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  • Fall into the Autumn Spirit

    Fall is here! The hot summer days are finished and it’s almost time to get out your jackets, enjoy the changing weather and watch the autumn leaves change colors. 

    Now that it is beginning to get nice and cool, it’s time to get started on the outdoor projects you put off during the summer. Whether you’re cleaning the gutters, clearing the yard or cutting and gathering fire wood, Cash America stores have the power tools and equipment you’ll need to get the job done.

    Yard work isn’t your thing? No worries - We have a wide variety of products for fun fall activities.

    • When you’re ready to tackle all the downed leaves the season has left on your lawn, from leaf blowers to lawnmowers, we have all the right tools.
    • Once you’ve got those leaves in a big pile, don’t dispose of them just yet! A photo op of the kids and pets jumping into them is inevitable. We have a wide variety of cameras, whether you’re looking to catch action shots or to capture upcoming holiday memories. 
    • The crisp fall air is perfect for outdoor activities. Head out for a hike or a bike ride. Check out our inventory of kid and adult bicycles for cycling this fall.

    Autumn wouldn’t be complete without a little relaxation on the couch, paired with a cup of hot cocoa or warm apple cider, enjoying all the season has to offer. 

    Whatever your plans, the Cash America family wishes you a happy fall!



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  • Kicking Off Another Football Season

    By Roger, Market Manager

    It’s football season! Whether you’re bundling up for “football weather” at a high school game, shouting your college fight song or having an NFL-watching party, it’s a great time of year to get together with family and friends.

    Regardless of the team jersey you sport this football season, prepare for a good one with these must-haves from our stores:

    • Flat-screen TVs — Don’t have the flat-screen TV you want for watching the big game? We have plenty at prices that fit your wallet and in different sizes for your man-cave or living room.
    • Laptops, tablets and smartphones — Keep up-to-the minute tabs on your fantasy football team with a laptop, tablet or smartphone you can take anywhere.
    • Game systems and video games — Reinvent a real football game from your living room by purchasing an NFL or college video game.
    • Sporting goods — Looking to be active and play your own game of football? Stock up on sports equipment for your next backyard game or for practicing to make next year’s team.

    It’s a touchdown for everyone!



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  • Geared Up for Diabetes Donations!

    By Tom Bessant, Chief Financial Officer

    The first day of school brings with it lots of worries for kids. What am I going to wear?  Will I like my new teacher?  Will any of my friends be in my class?

    Unfortunately though, for the more than 15,000 children diagnosed every year with type 1 diabetes (T1D), the biggest worry is how to avoid a blood sugar crash during the day.  In addition to their daily insulin shots, those with T1D have to monitor their blood sugar levels, carbohydrate intake, as well as have a consistent exercise regimen on a daily basis. 

    Having raised more than $2 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in the past 11 years, Cash America is proud to partner with JDRF for the twelfth year to work toward finding better treatments and a cure for this disease.  Our 2012 JDRF Campaign—which kicks off Monday, September 10 and runs through Saturday, October 20—features a company-wide paper sneaker selling campaign. At the corporate office, employees participate in fundraising activities and an annual Executive-sponsored softball tournament.

    “Each year, our customers and coworkers raise the fundraising bar tremendously,” said Campaign Coordinator Paige Blankenship. “This year, our goal is set at $500,000—an all-time high for us—and I am confident that together, our loyal customers and motivated coworkers will have another record-breaking year.”  

    We hope you can help us achieve this goal by visiting one of our shops and making a donation to this worthwhile endeavor.



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  • Spending Less and Saving More – Made Easy!

    By Mark Hachtel, Region Vice President

    How often do you find yourself thinking you want to save extra money and spend more wisely? Not sure how to do it or what your first step should be? Well, we’re here to help you!

    We’ve recently launched a website where you can become more knowledgeable about managing your finances and learn how to be more financially responsible. This Financial Education Program will walk you through a step-by-step process and teach you more about budgeting and saving, banking, borrowing money and credit management.  

     

    At Cash America, we regularly participate in financial literacy activities. In fact, financial literacy education is one of the five areas of giving we support in our communities.

    To make it even better, the first 100 people to complete the online Financial Education Program will receive a choice of three rewards:

    • $50 VISA® gift card
    • $50 off a $100 purchase Cash America in-store coupon
    • $75 off a $150 purchase Cash America in-store coupon

    And, the first 10 people to complete the program will be entered in a drawing to win a new, 40” Sony flat screen, LCD HDTV.

    Visit the Financial Education website now to get started!

    *No purchase necessary to enter to win. See Official Rules posted on the website for more details about giveaways.



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  • Less Work, More Play this Labor Day!

    Happy Labor Day! We really hope you are off the clock this Labor Day and able to enjoy a weekend trip or just some good ol’ rest and relaxation!

    Lately it seems leisure time is hard to come by for many people, so this holiday allow us to suggest a few products you can purchase to free up some time in your day.

    Less Labor
    • Upgrade your computer - no more freezing, restarts or anger management time-outs.
    • A vacuum - run it once, be done and move on.
    • Cell phone or PDA - being connected has its benefits, plus you might be able to download a new application you’ve never used before.

    Once you’ve freed up your time, here are a few ideas to enjoy the holiday weekend.

    More Leisure
    • Learn to play a musical instrument. Who doesn't want to be able to just jam?
    • Start gaming - most gamers claim there's no better way to unwind than to plug into a gaming system.
    • Load up an e-reader or a tablet with the summer’s must-reads you've been missing.

    Visit our stores to sell items or upgrade the pieces you already have and free yourself up for some much needed time off this Labor Day!



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  • Now Open for Business!

    By Jim, Operations Director

    Cash America keeps growing and with every new beginning comes an exciting grand opening! Grand openings are great opportunities for us to meet new people in our communities. We enjoy building relationships with our neighbors, who regularly attend our events.

    Giovanni Garibay, Cash America Government Relations Director, cuts the ribbon with local officials at a grand opening celebration in El Paso, Texas on June 15.

    Local dignitaries, city representatives and Chamber of Commerce members often make appearances for our ribbon cutting ceremonies. And our grand openings wouldn’t be complete without the local fire and police departments invited to attend, geared with information about ways to keep safe in our communities. Visitors enjoy learning more about our products and services and how our business works.

    Cash America employees pose in front of a new store at a grand opening in Houston on April 14.

    Our grand openings offer discounted merchandise and feature giveaway items and fun family activities. We take pride in our bright, clean, fun store atmospheres and invite you to come see what we have to offer. Our new locations are popping up nationwide and we’d love to see you at our next grand opening event!

     



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  • Chi-Town - It's My Kind of Town!

    By Steve Rhodes, Region Vice President

    We love the “Windy City” and the surrounding areas of Chicago. So much that Cash America’s presence in and around the third largest city in the United States has recently grown.

    Cash America has opened eight new locations in the Chicago area since 2012 with two more planned openings this year. Our grand openings in the Chicago area have drawn local mayors, aldermen, city leaders and police and fire chiefs.

    Harvey, Illinois Shop Manager Undra Pillows cuts the ribbon with Drein Lewis, Administrative Assistant to Harvey Mayor, at the store's grand opening on April 27

    Chicago has long been known for its spectacular skyline, tourist attractions and world-famous, deep-dish pizza. Downtown visitors beam at views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and The Magnificent Mile. And, few can visit the city without going to a Chicago Cubs™ game, or at least getting a close-up view of the famous Wrigley Field.

    A walk around downtown offers many options for visitors. Millennium Park and The Art Institute of Chicago will please any art lover and shopping on Michigan Avenue never disappoints even the truest shop-a-holics.

    "The Bean" in Downtown Chicago's Millenium Park - a famous tourist attraction

    Come visit us in the Chicago area and make a vacation out of it while you’re here!



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  • The Cash America Difference

    By Steve, Market Manager

    Customers often come into our stores with an urgent need for cash. Sometimes life’s unexpected situations happen, and that’s when we’re here to help.

    We offer small-dollar, short-term loans in varying amounts depending on state law.1 When it comes to financial alternatives, cash advances provide a convenient choice not offered by traditional financial institutions.

     

     

    What makes us different?

    • We abide by industry Best Practices in all of our transactions.
    • We educate our customers about the importance of making responsible financial choices.
    • Our employees are professional, treat customers with respect, explain the conditions of the loan and make the transactions simple and fast.
    • We work regularly with trade associations to provide quality, professional and affordable products.
    • We offer an extended payment plan at no additional cost so (if allowed by state law) customers can make smaller payments they can afford over time.

    Sometimes the unexpected happens and we strive to be there for our customers to offer financial options for each situation.

     

    1. An advance of money obtained through a small-dollar, short term loan is not intended to meet long-term financial needs. A small-dollar, short term loan should only be used to meet immediate short-term cash needs. Refinancing the loan rather than paying the debt in full when due will require the payment of additional charges.  Loan amounts vary.  Subject to lender's credit standards. Certain employment, income, residence and bank account qualifications required for approval.  Complete disclosure of interest rates, fees and payment terms are provided prior to each cash advance. 



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  • Need Something Cool for Back to School?

    It’s that time of year to fill your backpack with school gear! We recently launched our
     “Picture This! Collage Contest”* on Facebook that will run through August 24. It’s simple to enter - “like” the Cash America or SuperPawn Facebook pages and create a collage about what we mean to you.

     

    Upload it for a chance to win one of the following grand prizes:

    Cash America
    • First Prize – Apple® iPad 2
    • Second Prize – Dell Inspirion N5030 laptop
    • Third Prize – TI Scientific Calculator & 64GB iPod Touch

    SuperPawn
    • First Prize – Apple®  iPad 2
    • Second Prize – Sony 500GB Laptop
    • Third Prize – TI Scientific Calculator & 8GB iPod Nano

    Winners will be chosen based on their amount of public votes in addition to a vote given by a panel of judges from Cash America and SuperPawn. We can’t wait to see your collages – good luck!

    *Click here for official rules. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win.



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  • Customer Service - As Simple as 1, 2, 3!

    By Jennifer, Market Manager

    At the core of Cash America’s coworkers lies abundant energy for fostering relationships with our customers. We love our jobs and it shows through our high energy and the valuable relationships we’ve built with customers throughout the past 28 years. Our goal is to be reliable, convenient and committed to  world-class customer service every day.

    We honor each customer by adhering to our core values, along with providing one-on-one time and attention. Throughout the years, we have set new standards for the industry with inviting stores and useful services.

    Our 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee on everything we sell is unrivaled. If, for any reason, within 30 days you need to make a return, bring your receipt and get a refund, replacement of an item of equal value or store credit. We also offer a layaway program with just ten percent down. And, if you can’t complete the installments we’ll offer a store credit for your payments.

    Did you happen to notice the vast assortment of merchandise the last time you visited our stores? Our tireless pricing advocates research thousands of items to ensure you pay discounted prices for quality merchandise. From low rates on cash advances and auto equity loans to check cashing and internet lending—we offer a full spectrum of services with a happy heart.

     

     

     



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  • Pawn X-Changing the Future!

    By Curtis, Market Manager

    In 2010, Cash America acquired 29 Pawn X-Change stores in Washington, bringing our total number of stores there to 34. We are now the largest pawnshop chain in the state and our growth allows us to better serve our Washington customers.

    Pawn X-Change Store Before
    Pawn X-Change store before

    Now, we’re taking it to the next level and will be undergoing some major changes within the next several months – all Washington Pawn X-Change and pre-existing SuperPawn locations will be converting to the Cash America brand. This means new signage, upgraded features and a cleaner, brighter store for our customers.
    Cash America Store After
    Newly converted Cash America pawnshop

    We’ll be combining the new physical upgrades with the same great employees, products and services to provide our customers with an exceptional pawn experience.

    We invite you to come by one of our newly rebranded and redesigned locations in Washington, and let us help you. We can’t wait to see you soon!


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  • Internships: The Key for Post-Grads

    By Clint Janyes, SVP of Human Resources

    Great leadership begins with recruiting and training the best talent, which is why Cash America developed a paid internship program in 2007.


    “These days most companies won’t consider you without internship experience,” said Learning and Development Intern Hannah Kunneman. “My time at Cash America has helped prepare me for a great career and gives me an advantage when applying for full-time jobs after graduation.”


    Research shows that internships are essential in securing employment after college. Internships have become so important that in a 2011 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 86 percent of surveyed companies claimed they use internships to recruit college students for future employment.

    “We’ve worked to add more structure to the Cash America internship program and it has grown significantly from five interns in 2007 to nine participating in our program this year – the largest group to date,” said Corporate Human Resources Recruiter Nneka Ladday. “At Cash America we aim to make our internships exciting and challenging, while offering real-world relevance.”


    From interacting with top executives, including the CEO, to building a business portfolio, the experience our interns gain is priceless. We have adopted a mentor state of mind that nurtures talent and guides interns onto their career path.


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  • Leading the Way to a Bright Future!

    By Carlos, Market Manager

    At Cash America we strive to create a positive experience for our customers and we know this can only be achieved by recruiting and retaining the best employees. Our employees are our most valuable asset and without their hard work and dedication to our customers’ financial needs, Cash America would not be a leader in the financial services industry.  



    We aren’t alone in recognizing our commitment to the leadership, training and investment in our employees and excellent customer service. Because we go above and beyond to develop leaders and provide these best-in-class services, Cash America has won several awards throughout the years.

    During 2011, Cash America was named one of the Top 100 Places to Work by the Dallas Morning News (No. 9) and one of the Top Public Companies in Tarrant County for Community Efforts by Fort Worth Business Press (No. 7).    

    And the excellence is continuing into 2012 as Cash America has received the following awards:

    •    Cash America Blog, Award of Excellence — Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America
    •    Cash America Social Media Campaign, Award of Achievement — Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America
    •    Cash America Published Article, Award of Achievement — Fort Worth Public Relations Society of America
    •    Learning Elite Award (No. 20) — Chief Learning Officer magazine
    •    Learning! 100 Award (No. 24) — Elearning! Media Group


    We’re proud that we have a reputation for balancing work and family-life, and as a result, we have created a positive culture that encourages growth and recognition for our employees. The best is yet to come for Cash America and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!


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  • “Let Freedom Ring!”

    During this busy time of year filled with action-packed summer activities, it’s heartwarming to spend a day celebrating America’s independence from Great Britain on the Fourth of July! We remember those who fought for (and continue to fight for) our freedom and we are fortunate to call the United States of America our home.


    Here are some fun Fourth of July facts to share with others. . .

    •    The youngest of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Lynch Jr. (27) and the oldest was Benjamin Franklin (70).
    •    The initial date the resolution of independence was approved (in a closed session of Congress) was July 2, 1776.
    •    Congress revised the declaration for final approval on July 4, 1776.
    •    The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as U.S. Presidents were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
    •    Every Fourth of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) 13 times in honor of the original 13 colonies.


    Enjoy your fun-filled day of patriotic parades, concerts, fireworks and cookouts and have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!


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  • “Backing the Blue!”

    By Matt, Market Manager

    At Cash America, we take pride in knowing our customers have great experiences when they visit our stores. Each location is a clean, family-friendly atmosphere where customers feel safe doing business. As part of our strong commitment to community involvement, we work hand-in-hand with law enforcement officials to support safety initiatives.



    Public safety is so important to us that we made it one of our five key areas of charitable giving and community partnerships. We routinely work with local police departments during various customer and neighborhood events.

    Officers often attend our grand openings and promote safety programs, including the National Child Identification Program, which allows parents to keep their child’s fingerprint and vital statistics on hand in case of an emergency.



    Cash America was one of the first in our industry to report transactions to Leads Online, a website that helps police identify possible stolen items.

    We also play an active role in National Night Out programs throughout the nation - a crime and drug prevention community event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. This program allows us the opportunity to build relationships with our neighbors and local law enforcement partners and helps strengthen communities through crime prevention awareness!



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  • 10 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

    By Dion, Market Manager

    While many of us have been experiencing warmer weather for quite some time, June 20 marks the official first day of summer.  During this time of year, we often participate in outdoor activities such as barbecues, relaxing in the pool or outdoor sporting events. While spending time outside is fun, we also know temperatures can heat up quickly, and we all have to be mindful of safety.



    As you kick off summertime activities, keep these tips in mind to beat the heat!

    •    Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day. Early morning and evening can be much more inviting for outdoor summer fun.
    •    Wear lightweight clothing made of natural fibers, such as cotton, to help keep your body temperature down.
    •    Maintain hydration by drinking plenty of cool water throughout the day.
    •    Avoid heating up the kitchen (and the rest of the house) by preparing lighter meals that don’t require cooking, such as salads and sandwiches.
    •    Close blinds or shades during the heat of the day to keep the house cool.


    •    Use ceiling fans and portable fans to increase air circulation in the house.
    •    Replace air conditioner filters frequently to ensure maximum efficiency and cooling.
    •    Apply and reapply sunscreen as needed to protect your skin from burning and harmful UV rays.
    •    Know your limits and take breaks if you feel overheated during outdoor summer activities.
    •    Plan indoor activities during the hottest part of the day, typically 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Summer is a time of celebration with family and friends, and Cash America is here to help. Whether you are in need of a new fan, window air conditioning unit or anything else for your home, visit Cash America to help beat the heat while enjoying your summer!


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  • “Say Cheese!” It’s Photo Scavenger Hunting Time

    Summer is almost here, and along with it comes hunting season, ahem, scavenger hunting season!  We are hosting our first ever social media scavenger hunt for merchandise on Twitter where customers have the opportunity to win cash! 


    Beginning June 11, Cash America Twitter hunters (otherwise known as followers) will be given one clue each day relating to merchandise carried in our stores.  Participants can visit any Cash America location (or one of our affiliates), snap a photo of the product they think matches the given clue and send a photo of that product to @CashAmerica. The first person to correctly send in a picture of the item described in the clue will win a $100 Visa® gift card!


    There will be one winner each weekday for the two week contest (June 11 -22). Act fast! The contest ends on June 22.*

    So, follow us on Twitter (if you aren’t already) and kick off the summer with our fun and exciting scavenger hunt!

    * There is no purchase necessary to enter or win and the contest is not affiliated with Visa®.



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  • Cash America’s Secret to Success

    By Dan Feehan, President and Chief Executive Officer

    To be successful, I believe you need to find the right balance between your work and personal lives. I see this as a three-legged stool - work, personal and family-life. When one leg is shorter than the others, the stool is off-balance and not functional, but when all three legs are even the stool stands strong and stable.



    Cash America’s coworkers help their children with homework, care for elderly parents, find time for their significant others and much more. By prioritizing our time and commitments, we achieve happiness in all areas of our life. The pleasure we glean from our work, family, religious beliefs, hobbies and activities blends into each other and our lives are more fulfilling as a result of it.

    At Cash America, we take care of our employees and treat them with dignity, and in turn, they do the same for our customers. When our coworkers are able to achieve balance in all aspects of their lives we see it reflected in their attitudes and it shows every day in their dedication to our customers. When you come into one of our stores you are not a business transaction; you are a person with real needs and dreams and we strive to help you achieve all of your goals.


    I invite you into one of our stores to experience our customer-friendly team firsthand. Get to know your local Cash America team and let them assist you during your time of need or just help you find something new to purchase. After all, you are part of our family and we appreciate your loyalty.


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  • Vacation Mode: Just a Click Away!

    By Melodie, Market Manager

    Put away the phones, lock-up the laptop and stock up on sunscreen - it’s time to get in vacation mode! For most trips, all you really need is a great camera and a comfy pair of shoes. After all, vacation is all about being in the moment, creating photo ops and being far, far away from your daily routine.



    With Memorial Day marking the start of summer travel, it makes me reflect on vacations I have taken throughout the years. I’m so glad I’ve always photo-journaled each of my adventures. Even if it was just camping or a day trip to explore a nearby town, I enjoy carrying those memories with me and being able to peek back at them days, weeks and years later.

    In preparation for the travel season, many of you will buy cameras to capture your special vacation moments, and it’s always good to put some thought into these purchases.

    A few things to keep in mind when searching for a good travel camera:
    •    Compact and lightweight
    •    Does it have a zoom and flash?
    •    Do you want video?
    •    Battery preference (Do you like rechargeable or disposable?)
    •    Delay time (Test the camera to see how fast it snaps.)
    •    Storage size


    Should your shutterbugging get more serious and extend outside of vacation time, you may also consider a camera with manually adjustable settings, interchangeable lenses and even different formats of film cameras.

    We carry a variety of cameras in our stores that fit just about any vacation mode and there’s no better time to get started collecting memories than now. Happy Memorial Day!


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  • From Pawnshop Kid to Professional

    By Angela, Market Manager

    As a child I often frequented pawnshops with my father. He was always looking for a good deal and a collection of movies for me. Saturday mornings were spent making the tour of area pawnshops where we would scout out the VHS collection, while also looking for video games. He usually bought a few tools for the yard or other ‘grown-up’ things, but what I remember most is the time I spent with my dad - it was our weekend of fun.



    As an adult with a career in the pawn industry, I always remember those weekends and how much we enjoyed our purchases. When a family enters our shop I want them to have the same feeling I had as a child – excitement, fun and entertainment! Our shops are brightly lit, customer-focused and safe environments.


    As I’ve come to appreciate the ‘grown-up’ reasons to visit a pawnshop, I love my career even more. We provide our customers with quality merchandise for up to 70 percent off the retail price. We carry a 30-day satisfaction guarantee on our products and provide a layaway program for those items you need a little more time to buy. I wouldn’t want to be in any other industry.

    I hope you bring your family in to visit my Cash America family, and you might just find a weekend of fun!


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