Per the FTC regulations, this is a full explanation of how and when I am compensated on LivingWellSpendingLess.com.
LivingWellSpendingLess.com began as simply a way of holding myself accountable as I learned to live life in a more frugal way. Over time, as I got more involved, I some how made the transition from “the girl who likes coupons” to a full time job as a professional blogger. (I know, right? What the heck is that?!)
I founded Living Well Spending Less Inc. and became a for-profit S Corporation.
In order to keep all the content of my blog free but still be able to pay all the costs associated with running a business, including hosting fees, blog design, my own time and that of those who help me (yes, I do need a lot of help!), there are many ways in which I am compensated. Put simply, although Living Well Spending Less is a true labor of love (and I DO love what I do), I also get paid for doing my job.
My opinion and my integrity
My integrity as a blogger is extremely important to me. I will never promote something, even if I am offered compensation for that promotion, if I don’t feel it is worth your time, energy, or money.
If I tell you I like something, I mean it. If I tell you I own something or bought something, that is the truth. If I tell you that Amazon Prime free 2 day shipping is the greatest thing that was ever invented, you better believe that I was a card-carrying member long before I ever even knew what a blog was.
I will never knowingly lie or mislead you just because I think it may make me a few bucks. A girl’s gotta pay the bills, true, but I value you, my readers, far too much to mislead you.
Sometimes I accept free items from marketers or companies. Often I use those free items as contest prizes here on one or all of my blogs or Facebook pages. If it so happens that I keep one of those items for my own personal use, I will disclose that I received the item for free if it is discussed here on the site. Thus, if I tell you I love my KitchenAid mixer more than I love my children but never mention that it was free, that’s because it was actually a wedding gift from two of the best people I know.
As a general rule, I do not do paid product reviews. Once in a blue moon, I will review a product I think y’all might find interesting, like a Qubie coupon organization system or 30 Meals in One Day software. In that case, I will either disclose that I received the item in question for free (and from whom). If such a thing isn’t mentioned, it’s because it’s an item I purchased myself (such as my Couponizer or my Brother HL-2140 printer) and just happen to love and want to tell you about.
Occasionally companies will offer to underwrite a post in order to expose the LWSL audience to their brand. These posts are written by solely by me on a subject or topic selected by me, but agreed upon by the company I am working with. These posts represent my own honest opinion and are not reviewed or edited by the company prior to publication. Be assured that I will only work with companies whose values align with those represented on this blog, and I will only write content that I think would be of genuine interest to you, my readers. Underwritten posts will always be clearly disclosed as such.
Another source of revenue for Living Well Spending Less are commissions I make off from sales or leads generated through affiliate linking.
Again, it is important for me to emphasize that I will never link to something just because it is an affiliate link. In fact, most of the places/stores/coupons I link to have no affiliate association attached.
Often the reverse is true; I will find a company I like and recommend that I was planning on writing about anyway (such as E-Meals or WeightWatchers or YouNeedaBudget.com), and then, after the post is already written I will look to see if there is an affiliate program available.
The following are some, but not all, of the companies I frequently link to using affiliate links:
- Smart Source
- Red Plum
- Coupon Network
Just to be clear, clicking on an affiliate link and printing a coupon or signing up for a service or ordering a product will be earning me a commission & helping me keep this blog going.
If you have any concerns about this policy, please feel free to email me.
Affiliate links may be used in this post. Printing a coupon or ordering a product through this link may result in a commission, which helps pay for the cost of running this site and keeps the content free. Read my full disclosure policy here.