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Lawton Cashland Store Supports March of Dimes

Cashland enjoys getting involved in helping different causes, this month we have highlighted our Lawton store for their charisma and dedication to helping the community they live in!Lawton - Waddle Run 6

Jenny Brewster of Cashland Lawton celebrates Prematurity Awareness Month by participating in the Waddle Run! The purpose of this 5K Glow Run is to bring awareness to premature birth and to educate on the importance of waiting to have a full term pregnancy to deliver, unless medically necessary.

The Waddle Run “Glowing for 40 Weeks” was held November 15, 2014 in Elmer Thomas Park. The event was a Glow Run through the park.

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Thank you Jenny for reaching out into the community!

Special shout out to Mary Dent for participating!

 

Thanksgiving Savings

The holidays are fast approaching causing many of us to stress out about our budgets for the next few months. While Thanksgiving dinner is a time when family and friends get together to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast, it does not necessarily mean that you will have to break the bank. Below are some simple ways to save money on this year’s Thanksgiving dinner without cutting out your favorites!24304 Betty Crocker's Guide to Your First Thanksgiving

  1. Buying Products- It is important to “shop local” whether it be at a nearby farmer’s market or an event of some sort. You can also focus on buying store brand products instead of brand-name items. Buy generic items at least for your canned goods & baking goods.
  2. Alternatives- Some favorite dishes tend to be a little higher priced than others such as pecan pie and oyster stuffing. Switch out the expensive ingredient and choose an apple or pumpkin pie and regular cornbread stuffing. You cannot go wrong with any of these!
  3. Cook- Instead of purchasing prepared foods, try cooking from scratch, not only will you save money, most likely the homemade versions are better and healthier too!
  4. Simple is Key- You want to have enough food for everyone but simplify your menu by picking one vegetable, starch, protein and pie instead of several of each. By making fewer dishes you will waste less and save money.
  5. Potluck- It is stressful to host a Thanksgiving dinner and to get all the different foods started at the right time etc. Even if you are the hostess for Thanksgiving dinner, you do not have to provide all of the food. By asking your family and friends to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish, not only will you have several signature dishes, you will save on time and money!

Even though these tips will help with your budget and stress during Thanksgiving, remember it is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for. With some planning and some creativity, you will have a lot to give thanks for!

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Cold Weather Approaching, Be Prepared!

The weather will soon be turning into a cold, crisp fall followed by a chilly winter.  Instead of spending all of your hard earned cash on electric and heating, you can save it for the upcoming holidays! There are several ways to save money during these colder months by simply following the steps below! You will see a huge difference with these easy and efficient steps!fireplace

  • Clean Refrigerator- You would not think there would be so much dust under your fridge, well think again. Typically the coils underneath your fridge are covered in dust and this causes your refrigerator to work overtime to keep cool and this causes a hike in your energy bill. By simply taking the time to clean the coils can save you up to 30% on your energy bill.
  • Unplug All Devices- If you are not using the outlet then do not have your dryer, straightener, toaster etc. plugged in. Even though the device is not turned on, it is using energy if it is plugged into the wall. By unplugging items, not only is it safer, but it will save you an average of $100 per year.
  • Get Insulated Curtains- You can transform your room with a new look, while saving money with insulated curtains! They add a layer of protection to control the temperature in your room by keeping cold air out and warm air in.
  • Check Your Furnace- Make sure and clean your furnace by replacing the filter. Dirty filters restrict air flow and cause an increase of energy to be used. You can do this yourself and it can save you up to 15% on your energy bill.
  • Insulate Your Pipes & Hot Water Heater- By insulating your hot water pipes and hot water heater, you will reduce heat loss. Again, this is something you can do yourself and the cost of the materials will pay off in the first year!
  • Fireplace- It is important to seal your fireplace off when you are not using it. The heat from your home can escape through the damper seal. Another alternative you can do in order to not have to remember to close off the damper is to install glass doors on your fireplace; this will help keep the warm air in your home without having the cold air from outside come in!
  • Hot Water Heater- By turning down the temperature on your hot water heater, you can end up saving money; approximately every 10 degrees you lower can result in a savings of $10 per month!
  • Dryer Vent- Clean out your dryer vent that collects lint and dust over time causing not only your clothes to not dry efficiently, but also causes more energy to be used! This is something you can do by using a shock vacuum, it is free and simple!

Who knew that saving energy could be so easy? Take these helpful tips and make sure and use them this year for immediate savings!

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Winter Heat

Cold winter months do not have to put your finances out in the cold! There are several things you can do to prepare for the chilly months that will make a huge difference in your energy bills and save you money for all of the upcoming holiday festivities.thermometer behind the frozen window

  • Sun is Free- Use the sun to heat your house on a cold winter day, open the curtains during the day and close them to trap in the heat when the sun goes down. This is a simple and free step to warm your home.
  • Layers- During the cold months make sure and bundle up and wear socks, slippers, cardigans and scarfs! Instead of turning the heat up get cozy with blankets and even wear a hat to keep the heat from escaping your head.
  • Don’t Overuse Exhaust Fans-Did you know that using exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms actually pulls the hot air to the ceiling and the heat escapes. Only use exhaust fans when you really need them and then turn them right off.
  • Outdoor Lights- When decorating your house for the holidays make sure and use LED lights. LED lights use 75% less energy and last 25% longer than incandescent lighting. Not only do LED lights save energy, they also emit less heat and do not break as easy.
  • Insulate- Make sure your house is insulated around doors, windows and pipes. It is an inexpensive way to lower your energy costs by keeping the heat from escaping in the winter and the cold air from escaping in the summer.
  • Humidifier-It is important for you to have a humidifier in your home. The cold air can make the air inside become very dry. By having moist air in your home, it will make your air feel warmer and it holds in heat better. It will also help with your breathing and keep you from getting sick.
  • Necessary Rooms- Only heat the rooms that you use on a day to day basis. By closing or sealing the vents to unused rooms you can save tons of money, and it will not affect your warmth.
  • Adjust Thermostat- When you go to bed at night turn your thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees while you are asleep. You can wear extra clothes, use flannel sheets and use extra blankets. By doing this, you will save around 10% on your heating bills.
  • Ceiling Fans- I know it sounds like this would not help with the heat, however if you use a ceiling fan your home you will have better ventilation and be more energy efficient in both the summer and winter months. By setting your ceiling fans clockwise, the hot air will become trapped and heat the inside to keep your rooms warm during the colder months.

These are simple steps you can take that will not only save you money, but keep you warm during the frigid months ahead!

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Cashland Employees Make A Difference

Spirit of Survival

Mary Dent and Jenny Brewster, two of Lawton’s Cashland employees participated in this year’s Spirit of Survival Run. This run is to support people with a cancer diagnosis, this spirit of survival, combined with the strength and support of the community, family and friends is what keeps patients hopes up!

 

Southwest Oklahoma Cancer Centers is a combination of three community hospitals in three different communities. Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Duncan Regional in Duncan and Jackson County Memorial in Altus combined their resources and expertise to create a new tradition in health care.  With the construction of new facilities and expanded cancer treatment centers in each community, patients can now receive the care they need close to home.

All of the money raised from the spirit of survival is donated to the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma.  In 2011 alone, the Spirit of Survival donated about $85,000 to the Cancer Centers!

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Painting for the Cure

Mary Dent and Shayna Brown also participated in a painting class to help raise awareness for the cure for cancer since the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All proceeds go to help with American Cancer Society Relay For Life. By raising money they are able to celebrate survivors and remember and honor those who were not able to fight the disease.

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Words from Cashland Employee Mary Dent:

“It’s for a good cause and it’s a way for Cashland to get involved in the community. When people see that we get out for different events and are being involved, they not only get to know the company name they know that we are a friendly company that likes to help. People are more willing to come see us for their financial needs when they can put a face with a company name!”

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” Jay Danzie. “We think about this every time we market. It not only helps Cashland with the business, but it expands our personal network of friends.”

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How to Save on Halloween Costumes for Kids!

The weather is cooling off, hot apple cider is becoming an everyday drink, pumpkins are carved and, with that, comes Halloween night! This is the holiday where kids enjoy dressing up as their favorite character or super hero while going door to door saying “trick-or-treat” and receiving bags of candy they have been waiting for all year! The only downside to all of this is the costs of preparing for this night. There are several expenses related to making this event fun for everyone such as costumes, candy and parties. Here are some ideas to save money on your kid’s costumes this year, while still enjoying the night!halloween-costumes-for-picky-kids

  • Have a family and friends swap- We all have friends and family that have kids the same age and trading costumes is fast, simple, and best of all FREE! You can do it through your church, close friends, neighbors or other groups! This is a trending event and has been given a full day called National Halloween Swap Day on October 12! Make it a family fun event, perhaps carve pumpkins, go to a pumpkin patch or any other activity that would be fun and economical!
  • Watch YouTube Tutorials- This is a fun and easy way to view videos that will give you examples of cheap or free costume and makeup ideas. There are hundreds of videos that you and your child can view to spruce up old costumes with makeup or use items around the house! It is a fun and an inexpensive way to get a great looking costume!
  • DIY- Look up ideas on Etsy, Pinterest and other do it yourself (DIY) sites. There are so many available sites that will give you full instruction on making and putting together costumes, and most of the time they are very clever!
  • Browse Deals- Be on the lookout for deals and steals through coupons or other sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. This is a great way to get bargains for not only costumes but for decorations too!

Hope these helpful tips will save you money and perhaps even provide you with some family fun!

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Smart Tailgating

The time has finally arrived, crisp air, fall colors and the number one reason everyone loves the fall; football season!  No matter which team you are cheering for, there is one thing we all have in common and that is tailgating. Football season tends to be a costly time, not only are tickets expensive, but tailgating costs add up as well. If you want to enjoy this football season without racking up debt, below are a few suggestions to keep costs down. Tailgate

  • Carpool- Typically we do not all live in the same town as where we tailgate, so to keep the cost down make sure and carpool with friends and family, perhaps devise a rotating schedule of what person drives to each game. Another alternative is to rent a party bus or something to that effect! This not only saves on fuel, but parking too.
  • Teamwork- It only makes sense if you are going to watch a team sport that you divide and conquer as a team! The logistics of tailgating is somewhat a hassle and there are so many items to consider, so to make this easier for everyone assign one couple to bring snacks, one to bring paper goods, one to bring beverages, one to bring meat and one to bring the grill. This way everyone is pitching in and helping out, and it is not up to one person to stress out on bringing everything.
  • School Pride- I know everyone wants a new t-shirt for the season or a sweatshirt with your team on it, however, think of just wearing something you already have in your teams colors! There is no need to go out and spend a fortune on game day apparel, when most likely you have something in your closet!
  • House Tailgate- I know you will not have the fans and all of the people, however you can invite friends and family to your house and bring the tailgate to your home. Everyone will save on fuel, parking, game tickets and steep concession stand foods.

These are just a few ways to save this year while tailgating and cheering for your favorite team! So go ahead, put your jersey on, fire up the grill and show your team spirit!

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