Originally posted September 30, 2011
A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend of mine about using coupons. She was getting burnt out, and she wanted some advice from me on how to get recharged again.
My advice to her surprised her, and it might surprise you as well.
I told her to just stop.
Stop buying papers, stop clipping coupons, just stop.
“But won’t I get behind? What if I miss a great deal? What if my stockpile gets low?”
I reassured her that most likely she’d be fine, that she could still save money on her groceries each week without clipping coupons. She wouldn’t have to deplete her stockpile and she really shouldn’t worry about missing a great deal (because we all know, most deals come around again and again!).
As far as her concern about getting behind, in some ways that is a valid worry. If she doesn’t buy papers this week, 3 months from now she could be missing a great coupon for an awesome sale. However, that’s not even that big of a deal. Usually you can find a comparable coupon online, or you can purchase from a coupon clipping website or ebay if it’s THAT big of a deal.
I’m just going to be honest here. I don’t coupon all the time. I shop strategically with or without coupons at all times, but I do not find that couponing fits well into every season of my life. So sometimes, I just shop smart with minimal coupons or with no coupons following the steps I detail here: 10 Super Easy No Clip Ways to Save at the Grocery Store.
If you find yourself feeling burnt out, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does my current financial situation require that I continue using coupons? If so, you might have to suck it up and try to muddle through the burn out. Try to enlist help from a friend or loved one if possible. If possible, just cut back on the amount of stores you shop at.
- If my current financial situation does not require that I continue using coupons; do I have a good grasp on how to save money without coupons? If not, read this article to learn how to save money without clipping coupons: 10 Super Easy No Clip Ways to Save at the Grocery Store.
- If you feel confident you can forgo coupons without ruining your budget, just take a break!
This past month has been incredibly stressful for me. I don’t think I’ve used a single coupon at the grocery store this entire month. However, I always stayed within budget and my family has not suffered a bit. Have I increased my stockpile much? Not really, but I haven’t really depleted it either. Have I missed great deals? Absolutely, but at the moment there are things going on in my life that are more important then free deodorant or toothpaste.
Don’t feel like you have to be on top of your game at all times. Sometimes taking a break is actually the best financial decision you could make!
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