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Walmart Pre-Black Friday Event Starts Now! #BlackFriday

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 21, 2014 · 0 comments

For the second year in a row, Walmart is offering an early taste of Black Friday prices a week early, and the savings start right now! You'll find lowered prices on popular toys, electronics and more, plus prices that will match or beat select Black Friday offers from top national competitors.

Though these prices are in effect now and will run through November 27th, they're while supplies last -- so I'd definitely recommend scanning the deals and making your purchases now!

Black Friday Prices Before Black Friday

Sleep in on Black Friday and take advantage of these hot deals that match or beat deal we'll see next week!

Just a few of the BIG savings available now:

  • 60” Sony or LG Class Smart HDTV, $648 (was $798)
  • Samsun Chromebook, $199 with a Walmart gift card (was $229)
  • UP24 by Jawbone Fitness Tracker, $75 (was $109.97)
  • PlayStation 4, $399 with a $50 Walmart gift card
  • Keurig Elite K40 Brewer, $99 with a $25 Walmart gift card (was $109)
  • Kitchen Aid 4.5-qt. Classic Stand Mixer, $229 with a $30 Walmart gift card (was $249)
  • Select PS4 or Xbox One Games, $29.96 each
  • How To Train Your Dragon 2 or Marvel Avengers Blu-ray Combo Pack, $9.96 each
  • Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack, $37 (was $74.96)
  • Canon MGs9s0 Wireless Printer, $19 (was $39)

Additional Savings on Items Typically Found on Black Friday

Also as part of the event, Walmart will offer Black Friday-like prices on a variety of items.

Examples include:

  • Samsung 58" Class Smart LED HDTV, $698 (special buy)
  • Samsung 40" Class LED HDTV with "Frozen Sing-Along Edition", $298 (special buy)
  • New iPad Air 2 16 GB, WiFi, $489 with a $100 Walmart gift card
  • Get a $75 gift card with the purchase of the iPhone 6 or 5s
    • iPhone 6 available for $179 or iPhone 5s for $79 with a two year service agreement on Sprint, AT&T or Verizon
    • iPhone 6 and 5s available for $0 down for AT&T Next or Verizon Edge customers – plans available in select markets
  • 4-Pc Table Tennis Set, $79 (special buy)
  • A variety of “Frozen” special buys
  • Black & Decker 18v 2-Battery NiCad Drill, $69.88 ($20 savings)
  • Hoover High Performance Bagless Upright Vacuum, $98 (special buy)

Check out the full Pre-Black Friday circular online, which includes all of the products and prices!

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Empowering Girls with CoverGirl and Walmart #GirlsCan

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 20, 2014 · 0 comments

Let me tell you a little story... Shortly after graduating from college, I took a position as an account manager with a company that produced resume databases for university MBA programs to sell to recruiters. We're talking top notch programs -- Harvard, Yale, and Cornell among them. Schools that turn down more applicants than they accept and command a hefty price tag for enrollment.

One of my responsibilities was to proof the scanned resumes of graduating students to ensure that the formatting was preserved during the conversion process. In doing so, I learned a great deal about what comprises an appealing resume, and I also learned a lot about what not to include -- like details on your extensive baseball hat collection (true story).

But the one thing that I noticed that really bothered me was that the vast majority of the women in these programs, obviously brilliant, hardworking, and deserving women, used only their first and middle initials on their resumes. Because it's a sad fact that even in this day and age, there are still recruiters that will automatically screen a woman out of the running for a position based solely on the fact that she's female, without even considering her qualifications.

Though I wasn't ready to have a family at that time, I remember thinking that there's no way any future daughters I might have would ever have to hide behind their initials for any reason. And so when I did eventually have two girls, I gave them both names that are pretty gender neutral.

I don't ever want them to be told that they can't do whatever it is they want to achieve simply because they were born a female.

That's why I adore the #GirlsCan campaign that Walmart and CoverGirl are collaborating on! If you haven't seen the commercial, you can watch it above. It's all about promoting the empowerment of women and is packed with strong women that I would totally encourage my girls to look up to as role models, women who have stood up in the face of adversity and said, "I can do that!" Together, we all need to encourage girls to break down barriers and turn "can’t" into "can."

But the program is actually about more than that. Both Walmart and CoverGirl have committed to donating $50k each to Dress for Success, a not-for profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help. Since their start in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women worldwide! Learn more about Dress for Success, at

So how can you help support this movement? Look for specially marked limited edition packages of COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara and Pro Mascara on the #GirlsCan tower at your local Walmart, and share your #GirlsCan moments on social media!

Has anyone ever told you that you couldn't do something just because you’re a girl?

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Shopping during the holiday season can be a frustrating prospect, with long lines and stock issues. I got the inside scoop on some of these new policies and features Walmart is rolling out during a trip back in October, and I'm thrilled to finally be able to share them all with you!

From the Walmart Checkout Promise to their 1-Hour Guarantee, Walmart is making a larger commitment to customer service this year, to bring you a fast, easy, convenient shopping experience.

Checkout Promise

Starting November 20th, Walmart is introducing their Checkout Promise for the holiday season! What does that mean? For fast and easy checkout, Walmart will be opening 100% of their registers (barring bad weather) between the peak shopping hours of 12-6pm on weekends through Christmas. Additional lanes will be open starting the day before Thanksgiving through that Sunday, and the week of December 20th-24th, all checkout lanes will be open all day.

New Savings Catcher Features

Have you downloaded Savings Catcher, yet? These new features are sure to save you more cash while infinitely simplifying your shopping trip.

  • Turkey and Ham Deals -- Walmart is price matching all of your local turkey and ham deals via Savings Catcher this year! Unfortunately this doesn't apply to competitors' offers for turkey or ham that require a minimum dollar purchase to receive the featured price or that limit the number available per customer, but all other offers are fair game.
  • Search My Store -- With the new Search My Store addition to the Walmart app, customers can search for nearly any item carried in a Walmart store and see the item's availability at that store, its aisle location, ratings and reviews. How convenient is that? It's available right now for Android devices, and it will expand to iPhones by mid-November.
  • Store Maps -- This will make for a smoother Black Friday shopping experience! Check the store maps for the location of the 1-Hour Guarantee items, wristband items, and other hot products like sheets, DVDs and kid's clothing. View them in the app starting November 18th.

New Features on

A new addition to this year is a wishlist feature! Not only can you build custom wishlists for each family member, but children and parents can build a Toy Wish List for Santa by adding their favorite toys directly from Walmart’s digital Toy Book. Wish lists can be shared on Facebook and via email to make gift giving a cinch.

Need help deciding what to add to your wishlist? Check out these lists for ideas:

  • Top 100 Gifts -- Walmart has compiled a list of the Top 100 Gifts on, all at unbeatable prices, to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
  • Chosen By Kids -- The popular Chosen By Kids list is back this year! For the second year, Walmart turned to the real toy experts by gathering hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years, to play with the hottest new toys from a variety of manufacturers. Based on their feedback, Walmart generated a Top 20 Toys list, filled with toys that are sure to be met with smiles on Christmas morning.

Plus, Walmart will be offering FREE shipping on these items through December 17th!

1-Hour Guarantee

As I mentioned in the Black Friday update, the 1-Hour Guarantee will be in effect again this year for 9 hot items on Thanksgiving Day. Customers who are inside the store and in the queue line between 6pm and 7pm local time on Thursday, November 27th are guaranteed to be able to purchase any of the following gifts they want and either take it home that night or pick it up at a store before Christmas:

  • 50" Class LED HDTV for $218 ($180 savings)
  • Vizio 65" Class Smart LED HDTV for $648 ($350 savings)
  • Apple iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-Fi for $199 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card ($70 value)
  • Xbox One Halo "The Master Chief Collection" Bundle for $329 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card
  • RCA 7" Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet for $29 (special buy)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Style on Straight Talk Wireless for $29 ($100 savings)
  • LG Blu-ray Disc Player for $35 (special buy)
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones for $149 ($130 savings)
  • HP Intel Celeron Touch Laptop for $249 (special buy)

Check out the rest of the Walmart Black Friday deals here.

Are you getting more excited about the prospect of doing your holiday shopping now? I know I am! One last resource I want to mention is the Walmart Holiday Hub. Check it out all season long for easy access to the holiday information you need when shopping at Walmart.

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Virgin Custom Mobile: Parental Controls That Work

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 12, 2014 · 1 comment

I got my first cell phone when I was 20 years old... And do you know what I did with it? Well, besides playing Snake when I was bored -- I called people. That's it. There was no such thing as instant access to the World Wide Web. I couldn't text message 24/7 with my friends. Heck, it barely got voice service most of the time!

What it boils down to is times have changed dramatically in a very short period of time, and the average age that kids start getting cell phones these days is decreasing rapidly. I swore that my kids wouldn't get phones until they were at least 13 years old, but then we moved to a new neighborhood and the walkie-talkies we had used previously weren't cutting it anymore. So all but my 6 year old have them, and not one of them is 13 yet...

Cell phones are powerful gadgets, and getting one for a child should not be taken lightly. Ground rules must be set on everything from when they have permission to use it, who they can interact with, how much data/messaging they can use, and on and on. Thankfully, many cell phone providers have been listening and are now providing parents with tools they can use to manage their children's devices.

One such provider is Virgin Mobile, who recently sent me the LG Unify phone, which has their parental control software preinstalled. The LG Unify is an Android smartphone, available exclusively at Walmart. Reasonably priced at $129.99, it runs on the Sprint Virgin Mobile prepaid network.

What I really like about the Virgin Custom Mobile service, is that it's truly customizable. While most prepaid plans offer a package deal, with Virgin's plan, you load the phone with a prepaid card, known as a Top-Up card, and you're then given the option to build a monthly plan by choosing your minutes, text messages, and data separately.

The Virgin Custom Mobile base plan starts at $6.98 and includes 20 minutes of talk and 20 text messages. Adding talk minutes and text messages is pretty reasonable -- 250 minutes is an additional $3 per month and unlimited text messaging is only an additional $10. Data is where you'll take a hit, with a 3GB plan coming in at $34, although this is competitive with other carriers.

By installing the Virgin Custom Mobile app on your phone, the primary user has complete control over each member's plan usage. Change it throughout the month as your needs change, and you can even create a monthly shared plan that can cover up to a total of five members. And you don't even have to be a Virgin Mobile user yourself! I have an iPhone with a plan through AT&T, and I was able to download and manage the LG Unify phone via the app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

In addition to managing your plan, what I found to be particularly compelling is the parental controls section. Virgin has really given parents a ton of flexibility here, allowing you to set a curfew or restricted hours for usage, determine who can call or text your child, and even drill down to the app level, allowing you to to set which apps can be used and when.

Parental controls are no substitute for having an ongoing open dialog with your kids about Internet safety and limits, but they definitely provide a little extra peace of mind!

Virgin Custom Mobile currently offers parental controls preinstalled on the LG Unify, LG Pulse, and ZTE Emblem, and all of these devices are currently available exclusively at Walmart. You can also purchase Top-Up cards starting at $6.98 (the cost of a Virgin Custom Mobile base plan).

So what's the bottom line? If you're in the market for a good starter phone with stellar parental controls or just a decent budget-friendly phone with a customizable plan, these offerings from Virgin Custom Mobile are an excellent choice!

Does your child have a cell phone? And if so, how are you currently monitoring their usage?

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Thank a Veteran Today on the Walmart Wall of Honor

by Tara Kuczykowski on November 11, 2014 · 0 comments

Do you have a veteran you'd like to thank today? Last year, Walmart created an online Wall of Honor to support and share about the veterans in their lives. They've continued the Wall of Honor this year, and it is now the largest virtual community of its kind!

If you'd like to thank a veteran today, Walmart has made posting photos, videos or text to honor your favorite veteran really easy. Simply tag Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with the hashtag #WallofHonor and it will automatically aggregate on the site:

But don't worry if you don't have one of these social media accounts! You can also navigate directly to the Wall of Honor site and upload a photo or submit text directly. There's no need to create an account or jump through any hoops!

If you haven't heard about Walmart's Welcome Home Commitment, it's a great complement to the Wall of Honor. Walmart will hire any honorably discharged veteran who wants a job with them in his or her first 12 months off active duty. In addition, they've stated that they intend to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. That's a pretty amazing number, isn't it?

But even more amazing is that, in the past year since this initiative was announced on Memorial Day of 2013, Walmart has already hired 67,000+ veterans, putting them on the path to reaching that target number in 2015! And in addition, over 5,000 of those veterans that have been hired have already been promoted to higher positions.

Keep in mind that Walmart isn't just about being a retail associate! They're offering positions in transportation, logistics, management and more, so if you know a qualified veteran who's searching for a position with long-term potential, please point them to the Careers With A Mission page and follow on Twitter @WalmartVeterans.

Have you thanked your favorite veteran for Veterans Day today?

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