Amazon Prime Day 2021

Amazon Prime Days is back to help kick off summer June 21 & 22 2021. That’s two days of savings with more than 2 million deals. There will be deals in every category: fashion, home, beauty, electronics, and a lot more. There will also be entertainment benefits for Prime Video, Amazon Music, Prime Gaming, and more.

Are you a Prime member? Well you can start shopping early, today, in fact. You can already find deals on:

  • JBL headphones
  • Fire TVs
  • Toys – Save on select toys and games from LEGO, Hasbro, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Radio Flyer, Magna-Tiles, and Paw Patrol, including learning, technology, arts & crafts, outdoor, and sports toys
  • Kitchen – Save on select Margaritaville blenders, 25% on select GoWise air fryers, and up to 30% on Le Creuset cast iron and stoneware products.
  • Home
  • Pets
  • Home Improvement – Save on select DEWALT 20-Volt MAX tools and jobsite accessories and the Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker. For your smart home, save up to 20% on select ecobee products. Save on select First Alert smoke detectors.
  • Books

And much more!

Save While Supporting Small Business

Spend $10, Get $10: Starting on Monday, June 7, through Sunday, June 20, Amazon will offer a $10 credit to use on Prime Day to members who spend $10 on select small business products and brands based in the U.S. in Amazon’s store, including products from Amazon Handmade and Amazon Launchpad. This promotion is fully funded by Amazon to connect customers with local small businesses selling in its store. Small business promotions will also run in the U.K., Spain, Germany, Italy, France, and Japan.

There are more small businesses participating than ever before. There will be over 300,000 sellers that will be eligible for the spend $10 get $10 promotion.

Earn 10% Back in Rewards: During the Spend $10, Get $10 promotion, Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card and Amazon Prime Store Card holders with an eligible Prime membership will also earn 10% back in rewards on select small business purchases.Visit amazon.com/pcb to learn more.

Curated Storefront: To make it easy for customers to support small businesses this Prime Day, Amazon has curated collections to connect customers with small businesses at amazon.com/supportsmall. Customers can shop across collections, including from Black-owned, woman-owned, and military family-owned small businesses.

Shop Small Businesses with Alexa: Echo device owners in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany can say, “Alexa, shop small business” to discover products eligible for the Spend $10, Get $10 promotion.

Shop on Amazon Live: On Monday, June 7, customers can shop alongside Kristen Bell, Karamo Brown, and Mindy Kaling who will be joined by some of their favorite small business owners to discuss their products and inspiring stories. Throughout Prime Day, Amazon Live will spotlight exciting deals curated from small businesses across Amazon. Viewers will also have the opportunity to hear directly from business owners, learn more about their products, and shop their Prime Day deals during a re-occurring segment called Small Business Showcase on June 21 and June 22.

Ways to Shop and Save During Amazon Prime Days

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card: For the entire month of June, Prime members get a $150 Amazon Gift Card instantly upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card. Visit amazon.com/primevisa to learn more.

Guys I have had one credit card for that last 16 years. I’ve used it to build my credit after my divorce and I feel loyal to it. The problem is, there’s no perks to it. No rewards, no points, no cash back, no travel miles, nothing. Credit Sesame kept telling me opening another credit card may help my credit score and I kept pushing it off. BUT with this offer I had to take advantage. I got the $150 Amazon gift card and checked the pre-approval link so as not to ding my credit if I wasn’t qualified. But my hard work has paid off and I qualified. The $150 Amazon credit went into my account almost immediately. You can get this credit just for applying even if you don’t qualify! PLEASE, use your credit responsibly.

Amazon Gift Cards: Today through June 20, Prime members can get a $10 promotional credit with the purchase of $40 or more in select Prime branded Amazon Gift Cards. Visit amazon.com/giftcardspd21 to learn more.

Go In-Store: Customers can find in-store deals by visiting Amazon’s physical retail locations, including Whole Foods Market, Amazon 4-star, Amazon Books, Amazon Pop Up, Amazon Go, and Amazon Fresh.

Amazon Coupons: Discover more ways to save with Amazon Coupons. Find discounts on everyday essentials, electronics, clothing, and more. Simply clip the coupon and the discount will be applied at checkout. Explore the most popular coupons on amazon.com/coupons.

What Amazon Is Doing For Employees

Prime Day Helping to Create Good Jobs

  • To help deliver for customers, Amazon recently announced that it is hiring for 75,000 new jobs across its fulfillment and transportation networks.
  • Amazon also recently announced pay increases across its fulfillment and transportation networks, and these open roles offer an average starting pay of over $17 per hour, plus sign-on bonuses of up to $1,000 in many locations.
  • All Amazon regular full-time employees in the U.S. receive comprehensive health benefits starting on the first day of the job—with no waiting period. We offer medical, dental, and vision coverage to all our regular full-time employees, regardless of their level, tenure, or position.
  • New Amazon employees joining our fulfillment and transportation network will join the already thousands of employees who ensure fast, efficient, and safe delivery to our customers throughout Prime Day and the rest of the year. The locations with the most open roles include Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Options for Amazon Prime

You can’t shop ALL the deals, get free 2 day shipping, and get the best and most out of Amazon video and music without a Prime membership. Remember there are also exclusive Prime member deals too.

Don’t forget, if you’re new to Amazon Prime you get a 30 day free trial. Now is a great time to test it out because your Prime will be free during Prime Days!

Are you a student? You can get 50% off a Prime student membership

Prime Student 6-month Trial

There’s also 50% off Prime for eligible government assistance recipients.

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COVID-19 Scams Targeting the Elderly

There are always scam artists but they always seems to come out in force when people are most vulnerable. There’s always increased scams around the holidays. Recently COVID-19 has created a new angle for these scam artists.

C&N is partnering with the American Bankers Association Foundation’s
Safe Banking for Seniors campaign in a nationwide effort to help older customers and their
financial caregivers understand the current scams and how to protect themselves and their
loved ones. Throughout the month of May, which is Older Americans Month, C&N will share
articles and tips to help eliminate the almost $2.9 billion that older Americans lose each year to
fraud.

Times of crisis leave the elderly more vulnerable to scams and coronavirus scams are
becoming more ingenious every day. Here are a few of the current scams targeting older
Americans.

 Phishing and supply scams. Scammers impersonate health organizations and
businesses to gather personal and financial information or sell fake test kits, supplies,
vaccines or cures for COVID-19.
 Stimulus check or economic relief scams. The government is preparing to ease the
economic impact of the virus by sending money by check or direct deposit. However, the
government will NOT ask for a fee to receive the funds, nor will they ask for your
personal or account information.
 Charity scams. Fraudsters seek donations for illegitimate or non-existent organizations.
 Delivery of malware. Often through “virus-tracking apps” or sensationalized news reports.
Charity Frantz
570-724-0225
charityf@cnbankpa.com

 Provider scams. Scammers impersonate doctors and hospital staff, claim to have treated
a relative or friend of the intended victim for COVID-19 and demand payment for
treatment.
 Bank/FDIC scams. Scammers impersonate FDIC or bank employees and falsely claim
that banks are limiting access to deposits or that there are security issues with bank
deposits.
 Investment scams often styled as “research reports.” Fraudsters claim that products or
services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect or cure COVID-19.

10 Tips for Seniors

  1. Watch out for phishing scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails, texts, phone calls and
    websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links
    or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you are not familiar with, and NEVER
    give your password, account number or PIN to anyone.
  2. Ignore offers for a COVID-19 vaccine, cure or treatment. Any medical breakthrough will not
    be first reported through unsolicited emails or online ads.
  3. Rely on official sources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. Visit the websites
    from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your state’s health department to keep
    track of the latest developments.
  4. Remember that the safest place for your money is in the bank. It’s physically secure and it’s
    federally insured. When you deposit your money at a bank, you get the comfort of knowing that
    your funds are secure and insured by the government. You don’t have the same level of
    protection when your money is outside the banking system.
  5. Do some research before making a donation. Be wary of any business, charity or individual
    requesting COVID-19-related payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card or
    through the mail.
  6. Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Using the latest security software, web
    browser and operating system is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online
    threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
  7. Recognize and avoid bogus website links. Cyber criminals embed malicious links to download
    malware onto devices or route users to bogus websites. Hover over suspicious links to view the
    actual URL where you will be routed. Fraudulent links are often disguised by simple changes in
    the URL. For example: www.ABC-Bank.com vs ABC_Bank.com.
  8. Change your security settings to enable multi-factor authentication for accounts that support
    it. Multi-factor authentication—or MFA—is a second step to verify who you are, such as a text
    with a code.
  9. Before you make any investments, remember the high potential for fraud right now. You
    should be wary of any company claiming the ability to prevent, detect or cure coronavirus. For
    information on how to avoid investment fraud, visit the website of the Securities and Exchange
    Commission.
  10. Help others by reporting coronavirus scams. Visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center
    at ic3.gov to report suspected or confirmed scams. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest
    scams by visiting the FTC’s coronavirus page at ftc.gov/coronavirus.

Remember
Never give your Social Security number, account numbers or other personal financial
information over the phone unless you initiated the call.

As your local community bank, C&N is always here to help you and protect you and your loved
ones. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About C&N: C&N is an independent community bank providing complete banking, financial, investment and
insurance services through 30 full-service offices located throughout Bradford, Bucks, Cameron, Chester, Lycoming,
McKean, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga, counties in Pennsylvania and Steuben County in NY. C&N also operates two
loan production offices in Elmira, NY and York, PA, which offer commercial, residential and consumer lending
services. C&N can be found on the worldwide web at www.cnbankpa.com. The Company’s stock is listed on
NASDAQ Capital Market Securities under the symbol CZNC.

Should We Add A Deck To Our “Door To Nowhere?”

When we toured our house, we were given the tour by the actual owners. They were selling their house themselves. We love 90% of the house. We went up to the FROG (family room over garage) and it was huge. There was also another bedroom attached to the family room. Then we noticed “the door”

adding a deck to our house

There’s an exterior door in the family room. We realized it doesn’t really go anyway. It faces a neighboring house that I like to call “the bad juju house” because the owners told us 3 people have died in that house next door. It’s been abandoned since the last owner’s, untimely death.

We can see straight to the bad juju house. There was absolutely nothing out there. Except an overgrown staghorn sumac tree grove. Which, by the way, if anyone has a good way to get rid of sumac trees, like a lot of them, please let me know. They keep sprouting up and spreading like weeds! But literally nothing else. No deck, no sidewalk, no garden, no play area. To be fair, it’s on a hill so it’s gonna take some serious leveling.

What I’m thinking is putting up some privacy hedges along the property line so we don’t have to stare at the bad juju house. We’re talking about putting in a deck. We want a fairly big deck that we can have cookouts or parties on. We also want to put a hot tub out there eventually. Oddly this entire side of the house, which is a pretty broad side, has no outdoor electric outlets or water outlets. We finally installed a water spout last summer because I put a vegetable garden out there. We were actually carrying buckets and watering cans of water up to the garden via either the front door and climbing the hill or carrying them through the house to the FROG and out the door to nowhere to water the garden. Severa trips! It was too much!

Here’s the things we’re not sure about.

  • Do you go regular deck lumber or do we use that fake lumber stuff? I don’t even know what it’s called.
  • The area get a lot of sun (hence the vegetable garden). Do we do an awning for a big deck, pergola, or build an actual porch-style roof? I kinda like the idea of the pergola for the look and to not block out the sun completely. I also think they’re versatile in that it’s easy to grow vines, string lights, or hand decorations on.
  • What would look nice for privacy to block out the bad juju house? Do we do shrubs or privacy fence? Other ideas?
  • Can we put the hot tub on the deck or is it smarter to do a step-down area onto a concrete patio to prevent water damage?

I’d love to hear your ideas. When we decide to pull the trigger on this project we want to do it right. I’m open for any other suggestions you have. And, again please, if you know how to get rid of spreading sumac trees I’d love to hear that too.

This post is sponsored by Diamond Bloggers. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Hosting a Board Game Night At Your Bar

Hosting a board game night at your bar can be a fun way to draw in a crowd, particularly if you have nights that are typically slow business nights. If your game nights are special events, be sure to advertise them well so people know to come. Here are a few other tips for using board games to boost your bar business.

Choose Great Games

When you offer games for your bar patrons to play, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. First, choose games that can be completed fairly quickly. Monopoly is probably not a game people would choose to play when going out for the evening. Second, choose a wide variety of games. Some people like classic games like cribbage or backgammon. Others are into fantasy or strategy games. Having plenty of choices means everyone is likely to find something they can enjoy. Also, be sure to have some games that can be played by only two players, and some that can be enjoyed by a large group.

Offer Special Drinks

Once your bar has its liquor license Houston TX in place, you can start planning fun drink offerings. Creating a specialty, game-themed drink for the evening can get everyone in the board game mood. If one of your games is Clue, why not offer a bloody mary, or a specialty cocktail featuring blood orange? A rousing game of Apples to Apples would certainly be improved by an appletini or two. Offering special drink pricing at the beginning of the evening can encourage patrons to arrive early and get settled in.

Host a Competition

Some board games work quite well for a bracket-style tournament. You can plan a quick, one-night competition, or a multi-week series of tournament game nights, culminating in a final victory round. Think of games such as Scrabble or Parcheesi that can be learned easily by most people and require some amount of strategy, rather than just luck. Offering prizes is a sure way to bring in more competitors. Some venues choose to charge an entry fee, and others just count on increased sales for the evening. You can also choose to have teams register in advance, or let people join in at the last minute. Offering team-matching services can help include patrons who don’t already have a team to play with.

Offering your bar customers an evening of board game fun is a great way to increase patronage on an otherwise slow business night. A good selection of games and drinks will keep people coming back for more of both.

Exploring Options for Debt Consolidation

Are you struggling to pay off your debts, such as student loans? Are your credit cards maxed out and can you no longer qualify for a 0% credit card balance transfer offer? In general, you want to choose a debt consolidation loan plan that simplifies your financial life or reduces the cost of your debt, or, ideally, both. There are some debt consolidation loans Canada offers and these are available from lenders that can simplify your payment but do not significantly reduce the cost of your debt. You don’t want to choose those.

Explore Your Options

You need to explore your options. This is why it is so important to research your debt consolidation loan providers before making the decision. One of the biggest obstacles to debt consolidation is the risk you run in incurring new debt before paying off the consolidated debt. Therefore, close all old accounts or cut them off. You may have heard that closing multiple accounts can hurt your credit. Initially, your score may take a small hit, but this is nothing compared to the hit your credit score will take when you keep adding more debt to your bad debt.

Learn how debt consolidation affects your credit

If you got into debt due to unexpected circumstances, such as a medical bill or job loss, rather than a recurring cycle of making poor purchasing decisions, it is probably better to keep your accounts open and just cut up your cards so your credit score remains intact. How debt consolidation affects your credit will depend on the options you choose. Every time you apply for a loan, this is considered new credit, which means that a thorough investigation of your credit will be done. As a result, your score will drop. Some lenders allow you to apply for a debt consolidation loan without affecting your credit score, giving you an interest rate without having to do rigorous research.

The Lenders

With some lenders, those with the best credit will get the lowest rates. Many lenders also don’t charge fees for paying off your loan early; however, they could charge upfront fees of up to five percent on your loan. Some may send money directly to your creditors to increase your chances of successful debt consolidation. Your credit score will depend in part on your credit utilization, how much debt you have compared to the total amount of available debt. When all your credit cards are maxed out and you open a new one, this increases your available debt and lowers your utilization rate, which can actually help your score. However, your score will suffer whenever you have a high balance on any card. Transferring multiple balances to one card will cause your score to suffer, even if you have paid off all of your other cards.

Conclusion

Using debt consolidation loans Canada offers to pay off credit cards lowers your utilization rate and increases your score. Many debt consolidation companies will negotiate with your creditors on your behalf for lower balances and lower interest rates. Look for those who will get a written agreement from each of your creditors that outlines the terms of the agreement.