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Jul
12
2012

It’s Official I Quit My Job and I am leaving Walmart Moms!

I thought that would get your attention. Yes, it’s Official.  Most of you know that not only did I manage 3 blogs but I also worked full time in  an office as Internet Marketing Manager for Fast Fixin’. I had 5 wonderful years there and the lessons I learned there helped shaped the way I wanted to run my blog and they way I taught others how to coupon.  I was able to see what it’s like to be the consumer as well as the business side.  I want to thank them for finding me on my blog and setting me off on a new journey in my life.  I will miss all of them.

So you might be wondering so now what?  Well, starting at the end of the month, I am going to work for a wonderful company called Collective Bias which is a shopper marketing firm out of Bentonville, Arkansas. No, I am not moving and that is the best part.  I am going to get to WORK FROM HOME!  Not only that but I will have benefits! I can’t tell you how happy I am to be working for a company who shares the same passion as me.  I have been doing blog campaigns for them for years.  (You might remember my feature in the  J&J Coupon  Book). Collective Bias works with a lot of bloggers and they get it, they are one of the few companies that understands a bloggers worth.  Collective Bias allows me to do what I am passionate about, with the freedom to do what I need to do as a wife and a mother. They are on the cutting edge on what a business model should be.  If you’re a brand who is looking for something new, you should definitely check them out. (Tell them the Queen sent ya, LOL!) Here is a video that I made years ago back in 2010

Of course, sometimes with good news there can be bad news. Unfortunately, with this new adventure another one will end and I will be leaving Walmart Moms at the end of the month. With my new job, Walmart has said it would be a conflict of interest and that if I take this job , I will no longer be able to participate. I have been a Walmart Mom since 2008 and I want to thank Walmart for all the opportunities they have given me and the relationships I have created there have been awesome.  I must tell you Walmart treated us moms wonderfully and the program was amazing.  I will definitely also miss the income and this will be a big adjustment for my family; howver, we have been praying about this for quite some time and money isn’t everything… my family comes first.

I know I haven’t talked about this much but I have been struggling for a really long time. I could tell Daniel was getting worse and my family was really suffering with me being away from home. Some days he’s fine and you can’t tell anything is wrong with him and then there are days when he physically can’t get out of bed. The guilt of leaving him at home and the guilt of not being able to be the mom I needed to be for my kids was really getting to me and the emotional struggle was physically effecting me. Even though being a Walmart Mom was a big income for me , I know that God will take care of us and other things will come along. I know he wants me to take care of my family first and if I am doing his will everything will fall into place.

If I could give some advice, to a stay at home mom wondering whether they should go back to work or not; please take the time and think about it long and hard. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  In my case I didn’t have a choice on whether to go back to work.  My kids were growing up before my eyes and I was missing out on their lives and their school functions.  I missed being homeroom mom,going to school plays and taking off and going to church camp with them.  Not only that, but during the summer my kids were at home and with Daniel not feeling well, they (as kids do) were sitting in front of the TV and computer and not exercising and eating what they wanted.  Well, I hope this family is ready because this mama is taking back over her household.  I hope to share my joy, laughter, pain and fun moments as I take on this new journey.

I want to thank all of my fans for sticking by me even when I seem to be absent with my struggles. Thank you Walmart, Fast Fixin, Collective Bias and most of all GOD!

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Melissa Garcia AKA The Consumer Queen has been featured in All You Magazine,Wall Street Journal,Ladies Home Journal, The Today Show, Oprah radio Network & More. Melissa is also now blogging full time from home as a career.

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  • Karen Perea via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:33 PM

    Congrats! I wish you luck with all your future endeavors. ~Princess Karen

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  • Tammy Lester via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:42 PM

    Quit fast fixins?

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  • Debbie July 12, 2012, 1:43 PM

    I support you 100%. God bless you for the struggles your have had with your loved ones and the good things you continue to do for us. We all have our challenges and you are doing what is right for your family. You are a hero and champion in my book. Best of luck to you, I will still be here whether you are with Walmart or not. :)

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  • Karen Perea via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:43 PM

    Tammy Lester – Yes she did ~Princess Karen

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  • Anne Klein via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:44 PM

    Congratulations!

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  • Stacie McAlary Holly via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:46 PM

    Sounds like your path is going straight instead of curvy.
    Yeah for you!

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  • Dayna Foster via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:47 PM

    Congratulations and God’s Speed on your new adventure

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  • Mellisa Wilson via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:48 PM

    wow I am shocked but oh so happy for you! you will never be sorry! No one ever said I wish I would of worked more. This time with our babies is precious and we can never get it back.

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  • Rhonda Humphress Cain via Facebook July 12, 2012, 1:49 PM

    Congrats & good luck Melissa! Family first…

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  • Kelly {the Centsible Life} July 12, 2012, 1:59 PM

    Congratulations on the new job! I know it’s bittersweet in many ways, but it sounds like it’s all for the best. Wishing you the best of luck in your new venture!

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  • ConsumerQueen.com via Facebook July 12, 2012, 2:05 PM

    Thank you all so much! I am very excited and my family is happy!

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  • Tammy Lester via Facebook July 12, 2012, 2:18 PM

    Well good luck in all u do. :)

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  • Cynthia G.m July 12, 2012, 2:25 PM

    Melissa, I am so delighted to hear you took a leap of FAITH, and changed your career path. You are so right about $ not being everything too. I too have stopped being a corporate professional due to family needs and my own medical issues. My career now consist of doing things like Dr. appointments for family members, government paperwork, and going to the school events, almost all of them now for our daughter & IT FEELS GREAT. Its worth stretching of dollars (knowing how to do coupon deals helps), so my daughter looks great with her Nike’s on, but hey….we don’t go to movies but our HOUSE is full of girls, singing and dancing. My daughter has gotten 2 scholarships to attend camps, one Christian and one ALL GIRLS week coming up soon! See GOD is good all the TIME ! If I was working 40 or 60 hrs per week, I”D miss the singing….

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  • Cynthia Gheorghiu via Facebook July 12, 2012, 2:44 PM

    Congrats !

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  • Melissa July 12, 2012, 2:59 PM

    I am so happy for you. You are a true inspiration. Keep up the good work, the sky is the limit.

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  • Sarah Eve Fulghum via Facebook July 12, 2012, 3:07 PM

    WOOHOO! CONGRATULATIONS, Melissa <3 I know how much of a blessing this is for you and your family! Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!

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  • Julie Jester- Spielman via Facebook July 12, 2012, 3:16 PM

    Good luck on ur new journey

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  • ConsumerQueen.com via Facebook July 12, 2012, 3:17 PM

    Thank you!

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  • Lacey Gimpel Houseman via Facebook July 12, 2012, 3:35 PM

    Good luck with your new adventure!

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  • Malia @ One2One July 12, 2012, 4:27 PM

    Congrats on your new job!

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  • bmcalister July 12, 2012, 4:57 PM

    praying for your family!

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  • Jeannie July 12, 2012, 5:00 PM

    Best of luck in all your endeavors, Melissa. I am happy to say that I am currently working with Teleflora, a company that is creating opportunities for workers who prefer to work at home. We are now engaged in a pilot program with our fulltime employees, and we expect to be adding more as the holidays approach. In fact, within a year most supervisors and managers will be telecommuting.

    I am proud of you for having the courage to walk away from what you have in order to make this big change. I am sure you will never regret it.

    Best of luck!

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    • Consumer Queen July 30, 2012, 4:40 PM

      Jeannie, congrats! I have a few good people in mind that would love to work from home! I would also love to work with Telaflora on my blog!

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  • ConsumerQueen.com via Facebook July 12, 2012, 7:12 PM

    Congrats Melissa!~Princess kathie

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  • Dr. Daisy Sutherland July 30, 2012, 4:36 PM

    First and foremost I must say how very proud I am of you! It is not easy making such decisions but when it comes to your family..it must be done. Your faith will get you through and as you said, $$ is not everything…so happy for you and your entire family:)

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  • Kristy Smith via Facebook July 30, 2012, 4:45 PM

    Congrats – prayers going up for you and your family!

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  • Brandi Peterman-Menees via Facebook July 30, 2012, 4:47 PM

    How do you become a Wal-Mart Mom?

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  • Alba Garza July 30, 2012, 4:49 PM

    Congratulations! God will lead the way!!

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  • Tammy July 30, 2012, 4:51 PM

    To be a work and home mom is really hard work. As another blogger with a focus on my local market, I have built up a number of really great contacts. I too was able to step into working this past fall and it’s been the perfect combination allowing me to be with my kids as well as home and at school when I need to. But it’s hard work and no one knows that more than fellow bloggers! Good luck with Collective Bias, they are a really cool sounding company!

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    • Consumer Queen July 30, 2012, 8:16 PM

      Thanks so much Tammy, I am very blessed with this opportunity.

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  • Dana Dowling via Facebook July 30, 2012, 4:52 PM

    Congrats on your new phase in life!!!

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  • Carrie Irwin via Facebook July 30, 2012, 4:57 PM

    Best of luck to you, Melissa!

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  • Hollie July 30, 2012, 5:27 PM

    Congrats on the wonderful opp with Collective Bias! I love the gang there. You are so right when you say when you are on the right path God will take care of you I firmly believe that!

    Hollie

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  • Penny Graham-Oaks via Facebook July 30, 2012, 5:31 PM

    Congrats on a new chapter.God Bless!

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  • Trevor Yannayon July 30, 2012, 5:48 PM

    This is AWESOME! You have been a great help and inspiration to my family and I. My wife also has some stuggles and I am fortunate to work for a company that allows me to work from home whenever I need to. I am happy to hear you have this great opportunity. We will continue to follow you on your journey and lift up your family in prayer.

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    • Consumer Queen July 30, 2012, 8:15 PM

      Thanks Trevor, I am so glad you are able to work from home as well. I hope your wife is doing OK :)

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  • Nikki July 30, 2012, 6:02 PM

    We were so blessed to be one of the first recipients of your newfound extra time! I am so happy for you! I didn’t realized it had been five years alredy, but I do know how much your awesome kiddos and kind hubby have always meant to you and I am thrilled you will get to spend some of their most important years with them before they leave home.

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  • Sarah Cook July 30, 2012, 6:18 PM

    Congrats and good luck on your new adventures!!

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  • Donna Kelley via Facebook July 30, 2012, 6:20 PM

    What is walmart moms???

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  • Susan Sunderman via Facebook July 30, 2012, 6:28 PM

    Good luck~

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  • Connie July 30, 2012, 8:50 PM

    Congrats on the new job and on overcoming so much to get here. I had to leave a job I loved when I was diagnosed with MS and could no longer physically work full-time. Life likes to throw curve balls at us and those that survive are the ones who can duck when they need to.

    I’m so looking forward to watching you on this new journey!

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  • Millie Rivera Gagliano via Facebook July 30, 2012, 8:53 PM

    WOW! Amazing story.

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  • Kathy E July 30, 2012, 9:42 PM

    congratulations melissa.

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