Safety Online

I just saw this post on Cafemom…  and it crossed my mind that some people will answer questions like this where ever they are. The internet feels really safe – after all how would they really find out who I am, where I live and so on…

Do you save little stashes of money in your home?  You know, for maybe something a little extra that you want, or a project  that you want to do?  I used to be sooo good at stashes.  Now I just save change in a jar…….but a litlle stash is always special!  Do you have one?

In reality it’s not that tough to find out who someone is… Think of all the times you probably posted what town you live in – or what region… What the name of your subdivision is….  Even what school you go to (or what school your kids go to).  Identifiable information is easy to give out without even realizing it.  Just knowing what area someone’s from and what team their kids play on can make someone easy to find. Even identifying where you work can tell what town you are probably in…  Think Linked in Here.  Some sites are also geography specific, so just looking at a list of what other groups you belong too could identify your location.

In answer to this question 26 people had replied.  I’m sure the person posting the question and the people answering were just having a conversation, but you never know who is lurking.

One reply was:

We have a change jug. It’s one of those water jugs. We have a stash of gift cards and a little bit of money. We are setting stuff aside to use while my hubby is gone for training.

I would think the odds are high that it will be fine… but my person rule is to avoid posting about where I stash money.  I also avoid things like when our house is empty, when the kids are home alone, and financial information….

Embroidery Machine

I finally got the embroidery machine I wanted.  I’ve been having fun making designs and trying them out on the machine.

I’ve learned several things – from how to transfer a design to the machine to important things like bobbin color does matter.  I ended up with the Brother Machine.  The price was better than most and so far it seems good – other than the one I received (from Amazon) came with a case and the case smells like someone was smoking like crazy around it.  Putting it back in my small sewing room the room still smells horribly days later making it tough to do anything.  I was shocked that Amazon would send out something that so obviously had been around heavy smoking.

Once I figured out the threading (and self threading part) it became much easier, but I still need to work on switching out the bobbins.  I just went out yesterday to get more bobbins.  I looked at the separate bobbin winders, but I’m not sure if those are a great idea or not?

The software lets you take a graphic and digitize it to a design for the machine.  I’m still on the learning curve for that, but have created a couple things from logos.  One came out not too bad, but the other really needs work.  I need to figure out how to edit the design that the software creates…. That’s next on my list.

Trade In Program at Amazon

Have you heard of the Amazon.com Trade-in program? If not, don’t feel bad. Apparently, they’ve had this program in place for video games, but have now opened it up to books, DVDs, and electronics including cell phones, iPods, GPS devices, and even tablets PCs. The program is still in beta. I have some books I was getting ready to take to Goodwill so searching here first is now high on my list.

There are other trade-in programs out there, for example the one offered by Best Buy. However, Amazon.com currently doesn’t take laptops, but it does take a lot of other things and they’ve made it so simple. The three step process includes searching for the item you want to trade in, printing a label and packing slip, packing up your items and shipping them-for free. Amazon then will deposit the money in the form of a gift-card in your Amazon account to use on future purchases.

The Trade-In Store isn’t apparent when you go to the home page. When you access the Trade-In store, a list of your purchases can be found on the right hand side of the page with the trade-in value.

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Are your coupons real? Some Tips

 

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Some ways to avoid counterfeit coupons and to tell if you may have counterfeit coupons…

Use coupons from the paper

Use Coupons from reputable printable sources.  (coupons.com, redplum, smartsource…) BGCouponers printable coupons are through an affiliate program with coupons.com and come from coupons.com.  When BGCouponers print these coupons, they help us to provide resources to our area.

Some manufacturer’s offer coupons in PDF form that can be printed multiple times.  When legitimate, these will come directly from the manufacturer’s site.  If you are unsure, check the URL (address) at the top of the page.

  • (Except in the above situation) Real coupons limit the number of prints.  You should never see the actual coupon on the screen.
  • Brand sites are a great place to get reputable coupons.
  • Avoid swapping sites and sites that have images of coupons.  (Reputable Information sites will blur the coupon image and codes so that it can not be printed from the screen)
  • One of the best ways to avoid fraudulent coupons is to never pay for a coupon and Don’t buy coupons on auction sites.
  • Don’t scan coupons or print scanned images of coupons.  One way these are caught (besides the identifiable number being the same on every coupon, is that the scan distorts the image.
  • Be suspicious of printable coupons for free products and high value coupons.  (- that being said there was just recently a legitimate coupon for a free Lipton Tea.  So it can happen – it is good to verify these offers and make sure it comes from a reputable source)

Check the Coupon Information Corporation’s list of  Identified Counterfeit Coupons regularly.  This site has a verify it link on the right that will let you check printable coupons to verify they are legit.  If you are not sure of the coupon source, this is a good resource.  If you buy coupons online, this is a great resource to check them.  New coupons are also being added all the time to this list as coupons are returned.

Using counterfeit coupons not only costs the store money, it costs us money in increased prices. Additionally as counterfeit coupons become more common it causes stores to increase their coupon policies to exclude more items.

The CIC has identified over 21 counterfeit coupons in June alone! That is scary!