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Planning for July 4th

Follow these tips and suggestions this Fourth of July for an exciting holiday!

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If You’re Hosting A Party:

Having a get together with friends and family is always fun, and properly planning for it will make it even more enjoyable for you and your guests! Here are some tips to get the most out of planning for your party.

  • Create a budget and stick to it! Budgets may seem like a drag, so to keep costs low think of how many people you’re inviting, how crazy your decorations will be, and if your guests should bring a side and beverage.
  • Pick a theme for your party! Come on, you can do better than just red, white, 4th Cupcakesand blue napkins! See these party ideas on our Pinterest board to spark your creativity.
  • Plan the meal in advance. This will help you keep on budget and give you time to figure out how much food you need to buy so you don’t run out or have too much.
  • For common entrees like burgers and hot dogs, the average adult eats a third of a pound burger and a hot dog while kids generally eat one hot-dog.
  • For other references on meal planning for a party see these tips from AllRecipes.
  • Having lots of people over? Consider buying pre-pattied hamburgers.
  • Do your guests have any allergies?

Have A Game Plan:

The game plan is like your master schedule. If you master your game plan your party won’t be as stressful, and you can have a great time enjoying the fourth with all your guests!

  • When do invitations go out?
  • When is your big grocery field trip?
  • When are decorations put up?Grilling
  • What will be on your music playlist for the party?
  • Having out of town guests? Get their rooms prepped
  • What time do you need to start grilling?
  • When are your guests arriving?
  • What games and activities will be done first?
  • Unfortunately, the party will have to end at some point – when is that?
  • Think about your clean up schedule – who in your family is in charge of which area?

 If You’re Attending A Party:

We don’t blame you for not hosting a party – it’s a lot of work, but remember these things when attending:

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  • Don’t forget to bring the host a gift! Show the host how much you appreciate them for putting the party together.
  • If you’re supposed to bring food, ask what other people are bringing so there aren’t 5 chips and dips.
  • We suggest taking a homemade dish – it gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills!
  • Ask how many guests are attending the party so you make the perfect amount of your secret family recipe.

If You’re Watching Fireworks:

  • Scout out the best parking spot a few days before the fireworks.
  • Don’t forget to pack blankets and chairs!
  • You can never bring too many snacks.

No matter what your plans are this July Fourth, make sure to include it in your planner and have a game plan. Have a fantastic and safe holiday!

Happy 4th

Tax Time

Tips to Get You Out of the Tax Time Crunch

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

It may be late in the game, but the cold, hard facts are these: Tax day is less than a week away, and if you’ve yet to file your return, you’re not alone in the procrastination pool.

While that’s not necessarily a comforting thought, it’s not uncommon for many Americans to wait until the last minute to file their taxes. If you’ve procrastinated this long, panic is certain to be setting in. But all hope is not lost—with a little planning and organization, you can get your return in under-the-wire. Continue reading

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Making Cluttered Tax Documents a Thing of the Past

By Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands

Getting your home office organized and straightened up—and keeping it that way—is a year-long task. A perfect example is tax documentation. While many of the forms and statements for your annual return generally arrive in January and February, other documents that are important to the process filter in during the entire 12 months of the year.

Be it medical receipts or statements from making charitable donations, the paperwork needed for your tax return is continuously on the rise. In order to keep your living and working space from being littered with these papers, you must plan accordingly and establish a process. Let’s look at these in more detail. Continue reading

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Filing Taxes Stress-Free: It’s All About Organization

Planning and Productivity Experts at ACCO Brands Provide Tips on the Three P’s of Tax Organization: Planning, Paper and Process

Filing Federal and State taxes is a major task weighing in on many American’s to-do lists this time of year—and it’s one that is typically procrastinated upon. ACCO Brands is helping alleviate the stress of this annual endeavor with several tax organizing tips.

“Disorganization can be very costly to all of us, eating into our valuable time and causing heightened stress levels. Disorganized tax documents are no exception,” says Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce and Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands. “By getting organized and planning ahead, not only can filing your taxes be virtually stress-free, but it also could result in significant time and money savings.” Continue reading

Don’t be a Turkey—Get More Done this Week

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

With Thanksgiving coming up this Thursday, most of us are already facing “one of those weeks.” Despite the fun, festivities and traditions that come with it, typically this week represents hectic schedules, sometimes chaotic atmospheres and a general need for more hours in the day.

There are, of course, simple steps you can take to make the upcoming extended holiday weekend one of joy. It takes good planning a little discipline, but in the broad scope of things, it is well worth the effort.

Just like other weeks, you need to start each day creating a to-do list. The to-dos of this week, however, are certain to eclipse those of a typical week, so planning and prioritizing is a must. The best way to do this while saving plenty of time to actually enjoy Thanksgiving is to estimate and stick to task times. This will allow for a more precise daily schedule to be developed and followed. Continue reading

Inside and Out: Planning Home Clean-up for the Fall

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

We’re all familiar with Spring Cleaning, but equally important is Fall Cleaning. Just as you need to prepare your home, lawn and gardens for the spring and summer seasons, it’s critical that you do the same for fall and winter. Plus, with the latter seasons come the holidays, and we all want our homes—both inside and out—to look their best for guests.

Cleaning and preparation for cold weather should be incorporated on every homeowner’s calendar and planner. If you haven’t already done so, start blocking some time to get your homestead in shape. And to help you in determining what exactly needs to be done during your preparations, we’ve pulled together a couple lists that include tasks for both the interior and exterior of the home. Continue reading