Three Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies

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From summer clothes to summer games, it’s time to say goodbye and welcome the back-to-school season. Getting ready for school doesn’t have to mean taking out your checkbook or tightening your belt. There are a few easy, quick ways to help your kids get ready and start the school year off right.

Take Inventory of Clothes and Items

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The first step is to take stock of last year’s clothes and see what you really need. Some of your children’s clothes may still fit and other items can be restored with little effort. You can even make it fun for your kids by turning it into a fashion show and asking them to try on their old and rarely used clothes. Once you have a good idea of what you do or don’t need for the upcoming school year, you can start planning your shopping so you don’t buy unnecessary items. Any items you no longer need you can donate to Goodwill or even list it on places like Listia where you can save even more.

Find Coupons Right Near You

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With the power of your smartphone in your hand, there’s no reason to buy at retail price. There are many apps you can use to help you find the best savings on any item. One favorite is RetailMeNot, an app focused on shopping deals and coupons. One of its best features is a local deal section that helps you find deals from stores near you. Incredibly useful when you’re at the mall or shopping at a store.

Create Price Alerts on Items Not On Sale

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For school items that you can never seem to catch on sail, there’s one great tool you can use so the savings come to you. CamelCamelCamel allows you to set price alerts on any product on Amazon and get an email when the price is right for your wallet. You can even see the price history of a product to see if you should buy it now or wait a little bit for it to come down.

It can be daunting to see the long list of back-to-school items you need for the school year but with a few taps you can find great deals and save. If you follow some of these tips you’ll be the savviest shopper in the aisle.

Lital – Listia All-star of the Week!

In the second edition of our Listia All-Star series we have Lital! The Listia All-Star series is a new series where we highlight the amazing people and stories that happen on Listia everyday.

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Where are you from?
My husband and I are from the Greater Bangor Area in Maine. My husband George Adams is a CPA and I help him as his executive secretary in our family owned and operated boutique firm.

How long have you been a member on Listia?
I found Listia on March 2013 and have been a member ever since. I am so blessed and fortunate to be a member of this amazing place.

What has been your favorite thing that you’ve won on Listia?
One of my favorite things that I bought on Listia is Disney’s Wolf Collectible Figurine from the Three Little Pigs Story.

My favorite thing to sell was a Kindle Fire, which just sold for a million credits! I also have to boast about my 5MIL badge and being an all-star member. I have 57 badges and I cherish each and every one of them. Every badge is a testimony of the great milestones I have passed being a loyal member.

What do you enjoy doing for fun?
My hobbies include surfing the net, thriller movies, classical music concerts, travel, homesteading as much as possible (we have fruit trees and bushes and I hope to have a veggie garden one of these days soon), photography (mainly of our adorable 2 fur babies-both are King Charles Cavalier Spaniels in the tri-colors). I regularly share with my husband what I sell and buy on Listia and he is always duly impressed. Mail calls have become an attraction for me!

Have you made any friends on Listia?
I keep in touch with the friends I’ve made here via Facebook. I value them all. It’s priceless and a huge bonus. Listia has inspired me to help people in need via its charity programs. It also has helped me with honing my marketing skills.

How has listia inspired you?
Most of all Listia has inspired me to learn about new places, the places where other sellers and buyers come from. My family knows me to be a Listian and I am so proud of that.

I really cannot imagine life without Listia. When I need a time out from work or house chores I turn to Listia and always find neat stuff to boost my morale. Thank you Listia for being so good to me. Happy Birthday! I am looking forward to more games and badges.

Thank you Lital for sharing your story! If you’d like to share your story about Listia email us at ilove@listia.com . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more stories and announcements!

Three New Hobbies To Try With Your Kids This Summer

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In the summer lull between TV shows and summer movie blockbusters, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time in the sun and build memories with your kids that they’ll look fondly on. Instead of the normal night in on the couch, here are a few ideas that will let them see the world in a new light and think about the world in a new way.

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Go Camping In Your Backyard

You don’t need to pack up the car and drive hours away from home in order to get spend a night outdoors. Setting up a tent in your backyard allows you to stay near your home while still letting your kids star gaze. As a plus, you’re only a few steps away from your kitchen in case you forget any last-minute snacks.

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Make a Nature Map

We spend so much time in our homes but always walk past the trees or landmarks around them. Change it up this summer with a walk with your kids on an exploration tour. Ask your kids to bring some cardboard paper or coloring pencils and make your own map of your neighborhood. It will help their sense of direction and their curiosity. Mark large trees, statues, parks or even rivers you may see!

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Write Handwritten Notes

Take a break from the sun and stay indoors to show appreciation for the people in their life by writing them a handwritten note. Whether it’s for a graduation gift, a birthday present or a dish they brought over or shared it’s always nice to practice being thankful. In an age where emails and Facebook status updates can be written in seconds, taking the time to hand write a note really shows someone cares. It’s also great opportunity to sit with your kids and share memories about the people they have in their lives.

You’re never stuck with the same summer choices if you think a little outside the box. With these quick tips we hope we’ve inspired you to try something new this summer. Share in the comments what your favorite family summer activity is!

Christina – Listia All-Star of the Week!

One of the best parts of Listia is the people that make up the thriving community. From the gifts people find and give to the friends people meet, the impact is always felt. In a new series on our blog, we’re going to highlight the people and the stories that happen every day on Listia.

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For our inaugural edition, we’re excited to have All-Star Christina L!

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Massachusetts and I have resided in New Hampshire for 10 years. I pronounce all my R’s and do not have a “Bostonian” accent, unfortunately.

How long have you been a member on Listia?
As of September 2016, I will have been a member of Listia for 2 amazing years!

13435357_10154995059523986_5122872605511904075_nWhat has been your favorite thing that you’ve found on Listia?
I have found so many incredible items on Listia. I would say my favorite was a Build-A Bear gift card for my daughter. The pure joy she had when making 2 bears with accessories at our local mall really made me feel like I found the perfect item! Overall, anything that I get to find on Listia that I can do with my daughter really makes everything in life so perfect.

What do you do for a living?
I am an Arby’s manager and I love my job more than I could ever explain. Arby’s has changed my life for the best and helped make me an overall better person. I believe in the business and I love to make our guests happy with their food and Arby’s experience. I have been in the restaurant business most of my life and could not imagine doing anything different.

What do you enjoy doing for fun? 
During my down time, I enjoy being with my family. We are big car enthusiasts! We love all cars, but are die-hard Ford Mustang people! We highly enjoy taking part in car shows and races in our area. Our daughter, Shelby, has already told us she wants to be a mechanic like her dad! Sorry, Arby’s.

What’s been your favorite thing that you’ve sold on Listia?
I have been able to put many items up on Listia and I cannot think of any one item specifically that is a favorite. However, I really enjoyed doing Nintendo DS kits as well as gift cards that I do not plan on using! Listia gives all kinds of great options to really get your items out there for others to enjoy!

Have you made any friends on Listia? How did you meet?
Listia has had so many wonderful contests and goals that I feel really helped bring the Listia community closer together. Because of Listia’s Facebook page, I have met some truly incredible people! I have made numerous friends through Listia who I speak with quite often!

How has Listia inspired you?
Listia is like no other website. I absolutely love sharing my knowledge about Listia with people I meet and my co-workers. I love making youtube videos of items I’ve won from Listia to share with people who might otherwise, not know Listia even exists! Listia has inspired me not be afraid of telling people I got something for free. Listia has inspired me to be open and tell the world how the website works and give it a try! The worst someone can say is “No thanks”. Of course then, they miss out of some pretty amazing items and incredibly awesome people. Thank you for everything, Listia!

Thank you Christina for sharing your story with the community! If you’d like to share your story email us at ilove@listia.com . Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more stories and announcements!

5 Million Credit Summer Giveaway

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To kick off summer, Listia is back at it again with another 5M credit giveaway! 7 lucky winners will receive a total of five million credits! Rules below:

  • To be entered, you must complete at least one (of four) 5M Credit Giveaway goals during the giveaway in June
  • Completing one goal enters you in our 500,000 Credit giveaways (6 winners)
  • Completing additional goals increases your chances of winning
  • Completing all four goals enters you in the 2 Million Credit giveaway (1 winner)
  • A new goal will be published each week
  • Users are eligible to win only one giveaway
  • Giveaway ends on 6/30/16 or when the last goal expires
  • Winners will be chosen the week after the last goal expires

The first goal is live now, click here or on the links below to get started! Check Listia Goals each week for the new goal – https://www.listia.com/goals

Update! – July 1st, 2016

We’re excited to announce the winners of the 5 Million Credit Summer Giveaway! Without further ado, the six winners for the 500K credits are –
  • Danielle H.
  • Norberto T.
  • Juan B.
  • Christy P.
  • Steven G.
  • Sharla K.
There were no winners for the 2 million credit prize, so we are adding those credits to the prize pool for our next giveaway! Thank you to everyone for participating. Stay tuned! 😀 🌟
 

Introducing Listia Plus

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Listia is made for people who want to simplify their lives and homes while connecting with others. Over time, people have come to use Listia more and more each day. With that in mind, we wanted to reward our most loyal users for the things you do every day. Whether you’re listing items, buying credits, or completing offers we have more to give you with Listia Plus.

What is Listia Plus?

Listia Plus is a paid monthly membership that gives you access to benefits across Listia. Benefits include extra credits deposited to your account every month, bonuses on credit purchases you’re already making, and bonuses on offers you complete.

When you sign up for a plan, you’ll get $10, $20, $50, or $100 worth of credits immediately deposited into your account depending on the plan you’ve chosen. As your membership remains active, you’ll continue to get this deposit every month.

How can I sign up?

You can sign up at https://www.listia.com/plus. Membership ranges from Bronze, Gold, and Silver to Platinum, each with bonuses ranging from 5-15% on credits and offers.

Can I cancel my membership?

Listia Plus is completely flexible — change plans or cancel your membership at any time. At any point during your membership, you can schedule an upgrade or downgrade to your Listia Plus plan. The change will be automatically made upon your next renewal date.

Is Listia still free?

Listia is 100% committed to always being free to use. You will never need to pay to use Listia or our main features. Listia Plus was created to reward anyone who is already completing offers or purchasing credits to buy items on Listia. Listing and selling your own items on Listia is still the best way to earn many credits without spending money.

We’re always working hard to bring more value and make Listia better for you. We’re excited to know what you think! You can sign up for Listia Plus here.

Making May A Brighter Month By Giving Back

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As part of our Charity Program, this month we have two new charities to help you give back to your community. With our monthly Charity Program, all members are encouraged to donate funds to charity without spending any money whatsoever.

Members are able to donate a few of their Listia Credits to any one of our monthly charities. While members donate their Credits, Listia matches those credits with real money which is then donated once the month is complete. Over the years Listia members have raised more than $50,000 USD for a wide variety of charities around the world!

The two charities for May are:

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Foundation Communities

Listia and Gridmates are on a joint mission to Improve People’s Lives. In the US there are 48 million people who cannot afford to cool or heat their homes, cook for their children or even have light during the night. You have now the power to Energize People’s Lives. By providing the gifts of energy, Gridmates will help power 7 Learning Centers, an initiative of Foundation Communities that provides after school activities for children of low income families in Texas.

Foundation Communities operate 7 Community Learning Centers that are home to free after-school programs for 700 children. By contributing to this campaign, you’ll be helping us keep the PCs, lights and heating/cooling on. We need your support to keep the knowledge going and help children chase their dreams!

Be part of this great cause! You have the power to Empower Students to Dream Big. Click here to learn more or donate today.

 

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The Lung Cancer Alliance

The Lung Cancer Alliance is the leading and highest rated lung cancer nonprofit in the country. They initiated and continue leading the fight against lung cancer playing a critical role in every major advance since their founding in 1995. Every dollar provided to them is used effectively and efficiently to accomplish their lifesaving mission to:

  • Offer personalized support, information and referral services at no cost through a team of trained, dedicated staff members to help patients, their loved ones and those at risk.
  • Advocate for increased lung cancer research funding and equitable access, coverage and reimbursement for screening, treatment, diagnostics, and testing.
  • Conduct nationwide education campaigns about the disease, risk and early detection

Let’s show support for these charities and help make the world a brighter, safer place to live. Donate today to help make a difference.

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