Happy New Year Our Frugal and Quirky Coupon Lovin' Friends!
I can NOT BELIEVE it's been another year since we launched our little site. It seems like yesterday. Through the years you have stuck with us through thick and thin and I really want to say thank you!
I thought I would take a few minutes to reminisce and share some of our C4U moments from the years. How many do you remember?
2009 – A mom starts a website/hobby with her son for the fun of it.
*First post Puffs Tissue Coupon. Oh, how I wish it had been something more poignant.
*The website is dark pink and has Cookies and Milk for the logo. Yuck!
*We have more visitors from New York than Utah. Hum… Coupons4NY?
*The words Couponers and Match-Ups are becoming common lingo.
*Grocery store couponing is CRAZY. Paying for food is for suckers!
*Albertson's is the preferred store for Utah couponers.
2010 – The Daily Deal Site Movement…
*We receive our first reader email. The writer gives me a lot of food for thought and implores me to not to become “another spam website”. Thank you Anonymous, your words have stayed with me.
*The Salt Lake Tribune takes a liking to us and we begin to get noticed. Thank you Lesley & Jennifer!
*We are asked to help launch Groupon and Living Social!
*Local Deal sites go crazy and so does interest in Coupons4Utah.
*We welcome Holly as our first contributor, Holly still works hard on the site today and I don't know what I would do without her!
2011 – Wahoo! Coupons4Utah becomes ONE MILLION visitors strong…
*We begin to make plans to take the site national and purchase a new domain
*Annalisa joins the site as our first Grocery coupon expert
*We reach 5,000 Facebook Fans – Thank you!
*Extreme Couponing asks me to audition for the show?!
*Say what? Have they read what I think about that show?
*1,000's of new “Deal Coupon Mom blogs” begin launching
*I accidentally post a controversial image to the site. OMG, how could I have been so blind?!
*Couponers are stigmatized as hoarders
*A reader sends an amazing email that changes my perspective. Thank you Heidi and everyone at the Dialysis Center!
2012 – Decisions Decisions…
*I decide local is more fun and national is not for me and scrap the national idea.
*A Utah blogger creates a spam website designed to redirect traffic to her blog and names it CouponsForUtah.net. Really?!
*Local deal sites begin to thin out, some leave us unpaid and with broken contracts.
*We seek legal advice
*Our mobile site launches, but it only works half of the time
*I feel tired and frustrated. My hobby is becoming too expensive and I begin to make plans to retire the site.
*A reader sends an amazing email of thanks, that helps inspire me to keep the site going. Thank you Becky M!
2013 – Our best year yet….
*Coupons4Utah becomes a registered Trademark.
*We reach 10,000 Facebook Fans – Thank You!
*We welcome 2 new WONDERFUL contributors (Heather and Jodi)
*Our website gets a Facelift
*We become official Sponsors of the Utah Grizzlies – OH… MY… HECK!
*I take my first break from the site and go on a real vacation!
*We hold our first event – Catching Fire Party
*I loved meeting you and was overwhelmed by your support. When I get home, I cry! Thank you!
And, here we are today. I have no idea what will happen next in our little local coupon community. But, I do know this, each and every day when I open my email and read your letters I am humbled and grateful. Your emails and comments keep me going when I'm feeling down, frustrated and overwhelmed and those very comments, have saved the site, on more than one occasion.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Here's to a Happy, Frugal and Quirky 2014!