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May 24, 2008

I'm baaack! :)

For those of you who wondered where I went for the past week and didn't see the note on my old blog, Blogger robots spam-blocked me out of posting and after a week of waiting for this to be resolved, I finally decided to switch permanently to TypePad--something I probably should have done sooner.

Some of you saw the note I posted on my old blog's sidebar and followed me to the temporary blog I set up last week. Some of you didn't see the note and emailed me wondering if I was okay so I was able to fill you in on what was up. But then, judging by my Sitemeter stats, there were many of you who didn't see the note, didn't know my email address, and probably just thought I up and disappeared!

It was rather frustrating to have no way to let you know what was going on and I'm sorry for those of you who spent time trying to track me down or figure out what was going on, to no avail; I can't tell you how much I missed you all and missed blogging this week!

I'm so glad to be back into the swing of things again--even if I came back in a bit of a different way than I was hoping. Switching over to a new blogging platform was not at all my first choice since I've always been with Blogger and have grown rather attached. However, after only 24 hours of learning Typepad and getting things up and running, I already like it much better than Blogger; there are so many features and options here which weren't available on Blogger and I'm anticipating that this new blog will be much better than the old one because of it.

If anything, transferring everything to Typepad gives me an opportunity to start afresh with better organization and more specific categories (note the new specific categories: "CVS Deals", "Walgreens Deals", and so forth as opposed to the incredibly-broad "Current Deals" category like we had before). Setting this blog up with Typepad also has enabled me to easily integrate a three-column template which gives me more space to lay everything out in a simple and efficient manner for you all.

Things are still under construction here and I'm doing a bunch of "remodeling" today and Monday, so bear with me if you keep seeing things changing or if something looks wacky. My goal is to have everything up and running by Tuesday morning and resume posting as usual then.

Thanks again for your patience--it's certainly been quite the ride! I realized just how wonderful my blog readers are this past week when my inbox was full of notes from you all asking if I was okay. Thanks for being here, thank you for reading, and thank you for bearing with the technical issues. I have some fun giveaways planned next week as a small way to express my appreciation to you all!

Note: I just set up the new feed for this blog and forwarded my old feed to it. If you are already subscribed to my old blog's feed, you shouldn't have to re-subscribe, though I'm posting this post as a test to see if that is truly the case.

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I re-posted and expanded this post to test and see if the new feed is working, so I'm copying and pasting the comments which were already posted on the old post below:

Thanks for letting us know!! I will definitely be looking to getting your RSS feed all hooked up again! :) I've missed all the postings, but am sorry for everything you've had to go through with this. May God give you grace & strength even this day to get it accomplished. :)

Posted by: Ruth Ann | May 24, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Hey I found the site I have changed my bookmarks accordingly!

Thanks. Sorry you had to go through that.

PS I was a little scared there, I had to search through my history to find your moneysavingmom2 address first to get here..wheww.. What would I do without my daily dose of moneysavingmom?

Posted by: mommamoody | May 24, 2008 at 12:10 PM

If you are looking for a good blog designer, my sister is an awesome one! She's just opened up "Sashwhy's Studio", if you haven't checked her out, you should!! Just a thought :)

Posted by: Kendra @ Handprints On The Wall | May 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Woohoo! Everything looks great already! Thanks so much for all your hard work.

Posted by: Beth | May 24, 2008 at 12:44 PM

I'm glad you're back! And the fresh new look is awesome!!!

Posted by: Lori | May 24, 2008 at 02:16 PM

Yay!!! You're up! Have fun redesigning!

Posted by: Kristina | May 24, 2008 at 02:34 PM

Thank God, I thought we lost you! I have tried for 2 days and I kept getting no site found. I was a little stressed :)

Posted by: Lisa | May 24, 2008 at 02:35 PM

Crystal you rock!! People have been asking about you all over the blogsphere, lol. It must feel nice to have so many people miss you so much. I am sorry you are having to deal with this. And, I am very thankful to have found your site in the first place. You are really helping my family in a hard time!! -Jen

Just thought you'd want to know that I was/am subscribed to the old blog feed through Google Reader and this new post did not show up...not yet anyway. I just checked your site to see if you had posted anything new on the temporary site and saw the new page. Thanks for getting things back in working order...I missed your posts!!!

Same thing for me ... I subscribed through Google Reader, and nothing, although you said you 'just forwarded,' so maybe it will take awhile. Anyway, glad to know all is well, and I'll subscribe here, just in case. :)

Congratulations on the move. My husband and friends keep telling me I should do it, but I've been afraid to tackle a new technology challenge.

While you're remodeling your site, would you consider changing it to have your links open in a new window? There are so many great links to print coupons and such. As it is now, I have to sit and wait for the coupon to print before I can continue reading your posts. It would save time and hassle if your blog stayed in its own window.

Thanks for the very helpful site!

I'm so glad to see you back! I agree with you. Typepad is a lot better, really. You're going to love blogging with Typepad.

You might know this already but if you just type is shows you a "parked" message page. After I typed www. it took me here.

Crystal here: Thanks, Wendy! I spent an hour today trying to figure out how to resolve that and finally ended up calling GoDaddy and they said they took care of it for me but said it wouldn't work properly until tomorrow. Hopefully, that's the case! I'm certainly learning a lot here. :)

You got it, Suzanne! I just installed a nifty widget which should enable all links to open in a new page. Yay!

Crystal - for the last day whenever I tried to access your site, it kept telling me "site not found". I'm a newbie at this so I felt like my best kindergarten pal had just moved away! :o) I am SO glad you are back and all set up already. You bless so many women with your talent. I found you through UHSE and immediately signed up for your 101 class. Your methods have already saved me over $100!!! Thank you so much for everything you do!

Yay! Glad you are back in full swing! Sometimes starting fresh can be a good thing :-) Enjoy playing around with your template and rearranging your new "home!"

I was one of those readers that didn't have a clue as to where you had gone. I'm so thankful that you have a new site and I love it.

So glad you're back and moving forward! I was getting a little worried about you last week but didn't want to look like the stalker type so I just waited=) Good to have you back in the blogosphere.

Hi Crystal,

In order to get your blog to show up in Google Reader today, I had to unsubscribe and then resubscribe. Maybe Google will figure things out on its own in a little while, but for me, today, that's what it took.

Welcome back!! You were missed!!

So glad you are up and running. I missed you last week!

I am so glad I found you, lost track of you for a few days but I read your previous post saying you were having problems. But I found your new site and I have to say it looks great.

I was subscribed on bloglines, the new posts did NOT come through. I tried at add new but that didn't work. I deleted then added new but that didn't work either (old posts came through, not the new ones). I had to delete that then add new for

Just an FYI - maybe everything will straighten out later??

So glad you're back, I was able to follow you by your "note"s, etc. :)

So glad you were able to find a way to get settled in!! I know Blogger is so very frustrating! I left them ages ago! Love the new digs...looking forward to reading regularly again!

Your site is such a blessing, Crystal. Thank you so so much for all of the hard work you do that is such a gift to your readers!!!! I wish there was some way for all of us to let you know how much you are appreciated :-)

Glad you were able to get something figured out. I found you from a link at Freebies4Mom after a couple days. I thought maybe you had gone on a vacation! ;) I think you're going to be happy with Typepad. I've been with them for 2 1/2 year now and I love it. Any way, welcome back of sorts.

Welcome back!
I was worried about you, Im so happy you finally made it!!!!


So good to have you back. It is amazing how much I missed you even for a couple of days! I love the new look on your site! Great job Crystal!


To open a link in a new window, just right click on the link instead of left clicking and you can then choose Open Link In New Window. Hope that helps.

I am so glad you are back! I love the new look! I have been thinking about switching but am also afraid of the new technology. Blogger is so easy to use, I'm spoiled! I look forward to seeing all the changes you make!
God Bless!

Are you still going to post the next week CVS deals on Saturday night? If I don't shop on Sunday my store is wiped out.

Crystal, I am so happy to hear that your girls are doing better and you had time to take care of them which is really most important and now you are up and running on this new cool site. Thanks for all you do for us! Margie

Oh, I'm so sorry for all the hassle I'm sure this must have been!!! But I am glad you're done with Blogger! It would be frustrating to be held back by their poor service (or lack of customer service, I guess!). I think all sites have their own technical issues at times, and I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to spend hours and hours on "backend" issues!! :P

As far as links opening in a new window, I just right-click and choose "open in a new tab/window" when I want to stay on the page I'm reading.

I subscribed to your new feed a couple days ago... still haven't seen ANY updates through the old one.

Anyway, again, you have my sympathy, and my admiration -- you know a whole lot more about the technical end of blogging than I do!! When I have a problem, I just ask Joshua to fix it all for me!! ;)

I have a friend who blogger has locked her blog also since Friday. She had just set it up Wednesday!

I'm glad I found you again.

So glad to have you back! I have missed my daily Money Saving Mom fix! I didn't get this (or the one more recent post) in my RSS feed through bloglines. But I just resubscribed. I hope everyone can find you again!

It is so great to see you here on a fresh new blog! I love the new look so far.

Glad to hear your girls are on the mend.

Ugh! What a pain! Glad to see you are back up and running. I had to unsubscribe and resubcribe to the feed to get it to work.

Great to have you back! Love your new site!

I read blogs through Google Reader, and I also had to resubscribe to your blog. Not sure why it made me do that, but thought I'd let you know!

Question about Typepad vs. Blogger: you're still able to use click links and paid advertisements with Typepad? I was thinking I read somewhere that you couldn't (or maybe I'm thinking of Wordpress?). I'm just getting started, but might be interested in switching if Blogger is causing so much grief.

It's not yet possible to subscribe to your new site in Bloglines! It's still offering the old blog as the only option. I tried the methodposted above, and it worked.

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