Privacy Policy and Data Protection

Effective May 18, 2018

Your Privacy Matters

Here at Tip Junkie we value and protect your privacy. Our mission is to connect creative women, inspire creativity, and to promote Mom-preneurs and women in business. We also have a commitment to be transparent about the data we collect about you, how it is used and with whom it is shared.

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.  Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to community at tip junkie dot com {no spaces}.

Contents of Our Privacy Policy:
Who are we?
FTC Full Disclosure
How we Collect Information About You
What data we collect
How and Why we Track your Visit
How do we protect your information?
Do we use ‘cookies’?
If you wish to be Removed from our Data
Opting out
Contacting Us
Giveaway and Sweepstakes Policy
Terms and Conditions

Who Are We?

TipJunkie.com is an online creative community founded in 2007 by Laurie Turk. I feature creative women through their DIY projects, crafts, patterns, and homemade gifts for you and your family. We are based in the USA but have contributing authors from around the world.

How we Collect Information About You

Information is collected via log files, cookies, leaving comments and registering on the site, purchasing a product via our Tip Junkie shop, or subscribing to our newsletter.


What Data We Collect?

We collect information on your name, email address, website (if you leave this in a comment), IP address and the pages that you visited and when you visited them on the site.  This site also uses cookies, see our cookie policy below.   

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

If you have registered with the site we provide you with user registration, login and profiles. Registered user information is retained in your website’s database indefinitely.  Data can be exported or removed upon users request via the existing WordPress data exporter or eraser.

How and Why we Track your Visit

Like most websites around the world we use Google Analytics (GA) to process information about the number of visitors on our site, and their behavior.  We use this information to record the number of people using TipJunkie and to better understand where you discover our site (from social media, google or another site) and how you use it as well as to see how people move throughout the site.

GA records your approximate location down to town level, the type device you are using e.g. Mobile or Table, Name of device e.g. iPad or Samsung Galazy etc…, operating system e.g. Windows 10 or iOS and browser e.g. Firefox or Chrome none of this data can be used to identify you.  Google does record your IP address however, we don’t have access to this information and it modifies it so that you can not be identified specifically just the area that you are in.

Google Analytics Demographics

We are committed to ensuring that our website contains content that is valuable and useful to our readers.To help us with this we have implemented the Google analytics demographics and interest reporting features on our website. These tools allow us to review anonymous data regarding the gender, age and interests of website visitors and adapt our website content to better reflect their needs. Although this information is collected through your Google ad settings, it is not provided to us in a personally-identifiable format. This means we cannot identify what information is about you, and we will not try to figure it out.

You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Google Ad settings or through the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.  To do this Google Analytics uses a “cookie” on your device.

We also use third-party behavioral tracking like Facebook tracking pixels for the same purpose as Google Analytics. {see above}  Our newsletter via Mad Mimi also tracks clicks so we only send you the information that you prefer to see and I’ll cover that in the newsletter section.

Leaving a Comment on our Site

Here are Tip Junkie we love hearing if you have tried a pattern and had success using one of our ideas and found the information useful we do this by giving you the option of leaving a comment.

To leave a comment you may leave it anonymously or leave a name, email address, website and comment.  We only use this information to identify you as the comment maker and do not pass this on to any third party.  Your email address will never be shown in the comment section of the site. Your details will remain in the database unless we remove it or the article is removed from the site.

You may request that we delete the comment and remove you details at any time. Please email us at community at tip junkie dot com {no spaces} to ask for this to be carried out.  If you are under 16 you must obtain your parents permission before leaving a comment.

IMPORTANT: In your comment you should avoid leaving information of a personal nature and it is recommended that you do this on every website you comment on.

Subscriber Newsletter

If you choose to join one of our regular newsletters via a sign up form Tip Junkie then you email address is required so that you can be sent the emails. We also ask for your First Name although this isn’t required so that we may address you personal in our weekly email.

Your data is collected and then passed to our Email Service Provider Mad Mimi.

You may unsubscribe at any time from our newsletters using the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email or you can email us at community at tip junkie dot com {no spaces} and ask that you be removed. Please make sure that you are using the same email address as you receive the emails from to do this.

Within the Email Service Provider we use tags to track the pages that you visit and actions that you take within the emails so that we can provide a more personalized email service to you.  We send emails 1 – 3 times a week and with our tracking try and make these as relevant to you as possible. From time to time we may include promotions for products.

If you have subscribed and received one of our free products your email with the link is sent via Postmark a Third Party Application, your email address, name and the details of the email are retained for 45 days and then your information is deleted automatically.

Details that we hold including your name, email address and where you have visited will never be passed onto a Third Party.


How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information. We offer the use of secure servers.

Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

We implement a variety of security measures when a user enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information. All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.

We never ask for credit card numbers. If one of our products is purchased through PayPal for financial and legal reasons we will retain the PayPal invoices. However, personal credit card numbers and sensitive documentation is not given from PayPal to TipJunkie,LLC as per their privacy policy guidelines.

We use regular Malware Scanning. We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards. We only provide articles and information.


Do we use cookies?

Yes. Not the ones you bake and eat ~ although I do consume my fair share. {giggle} We use cookies which are little pieces of code that we use to track your use of our site and provide the best possible experience for you.

Specifically we use them for our commenting system so that you don’t have to always enter you details, collect data as part of Google Analytics so that we can see who has visited our website. Facebook pixels for ads, sponsor and advertisements for campaigns. {see below}

By using this site you agree this site may use cookies for site performance.  You also agree that this site may use cookies for tracking behavior and user patterns.

You can chose to disable or selectively turn off our cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in your browser.

However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on  tipjunkie.com
  • Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to tipjunkie.com and other sites on the Internet.
  • You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following URL – https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads

Advertisements on Tip Junkie

We use third party advertisements on Tip Junkie to support our site.

  • Google Double Click, Adsense
  • Ad Thrive
  • Sponsored Content

Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our 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 our 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).

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Third-party disclosure:  We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your Personally Identifiable Information.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not share, sell, trade, email addresses or personal information that we collect or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.

TipJunkie.com is a participant in affiliate advertising programs such as the Amazon.com Associates Program, Sharasale, ClickBank, designed to provide a means for sites to earn fees by advertising and linking to products.

If you are Under 16
Please obtain your parents permission before entering any personal information on Tip Junkie, we are concerned with your privacy as much as an adults.

If you wish to be Removed from our Data

At any point you may ask that we remove your information from our systems. Please contact community at tip junkie dot com with your requirements and we will do so within a month.  The same applies for what information we hold about you and can be identified as being about you.

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at community dot tip junkie dot com.  You can also follow the instructions at the bottom of each email and simply click the “unsubscribe” link.  We will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.


Opting Out
Visitors have choices about how we use their data and there are several easy ways to opt out.

When we may Transfer your Personal Data
We will not transfer your personal data unless we are under legal obligation to do so.

Terms and Conditions
Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website.

Your Consent
By using our site, you consent to our policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy
If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page.

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below. https://www.tipjunkie.com/  5523 Garnet Grove Court Katy, Texas  USA community at tip junkie dot com {no spaces} or call Eight One Seven Four Two Two One Nine One Nine.

FTC Full Disclosure

This website is a collaborative blog written by a group of individuals. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

Giveaway and Sweepstakes Policy

This statement sets forth the terms and conditions under which a giveaway where a winner is chosen at random (Sweepstakes) are executed by Tip Junkie.

No purchase is necessary to enter any Sweepstakes on TipJunkie.com. All entrants must be U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older, and must provide a valid email address.

The odds of winning a Sweepstakes is dependent on the number of entries. Winners will be selected randomly by Tip Junkie using http://random.org as the selection tool and have 48 hours to claim their prize. If a potential Prize winner forfeits or does not claim a prize, the prize will be re-awarded, in Tip Junkie sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded.

Employees of Tip Junkie and the Sweepstakes Sponsor are not eligible to participate. All entries received after the Sweepstakes closing date and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered. Tip Junkie and Sweepstakes Sponsor are not liable for late or misdirected entries, entry errors, or transmission problems.

All decisions of Tip Junkie are final.

Tip Junkie reserve the right to terminate the Sweepstakes in the event of technical problems, or to correct typographical or technical errors, or to amend these rules.

By entering, participants agree to release and hold harmless Tip Junkie, Sweepstakes Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with a Sweepstakes.

All Sweepstakes winners must be willing to furnish a valid shipping address in order to receive a prize. Winners also agree to release and not to sue Tip Junkie for use of their name, logo, domain, and/or likeness including, without limitation, claims for invasion of privacy, infringement of the right of publicity, liable, unfair competition, false advertising, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, and/or copyright or trademark infringement.

Taxes on Sweepstakes are solely the responsibility of the Winner.

Non-winning entries from one Sweepstakes may not be carried forward to future Sweepstakes.

All Sweepstakes are subject to and must be construed under the laws of the State of Ohio, except where prohibited by law.

*****By submitting an entry you agree to all of these terms and conditions.*****