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Even Vintage Lovers Can Save With Groupon Coupons!

I often talk about saving money on the blog. Usually it’s about getting deals at yard and estate sales, but we can’t buy everything there. Almost, but we do have to go out into the real, retail world occasionally. So when I got the opportunity to do a Groupon Coupons review, I jumped on it. I don’t do sponsored posts often. Most don’t even remotely fit my blog, but saving money does. As far as I’m concerned, saving money is always appropriate!

Most of you know about the great deals you can get through Groupon, but did you know Groupon has coupons, too? Groupon Coupons. And most can be used in store or online!

I have always used coupons. Cents off at the grocery store and % off at department stores. All my adult life. I started back when you could get a nickle off a bag of flour and the coupon never expired. Makes me sound ancient, doesn’t it? My mother used them and passed her thriftiness on down to me and I’ve passed it to my daughter. My, how the coupon world has changed since I first began! We can print them right off the internet these days.  Momma would have loved that.

My mother with money

That’s my mom with money in hand back in the late 1950’s.

At Groupon Coupons you can print cents off coupons specifically for stores like WalMart and Target and % off for places like Barnes & Noble and Bed Bath and Beyond among countless other stores!

But guess what? There are also coupons for eBay! That’s great for vintage lovers and sellers! Right now, one of the offers is for a $10 coupon to be used if you list an item for sale – auction style, Buy It Now or Fixed Price and it sells within 15 days. The coupon can then be used to buy something for yourself — or to flip and resell. Woot-woot! 

I couldn’t find the actual number of stores listed with Groupon Coupons, but it’s mind boggling. Several hundred that start with the letter “A” alone! It appears that if it’s a fairly major chain, it’s in there. I’m sure not all have deals going on all the time, but if you’re going to be shopping in any store, it’s worth it to see what kinds of coupons are available. My favorite store, Anthropologie is there with an extra 10% off coupon. 

If you haven’t already, check it out! If you like using coupons and saving money, you’ll be so glad you did. The money you save can be spent at yard sales! 

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How To Save Money – Up To 90% – On Cleaning Supplies

How to save money on cleaning supplies, up to 90%! This is so simple you'll wonder why you never thought of it.

While most of my posts are “green” because most of my posts are about hunting, buying and using vintage items, and by its very nature vintage is “green”, this post isn’t. I’m not telling you how to make homemade cleaning supplies that are good for you and the environment. I’m talking about the hard core stuff. The cleaning supplies sold at the supermarket. And sometimes even harder core than that. So please forgive me on not being very green this one time. Okay? Pretty please?

cleaning-supplies

There are two things I don’t do much of: cooking and cleaning. Yet, I love cookbooks and recipes and have bought and hoarded them for years and I love to stroll down the cleaning product aisle, reading the labels, envisioning my sparkling clean house, and knowing… knowing buying this or that product will make me want to clean, so I tend to buy ~and hoard~ those as well. Beause after all, it was a pipe dream. Buying the magic product did not make me want to use it when I got home. And…. cleaning products are ex-pen-sive! I’m going to tell you today how to save money while buying that beckoning promise to an easy, sparkling clean house to your little heart’s content.

It’s no secret I love estate sales. Most people think of estate sales as overpriced, dead people’s stuff. Did you ever stop to think that just like their earthly treasures, they didn’t take their cleaning supplies with them either? And most estate sale companies slap 25¢ – $1.00 on them and watch them fly out the door. 

The picture above is some — only SOME — of the cleaning supplies at the estate sale we’re currently prepping. (I’m half a team of two who conduct estate sales in my while-I’m-not-on-the-internet life.) Many of those bottles have never been opened or have been used once. Some are 1/4-1/2 full and priced appropriately for a small amount. 

The thing is, you can’t say, Oh, I need some Scrubbing Bubbles. I’ll go to an estate sale and buy some. You might get lucky, but you might not. You have to go to the sales and buy it when you see it. If you know you use something, even if you don’t need it right then, go ahead and save yourself some money and buy it. 

It’s similar to shopping the store sales+coupons. You hold the coupon waiting for a good sale on the item. And how irritating is it when a sale doesn’t happen before the coupon expires?! I remember the good ol’ days of “no expiration date” coupons. Sigh. Even then, the savings won’t be as substantial as buying at the estate sales. Unless, of course, you doubled or tripled the coupon and combined it with a super duper sale and maybe a rebate. And how many of us do that on a regular basis? Oh, and worse, you realized that super duper sale was last week and you missed it. This method saves all that worry and hassle and trying to make sure not to miss a coupon or sale. 

So that’s it. The big secret on how to save money on cleaning supplies. Have you been doing it all along or are you doing a head slap right about now?

 

How to save money on cleaning supplies, up to 90%! This is so simple you'll wonder why you never thought of it.

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What’s the Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

What's the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org

I see this question a lot in different groups and forums I participate in. If you’re confused about it, you are not alone. 

So just what is the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com?

What's the difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com

Let’s see if I can explain it in regular people speak. Because I have a hard time with all that tech mumbo jumbo, too.

WordPress.com is a blogging and content management system. Huh? Yeah. Okay. That’s a little fuzzy to me, too. Basically, WordPress provides you a spot to do your blogging the same way Blogger (BlogSpot) does. You simply sign up with WordPress.com, fill in a few blanks like what you want your blog name to be, your email, etc. and start writing. It’s free and there’s no commitment. Decide blogging’s not for you? No biggie. Just stop. You haven’t paid for anything. 

The drawback is that WordPress has ultimate control of your content. Oh, you can write whatever you want as long as it’s within their terms, but if the WordPress.com service went away, so would your hard work. Or if they decided they didn’t like something you wrote, usually someone has reported a blogger for that to happen, they can shut down your blog. If you had decided you liked blogging and blogged your heart out – for years – it could all be gone. Vaporized at the whim of WordPress.com. Now, I’m sure this doesn’t happen all that often to normal bloggers, but it could. You never know. It could happen by a comedy of errors. Only you wouldn’t think it was very funny. But the most annoying thing is that you are not allowed to use Google Adsense and other advertising networks with wordpress.com. While you can use affiliate links and sponsored posts, you can’t put those types of ads on your blog. Which might not be a deal breaker for you, but if you’re a serious blogger, putting in full time hours, you usually want to do a little of that. 

WordPress.org does not provide you a place to blog. It’s only the where you go to download the program to do it. 

You have to:

  1. Get a domain name (A domain name is ex.: https://justvintagehome.com)
  2. Find a host to park your domain. I use WebHostingBuzz, have since their inception and am very content. No problems. But there are a multitude of good hosting companies out there.
  3. You’ll have a place to automatically download WordPress. That will make sense when you see it. Not something to go into here.
  4. Follow the simple – really super easy! – instructions and you can start blogging right away.

But it doesn’t stop there. You’ll want to find a free (or paid, if you like) theme, add plug-ins for all kinds of cool things, like recipe cards, galleries, Pinterest buttons, bios…. just about anything can be automated. Ultimately, you’re in total control. Coding is not necessary, but some of us like to tinker. Some of us kill our blogs tinkering, too. It’s happened to me more than once. Ha! But you don’t have to tinker. It’s ready to go without it.

In short, wordpress.com is an all encompassing venue, wordpress.org is just the place to get the “software.”

A note about wordpress.com. You can have your own domain name there, but it is not necessary, where with wordpress.org it is.

Neither is right or wrong. What’s right is what’s right for you. I highly recommend wordpress.org, but I like being in control. I enjoy tinkering under the hood if the urge hits. I like customizing. And I like to make “passive” money with AdSense. Not that I’m getting rich here or anything.