One of our readers recently told me that she fell off the couponing wagon and got very disorganized in the process. Has this every happened to you? If so how did you get “back on” the wagon?
I have personally never fallen “off the coupon wagon” but I think that it is because I stockpile. After you build your stockpile you are able to take “weeks” off of shopping which gives you a break from having to get in on every single deal or from even shopping on a weekly basis. There are actually months that I take off of shopping every year. It is a great break for me and I live off my stockpile during those times.
If you want to get started couponing or you have fallen off the wagon, the best piece of advise I can give is to always keep up with clipping and filing your coupons if you use the binder method. There is nothing more overwhelming or discouraging than having a “sea” of coupons that you need to clip. It makes me feel that I can’t breathe or that I am drowning. Have you ever had that feeling? A couple of times in my couponing, after a vacation or during the summer or other busy time in your life it is easy to happen. When it does you reach a point where you can get in on any deals because you are so behind and it gets so overwhelming that it is easy to throw your hands up in the air.
When I find myself in that boat I call in the “troops”. That is my husband. I tell him that I need help and he steps up and helps me clip, sort and file! I have to say that there have only be a couple times in the years that I have been doing this that it has happened but once I am back in control and organized then I am able to get in the deals and save.
As for falling “off the coupon wagon”, I thought I would give you a few tips for keeping yourself “on the wagon” instead.
1. Keep your coupons clipped, filed and organized every week. Create a routine and stick to it. For me, I clip Sunday and file Monday.
2. Rely on the bloggers to do the work for you. Follow a blogger that covers the store deals so that you can simply go to their weekly matchups and print your list. It will save you lots of time. Visit our Aldi, Kroger, Meijer, Remke, Walmart, CVS and Walgreen’s Deals. We also post a Stockpile Time post for the best deals to shop each week.
3. Consider using a coupon clipping service. It is a great way to organize larger quantities of coupons so that you can stockpile when the deal cycles.
4. Organize your coupons in a system that works for you. We love the binder method. We clip all coupons that we would use if the items were to go free or near free.
5. Know the coupon lingo – if you do you will be able to save more and understand all of the deals that are posted.
6. Don’t stress out about getting in on “every” deal. The deals cycle and they will come back around.
7. Enjoy your savings! There is no other “job” that I have had that gave me such joy. I love leaving the store on a “coupon high” and saving the money to provide things for my family that they would not normally have.
I hope this helps! So have you ever fallen off the coupon wagon?