In This Issue: Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Point | How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping | News to Start Your Day
Today we celebrate the cookie that is a traditional part of Chinese take-out, the Fortune Cookie! These crisp, folded cookies have a hint of buttery sweetness. Break them open, and you will find a slip of paper tucked inside with a message on it. The phrase will range from profound words of wisdom or tricky riddles to simple bits of common sense. Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!
The CK Daily – Heard of Meraki? If Not, It’s Worth Your Time
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! I am super excited about this week because it’s the week we officially launch Meraki products on our website! We are huge fans of Meraki and the way that they have done a masterful job of combining performance and simplicity. They really have removed a lot of the barriers that have made networking a pain for a lot of businesses over the years!
We’ve had our eye on adding these products for years, so it’s really exciting that the time has finally come! It was a big undertaking and, as with anything new, we learned a lot along the way. We tweaked some processes, hit a few snags, but all in all our team worked together to make it happen! Looking forward to serving our customers with Meraki gear, and looking forward to even more awesome product launches in the future!
Product Spotlights & Updates
Happy Tuesday! Today we’re highlighting the Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Point, AIR-CAP37021-A-K9.
This ready-to-install, easy-to-manage access point offers high capacity, high security, enterprise-class features to deliver wireless LAN access with a low total cost of ownership. Designed for coverage in offices and similar RF environments, this unobtrusive access point features integrated antennas and dual IEEE 802.11a/g/n/ac radios for comprehensive and predictable coverage, providing a combined capacity of 450 Mbps.
One of our customers, Joel, wrote, “The product work well as we use it inside all of our offices for Wi-Fi access. We especially enjoy the price compared to purchasing. We pair the AP’s with a Cisco Wireless controller to gain the full functionality of the AP’s. With a lifetime replacement warranty from Cables and Kits, this is a great deal. The product was packaged great and each AP was wrapped individually. The product came as described on the website. We received it on time and the product exceeded our expectations. I rate this product 5 stars.”
Grab this product while it’s 25% off this week!
How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping – Ramsey Solutions
There it is. The list of school supplies a mile long. And then your kid walks by in a shirt that wasn’t a crop top last season and tells you their feet grew a size and a half during flip flop season.
You’ve got a lot to buy, but these 14 tips on back-to-school shopping can help you prioritize your spending and save money.
1. Create and prioritize your list of back-to-school shopping needs.
Before you start spending money on the school year, create a list of needs and put them in order from most pressing to least. You may not be able to cover everything right away—but this list will help you see what to tackle first.
2. Make a back-to-school budget.
Once you have that list of needs, you need to create a budget to make it all happen. What school-related needs will occur every month (like after-school care or an extracurricular activity fee)?
3. Save on clothing by seeing what you already have.
Kids grow. And growing means outgrowing clothing. Before you start back-to-school shopping for longer pants and wider shirts, shop your kids’ closets and drawers.
4. Spread out the shopping.
Don’t feel like you have to buy a completely new wardrobe before school starts—because you don’t. Spread out the spending over several months.
5. See what supplies you already have.
At the end of last year, your child emptied their cubby, desk or locker and brought home a mixed bag of stuff: part trash, part memories, and part still-useable supplies. If you kept any of that good stuff, can you use it this year?
6. Know the difference between “cheap” and “value.”
Tacos, sandcastles, zoo fences and school supplies. What do these things have in common? No one wants them to fall apart. Inexpensive things sometimes do just that with daily use. As you hunt for deals, think more about the word “value” than the word “cheap.”
7. Use the dollar store for some back-to-school shopping.
Using your “cheap” vs. “value” thinking, check out your local dollar store. Yes, you’ll see plenty of junk, but you might be surprised at the quality finds awaiting you.
8. Don’t rule out the prepared back-to-school supply box.
Here’s the thing: We can put a lot of stress on ourselves doing all that extra shopping and end up saving only a couple of dollars—or really no dollars at all! Check into the prepared supply box your school probably offers each grade.
9. Buy used.
Don’t force your preteen to sport a used Dora the Explorer backpack because it was the only one at the thrift store. But also, don’t feel like everything has to be brand-new every year.
10. Take advantage of that back-to-school tax-free weekend.
If your state has sales tax and is having a tax-free weekend this year, find out when and get in on those savings!
11. Download apps to your favorite stores.
Target and Walmart have apps with some serious savings perks when you’re back-to-school shopping (or doing any shopping, to be honest). You can get special offers, see store pickup options, and check out clearance items, all from the palm of your hand.
12. Use coupons while back-to-school shopping.
Hey, coupons aren’t just for grandmas. You can save so much money by finding coupons online or even those old-fashioned paper sales ads.
13. Find stores that price match.
Some stores will offer to match prices if you find a better deal elsewhere. Office Depot, Walmart, Michael’s, Kohl’s, and Target are a few stores that offer this shopping benefit.
Want to read the full article? You can find it on Ramsey solutions here.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- Blue Origin is live-streaming its first passenger spaceflight on Tuesday, carrying founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen. You can find a live broadcast here.
- Dish reached a 10-year agreement to use AT&T as its primary network provider as it attempts to transition to a nationwide wireless operator.
- YouTube says it will try to surface more credible health information and add labels with information viewers will have to click on. The measures come as the company has faced repeated criticism for hosting health misinformation amid the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccines.
- As hot, dry weather conditions continue to fuel wildfires across much of the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon has become so intense that it is creating its own weather. The Bootleg Fire has scorched 537 square miles — It grew to nearly 364,113 acres Monday and is 30% contained.
- The fast-food chain announced this week that it would be adding a new super-spicy Ghost Pepper Ranch dipping sauce to locations around the country, but at the seeming expense of another beloved condiment. Hungry fans noticed that in stores where the Ghost Pepper Ranch Sauce has been rolled out, the beloved Creamy Sriracha Sauce has been removed. Understandably, people were up in arms about the quiet removal of the fan favorite.