Why? Help! ~ Note from Juli

Why?

There are times I wonder what I’m doing, running this website.  Not only do I feel inadequate sometimes, but my life is full … of the good stuff, the bad stuff, and the busy stuff.  Yes, I make some money by doing this, but I could make more if I used my time and energy to invest in something else.  But, it’s not about money.  My husband makes enough money to keep us happy.  So, I always come back to:  Why do I want to add stress to my life?

There are three reasons I can’t escape, no matter how hard I try to convince myself that I’d prefer extra time in my life, to pursue other things . . .

  1.  All of you ~ especially those who email your story, comment, share posts, tag a friend on Facebook, etc.  By doing that, you’re telling me you value what we’re doing.  You become “real” and not just a click on my stat page.  I can quit on clicks, but it’s hard to quit on people who find value in what we’re doing.  Some of you have even shared how much you saved and what it has led to . . . . amazing stories that have made me shed a couple tears, the good kind.  It’s hard to walk away from impacted lives.
  2. Gina ~ super duper assistant who does most everything and makes me wonder what I do sometimes, but something sucks up my time!?!?  I stumbled on this email Gina sent me awhile back, prompting me to do this post.  Seriously, how can I not press on, when I doubt myself?!?“… Our vacations simply would not happen if it weren’t for you and the job you’ve given me.  There wouldn’t be extra money for that, and I love making those memories with my kids and taking them new places and exposing them to new experiences. I love that I can be here every day with my kids when they get home from school.  I love that I can take care of them when they are sick and still work.  I’m grateful that when company comes or my best friend, I can work around my work and enjoy life and them. So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you. You are a blessing to me and my family.
  3.  Me! ~ I really like interacting with you and I gain something from that.  It’s not a one-way thing.  I love bargains and keeping them to myself isn’t as fun.  I love having an outlet, when time and ambition line up at the same time.  :)

More honesty … my income has been decreasing, mostly due to reduced Google ad revenue and coupon printing revenue.  I wonder how long I’ll be able to sustain everything.  It would sadden me, but if I ever began to lose money, it would be clear that it would be time to stop.  That’s where you come in!

I’ve shared this before, but for those who are new, here’s what you can do to help…

  • Use the links we provide vs going directly to a coupon site or buying something we share online.  The majority don’t pay, but some do.  They aren’t huge amounts (many as low as $0.02), but they add up when everyone is using them.
    You can bookmark this for printing from Coupons.com:
    http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/
  •  I love Amazon and I’m sure you do, too!  When making an Amazon purchase, use the search box on the top left of the website.  If you start there (no matter what you search for), whatever you end up buying will track and I receive a payment.  If you prefer bookmarking it, going through this link will also get me credit.
    http://amzn.to/2ozGAWw
  • Visit the website often.  Google ads count visitors and the more the merrier.  When you click on the ads, I receive more, but I TRULY only want you to click if interested.  I don’t think it’s fair for advertisers to pay unless you’re really interested.  But, Google matches ads pretty well, so if something comes up that you already searched for and plan to buy or you want more information, please click from there.
  • Tell people about the website … groups or individuals, publicly or privately.  I love seeing people tag their friends on Facebook.  I know you like what you see and value it enough to share it!

As Gina said, “So, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I truly thank you.  You are a blessing to me and my family.”  You really are!  Sure, we work hard, but we get the benefit of knowing that what we invest in isn’t meaningless.   My heart is full, though my days are sometimes sparse in time.  THANK YOU!  ~ Juli

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34 Responses to “Why? Help! ~ Note from Juli”

  • JaCinda says:

    Juli

    Honestly greatly appreciate all your efforts!!!
    Bookmarked everything so you get a little kickback and will share more of your posts on Facebook with my local friends.

    Have a Happy Easter!

  • Shalene says:

    Yes, thank you thank you!! I appreciate the hard work that goes into what you all do. It makes my life easier and if I can save a buck or two then awesome!! I will continue to spread the word of your amazing website!

  • Meli R. says:

    I would be lost without Bargain Believer! I visit the website multiple times a day! I always tell my friends about Bargain Believer and I will definitely use the links more often. Please know that I value all your hard work and effort.

  • Susan Garcia says:

    Thanks for this information about yourself and your service you are providing for us all. I didn’t realize what I could be doing and gladly will do more in the future. You have helped me so much. Will especially bookmark my amazon purchases for you from now on. Sometimes we just aren’t completely aware of how this all works, so thanks for the reminder. You are the best!

    • Juli says:

      Hi, Aunt Sue! I had to check the email since someone else here has your name … or do you have hers? :)

      Anyway, glad we can help you and thanks for taking the time to learn how it works and being willing to use the Amazon link. It’s appreciated!

      Hope you’re enjoying your Portland trip!

  • Kelly Payne says:

    Thanks so much for all you both do for this website. We use your coupon lists regularly. I have been a follower for years and while sometimes I take a break from major couponing, I know you are always at it. I am sure its a ton of work, sometimes it is just for those searching for deals, but we do appreciate you! I recommend everyone to you, especially grocery checkers when they say “wow” at Frys!!!

    • Juli says:

      You’re welcome! I often tell checkers about the site, when they make a comment about my savings. I figure they see a lot of people and if they’re shocked or make a comment, it must be significant. Thanks for sharing with different cashiers. We’ll get them all recruited over to BB, eventually. :)

  • bl says:

    I greatly appreciate all you do in posting the information that saves us money on groceries. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. I have passed your website along to friends.

    • Juli says:

      Glad we can help stretch your grocery budget! Thanks for passing along the information. It’s appreciated!

  • Debbera Shreve says:

    Although I know it’s hard for you, I’m glad that you said something (again). People need to know that your site is run by only a couple people, and not a big corporation. The typing alone surely is more than a full time job, nevertheless actually going to get pics and prices before the sun comes up. I am mighty thankful for you, and Gina!!

    • Juli says:

      Well, we’re deceiving you … we’ve never made it to the store before the sun is up. I’ve worked well beyond the sun going down, but I’m not a morning person. :)

      Thanks for sharing and being active on Facebook. I appreciate you!

  • Dani V. says:

    Thank you, your family, and staff for all of the effort to help complete strangers like myself. We are a family of 9 and simply put, you (all) and your website are a Blessing. We will continue to refer the website to friends and will definitely shop using your links. Couponing and bargain hunting is time consuming as is, and yet you all take the extra time to help families like ours. Thank You and God Bless You.

    • Juli says:

      So glad we can help you save money for your large family. That’s a lot of mouths to feed, but as you know … much better when you’re not paying full price for everything! Thanks for sharing the site with family and friends!

  • Ruthanne says:

    I LOVE you ladies!!! I surely do! I’ve been kicking around the idea of having a little mini couponing class at my school using the smart board, just getting some feet wet of those who’ve never done it before. Guess I should do it sooner than later! I may be hitting you up on the best way to approach it without overwhelming them. 😊 I’m sooooo very thankful for Bargain Believer!!!!

    • Juli says:

      I’d be happy to give you some pointers, if you do the class. I haven’t done coupon classes for a long time and looking back, feel like I was overwhelming people and would do it differently. Maybe someday I will, but life is just so darn busy!

      Thanks for not fully ditching us after you got your job and are so busy. :) I miss working with you, but know this is best for your family and you are shining and touching many lives at your school!

  • Verla says:

    Love this site and when people stop to ask me about coupon shopping I tell them to start with this site. Thanks for the reminder of how we can keep this free site viable.

  • Regina says:

    You and all you do have really helped our family find and save on some foods and personal care items and a lot of brand names my teenager is into that I couldn’t afford if it wasn’t for your website and help and how to get them so thank you for all your hard work you are appreciated !!!

    • Juli says:

      You’re welcome! Glad to keep the teenager happy! I have three, so I know how hard it can be sometimes. :)

  • Regina says:

    Continued::Thank you we do click on your coupons and links,, many likes on Facebook I don’t know if the Facebook likes help but whatever you need were here to help you cause you help us so much

    • Juli says:

      Thank you! Likes do help! The more likes, shares, and comments a post gets, the more important it appears to Facebook and they put it in the feed for those whole don’t closely follow. I appreciate you using the coupon links, too!

  • Barbara says:

    You are my go to for my grocery list. I feel your personality through your site. Integrity and caring are what come to mind. Thank you!!!

    • Juli says:

      Glad to hear that! I like to keep it real, but it’s not so easy for a personality to come through on a shopping list. I laugh because I remember my 6th grade teacher saying she thought I’d be a famous author someday. Well, skip the famous and I’m authoring lists. I may have missed my true calling, but am still enjoying most aspects of this! :) I’m happy we can help on your grocery lists!

  • Maria Renfrow says:

    I don’t know what I would do without your website, u make it so easy for me to find deals. I tell everyone I meet about ur site. Ur site is the only way I can continue to coupon. With having MS and trying to work full-time I struggle to keep couponing but you ladies make it possible for

    • Juli says:

      Glad we can help make an awful disease a little easier to bear, freeing up some time for you to slow down when you need to. Thanks for letting us be a part of your life, in a small way!

  • Reuschhome says:

    Thank you. Your site continues to be the one my family goes to for finding deals. I continue to be amazed at all you ladies accomplish each week.

    • Juli says:

      You’re welcome! We’re hoping for a great deal finding week the upcoming week. Fry’s is having a Buy 4, Save $4 mega sale. This week was slow at the grocery stores, but we can hope next week gets better!

  • Lena says:

    I rave about your website to everyone!! When I’m in the produce isle I can’t tell you how many people I see with 5 ads in hand. I stop them and tell them about your website. They get excited, I get excited, we’re all happy saving time and money!!

    Thanks Juli!!!!

    • Juli says:

      Thank you for even telling strangers about it. It’s appreciated … and makes me excited. There’s excitement everywhere! :)

  • Heather says:

    Thank you Julie I am not new to the site but never realized that the links that you provide are what keeps you doing what you do. I do use your site regularly I am a huge fan and recommend your site to everyone. I used to sit down and go through the ads and do everything on my own until I discovered your site it definitely saves me time as I do have 3 kids so I am extremely grateful for all that you do. I will start using the site and the links provided thank you for enlightening me on what keeps you going it would be my pleasure to help you help all of us.

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