Before I plunge forward into 2014, I wanted to take the time and share my favorite posts of 2013 – as well as your favorites! Have you seen all of these?
5 Popular Posts in 2013
In 2013, we had over 1 million visits to the blog which is boggling to me! That’s about one out of every 300 Americans! Here are some of the posts that drew people in this year…
How to Plan & Prep your Meals for the Week. This guest post by my pal Kelly ended up garnering over 19,000 pins and was my most trafficked post of 2013! Turns out her simple method resonated with a lot of folks.
Saving Money at Disneyland. This post was actually published in 2011, shortly after our Disneyland trip. It’s clear I have a lot of Disney fans out there – this was one of my top 10 most visited posts in 2013! Incidentally, check out my Disney category if you’re planning (or dreaming!) about a trip to either Disneyland or Disney World. I have posts covering how we saved on airfare, in the parks, hotels, and more.
How to Re-Grout and Re-Caulk a Shower. I am NOT a handy person by any stretch of the imagination, but in 2013, I re-grouted my shower all by myself! While this was a bit of a messy and time consuming project, I know I saved a ton of money handling this repair by myself. Judging by the traffic on this post, I apparently encouraged a lot of you to do the same!
Trader Joe’s Recipes: Easy Pumpkin Cookies with Cookie Butter Filling. This was my most visited recipe in 2013 and I have to say – it’s a good one! For this recipe, I took a box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and turned it into cookie batter. Then I baked and topped with cookie butter. The result was delicious!
Pear Vanilla Bread. This was my next most trafficked recipe for 2013! I was inspired to create this pear vanilla bread recipe after my all-time favorite jam recipe (pear vanilla). It’s very sweet, delicious and has gotten excellent reviews from the readers that have made it for themselves!
5 of My Favorite Posts of 2013
These may not have been the most trafficked posts, but these posts were among the most enjoyable for me to put together and represent my style as a writer! (Warning: these posts may not have a whole lot to do with coupons.)
The Situation. This was the account of how a stray pigeon ended up in my garden, how I was able to locate the owner, and trap the bird.
The Pets we Rescued Might have West Nile. This is the story of how the kids & I went to great lengths to rescue a swarm of baby tadpoles out of the garden only to realize we’d just saved a ton of baby mosquito larvae. Thank goodness I realized my error BEFORE we brought them into the house to turn into “frogs!”
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park (Tacoma). Without a doubt, one of the best “deals” I scouted out this year was a local park that offers acres of blueberries – free for the picking! These berries are grown chemically-free and made the most delicious blueberry ice cream!
My Marathon Canning Weekend. In early fall, I canned up 41 jars of food including applesauce and pear vanilla jam (which we enjoyed at Thanksgiving!), along with salsa, peach barbecue sauce, and more.
Making Holiday Wishes 2013. This was the 3rd year in a row Fred Meyer has graciously sponsored a “Making Holiday Wishes Come True” contest where two families win $250 Fred Meyer gift cards. One of this year’s winners was Jessica, a single mom to Robby, a small boy who has special needs. She was able to provide him with a tablet for Christmas thanks to winning the gift card. She is hopeful that the tablet will help Robby’s ability to express himself. I was delighted she was one of the winners!
Top Deals in 2013
It’s hard to narrow down to just a few deals, but these were some of my very favorites (and ones I’ll likely watch for again in 2014)!
Kohl’s: $8 Drumsets (normally $99!): November
Kohl’s: $8 Pet Beds (normally $69!): November
Kohl’s: FREE Small Appliances after Rebate: Black Friday
Kohl’s: Kitchenaid Mixer for $135: November
Amazon: Vtech Toys for 50% off: November
Fred Meyer Friends & Family Sale: August, December
Grocery Outlet Wine Sale: November, December
6pm: 20% off Entire Purchase: Cyber Monday
How to Score (Nearly-Free) Airfare: year-round
Modnique: Take $20 off any order: September (I got a PUMA jacket for my son for less than $5 shipped thanks to this deal!)
What were some of your favorite posts and deals for 2013?