DealDash Donates To Charity

One of the best things about shopping on DealDash.com is that a lot of the money we spend is donated to good causes.

During DealDash’s Welcome 2021 sale, DealDash donated 1 meal for every purchase made. It is important to remember that the holidays are the season to give to others and help those in need. And throughout the years DealDash has to supported organizations like Firehouse Subs, the American Red Cross, and Disabled American Veterans.

Remember to act compassionately and help those in need.

Therefore, we can be proud to support a shopping site like this. In fact, DealDash really sets a good example of what each and every one of us should do, especially during the holiday season.

Donate Money

This is the time of year we should open our hearts, check books and wallets and make donations to help others in need. Some worthy charities we could donate to include:

  • The states that were recently destroyed by multiple tornados. Many people lost their lives and homes. We can donate through the American Red Cross or directly to the KSR Tornado Relief Fund;
  • Firefighters;
  • Veterans;
  • St. Jude’s hospital, which provides free care for children with cancer.

Donate food or clothing

I’m sure it would be greatly appreciated if we would:

  • Bring cookies, pies or cakes to an elderly or physically challenged people.
  • Give food and clothing to homeless people.

I was told the greatest need homeless people now have is for socks to keep their feet warm. I’m sure extra coats and blankets may be needed, too.

Some DealDash customers opt to donate goods they buy on DealDash for a discount, and many times DealDash has matched these donations from excess inventory. For example these bundles of socks will make a great donation!

Donate time to give a helping hand

If we are not financially able donate to charity, we can still find other ways to help others. Here are some examples of what we could do to brighten the holidays for someone in need and make our world a better place one step at a time, in one way or another:

  • Donate some of our time to an elderly person who lives alone. Sometimes just a friendly visit could mean the world to them;
  • Help a sick or injured neighbor by doing some of their household chores for them;
  • Shovel snow from the sidewalks and/or driveway of an elderly or physically challenged neighbor;
  • Do grocery shopping for an elderly or injured person who has a difficult time getting around;
  • Offer to read Christmas stories to people who are blind.

We do not have to look far to find someone in need. My mother often said, “What goes around comes around” and “What we reap, we sow.” When I was a child, I did not fully understand what that meant.

Now, as an adult, I learned that sometimes in the process of helping others we end up helping ourselves even more. Karma has a way of coming back to us.

My wish for 2022 is that we become more united by treating others the way we, ourselves, wish to be treated. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were all surrounded by angels on earth–neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers? If everyone did that, what a lovely world this would be.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Unique Christmas Ornaments

Are you still using the same ornaments on your Christmas tree that you bought a few decades ago? If so, then perhaps it’s time for a change. How about some new and updated tree ornaments from DealDash!

There is nothing wrong with keeping some ornaments that have been passed down from a previous generation or two and a few ornaments that will always have a special meaning to us. Nonetheless, it might also be a good idea to make our holidays sparkle with some fresh, new Christmas tree ornaments, too.

Christmas ornaments hang ready to decorate your tree!
Ornaments classically come in red, silver, gold, or green. But there are many more types, too!

Our favorite shopping site has several auctions of unique, decorative bulbs that we can’t find in local shops. These special decorations will have all of our family members and visitors asking, “Where on earth did you get such lovely holiday ornaments?”

The First Noel Ornaments

This auction consists of four First Noel Ornaments has a BIN of $225.00, but it just sold today for one penny. That shopper happened to be in the right auction at the right time, and the next time that happens it could be me or you. How exciting is that?

While these ornaments might be traditional-looking baubles at first glance, each one has a unique design in a predominantly green color that will enhance the overall appearance of our Christmas tree. I especially like the ones designed with little gold beads and the one with holly and a beautiful red Poinsettia – the official Christmas flower.

Winter Fantasy Ornaments

This auction features four beautifully crafted Christmas unique baubles that has a BIN of $215.00 but this set sold for as little as 65 cents, counting the cost of bids. What a bargain!

Even if we have no snow on the ground, this sophisticated selection of ornaments will no doubt give us a feeling of falling snow flakes during the winter season.

These ornaments also received a very high rating from all previous winners.

Sugar and Sparkle Ornaments

Did you ever see an ornament shaped like a donut? You can now!

This set of four sparkle ornaments has a BIN of $225.00 but it looks like they are fairly easy to win.  In fact, from Nov. 12 to Dec. 11, ten previous winners paid less than $2.00. We could never beat bargains like this.

Treasure Trove Ornament

This auction features a single, extra special ornament – the Treasure Trove Ornament. This ornament, which has a BIN of $145.00, has sold for as little as 81 cents counting the cost of bids.

What makes this ornament so extraordinary?  Not only is it embellished with jewels and glitter on the outside but it actually can be opened at the golden ring in the center to a hollow core. In other words, we could place a special treasure inside of the bulb.

Imagine what an awesome surprise it would be if a young man might hide an engagement ring inside and just wait for a special moment to reveal it to his fiancée. That indeed would be a treasured moment that would never be forgotten.

So far, past winners have given this ornament a very high overall rating. One former winner wrote that she plans to give it to her nephew and wife and she believes it will become a family heirloom. How special is that?

Ornament Family Traditions

I had an ornament family tradition that still brings back fond memories. As a family, I took my sons ornament shopping. Each year we each selected one new ornament we liked to add to our tree.

Perhaps you could start a special ornament tradition, too that starts with shopping for ornaments on DealDash.com!

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Gifts For Pets

Do you want to give your pet a nice Christmas gift, too?

Then you are shopping in the right place because DealDash.com has the perfect pet bed and other products that your pets will be sure to love.

Collapsible Cat Cube

 This cat bed, which measures 15.7 x 15.7 x 15.3, is comfortable and unique because it can be used in more than one way. When raised up in its full-sized cube shape, your cat can enjoy a more protected and private hide-away with a small opening to peek out. However, if your cat prefers to be in more open spaces, this cube bed can fold down so your cat can snooze away on top of it instead. 

A pet owner gives a Christmas gift to their pet cat.
Make sure to get your pets some gifts this year, too. They deserve it!

Best of all, this polypropylene and polyester cat bed is machine washable in cold water. It might be difficult to find a better cat bed than that.

If you don’t win you can BIN this cat bed for $180.00. Looking at past winners, however, most of them won it for a pretty good bargain price. One winner got it for only $14.65 including the cost of using 49 bids.

Climbing Tree for Cats

DealDash also has a climbing tree for cats, with dimensions of 27.5 inches x 15.7 inches x 51.5 inches high. This climbing tree has several landing perches, multi-level scratching posts, four swat track balls and a climbing ladder. This would be sure to provide many hours of entertainment for your cat.

Looking at recent past winners, a couple DealDash shoppers won this climbing tree, with a BIN of $620.00 for less than $30.00. What an awesome bargain!

For more details, do a search and read the auction description.

Water and Food Bowls

DealDash offers many water and food bowl auctions for both dogs and cats. The medium and large slow feed dog bowls are made of naturally cooling ceramics so we don’t need a refrigerator to keep our dog or cat’s food and water cool. If we put the dish in cool water for a few minutes before use this pet dish will keep the food fresh and cool throughout the day.

Many of these bowls that BIN for $50 to $72 have sold for less than $1. Pet owners can’t beat a deal like that!

History of Dog Beds

According to my research, Eugene Kruck, of Huntington Station, New York patented the first dog bed in 1954, only 67 years ago.

Like people, dogs need a good night’s rest to stay healthy. This is especially important for older dogs and larger breeds that need more sleep than younger, smaller dogs. Unlike the floor, a bed will keep dogs warm and will also support arthritic joints and prevent calluses. Well-rested pets will have more energy, and the size of the dog bed might make a difference, too. Smaller dogs need to be able to stretch out, but they also need to feel safe and snug, so a dog bed that is much too large might make it difficult for the dog to settle.

Pet experts say dogs need beds of their own just like people do. It provides a place where they can retreat to when your pet needs time by himself. It also provides a place for our dogs to sleep so they do not sleep where we don’t want them to sleep – like on our sofa or in our bed. If a dog chooses to sleep on the floor instead of its own bed, it might be because its bed is a little too hot or too cold. We might have to move the dog’s bed to a different location.

Most dogs prefer soft but firm beds. Some might prefer the fluffiness of a pillow but most dogs do not need a pillow. In winter months, however, dogs might need a blanket. Just because they have fur does not mean they do not get cold.

Bottom Line

Don’t forget to shop for your pets. After all, they are an important part of your family, too.

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Twelve Days Of DealDash

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree …” Are you familiar with all of the lyrics to this song?

“The 12 Days of Christmas” has always been one of my favorite Christmas songs ever since I was a child. It was a bit of a challenge to remember what “my true love gave to me” on all 12 days, but I loved the lyrics.

A red logo with a pretty bird promotes the 12 Days of Christmas.
The Twelve Days of Christmas (and DealDash!) are coming up!

Well, guess what?  Now we can enjoy “The 12 Days of Christmas Shopping on DealDash.com.”  Starting on Dec. 12, DealDash will offer a special feature for each of the 12 days, which runs until Dec. 23.

I am marking my calendar because I do not want to miss these exciting 12 days of shopping.

The rewards and challenges on DealDash from Day 1 through Day 12 will be:

  • Day 1: Place 1 bid to get 15 free bids added to our account today.
  • Day 2: Our first bid pack is on sale for only 12 cents per bid today.
  • Day 3: The largest bid pack available for purchase today is on sale for only 11 cents per bid.
  • Day 4: Place 1 bid to get 20 free bids added to our account today.
  • Day 5: Plus 1X Time as highest bidder multiplier has been activated until midnight Pacific Time.
  • Day 6: Our first bid pack is on sale for only 11 cents per bid today.
  • Day 7: Get 20 free bids added to our account when we win an auction today.
  • Day 8: Place 1 bid to get 10 free bids added to our account today.
  • Day 9: Our first bid pack is on sale for 11 cents per bid today.
  • Day 10: Auction wins are 90 percent off the final auction price today.
  • Day 11: Plus 1X Time as highest bidder multiplier has been activated until midnight Pacific Time.
  • Day 12: Place 1 bid to get 20 free bids added to our account today.

History of the Twelve Days of Christmas

According to my research, a count of exactly 12 days from Dec. 25 would end Jan. 5. The Church of England considers this day to be Twelfth Night, and the day of Epiphany, when the three wise men came, is the day after on Jan. 6.  

Some families today still celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by enjoying various family traditions and/or activities together.  They may host an Epiphany party to celebrate the visit of the magi (three kings) or they may set aside a special family day together looking through Christmas cards, singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” or playing games like “Name that Christmas Carol.” Some families might even open one gift each day for the 12 days.

It’s interesting to do a little research to learn a little more about the season. Did you know the Statue of Liberty, which France gave to the United States in 1886, is the world’s largest Christmas gift?  At 151 feet, 1 inch high and weighing in at 225 tons, that is one record that might never be beat.

One record we all could beat, however, is going for a record number of auction wins during the 12 Days of Christmas Shopping on DealDash.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Win Historic Letters

Have you seen the 10 Weeks of Historic Letters auctions on DealDash.com?

As a retired newspaper editor who collects copies of historic news events, these unique auctions really caught my attention. How often do we get an opportunity to shop for something like this?

In fact, these historic letters would make a perfect Christmas gift for any family member or friend with an interest in history.

A hand uses a fountain pen and a piece of parchment to write a letter.
Own a piece of history with DealDash’s Historic Letters auctions.

Looking at the previous selling prices, it appears to be fairly easy to win. Best of all, DealDash sometimes offers an amazing discount so we could easily afford to Buy-It-Now and get all our bids back free.

What this package includes

Each document is an authentic letter or message by a person of historical significance, such as letters from the days of the founding fathers.  The letters will be sent in the mail weekly for 10 weeks.

According to the auction listing, authors of the letters include:

  • George Washington (1732-1799), American general and first president of the United States (1789-97)
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American patriot, author and inventor
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16thpresident of the United States (1861-65)
  • Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), American abolitionist
  • Mark Twain, pseudonym for Samuel Clemens(1835-1910), American author
  • Marie Curie (1867-1934), French (polish-born) chemist, and Nobel Prize winner (1903, 1911)
  • Nikola Tesla (1856-1891), Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd president of the United States (1933-1945
  • And More

I’m looking forward to receiving copies of letters that were actually written by such prominent people from American history. This is something that could also be passed down to children and grandchildren as something to treasure for generations.

My Newseum experience

Several years ago, I had the awesome experience of visiting the Newseum in Washington D.C., where I was able to purchase several copies of original newspaper stories to add to my collection.

I have original news stories of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, the second worst earthquake in San Francisco, Calif. in October 1989, the resignation of former president Richard Nixon in 1974, the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1999, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 and front-page newspaper coverage of the 9-11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City.

Sadly, after 11 years and 10 million visitors, the Newseum closed to the public Dec. 31, 2019. Many exhibits and artifacts went into storage or were returned to the original owners.

To me, the Newseum was the most interesting place I ever visited before or since. I was mesmerized. Nothing can “put you there” better than seeing and reading firsthand accounts of such major news events at the time they actually happened.

Don’t miss this auction

I am so excited to see that DealDash is now offering these historic letters. For more details see the auction description.

Being able to read some authentic pieces of history is absolutely awesome. To customers like me, this auction is a shopper’s delight!

I’ll see you there!

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

How Do Shoppers Decide How Much to Bid?

Did you go shopping on DealDash.com during Black Friday Week? If so, I’m sure you noticed a lot of great auctions and holiday deals. DealDash had special Black Friday promotions like an increased time as highest bidder multiplier, up to 90% off the final sales price of the auction, and Leaderboard Auctions. These features offer incentives to bidders, so sometimes it makes sense to adjust your bidding strategy in an auction and invest more bids than you would normally. Of course, the good news is that we could always BIN if we didn’t win. Here are some things that motivated me during Black Friday Week to adjust my bidding strategy.

Exciting auctions and unbeatable deals are always just a click away on DealDash.

Motivation #1

The first thing that motivated me was the DealDash features of 5X, 4X and 3X times on the clock. My progress meter to completing my level was near the end and I had 1,900 free bids waiting for me to collect. Therefore, my main focus was taking advantage of that extra time on the clock.

Most likely, many other shoppers were in the same boat and were motivated by the increased Time As Highest Bidder multiplier, too. I did not really care if I won the auction or not as long as I was bidding enough to move that clock all the way to the right, which was my main focus. It worked. I did not win my auctions, but I collected my free bids, so all was not lost.

Motivation #2

The second thing that motivated me was the Leaderboard Feature. Some shoppers are experts at taking the lead to qualify for free bids and knowing just when to leave to move on to other auctions where they can qualify for more free bids there, too. In fact, it appears some shoppers have it down to a science in knowing how to use that feature to rake in lots of free bids.

I thought I had it down to a science, too. However, it doesn’t always work out the way we might expect. A couple times I had so much lead time that I thought it was safe for me to leave the auction. I thought the auction would sell before anyone had a chance to catch up to me and overtake the lead. I was wrong. I seldom won as many free bids as I thought I would, but I learned a few lessons. First, when we have already qualified for free bids and the auction gets down to only one competitor, we might be better off to cancel our bids and allow our competitor to win to prevent anyone else from “stealing’ our free bids away. Second, if we want to remain in the lead during the Leaderboard feature, it’s important to check back and keep a close eye on the bidding.

Motivation #3

The third thing that motivates me is the 90 percent off the selling price feature. I don’t worry about the selling price if I only have to pay 10 percent of it at the end. Usually, I stop bidding when the selling price of the auction starts getting higher if I would have to pay the full amount. What we need to keep in mind is that other players are most likely thinking the same thing. Therefore, we might end up with too many players determined to shop until they drop, so it could be a very long auction.

I always look at the dates my competitors first started shopping on DealDash because it is often easier to beat new shoppers who don’t have much experience. However, sometimes those new shoppers surprise me at how long they are willing to hang-in-there. They must be reading all the tips I’ve been writing about in my blogs!

What can we do?

If we find we are not winning auctions, what can we do? That is the question. When I looked at the closing prices of some of the auctions I saw that some customers still won great bargains in spite of the fact that some shoppers were willing to hang in an auction longer. When I saw that, the next question I had was, “Why not me?” 

When I looked at what the winners were doing, I would have to say the answer is to that question is that I remained stuck too long on one or two auctions. Many winners were bidding in auctions all over the place. So the answer to my last question is to diversify. The next time DealDash runs a huge special I plan to diversify, diversify, diversify, and then I’ll see if that works out better for me. What will you do?

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

A cool and Green New Way to Get Around!

Did you see the new electric moped going up for auction for the first time on DealDash.com?

This e-moped has a BIN of $2,298.00 so new bidders will not be locked out until this item reaches $50.00. Therefore, even if you did not see it until now, you still might have the opportunity to get into this auction.

Say goodbye to the high cost of gas, air pollution and traffic jams. If you don’t live too far from work, it might be a perfect alternative to travel on nice-weather days as long as you do not have to drive on an Interstate or highway. Mopeds are usually street legal on all public roads other than highways, but it’s best to check your state laws.

A selection of cartoon mopeds and riders are displayed to show how fun it is to ride a moped!
Mopeds aren’t just fun, they are great for the environment, too!

This e-moped can go up to 38 miles on a single battery charge and can reach up to 19.8 mph. The fastest mopeds can go up to 40 mph. The rechargeable battery, which is included, is a built-in 48V 20AH lead acid battery and it can fully charge the moped in 10 hours.

In California, riding a moped requires both valid registration and an M1 or M2 license. If you’re a one-car family this e-moped could be a perfect second mode of travel to run nearby errands and make juggling one vehicle a little easier.

The riding comfort might surprise you because it comes with front and rear hydraulic shock absorbers, turn signals, headlights, rearview mirrors, a horn, a remote control, built-in alarm and locking storage compartment. For more details, see the description in the auction listing.

As a 74-year-old grandma living in a metropolitan area, I cannot see myself riding on a moped. However, with all these bells and whistles, if I lived in a small-town rural area I might want to try it. In fact, in some rural areas the home mailbox is sometimes located at the end of a very long dirt or gravel road. In that case, riding a moped might be an excellent way to pick up the daily mail.

History of MOPEDS

According to my research online, the first motorized scooter for adults was developed in 1913 and patented in 1916 by inventor Arthur Hugo Cecil Gibson. The first commercially created motorized scooter was produced in New York in 1916 and was called the Autoped. It was the first mass-produced gasoline-powered scooter on the market.

The four largest motorcycle markets in the world are in China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. India is home to the largest number of motorized two wheelers in the world and now has an estimated 37 million motorcycles and mopeds.

It is not clear if the acronym MOPED stands for Motorized Pedestrian, Motorized Pedicycle or Motor or Pedal Power.

MOPED can also stand for Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Bottom Line

I’m sure you can think of lots of different uses for a new e-moped like this, so make sure you get your bids in before you get locked out when this auction reaches the $50.00 “No New Bidders” limit.

You just might be the winner!

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

Christmas Tree Shopping

How many years have you been using the same artificial Christmas tree?

According to my research online, most Americans plan to keep their artificial trees for 10 years, but the average usable lifespan is six years. That’s great if we can get that much use out of our artificial tree, but perhaps it is about time to shop for a brand new one to add more sparkle to our holiday decorations.

After all, we are shopping in the right place…DealDash.com! Many customers have already won incredible bargains on brand new artificial Christmas trees that look strikingly natural. Best of all, the artificial trees on DealDash come in different styles and a variety of sizes – 4-feet, 5-feet, 6-feet and 6 ½-feet. For example:

  • One customer won a 4-foot Alpine Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $190 for only 3 cents.
  • Another customer won a 5-foot Noble Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $260 for only 6 cents.
  • Yet another customer won a 6-foot Fraser Fantasy Fir Christmas tree with a BIN of $330 for only 2 cents.

Can you imagine winning a bargain like that? We cannot even buy a candy bar for as little as that. Talk about getting a great deal! I’m sure those winners had a great day and we could still have the opportunity to join them because many more trees are coming up for auction very soon.

One of the trees coming up for auction again soon is a 6-foot, 5-inch pre-lit flocked Frisco Pine Christmas tree, with the amazingly low BIN of $82. How would like to win that beautiful tree with 787 flocked branch tips, 250 pre-strung clear incandescent lights and a metal tree stand. So far, five previous winners of this fantastic tree gave it a high review rating of 4.95 out of a possible 5 so we cannot go wrong shopping for this one.

Christmas Tree Bundles

What good is a Christmas tree with no decorations, right? No problem. DealDash has some Christmas tree bundle auctions coming up that includes some wonderful bulb decorations, too.

The Sweet Christmas Bundle, with a BIN of $655 includes a 5-foot Noble Fir tree, along with some incredible ornaments. One set of four ornaments includes sugar and sparkle ornaments (that look like holiday baked goodies) and three sugar and spice ornaments. These ornaments are very unique and I never before had ornaments like them.

Artificial trees provide a beautiful alternative to classic Christmas Trees.

The O’Tannenbaum Bundle, with a BIN of $875 includes a 6-foot Fraser Fantasy Fir Christmas tree, along with a set of three Waltzes of the Snowflakes ornaments, a set of four Winter Fantasy ornaments and a Treasure Trove ornament. Whoever wins this bundle will certainly be a happy customer.

Why Not a Real Tree?

Many families do not choose to use a real tree for some very good reasons:

  • Some people are allergic to the pine needles of real trees. Even if no one in our immediate family is allergic to real trees, often times our guests who come for a holiday visit do suffer from those kind of allergies;
  • Real trees can dry up if not watered and could pose a higher risk of a fire;
  • Real trees shed pine needles and sap and often result in a huge mess to clean up after the holidays;
  • Some people believe that artificial trees are more environmentally friendly since they spare real trees from being chopped down;
  • We do save a lot of money by having a tree we can use more than once.

All of the above reasons are why I switched from having a real tree to a realistic-looking artificial tree.

Happy tree shopping everyone! I’ll see you in the flocked Christmas tree auction. I’ve always wanted one of those trees but never before had one.

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This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.