September 4, 2014

College Fanatic Fans Contest Terms and Conditions



1-800-PACK-RAT prize package includes a stress ball, one PACK-RAT "candy jar" container, golf tees, car coasters, a USB thumb drive, lumber pencils, a tape measure and a $100 gift card from one of five major retailers!


You may enter the Competition beginning at 12:01 AM the day on which the Competition initiates, which is September 4th. Competition submissions, as well as votes during the Competition, come to a close at 11:59 PM the day on which the Competition ends, which is Sunday, October 5th. To enter, you must:  Go to and click the contest tab to upload an image of a 1-800-PACK-RAT unit, which will be provided in the 1-800-PACK-RAT eNews, that has been decorated to represent your favorite college football team. Upload the image file to the 1-800-PACK-RAT Facebook page and invite folks to go to the tab, hit vote and select your photo. Images posted to a personal profile will not be included in the contest. Clearly identify your name, and the college or university represented in the image. Please limit the number of images you load to the best of the best. Be the first person to comment on the photo and give as much information about the image, including what makes you the BEST fan of this college or university team.  To win you should encourage your friends and family to go to the page and click the “Like” button for your image.


The image with the most LIKES at the close of the competition (as judged by the 1-800-PACK-RAT Team) will win Image Competition.


Official Rules. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS COMPETITION. Registration with Facebook is necessary to post photos and videos. You agree that, by submitting an entry on the 1-800-PACK-RAT Facebook Timeline you will be bound by these Official Rules and you acknowledge that you release all rights to the photos, and your name, for general viewing and use by 1-800-PACK-RAT, its subsidiaries, and agents. By participating in this competition, you completely release Facebook of any liabilities, acknowledge that the promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook and acknowledge that you are providing information to 1-800-PACK-RAT and not to Facebook.



If you are an individual legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and are 18 or older at the time of entry, you are eligible to enter the Competition. Submissions from individuals under 18 years of age can be submitted, but a legal guardian will be required to receive a prize.  Our 1-800-PACK-RAT employees, their immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren), advisors or advertising/promotion agencies (and their immediate family members) are not eligible to win the prize, but are eligible to post photos to the Facebook page and we encourage them to do so. Winners will be required to verify their email and physical address for mailing of the prize package. Minors will be required to have a guardian provide this information. Only images that are uploaded directly to the 1-800-PACK-RAT Facebook Timeline are eligible to win. Only images created by persons posting the material are eligible to win. No copyright material is eligible for posting or winning. Individuals entering the competition agree to follow the Facebook Terms of Service.


1-800-PACK-RAT will award a prize package after the end of the competition period. Prize Announcement: We will notify the potential winner on the timeline within 5 business days following the end of the competition and ask them to private message the 1-800-PACK-RAT page so we can tell them how they can claim their prize. We will select an alternative potential winner if any potential winner does not claim the prize within 5 days of notification, or fails to meet the eligibility criteria. Odds of Winning. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible postings to Facebook combined with the number of "Likes" (votes) by the general public and other Facebook viewers.

Additional Terms. 1-800-PACK-RAT and their promotional agents reserve the right to remove photos it deems lewd or indecent without notice or explanation.  It is at the sole discretion of 1-800-PACK-RAT what it considers inappropriate and unsuited for general public viewing. We may, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law and in our sole discretion, change these rules or suspend or cancel the Competition at any time. 1-800-PACK-RAT becomes the sole owners of the posted photos and may promote them or use them in promotion without additional permission or credit. 1-800-PACK-RAT is not responsible for any malfunctions at Facebook or with computer equipment, transmission entries, or for technical, network, telephone, computer, hardware or software, malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of, or failure to receive any entry information on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website. We may, in our sole discretion, disqualify any individual found to be: tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or website; acting in violation of these rules; or acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with intent to annoy abuse, threaten or harass any other person. If you use robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry methods, your entry will be void. No greater than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules will be awarded. Miscellaneous.  If you win a prize, you may not redeem the prize for cash. All decisions and awards are final. Winners will be announced on Facebook and posted for 90 days on the rules page at the end of the Competition.

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August 28, 2014

Severe Weather Preparation Tips

Severe weather

Are you prepared for severe weather?  When we move to a new home, severe weather or other disasters are not usually top of mind. But it’s also important to have a plan to ensure your family stays safe.

Be sure you to add severe weather preparation to your to-do list while you are getting settled into your new home. Here are a few tips on how to be prepared when severe weather comes your way:

1. Build a kit: Flashlights, batteries, a weather radio, first-aid supplies, water and non-perishable food are just a few of the important items you should have ready to go. Be sure to put the kit somewhere easily accessible and everyone knows where it is.

2. Have a family plan: Your family may not be together when severe weather strikes. Have a plan in place so everyone knows where to meet or how to communicate in advance.

3. Designate a shelter: Sometimes severe weather escalates into something more dangerous like tornadoes or flash flooding. Identify the safest spot in your house during these types of weather events – usually a first-floor interior closet or bathroom away from windows.  

Do you have any severe weather tips? We want to hear from you! Stop by our Facebook page and share with us and our online community.

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March 11, 2014

Boston Relocation 2013 Infographic

2013 Moving Trends for the Boston Area INFOGRAPHICToday's installment of "Where We Go and Why We Go There" looks at beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. This New England metropolis is rich with history and happenings, while simultaneously existing as modern force in the worlds of commerce, education, and industry. However, like every city, Bean Town sees its fair share of departures and arrivals, as people move to and from Boston throughout the year.

Based on the top five destinations for people leaving Boston, one might conclude that the grey Atlantic weather has given them the blahs. Florida occupies four of the top five spots (Orlando, Tampa, Naples, and the South Florida Area), with the California Bay Area sneaking in at the #4 spot. Most people relocating from Boston seem to feel an affinity for the Atlantic Ocean... they just want to live near a warmer part of it.

However, when we look at points of origin for people moving to Boston, it helps to compare the stats. What specifically seems to be drawing people towards the Massachusetts capital?

  1. Washington, D.C. Nearby Washington, D.C., has a cost of living that's almost two-fifths higher than the national average. Couple that with an unemployment rate of 10.2%, and it's no wonder the D.C. Area sends a higher percentage of its residents to Boston than any other city in the country.

  2. Denver, Colorado. Long commute times and a too-hot-to-handle housing market are a few reasons why people are moving from Denver to Boston.

  3. Southern California. California falls into the list twice, with the #3 spot going to the southern part of the state (Los Angeles, San Diego, etc.). The cost of living in SoCal is 6.25% higher than the national average, and unemployment is currently at 8.9%.

  4. California Bay Area. Just a little bit farther up the California coast we find our #4 entry, the California Bay Area (San Francisco, San Jose, etc.). The Bay Area boasts an unemployment rate similar to its southern neighbors (8.9%), but also has a cost of living that's a whopping 99% higher than the national average.

  5. Pensacola, Florida. Rounding out the list at #5 is the only East Coast entry -- Pensacola. This Florida city has an unemployment rate similar to that of the D.C. Area (10.2%), but is also currently experiencing a negative job growth rate (-2.17%).
With an unemployment rate 2.2% lower than the national average, a property tax rate almost two dollars less than the national average, and an estimated rate of job growth expected to top 33% by 2022, it's no surprise that Boston is such a popular relocation option for so many. It can't just be for the baked beans.

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