New Federal Trade Commission guidelines impact my blog tomorrow

This may be a boring post to some, but I feel it is very important to take the time to share some new Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") guidelines that go in effect tomorrow, how they will impact my blog, and how you can expect for me to respond.

First, the guidelines will mandate that bloggers that have a material connection to advertisers must disclose the relationship. Why? Well, according to what I can piece together, the FTC feels it's misleading for readers to remain unaware that bloggers may be receiving money or products for their posts. To some degree, I can understand that. What is going to be difficult, however, is determining the level of disclosures needed. 

What I do know is that starting tomorrow – December 1st – all bloggers must disclose if they receive compensation (including products) as a result of their post, or they could be subjected to a fine of $11,000 per occurrence. That ain't no parking ticket, folks. 

So I want to be very clear. I DO make money from this blog. How do I make money? Through my affiliate and advertising partners – Google, Amazon, LinkShare, Logical Media, SmartSource, JuiceBox Jungle,, MySavings, and Commission Junction. I have also received a nominal amount from sponsored posts. How much have I made? Well, that's a bit of a personal question, isn't it? I will tell you this. I make FAR less than minimum wage when you consider the amount of time I pour into this blog on a daily basis. I am by no stretch being "wined and dined." What I am is a blogger who is passionate about helping people save money, and a blogger who is frequently up hours after the kids have been put to bed. While I hope to continue to earn income from this blog, please understand that I could easily be making more money doing just about anything else. 

And I will tell you this. If I were to be dinged even ONCE with this fine, I will be completely in the red. But I'm not shutting down this blog over these guidelines. I am going to abide by them and continue offering you the same deals and posts as I have been.  

So am I a mindless blogger, selling my space and words off to advertisers? Not by a long shot. I want you to understand that I am fully able to CHOOSE which deals I post. For instance, Logical Media and MySavings offer me a variety of offers to share with you. I carefully screen each offer I share. In most cases I try the offer out myself first or only select promotions I am personally familiar with. I want to assure you that ALL opinions I post on this blog are fully my own.

I will be reviewing my Disclosure Policy and making updates I see necessary. Please understand that you will be seeing a LOT more disclosures on my posts. While this may seem like a nuisance, please remember – if not properly disclosed I potentially can be dinged $11,000 per occurrence. And that's not something I can risk.

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions on this topic. If you are a blogger who has posted something related on this topic, I'd love to see what you've written. Please be sure to leave a link. For more information, you can find the FTC guidelines here 

GameStop Cyber Monday: now up!

GameStop, Inc.

TODAY ONLY, there are a number of discounts on games and accessories right now at GameStop, including:

Free $25 gift card with select activision game titles including Tony Hawk, DJ Hero, and Band Hero.  

$15 – $30 off select game titles including the EA titles (includes Sports Active), Spore Hero, and The Sims.

$30 off LittleBigPlanet, dubbed as "Game of the Year."

50% off PC game downloads.

$20 off Tekken6.

Go here to shop Cyber Monday deals at GameStop!  

Today only: get double cash back rebates at select Ebates retailers

Have you signed up for Ebates yet? It's simple – all you need is an email address and create a password. Once in, you can select from hundreds of retailers. Once you've made your selection, you can shop as you would – there's nothing fancy or special you need to do.

Once your purchase is complete, your cash back % will be credited to your Ebates account. And, if you're new to Ebates, you'll get $5 added just for joining. Ebates makes quarterly deposits back to your PayPal account. It's that simple!

Today only – for Cyber Monday – you can earn high cash back rates with several online retailers when you use Ebates.

The Body Shop: 12%
TheDisneyStore: 10%
Gap: 10%
Lancome: 18%
Macys: 7%
The North Face: 12%
Old Navy: 10%
Shutterfly: 20%

Go here to get started with Ebates! 

More Amazon Cyber Monday deals: Bosch router, pearl earrings, Vanformer playset

One last batch of Cyber Monday deals before I hit the hay. Thanks to Hotcouponworld for the first two finds!!

As a reminder, any Cyber Monday deal I post has a fair chance of going fast, so if you see something you like, don't wait around. 

Bosch Fixed-base router
Was $220 – now $96.59 and ships for free
Average 4 star rating by 80 reviewers


14K Yellow Gold Stud Freshwater Pearl Earrings
Was $100 – now $34.99 and ships for free
Average 4.5 star rating by 14 reviewer



Dude Vanformer Playset
Was $29.99 – now $9.99 + eligible for free shipping if your order is $25 or more
Average 4.5 star rating by 12 reviewers

Two hot toys voted by Toys R’ Us fans for Cyber Monday deals!

Facebook fans of Toys R' Us voted for the following two deals to hit Cyber Monday. I just checked and both are available NOW, so do hurry!!

Barbie Luv Me Triple Tricks Playset
Was $19.99 – now $5.99!!

Thomas & Friends Sodor Railway Engines & Shed
Was $69.99 – now $20.99 and FREE SHIPPING!


Remember, Cyber Monday starts in 15 minutes, and I'm going to be sharing as many deals as I'm able with you. You can also find them in the Cyber Monday category on my blog or by choosing the "Black Friday & Cyber Monday" tab on top. 

Be sure to become a Fan of Toys R' Us for all the Cyber Monday preview deals! And, go through Ebates and you'll earn 1.5% back on your purchases. While it's not a lot, you will get an additional $5 added to your account if you are joining for the first time. You'll receive your cash back via a quarterly PayPal deposit. 

While the majority of my blog focuses on saving money on groceries, I've heard so much positive feedback from readers on my assistance in finding holiday deals that I'm going to continue to share these as I'm able. As with any deal I post, please remember to weigh if each deal is right for you.

Up, Monsters, and Cars on Blu-Ray: $10.32 each + free shipping


Anyone else beginning to think the best deals are NOT to be had on Black Friday?

Right now, when you buy Up, Monsters, and Cars on Blu-Ray from Amazon, you can use coupon code PIXARBLU to receive a whopping $26 discount, bringing your total to just $30.97 for all three. That works out to just $10.32 per Blu-Ray and your movies will ship for free!

You can find the movies you’ll need to add here.  

Thanks, Hip2Save

Staples: Cyber 2-day sale in progress!



Shop Staples' 2-day Cyber deals here

Deals that stood out to me:

Get $25 free in Sharpie products. Add to your cart and use coupon code 96410 at checkout.

SanDisk 4GM Memory Card is just $9.99 – $25 off.  

Select HP All-in-One printers are 50% off.   

(And let's not forget those free batteries!) 

Free shipping if your order tops $50.  


Get 50% off ANY Wii title when you buy Super Mario for Wii!



Toys R' Us is offering a great deal on Wii games right now. First, add the Super Mario for Wii for $49.99 to your cart. Then, add ANY Wii game of your choosing also to your cart and you will receive 50% off that game!

If your total purchase is over $100, you can use coupon code HOLIDAY2 to save $15. In most cases, your order should ship for free. Also, there's a limit of one discount per order. 

Dealnews is reporting that this is the lowest pricing they've seen for select Wii bundles. Be sure to check out some of their favorite bundle ideas here.

Best Buy: Cyber 2-day sale in progress!



OK, retailers, what is the deal?

You offer Black Friday-advertised deals weeks before Black Friday and now I'm seeing Cyber Monday deals today. THIS is confusing.

Anyways, the good news for you is you don't have to wait until tomorrow to score some good online deals. Please note I've now changed my "Black Friday" tab to incorporate Cyber Monday and will be doing my best to share additional Cyber Monday deals as I find them there.

You can see
Best Buy's Cyber deals now. Shipping is free with your order of $25 or more. Be sure to check out the movies – many DVDs and Blu-Ray are marked to $9.99 or less. 

Free 20-pack Duracell batteries at Staples


Did you know that this is the time of year to stock up on batteries? I noticed this last year, too. I think it’s because everyone is buying toys and electronics as gifts that require them, and so naturally, one needs batteries.

Right now, you can essentially score free batteries at Staples from now through December 26. 

Here’s how it works. Head to Staples and become a Rewards Member (it’s free) and buy a 20-pack “AA” or “AAA” Duracell batteries for $12.99. You will then be able to receive Staples Rewards of $12.99, making them free!

The other interesting piece to this deal is that there is a limit of two per customer per week – so you could potentially buy 2 per week for 4 weeks. Just remember though, that you’re paying out of pocket to buy these and you’ll want to make sure you want that much Staples store credit in exchange. So be wise.

I did a little reading to learn more how this works. First, you can sign up to become a Rewards Member online by going here. Second, you can expect your Rewards to be mailed to you sometime in January. They can be redeemed in store, online, or over the phone for Staples purchases. 

Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!