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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blogging…What’s It All About? Part 1

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There are some people on this planet who think maintaining a blog is very simple.  I mean, what could be easier than writing whatever comes to mind and hitting the, “Publish”, button to put it on the internet?

For those who think it’s that easy, I’m here to tell you…it’s not!

It’s a process.  One that involves many steps.  Ask any blogger and they will tell you that you never learn all there is to blogging.  It’s an ongoing learning experience.  I was inspired  to write this post because I’m making a sort of “Cheat Sheet” of the steps.  Doing so will help me to cover everything as I compose my posts and then promote them on social media. 

Let’s Get Started…Writing!

After deciding what they want to write about, a blogger begins writing the post.  It may be a topic they are well-versed in and the writing will come easily.  However, it may be something that needs researched and that can take time.  Lots of time.

The post is composed!  Yay! Let’s hit that “Publish” button.  Ummmm….no!  The post isn’t ready, yet.


Now, the blogger must go through and ensure they have used strong keywords---words that people will type into search engines when searching the topic the post is about.  Doing so will produce high rankings for the blog on search engines.  That, in turn, means more visitors to a blog and more money made by said blog.  This leads to my next subheading…

Affiliates?  What are Those?

If the blogger is an affiliate for a business, then linking to the website of that business is key to helping the blogger earn money.  That means providing a hyperlink to that business for the reader to click on.   Example:  I’m an affiliate for Amazon.com.  Amazon has given me special codes to use when posting about items they sell on their website.   I will earn a profit whenever a person clicks on those codes, that take them to Amazon.com, and places an order. 

This: Nutiva products on Amazon.comis a hyperlink and is more appealing to the eye than: 

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=Nutiva&linkCode=ur2&tag=bonsheaandhom-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=3BCRRSTPGUU3KB7P">Nutiva products on Amazon.com</a><img src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=bonsheaandhom-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />

Both will take you to the same Amazon.com page and if you order after going there via my links (above) I’ll still receive credit, but the first has a neater appearance for the reader.

I’m going to end this post and share more about blogging in the next.  I feel that breaking it up into smaller chunks will help you to understand the job better and help you to see how much work is involved for a blogger.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My CVS Shopping Spree 7-18-14

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If you read my last post, “How I Shop at Dollar General…and Other Stores”,  I shared tips on preparing for your shopping trip. 

Shopping at CVS follows the same preparation, with a few additions.  If you have an ExtraCare Card, you can use it to print out coupons at the ExtraCare kiosk towards the front of the store.  Another option is to download those coupons to your ExtraCare card from your computer or smartphone.  A cool benefit is that if you sign up to receive CVS ExtraCare emails, you will sometimes receive emails that include coupons to be downloaded to your ExtraCare Card.

If you don’t have an ExtraCare card, you can sign up for one on the CVS.com website or in your nearest CVS store.  The more you use it, the more your earn ExtraCare Bucks that can be used for future purchases, instead of money.

Very Important…As well as clipping coupons from your Sunday newspaper, don’t forget you can print them, from this blog, under the phrase “Printable Coupons Update Every 10 Minutes”.  Click on one you’d like to print, and you will automatically be taken to pages of coupons covering various categories.  It’s free!

 http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2014/07/my-cvs-shopping-spree-7-18-14.html  CVS Shopping Spree 7-17-14-1 Items 7-19-14

The picture, above, shows items I bought on a recent trip to CVS.  The amount saved includes sales items (some only available with an ExtraCare card); newspaper and printable coupons; an ExtraCare coupon that I downloaded to my ExtraCare card via an email I received and lastly, using a smartphone app called Ibotta

Yes, it takes time to coordinate all these ways of saving, but it’s worth it to your wallet! 

Thanks for joining me on my savings adventure!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How I shop at Dollar General…and Other Stores

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Shopping, in a frugal manner, requires some planning.  Below, are some tips to get organized for your next shopping adventure:

1.  Study your store ad and make a shopping list based on the sales and what you need.

2.   See if you have coupons for those items because: It’s nice to save with a sale; it great to save with a sale and a coupon!  Remember to look for printable coupons on my blog.  Click on a coupon below the phrase “Printable Coupons Update Every 10 Minutes” at the top of this page. You will then be taken to multiple pages of coupons that are organized under various categories.

You can also go to the store website (in this case:  www.dollargeneral.com) and print coupons.  It’s a great idea to also print a copy of the store’s coupon policy for reference.

3.  I use some smartphone apps  (some can also be used on the computer) to earn money based on my purchases.  For this purchase, I used Ibotta (I earned $1.50) and ReceiptHog (The user earns coins for submitting pics of their receipts.  Coins add up and can be redeemed for money or gift cards. 


Above, is the receipt from my purchase.

Spent:  $37.63 (including tax)

Saved with coupons:  $10.30

Money made with Ibotta:  $1.50

Money made with ReceiptHog:  10 coins

Total savings:  $11.80


What I bought is pictured, above!

Yes, saving while shopping involves some work, but I think you’ll be pleased with the results! 

I hope this post has inspired you!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Focusing on July 4th

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The last couple of weeks, the Bible verse in this picture has been placed on my heart numerous times.  This past week, alone, I’ve seen a friend post it on her facebook Wall and I saw it on a sign as I was driving.

I take that to mean I’m to focus on it.  It’s a message from Him and He’s making sure I see it for a reason. 

The Supreme Court ruling about Hobby Lobby, this week, pleased some and upset others.  This post is not to start a controversial discussion about that topic.

Instead, it’s to help us remember that the USA was founded on Biblical principles.   The instructions of 2 Chronicles 7:14 are very simple.  I hope you will join me in following them as we celebrate our country’s birthday…and after.

It’s also to help us focus on the fact that we live in a country where we are allowed to have differing opinions.  We don’t have to be afraid that not agreeing will cause our lives to end, as in some countries. However, there are those sacrificing much, including their lives, to protect those freedoms for us.  We need to take time to remember them.  Many will be missed as their families barbecue, have picnics and enjoy fireworks.

Enjoy the holiday and its meaning as you continue to turn to Him!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

24/7 Access to Printable Coupons on Bonnie’s Heart and Home!

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As a way for my readers to have 24/7 access to printable coupons, I’ve added a feature to my blog. 

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Towards the top of each page, under the header and tagline, you’ll see the phrase “Printable Coupons Update Every 10 Minutes!”  Start scrolling the coupons directly under that phrase and you’ll find a large variety of coupons. 

Just bookmark my blog and printables will be available at a moment’s notice!