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Disclosure Policy – Responsibility Project

When I was at BlogHer i was interviewed for the Responsibility Project. The Responsibility Project was created in 2008 by Liberty Mutual and uses entertainment content to create a forum for people to discuss personal acts of responsibility. Through short films and online content, The Responsibility Project is a catalyst for examining the decisions that confront people trying to “do the right thing.” Please join the discussion online at www.responsibilityproject.com.

I wanted to use this opportunity to make my readers aware of my disclosure policy. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact cathy@thriftymaven.com.

This blog does accept some forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. Sometimes we will accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. If this ever occurs this content will always be identified.

As a blogger sometimes a company will offer to run a giveaway that I might not feel is appropriate for my readers. For example, I recently had two opportunities to run “blog giveaways” but I decided against running them because they required my reader to pay for shipping. I find this unacceptable. While some bloggers see nothing wrong with this I feel that you are walking a thin line as far as contests and sweepstakes are concerned because some present these opportunities as if it were a contest or sweepstakes. States have specific rules governing contests and sweepstakes and many have specific rules against making the winner pay for shipping.

Finally many bloggers accept paid advertising much like your favorite newspaper or magazine. I don’t see this as a conflict of interest as long as my readers know that I received the item in return for a review and the company is aware that I will be honest in my product review.

Sometimes I’m asked to run an ad which I find to be of a spammy nature. While I refuse to run ads like this, some bloggers see nothing wrong with that. They put the responsibility on the reader to do their due diligence. While I certain would suggest that the reader should always do their due dilligence, I think it is very important that I try to do the same.

For example, one company was offering a FREE $500 gift card to a certain retail store. This company wanted me to post a link that would allow my readers to “earn” this gift card. While I certainly would LOVE for my readers to obtain such a gift card, I went through the ad and I discovered that there were about ten different steps one had to go through, accepting certain “deals” in order to obtain the gift card. My spam-o-meter was on high alert. I chose not to run the ad but I did notice several bloggers who did run the ad.

Even though I sometimes receives compensation for posts or advertisements, I will always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products.

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