As you might have suspected, yes, I do make money from this blog. I feel very blessed to be doing something that I love doing and that also helps support my family and my desire to be a stay-at-home mom. I also want to let you know I’m committed to keeping this site free for you to use.
So how exactly do I make money from this site?
I have a number of advertisers and third-party affiliates that I work with including Google, Amazon, Logical Media, Commission Junction, Share-a-Sale, Coupons.com, Escalate Network, and LinkShare. I have also accepted cash for ad space, sponsored posts, promotions, and other related ventures. I sometimes may also earn referral credit when you choose to click on links I have in the body of my posts.
If I’ve accepted cash to run a sponsored post, it will be clearly marked as such in the disclosure. Please note that such posts are very few and far between.
What I want you to know about my advertising methods.
While I enjoy supporting my family through this site, I want to make something very clear. I am not out for a “quick buck.” My goal is to build a site that is successful for the long haul. There have been times I’ve turned down paying advertisers because I felt they were inappropriate for my site and that you would view me less favorably. Making a few bucks is not worth risking the reputation I’ve worked terribly hard to build. I also recently made the decision to block political endorsements from displaying on this site. There are also offers I have stopped sharing because I had readers tell me of their poor experiences. I listen.
I also want you to know that all opinions shared on this site? They’re mine. You can count on me for that.
Why I hope you’ll support my site.
It’s easy to look at this as a pretty sweet gig. And sure, in so many ways, it is. But make no mistake about it – in the six years I’ve run this site, it’s been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I frequently give up time out of my schedule to research deals, head to the store to scout out a sale, plus develop content that I feel will be of use to you. I would love to continue justifying the time I spend in running this site – and I can only do that so long as its profitable.
So yes, I do encourage you to shop through my links if you see a deal shared that appeals to you!
What do I do with the income with my site? Well, lots of things. You should know that I invest a good portion of the proceeds back into the blog. My current largest line-item expense? My wonderful contributors! As of this update (Feb 2015), I have three lovely ladies that regularly provide work and content to make this site a better place to be. Money has also been spent on developing the graphic design and tech elements of my site. I also regularly give back to my readers through giveaways… and some stuff that never hits the blog because I’d prefer to keep it that way. Just know that I don’t take your support for granted and that you can feel good about shopping through my links and even just giving me an extra pageview or two.
What I want you to know about doing the deals I share.
Please understand that I work hard to make sure that the deals I post are true and accurate. If I unknowingly make a mistake in a deal I post, I will retract and/or clarify as soon as it is brought to my attention. Readers, I urge you to make sure you double-check any deal you find on this blog or any other site before doing it first. Please also note that I cannot be responsible if a store decides to not honor their offer, change their offer, cancel their offer, or if sale items are unavailable or out of stock at your particular store. Unfortunately, this has and does happen. Finally, you might be interested to know I’m posting out of the South Seattle area, so prices and deals on my blog may be reflective of my geographical area.
I whole-heartedly welcome the sharing of opinions on this blog! Even if you don’t agree with everything I say, you are welcome and encouraged to voice your opinion.
I do ask that you follow these common sense guidelines when leaving a comment:
:: Please avoid profanity and vulgar language.
:: Please avoid making discriminatory or racist remarks.
:: Please do not make personal attacks (such as name calling).
:: Please keep things on topic. Don’t leave a question about a Walgreens deal on an Albertsons post.
:: Please, for the love of everything that is good in the world, NO SPAM! Understand that this blog already has a pretty sophisticated plug-in installed so most spam is “caught.” In my opinion, spamming can be as simple as leaving a “great post” type comment with a link back to your blog or as blatant as a link and plug to your blog in the comments when I’ve not put out an express invitation that this is OK.
A final word to fellow bloggers and deal sharers: leaving your referral/affiliate links in the comment of my post or promoting your business without direct permission from me is strictly prohibited (plus, it’s incredibly tacky). If you continue to do this, expect a very firm email from yours truly.
You should know that I very, very rarely delete comments. Why? Because most of my readers (that’d be you!) are completely awesome, know how to exercise good judgment and fair play and keep things clean. I never mind debate, so long as you’re following the guidelines above. (However please note that if you disagree with me, you’ll likely find me respond in the comments. So you’ve been warned!) When in doubt about leaving a comment, please contact me first.
Last update: February 17, 2015