When you first start couponing, you want to build a stockpile RIGHT NOW. You run around to every store and buy all the products you can get your hands on that are cheap or free. Taking into account the budget, cost of gas and our time gets pushed into the back of your minds. You have 1 goal – to find the best deal.
Eventually, you get burnt out. Going to 5+ stores each week gets exhausting, not to mention the prep time it takes to get ready for a shopping trip. Even veteran coupon users fall into this trap. I wanted to remind everyone today that:
IT IS OKAY TO MISS A DEAL
You don’t need to go to all the grocery and drugstores in your area. You can even (gasp) skip shopping all together one week. I haven’t been drugstore shopping much in months. I’m trying to use what I have and purchase new items when I feel like it. I’m okay with taking a break from shopping or from using coupons for awhile.
In all likelihood, you will be able to get the same or similar deal again in a few months. Don’t feel like you have to get all the deals this week or request all the free samples. Take your time and enjoy what you have already worked hard to accumulate. Give yourself and your family a break from deal seeking every once in awhile.
I always find that I get excited about couponing again after a break. Take a breath and enjoy the rest of your summer. Get creative in the kitchen. Have fun. And remember that’s it’s okay to miss a deal.