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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

GoodSearch and GoodShop to help TMN!

Did you know about GoodSearch? GoodSearch allows you to raise money for The Mommies Network simply by doing what you probably do every day: searching the internet. If you use GoodSearch to search the internet, GoodSearch will donate 1 penny for every search you make. That doesn't sound like much, but with 31,000 members and their families all GoodSearching for us, it can really add up! And it doesn't cost you anything!

Also, many internet retail stores at which you probably shop participate in GoodShop. For instance, if you buy something at Target's website, they will donate 1.5% - 3.5% of your purchase price to us. Old Navy/Gap purchases earn 2.5% for us. Babies R Us shopping earns a 1.5% donation to us. And it doesn't cost you anything! In fact, some stores have special coupons for GoodShoppers. :)

"How do I GoodSearch and Goodshop?" you may ask. There are two ways. The first way is via the GoodSearch/GoodShop homepages (http://www.goodsearch.com and http://www.goodshop.com). The GoodSearch home page is kind of like the Google home page - you enter your search terms and the results come back. GoodShop can be entered from the GoodSearch page, or by going to http://www.GoodShop.com. There they have a directory of all their participating stores. Select the store you want to shop, click the "Goodshop This Store" button, and you will be directed to the store's regular store with one difference: you will be identified as a GoodShopper and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to The Mommies Network.

But now there is an easier way to GoodSearch and GoodShop. GoodSearch has created an amazing toolbar that lets you perform GoodSearches from anywhere! And if you go to one of the GoodShop participating stores, it will automatically recognize you as a GoodShopper and donate the right amount to your charity. Also there is a tab that will activate when there are coupons for that store. Pretty sweet! And just in time for Christmas shopping!

The best part is that they have customized a toolbar JUST FOR US! And they put up a page for us for our members to go to download it!

http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/mommies-network

The toolbar works with Internet Explorer and Firefox!

Note for Vista users: If you use Firefox, ignore the special instructions for Vista users button. If you use Internet Explorer 8, the toolbar probably will not install for you. If you use version 6 or 7, you should only need the special instructions if your user does not have admin rights on your machine.

It doesn't seem to work on Macs.

When you download the toolbar, MommiesNetwork (Charlotte, NC) may automatically be selected as your charity. If it is not, simply type Mommies Network, and it will select us. And if you want to GoodSearch on a computer you can't download the toolbar onto, just go to GoodSearch (http://www.goodsearch.com) and in the drop down that asks "Who Do You GoodSearch for?" Select/type in MommiesNetwork (Charlotte, NC). Don't worry - even if you aren't in Charlotte, there is only one Mommies Network, and we are it. Because of tax law, The Mommies Network is an incorporated 501c(3) non-profit with headquarters in Charlotte, NC. It includes all of our communities across the country.

If you would like more detailed instructions on how to use this toolbar, read on. There are links to screen shots that will show you that you're on the right path. I did not attach the pictures here because they are quite large.

When you go to http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/Mommies-Network.com, you will see this screen.

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gstoolbarpage-1.gif

For most of you, just click the Download Toolbar button to start the download process. You will then see a screen similar to this:

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gsdownloadtoolbar-1.gif

Make sure the shopping options checkbox is checked, and click the button! The toolbar download and install process will begin. Depending on your environment, you may need to give permission for the download, and for the installation of the toolbar. Just follow the instructions. After the installation, you may need to restart your browser program to activate the toolbar.

This is what the toolbar looks like.

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gstoolbarimg-1.gif

When you are at participating GoodShop site, parts of the toolbar will activate, letting you know the amount of donation The Mommies Network will receive from your purchase and displaying available coupons:

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gscouponlist-1.gif

If you do a GoodSearch from the toolbar, you will get a page of search results:

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gstoolbarexample-1.gif

When you click on the GoodSearch button on the far left, you will see this menu:

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gsgshomepage-1.gif

If you cannot use the toolbar to search, would rather search from the GoodSearch home page, or want to see more information, go to http://www.goodsearch.com.

You may have to periodically re-enter Mommies Network as your charity when your cookies clear. However, this isn't an issue when you search from the toolbar.

http://gonzo.themommiesnetwork.org/shared/GoodSearch/gshomepage-1.gif




See this article from Charlotte Area News that mentions The Mommies Network too! http://charlotteareanews.blogspot.com/2009/12/save-money-and-give-back-to-local.html

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