Frugal Bloggers Guide To Spending (Part 2 of the series)
You can read the first part of the series from last Sunday here.
Today let’s look at things I purchase, and how I save there. And then we’ll look at my BlogHer earnings. And discuss what’s going on (or rather not going on) there.
I very rarely buy clothing. Back in the days when you actually had to go into a physical store and try things on, I hated it. Like for instance, trying on bras. Who on earth wants to waste time trying on bras?
I bit the bullet last week (my bras were about five or six years old and pretty far gone). I got a good coupon via email from JCPenneys. I tend to buy my clothing online there, so signed up for their updates and coupons. I went to their site and started looking at things on clearance. You see, if it isn’t marked down, I’m not interested.
Here’s what I ended up buying:
2 bras (the whole post-menopausal lift with wire kind)
1 long-sleeved gown
3 short-sleeved tees
5 long-sleeved tees
With my coupon and free shipping, I did well. I saved about the same amount I paid. Didn’t have to leave the comfort of my bed where I’m holed up for awhile now with the pupsters.
We all have to eat. Before my surgery, I purchased two pounds of ground turkey. Geez, prices have sky rocketed!
So I buy eggs and milk and fruit and such from the actual store, and I’ll order online non-perishables such as cereal and oatmeal, etc.
Have to remember time is worth something and certainly you’re using gas, which isn’t cheap either.
I am your grandma when it comes to turning the lights off. If someone is visiting, I tell them to go back and turn off the light. It is a habit with me.
I don’t run the dishwasher. It is old and I know wouldn’t save me anything. I wash dishes about twice per day and I’m quick about it.
I usually take showers, and fast ones at that, twice per day. But right now with my ankle in bandages I’m taking a bath so I don’t get it wet. So I figure I’m using more water, but it’s temporary.
I’m easily entertained. In the summer and warmer months I’m out on the patio with my plants or sitting watching the birds. But now it’s a different season and I’m stuck indoors most of the time. I’m online an awful lot. And I love to read.
I purchased a year’s membership to Barnes & Noble. I think it was $25. I don’t often buy books that are new or best sellers, except one book a month for book club. But I really love to buy bargain books. Online or in the store.
I can sit and eat a sandwich or have some coffee in their store and save there too. Not a lot. But some. I could save on magazines too, but I’m just not buying those right now.
So at the end of my first year’s membership, I will re-evaluate. Those bargain books are like gold to me. At a price of $4.99-$6.99, you can get a book that you may have wanted when it first came out, but now something else has taken it’s place and it’s in the bargain book section. That’s when I buy.
I rarely eat out. I never go to movies, because it’s too noisy. You’d have to pay me and I still wouldn’t go! I don’t use any channels but pretty basic ones, and I don’t order movies online either.
I’d be a cheap date. Though I can promise you I’m never going to be in the dating game again. I’m good as a lone ranger. Perfectly happy. With the companionship of the pupsters of course.
Where I will not skimp? My dogs. What they need, they get. I didn’t say toys. I mean food and medication and such.
Yes, it’s a necessity. I pay for auto insurance (OK has the highest rates in the whole country, so it eats your lunch), rental insurance and medical insurance.
I just had surgery less than three weeks ago. I will be paying, and already have paid, some out of pocket for it. Not like you get a choice when it comes down to surgery.
When I got this policy, I knew that most of my medications were generic. But if I had to pay for them out right, even the generics would be close to one thousand dollars per month. Who can afford that?
So I focused on policies that rarely charge for generics. I think I have two meds that I have to pay $10-$30 for. All the others are free.
This year, I’ve had two crowns put on my teeth. I need two more that will have to wait till an undetermined date. My dental insurance didn’t help at all with the crowns. But I did get my teeth cleaned.
So I’m a savvy shopper, and I’d rather be where I am now in my life than where I was five years ago with more money. Money can’t buy you love. And despite what many people think, money can’t buy you happiness. Or time.
One thing has changed since I did the other post last weekend in terms of my blog ads. I have gone with The Blogger Network. I wrote about it a few days ago.
So many of you already know about that. I was just so surprised they got things going so quickly though. And when they learned that I wrote that post, they were nice enough to send me an Amazon.com gift certificate. Wasn’t that kind of them?
News On The Blogger Network and my blog…
They have already implemented some of my ads. Tomorrow they will take BlogHer off (had to get out of my contract) because the TBN thinks it is not doing for me what it should be.
This is the fourth quarter and holiday time. I should be making more money, not less. It will be Monday because that’s when BlogHer closes my account.
I don’t know if I’ll get the BlogHer revenue that should be coming to me or not now. They can withhold it due to my getting out of my contract if they want.
I’ve had a good run with BlogHer. Or I did for a year or so. But it has gone down, down, down. Everywhere I look, I’m reading about how BlogHer isn’t delivering what it used to.
And they were just bought up by She Knows Media.
I looked up my stats and earnings with BlogHer from when I started with them, mid=2011, through that year. Then the current year.
It was taking so long and timing out so much that it would take me all day to get the years in between. So let’s look at the numbers, shall we?
7/11=70,668 monthly impressions $23.50
8/11=172,584 “” $160.53
Now let’s skip three years to 2014…
1/14=388,843 monthly impressions $297.07
2/14=280,601 “” $343.49
So there you are. The numbers are quite different in comparison to monthly impressions (they’re not page views; not sure how they do this) from one month to a similar monthly impression in 2014.
I have made money with BlogHer on promotions that I don’t think are counted in these numbers.
Take a look at the earning of 11/11 versus 1/14. More impressions. Less revenue. What gives?
With BlogHer teaming with She Knows Media, will this affect your earnings? Don’t know. The BlogHer execs went along. This makes for a pretty big network now.
So I’ll be letting you know what I think about letting a blogger network company run my ads. Tomorrow I will have full access to a Dashboard where I can check my revenue any time I want.
I got an email this morning from Ad Thrive, another blogger ad network. They wanted me to go with them. I replied that I’d already gone with The Blogger Network (TBN). They came back saying they could make me more money than the TBN.
Well, I’m kind of loyal. And I don’t like one company putting down another. So I’m going to stick with TBN.
More info you might want to check out:
If I had Bjork, I wouldn’t need a network. I read the income reports of Pinch Of Yum each month. Bjork, the hubby of the blogger who writes a food blog, knows his stuff! Want to read their October report?
Sounds incredible, their numbers, doesn’t it? But keep in mind that they spend a lot each month to acquire those numbers. And they get a ton of page views. Foodie blogs are really a hot commodity right now.
And Moms Make Money also discusses Blogher in her October report which she wrote five days ago.
Let me know what you think in the comments.