Why happiness trumps everything… (Please Read For Some Important Changes)
Oh boy. Can we get a little deep here?
6 years ago, I started this little blog that I had NO intentions of doing anything with it. I really just used it as a outlet to share my feelings, then eventually I started using it as my couponing “journal”. several years ago, it no longer was my “journal” it became a business. I started to incur crazy hosting fees because so many people where visiting. I had to keep up with the demand because it only made sense at the time. I started paying for coupon match ups (yes, I pay ladies to help me with this because its literally impossible to do alone) I work in conjunction with Favado and they use Southern Cali Saver match ups on their app. I pay for someone to help me blog here part time (because I wouldn’t have a life if I didn’t) I pay for a coupon database.. the list honestly goes on and on! 🙂 But you know what? I DID it because I didn’t want to stop because people loved it.
The crazy thing, is people were actually INTERESTED in what I was writing and I was blown away by the response. Then, my little ole’ blog became the one-stop shop for Extreme Couponers looking for deals in Southern California.
Don’t get me wrong, this blog has supported my family for over 4 years and I am SO grateful for that.. and its another reason why I never wanted to change anything about it. To be completely REAL with you.. I am terrified to talk about anything different on SCS because I love you guys so much. I am absolutely terrified of disappointing you.
Fast forward to April, 2016. couponing has changed SOOOO much. It changed so much that I personally, kind of checked out on the blog. For the last year and a half, my love for the blog isn’t there. I’ll be completely honest with you.. I don’t coupon as much, I shop online and my family is eating differently. This last year, my love for Southern Cali Saver has completely deflated. It wasn’t making me happy. There are a couple of reasons for this:
- The constant need to be attached to the blog was very tiring. From October to December EVERY YEAR.. I would spend almost 80-90 hours a week attached to the computer screen. I missed a lot of personal time with my family and would even spend Thanksgiving sitting in front of the computer while my family sat and talked about current events going on in their lives. I always got some type of “stank eye” and complaints as to why I was on the computer “working”. My drive to help you all save money and the demand kept me there and all that mattered was that you all were happy.
- I choose the blog over my family. THIS is such a harsh reality for me. There were times that I would sit and obsess over needing to post the most recent “HOT” coupons. I obsessed so much that I would miss family functions to stay home and stalk the newest deals and coupons so that I could get them to you. YES, I did this. I’m ashamed that I did and I am now seeing that it was completely unhealthy.
- As my life changed, so did my interests. Don’t get me wrong.. I LOVE saving money. Over the years, I’ve had to get super creative and I’ve even resorted to doing a lot of shopping online– but as my kids got older (they are now 12, 8 and 6) I realized that I need to start saving money on clothes (aye!), good healthy food and gas (haha, because they ALL are interested in different after-school activities) long story short– I had less time to coupon and needed to save money on things that coupons can’t buy!
- I’ve grown! When I started this blog, I was 25, I had three little boys and only one of them was going to school. We were close to $100,000 in debt, living paycheck-paycheck. Just got our car repo’ed. Had NO savings. I was a stay at home mom who was only thinking about the short-term trying to make it.. Being 31 now, can I just tell you how many things I’ve accomplished since then? We’ve bought a home. Have eliminated close to $60,000 in debt, bought our first brand NEW car, have had our identity stolen (but have since recovered) and we are thriving. I feel like I have a whole other story to tell.
I personally feel like I have taught ya’ll everything you could possibly know about couponing! How the heck can I keep talking about the same things over and over again? I’m ready to move on to the next subject. Don’t ya think?
At this point.. you might be thinking.. what do you mean Josie? Where are you going? what are you doing? Let’s just say that I have some awesome things up my sleeve. Right now, my plan is to lose the deals and change the focus of the blog.. probably even change the name 😉
Over the years, I have grown a love for personal finance. I’ve learned to love the money that we have, while living on a budget and living below our means. Saving money and going on once in a lifetime vacations without breaking the bank. I’ve learned to take control over my money and not feel deprived every month. I still buy things I want, we still eat mostly organic/non-processed foods and can go on a date night once a month. I’ve learned to pay off over $60,000 in debts and still take a trip to Ireland with my family.. (with CASH!) it CAN be done. This is one reason I came up with my new course: Better Budget Course— to share HOW I do this. I’m guessing this is where my blog will end up going.. more about empowering you with the money you make and showing you HOW to make more money, how to start investing in your future, how to be the SHIT with your money! 😉 I will tell you that there will be changes. I will probably lose a lot of you and that makes me sad but I know I can’t please everyone.
Just know the changes won’t be too soon and I will give you notice. 🙂 Right now, SCS is going to stay the same deals site that you know and love.. but she is my baby and I’m ready to watch her grow.