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DealDash Helps: Keep Hobby Costs Low

No matter what your hobby, from photography to knitting and everything in between you can always find ways to cut costs. Let DealDash help you save some money.

Hobbies can be expensive, especially if you are just starting to be interested in a certain hobby. Almost every hobby that you pick up will require you to buy at least something to get started. Some hobbies, like photography can be extremely expensive; other hobbies such as doing hand embroidery or puzzles only require a small amount of money to get started. If you aren’t 100% sure what hobby that you are interested in it might be smart to try out a few hobbies that only need a few inexpensive supplies to get started instead of trying out the more expensive hobbies first.

If you are definitely set on one of the more expensive hobbies there are always ways to save money. For example, if you are positive that photography is the hobby for you, then try to buy all of your supplies on sale. As someone who DealDashes, I’m sure that you know that you can get most photography supplies cheaper on DealDash! If you go to the Electronics and Computer category on DealDash you can choose what supplies that you are interested in and stay on budget.

Perhaps you are still trying to choose a hobby and can’t decide. Instead of randomly picking a hobby that you aren’t sure about you should make a list of some things that you enjoy doing, and soon enough you will see if there is a theme present that you could turn into a hobby. For example, if you make a list that has nature, hiking, outdoors, and animals on it you might enjoy birdwatching or plant identification. If you’re more of a homebody and your list includes those same things you might enjoy gardening or maybe even bee keeping! No matter what hobby you pick be sure to do your research on brands and prices. Try to buy the bulk of your supplies on a holiday weekend such as 4th of July, Labor Day, Black Friday, etc. Most places (including DealDash!) usually have extremely good deals on holiday weekends.

DealDash can help reduce your hobby costs dramatically by bidding on and winning gift cards. Most hobbies require you to buy supplies regularly, and if you can acquire any of those supplies at a place that DealDash offers gift cards for such as Wal*Mart, Target, K-Mart, or so many others you can bid on them and get a great deal, or BIN (Buy It Now) and pay face value for the gift card, get free shipping, and get to keep the clock time that you spent as the highest bidder.

I hope that you found this article helpful for money-saving ideas for your hobbies. Think about my suggestions and head on over to DealDash to save some money on your hobbies. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Budget Road Trip

Summer is a perfect time to go on vacation, but what if you don’t have the money? Budget road trips can be just as fun.

Normally my family goes on a vacation every year. We’ve been to Bermuda, San Diego, Tampa, and Montreal to name a few. However this year we have a new baby so we decided to stay a little closer to home. While planning our summer vacation this year I noticed how much money we were going to be saving by not going too far outside of New England. As a challenge to myself I decided to see exactly how frugal I could be in my vacation planning and still show the kids a great time. On to the savings!

First of all, forget flying. We were originally thinking about going to Salt Lake City, but plane tickets alone for my family of 5 was going to be in the range of $4,000 for the times we wanted to go, so we decided that this year was going to be a road trip only kind of trip. When you are thinking about road-tripping on a budget, the first thing that you want to think about is what is the maximum distance that you are willing to travel, or even more budget-friendly, what is the maximum distance that you can travel in one day so you can avoid staying in multiple different hotels.

The maximum distance that we decided on was 500 miles, which is a full 8-ish hours of travel. So then we looked to see where we could go in that mileage range and came up with New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Philadelphia, and Providence.  This is really easy to look up using Google Maps.

How will we get a discount on our gas? By using DealDash, of course! You can get a Shell gas card from DealDash by bidding, and if you don’t win you can always BIN (But It Now), get all of your bids back, keep the clock time that you earned by being the highest bidder, AND get free shipping on your gift card. Shell also has a loyalty card that you can get for free, and it will give you .03 off per gallon every time that you use it. It’s not much, but it adds up! If you would like to bid on a Shell gift card you can click this link right here and it will take you to the Shell cards on DealDash.

Now that the gas is taken care of, how about hotels? DealDash offers a variety of hotel gift cards that you can bid on. The hotel gift cards are the same deal as the gas gift cards – if you don’t win you can always BIN (But It Now), get all of your bids back, keep the clock time that you earned by being the highest bidder, AND get free shipping on your gift card. You can check out all of the hotel gift cards that DealDash has at this link right here.

I hope that this article has inspired you to think about going on a budget road trip this year with the help of DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

 

 

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Why I Bid Small

I’ve been shopping on DealDash.com for over 1 year and my auction bidding strategy is to bid small.

I enjoy bidding on the lower valued items DealDash lists up for auction. Why? I continue to choose this strategy because I am able to win easier and I enjoy winning auctions. Since beginning my shopping and bidding experience on DealDash I have won 93 auctions in total and have received some really great deals. Another reason I like bidding on small items is because I have not been as successful with the big ticket / high value items like I have been with the smaller items, which I love.

I mainly like to bid on gift cards but here are a few of the items which I have won.

  • Foscam Wireless IP Camera = 52 Bids used
  • InnoTab 2 Learning Tablet by Vtech = 21 Bids used

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In total for these two items above I used 73 of my bids. Here’s an article worth reading about how you can get free bids on DealDash. It’s called How I Get 300 Free DealDash Bids Every Week. Did you know it’s possible to collect that many free bids every week just for sharing pictures of the items you won?

More examples of auctions I have won:

  • $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card = 62 Bids used
  • $25 Cabela’s Gift Card = 30 Bids used
  • $10 Cabela’s Gift Card = 3 Bids used
  • 25 Bid Pack! = 11 Bids used
  • 60 Bid Pack! = 32 Bids used

I may have won 93 auctions so far, however I have also used the buy it now probably 150 times to get my bids back! This helps me prevent from having to spend additional money on new bids in order to play. Rather I can continue shopping normally and I always have bids loaded back to my account. If you don’t know what the “buy it now” is, you better learn it! It’s pretty simple… if you don’t win, you can buy the item you tried to win and get your bids back.

I say let the big fish try for all those laptops, large TV’s, pro cameras, etc! I am happy with my gift cards and the little items I can easily give away as presents.

Happy Bidding!

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DealDash Always Finding New Ways To Reward Bidders

When I started as a bidder on DealDash in 2012, I was excited each time I reached a new level and could claim my “Free DealDash Bids” !!!

As I have continued to climb to higher levels, it has taken me longer and longer to claim those “Free Bids” I love. As always though, DealDash has listened to their faithful bidders and found new, and awesome ways to help us reach those ever increasing challenges of claiming free bids. DealDash introduced a promotion that multiplied your Time As Highest Bidder rewared 2X, 3X, and even 5X for each second you remain the high bidder in an auction, therefore reducing the time it takes you bank those free bids at each level up.

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They also recently had a promotion that multiplied the amount of free bids added by 2 and then 3 times the amount you would normally get for moving up a level. Personally I was getting close to level up so fortunately I was able to take advantage of this promotion and claim 2X my normal free bids of 540 and bank a whopping 1080 free bids for reaching my next level !!!

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I am always impressed with DealDash’s desire to help us bidders and reward us in ways that help us stretch our dollars. That’s why I am a faithful DealDasher.

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70+ auctions won and still saving!

Looking back, I remember the first day I played DealDash. It was June 28th 2013. I was at home that afternoon. I’m a teacher, but I hold a summer job each year. Kind of have to. Supporting a family of four off of a single income from a teachers pay is no easy task. I’m not complaining though…we make it. My summer job is evening shift, Sunday through Thursday.

But, this was a Friday. I had the day off. I just finished mowing the lawn and came into the house. The TV was on with a commercial…about DealDash. I had never heard of Deal Dash before. It was certainly intriguing, the commercial had a great number of personal stories about how customers purchased amazing products at unbelievable prices.

I was skeptical, but intrigued, so I visited the website. When I learned that you had to pay in advance for bids, I almost exited the website. But, those personal success stories from the commercial echoed in my mind. Money was tight, but what the heck…I bought one bid pack.

Not sure what I was doing, I first targeted a $15 Amazon Gift Card. I bid twice…AND WON!!! An energy and excitement ran through me. This DealDash thing is real! Part of me new this may be beginners luck, but I tried again.

I spotted a baseball in a case. $32 retail value. This would be real cool for my son. I placed two bids on it…AND WON AGAIN!!! You can probably imagine the adrenaline I felt. I never win, but to win these items felt so rewarding. Especially when you are bogged down by the stress of finances so much. I got nervous and hesitated though. This was beginners luck, didn’t want to waste my bids. Maybe I should watch for a while. The next few minutes blew my mind. A $10 Duncan Donuts card sold for a penny. A $10 Burger King card received no bids at all. A $10 Walmart Card sold for 3 cents. Wow!!!

I bid again. This time on a pair of binoculars. Another cool item for my son. I WON…WITH ONE PENNY! I bid again, on a 3 piece grilling set and easily WON AGAIN!!!

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Feelings of excitement and thrill pumped through my veins. This Deal Dash thing was the answer. It was the answer to providing my family with things I just couldn’t give them. I went wild. I bid on all kinds of things. But I didn’t win again…at least not with that first bid pack.

So I bought another bid pack. But I didn’t win. I couldn’t shake it off though. I knew I could recreate what I had started.

The problem was, with each bid pack I purchased I was losing money. I wanted to win so bad. To get things affordably for my kids, and to gain back the money I had lost trying to repeat these early wins. I bought more and more bids packs. Over the next several days I began to slow down, but damage had been done to my budget. Fortunately, I had my summer job.

Although I slowed down on buying bid packs, I could not quite shake off those early wins. Those FOUR wins could not have been a fluke. There must be something I am missing. Over the next few weeks I slept less, did less around the house. Turned to the computer every break at work. I watched Deal Dash..,always watching Deal Dash.

Those early 4 wins had left a feeling in me. A feeling I couldn’t shake off. I needed to recreate the feeling. Next paycheck, I bought more bids. I tried different strategies and times of day. I knew there was something I was missing…I had to find what conditions led to my early wins…maybe it was time of day. Or time of month. Or something.

It took me a while to realize I would never recreate that same set of wins. I didn’t truly give it up until I recruited family to join DealDash. That’s when I realized what happened.

When a new user first signs up he/she has some auctions meant only for new the users. They are the lower valued items like a $10 Walmart card, $10 Burger King card, $10 Duncan Donuts card, etc. It’s designed so that a new users only compete with each other making the auctions easier to win. I admit, I felt scammed. I didn’t know those items were only part of special auctions for new users. I betrayed my family when I became blinded by cheap wins and spent a great deal of important funds. At least it was a lot to us. Even more, I had betrayed time to my family as I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong and studying how to recreate the conditions that gave me those early wins.

I’m still with Deal Dash though. I’ve moved past those early losses and time spent studying Deal Dash…wondering why I couldn’t recreate those first wins. Now I know how to bid, I know how to play it right, and I now know how to save on Deal Dash winning and saving on over 70 auctions. Am I still bitter that not knowing this led to me spending important money and invaluable time focusing on Deal Dash? Absolutely – if only I knew those were beginner auctions…it would have changed a lot for me last summer.

Would I, and do I recommend Deal Dash? Absolutely.

But, if you are a rookie, heed my warning. If you win a string of low value items early, like I did, you need to know, those easy wins may have come from auctions with only rookies which often only have 2 or 3 people in them…if anybody.

Deal Dash is great. But learn from my mistake. DO NOT let yourself get caught up emotionally in those first wins…the feeling is addictive. Fight it, and play intelligently.