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
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!