Here is all of the fine print you need to know while interacting with CookWithaShoe.com in accordance with the FTC guidelines to be fully transparent about how and when I am compensated on CookWithaShoe.com.

Cook With a Shoe is a personal blog written and edited by me. If you have any questions about this blog, please contact Charissa Quade.

I started CookWithaShoe.com as a way to share with those, who are struggling financially, what I have learned about paying off debt, budgeting, and living on less than you make. My main goal is to encourage others to take the steps necessary to live on a budget and pay off debt while providing practical examples from my life.

Since I am spending so much time running this blog and my time is valuable, I have decided to operate this blog in a professional manner as a side job to bring in additional income.

In order to offset the costs associated with this website, including hosting fees, blog design, and my own time, I do receive compensation in many ways. I love being able to serve my readers through CookWithaShoe.com, however I do get paid for my work.

My opinion and my integrity

My integrity is extremely important to me in all aspects of my life. I will never share something with you unless I personally use and like it enough to recommend, even if I am offered compensation to do so. While I am, sometimes, compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics, the opinions that I share will be strictly my own.

I will provide you with my honest feedback, opinions, findings, beliefs, or experience with these topics or products.

Free Stuff and Product Reviews

I may accept free stuff from marketers or companies. Chances are I will use these freebies as a give-away on my site, however if I like the freebie enough to keep it, I will disclose that I received this item for free. My opinions about the free products will be purely my own and any product claim, statistic, quote or representation about a product will need to be verified with the manufacturer.

I normally do not do paid product reviews. However, if I do review a product that would match the interests of my readers, I will promptly disclose that I received that item for free and by whom. If I do not say anything, then it is safe to assume I had purchased the item myself and love it so much that I want to share it with you.

Again, I only share companies, products and services that I personally use and like. Please do not spend any money on something just because I recommend the product, however only purchase these products or services if they will benefit you and help you succeed.

Not all endorsed products or sites are sponsored and I will do my best to inform you of which sites or products are and are not sponsored.

All opinions on here are purely my own about products or services that I have personally purchased and/or used. Sponsored products and sites may change between the time the post was written and the present.

Affiliate Marketing

One source of revenue for CookWithaShoe.com is through affiliate marketing.

You should assume that most of the links or products featured on this blog contain affiliate links where I will get a small kick back from the merchant if you purchase from the links, but your price will remain the same.

I will only link to something that either I have used personally and like with all opinions being my own. The items linked within this website may be found elsewhere for cheaper. If you decide you do not want to purchase through that link, then by all means Google the item and purchase it elsewhere. It does not matter to me and we can still be friends, ok?

Cook With a Shoe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

I do not sell ad space, which means any links within my blog, on my sidebar, or to external links will not give me a commission, (unless you click on a link that is to one of my affiliate partners).


The privacy of visitors to CookWithaShoe.com is very important to me. I recognize the privacy of your personal information is important. Here is the information on what types of personal information that received and collected when you use and visit CookWithaShoe.com and how I safeguard your information.

I respect your privacy and I will not sell or trade your name, email and other personal information.

Log Files

As with most other websites, I collect and use the data contained in log files.  The information in the log files include your IP (internet protocol) address, your ISP (internet service provider, such as AOL or Shaw Cable), the browser you used to visit my site (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox), the time you visited my site, and which pages you visited throughout the site.

Cookies and Web Beacons

I do use cookies to store information, such as your personal preferences when you visit my site. This could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to log into some of the features, such as forums.

I also use third party advertisements on CookWithaShoe.com to support my site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on my site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit my site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

You can choose to disable or selectively turn off my cookies or third party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with my site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

I do collect personal information from you when you subscribe to my newsletter. When registering on my site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name or email. You may visit my site anonymously.

The information collected from you may be used to send periodic emails, however if at any time you wish to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, detailed unsubscribe instructions are at the bottom of each email.


You can opt out of having this site collect and share this information by clicking HERE.

Comment Policy

The owner of this blog reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice due to; comments deemed to be spam or questionable spam, comments including profanity, comments containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive or comments that attack a person individually

Informational Purposes

All content provided on this Cook With a Shoe is for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor and nothing here is intended as medical advice, so please do not ask me about medical questions.

I am not a certified finance professional nor have any finance degrees; however I have paid off all my debts, budget regularly, save for purchases and use cash. Everything on here is just my opinion about living life without any payments. If that sounds good to you, then Join Me!

These privacy policy and disclosure statements were made on February 15, 2015 and may have a changes made in the future with or without notice. You should read this privacy policy on this page to keep abreast of any future changes.

If you would like to see all of my affiliate partners, please head to my Resources page where you can browse to your heart’s content. 

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