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 . . .
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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:
- 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.
- 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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