Working Smarter, not harder: I’m trying to be a mom/blogger and everything in between.
I so need a fist emoji in the title of this post! It’s Monday.. a new week of deals and coupons. Mondays have become a favorite of mine because it means a new week to be your best. 🙂 Every once in a while, I like to break up the money-saving posts with a post about what is going on in my life. Just so that you can see that I’m a REAL person.. with real feelings and a real life. 😉 As much as I would like to be a full-time robot (Imagine how clean my house would be!) I’m not. Just a mom who eats too much chocolate and tries to be super woman to my kiddos.
So, there have been SO many things going on in the Kapetsonis household. We are close to leaving for our trip to Ireland (something we’ve been planning for a YEAR!) and summer break around here has been chaotic. Usually I blog non-stop like the rest of the year but this summer has been different as my kids are at that age where I need to entertain them. They no longer take naps (YIKES!) and always want something to eat. So, blogging has been suffering.. I’m sorry to those that come here looking for certain things that usually happen regularly. However, my motto is family first.. I’m sure you all understand 🙂
With that being said…
If you’ve been here for awhile, you know that the blog has gone through changes over the last 5 years. For the most part, I like to think that most of the changes are positive and have made you all better shoppers. With that being said, when I do make changes.. I am always super scared to because I know it will not make some of you very happy.
I hope you realize that while this blog is 100% free to you– it DOES cost me money. So, I hope you can understand that the reason I might change things is because its helping me, HELP YOU. If I didn’t make some changes.. I probably would have to stop blogging… and we don’t need that!
Some changes you might have noticed (or not):
1. The new mobile layout. Some of you have asked about it and here is the explanation: In late April, Google made it a requirement of ALL websites that you most follow certain mobile criteria… if not, you will be penalized. You will find that a lot of websites will slowly make changes via mobile. This one really was not my choice.. it was google. Hope you can understand! If you want to view the site in a regular format–be sure to visit via desktop
2. Ralphs Meal Plans: These are so fun! However, they take up SOO much time. I started it because I noticed a lot of you asking for help in making meals that were affordable and honestly, I love doing it.. but the time it took each week was a little much. I DO plan on coming back with these. It will probably be once school starts– I also plan on doing more than just Ralphs. hoping to add Albertsons in the mix as well.
3. Weekly Wallet Watch. I’ve been doing this for over 3 years!! Can’t believe that it has been that long. If you didn’t notice– I did stop the weekly wallet watch. Why? because there is a AWESOME new feature (that actually has been around for almost a year) called “need a deal”. This tool IS AWESOME! As you can see, this is a great way to find a deal on the items you need.
4. In-store deals. You know, over the last few months with all of the changes in our So Cal grocery stores this has been hard! I’ve been trying to focus on a few of the most popular stores (Ralphs, Sprouts and Albertsons) however, lately I’ve been finding that the stores don’t offer too many unadvertised deals! To be completely honest, I don’t “run” to the stores when there is a deal anymore– because I probably have too many of that item as it is! Unless it’s something like really cheap milk, or free meat– I usually just stay home. Maybe I’m the only one? what do you think about this? Do you run to the store for a deal? In all, I usually prefer to post in-store deals that I know will be around for a couple of days.. so that you can enjoy them as well.
I appreciate all of you SO much and thank you for sticking around. I hope you understand that I have to adjust accordingly as my family grows and thrives. Sadly, they are not the babies they used to be when started blogging 5 years ago!