An Important Letter to My Readers – Coupon Geek Website is Changing!

March 21, 2012

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”

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

51 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thank you so much, Percilla! I’m so glad that you were able to see how the blog was before. It felt so much better to me back in the old days. It may not show the savings so quickly as higher-value coupons but changing a lifestyle will save so much more long-term.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader. I’m so happy to have you here!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

52 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Thank you, Brenda! I am definitely looking forward to a few days off. I’m sure it will result in several days of playing Candyland, visiting a few nearby parks and stacking blocks as high as they’ll go but extra time with my kids is the best vacation possible! :)

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

53 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thank you, Samantha!

I am looking forward to saving my readers more money beyond coupons and a hot deal.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

54 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, Mary! Just reading your comment has brought a smile to my face–thank you for saying that to me, as it’s what I needed!

I thank you for continuing to be a reader–and am looking forward to sharing my savings adventures with you!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

55 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Thank you, Lori! It was so important to me to let my readers know what was going on. The posting is about as long as an ebook but I didn’t know how to sum it up in just a few words. I guess when you share from the heart, it flows and flows. I was afraid to just flip the switch to the newer stuff and have my readers wondering where all the instant coupons went. LOL.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader–I truly appreciate your support!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

56 Danielle March 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Thank you! I’m so excited to see what’s ahead. I’m the kind of person you’re talking about that only checks once daily…I don’t have anything on my phone that updates me or check FB all day long. I get so frustrated by all the “hurry, first 10,000 only” and it’s 12 hours later. I used to go and order all the “freebies” and samples and found by the time I got them, I wasn’t as interested anymore.

I appreciate what you are going back to and I can’t wait to see the makeover! After all, I like getting my adrenaline high when I watch the total going down at the grocery store and see how much I can save :). Thanks for all your posts!

57 coupongeek March 21, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Thank you, Danielle! Yeah, I figured there were quite a few readers that it was happening to and it made me feel bad when I’d see some of the newsletters somedays with some of the items already being gone. I know how frustrating it can be missing out on a great offer, as it’s happened to me in the past. Hoping the site and newsletters will be full of valuable info now.

Anxious to go back to how things were and hoping to share more savings stories!

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

58 Charlene Haugsven March 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Good for you Jaycie! Can’t wait to see what you have planned!

59 Jaime @ Coupons and Freebies Mom March 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Awesome! Sounds like you are doing the right thing for you & your family. I’ve been following your site for years, as I think we started Engineer a Debt Free Life (EADFL) around the same time Coupon Geek started….. Of course as time went on, we also discovered we needed to change things up on our site too as our lives changed, and thus EADFL became Coupons & Freebies Mom. It’s been a great change, and I think yours will be great too! Remember – It’s always good to follow your heart. Best wishes on this exciting change!

60 Elisa March 22, 2012 at 2:24 am

I’ve been following your blog for about 1 1/2 years and I’m so happy you’ve decided to “return to your roots”! I’m looking forward to seeing the new format! Good luck!

61 Rose clark March 22, 2012 at 6:56 am

I totally agree with you coupons are changing and now health experts are saying don’t buy anything with a bar code. Cook and use fresh ingredients. One of me favorites is frugal girls she does savings plus great crafts which I’m an artist and art teacher. It’s not hard to find coupons at coupons.comm or write a letter to your favorites. I think it’s great what your doing.

62 Heather H March 22, 2012 at 7:17 am

I really am looking foward to your change. Over the last year I have been trying to live a more simple life. While I still love coupons, I am trying to save money other ways. Thank you for all you have done and whats yet to come!

63 VJ March 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

I’m sticking with you! This post has put a lot of things into perspective, and I look forward to reading what you have to share.

64 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

Thanks, Charlene! I’m still sorting out the format. We’ll see how it goes.

Blessings!
Jaycie

65 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

Hi Jaime,

Yes, we didn’t start too far off from each other time-wise. I still remember when you were EADFL. I guess over time, we all learn what’s truly in our hearts and try to gear more towards that direction. Life’s far too short to not do what makes us happy–especially if can keep helping others.

Thanks for the kind words!

Blessings,
Jaycie

66 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thanks, Elisa! Feels good to go back to my roots. I’m hoping it all works out to save everyone more money in the long-run.

Thank you for being such a long-time reader!!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

67 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:16 am

Hi Rose,

I like that idea of trying not to buy anything with a barcode. It’s definitely a good challenge, isn’t it? Yes, Frugal Girls is a good one to follow. They’ve been around for a long time, too. I love when the blogs mix savings and crafts! Everyone is so creative and that always helps me try to find more of my creativity, too.

Good luck on your journey, too, to cook and use fresh ingredients!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

68 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

Hi Heather,

I’m on the same kind of path. I still use coupons on several things but have really been dialing it back to make sure things are kept simple, too.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

69 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hi VJ,

I’m so glad that I was able to bring some perspective to you, too. It’s so easy to get caught up in the instantaneousness of deals and coupons and I’m finding more savings by making lifestyle changes. Can’t wait to share them with everyone.

Thank you so much for continuing to be a reader! I truly appreciate it!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

70 Joanne March 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

I will be looking forward to your new posts as I have gone the same direction you are heading in and know that the healthier choices are harder to find. Have a lovely few days off.
Shalom,
Joanne

71 coupongeek March 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

Hi Joanne,

It’s so good to hear so many of my readers going down the same path as us and wanting to choose healthier choices, too. Thank you for your kind words and vacation wishes.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader! I’m hoping to find healthier savings for all of us!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

72 Crystal March 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

I totally agree that coupons are not what they used to be! I used to be able to really stock up on items and it just isn’t happening anymore. I can’t help ut feel that TV killed it. I am looking forward to the new things you will post. I have been a follower for a long time now. :)

73 Cynthia March 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

I have been with you since 2009 and I will continue to be a reader. You have to do what your heart tells you and I respect that. I am always excited to start a new journey and see where this will take us. Thanks for the great website and blog!

74 Mary in Minnesota March 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

When any of us turn back to our former selves, we wonder why it took so long to go back. I am looking forward to your NEW newsletter! I am sure you will share your knowledge and your excitment of life with us, and I am looking forward to your NEW newsletter.

RE: the get the coupon before it’s gone! I am so so so tired of doing that myself, and not getting the coupon, that I’ve just quit 6 coupon newsletters. I got so tired of not getting my “wonderful” coupon, or going to a post numerous times to print the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter $.75 coupon, to find out it’s at it’s print limit.

Don’t leave us completely! Wishing you and yours, love and laughter till the end of time! With gratitude for your work helping all of us, Mary

75 Jacqueline March 22, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Jaycie, Thank you for vocalizing what I have been experiencing with the ‘mad rush’ to grab a quick deal to save money. It is very time consuming, and, after all, we can’t put a price tag on the value of our time. I think you have made a smart choice for the future of your blog. As you said, it will not be an instantaneous evolution. Enjoy the time off, you deserve it! I’ll still be a loyal reader, for sure! All the best, Jackie

76 twyla March 22, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I’m excited for your new direction. Good job doing what is best for you! Thanks for the update. For me, it’s a good change and I’m happy about it.

77 Nicole March 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I appreciate all that you do for us budget concious people. I have loved to save and find new ways to do so. I look forward to reading all that you have to offer. I agree that couponing has changed. I am all about saving money for my family and that is what I will continue to do and I will always be a coupon geeker LOL.
Thank for all you do.

78 Debbie March 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I don’t subscribe to your blog, but I check in whenever time permits. Just want to thank you for everything you’ve done and shared to all of us. Will continue to be a reader/visitor!

79 iliass March 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thank for your help and have a wonderful vacation

80 Mandy March 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

That sounds awesome! I coupon, but due to my daughter’s health problems we have had to really watch what we bring into our house. Unfortunately, there is not many coupons for fresh foods so I have been spending more on our grocery bill. I would love to find ways to save on fresh veggies and fruits and other things that are healthy. Good Luck!

81 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I agree. That show did not help coupons too much. A lot of things have changed since it aired. I just hope that somehow it got people into coupons and that they are saving money somehow.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader and for following for so long. I appreciate it!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

82 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Aw, thank you for following me for so long, Cynthia! I’m hoping that the new journey will be one my readers will continue to connect with.

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

83 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Mary, that is so very true! I probably should have turned and headed back to my roots over a year ago. Just hard to make a switch when you get into a routine, I guess. Feels good to be back on the right path. Hoping everyone likes the new format.

I don’t think I could ever leave you guys, unless I had some family or medical issues–and I’d probably bounce back online as soon as I could! I love blogging and helping others and it’s so much fun for me.

Thank you so much for continuing to be a reader. I am thankful that you are here and I look forward to sharing a hopefully better newsletter with you.

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

84 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Thank you so much, Jackie! I’ve been enjoying time away from the computer the last few days. My daughter and I just took our time shopping today and it was relaxing for once. I’ve felt so hurried in the past. I guess sometimes we just have to slow things down a bit to enjoy them a little more.

The “mad rush” of couponing has been getting to me. I’m moving more towards keeping things simple. Or that’s my all-time goal. Eventually I’ll get there. :)

Thank you for your kind words and for continuing to be a reader.

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

85 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thank you, Twyla!

The decision feels good so it must be the path I should take. Looking forward to sharing my savings and ideas with everyone. Hoping we all have fun together keeping things simpler.

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

86 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

LOL, I love that “coupon geeker” comment. Thank you for the laugh and your kind words, Nicole. I’m hoping that we’ll all learn how to change our lifestyles to save long-term. It will be fun to share what I find and to hear what everyone else is finding, too.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader. I appreciate it! :)

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

87 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Thank you, Debbie! I appreciate you stopping by when you can. Sometimes the daily newsletter can become overwhelming in an inbox if we don’t get to check it often. I usually go straight to my favorite sites, too.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

88 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Thank you, Iliass! I’m soaking in every moment of time offline that I can. Needed a little break from the view of my computer monitor. LOL.

It’s my pleasure to be able to help my readers. I’m so glad I’ve been able to help you!

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

89 coupongeek March 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thank you, Mandy! I agree, it can become costly sometimes to eat healthier. I just have to keep reminding myself that long-term it’s better. And I usually feel better eating that way, too. My biggest goal with the website is to keep finding ways to get all of us some healthier food options without breaking our budgets. Tough task but it’s what I hope to be able to do. I’ll keep looking for those fresh food coupons that sometimes pop-up.

Thank you for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

90 chanin March 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I’m so proud of you sis. I’m proud of where you started, where you have been and where you are going. Your site will be always as wonderful as you are. Love you and can’t wait to see your new stuff.

91 CouponFreaks March 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Hi! I’m really happy to hear about the new changes and I’m very excited to see whats coming next, as a long time reader of your blog I really am looking forward to seeing whats on the horizon for you, enjoy your vacation and good luck with everything.

92 coupongeek March 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks, Chanin! I have so lucky to always have the support of my family!

93 coupongeek March 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hi CouponFreaks,

I’m looking forward to the next adventure! Thank you for being a long-time reader and for continuing to be a reader!

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

94 jami March 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

So excited!! There are too many get this deak quick blogs. Can’t wait for the new to take over!

95 coupongeek March 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

Thank you, Jami! It’s taking time to transition over as there’s limited time to write right now. There’s so much to share that I can’t wait to get it all typed up for everyone! :)

Blessings to you and your family,
Jaycie

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