Shoebox Savings Blog
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
We're totally stoked...
Monday, November 15, 2010
Online shopping can save you time and frustration this Holiday Season!
It's Saturday December 18th and you're dashing through the parking lot at your local mall (as opposed to through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh) to buy those last-minute presents. You've wound your way around that parking lot so many times you're getting dizzy. Just as you locate that one spot, about a mile from the mall entrance and throw on your blinker, someone else zips right into the spot. Your blood pressure rises and you circle the parking lot another 3,000 or so times and finally find another spot, about 1.5 miles from the entrance of the mall you need to go through.
Then you enter the mall. You have to either walk aggressively to avoid bumping in to all kinds of people or nearly be trampled as they brush past you. Then you enter your first store. You enter a sneaker shop and start looking for those kicks your sneakerhead nephew wants, only there are people and boxes everywhere and everyone's moving at a million miles an hour. Between the clerks helping and the shoppers shopping, you feel more like you're in the middle of a shoe factory than a retail shop.
I have some good news! It's only November 15, 2010, and you've got 40 days until Christmas. You still have plenty of time to shop!
As you think about the busy season to come, you may want to take a closer look at online shopping for some of the items you're looking to purchase as gifts, as well as some of the websites that can make your online shopping a total breeze. We just launched a new website to make shopping online with us a fun and user-friendly experience.
Something else that has come in really handy for me has been utilizing the Wishlist feature on Amazon.com to make a private wish list just for gift ideas. This way I can search for items that come to mind for different recipients and add them to that separate list so that when I'm ready to purchase them, they are all right there and ready to go. Amazon also has some neat features like the ability to pay for several items at once from several different sellers, and ship them to different addresses easily, if you need or want to ship your gifts directly to their recipients.
Shopping online can be a hassle-free and rewarding experience, especially when you plan ahead. One of the things that causes many people to purchase in-store rather than online is the cost of shipping they have to pay in order to get their order to them. The good news here is that more and more online retailers offer free domestic shipping or discounted expedited shipping during the holiday season.
If you find that it's December 18th, and you take one look at the mall parking lot and almost faint, don't sweat it. Many retailers, including Shoebox Savings, can take an online order as late as Tuesday, December 21st (or even the very early hours of Wednesday, December 22nd), and get it to you before Midnight on December 24th. Please see our Helpful Holiday Shipping Hints at the bottom of this posting, for details. Getting all of your holiday shopping done online can help relieve some of the shopping stress and make the holidays the joy they were always meant to be. Whether you plan ahead or you don't, you can usually get it all done with ease, and have more time for the fun things the holidays have to offer--like spending time with all of those people you've been shopping for.
SHOEBOX SAVINGS HELPFUL HOLIDAY SHIPPING HINTS:
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Need some variety? Try Trail Running.
There's something to be said about trail-running; dashing through the wilderness like a mad-man (or woman) carries an appeal all it's own. The fresh air, the crunch of leaves under your feet, and the surrounding nature bring about a kind of peace that is easier to achieve over the consistent thudding of feet on pavement. Trail running is not about how fast you run, or how far you go, but about enjoying the activity itself. Take a second to look over some of the benefits of trail running below, and you may just find yourself a new hobby.
Trail running can be easier on the joints. The surface of the trail is generally softer and can absorb more shock when the foot strikes. It can not only help protect your joints from pain, but can provide you with a more difficult workout as the muscles need to exert more energy to lift off!
Trail running can be especially invigorating too in that it activates muscles and requires more concentration. Scanning the trail ahead to avoid obstacles and adjusting to obstacles as they come are very important techniques for a trail runner that both increase stamina and work muscles that do not get regular use during the repetitive cycle of road running.
5 Things to keep in mind:
- Don't be afraid to get a little dirty. It'll happen.
- Wear the proper foot attire. Trail running shoes are specifically designed for better traction, have a more solid foot-plate, and the support required for the quick maneuvers of trail running. A sharp rock can do a lot of damage to your regular street shoes.
- Bring lots of water! Convenience stores are NOT just around the corner. You will need to stay hydrated throughout your run to be at your best.
- Bring a map if you are unfamiliar with the area. Most forests don't have street signs. I would also advise bringing a cell phone.
- Keep a first aid kit handy; that log you leaped over was a bit higher than you'd thought. Youch!
Trail running is a fun alternative for those who are looking for a little variety in their routine and is very beneficial to both mind and body. Let us help you get started! Take a look at our discount Trail Running shoes and find a running trail in your area here!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Nike Air Max 90 Premium: Day of the Dead Edition
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Tips and Tricks: Staying Motivated
If you're like me, you probably have a hard time staying motivated to work out. Whether your end goal is a marathon, weight-loss, or simply for the physical benefits you feel after the fact, the decision to work out consistently is easy in concept, but much more difficult in practical execution. How do you motivate yourself to slip on those running shoes when the pillow holds such appeal? If hitting the snooze button is your first reaction to the blaring of the alarm in the morning...read on!
A significant key to keeping your commitment to work out daily is to ensure you are equipped with the right gear. You're less likely to be enthusiastic about your commitment when you're in pain. Knowing your workout style and investing in a good, quality pair of shoes will not only make your work-out sessions more enjoyable, but will help prevent injury as well. Several websites are available to determine what type of shoe would best maximize your workout and help prevent injury. An injury can put you out of the game for quite a while!
|Women's New Balance WW850GP Walking/Toning Shoes|
The point is not what you are doing, rather the fact that you are doing something! Get creative.
|Asics Gel-Kinsei 3 Men's Running Shoe for the Moderate to over-pronator|
Above all, don't over-do it and remember the physical benefits you will attain from consistent physical activity. Regular exercise helps improve your mood, increase your energy level, promotes better sleep, and can go a long way to preventing chronic diseases. Sometimes, that is the only thing that has kept me going. What is it that keeps you going?