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There are some exciting changes taking place here on Coupon Katarina that I’ve been dying to share with you. I always like to keep you in the loop and don’t want you to wonder when you see a few adjustments around here. But first I wanted to tell you a little bit about the journey I’ve been on.
I started CouponKatarina.com in the winter of 2009 because I was excited about coupons and wanted to share what I was learning with others. I am a very animated yet analytical person, so I knew a deal blog would be right up my alley. I love making lists, am very detail oriented and pretty much a self-proclaimed perfectionist with a touch of obsession in there somewhere. Little bit of crazy, I ain’t gonna lie. 🙂 My little blog quickly grew and I became addicted to the “score”. I pride myself on being among the first to post free samples, coupons and other deals so you don’t miss out on those time sensitive deals. I spent hours on my computer a day just in case something pops up – I didn’t want to miss it. Unfortunately, what this did was make everything else in my life fall to the wayside. I’m not complaining. I love what I do. I love it too much. But, something’s gotta give.
As you may or may not know, I started homeschooling (through Ohio Virtual Academy, K12 Curriculum) my daughter this past fall. Since it was just half day Kindergarten, I asked my sister to help out a few hours a day on the blog while I taught school everyday. While this helped tremendously, I still found myself working long hours. I couldn’t shut it off. So many deals…so little time! It was becoming too much. Incidentally, the picture above is me when I first started blogging…I have LOTS more wrinkles now. 😉
This brings me to present day. Summer is quickly approaching, which means the deals will be slowing down. Who wants to be stuck inside on the computer when it’s beautiful outside and the kids are home anyway? Then, come fall when school starts again…I will be teaching full-time first grade. While we excelled this year (Kindergarten was a TON of lessons, but fairly easy), first grade will be a whole lot more work than half day kindergarten. I am stressed. I am torn between being a great deal blogger and being super mom. It’s impossible for me to sit here and post deals all day and all night, while maintaining a happy home and teaching a first grader at the same time. I’m only one person. So I have come up with a solution that I hope saves my sanity without giving up on this thing I’ve built called Coupon Katarina, which I could never fathom doing. I’ve put so much into it – it’s my second child.
That’s right…Coupon Katarina is “Kroger Krazy”! I am re-branding as a Kroger-specific blog. What does this mean? Well, for those of you who shop Kroger – I will be your one-stop shop for all things Kroger. I think saving money on groceries is definitely at the top of most of your lists, right? Well, if I can concentrate on just one store – I can attempt to do a FANTASTIC job at it and find you all the best deals. I just don’t have it in me anymore to be pulled in so many different directions. So I really believe this is the best thing for me and my blog…and ultimately for you.
For those of you who don’t shop at Kroger, there’s something here for you too! I do plan on posting all the newest coupons and a few online deals sprinkled in here and there. I will just have to be more selective as to how I spend my time. I can no longer post 30 deals a day. I will post only the best deals – what I consider post-worthy. I do think you’ll find some worth here, even if you must ignore all the Kroger posts. Plus, I say funny things once in awhile and you don’t want to miss that! 🙂
This also means I will be saying goodbye to drug store deals, Walmart & Target deals, other grocery stores like Meijer and Giant Eagle, etc. No worries, there are plenty of other blogs who provide this information and do a great job at it. Below you can find a list of my favorite blogs and what they offer.
As far as Kroger goes, these grocery stores are quite regional…so I will be recruiting others to help me with regional sale differences. If you’d like to help with this, please email me at coupon katarina at gmail dot com (remove spaces). As always, there is a submit a deal button in my top menu bar for you to submit your Kroger deals you find. I would love accompanying pictures as well. Those can always be emailed.
I am super eager to get started with this new venture. I hope most of you will keep following me in this journey. I just want to be balanced, happy AND do what I love which is finding/posting great deals. It will just need to be a smaller spectrum now.
In the near future you will be seeing a few slight changes to the look of things around here. I am in the process of having a few of my sidebar items redesigned in order to make things easier to navigate. If you shop at Kroger, I just know you’re going to love it here.
As promised…here are my favorite blogs for all your other store needs:
- Walmart – Couponing To Disney (she keeps a running list of under $1 Deals at both Walmart & Target)
- Target – Totally Target (the name says it all)
- Rite Aid – Southern Cali Saver (the Rite Aid queen!)
- CVS – Wild For CVS (all things CVS)
- Walgreens – Wild For Wags (all things Walgreens)
- HOT Deals and Free Samples – Swag Grabber, Rose Knows Coupons (these gals are on top of things)
- Beauty & Fashion – Jessica’s Coupons (LOVE this blog…this girl knows her stuff, plus she’s a hoot!)
- Giant Eagle – Lady Savings (she pretty much LIVES at Giant Eagle and has all the best deals)
- Meijer – Happy Homemaker Cindy (great matchups, plus updates throughout the week)
Ok, in closing – I’m SUPER excited to get started with this, but I need your support!! Your turn to talk. 🙂