Thank you from my heart for reading Time Out. Your support of my blogging efforts is a blessing and encouragement. My goal is to dedicate more time to this ministry, which means creating streams of revenue that will allow me to expand my blogging efforts. If you like what you’ve read and want to see more new posts in the future, here are some specific ways you can help me grow and sustain this little blog space.
1. Read and share!
This is the most important way you can support Time Out. Thank you so very much to everyone who reads these weekly posts and shares them with others. The more people who read, the more people we can reach for God—to welcome him into our messy homes, our marriage hiccups, and our parenting challenges. We need him, amen? And we all know other women who need him, too. So please keep on reading and sharing!
2. Buy my book. It’s currently underway, so look for “The SuperMom Myth” (Barbour Publishing) coming out in late 2015. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on advance sales and other book news. Read my book announcement here.
3. Affiliate links
Every once in a while, I may link to a product in context or share a sale promotion in my newsletter or on Facebook. When you follow these links and make a purchase, the merchant sends a small kickback to me. Your support of my affiliates is one small and greatly appreciated way you can support my blogging efforts.
This blog is a ministry first and foremost; therefore I promise I will not share an affiliate link unless it’s something I genuinely believe will be helpful to you. In most cases, that means it’s something I would actually buy myself.
Some of my favorite affiliates are:
Amazon :: If you shop online, then you know Amazon. A trusted site for books, toys, electronics, and basically everything. Their new Amazon Mom program offers regular discounts on diapers and other staples of motherhood.
Family Christian Stores :: Our local Family Christian Store is my favorite place to go for faith-based gifts, books, DVDs, and greeting cards.
ChristianBook.com :: I like this online resource for their large selection and discounted prices on more than just books. I can also find toys and other gifts at a great discount.
Jane.com :: Designer clothing at Target prices. New deals are posted daily, and most sales run for just 72 hours. Jane offers clothing, accessories and other specialty items for women and kids.
6pm.com :: 6pm sells my favorite designer, Lole, at unheard-of discounts. Plus lots of other brand names in clothing, shoes, and accessories for women and men.
Gymboree :: High-quality clothing for kids, in styles that allow my girls to look like modest little girls and not teenage wannabes. Gymboree runs great sales, making their clothing more affordable for moms on a budget.
Crazy 8 :: Crazy 8 is to Gymboree like Old Navy is to Gap. Owned by the same company as Gymboree, Crazy 8 offers cute kids’ clothing at affordable prices. I’ve found some sweet, inexpensive dresses that cover the behind when wearing leggings (a surprisingly hard-t0-find quality in children’s apparel these days).
Stitch Fix :: No time to shop? Stitch Fix sends a monthly wardrobe fix straight to your doorstep, chosen by your own personal stylist. You tell them what you like, then they do the work and ship you a box full. Keep what you want, return what you don’t, and get 25% off the entire purchase if you keep everything in that month’s shipment.
Craftsy :: A unique source for online craft classes – so fun! I signed up for their photography course, plus they have courses on knitting, cake decorating, paper crafts, and lots more.
Shutterfly / Tiny Prints / Treat :: If you like to make photo books, cards, invitations, and gifts, Shutterfly is a great resource for high-quality and unique designs. My favorite is their individual greeting card service, Treat. You can upload your own photos and purchase a personalized greeting card for less than the cost of a card at the store. I’ve created Treat cards for Father’s Day and my husband’s birthday, and he loves them.
Zulily :: My mom turned me on to Zulily a few years ago. It’s a member-based site offering steep discounts on brand-name products (clothing and shoes for adults and kids, toys, household items and lots more). New deals are announced every day. You can sign up for alerts on when your favorite brands will be for sale in the Zulily shop. Just a word of warning: because of the great discounts and wide variety of brands, sales are final (no returns) and it can take up to two or three weeks for shipping. Still, if you’re a bargain hunter, Zulily is worth a try.
Kohl’s :: There’s always a sale at Kohl’s. Plus I love their easy return-to-store policy.
Ebates is an online service that rewards you with cash back for your online purchases. The process is simple. Rather than going directly to a merchant website, you first go to the Ebates site and click through to the merchant site from there. Then Ebates tracks your purchases and records a specified percentage of cash back per transaction (up to 25% depending on the store), which gets added to your account. It’s basically free money. Ebates also offers coupons and shipping deals for various online stores including places you’d regularly shop like Target, Walmart, Kohls, Amazon, and lots more.
Right now, when you sign up (for free), Ebates will give you a $10 gift card redeemable after your first $25 transaction. And, if you sign up through my referral link, Ebates will give Time Out a $5 bonus. That would certainly bless me! It’s a win-win. Check out Ebates here.
On occasion I will also share with you some great deals on e-books, for those of you who love your e-readers. (I confess I myself am still a paper and hardcover girl. But my Kindle friends have strong
opinions loyalties.) These might include specials from Ultimate Bundles, or Buck Books, which offers daily $1 specials on e-books through Amazon. In the case of Buck Books, all you have to do is sign up for their sale alerts (no obligation to purchase) and they’ll send a dollar to my blog. Easy as that. Click here for more details on Buck Books.
6. Ghost writing
If you’re a blogger and you’re in need of some help, I do all manner of per-project ghost writing for bloggers. Sponsored content, special series, editing e-books, you name it. I’d be happy to write it for you. Click here to read more about my undercover career as a freelance writer.
I saved the best for last. If ever you feel led to pray for my ministry or my family, I would dearly treasure your prayers. God hears us. He loves us. None of this writing and blogging stuff would exist without him. Thank you for lifting me up, friends! Blessings from my household to yours!
If you have questions or ideas for future posts, please feel free to contact me at rebeccakopitzke (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you for your support!
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