This week we hit the farmers market pretty early to purchase the season’s bounty. I love the market this time of year, the produce is so fragrant and everything is in season. We did score a 1/2 bushel of green beans; so if you are reading this letter, that means I’ve got my work done and am busy snapping beans and heating up the pressure canner. I’m glad it’s cooler today than it was yesterday.

Business Member News

Shoppers are using the Internet to make decisions of what and where to shop. RelyLocal Wausau increases your online presence with our local business directory, electronic coupons, online reviews, video clips, and social media conversation. But that’s not all, it’s also a grassroots campaign to promote local business with events like our Cash Mobs and cooperative advertising such as the Deal-a-Rama postcard. Learn more and advertise with us. 

Caring Transitions

NorthEast Wausau Estate Sale at 4052 Henry St, 8/23 & 8/24 9am – 4pm, 8/25  9am – 1pm. Just 3 min. north of Bridge St. Electric organ, large wardrobe, curio cabinet office desk & chair, TV stand, TV, fireproof safe, love seat, housewares, jewelry,  home décor, Christmas,  glass dishes, furniture,  books, lamps, pictures, office supplies, lawn & garden, tools, & much more. Cash & Credit Cards ONLY. All sales final. No guarantees/warranties on items. Buyers arrange for help to move large purchases. Details at Caring Transitions. . .

Frasiers Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning


Have you heard of the new kid on the block? We’ve been following it’s skyward arc since day one. We also sport the first technicians in the Northwoods to be certified BY Nest. We love the product, and we know you will too! This thermostat has it all.  Plan customization, web dashboard, and even their new Home Audit system of discovering where your home is bleeding air – and money.  This one is a bit of bear to set up yourself if tech isn’t really your thing.  We recommend having one of our techs set this beast of a system up for you. Call today to schedule an install.

Wild Birds Unlimited of Wausau, WI

If you are a Daily Savings Club member we have a Double Points Event this coming weekend! Not only that but we’re giving away some great prizes AND for every item you bring in to be donated to the humane society (Nitro insisted we do this) you get an entry into a drawing for a $100 shopping spree!!! Not a member – stop in and join!

Hazel Home


Large collection of vintage Wausau postcards now in stock. $3 each. Stop on in and peruse our selection

Marathon Savings Bank

Next Monday, August 26th, Mobile Banking will be available! Don’t have a “smart phone?” That’s fine. You will also be able to sign up your phone to receive text messages of your account balances and transaction history! You can get ready for Mobile Banking by going to our website and signing up for online banking! Marathon Savings Bank. . .

Facebook Tune-Up

Most businesses have Facebook pages. Social media sites like Facebook are a great way to connect customers and create a conversation that you normally wouldn’t have using other forms of marketing. Some businesses do a great job with their social media, while others may desire a little coaching. That’s why I offer my Facebook Tune-Up service. For only $77, you will receive a 1 on 1 consultation giving you actionable advice custom tailored to your business’s social media needs. Times are limited, so contact me today at (715)203-1240 or email michaelmartens@relylocal.com to schedule your tune-up.

Money Tip of the Week

Travis over at Financial Fiduciaries is back again with another great money saving tip:

“Living within your means” is a lifestyle everyone should learn and embrace. If your credit card balances are rising, groceries are becoming hard to purchase each month, and/or you never seem to build up your savings account, it is time to review and cut back on your current spending. Balancing your income and expenditures can be difficult at times, but will pay off in the long run. Build a budget and eliminate one unnecessary expense every month or so. Trying to adjust to a new budget all at one time will not only be extremely difficult, but the adjustments are less likely to be long term.

Marketing Internship

Between the classroom and the career lies the internship. An internship gives students the opportunity to shadow their prospective career path of choice, gaining industry connections and cultivating the exact skills needed to succeed. RelyLocal Wausau has a marketing internship opportunity. Details are on the Buy Local Wausau Blog:

Closing Thoughts

This week we got the kids all ready for another year of school. As they hit the high school years it really doesn’t get a whole lot easier, just more expensive. At least as they get older I don’t have to do the mad dash to buy school supplies. Pens, pencils, notebooks and folders are about all they really need. That is after you invest in the $100 calculator. But even my son who couldn’t wait for school to end a couple of months ago is eagerly counting the days til the semester starts. I guess change can be a good thing.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to keep it local.