To All My Fabulous Coupon Geek Readers:
Back in 2008 when I created “Coupon Geek,” I was working on finding ways to save money and help my family get closer to a debt-free life. I began sharing those ways with the few friends and family members that were following at the time. I was hoping that we all might benefit from sharing our stories. The majority of my posts were things we were doing to save a buck here and there that added up to quite a bit at the end of the month. Things such as frugal family outings, fun craft ideas, freezer cooking finds, ways to reuse/re-purpose items, sharing grocery store savings pictures (and how I accomplished those savings) and just ways to save on various areas of our budget. And a big part of those savings did come in the form of coupons and catching a hot deal.
Over the course of the last four years, I’ve been incredibly blessed to have watched Coupon Geek grow–far beyond my wildest dreams. I am so very thankful for each one of you that comes and shares a part of your day with me. But somehow I have slowly drifted from being a savings blog writer to one that focuses mainly on posting coupons and deals–with so many of them being “hurry before it’s gone” type scenarios. Sadly, a lot of what I get time to post is missed by a lot of you that only get a chance to jump online once a day or even less.
My writing and sharing the ways I’ve personally found savings each week only gets to pop-up “when I have time,” which always seems limited these days. I spend so much time finding “hot” coupons that I don’t get to share real-life ways to save. And while coupons are a huge part of my monthly savings, it’s just that–just a part of it. I’ve watched over the last year or two how coupon values are declining, store coupon policies are becoming stricter, shelves are being cleared and a lot of coupons are becoming rarer. It’s becoming a little harder for all of us to save, hasn’t it?
And while all this has been going on, I’ve also changed my own lifestyle. I’m taking more time to become knowledgeable in where my food comes from and how it affects my family’s health, short-term and long-term. I’m doing all I can to find ways to bring healthier options to our table and not break our budget (such a tough task!) Slowly, very slowly, I’m learning. And yet, I don’t seem to have time to share much of this with you.
So today is the day I end what some may classify me as right now–a “deal-blogger.” And instead, I am going back to my roots–to where I started–of a “savings blog writer.” Oh, there will still be coupons and deals–and even some freebies–to be found here on Coupon Geek. The website will still be quite similar. But they won’t be on a “as it happens” type basis. You may have even noticed recently that I’ve cut back on the time spent on that already. Overall folks, several of the things I post are still around at the end of the day or even days later. I am going to take the focus of my time off of trying to post things close to when they happen and instead use it to share ways to change your lifestyles as a whole–and help you to save money long-term. I hope to learn right along with you as we find ways to save on our own without always being so dependent on what the coupons and sales dictate for us.
I know this means I will no longer be the type of blog that some of you choose to follow. And while I never want to lose a reader, my heart truly wants my readers to be happy and you should only follow blogs that are a good fit for YOU. Time is precious. Stay connected with only those that bring you what you need from a blog. There are hundreds of new “deal-bloggers” popping up weekly and you’ll have no problems finding another one if you want those coupons and deals faster. Just please choose only those that have your best interest at heart.
I thank all of you that will continue to follow me. For those of you that have been following me from the beginning, you know the path I’m heading back to. I’m not “re-branding” but just working on getting back to who I once was. I’m a writer at heart, you guys. I may not always be the best at grammatically expressing everything but I’m just me–just trying to keep it real and have some fun while saving you a buck or two in the process, if I can.
I am going to take a couple days of vacation and then I’ll be back. I won’t be able to turn things around overnight. It will take a while to find what I feel works for good postings. But I’ll still be here if you are interested in hearing what I have to share. And when I pop back on in a couple days, I’ll not only have postings on ways to save money, but I’ll have some more of those giveaways that you love from my generous sponsors. Keep your eyes open on the Coupon Geek Facebook Page as I’ll probably be popping on every now and then to chat while “on vacation.”
Thank you for taking time to read this incredibly long posting! See you all very soon!
Jaycie – aka “Coupon Geek”