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Stay Active on Facebook or You’re Missing Out!

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Are a Facebook user, who likes to see all the updates from pages you have “liked,” like the Bargain Believer page?  (I think that sentence had too may “likes” in it!)

Ughhh . . . it’s so frustrating when I don’t see things I want to.  I feel like when I “like” a page, I’m telling Facebook I want to see their updates.  If I don’t want to see them, I’ll “unlike” them.  Facebook sees it differently.  :(

You need to get/stay active to see what you want on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!  We posts extra deals on Facebook from time to time.  You’ll want to see them, even if you get the email or stalk the website.

When you “like,” share, or comment … you are telling Facebook that you value the page and want to see posts.  You are also making it a more popular post, which will increase the likelihood that those who aren’t as active, will see the post.  Pretty please … like or comment on posts when you think they’re beneficial!

If you are active for awhile and you’re still not seeing everything, don’t forget … you can get daily emails.  Note:  You will not get them until you click on the confirmation email that you receive.  You will get an email almost every single day.  I realize that’s not for everyone.  If it annoys you enough, you can unsubscribe at any time.  We promise not to spam you, once you unsubscribe.  Well, we’ll never “spam” you, but you’ll get that one email each day.  :)

If all else fails … we have a website!  Check it often.  :)

Thanks for being here and giving us an outlet to share the deals we find.  We like finding bargains and it’s much more fun to share them!

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Canvas People ~ Free 11×14 Canvas Photo (just pay shipping)

This is a super deal!

We just took our annual family photos, and I’ve been wanting one of these.
It would look awesome in my husbands office!

This would make a great gift for Christmas!

Get a free 11 x 14 canvas photo or 50% off a larger size.
You will only pay shipping which is $18.95.
They’ve done this promo before, but it’s usually only an 8 x 10.

Go here to get started making yours.

Currently, it says it expires 5/1/15, but I’m not sure if that will be changed.

My friend has some canvas prints in her house and they look so nice.

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Facebook Problems? ~ Get Bargain Believer to Show Up in Your Feed!

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I’ve received quite a few emails recently, asking how to get Facebook updates from Bargain Believer to show up in your news feed.

The very best way seems to “like,” comment, and share posts regularly.  The people that do that say they see all the updates.  As a bonus, Facebook shows the posts with the most love, more often.  So, we love all of you that interact with our page!  It helps those who want to get the updates, but choose to remain quiet.

If you are opposed to that, hover over “liked” and make sure “following” is checked.  You have hope, but it doesn’t seem like much.  Most likely, you’ve already done that and nothing has changed.  :(

Lastly, you can check to “get notifications,”  which is an option under the “like” button.  Some love get notifications, some don’t.  Try it for awhile and see what you think.  You can always uncheck it later.

If Facebook won’t show you the love, there are other ways to follow.

Email - One email per day, usually around 3pm — good way to quickly look & see what you missed

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Twitter

You could give one of those a shot or just stalk the website page each day.

Anyone have any other insight about getting your “liked” pages to show up?

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Arizona Coupon Blog (Beyond Just Coupons!) ~ Helpful Links & Info for Newcomers

Links for You . . .

If you’re new, welcome!  If you’re not, please pass this along to those who you want to help save BIG!  :)

If you ever have questions, you can comment below a post, send us and email (juli@bargainbeliever.com or gina@bargainbeliever.om), or leave a comment on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!

In addition to highlighting super discounts for places in Arizona and nationals deals, Bargain Believer covers . . .

We do the lists each week, before the new sales even start.  We also add deals that aren’t in the ad, later in the week.  Be sure to keep checking back.

You can either scroll through the website (www.BargainBeliever.com) or click the name of the store you want to shop at, on the top of the website.  That will get you the deals you want.

Make sure you click the GREEN PLUS SIGN to make your personalized shopping list!!  I like to call them “magical.”  They will categorize all your items to make your shopping easier.  You click what you want and it goes on your list.  It will categorize everything and give you other great options for making your organizing and shopping more simple.

Here’s a  video explaining the shopping list function (aka “Magical Green Plus Signs!)  Try it, you’ll like it!  :)

The other links will help you get to some of the important information.  Also, don’t forget that there is a Facebook page!  We post additional offers over there, mostly Facebook only deals and ones we think will be gone very quickly.  You can also ask questions over there.   Plus, it’s just more interactive and I love seeing your little faces and interacting with you.   :)

Here are some links for you (in no particular order) . . .

Arizona Republic Newspaper, $12 for 3 months — home delivery on Sundays & Wednesdays, cancel at end if you don’t want to pay full price

Saving Star — future savings, 100% cash back on one item every Friday, & weekly “Healthy Offer”

Checkout 51Ibotta, Shopmium — mobile apps that give you money back for certain items

Safeway JustforU – explains everything you need to know

Organizing coupons — list of categories, etc.

Pogo Pass — annual pass for family fun around the Valley — a serious good deal!!

Zaycon Foods  — for buying bulk meats, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Birthday freebie list  — over 100, sign up so freebies roll in soon!

Store policies — print out policies for store you shop at

Here are some other general links to help jog your memory.

If you want the daily emails, sign up here.  (Make sure you click on the confirmation email that you’ll receive.)

Facebook or Twitter — great way to stay connected, if you’re on there a lot

If I missed something important or you have a question, just leave a comment below.  Thanks! ~ Juli

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Are We Going to Charge for Bargain Believer? No! ~ How Can You Support Us?

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I’ve been asked if I will charge a fee for the upgrades/app my husband is working on.  No!  Unless there is a reason our income drops, we can afford to keep going the way we are.  Thankfully, my husband works for dinner (when I make it!) and doesn’t expect more.  :)

I pay four people to help with this site:  Gina, Susan, Cherie, Karen.   Let me assure you that none of them are getting rich and they all deserve more for what they do!  When there’s “extra,” I make money.  When there’s not, I don’t.  Thankfully, overall I do.  I have additional ideas for improvements, but they all take time.  Since I don’t have more of that precious commodity, it would mean hiring additional people to help.  I’m always afraid to take that leap since my income goes up and down and I’m not willing to lose money by running this website.  But, up to this point, it’s always worked out.

I’ve also been asked what you can do to thank us or help support the site.  First of all, by asking that or telling us how the site has helped you . . . you’ve brought a smile to my face and probably the other gals.  Thank you!  Beyond that, my basic answer is . . . . use this site and tell others about it, if you find value in it!

Something even more tangible that you can do is bookmark the Coupons.com page on the site:
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/

Whenever you print coupons from there (or any direct link we give), I get paid.  When you type in Coupons.com and go to their site, I don’t.  From time to time, I get paid for other links I give you, but that is one of the main ways I make money and we can continue to make the site free.

Another consistent source of income is from Google ads, as you probably know.  When you see something of interest and click on it (or just come to the site), they pay me a small amount.  It adds up!

So, please use the links we provide!  Many won’t bring me any revenue, but some do.  I try very hard not to post things just because I’ll get paid for them.  In fact, I just had a IM conversation with Susan a couple days ago, hesitating to post something because it made me money.  When I make money, I often give it extra thought — just to make sure that’s not what is motivating me to publish it.  I don’t want this site to become like so many out there . . . selling you one “bargain” after another just to make a buck or two.   I’m very firm on this.

Again, this link is a great one to bookmark and use . . . it has a value to you and to all of us who work behind the scenes.  Thank you!
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/   It’s also on the top menu bar, if that’s easier.

Thank for being here and trusting us to bring you deals we find value in!

~ Juli

P.S.  My husband is slowly working on the upgrades, but there is not a target date.  It just gets a couple hours here and there, as he can find time.  The biggest change (that will probably roll out first) will be for you to be able to move from device to device, being able to work on or pull up your completed lists.  I’m very excited and can’t wait to use it myself!

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Input, Please? ~ Bargain Believer App & Upgrades Coming!

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Long story short . . . My husband and I are going to be kid-less this weekend.  We were going to get away, but decided to stay home and work on Bargain Believer upgrades.  Don’t worry, we’ll throw in a movie or two and dinners out, also.  I decided I’m not cooking and will pretend we’re on vacation!   Do you think dinners out are tax deductible, as a business expense?   :)

What functionality do you want an app for Bargain Believer or the website to have, that it doesn’t already?  And/or, what do you love and not want to lose?  (I doubt there will be much disappearing, but some tweaking.  Additionally, it would help me clarify what is of the most value to you.)

Dream big!  My husband is an amazing programmer and most of the “crazy” ideas I’ve given him, he hasn’t thrown out.  :)  In fact, he’s said, “Well, why not have it do more?”  Amazing stuff . . . but some are way in the future since they’re . .  well, crazy good and crazy time consuming!  :)

The list we have is very long, but I don’t want to be missing anything simple or complex that you might be thinking of.  I won’t respond to each suggestion, but I promise to read them all and consider them.  I hope to add to the list and/or make my vision more clear, knowing that you want what we’ve already thought of.

Please comment below or over on the Bargain Believer Facebook page.

By the way . . . this will take hours and hours and hours, so I can’t promise when there will be any visible changes or anything tangible.  We might roll a few things out slowly — not sure yet!

Thanks so much for your input!!  It will really help us.  ~ Juli

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Bargain Believer Blog Button ~ To Share the Logo/Link ~ THANKS!

I posted this a long time ago, but it’s been long buried.   I’m going to be lazy and just copy the same post below.  :)

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If you don’t have a blog/website, you may not have any clue what a “blog button” is.  I was with you, a couple years ago, before starting this website.

It’s the image above.  Basically, it’s the little logo “thing” that you can paste onto a website, with the computer code included (also called a widget).

I was recently asked for it and I remembered that I never told you it was now on the website, if you ever want it.  (Go to “about” on the top menu bar and then “blog button.”)

I realize this won’t thrill most of you, but some of you have a personal blog or website and you like to share your favorite online websites with your readers.  If that’s you and you’d be willing to post a link to Bargain Believer — thank you very much!  It’s appreciated more than you know.

Here’s the code if you want to grab it from here:

<div align="center"><a href="http://www.bargainbeliever.com" title="Bargain Believer"><img src="http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bargain_believer_125_white.png" alt="Bargain Believer" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Thanks to our friend, Gary, who made the logo!  It will appear on the website someday.  It doesn’t “fit” (in computer ways) and the website is waiting for a redesign — someday!  It’s been on the Bargain Believer Facebook page for a long time, but that’s as far as we got.  There’s always plenty on my “to do” list!  :)

Update:  It’s still on that list.  I’m slow!  :)

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New to Bargain Believer? ~ Shopping List, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Email, Etc! :)

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First of all, WELCOME!  I’m glad you’re here and hope you find ways to save for your family!  (Actually, I KNOW you will!)  :)  We focus on Arizona, though some deals are national.

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If you’re active on Facebook, make sure you’ve “liked” Bargain Believer.  All updates are there right away and you have a better chance of seeing things before they disappear.  Plus, we post extra things over there sometimes, especially deals that are Facebook only deals or ones that we think will disappear very quickly.

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I’m not a Twitter user, but the feeds automatically go there, so if you use Twitter, you can also follow there.  (No extras there, but all the updates on the website will be there.)  Note:  We’re having technical difficulties getting the feeds over there — hope to have it fixed soon!

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Or, you can get email updates or see posts in your RSS feed.

 

Also, if you’re new or just never discovered the shopping list function, check it out.  You can make your own shopping lists, from the website.  (Sorry, can’t use it on mobile devices unless you have the newest iPad.  You can copy it and email it to yourself, if you want to pull it up on your mobile.)  You can customize it in many ways.  I use it myself and love it!

I made a video explaining how to use the new shopping list.  Among a few other things, it is sorted by category and so much more!!

Or . . . if you prefer to learn on your own, it shouldn’t be that hard.  Just click a green plus sign, from a shopping list on the website.  It’s fairly intuitive and you won’t have to listen to my ten minutes of babbling.  :)

 

And, Here’s a link to a previous post I did, that has some general information that you might find helpful.

Please ask any specific questions that you have!  You can ask on Facebook or email me:  juli@bargainbeleiver.com

Glad you’re here!

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Facebook Users ~ READ THIS!! ~ Keep Updates Showing in News Feed!

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There’s good news for Facebook followers who are frustrated that they can’t see all the updates from your favorite Facebook pages, like Bargain Believer — hopefully!  :)

First of all, like” the Bargain Believer Facebook page!

Then, we have a better option to follow “pages.”  Hooray for that!

** Next, hover over “liked”and choose “Show in News Feed.”

** Don’t stop there!  If you want to see ALL UPDATES, you have to also go to “settings” (still hovering over the “liked” button) and choose “All Updates.”

I checked a couple pages I followed and I already had them to show in my feed, but not “all updates.”  I’m so happy that I don’t have to miss posts on my favorite pages and you don’t have to miss Bargain Believer updates — unless you want to.  I’ll give you a fair warning, if you don’t already know . . . we probably post 5 – 10 things per day.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you get sick of us!  :)  You can also choose “most updates” or “only important” if that’s more your style.

Thanks for sharing the Bargain Believer Facebook page with your friends!  So many of you have!!

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3 Years! ~ A Trip Down Memory Lane ~ THANK YOU!!

3 Years!
THANK YOU!

It just hit me . . . April 20, 2010 is the official date I emailed my friends and family and told them I would be putting deals online so that they could see them.  That was three years ago!

Mostly, I didn't want them to miss out on the great deals I was continually finding.  I also wanted to stop emailing or calling them every time I found something.  I knew it would be hard for them to tell me, "Stop!  I'm sick of these!"  A website sounded perfect.  I didn't need to know who was coming, but I put a counter on it since I needed to know a few people were using it.  The counter is still there and it tells me you're coming!

Short and sweet . . .
Thanks for being here.  I appreciate you all, but especially those of you who have been willing to tell others (even me!) how Bargain Believer helps you.  Spreading the word and giving Bargain Believer your seal of approval and trust is the greatest gift you can give me!  Thank you!! 

Long trip down memory lane, for those with more time and curiosity . . .     :)

I chose a name that described me and I thought was catchy.  We found a hosting company and set up a basic website.  (Okay, okay, that was all my husband.)

I hoped to, someday, figure out how to make enough money to pay my hosting fees so that I wouldn't be losing money.  My husband and I both decided it wasn't that significant of a loss and it was worth it to help people, so we weren't really worried.  (Little did we both know that the time we would invest was much more of a sacrifice than the money was!)  Our plan was for it to be my hobby and a fun way for me to help people.  Oops — that vision got a little expanded!  :)

I learned a lot technical "stuff" (still am!) and kept pressing on.  I filled in some basic information on the website — how to get started, what things meant, etc.  By mid March, I was ready to send an email to family and friends and do my first post, but I wanted to return from vacation first.

We went to my sister's in Long Beach, California.  The plan was to stay a couple days and then leave my three kids with her while my husband and I went to the San Diego area to celebrate our 15th anniversary, then come back for a few days.  Well, phase one happened.  We spent a couple days in Long Beach and then headed to San Diego for our first evening's plans . . . a hot air balloon . . . crash.  :(  The emergency, high impact landing shattered my mid-foot (thankfully that was all!).  After an emergency room visit and some good pain meds, we headed back to Long Beach.  A few days later, I braved the drive home with my foot up the whole way since it would swell terribly the minute I put it down.  After the swelling went down enough, I was able to have screws & plates put in to fix me up.  (I sure wish my foot was the "old foot" today, but I'll settle for being alive!)

Anyway, I had to recover some and also had to plan and execute a 10th birthday party for my son — from a reclined position.  But, exactly one week after his birthday, I was bored from all the sitting and ready to start.  That first email went out to my family and friends with a link, telling them they could share it, if they'd like to.  I don't even remember what all I posted about, but it was much less official than it is today.  I would post a deal here and there and tell people to go find their coupon somewhere, hoping they had it and could find it.  The "extra" time I had, due to the swelling that wouldn't allow me to walk, was a blessing in disguise.  I had time that I couldn't do much else, to figure out what I was doing!

The rest, as they say, is history.  I've discovered that I can use affiliate links to send you places I would anyway (mainly coupon links).  I also put Google ads on the site.  When you use my links (only some), they generate an income for me.  I love that I don't have to charge you, but I can still make enough money to make this all work.

The little hobby I started from my recliner has turned into a small business.  Honestly, I don't really like the business aspect to all this but, I'm also thankful for it.  I can continue what I started, with help, and don't lose money!  I wouldn't have been able to continue without those little payments adding up.  I am able to pay some great gals to help me out.  Without them, I know Bargain Believer wouldn't be the same website.  I just don't have the time it takes to bring you all the thorough information myself.

So . . . .

To my family and friends who got that first email . . . you are especially appreciated.  And, to my new friends I've found along the way . . . thank you, too!  It's been a blessing to be on this side of the computer!  Thanks friends, of friends, of friends, of friends, of friends — I now consider you all my friends.  Thanks for being here and trusting us to bring you great deals!  Happy three years to some of you!  It's been an amazing three years for me!  ~ Juli

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