Staying Sane While Couponing

by Marcy on November 26, 2008 · 0 comments

Are you fairly new to couponing? Are you thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure? Read on for a few tips about how I have learned to coupon while keeping my sanity. Because there are loads of other things for us to lose our sanity over, right? :-)

When I first started to get serious about couponing, I went a little overboard. My type A personality went into overdrive, and I felt like I had to get every great deal that I saw each week. I purchased multiple newspapers each week, and printed off as many coupons as I could find on the Internet…and then I proceeded to drive myself crazy running all over town like a maniac.

I became overwhelmed and wasn’t sure that shopping around and couponing was really worth it. After all, I was having a hard time sticking to my new grocery budget because of all of the great “deals” that I was finding! Not to mention my coupon file was bursting at the seams and many of my coupons were going to waste.

Thankfully, I was able to take a step back and realize that couponing and searching for the best deals really *is* worth it, and that it is possible to do so without driving yourself crazy! Here are a few things that I have learned in my quest to become a smarter shopper by using coupons and matching them up with sales. Hopefully a few of these tips will help you as well!

Deals run in cycles, and most of the time they will come back around again. This knowledge has helped ease the panic I feel of missing out on a great deal if I can’t make it to a particular store in a given week.

Limiting the number of stores that I shop at each week forces me to prioritize and only purchase the items that I really need. It also saves me time and gas money!

• Getting a “high” from finding great deals can sabotage your budget if you aren’t going to use the items that you purchase. The only exception to this rule is if you can find an item for free. For example, if I find a freebie that I won’t use but think someone else can, I’ll pick it up and donate it to a local food bank or charity.

• If you are having a hard time sticking to your budget because you can’t say no to a great deal, set aside a portion of your weekly grocery budget strictly for “deal shopping”. This will ensure that you still have enough money to buy your necessities each week, while still allowing you the fun of bargain shopping.

Finding a coupon organization system that works for you is key. Having all of your coupons organized and in one place is a huge time saver, and I know it helps to keep me from losing track of coupons that I want to use, before they expire.

These are just a few things that I have done to bring some sanity back into my life when it comes to bargain shopping. Obviously we all have different levels of tolerance, and time to commit to bargain shopping. While there is no one answer for anyone, I hope that you have found some of this information useful. Do you have any sanity saving tips that you would like to share when it comes to couponing and bargain shopping? I would love to hear what has worked for you!

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