Monday, February 25, 2013

Honesty in Advertising

*This post is NOT sponsored, I'm merely sharing the couple of affiliate/referral programs I'm a part of. Skip down to the bottom if you want to bypass all the chit chat and see photos from our snow day a month ago.;)

I'm not a fan of sponsored posts.  You know the ones I'm talking about...where a blogger has written a really sweet post that tugs at your heartstrings then you get to the last paragraph and see "That's why xxxxx is such a wonderful product and has made a big difference in my life.  Leave a comment and you could win $$$ from xxxxx!" I have never once been tempted to use said product because of a sponsored post. 

Now, I get why bloggers do them and if they are truly relevant to that blog, I don't hate mind them as much.  Affiliate links and such...I don't have a problem with as long as it's clearly stated that's what they are. 

Now for the moment of truth.  On my blog, there's one affiliate link:  The Go To Patterns button on the sidebar.  If you should happen to click on the button and buy a pattern, I get a small percentage (15-20% of the purchase price).  Now, I am not one to "market" myself.  Asking for votes during the Shorts on the Line contest made me distinctly uncomfortable and almost a year later, I'm not sure I've recovered!  So to make myself clear, this is not a plea for anyone to click on the button and make a purchase, I just want to be upfront on what happens if you do.:)

Along those lines, I have another affiliate/referral link to share for Ting Mobile.  There's a super long back story that involves my changing feelings regarding cell phones and children.  I'll skip it for now but if anyone is interested, let me know in the comments and I'll do a blog post about it sometime.

Skipping the back story, we'd looked into adding lines for K and P to our mobile plan a few times and once you figured in the additional minutes/texts (let's not start on data plans!) it would be at least $30 per new line.  Not really in the budget for us.  We've also been looking around at new carriers and plans to cut back a little on expenses for the husband and I.  In January, I came across an article on Money Saving Mom about Ting and was intrigued. 

K has been looking to upgrade her cell phone (she had a basic flip phone through Tracfone) and had Christmas money to burn on a new phone so we decided to give it a try. 

What I like so far:
  • No contracts
  • No overage penalties
  • Credits on light months
  • Decent Rates

K loves her new phone (Samsung Transform Ultra in case you were wondering).  The first bill was under $20 and she didn't even come close to the next tier on minutes and data usage.  Texts...well that's another story!

The only thing holding me back from switching the husband and I is that they don't offer the iPhone yet.  Perhaps in the future...

If you're interested in trying Ting, clicking on the referral link gives you (and myself) a $25 credit.

And here are the snow pictures:




We've had our snow so we're more than ready for spring and warmer weather!



16 comments:

  1. I have a kid coming up on the teenage years (age 11) no cell phone yet - but I'd love to hear your perspective.

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    1. I'll write a post sometime in the next week, sharing our experiences so far.:)

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  2. I'd love to hear your perspective too. Our 12 year old doesn't have one and I think it'll be awhile. He has an ipod though and can text his friends that also do.

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  3. I'm not looking forward to navigating the waters of cells, computers, and other electronics with kids.

    Ya for snow!

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  4. It's funny, I actually have my first "affiliate" post coming up...and I this sense of dread over it, mostly because I don't want it to turn out like those sponsored posts you describe. I really don't want my readers to feel duped in the end when they get to that little disclosure note. Maybe I'll be up front and mention it right off the bat like you did. You managed it all quite tastefully. Mad props to you.

    Super cute snow pics! Especially of your son with the snowball. Ha ha!

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    1. Lauren, I think being upfront at the start is the best. That way there is no letdown at the end! I'm sure you will handle it just fine. I'm curious to see what "affiliate" you're going to be writing about.:) I don't begrudge bloggers who do them. I understand that when you're setting up a blog to provide an income, those sponsored posts help pay the bills. But typically, those are the posts I don't click through to from my reader.

      I had a whole series of pictures with P making and then throwing snowballs. He had a smirk on his face the entire time...at least I wasn't his target!

      Cindy

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  5. Not too fond of my kids having phones yet. For me, they are still too young to get those.

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    1. It's a decision that I'm sure is different for each family. I have to giggle when my youngest asks for a phone...5 is way too young. I might have compromised my original old-enough-age but I'm not going that low!

      Cindy

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  6. Our 'biggies' share a phone. They can call Jed or I for free.
    No texting or ringing their mates though but they can use the land line as much as they like.
    The Twins are the only ones in their class NOT to have their own phone. It is very common place.
    Good luck with the affiliate posts Cindy.
    xx N

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    1. That's pretty much what we were doing until just recently. I think most kids view having a cell phone as an entitlement...not the case in our family.;)

      btw, this is my one and only affiliate post. Not something I plan on making a habit of!

      Cindy

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  7. It keeps snowing here, too, and I'm about finished with it :-) ! You put so much effort in your blog, it's a good thing if you make a bit of money from it, and your honesty is appreciated. I'd love to hear the cell phone story; my kids are a bit younger than yours and we have all that still ahead of us!

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    1. We only had that one snow storm back in Jaunuary and it was enough for me!lol It's pretty but I hate going out in it and getting wet and cold. I hope the snow lets up in your neck of the woods soon, Uta!

      I plan on putting a post together sometime over the next few weeks about why we ultimately decided to get the older 2 kids cell phones. I used to share a lot more about what family, life in general but I've gotten in a sewing posts only kind of rut. Not a bad thing, but there's a lot more going on than sewing!

      Cindy

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  8. I enjoyed this post, and would be interested in your back story about mobile phones. My older 2 (13&14) have the use of an old mobile phone for the last year, but more often than not it doesn't work! We never had much technology/video games in the house, but after their Confirmation (age12) the older 2 were allowed buy iPads with money they received. They have no interest in social media accounts, ie Facebook, but have had a lot of fun making movies, music and games, and for presentations & school projects. They get a limited amount of hours to use them in a week and are happy with that, at the moment. That's how it works with us so far!!
    Love your snow pics :-)

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  9. Just letting you know that I gave you an award at my blog if you would like to come check it out.

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  10. I am glad you've almost recovered from asking for votes in Shorts on the Line, Cindy... LOL!!! I do appreciate you being upfront and honest. I'm so pleased I don't have to worry about kids and mobiles, or whatever the latest, must have ... is. I do think that as time goes on, there is more and more pressure for kids to conform to their peers and hence, more pressure on the parents.

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  11. Interesting...there's a difference between "word of mouth" and "sponsored advertising". My husband bought eyeglasses from Hong Kong after I read a positive review of the company on Cidell's blog. I like that kind of advertising. But I can't stand flickering ads, so when that happens, the blog falls of my reading list.

    Since we homeschool, there's less pressure or need for cell phones right now, but I know we'll have to start thinking about it soon...

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