Coffee Talk With DealDash

Almost everyone I know (with the exception of a few odd ones!) loves coffee. Some people like hot, some like iced, and some don’t care as long as it’s in their cup.

 

There are lots of different ways to get coffee – the busiest of the busy people just go ahead and buy it from the coffee shop, but most people like to make their coffee at home to save money and the hassle of going out to the coffee shop. Luckily for us, DealDash has a huge array of different ways for us to get our java fix. Let’s start with the Keurig machine.

Keurig

Most people have used a Keurig at some point in time, but in case you’re not familiar with the Keurig, the K-Cup is a plastic container with a paper filter inside. Ground coffee beans, tea leaves, or other flavor mixes are packed in the K-Cup and sealed with an air-tight lid. This keeps the coffee grounds fresher for much longer than traditional bags. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures both the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup with a sharp implement, and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into your mug of choice. Yummm. Smell that fresh brewed coffee. If you haven’t gotten around to getting yourself a Keurig yet, DealDash offers Keurig machines as well as the K-Cups to go with them. Check them out on DealDash now.

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Programmable Coffee MakerHamilton Beach 12-Cup 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker, Silver/Black

If brewing huge pots of coffee for yourself and your family is more your style, then you’re in luck. DealDash also offers the two most popular brands of drip coffee makers, Mr. Coffee and Hamilton Beach. This type of coffee maker has been around for over 100 years, but of course it’s designs has changed quite a bit over the years. If you’re looking for a drip style coffee maker, just click on over to DealDash and take your choice of the many options that they have offered.

If you already have a coffee maker, be it a Keurig or drip style, DealDash has you covered on accessories such as coffee grinders, milk and sugar sets, and even bags of coffee and K-Cups! Just check out this link here and it will take you to all of the coffee related products that you have to choose from.

Remember, if you don’t happen to win the item, you can always BIN (Buy It Now) for the retail price, get all of your bids back, and get the item shipped to you with free shipping every time. Coffee and coffee related accessories would be a great item to “go all the way” to BIN price on, because it’s most likely an item that you would be buying anyway, regardless of if you were bidding on DealDash or not. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

 

Making Your Yard a Peaceful Place With DealDash

With all of the deadlines and hustle and bustle of life sometimes it’s nice to just come home and relax outside by your beautiful lawn. But what if your lawn isn’t so beautiful and peaceful?

As someone who is easily stressed out I crave quiet time alone just sitting outside on my deck that looks out over my lawn. However, after some poor lawn management last year my yard isn’t looking so nice. Luckily for me DealDash has plenty of things that can perk up my backyard to make it not only beautiful, but a peaceful and tranquil place that I can go and escape my worries for a few minutes.

I find the sound of running or trickling water extremely relaxing and peaceful. One of the first things that I would like to get to perk up my backyard is a fountain from DealDash.  The fountains that DealDash offers are made to last season after season, and they are constructed of stone powder and polyresin so they will be durable for outside use. If you think that a fountain would look great in your yard, garden, or patio you can check out this link here to see the fountains that DealDash is offering for auction.

Ore 9.75 inch Meditation Fountain

Another thing that I have always admired in other people’s backyards is when there is a bench overlooking the yard, instead of just some lawn chairs. Benches lend a touch of class and they don’t break the bank, either. Benches are great if you want to share a seat with your kids or your sweetheart, and some benches even have gliding features built in for a soothing rocking effect. If you’re interested in checking out the benches up for offer on DealDash just click this link here and it will show you some different styles.

Delahey Outdoor Porch Glider Bench

 

If you’re interested in bidding on a fountain or bench (or any product) that isn’t currently available just click the handy “Alert Me” button, and DealDash will send you an email when the auction is ready to begin. You may cancel the alert at any time by clicking the button again. You may set as many alerts as you would like, DealDash will take care of the rest!

 

 

 

I hope that you are excited about getting your backyard into shape! You can set your Bid Buddy and get one of these great products for a fraction of the cost. If you don’t happen to win the auction, though, you can still be a winner by using BIN (Buy it Now). When you BIN you get the product that you wanted, all of your bids back, free shipping, and keep all of the bids that you won as being the highest bidder. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

 

Just Keep Swimming With DealDash

Today’s article is all about swimming! Not only is swimming fun it’s also great for your health and an important life skill to have.

Okay, let’s see a show of hands – who knows how to swim? All of you?! Excellent! As I’m sure you already know, swimming is a wonderful life skill to have that is a wonderful gift that you can give to your children. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) There are approximately 3,500 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States —  that’s about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five people who die from drowning are children age 14 and younger. As you can see from these statistics it’s extremely important that you and your children know how to swim, just in case.

In addition to swimming being a skill that everyone should master, it’s also extremely healthy and good for your body. Even elderly people who have trouble walking long distances can usually swim for their health and enjoyment because in the water you are practically weightless, so therefore there is very little stress on your bones, ligaments, and joints that can lead to pain.

Swimming is a good all-round activity because it:
  • keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body.
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs.
  • tones muscles and builds strength.

If the safety and health benefits aren’t enough reasons for you to go swimming, then how about the fact that swimming is extremely fun an loved by both young and old? Every single kid I know loves going to the pool, and most of the adults enjoy taking them as well. Swimming is a great family activity because everyone can participate, even babies can get in the water as long as they are being helped by Mommy or Daddy.

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to go somewhere to get all of the great benefits of swimming? Well, thanks so DealDash you can! DealDash occasionally has above ground pools up for auction as well as all manner of pool accessories and toys.

Swim N' Play 15ft x 36in Above Ground Pool with Port HoleHeritage Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaner

If you’re interested in getting a pool or some great pool supplies be sure to check out the Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, & Games section on DealDash located at think link here. You can set your Bid Buddy and get one of these great products for a fraction of the cost! If you don’t happen to win the auction, though, you can still be a winner by using BIN (Buy it Now). When you BIN you get the product that you wanted, all of your bids back, free shipping, and keep all of the bids that you won as being the highest bidder. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

 

Time to Start the Garden With DealDash

It’s spring and time to start your garden! Let’s see what items that DealDash has that can help.

Growing your own vegetables is fun, rewarding, and can save you money. All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants, but to be a really successful vegetable gardener you are going to need some supplies. DealDash has you covered.

Starting with the absolute basics aside from soil and plants, you are going to need some tools. DealDash has an awesome tool kit that’s just perfect for beginning your garden. Here is what the kit includes:

  • Leaf and flower trimmer
  • Water spray bottle
  • Branch and twig pruner
  • Spade
  • Trowel
  • Cultivator
  • Convenient carrying bag

If you’re interested in checking out the beginner’s tool kit you can just click on this link right here and it will take you to the description page. If you’re interested in bidding on the kit just click the handy “Alert Me” button, and DealDash will send you an email when the auction is ready to begin. You may cancel the alert at any time by clicking the button again. You may set as many alerts as you would like, DealDash will take care of the rest!

I realize some people don’t have a lot of extra space for a garden, for example a lot of people don’t even have a yard due to living in an apartment or condo. Don’t worry, DealDash can help with that as well!

If you have even a small amount of space on a patio, deck, or balcony then a small raised garden bed might be the best bet for you to try. DealDash has a small Raised Garden Bed Kit that can provide you with an easy way to grow and display herbs, flowers or vegetables in smaller spaces. It’s made from recycled wood and plastic, the raised garden kit assembles easily with no tools. This wood and plastic garden bed measures 42″L x 42″W x 6″H and will not rot or decay since it’s made with quality in mind. If you would like to check out the small raised garden bed then just click this link right here.

I hope that you are excited about getting your garden started! You can set your Bid Buddy and get one of these great products for a fraction of the cost. If you don’t happen to win the auction, though, you can still be a winner by using BIN (Buy it Now). When you BIN you get the product that you wanted, all of your bids back, free shipping, and keep all of the bids that you won as being the highest bidder. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

 

Everyone Wins With DealDash

If you’re reading this as a seasoned DealDash veteran, you know how easy your first few wins on DealDash can be. If you’re a Newbie here, let me tell you all about how easy it is to win.

Your first few wins are going to be remarkably easy for you! As long as you pay attention and start small with a $10 gift card or a small item then it will be very easy for you to get a few wins under your belt. This doesn’t apply, of course, if you decide to “Go big or go home” and try to win an Xbox One or huge TV as your first win. Winning a really big and valuable prize can take a lot of time, effort, and research. However, if you are new and just starting go ahead and jump right in! DealDash has a satisfaction guarantee with your first bid pack, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you’re interested in the money back guarantee, here are the details, straight from the DealDash Terms of Service page:

No Questions Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee

Bidders on DealDash are entitled to a No Questions Asked 100% Money Back Guarantee on their first Bid Pack purchase. Should a bidder be unsatisfied with the service for any reason, they are entitled to get their entire first Bid Pack purchase fully refunded. Simply email refunds@dealdash.com within 90 days and request for the refund. The refund will be credited back to you in 7 days. The refund will be granted regardless of if you have won or lost auctions, or whether you have bids left on your account or not. Only 1 refund per person.

If you have been around DealDash a little bit longer than a total Newbie, and you’ve won some easy auctions, maybe it’s time for you to branch out and try some more challenging ones. If you have found an auction that you’re interested in winning, the best plan for you is to open the actual auction page itself up and check out it’s statistics. When you are looking at an open auction page it will tell you a lot of the information that you need to know. On the left side, from top to bottom you will see the BIN (Buy It Now) price, the previous winners and what the auction ended at, and then below that you will see the bidders currently bidding on the auction.

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Once you have seen the BIN price you can decide if you’re ready to go “all the way” and BIN if you don’t win, you can see if the auction seems like it’s going to be on the higher or lower final value, and finally you can see if there is some really tough competition. Use this information, and it will help you decide if you’re ready to bid!

Good luck and happy bidding everyone! See you on DealDash.com!

 

Black Friday Letdown? Not on DealDash!

How did you spend your Black Friday? Well, if you’re a hardcore shopper like myself you spent it fighting over cheap products!

Quite honestly, Black Friday shopping is usually a little bit of a letdown. I have a lot of fun looking through all of the sale papers and carefully crafting my strategy of which stores to go to, in what order, and what exactly I’m getting. It’s a lot of work, and in the end I wait in the cold New England weather, endure the pushes and shoves of my fellow shoppers, and spend a ton of money on stuff that I don’t really even need.

I probably should have saved my time, money, and effort and just shopped on DealDash! Just thinking back, what did I buy on Black Friday? Well, for starters, I got this lovely new Chromebook on which I am currently writing this blog. It was one of the “Doorbusters” at a large electronics store, so I had to get there early. They actually opened on Thanksgiving evening, so I ended up shoveling down the turkey and pie, cutting the family time short, and getting in line in the chilly Connecticut weather. How much did I really save? Was it worth missing out on the family time? Not really. I should have just gotten my Chromebook on DealDash. They have a good selection, and as always, if you don’t end up winning you can always BIN (Buy It Now) and get every single one of your bids back.

Toshiba Chromebook 2 13.3-inch LED Notebook

What else did I shop for on Black Friday? Well, as the proud owner of 2 (almost 3!) kids of course I got some great Christmas presents for them at some of the popular “big box” stores. Now let me tell you, those places are CRAZY on Black Friday. If you are interested in some of the more popular deals of the year there is snatching, grabbing, pushing, and those are just the more polite shoppers! I feel a little silly getting into that crowd when I could have just done my shopping on DealDash. They have the exact same toys, games, and sports equipment that I bought at the big box retailers, I could have stayed home and relaxed, and I might have even gotten an awesomely amazing deal.

Barbie DreamhouseLifetime 44-Inch Court Height-Adjustable Basketball Hoop

I hope this article has encouraged you to rethink your Black Friday strategy next year. DealDash has it all, everything you need to make your family happy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

That’s My Pet: Saltwater Fish

 

We have already talked about freshwater fish here on DealDashBlog before, but I think it’s time we progressed on to the next challenge: saltwater fish!

In this DealDash Blog series we have been highlighting different pets, given some basic facts about pet ownership, and hopefully helped you make informed decisions about your new furry, feathered, or finned family member. Having a saltwater or marine aquarium is a significantly harder challenge than a freshwater tank, and some would argue much harder and more time-consuming than a cat or dog.

As a person who had worked at a pet store as well as having my own freshwater aquariums for years at some point I decided that I was ready for a saltwater tank. To be honest…I wasn’t! I jumped in feet-first and tried to make everything beautiful as fast as possible. It had always worked with freshwater aquariums before, and I was very surprised when all of my tank inhabitants died. I was very upset, and went back to freshwater for a while. I got the marine bug again about a year ago, and I am doing things correctly this time. Hopefully I can share some of my helpful tips so you don’t make the same mistakes that I made.

 

Hawkeye 2 Gallon 360 Starter Aquarium Kit with LED Lighting

There are a huge variety of different aquariums that you can get for your first set-up, most people find that the easiest thing to do is to get a kit that is already pre-assembled. DealDash has a few adorable nano tanks that some some equipment to get you started. Check them out in the Home, Garden, and Tools sections. However, if you would prefer to pick up the pieces yourself, here are the very basics that are recommended for a saltwater fish aquarium:

  • Fish tank or aquarium
  • Light source (LEDs or other strong lighting if you plan on doing corals)
  • External Filter, Protein skimmer
  • Water additives depending on if you keep corals or not
  • Power head for water movement
  • Thermometer
  • Fish food
  • Heater
  • Live rock
  • pre-made saltwater or RO water, bucket, and salt mix
  • Hydrometer (to measure how salty the water is)
  • Water testing kits (ph, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite at a bare minimum)
  • Sand (optional, some people prefer “bare bottom”)
  • UV light (optional, kills bacteria)
  • Magnet scraper (optional, to clean algae and salt deposits on glass without getting wet)

 

The size and type of aquarium that you purchase can determine the type and quantity of fish that you choose to put in your new aquarium. When doing saltwater fish, space is KEY. If you want a very small nano tank (10 gallons or less) then you probably just want to go with one small fish such as a clownfish (Nemo), or clown goby. Clown gobies aren’t quite as well known as clownfish, but they are amazingly cute and come in many different colors like yellow, blue, green, etc. Along with your one small fish and live rock you could also put in a small shrimp such as a peppermint shrimp. You can also add a few marine hermit crabs and snails. If you have good lighting you can also add some beginner corals such as kenya trees, pulsing xenia, mushrooms, or zoas.

If you are interested in having more than 1 or 2 small fish in your tank then you will need to go much bigger, I would say 40 gallons is the smallest tank that you should go with, but with saltwater, bigger is always better, because the water quality is more stable the bigger you go. I currently have a 90 gallon tank, and it’s definitely been the most successful (and biggest) tank that I have ever had.

Setting up your aquarium for saltwater is a simple process, but the key is patience. With freshwater you can basically go from no tank to a tank full of healthy happy fish in the span of a week. No so with saltwater.

  • Put your aquarium on whatever surface that you will be keeping it on long term, be it an actual aquarium stand, a dresser, table, desk, etc. If you’re looking for a nice sturdy piece of furniture to put a smaller tank on, check out DealDash.
  • Get your pre-made or mixed saltwater and add it to the aquarium, leaving a few inches unfilled at the top
  • Put in your sand if you will be using it
  • Install your heater, filter/protein skimmer, and thermometer
  • Add your live rock and arrange it how you would like
  • Finish filling the saltwater to the top
  • Plug in heater and filter/protein skimmer
  • Wait
  • And wait
  • And wait some more
  • Add fresh RO (reverse osmosis) water every day to make up for the evaporated water. Make sure you don’t add saltwater! As the saltwater evaporates every day the water leaves, but the salt stays in the tank. If you top off with saltwater every day then your water will be much too salty after a few days.
  • After a few weeks add a few snails and hermit crabs
  • If your snails and crabs seem to be doing well then use your water testing kit and test the water after your tank has been set up for 6 weeks or so
  • If your water tests well 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 20 or less nitrate then you just might be ready to add one fish. Please pick and small and inexpensive fish such as a damsel fish, don’t go for an expensive tang right away.
  • Try not to add more than one fish at a time, and wait a few in between adding fish. Before you add any more fish do a water test in between to make sure that your water parameters are safe.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new pets!

I hope that this article has helped you understand a little bit about setting up a saltwater fish aquarium. If you are in the market for an aquarium, pet store gift card, or any other pet-related items head on over to DealDash and see what they have up for bid today. I have gotten so many pet store gift cards from DealDash. And the best thing is, if I don’t win the auction then I can just buy the gift card for face value, they ship it to me for free, and give me all my bids back to try again. It’s really win-win! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!