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4 Tips to Avoid Coupon Burnout & What to Do if It Hits You.
How long have you been using coupons? A week? A Month? A Year? Five? Long time couponers, while they love the savings, can easily find themselves running into a fairly common situation.
It happens to the best of us after a while. (yes, even me!) You spend your days tracking deals, clipping, sorting, filing and then hours shopping. Eventually you just get to where you don’t even want to look at a coupon anymore, let alone use one. Your grocery bill skyrockets before you know it. You don’t have to burn out though. Check out these 4 tips for avoiding coupon burnout before it does happen to you.
Coupon only for things you need – A lot of couponers, especially those that are new to the game, have a tendency to coupon for anything they can get a deal on. After all, if you can’t use it, you know someone who can, right? If your family can’t or won’t use it, don’t bother couponing for it. You’ll only help yourself burn out.
Shop Less – If your family already has 20 bottles of shampoo? You do not need to run out and grab that deal on shampoo. All you’re doing by running out and grabbing it is adding pressure to yourself. Instead, wait until your family is down to 4 or 5 bottles to start getting deals again. If you do this for each item in your stockpile, you’ll take a lot of the pressure off of yourself.
Find your system – I’m of the opinion that part of the reason coupon users burn out is because of the massive amount of time that it takes to clip or file and sort. Instead of wasting all of your time doing these tasks, work on finding a better system. Some people do very well with the binder system, some do well with a file box and some do best with whole inserts. As with anything, work smarter not harder applies here too.
Repeat After Me – “There will always be another deal.” Deals run in cycles and coupons do as well. If you try to get every single deal each and every week, you will burn out faster than you can blink. Pace yourself and your shopping instead and you’ll be able to coupon for the long run.
You may be sitting there saying, “Well that’s all fine and dandy, but what do I do if I’m already burned out?” There are a few answers to that question, but I think the best one is this…
Take a break.
I don’t mean to go out and blow a ton of money, I mean to stop couponing for a while. A few days, a few weeks or whatever you need, but stop. When you’re ready to begin again, follow the tips above. You’ll be refreshed, ready to grab the deal and this time, you’ll be less likely to burn out again.