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”

Several Free eBooks

Here are some free ebooks:

Purina Free Puppy Care eBook

20 Tasty and Healthy Recipes eBook from Mr Food

Amish Recipe eCookbook from Mr. Food

16 Brand Name Recipes ecookBook

Girl Scout Cookies eCookbook

Classic Cakes eCookbook from Mr. Food

And here are a few free Kindle eBooks. Prices can change at any time so be sure they state Free or $0.00 before purchasing. Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read them as they have apps for most cell phones, PCs, Macs, etc.:

Secrets (Saga of the Spheres) – Free through 7/29/12.

Easy Salad Recipes To Impress Your Family (Step by Step Guide with Colorful Pictures)

Smart School Time Recipes: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults

If You Can’t Stand the Heat (Poppy Markham: Culinary Cop)

Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery

Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Burger Recipes

The Ultimate Healthy Snacks List

Salads for Every Season: 25 Salads from Earthbound Farm: A Workman Short

Don’t forget you can also check the Top 100 Free Kindle eBooks. Watch though, as some are only free for Prime Members.

Magazine Deals for Men’s Journal and Scholastic Parent & Child

Here are a few magazine deals that you can get when you use code COUPONGEEK at checkout:

Men’s Journal for $3.99 a year (up to 4 years) – Valid through 9:59AM EST on 7/19/12.

Scholastic Parent & Child for $3.50 a year (up to 4 years). Valid until 11:59PM EST on 7/18/12

Magazine Deals for Natural Health & Shape

Here are a few magazine deals you can get if you use code COUPONGEEK at checkout:

Natural Health Magazine for $3.99 a year (up to 3 years) through 11:59PM EST on 7/17/12.

You can also get Shape Magazine for $3.50 a year (up to 3 years) through 9:59AM EST on 7/18/12.

Old El Paso Taco Shells Coupon

They’ve added a new $.60/3 Old El Paso Taco Shells Coupon.

Use zipcode 60601 if you don’t see it.

Happy 4th of July!

I just wanted to take time to wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July holiday! I’m hoping you all have a beautiful weather day to enjoy a safe and fun time with your families.

Thank you to all my military readers and their families. Words cannot express enough thanks for all the sacrifices you make on a daily basis to protect the very freedom that we all love.

I will be spending the remainder of the day with my family.

Subway: Possible Chance to Win Free Brave Movie Ticket with Kids Meal Purchase

UPDATE: Offer has ended.

Subway is currently putting chances for a Free Brave Movie Ticket inside their Kids Meals. You’ll get a certificate with a code and after you enter it online they’ll send you an email letting you know if you won or not.

I stopped by yesterday to treat the kids as I was running late and didn’t have time to pack a picnic lunch for our library storytime trip. We actually ended up winning a free movie ticket! I’m hoping you win, too, if you buy one.

Don’t forget about the Brave DS Game Deal where you can also pick up a Free Brave Movie Ticket.