Okie dokie folks, I received a great comment on this post yesterday, and wanted to address it both for Peggy and for you. As you probably notice, I post alot of Amazon deals (which as I've shared do create a way to earn money for our family and others here on PPP.) BUT, I don't post them only to earn income, and here's why.
Believe it or not, there's a little more thought that goes into posting here on PPP (and on most coupon blogs) than you can imagine. I watch what you all click over to read, see what people are most interested in, and try to share deals that are most beneficial to the largest number of readers. What I've found in the last few years is that more and more often, readers are more likely to get excited about easy online deals than they are for coupon deals. There are literally times when Shannon and I spend huge amounts of time on large shopping scenarios to share, only to see that we get a few clicks on those compared to hundreds of clicks for online savings. We want to use our time wisely, so we focus mostly on what the majority of readers are interested in. (We want to be efficient in our time too!)
AND, I vet our deals constantly, working hard to post prices on online savings that are at the lowest or very close to the lowest prices they've ever been at. This weekend Shannon and I Skyped and were discussing the great deal on diapers at Target this week. She'd done the math, and the best price ended up at $.12 per size one Pampers. That's a great price, but there were quite a few hoops to jump through to get that deal!
Today, I happened to notice diapers were actually $.10 per diaper at Amazon (these were Luvs, so not high-end Pampers of course!), however Huggies ended up being just $.12 per diaper – the same price as Target without coupons or gift card deals. Now, I am all about a great deal, but my absolute number one favorite way to save is getting the very best price as easily as possible (especially for mommas who've got their hands full with busy babies!) So, to me this is a deal that I'm definitely going to post too, because I'm all about taking advantage of a deal and saving myself some time!
And like I shared in my comment with Peggy (you can read it HERE), there are only so many hours in my week to devote to PPP, so I've got to be smart in where I spend my time. Especially this summer, with a big move and three busy kids at home, I don't have as much time to head to the stores and hunt down deals as I do during the school year. (I hope you understand!) So, it's just easier to research online deals from home. Hopefully we'll be back full-swing in another 6 weeks (but in the meantime I'm enjoying more time off with my family!)
I hope that makes sense, and I appreciate your (kind!) comments and suggestions on things you would like to see here on PPP so much. In all honesty, we just kind of live in survival mode here through the summer months (imagine hearing “MOOOOMMMMMMM” every time you type a sentence!), but all of that will settle down shortly. Hope you all understand, and I encourage you to always do the math to make sure you're consistently getting the best deals!
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Karen Terry Bush says
I am no longer a mother of little children but I do read your posts and due to my physical disability, I really appreciate the amazon deals….so much easier for me to order online. Thanks and keep up the good work! Enjoy your time with those children ….they grow up so fast!
Ami Fenton says
I like both coupon deals and amazon deals, but I am not a member of Amazon mom and don't find it worth it right now to join. I never end up doing the amazon diaper and wipe deals anymore because of this, I used to buy diapers from amazon a lot, but am not impressed with the changes they have made over the years to the Amazon Mom program.
Thank you all SOOOOOOOO much for your kind words – I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate you all! I think there’s definitely a balance and you always have to be careful (no matter what coupon blog you’re following), but I really work hard to post really great deals here on PPP. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement!
I would have never saved hundreds on diapers if you hadn’t been posting the Amazon Mom deals! You are doing everything right and I like your site because you are a real mom just like us!
You have helped my family so much, Laurie! I come to your site for deals, but also for your grounded and realistic approach to home and family. I love the CVS and Amazon deals, and am so thankful you turned us onto Swagbucks to make those Amazon deals a little sweeter. Hope everything is settling well and remember to give yourself some grace and relax. So many of us are so thankful for all you do!
On-line is my ONLY option! Yes, the small town we now live in does have Target, Walmart and Walgreens — and I still do love some coupon deals – the problem is getting coupons — the papers here will not print them (I asked!). Please keep posting the on-line deals and helping me save some $$ 🙂
I was never a big Amazon shopper until your site. The bottom line is you need to know price no matter where you shop. Amazon if the price is right provides major convenience! I picked up the sunscreen today…good deal!
You are awesome! Don’t change a thing!
hey laurie, you do a great job, and have helped me so much with recipies, meal planning, and learning to be mindful of spending. We appreciate both the Amazon deals and the store deals, I would like to know if doing the scheduled delivery from Amazon would actually be better prices over the course of a year…because of subscribe and save…is there way to look at this idea, say for toilet paper, paper towels and other paper products??
Hi Shelley! The problem with doing scheduled delivery is that the prices sometimes change, and they add coupons/change the discounts, so just to be on the safe side I usually recommended canceling the subscription and re-subscribing when you need an item again and it goes on sale. Hope that helps!
Lori Fallin Seipp says
I have been reader for a long time and actually came over because I am a working mom and do not have time to go to several different stores to get the deals. I do Kroger and Amazon. I appreciate all the Amazon deals because I can do it at night while my kids are in bed and still save money. Honestly, I am glad you get a kick back from Amazon… I appreciate you doing the work for me. 🙂 Have a great summer and never feel like you have to explain what you do on YOUR OWN blog. 🙂
Dianna Wade says
Thanks for all you do! Please spend more time with the kids, they need you! People are a part of so many sites now, don't miss out on sumeer fun! & thanks I will look for the diaper deal at target this week! We got a coupon for $20 off $100 at target!!
Marcy Comstock says
Another great reason for Amazon interest is that we can use our gift cards which we purchase with our swagbucks (ironically most of mine come from using the coupons) so once you figure in the $5 or more free it makes for an even better deal!
Great reminder Marcy!
Trish Ruschke Rice says
Please don;t change a thing – You're doing an AWESOME job. I personally enjoy seeing the online deals, as well as the coupon deals,,,but regardless of what kind of post it is, I appreciate you putting the time and effort into it. THANK YOU!!!!!
Thanks so much Trish – I definitely plan to keep things where they’re at right now and will just be glad when I have a little more time (although I’ll miss my kids!) 🙂