Taking out the Trash: March 11, 2011
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Well, it’s been a while and boy, do I need to Take Out the Trash! If you are new to the blog or don’t remember, I started “Taking Out the Trash”in November when I realized I had a bunch of random stuff I wanted to get out there but it had nothing to do with specific deals. Just random thoughts from The Bargain Sleuth on many topics.
First, a big THANK YOU to all my fans who sent their condolences to me and my husband after we lost my father-in-law on Saturday. It has been a really long week for all of us and trying to get back to “normal” operations of our lives is not easy. I knew my husband’s father for more years (20) than I knew my own (14) so Don really was an important part of my life. Last night I was reading through my emails and Google Reader and wondering if I went back to work too soon. But then I realized having great peeps like you certainly helps. And thank you to Stephanie, my Wingman, for helping out with the sharing of deals on The Bargain Sleuth Facebook page in my absence.
Second, as I continue to do the “single mom thing” during the week while my husband works in Milwaukee, I’m shocked to find that I don’t have time to do/say all the things I want to! (Okay, tongue planted firmly in cheek here). Since this blog is a personal hobby which I am happy to do, I also have to realize I won’t be able to devote a ton of time to it like I did previously. But I also don’t want to post every single thing out there and create Blog Spam in the process. And as I mentioned on a previous edition of Taking Out the Trash when referencing the TLC show Extreme Couponing,
“Couponing and searching/snagging deals can be fun, but when it interferes with your day-to-day life, you need to reassess.”
I’m feeling that crunch right now with just writing about searching/snagging deals. As with any hobby, sometimes you just don’t get around to it as often as you’d like. I will still continue to search for deals and post them as I work through my funk but also need to get some work done back here in my non-blogging life. So I ask for patience during the next few weeks.
As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re so close to 500 Facebook fans I can’t believe it! When I started The Bargain Sleuth in April of 2010, I thought if I had 100 people in the Green Bay area following me on Facebook, I’d be happy. My WILDEST dreams for the blog/Facebook page was reaching 500 fans; I never dared to dream much bigger if I wanted to keep the content mostly local, and here we are! Thank you for spreading the word about this money-saving blog because most of my fans found me by word-of-mouth.
I WILL be doing something tremendous for all my fans around my one-year anniversary. I can’t tell you all the details but let’s just say that’s it’s a glimmer of light in this dark week of my life. Yes, I am stoked, so keep your eyes peeled to the blog for more information in the coming weeks. You are gonna love it!
The funny thing is that I have a slew of money-saving articles I want to write because The Bargain Sleuth is not just about what’s on sale and when, it’s about empowering you, the reader, to save money in other ways besides double-couponing. I’ve saved several dozen online articles that gave me topic ideas and hopefully I’ll be able to share them with you on the “slow deal” days. I’ll also be compiling a list of articles that I don’t think need to be re-written by little ole me but think you might enjoy reading them, too. But like I said, time is at a premium these days. And we’re going to lose an hour this weekend, darnit! That’s something I do not need right now.
I made a bunch of expensive phone calls this week as well, which did not make me feel like The Bargain Sleuth at all! Need new timing belts and tires on our main vehicle, had to also get an estimate to have same car repaired after my neighbor, Boo Radley (I’ve NEVER seen the guy in six years living here–that is, until that morning–hope you get the reference), backed into my car one morning.
I also had to call a plumber cuz our 50-year old toilets just HAVE TO GO! Before you suggest the obvious cheaper solution, let me say that I did not marry, nor am I, very handy with tools. I can do it, I just want it done right, you know? And no, it’s not a simple thing like a new flapper or float–I am handy enough to change those things.
I also had to call roofers to get estimates on finally replacing our roof. When we moved in 6 years ago we were told it would last another 3-5 years. Well, about two years ago we realized it needed replacing and just haven’t gotten around to it. I’m sure there’s a money-saving blog in the experience somewhere but I’ll have to work on it and get back to you at a later date cuz I’m out of time right now…