Thursday, August 13, 2009

I don't know how to do this...

I didn't know when to do this, but I have been thinking about this for weeks now. I need to take a blogging hiatus. My husband got laid off from his job a few weeks ago. We're doing fine with that. We had been looking at other options and even a masters program for him before that, and so it wasn't a huge deal- except we're having a baby in December and insurance wise we were going to wait to do school until after the baby was born, but I'm sure it will all work out. The school we are hoping to get into is in Massachusetts and I knew moving cross country, being pregnant, with a 14 month old would make it more and more difficult to be consistent with this blog. So I think I am saying goodbye. It has been a good experience and I have learned a lot, and I hope you have learned something, and somehow you have been able to save money through reading this. I think my writing has improved throughout this as well, which was one of my weaknesses before. (It still is a weakness, but I feel a little better about my abilities now.) I have loved teaching people about how to save money at the grocery store, and I hope you will all continue to do that, as I know I will for SURE be doing it back in Massachusetts (And they do double coupon days at grocery stores out there all the time!)

Just a recap of some fabulous resources so you won't be left in the dark to find deals.

Grocerysmarts- This will give you all of the grocery lists for you to know where and how to shop every week.
Here are the passports for where you might live. (And you might have family you could let know about it in those areas.)

UT: g84cbt
NV: g89ccb
ID: g83ro1
AZ: g85ro1
So. Cal: g92ro1
E. WA: g99ro1

Pinching Your Pennies- I sent you right to the forums section. What a fantastic resource for all of you! I would suggest just sticking with screaming deals around town, screaming deals online and screaming grocery deals by state if you're starting out and you don't want to get too overwhelmed.

Great blogs I check every day:

Hip2Save- very thorough and comprehensive.

Money Saving Mom- I love her discussion posts. She gives such great practical advice and is very real in what she does.

Spoofee- A site that sets out an eclectic collection of deals, electronics, Amazon deals, free food, it's really an easy site to access lots of different things.

A Thrifty Mom- Another great comprehensive site for deals around town, especially specific grocery deals.

Utah Deal Diva- good specific Utah deals

Check them out! Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed this, and I hope you continue on the thrifty path- it's awesome!


  1. Brooke, I'll miss seeing your deals posted here, but completely understand. How exciting that you are moving to Massachusetts! Will you be coming through Ohio on your way out there? We would love to see you guys!

  2. Oh Brooke! You were my saving grace and really the reason I started couponing. I can't thank you enough. I'm sorry to hear about Eric - I know TOO well that feeling. The Lord ALWAYS provides ways for us to get throught. I was laid off twice in our first year of marriage - thankful we had PFS that always provided. We love you guys and for sure will miss you. Thanks for being so good to us. You are headed toward great thing. WE love you

  3. Brooke, I'll really miss seeing your blog!!! But I know you have to do what is best for yourself and your family. My husband lost his job recently, and the new one he got is much better, so it was a BIG blessing in disguise. I know this will be a good thing for your family in the long run too! Best of luck!!! Thank you for coming to my ward and teaching a class, even with all the meanies that came:-)

  4. Brooke, thanks for sharing your knowledge and inspiring all of us to take a little extra time to save a LOT of extra cash. We love you guys and are praying for your family and all that you have in the future.

  5. I am sorry to hear that you are ending this blog. Some advice from an advid follower... go see Julie and Julia- and tomorrow you will be blogging again (we hope!). If Julie and Julia doesn't make you come back, thank you for the help!

  6. I never met you but I have honestly enjoyed your blog. I am sorry about the stress you are going through. It seems like there is a never ending amount of stress in our lives. Take care and I hope someday you will blog again. :)

  7. I haven't met you either, but also have loved your blog. It has become part of my daily routine. Thanks for devoting your time and talents to this! Good luck with school and all of your other endeavors. :)

  8. Oh Brooke! I'm sorry to hear about Eric's job. What a terrible time to have that happen. I hope you are doing okay. I am going to miss your blog, and you guys. We need to hang out at least once more before you leave, okay? Let me know if you need ANYTHING. Thank you so much for all of your help with couponing and hopefully you'll be back to blogging soon.

  9. SAD!! I will miss reading your blog a ton. Congratulations on your soon to be new baby. I'm sorry your husband was laid off hang in there you are amazing!! Good luck with your move and if you ever get back on line let us all know. You will be greatly missed!

  10. Good Luck and thanks for the advise!

  11. so sad. your so good to help those who don't get just yet. GOOD luck!! Jael