Hello dear readers,

If you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog, first and foremost THANK YOU! I appreciate the interaction, friendship, and your support more than you will ever know. A few months ago I posted an entry titled about how I couldn’t keep doing deals at the same pace that I had before and how I was changing direction. The problem with that is when I would think of something cute to blog about my kids would squash it quickly. They have asked me on almost every occasion to please don’t blog about this or put it on facebook. From cute stories about friendships, to kids facetiming me to ask me a question across the house, to a kid learning a lesson about grades, to getting a diagnosis and finally an IEP at school, to you name it. Each and every personal thing that I think I’d like to share and write up a post about and explain what we’re doing, they’ve asked politely to not be blog-fodder and I have respected their wishes.

Since deals were killing me time-wise and the kids wanted privacy I turned to product reviews and giveaways. My numbers weren’t super high and I had a few giveaways, but the offers were drying up and I was picky to only accept the ones that I really wanted to try. I wasn’t going to do any diet pills, casino sites, krill oil, air filters, water filters, or anything else not worth my time (and yours) to review. Who wants to read a write-up for something they would never want to buy? The last straw came the other day when Shopular was going to send me a gift bag for me to review / discuss their app. I hate to admit what I received was a flyer about the company and a 99 cent reusable shopping bag. They spent about $7 for me to get this in the mail and I was speechless. The time it takes a blogger to write up a good post with backlinks, photos, and true content is over an hour for a post. I normally would charge about $50 for a sponsored post and here I was getting a 99 cent item and expected to do a write-up. No thank you.

It doesn’t help that facebook keeps changing their algorithm for bloggers. I have over 11,000 facebook “likes” on my blog page, but posts are seen by around only 20-30 people each time.

Bloggers have to enjoy what they do or else it becomes a burden. For me the blog has not been enjoyable for about a year. I LOVED it the first 4 and a half years, but this last year it’s just been too much. I don’t know how I am supposed to let go of something that’s been a part of me and my identity for so long, but I feel the time has come to say goodbye.

Since the original reason I started this blog with to help people save money, here’s my favorite sites to seek deals out from:

http://hip2save.com/

http://slickdeals.net/

If you like smaller bloggers with more personality I have a dear friend who blogs over at http://itsacouponlife.com/ and I will gladly send any and all of my readers over to follow her. She has 3 kids from infant to Kindergarten and she’s a great person. (Hey Leslie!)

I will still search twitter for #giveaway #win #free because I will always be seeking deals and living the frugal life. I am still a huge Dave Ramsey fan and recommend everyone look into his way of managing money because it will change your life.

I have one more shout-out to make. I pitched a company to do a book review and when the book came I was overwhelmed in life, work, and everything else and never posted my review. Trim Healthy Mama the book is amazing! It has helped many change their lives and one day I will read it. I will review it on Amazon and any other site I can when I’m done. I think it was over a year ago when I asked to review it and I haven’t shut the blog down for months hoping I would just “review it already” but it’s a very thick book with lots of great recipes, thoughts on how food works for (and against) the body, and I must admit I still haven’t made it through the book.

If you read all this thank you. I appreciate the support and may be back in a few years when my kids leave home and try my hand again at blogging, but since they’re 8 and 10 years old I feel my free time is best served parenting them, cleaning house, loving my family, driving the kids places, and further my career development at my full time job that pays the bills.

With that I will leave singing the mickey mouse song (at least in my head).

Now it’s time to say goodbye
To all our company
M I C, see you real soon
K E Y, why? Because we like you
M O U S E

 

-Riki out.

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Receive 2 Entertainment Books for only $10.00 plus FREE shipping!

These coupons don’t expire until the end of this year, so get the 2014 book for this low price and save over the next few months! This is a great idea to get a book for where you live and a book for somewhere you will visit this fall – save money both places!

I hear you have to buy 2 to get the discount, but that’s ok it then offers free shipping!

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This week at Walgreens you can get Glade products on sale with a register reward.

glade_wags_adIf you use your Walgreens loyalty card then the price is $3.29 EA. OR 2/$5.50 WITH CARD

You will get a $1.50 Register Rewards printed after the purchase – so that’s $1.50 you can use on any purchase at Walgreens after you get your coupon. It will print before you leave the register, so don’t forget to get it from the checkout.

The ad shows you getting 2 candles for $4 with this scenario, but right now there’s a coupon you can get to print $1 off any Glade® product (excludes 8 oz Aerosol and Solids). You should enter the giveaway first to get the coupon, check below* to see what you could win. Print two of these to get the best deal!

That would make the candles 2 for $3 (so $1.50 each)

But it gets better, if you download the Ibotta app then you can submit to get a deposit for $.75 cents back if you buy the wax melts and 75 cents back for a candle. Download Ibotta for free.

This would bring  your price down to 2 for $1.50 – wow! I haven’t used the Ibotta app much yet, but I hear it’s great if you keep your receipt and scan it in, then they will know you bought the item and you get your cash-back payment within a few weeks (it’s a cash back app). Good luck!

*For more info on the sweepstakes, the DailyBreak – Glade® Best Feelings Giveaway + Coupon

 6 prize(s) will be awarded. The prizes to be awarded are:
Grand Prize: One of Four Getaways (Estimated Retail Value: $3,000)
Runner-Up Prize: Glade Gift Basket (Estimated Retail Value: $75.00 each)

PLUS Print a coupon for $1.00 off any Glade® product (excludes 8 oz Aerosol and Solids)

Sweepstakes ends August 17, 2014

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Back to School deals Staples week of 7/13 – 7/19

Back to School deals Staples week of 7/13 – 7/19 Last week we posted the deals and the “Less List” and those prices are said to be good through the rest of back to school season. Check those out, but keep in mind you must spend $25 to get those prices. Be sure to check your [...]

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Back to School deals Office Max week of 7/13 – 7/19

We’ve been posting some of the best Back to School deals last week and I wanted to show you this week’s Office Max deals. I hear that different areas have different deals – so that complicates matters. Here’s an example and be sure to enter your zip code in at Staples.com to check your prices. [...]

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Back to School Staples Deals week of July 6-12!

Staples has a lot of Back to School deals this week! Staples has released a “Less List” for this week. I’m guessing they’ll move things in and out of this list, but I would bookmark it and check back to see what their sales are! View their entire ad on their website 25% off all backpacks [...]

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Back to School Deals week of July 6-12 at Office Max / Office Depot

If you live near an Office Max or Office Depot, you’ll want to check these school supply deals out for this week. Most are in-store only, but you Walmart does do price-matching if it’s a name brand (not so much with the store brand) so grab the circular and your school supply list and check [...]

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Back to School Deal: 50% off Backpacks at Amazon today!

I mentioned before that it’s back to school time and Amazon decided to agree with me by putting their backpacks on a one day sale! Today’s Amazon Deal of the Day is: 50% off Backpacks! You’ll want to at least check out these backpacks to see if they’re what your kids want. For younger kids I [...]

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Back to School Deals are starting again!

I can’t believe that back to school time is upon us, but my kids go back the 2nd week of August and many of the stores have started with their school supply deals! Be sure to check out our school supplies tag for the latest deals as I will be listing some of the hottest [...]

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