
Amazon Coupon - Free shipping on purchases over $35 (1.5% donation)
Sephora Coupon - Choose 1 of 3 Holiday Deluxe Sample Bags with any $25 purchase with code (2.5% donation)
Sears Coupon - Get extra $5 off orders of $50 or more with code (2% donation)
Best Buy Coupon - Free shipping on orders $35+ (3% donation)