Holiday Time with Family

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My family and I celebrate Christmas and have several family activities that also go on during Christmas Eve. Family is by far the most important thing to me so I will be taking the rest of today off and tomorrow. I’ll also be going into “lite mode” over the next week and limiting my blogging time, which will vary from day to day, as I plan on making the most of their time off of school. I’ll still be around posting deals, coupons, freebies, etc. –just in a limited format.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a parent over the last six years is that time flies by far too fast! You blink and they are walking, or talking or going to their first day of school, etc. So I hope that you all get some time over the holiday season to enjoy several wonderful moments with your families making great memories.

I’m wishing you all a wonderful holiday, whichever one you celebrate!

Time Out for Family Time

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My heart continues to go out to the families and loved ones affected by the tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

I have a son in kindergarten so I spent a great part of yesterday saying, “What If” it had been my child and crying for those parents that did not have to say that as they are experiencing it first-hand. Needless to say, there was a lot of hugging going on here at our house.

I plan on giving my kids 100% of my focus this weekend and I will not be blogging until Monday.

Please take time to hug your families tight and let them know how much you love them.

The heart of Coupon Geek continues to be with the families in Newtown, Connecticut.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! I am truly thankful for each one of you and I appreciate that you take time out of your day to stop by and visit.

I will be taking the day off to spend time with my family before the non-stop deals start rolling in for Black Friday (possibly late tonight)–and then again on Cyber Monday. I will be here posting as many of those deals as I can to hopefully help you save money on your gift-buying. For those of you that are here exclusively for coupons, I highly recommend that for the next few weeks that you use the header categories to find them under Coupons as I will still be posting those, as well.

Thank you all for making Coupon Geek a part of your  life. Hoping you have a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Target: Deal on LeapFrog Tag Jr Books

Target has a deal this week on LeapFrog Tag and Tag Jr Books for Buy One Get One Free. Here’s a way to sweeten the deal:

LeapFrog Tag Jr Books $9.99 – Buy 2
*Use $2 Off LeapFrog Jr Coupon
FINAL PRICE = $7.99 for 2 or around $3.99 each wyb 2 after coupon

Thanks, My Frugal Adventures for deal and photo usage!

Keep in mind that prices/sales and inventory can vary by store. You can also order online at Target.com –it’s Free Shipping and an extra 5% Off with your Target Red Card Debit/Credit Card.

Great price–even for a stocking stuffer!

Don’t have a Tag Reader yet but planning on buying one? There’s a $5 Off Tag Reader System Coupon on their Facebook Page.

While on Facebook, don’t forget that you can also “Like” Coupon Geek for more deals, coupons and freebies and “Like” Glowing Gazelles for my articles on finance, food, family and fitness.

Introducing “Glowing Gazelles” and Upcoming Giveaway Info

Glowing Gazelles

Several months ago I mentioned that I wanted to get back to more of the type of writing that I had originally been sharing on Coupon Geek. I started down this path again but it had been so long since I had focused on writing that the things I wanted to share just didn’t quite feel like they were the right fit here.

Over the past few months I’ve been working with my super amazing tech guy, Zack, on creating a place that felt more like “home” for these things. While he worked on the design layout, I was working on what I wanted this new site to be. The name was easy as it was something dear to me from awhile back. Want to know how “Glowing Gazelles” came to be? You can read all about it in this posting. For those of you that have been with me for a very long time, you might just remember me mentioning it a long, long time ago.

While I don’t want to back the new site into a corner of what it *has* to be, here are some of the things you will see posted there in the beginning:

*Fitness – Finding ways to move towards a healthier and happier way of life
*Finances – Tips and articles on making the most of your money
*Food – Tips on freezer cooking and just some great food recipes
*Family – Oh how I miss sharing ideas for inexpensive family fun!
*Faves – All the things I’ve found that I’ve come to love
*Fun – A misc of things like gardening, birthday party ideas, educational tips, etc.

One of the first series I am going to tackle is one near and dear to my heart: Learning about Organics. So many of us want to buy foods that are healthier but understanding it all seems like an impossible task. While I’m anything but an expert, I will share what I’ve learned so far and how you can find out even more.

So while I may have been a little more quiet here lately, you can now see why. I’ve been putting my free time into planning this next adventure that I can’t wait to take with you. I’ve posted a few articles already but I didn’t want to share too much as I want you to be able to watch the site grow from the start, just like a lot of you did with Coupon Geek.

Don’t worry, Coupon Geek isn’t going anywhere. Glowing Gazelles is just another branch of information for you where I’ll be posting just a few times a week. So if you follow via Email, RSS or Facebook, know that you won’t be overloaded with posts. :)

And to celebrate this newest adventure, I am going to be sharing giveaways all week long here on Coupon Geek. I’m hoping that you’ll keep watching for them and that you’ll truly enjoy reading Glowing Gazelles on a regular basis!

Thank You….

Thank you to all the American heroes everywhere–Those that have given their lives for our country and those that continue to make daily sacrifices for our freedom.

Coupon Geek’s 4 Year Blogiversary!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 4 years since I first started the blog Coupon Geek. It was just a personal blog where I shared deals I was finding with my family and friends so I could quit overloading their email inboxes. Jump ahead 4 years and there’s more than 60,000 of you here as readers. I’m just in shock daily that so many of you continue to share your lives with me.

While blogging can be a juggling act sometimes, balancing family time and blog time, it’s something that you gradually learn how to handle with time. This doesn’t mean that it’s always a perfect balance, but just one that’s a little easier. After my first year, I almost gave up the blog world as I was struggling with that balance then. But I was very fortunate to have several blog friends that helped me find my way. I’m sharing this in case there are any new bloggers that stop by. Don’t ever think that you are the only one that struggles with this–almost every blogger I’ve talked to has been almost overwhelmed with the juggling.

I get asked quite often by new bloggers for advice. And here’s what I usually tell them:

1) Always treat your readers the way you’d want to be treated if you were following a blog. Keep in mind their time is precious and always be honest with them–even when you make a mistake! We are human and mistakes happen. Readers are incredibly forgiving.

2) Always live up to the promises that you make to your sponsors/advertisers. It’s the best way to build up relationships with them. But at the same time, only accept sponsors/advertisers that are truly the right fit for your readers.

3) Never let it stop being fun. Blog from the heart and if your passions change, it doesn’t mean your blog can’t. Always be who you are. If you feel it has stopped being fun, give yourself a little break as sometimes we fall into a “funk” and just need time away.

And to my readers I just want to extend a big thank you for continuing to support Coupon Geek after all these years! You are all truly a blessing to me and I’m so thankful that you choose to spend your time with me. I’ll continue to keep finding you deals, coupons, freebies, etc to help you save some money and fill up those mailboxes with goodies.

I was hoping to have a celebratory giveaway today but timing is just off this week for me as I’ve been focusing on preparing for back-to-school time. (I can’t believe it’s already here!!) But make sure you check back next week as I’ll have a bigger giveaway and an announcement of something very new!

Many thanks again for a wonderful four years!

Sincerely,

Jaycie aka “Coupon Geek”