Friday, March 25, 2011

The Time Has Come...

....for me to make some decisions about what's most important in my life. The last couple weeks I've been tossing around the idea of what to do with my blog. Keep blogging for a couple more months....or stop all together. I really feel for a couponing blog to be effective it should be updated a couple times a day. The last while I haven't had time to do that and I'm the type of person that if I can't do something 100% then I would rather not do it all.

Last evening my husband and I had the opportunity to attend New Horizons Ministries Banquet. I was expecting that we'd eat dinner, give them some money and be on our merry way. Instead I was really touched by the ministry they're doing. I sat there thinking "I wish I could be a nanny for a little baby and teach the little one about Jesus but I can't because I have my own two children." In that moment God spoke to me by reminding me that he blessed me with 2 children and it's my duty to teach them about him. Children are only little once and I don't want to miss the opportunity that God has given me.

So in conclusion, this will be my last blog post. I want to start focusing more of my time and energy on my children. With summer coming up things always tend to get a little busy. I'm also expecting our third child and am due late September. So I course want to spend time this summer canning and freezing as much as possible to make my load lighter for next summer. I also need to prepare myself to start homeschooling my oldest this fall. That alone will be a huge challenge to me and something I never expected I'd have to do.

I started this blog in the summer of 2009 because I wanted to let my friends and family know that it's possible to be able to get toothpaste, shampoo, razors and grocery items for pennies and sometimes free! I've accomplished what I wanted to so I feel good about quitting. I will, of course, still be couponing! I don't know that I'll ever be able to quit that! It makes me sad to think that when I find a good deal at Kroger or elsewhere that I won't be able to share it with you. Maybe I'll have to give a shout out on Facebook once in awhile. :) If you ever have any questions please feel free to e-mail me. I don't mind at all.

I will leave you with some links to my favorite blogs.

The 3 blogs I check daily are:
Hip 2 Save (she is all around the best blogger, if there's a deal she'll have it posted)
Money Saving Mom (I like her blog because she's a Christian, has 3 small children and is in the same stage of life as myself.)
For the Mommas (If you shop Rite Aid you will want to follow her blog. She'll post unadvertised deals she finds there. She also always lets you know what coupons to expect in Sunday's paper.)

If you're wanting Kroger deals I recommend checking Stockpiling Moms or Stretching A Buck. It's also a good idea to occasionally check the Kroger section on A Full Cup. There you can find out about the most recent catalinas and discover unadvertised deals.

Thanks for reading my blog! I will miss you guys very much!


  1. Oh no! This makes me sad, but I do understand.. Thanks for all you have taught me the last few years!
    Hip2Save is also a favorite of mine.

  2. I'll miss your blog but totally understand. I do give you the credit for starting me down the couponing road, and in turn I've been able to help others. I've let my own blog go, even though I still throw the idea around of starting it up again. And congratulations!

    P.S. Did you ever having the drawing for the giveaway you were having? Just wondered if I missed something!

  3. Michelle! You are making me cry! Not because you are quitting (although I am sad about that too) but I love what you said about not missing the opportunities he gives us. I need to be reminded daily when I feel trapped and just want to run away! Our children really are precious, and only small once.
    Thanks for all you have put into your blog! I will miss it, but glad I still get to see you in real life. :)

  4. Ladies, thanks for all the kind words!

    Twila, Yes I had the drawing for the latest giveaway. If you click under the giveaway category the winner post should come up.

  5. Michelle, I totally understand where you are coming from. I've been considering what I want to do with my blog too. Isn't it interesting how easy it is to think that it would be so easy and fun to teach OTHER children about Jesus and yet so hard to meet the needs of the ones God has given to us?

    I'm glad I'll still be able to keep up with you on Facebook. :)

    Congratulations on the pregnancy!

  6. Lydia, I would have never "met" you if it wouldn't have been for blogging and couponing! I will still be checking your blog!

  7. I will definitely miss all the good Kroger deals :(, but I totally understand where you are coming from!!! It's interesting because I just made the decision to stop couponing at least for the summer, because I just don't have the time to spend on the computer and it was really really stressing me out. (And I have a fairly big stockpile of "drug store deals"). It will be very hard for me to let the "deals" go, but I had to cut something out and spend more time with my children and cleaning my house. :)
    The New Horizons Program was very good and thought provoking about being Jesus to those around us!!

  8. Monica, I also want to try to stop couponing when I have the baby. Notice I said "try". I'm not sure whether I'll be able to stop completely or not. :) I hope to at least cut out CVS and Rite Aid. It will be really hard me to pass up deals. I also remember that last fall I got really good deals on Campbells cream soups and Land O Lakes butter and I'd really like to get that again if it happens!

  9. Awww Michelle...You have me spoiled! I guess I will just have to learn to find coupons myself now ha ha:) But I want you to know that I admire you so so much for being willing to give up so much for your Dear children (not just couponing:) You are such an inspiration to me. If the day comes that I have children I hope I can be a good mom like you! Your love for your children and your husband shows! Bless You and Thank you for getting us started with couponing!:)

  10. Michelle, it is possible and not too difficult to stop couponing when you're stressed and tired! The deals don't look as good somehow...
    I quit Rite Aid and CVS. I haven't even been going to Kroger every week. Right now I have a very big stockpile and it's nice to take a break. If there is a very good deal at Kroger I will get my coupons together. I haven't even been buying the paper. I bought one paper this year and got a few inserts from the dumpster. Otherwise I just print as needed. I am sure I will excited about it again someday. But right now its on the back burner. BUT I am so thankful for all the diaper deals I got from Amazon and Rite Aid! I figured up that I have used around 16 packs of diapers in the last 6 weeks! If I hadn't used coupons I would have spent well over a hundred dollars! I hope you are able to stockpile your diapers in the next months Michelle!

  11. Aw, sorry to hear this. But I totally understand!
    Thanks for helping me save some $$!


  12. I completely understand Michelle! I will miss jumping over here and looking at your blog, but I stand by your decision. Congrats to you too!!

  13. I'll miss your blog! I checked it reularly... and thanks for introducing me to hip2save. :) She is one of the best. Thanks for your hard work and now and God bless as your strive to raise your little ones for Him!

  14. Your blog has been a help to me. You always posted more the things that I was interested in. You will be blessed for obeying God's voice! Thanks for all the help you have been.

  15. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to connect with you through your blog. You will be missed and hopefully we can stay connected on fb.

    I would like to applaud you for putting family first and following what God wants for you. Our kids are only young once and there are many things that I've cut out for this "season" of life. I love spending time with my kids and know that now is the time to really invest in them, to teach and to train them.

    And congratulations on the expected addition to your family! I could have congratulated you in person the other night if only I would have known. :)

  16. I don't blame you at all! I think computer time is not child friendly. :) thanks you so much for all your help!!

  17. This is actually my first time on your blog, but I wanted to post a comment b/c I felt led by the Lord. You are answering an AMAZING call on your life!! God will bless your efforts in homeschooling your oldest. We are homeschoolers and have 3 kids:) If you would like to stop by our corner of the net, please check us out at Congrats on adding the 3rd to your family this fall!

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