Shop Safe on Black Friday and Cyber Monday [infographic]

November 28, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce, Finance  |  No Comments
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It’s officially that time of year again, when people start searching stores and web pages for the perfect gift. That’s right, folks, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those brave shoppers who are or have been facing the crowds today, I commend you. I’m in the category of people who prefer to wait until Cyber Monday, so that we may shop from the comforts of our own homes. Unfortunately for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers alike, identity thieves often target popular stores and websites in an effort to steal our information.

According to the infographic, 87 percent of identity theft victims believe someone stole their information from an offline source, which hasn’t been the case lately. In the last year, computer hackers have obtained personal information and credit card data from several businesses, including Target, UPS, and now Sony. Luckily, the majority of people are able to find out their information has been exposed within the first few months. My debit card information was stolen not too long ago, and I was able to find out the same week it happened.

I have good news, though. There are ways to protect yourself while shopping this season. IdentityHawk has provided 10 tips on how to protect yourself as you shop this season. I personally recommend checking online banking updates regularly, and paying with cash in stores. No matter which day you prefer to buy gifts, take a look at these tips and shop safe.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade [infographic]

November 27, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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For many Americans, one of the highlights of Thanksgiving Day is waking up to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Every year, people gather to watch large balloons, beautiful floats, loud marching bands, and hear the sounds of the holiday. The parade was started by immigrants to celebrate their American citizenship. The parade is broadcasted live with musical acts, performances, and a lot of people on the streets celebrating the season.

The history of the parade is long, with many changes since the beginning. For one, it was originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, and it was on Christmas Day in 1924. One of the first large balloons was of Felix the Cat. The first radio broadcast of the parade was 1932, and the first TV broadcast was 1947. Despite the many changes to the parade, every year jolly old Saint Nick brings up the rear.

The infographic details a number of interesting, curious, and funny facts about this time honored Thanksgiving Day tradition. The parade is one of the non-sports related activities that I see with my entire family. I make a tradition out of sitting in front of the TV, sipping warm chocolate, and waiting for my favorite balloon to pass, Snoopy.

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Weekly Flyers vs. Online Price Tracking [infographic]

November 26, 2014 |  by  |  Internet  |  No Comments
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With the holiday season just days away, Christmas shopping is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. With so many gifts to buy, the hustle and bustle of shopping malls and Wal-Marts all around the nation will most likely be the most stressful part of the season. And it shouldn’t be. Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy things from home? Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy things from home AND buy them at a cheaper price? My friends, what a glorious day and age that we live in, where I can tell you that it IS possible. Welcome to the Internet.

As an online shopper, you have access to 10 times the sales and savings provided by your weekly, regular ol’ flyer. (There’s a pun in there. Bonus points if you can find it.)  And those flyers are a hassle. They are a waste of good ink and paper, because half the time they’re thrown out. And anyway, should you cut coupons, inevitably that coupon will find it’s way into the trash can. It doesn’t make sense, when you have the Internet (something that doesn’t even necessarily exist, but can produce the goods you’re looking for almost immediately) right at your fingertips.

From Best Buy to Target, you are bound to find the best bang for your buck by price tracking online. Not only is it cleaner for the environment, but you can save significantly more by shopping online. The infographic below examines the major companies of the holiday season and shows you just how much more you can save by price tracking via the webernet. And as this will be my final infographic before this Thursday… Happy Thanksgiving! [TrackIf]

 

 

 

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Mobile Shopping: Shopular Unwraps It This Holiday Season [infographic]

November 25, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce, Holiday  |  No Comments
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Shopular.com, the leading mobile couponing and shopping app available for free download from Apple iTunes and Google Play, reveals how Santa – along with shoppers across America – will be using their mobile devices to find the best deals for 2014 holiday shopping.

Mobile deal hunting has become a red-hot national pastime! To get a pulse on holiday retail trends, Shopular recently surveyed nearly 600 consumers to find out why ‘tis the season when holiday retail deal hunting has taken a decidedly mobile twist.

The survey results are contained in Shopular’s 2014 Holiday Shopping Infographic featured on the Shopular.com blog. According to the research, 95 percent of consumers plan to use their mobile device to find deals while shopping on Black Friday. [Shopular]

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Travel Like an Aussie: Australian Domestic Travel Statistics [infographic]

November 24, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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Australia is high up on the list of places I can’t wait to visit. Cold beer, long drives, diverse climates, colorful language, deadly creatures, unique accents, and a tendency to barbecue. This place is sounding awfully familiar. The only thing my native country of Texas can’t compete with are the pristine beaches of the Land Down Under. To get an idea of Texas beaches (for all of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing one) imagine deep, brown, murky water, scratchy seaweed scattered over sand made from crushed shells that cut feet like broken glass, a plethora of trash, and finally a beautiful view of a few dozen oil rigs waiting for their very own BP gulf spill moment.

Ok, maybe Texas beaches aren’t that bad (kind of are though), but Australia has more to offer than beautiful beaches when it comes to travel. Taking a glance at today’s infographic sheds some light on where actual Aussies travel when they holiday domestically. Surprisingly, Tasmania tops the list with half of all visitors going for a vacation. With a strong cultural arts scene, and of course, one of the most unique natural environments on the planet, Tasmania is a destination for family and thrill seekers alike. This graphic also proves that every territory in Australia is worth visiting. With the exception of Western Australia, every territory had over 40 percent of travelers on vacation.

Australia is a country rich with character. Every territory has its own culture and lifestyle. Before you just book a flight to Sydney, do your research – you may be missing out on a whole lot of fun. [Source: Meriton Serviced Apartments]

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