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Fun Facts about Election Day

Tomorrow’s Election Day, but you already knew that. What better way is there to get ready to exercise your right to vote, other than brushing up on your knowledge of Election Day, with some fun facts from

Here are some fun and interesting facts that you may or may not have known about our Nation’s Election Day:

  • Why the Tuesday after the first Monday in November? Well, the first national election date was established in 1845, when farming schedules determined many things. November was chosen, because it was at the end of the harvest season. Tuesday was picked to avoid conflicts with Sabbath observations, so farmers were able to travel on Monday so they could arrive by Tuesday and cast their vote. Obviously, times have changed, but the date selected still remains the same.
  • Drinking and Voting. Some states have passed laws that prohibit alcohol sales on Election Day. Alaska and Massachusetts are two states that don’t allow alcohol to be sold until after the polls have closed. In other states, like West Virginia, the sale of alcohol is completely prohibited the entire day. These laws are for your own good, and are in place to protect you from drunk voting, and possibly making a decision that you might regret the following day.
  • Celebrate Election Day as a Holiday. Several states have declared Election Day a civic holiday. In some states, employees are allowed to take paid time off to vote, while in others, there are no rules in place to accommodate voters’ work schedules. Many believe that if Election Day were a Federal Holiday, there would be a larger voter turnout. What are you thoughts? Comment below!

Now that you’ve got your facts, you should be fully prepared for Election Day. If you’re not, please visit for resources on everything you need for Election Day 2012!

If you’re looking to save, show your election pride, or have some fun this Election Day. check out the links below:

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Top 10 Tuesday: Things to Do for the 4th of July

Our Forefathers must have been thinking about us and how we would celebrate this day for years to come, when they put their John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence in 1776. July 4th is a great day for a national holiday (not to mention the great sales). The weather’s beautiful, school’s out, and friends and family can take vacation time to travel and see each other. With such great conditions, comes so many options for spending the day.

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, here are our Top 10 things to do to celebrate the Fourth of July!

  1. Soak Up the Sun at the Beach

  2. Grab the SPF, beach towel and umbrella and head on over to your local beach. Make some sand castles, collect some sea shells, play some beach volleyball, and catch the waves. If you’re lucky, maybe your beach is also doing a fireworks show at the end of the day that you can stick around for. It’s prime beach weather, so make the best of it!

  3. Hang out by the Pool

  4. If there’s no beach close by, or you’re just not into dealing with the crowd, grab your sunglasses, and lay out by the pool. Kick back, and sip some home made cocktails, while getting your tan on. Not down for the lazy vibe? Get your Michael Phelps on and do some laps in the pool. Swimming is one of the best exercises for your body.

  5. Play at the Park

  6. If you’re not about the aquatics for the Fourth of July, keep it dry by going to the park. Spend some time throwing around a frisbee or a football. Whatever floats your… well not boat, but you get it. This is a great option for the little ones and any four-legged friends.

    Fourth of July BBQ

    Fourth of July BBQ

  7. Have a Picnic

  8. Pack up a yummy picnic basket and grab a blanket. Head out the door and enjoy the wonderful July weather. Pick a picnic spot at the park, beach or even your front yard. Just be outdoors and enjoy the day.

  9. BBQ it Up with Friends & Family

  10. If you’re the life of the party or the hostess with the mostest, then the Backyard BBQ scene is definitely for you. If you’re the one hosting the shindig, then make sure you’ve got the grill going at all times with enough hot dogs and burgers for everyone. If you’re the life of the party, get on the dance floor and show off your moves.

  11. Bake Brownies, Cupcakes & Other Goodies

  12. This is one of my personal favorites. I have a killer sweet tooth, so any chance I get, I love making some delicious goodies. The Fourth of July is a great excuse to fire up the oven and start baking. You can make some yummy cupcakes, cakes, cookies or brownies and decorate them like the American Flag. If you’re having guests over, any of those options are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

    Go to a Local Fireworks Display

    What better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with fireworks lighting up the night skies? Find out what events are going on in your area, and check out their fireworks displays.

    Fourth of July Fireworks

    Celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks lighting up the night skies.

  13. Watch the Macy’s Fireworks on TV

  14. The Mac Daddy of all Fireworks Displays, is undoubtedly the Macy’s Fireworks Show over the Hudson River in New York City. If you live in New York, then you definitely need to see the fireworks show live, at least once in your life. If you can’t see it live, then grab the best seat in the house and watch it on your television. You get to see the same spectacular show, without the residual smell and smoke.

  15. Shop the 4th of July Sales at the Mall

  16. Want to beat the heat and stay in the cool air conditioning? No problem. Head over to your favorite indoor mall, and grab all of the 4th of July sale items you can carry. Don’t want to go anywhere? That’s cool too. Bust out your laptop and browse through to find great deals on what you’re looking for!

  17. Educate Yourself on Independence Day

  18. Yes, it’s great to have fun and enjoy yourself, but don’t forget why July 4th is a Holiday. Dedicate some time out of your day to look up the history behind the Fourth of July. If you’re a know-it-all, then challenge yourself to find out something new about our nation’s Independence Day that you didn’t already know.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

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PennySaver contests: Share a Memory; Make a Buck

Time to face a hard truth: PennySaver contests are just totally awesome and when there isn’t one running, it’s very sad.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be sad as we’re unveiling the newest of our PennySaver contests.share-a-memory-make-a-buck-online-contest

It’s called the Share a Memory; Make a Buck Contest and is a perfect way to kick off the 2012 slate of monthly PennySaver contests.

All you have to do is write a short essay (250 words or less) about a memory from 2011 that defined your year and submit your entry here. The winner will receive a $250 cash prize.

Our judges will review all of our entries and judge on content, originality, and clarity (save our eyes and spellcheck).

Baby’s first steps, blushing brides, first glimpse of the Grand Canyon? We want to hear about it all. We’ve got tissues and bubbly toasts standing by.

That’s not all, though! There are two more PennySaver contests for our Florida readers from our partner publication The Flyer:

  1. Enter for a chance to win a 4 Day/ 3 Night Getaway to Grand Golf Resorts of Florida
  2. Enter for a chance to win a 4 day/ 3 night getaway for 4 to Florida’s Space Coast

Happy New Year and good luck in the PennySaver contests.

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