Time for a Break!

Merry
Christmas

Things are going to be much slower around here for the next week. Last year I took the better part of two weeks off and it was the best blogging decision I've made since starting. This week I'm blogging very little, if anything, that I have not already scheduled as of this post. I will be working behind the scenes on off site projects, plans and ideas for 2012. I will be back to a full blogging schedule (and hope to have a SET schedule) starting 1/2/12 that will include Sunday's off.

This year has been filled with some amazing things for myself and Sarah's Deals and it's very much because of all of you. You have supported me in so many ways and I am so grateful for that. I've gone from working close to 40 hours per week at two jobs outside of my home to just 5 hours per week at one job outside my home and having Sarah's Deals be my primary source of income.

Because of your comments that encourage me, emails that tip me off to additional deals, visiting my site and using the links I provide, my family has reaped many rewards. I'm able to spend more time with my husband and kids and still pay bills and have made large strides in reducing our debt. I've also been able to go out in to the community more and teach classes and have recently set aside several hours each week for volunteering at Mel Trotter Ministries.

I accomplished many goals that I set for myself and Sarah's Deals at the beginning of 2011 and I hope you are benefiting from the more consistent deals/match ups as well as the value added content I've created for you this year.

Thanks to your support here, I've also stepped outside of Sarah's Deals to work with some amazing people and collaborate on some great projects. I did it with confidence knowing that you would support some of those projects as well. I've mentioned it from time to time, but am especially proud to be a regular contributing blogger for Murphy USA. Thank you for checking out my posts over there when I've mentioned them. I've also guest posted on a number of other blogs and hope to continue branching out in the new year.

I am in the process of bringing on at least one assistant. I hope you will welcome her and any other with open arms. She will be doing some basic coupons/deals/highlights posts that simply take time from other things for me, and my hope is that she will create some original content as the year goes on that will show you all her personality as well.

Finally, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and many savings in 2012!
Blessings,
~Sarah

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