I’ve written this over and over in my head. I’ve deleted and re-written soooo many times in the last 2-3 months…. but for some reason I just can’t find the right words to to describe what I’ve been going through. I feel as though I will disappoint a lot of you after you read this.. But maybe some of you will appreciate the new direction that I will be taking.
Here is the story:
I started this blog because I longed to stay home with my little boys. At the time, I was pregnant with my-now 5 year old and I thrived to be a stay at home mom. So, I did something crazy.. I quit my job to be a stay at home mom. A family of 5.. living on $35,000 a year. Did it happen? YES. Why? because I pinched every.single.penny. I blogged about how I pinched every penny. I blogged about how I paid less than $30 for a six month supply of diapers. Even though no one was reading– I thought for sure that someone would and would find my posts helpful.
Fast forward to August 2011… Extreme Couponing became a HUGE turning stone for Southern Cali Saver. MANY of you found my little ole blog because of it and I’m grateful for that. I wasn’t a fan of Extreme Couponing because it pretty much ruined the couponer name. There have been so many changes in the couponing world since the show aired– coincidental? I don’t think so.
- Ralphs Stopped Doubling Coupons
- Vons Stopped Doubling coupons
- Albertsons Stopped Double the Value coupons
Now, in 2015 things have changed. The “couponer” is something completely different compared to back in 2009 when I wanted to do nothing but take care of my family.
- Couponers have a stigma of being greedy, demanding and aggressive.
- It’s harder to collect coupons due to theft.
- Couponers are going to jail due to fraud.
- couponers rely on purchasing inserts and single coupons to get a deal.
You see, with all the negativity.. my passion for couponing has decreased almost more than ever. I’ve always promoted nothing but positive couponing and really try to teach people the RIGHT way to coupon but I think the negativity has overcome me at this point.
What does this all mean?
I am ready to focus on MORE than couponing.. I have a NEED to help you save in other ways, like saving money by meal planning, how to eat organic and how to help you budget . I want to go back to my roots of sharing my shopping trips and sharing more of my personal experiences with money.
I won’t stop couponing though. Just on a more milder level. I only buy what I NEED– I don’t run out and do every.single.deal. I will still share deals, match ups and coupons, meal plans, weekly wallet watch. The only difference is that you won’t see every money maker or freebie. One thing I want to focus on is saving money on organic and All natural. Our family is going through changes in our life and I’m trying to fit almost 90% organic into our budget. I’d love for you to join us in this journey! I also want to find more deals that don’t require coupons– like Amazon Food deals, which will come straight to your door!
The picture above is my motivation wall in my office. The quote that sticks out A LOT to me is “do what you love, love what you do”. I have this on my wall but I feel like I am a total hypocrite when I sit down to blog sometimes.
I’m excited for this “new” Southern Cali Saver. I imagine that a lot of you will not like this change–change is hard. This entire post is hard for me to even write. I know that I might lose some of you for what I’ve said but I can’t be true to myself If I’m living a lie.