Archive | May, 2011

Complete the PennySaverUSA puzzle for a chance at $50

Remember when you would just sit down with a printed crossword puzzle and escape from the crazy outside world with a little word play?

Now is your chance to reconnect with those glory days by checking out PennySaverUSA.com’s new puzzle section. All you have to do is download the PDF, print it out and put your mind to the test!

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Fill out our puzzle and enter for a chance to win $50.

Even better: We are awarding a $50 prize to one random person each week that fills out the puzzle and answers our little riddle.

That’s as good a way as you’ll see of taking a time-honored tradition and making it hip and digital.

Please also check out the other contests we are running currently. If you sign up for SaverTime, our new daily deals site, you are automatically entered into a drawing for a $100 prize. You can also win up to $1,000 by getting the most friends to sign up. That’s about as good a cash prize as you can find for doing something very simple: Signing up people for a great product that they’ll love.

For Florida residents, we have a pair of contests running. There is a getaway to the Marriott in Sanibel Harbor and another to the Marriott in Hutchinson Island.

PennySaverUSA.com is the place for contests.

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Get great deals for veterinary services on PennySaverUSA.com

What better time for PennySaverUSA.com to showcase the great deals for veterinary services available on our site than this week. Why you ask? Because it’s National Pet Week!

Most of us here at PennySaverUSA.com are pet owners, and the majority of our readers are also passionate about pets, so National Pet Week is a big deal for us.

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PennySaverUSA.com has great deals for veterinary services.

PennySaverUSA.com has ads for pet adoption, pets you can buy and pet-related services such as carpet cleaning, but given that part of National Pet Week’s mission is to promote public awareness of veterinary medicine, we figured it was most appropriate to highlight our ads for veterinary services.

There are hundreds of ads on our site for veterinary services to choose from and you can use our new site enhancements to find the closest ones to where you live. We have taken the time in this blog, however, to find great deals on veterinary services in the following four regions: Southern California, Central California, Northern California and South Florida.

Southern California

The Southeast Pet Clinic in Whittier, Ca. offers a variety of veterinary services and has been serving the community for 35 years. Right now, they have some great deals, including 50 percent off vaccinations (Wed. 3-5 p.m.), 50 percent off an exam for new pets and 20 percent off spay and neuter (on Tuesday). You won’t want to pass up those discounts.

Central California

Quartz Hill Veterinary in Quartz Hill, Ca. serves the Antelope Valley and is a full-service animal hospital that offers vaccine clinics, dental exams, emergency services and more. The husband-and-wife vet team have over 20 years of experience apiece and provide great deals on low-cost spay and neutering services.

Northern California

The Fremont Veterinary Clinic in Stockton, Ca. makes house calls and promises to beat any printed estimate. They are bilingual and welcome walk-ins. Among their great deals are 25 percent off grooming, a free rabies vaccination and 25 percent off an office visit.

South Florida

The Westwood Animal Clinic is a full-service facility that has multiple locations throughout South Florida. They have several great deals on veterinary services, including a free physical and fecal exam for new clients. They also have discounts for neutering and spaying veterinary services.

Leave us a comment letting us know if you have any recommendations for veterinary services that have great deals.

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Make Money Monday: Finding a job requires a good résumé

Finding a job you want is hard enough, but that’s only the beginning. Once you’ve targeted an opening, you must create a good resume that will help you get an interview.

Well, not only can you use PennySaverUSA.com to help you in finding a job, we are also here to help you with your résumé.

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In order to get to this point when finding a job, you must have a good résumé.

No matter how experienced or qualified you are, a lousy résumé can eliminate you from consideration before you get a chance to prove yourself. That said, having an outstanding resume still does not guarantee you will receive a call back, but it certainly gives you an advantage.

By following these simple steps, you can craft a resume worthy of a response:

1.  Keep your contact information current.

PennySaverUSA Human Resources Manager Nancy Haupenthal says providing an incorrect phone number or email address is the quickest way to get eliminated from consideration. Employers receive so many resumes these days and have so many applicants for each job; the odds of them tracking you down if your resume has the wrong contact information are low.

2.  Use spell-checker and have someone you trust proofread your résumé.

Haupenthal admitted she is “amazed and shocked” by the misspelled words she sees in resumes. She says it indicates a lack of care and attention and will promptly move on to the next résumé if she notices multiple misspellings. And she isn’t alone. According to the book Top Notch Executive Resumes, misspellings annoy hiring managers more than just about anything else. Not something you want to do when finding a job.

3.  Make your resume easy to read and creative.

It is extremely important to make sure your résumé is formatted in such a way that is easy to read. Using thin margins a tiny font or pretty much anything that makes a résumé hard on the eyes is often cause for immediate rejection. Haupenthal also recommends being unique with your objective statement and bio. Avoid overly bland and formulaic messaging.

4.  Be honest and accurate.

While it might seem to be beneficial to lie or mislead on your résumé in order to make yourself look better, it typically comes back to bite you. Haupenthal says one of the most frustrating issues she encounters is when she brings in an applicant for an interview, and finds the resume was inaccurate. Not only will this prevent you from getting the job, it can also harm your reputation. The last thing you need when finding a job is to tarnish your name among hiring managers.

5.  Pick the right experiences to highlight.

Ideally, résumés would be one page long, but with job-hopping so common these days, two pages is fine. You do not want to go beyond two, however. In order to keep it the right length, you will want to be discerning in which experiences you highlight. If you had a job 15 years ago that has no bearing on your current career goals, it might not be necessary to include. Also don’t be afraid to include non-traditional employment such as volunteering jobs, if relevant.

Do your best to follow those steps, and you should be on your way to having a great resume and finding a job. If you have any more questions, please leave them in our comments and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Tweet #pennyshout Memorial Day message to get it printed free in Penny Saver

Make sure to check out your local Penny Saver this Wednesday to see your free Mother’s Day message in print and show it to your mom. Looking ahead, we are also now accepting #pennyshouts for Memorial Day!

With the conclusion of the Osama Bin Laden search, this is the perfect time to send in a Memorial Day #pennyshout. Every American is connected with Memorial Day in some way, and this is a great opportunity to honor our fallen soldiers, send your condolences to those who have lost someone in the line of duty and thank all of our military families for their sacrifice.

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Tweet us your Memorial Day #pennyshout.

Just tweet us @pennysaverusa with your Memorial Day message, the hashtag #pennyshout and your zip code, and it will appear in the print edition of the Penny Saver on Wednesday, May 25 (valid only for California residents).

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can also send in your free message the old fashioned way through the phone or fax.

The number to call is (800) 995-3333 and the fax is (760) 599-1505.

The deadline to get in your free Memorial Day message is Thursday, May 19th.

Let us be the first to share our deepest appreciation for all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our great country. We might not be here if it wasn’t for you. USA!

Disclaimer: Your message must cannot include any curse words, offensive material or anything we deem unsuitable for printing.

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