events en-US Ask the Readers: Do You Attend Networking Events? <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-attend-networking-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Do You Attend Networking Events?" title="Do You Attend Networking Events?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href=""><em>Francesca</em></a><em>, </em><a href=""><em>Betty D</em></a><em>, and </em><a href=""><em>JoAn</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Everyone has heard the saying &quot;it's not what you know, but who you know.&quot; Oftentimes having a connection at a company you want to work for can help you get your foot in the door and land a job! One of the best ways to connect with other professionals is to attend networking events.</p> <p><b>Do you attend networking events?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;If so, how often? How do you find events? Have you ever met someone at an event who helped you find a new job? Have you ever helped someone you met at an event get a job?</span></p> <p>Tell us if you attend networking events and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 16th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 16th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Attend Networking Events?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you attend networking events and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers events networking Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:36:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 939803 at Concession stand treats – a license to print money. <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/concession-stand-treats-a-license-to-print-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Concession stand rip off prices" title="Concession stand rip off prices" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was at a local fair recently. The kids were hungry, I was thirsty and we all wanted a snack break. But my wife and I knew we&rsquo;d have to pay the price. At events like these, you&rsquo;re paying way over the norm for anything. A 16oz soda cost me $4, a simple burger was $8! By the time I had fed my family, I had very little change left from $35. And to be honest, the food was junk. Welcome, my friends, to the over-priced world of event concessions. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s actually a double-edged sword. As the consumer, you&rsquo;re paying the high price of being a captive audience. Be it a movie theater, zoo, church event or a local concert, you can expect to pay serious extra cash for a regular item. From the $5 bag of popcorn to the $4 corndog, these are premium prices for very ordinary foods. But you usually let it go, because you&rsquo;re having a good time. </p> <p>You may grumble as you hand over $9 (yes $9) for a beer, like I did recently at a Stevie Wonder concert, but it&rsquo;s all part of the show. And other than sneaking in food and drink, there&rsquo;s really not much you can do about it, other than not eat or drink at all.</p> <p>However, if you&rsquo;re a business owner or a charity or looking to do a little fundraising, concessions are a veritable goldmine. I did a little digging on this, which wasn&rsquo;t easy as it sounds. Most companies don&rsquo;t want you to know food markup percentages, with very good reason. However, a friend of mine recently did a fundraising event and when I asked him about his supplies, he gave me the number and website of a business called <a href="">Fun Food Products.</a> As you can clearly see, the markups on some of these concession stand items are enormous.</p> <p><img width="465" height="500" src="/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_1_9.png" title="food markup" alt="food markup" /></p> <p>We&rsquo;re talking a 97% profit margin on a simple Sno-Kone! But on a hot day, with the sun beating down, those Sno-Kones are in high demand, and people will pay your asking price. </p> <p>So, you can use this information to save money, or make it. As a consumer, if you&rsquo;re going out to a gig or fair, go prepared. Grab a bite beforehand or if you are allowed, pack a lunch. We usually take a cooler with sandwiches and drinks if we know we can get away with it. </p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking to make some money, whether it&rsquo;s for fundraising, charity or your own pockets, concessions are a great way to go about it. You could even hire someone to man the stand for you, at $8-$10 per hour you&rsquo;ll easily cover the cost of that person&rsquo;s salary with the huge markups you&rsquo;re making from the menu. </p> <p>Bottom line &ndash; concessions are very healthy for your bottom line as a business. But buyer beware, as a consumer this is daylight robbery and no mistake.</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Concession stand treats – a license to print money." rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink beverages concerts concessions events fairs Food snacks Tue, 29 Jul 2008 17:58:18 +0000 Paul Michael 2276 at Special Events that Will Cost you Nothing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/special-events-that-will-cost-you-nothing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="" title="D&amp;E&#039;s Photostream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Want something to do, but don’t have the cash?<span> </span>Activities are popping up all over the U.S. that won’t even require you to bring your wallet!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like art?<span> </span>Need some theatre?<span> </span><a href="">Free Night of Theatre</a>, a national program of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., offers participants up to 4 free tickets to several showings across the country!<span> </span>50 cities will be offering a free showing at some of the best not-for-profit theatres in the U.S.<span> </span><a href="">Check the website</a> for locations and showtimes.  We were also told about free tickets to <a href="">hundreds of museums</a>, compliments of Smithsonian Magazine and a participating museum near you on September 29th! (Thanks for the tips, <a href="">Jonathan</a> !) </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Get healthy with a free screening sponsored by Kelloggs.<span> </span>Get your blood-pressure and cholesterol checked by health professional for no charge!<span> </span>You will also have access to fiber intake and body mass index to get you started in the right direction for a healthy lifestyle.<span> </span>Look up a screening at a <a href=";zip=68154&amp;distance=5&amp;retailer=All+Retailers">retailer near you</a> for the date and time. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Have you ever been fishing?<span> </span>Would you like to try?<span> </span>While most states hold their annual free fishing days in June, some (including California, New Mexico, and parts of New York) have a second day in September or October.<span> </span>These days allow anyone to fish without a license and are a great way to get outdoors!<span> </span><a href="">This website</a> lists all the days for each state.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you’ve ever wanted to be a member of a live studio audience, check out <a href="">Audiences Unlimited, Inc.</a><span> </span>Studios in both CA and New York are offering free tickets to the shows seen on FOX, NBC, Disney Channel and more!<span> </span>Check the <a href="">schedule</a> for shows starting 30 days in advance of the taping.<span> </span>Some of the current shows include ‘Til Death, Two and a Half Men, According to Jim, and Rules of Engagement.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Need some free samples?<span> </span>Want to try new products?<span> </span>Walmart will be offering a Dove Hair Care Event on Sept. 12th and 13th at <a href="">these locations</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Are you a DIY’er?<span> </span>The Home Depot offers in-store clinics to show you how to do projects around the home.<span> </span>For even more fun, their Kids Clinics offer fun hands-on-projects for children to do with an adult.<span> </span>Build a birdhouse, toolkit, or stepstool to take home, and all kids receive a free child-sized orange apron and achievement pin!<span> </span>For locations and times, check out their <a href="">website</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Do you know of another free national event taking place this fall?<span> </span>Let us know at <a href=""></a> or post in the comments.<span> </span>We would love to hear about all the free fun to be had in your community! </p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Special Events that Will Cost you Nothing" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Art and Leisure arts events freebies Tue, 11 Sep 2007 14:36:56 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1146 at