first_imgA new year brings an expectation to set the perfect resolution.Here’s an idea: Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them.Sound difficult? It’s actually not. Here’s how to maximize sales and plan your shopping for 2019. We listed the best products to buy each month, plus the holidays when you’ll find major sales — and a bonus: the national days when you can score free stuff.JANUARYWith a fresh page on the calendar comes a fresh start for sales. These items are discounted in January :—BEDDING AND LINENS. Department stores hold bedding and linen “white sales” in January with deep discounts on sheets and towels.—FITNESS EQUIPMENT. Retailers know you want to get in shape. Expect fitness equipment and apparel sales to abound at sporting goods stores.—TVS AND ELECTRONICS. Just before the Super Bowl, retailers normally discount TVs and other home-theatre essentials.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 21.FREEBIE DAY: National Spaghetti Day is Jan. 4.FEBRUARYIt’s the month of love and gift-giving, but February might be a better time to buy major items for yourself than trinkets for your loved one. Options include:—TVS. TV sales spill over from January into February. Aside from Black Friday, this is one of the prime times to buy a new TV.—WINTER ITEMS. With winter winding down, retailers will be looking to unload inventories of cold-weather products. Look for sales on apparel and winter sports gear.—HOME GOODS. Expect retailers to have home and apparel sales on Presidents Day and the weekend preceding the holiday.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Super Bowl is Feb. 3, and Presidents Day is Feb. 18.FREEBIE DAY: National Frozen Yogurt Day is Feb. 6.MARCHThere aren’t any major shopping holidays in March, but that doesn’t mean a lack of sales. Look for deals on these products:—TAX SOFTWARE. Retailers like to discount tax-prep items in March ahead of Tax Day in April.—GRILLS. Buy your summer grilling necessities in March to avoid the spike in prices when summer arrives.—ST. PATRICK’S DAY ESSENTIALS. Around St. Patrick’s Day, online retailers and department stores usually discount green-themed clothing, party supplies and jewelry.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: St. Patrick’s Day is March 17.FREEBIE DAY: Pi Day is March 14.APRILApril has its fair share of spring deals and discounts, including:—VACUUMS. Buying a vacuum isn’t the most exciting purchase, but it’ll be less painful if you take advantage of a spring cleaning sale. Look for markdowns at department stores as well as manufacturers like Dyson.—TAX-THEMED ITEMS. Year after year, retailers and restaurants try to lighten the burden of Tax Day with discounts and freebies on services like paper shredding. Keep an eye out for these around mid-April.—EASTER CANDY. The days after the Easter holiday will be filled with markdowns on candy, plastic eggs, stuffed animals and more.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Easter is April 21.FREEBIE DAY: Tax Day is April 15.MAYApril showers bring May flowers — and sales blossom then, too. Here’s a look at some items to consider buying this month:—SPRING APPAREL. By May, retailers will discount spring clothing that has already been hanging on racks for a month or two.—FURNITURE. Three of the biggest blowout shopping days are Black Friday, Labor Day and Memorial Day. Memorial Day is in May, so look for furniture and home-decor discounts from big-box stores.—SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES. Use May discounts as an opportunity to buy small kitchen appliances, such as coffee makers and blenders. These products normally are included in Memorial Day sales and make great wedding gifts.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Mother’s Day is May 12, and Memorial Day is May 27.FREEBIE DAY: National Hamburger Day is May 28.JUNEJune may be one of the shorter months of the year, but its supply of opportunities to snag deals isn’t lacking. Smart purchases include:—LINGERIE. Stock up on undergarments in June. That’s when Victoria’s Secret, for example, has been known to host its famed Semi-Annual Sale . The sale usually also occurs in December.—GYM MEMBERSHIPS. Consider buying a gym membership during the summer and be sure to negotiate for the best deal. Gyms may be eager for sign-ups at this time.—MOVIE TICKETS. During the summer months, many movie theatre chains offer film programs, which usually include cheap tickets to children’s movies.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Father’s Day is June 16.FREEBIE DAY: National Doughnut Day is June 7.JULYThe temperature usually rises in July, but the prices of certain items drop. Consider buying these:—APPAREL. If you don’t want to wait for end-of-summer sales, buy clothes now. You’ll likely find a better price than you would’ve at the start of the season.—PATRIOTIC ITEMS. Retailers like a reason to celebrate. In the days leading up to the Fourth of July, there’s usually an abundance of sales on red, white and blue products (and items that are all three colours), as well as on sporting goods, jewelry and furniture.—PERSONAL ELECTRONICS. Black Friday is a big deal day that falls in November, but many retailers have added Black Friday in July sales, including Best Buy and Amazon (which features Prime Day). Expect discounts in nearly every product category.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The Fourth of July is . July 4.FREEBIE DAY: National Ice Cream Day is July 21.AUGUSTClose out summer by buying summer products? That’s right — look for end-of-season clearance sales in August on:—BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES. The start of school marks the need to buy small items such as pencils and expensive ones like laptops. Generally, the closer to the start of the school year you buy, the better your chances of getting a good price.—OUTDOOR PRODUCTS. Ride out the end of summer with a big deal on lawn mowers and other seasonal outdoor equipment.—SWIMSUITS. There may not be many swimming days left by the time August rolls around, but that’s exactly why swimsuit clearance sales will crest. Buy swimsuits now for next year.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The first day of school is usually in August.FREEBIE DAY: National Waffle Day is Aug. 24.SEPTEMBERWith deals on items as varied as mattresses and back-to-school supplies, September is a surprising month for good buys. Pick up reasonable prices on these:—MATTRESSES. Year after year, September is the time for mattress sales. Expect these from department stores and mattress centres, usually as a part of Labor Day sales.—IPHONES. Apple has been known to announce its new iPhones at the company’s annual keynote in September. Usually, the unveiling is followed by a drop in prices on the current phones in anticipation of the new models.—APPLIANCES. Expect a series of blowout deals in the week leading up to Labor Day, including promotions on appliances big and small.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Labor Day is Sept. 2.FREEBIE DAY: National Coffee Day is Sept. 29.OCTOBERDon’t let the cost of shopping scare you during the Halloween season. There will be plenty of deals on these product categories in October:—OUTDOOR FURNITURE. People generally spend less time outdoors when the temperature drops. Expect deals on patio furniture and outdoor living products when summer ends.—JEANS. Fall inventory arrives in stores in August and September, but you’ll pay top dollar unless you wait a few weeks. October is a great time to buy a new pair of jeans.—CANDY. As the month gets closer to Halloween, your chances improve to snag a discounted bag of candy for trick-or-treaters.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Columbus Day is Oct. 14, and Halloween is Oct. 31.FREEBIE DAY: National Taco Day is Oct. 4.NOVEMBERNovember is the month for Black Friday sales, which means some of the most popular technology products fall to their lowest prices:—ELECTRONICS. Electronics like tablets, laptops and gaming systems take centre stage during Black Friday sales. Look for discounts on smartphones and activity trackers, too.—HOME APPLIANCES. Reserve your major home appliance purchase — refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc. — for Black Friday deals. Often, sales can also be found throughout the month.—TOOLS. Home improvement stores discount tools, ladders and toolboxes during Black Friday promotions.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Thanksgiving is Nov. 28, and Black Friday is Nov. 29.FREEBIE DAY: National Sandwich Day is Nov. 3.DECEMBERThe end of the year is just the beginning for discounts in some product categories. Look for sale prices on these items in December:—ELECTRONICS. Since Cyber Monday falls in December this year, those Black Friday electronics deals from November will spill over into the new month.—TOYS. Toys are a popular Christmas gift, and stores generally host big toy sales as the holiday season draws to a close.—CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS. Beginning the day after Christmas, shop sales for deep discounts — often upward of 50 per cent — on decorations, wrapping paper, ornaments, artificial trees and similar seasonal fixings.MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Cyber Monday is Dec. 2, and Christmas is Dec. 25.FREEBIE DAY: National Cookie Day is Dec. 4._______________________________________________This article originally appeared on the personal finance website NerdWallet. Courtney Jespersen is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @courtneynerd.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to Save Money: Daily, Monthly and Long Term What to Buy (and Skip) in January What to Buy (and Skip) in February Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale Guide Jespersen, The Associated Presslast_img

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first_imgFashion designer Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6.Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6The bag, which features the inscription “We’re All Potential Carriers”, includes a condom inside, and was inspired by the notion that every woman should look stylish and be safe.In addition to being auctioned at the amfAR Gala, the bag will make its runway debut at the Kenneth Cole fashion show on February 7. In order to raise additional funds for amfAR, 20 of the bags will be sold during the live stream of the fashion show with 100% of the proceeds being donated to amfAR.“It’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with Kenneth Cole on the design of a handbag supporting amfAR,” says Sarah Jessica Parker. “Kenneth has used his platform as a fashion designer for nearly 30 years to advocate for amfAR’s mission to end AIDS. I’m thrilled this bag will help raise money and awareness for the 30 million people living with HIV and AIDS.”The gold-dusted black genuine snakeskin clutch will retail for $1,000 and has a gunmetal frame etched with Sarah Jessica Parker’s name. It also features a snake chain that can be tucked inside, a wrist strap, and includes a wallet with room for credit cards and a condom. After taking a hiatus from the runway for seven years, fashion designer and Chairman of amfAR wanted his return to Fashion Week to be a salute to amfAR. During the live stream of his show and throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Kenneth will also be donating $1 (up to $30K) to AIDS research @amfAR for every @KennethCole follower that tweets using #KCRUNWAY.As the Chairman of amfAR, Cole is also working closely with IMG Fashion to bring the charities message to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The amfAR New York Gala, as part of the official calendar, will be kicking off the event with a special ribbon cutting with Kenneth and other top American designers. Additionally, the double red ribbon AIDS pin, which Cole re-interpreted in collaboration with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 2012, will be featured in the official event gift bag going to industry VIP’s. Guests of the event will see amfAR’s presence throughout Lincoln Center via special video footage and a unique instillation created by Mercedes-Benz USA.“As I returned to Fashion Week it was important for my show to be about something bigger than just fashion. While we’ve made tremendous strides towards finding a cure for AIDS, there is still much work to be done, and so it’s important to keep reminding people that we’re all potential carriers. Partnerships with amfAR, devoted role models like Sarah Jessica Parker , and organizations like IMG Fashion make a critical difference in getting the AIDS message out there,” says Kenneth Cole. “The fact that we are able to reach such an influential and inspiring group of people (with this message) during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is extremely powerful.”“Kenneth Cole is one of America’s most beloved designers and has always been an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s history,” says Peter Levy, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “His dedication to AIDS research is extraordinary and we hope that by supporting amfAR and featuring his Collection on our runways, we are able to further promote this critical message.”Kenneth Cole will be honored by amfAR on February 6 at the New York Gala for his 27 years of AIDS activism, and his runway show will be held the next day on February 7. Additionally, Kenneth Cole is the executive producer of the HBO documentary film “The Battle of amfAR” which premiered January 18 at the Sundance Film Festival.Source:PR Newswirelast_img

first_imgThe Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign collected $144.5 million in 2017 thanks to the support of donors and corporate partners.The money raised will help The Salvation Army provide food, shelter and social services to nearly 25 million Americans in need this year.“The country faced many hardships last year after multiple natural disasters, making 2017 an even more important year for giving,” said Lt. Col. Ward Matthews, community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters. “We’re humbled by the generosity that will allow The Salvation Army to continue serving America’s most vulnerable populations in 2018.”In addition to the $144.5 million raised in red kettles and through corporate partners, online donations through totaled $45.4 million, a 26% increase over 2016.The Salvation Army enjoyed a jam-packed holiday season with initiatives new and old. Starting from the top:The Salvation Army began the season by issuing a call for action, asking Americans to join the Fight for Good, the official theme of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign. Joined by a few notable citizen soldiers who each chose their own battle in the Fight for Good, The Salvation Army rallied supporters to designate their contributions to support cause areas that fight hunger, provide shelter or ensure Christmas assistance for those in need.Trick-shot artist and YouTube phenomenon Brodie Smith hosted a fundraiser to fight for hunger relief and teamed up with professional skateboarder Tony Hawk to raise awareness of the need for donations this holiday with a Red Kettle skateboarding trick-shots video.Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones fought to keep families safe and warm during the holidays with a fundraiser dedicated to sheltering the homeless. When she was a child, Lolo and her family benefited from The Salvation Army’s shelter programs, and she made a special appearance on the show Steve to talk about what it means to help others during the holidays.Author and social-good ambassador Chris Strub, who was the first person to livestream from all 50 states, called attention to the many faces and challenges of poverty as he chronicled his 25-state #FightForGoodTour on his social media platforms and YouTube channel.Jerry Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Red Kettle Kickoff performer Thomas Rhett, along with Commissioner David Hudson, The Salvation Army’s new national commander, kicked off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign with a satellite media tour at AT&T Stadium the day before Thanksgiving. The Dallas Cowboys also showcased #FightForGood on national television just before Thomas Rhett’s LIVE halftime performance. The campaign kickoff marked the 21st year the Cowboys organization has partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic campaign during the nationally televised game. Since partnering with the team, the Red Kettle Campaign has raised more than $2.4 billion.Leading up to and on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28, The Salvation Army was seen and talked about during national media appearances on The Today Show with Tony Hawk, Access, Access Live, Buzzfeed’s AM to DM, WGN Radio, Mornings with Maria and Steve. The week of Christmas, The Today Show aired a segment featuring The Salvation Army’s Door of Hope program in San Diego, Calif.Corporate partners also contributed greatly to the success of the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign.Red kettles outside of 6,400 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. collected $43.3 million, which contributed about 30 percent of the $144.5 million total. The Kroger Co. hosted Red Kettles at more than 2,700 locations across the country, raising a total of $18.2 million, or about 13 percent of the $144.5 million total. Red kettles at roughly 770 JCPenney stores collected a total of nearly $2.3 million for the campaign, 1,718 Walgreens locations raised $2.5 million, 600 Big Lots locations raised $905,000 and 68 Bass Pro Shops locations raised nearly $440,000.Hanes and The Salvation Army teamed up once again to provide socks to those in need. As part of their annual sock drive, Hanes donated 75,000 pairs of socks to The Salvation Army, bringing the total number of socks donated over the past nine years to more than 2.4 million pairs.Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, Dr Pepper Snapple Group donated a portion of sales to The Salvation Army for every specially marked 7UP, Canada Dry and Squirt two-liter bottle, 20-ounce bottle and 12-pack sold.Calling on snackers to not only give thanks during the holiday season, but to give back, Frito-Lay North America donated to The Salvation Army with every bag sold of its new Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size tortilla chips. Donations totaled $300,000.UPS ran its Wishes Delivered campaign and included The Salvation Army in its select group of charity partners to each receive $33,000. For every wish submitted with the campaign’s hashtag, UPS donated $1 and shared stories of the people and organizations who are solving problems to make a difference in communities.During the holidays, more than three million people rely on The Salvation Army to provide them with warm meals or toys for their children on Christmas Day. Donations made to the red kettles help The Army provide more than 10 million nights of shelter and 56 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelters for children and families in need. In all, The Salvation Army is able to help nearly 25 million people each year, thanks in large part to people’s generous donations.From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. To learn more, visit

The Brock/DSBN Educational Research and Innovation Hub (iHub) is no stranger to hosting students, educators, and educational technology companies.But on May 30 from 10:45 a.m. to noon, the iHub will welcome a unique group of guests: a delegation part of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Tour.The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference was created to broaden the perspectives of future leaders in business, unions and public administration to make decisions on a practical understanding of their organization’s influence on the welfare of the community.Due to its strong embodiment of leadership and innovation, which are this year’s conference themes, the iHub was chosen from many possible locales for the delegation’s visit. The study group coming to southern Ontario is comprised of mid-career professionals anticipated to take on senior leadership roles within their sector within the next 10 years.The open house, first for the delegates and then the broader community, will provide the opportunity to experience the iHub and its pragmatic approach to fostering educational, technological, and regional innovation.Students, researchers, entrepreneurs, educational, governmental and corporate leaders will all be in attendance to meet with delegates, highlighting the partnerships required to enhance the educational, social, and economic outlook for Niagara.Presentation stations will highlight innovative educational programs stemming from partnerships between the District School Board of Niagara and Brock University. Other stations will highlight a entrepreneurs who have benefitted from services provided by school district and University to develop innovative educational technology products.The final stations will show the partnerships the iHub has developed with leading technology companies, and educational and government agencies to support product development that will benefit the region’s economy long-term.Members of the Brock community and public are invited to visit the iHub from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the delegates’ formal tour.The delegation consists of: Karen Kabloona, Executive Assistant to Minister Paul Okalik, Government of Nunavut; Doug Newson, CEO, Charlottetown Airport Authority; Julie Bissonnette, Directory Director, Office of the Deputy Minister, Department of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change; Dustin Browne, Executive Director, Street Culture Project Inc.; Tanya Collier MacDonald, President and CEO, Pure Project Relations Inc.; Lara Cooke, Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education, University of Calgary; Ricardo de Menezes, Union Representative, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401; Kendall Dilling, VP, Environment and Regulatory, Cenovus Energy, Inc.; Danielle Dubuc, President Conseil regional de la Montérégie; Sébastien Fecteau, VP, Energy Canada, WPS Canada Inc.; Peter Johnston, Aboriginal Liaison, Northwestel; Désirée McGraw, President, Jeanne Sauvé Foundation; Lorne Pelletier, Directory, Policy, Planning and External Relations; Western Economic Diversification Canada; Kelly Roche, Regional Representative, Newfoundland and Labrador; Chad Stroud, President, Unifor, Local 2182; Kory Wilson, Director, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement; and Captain Christopher Bryan, MLO, Military Liaison Officer.

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