Extreme Couponing is back tonight for episode #11.
Last week we saw Joni & Angelique putting their couponing skills to the test. You can see Joni & Angelique’s episode replayed tonight on TLC’s Extreme Couponing at 9:00 EST.
Tonight’s episode features Scott & Jen. Scott, from Long Island, NY, gears up for one last shopping trip before his wife Amy gives birth. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, Jen uses couponing to home school her twin six-year-olds. You can see this episode tonight on TLC’s Extreme Couponing at 9:30 EST.
If you’ve followed us for awhile, or even if this is your first visit to our site, you know we are all about finding ways to help you live a more frugal life. One of the most overlooked aspects of implementing frugality in your everyday life is learning balance. With so much attention on the extreme aspect of couponing, it seems many people are in a frenzy chasing every deal, stocking up like there will never be another sale. It’s a bit exhausting sometimes.
I often hear people say, “I get so overwhelmed when I think about couponing.” Or, “there are so many deals I just can’t keep up.” Or even, “I got so burned out that I quit couponing altogether.”
I speak for all of us fabs when I say WE HEAR YOU!! We have all been in your shoes and felt like muttering each of those statements at one point in our couponing journey. It’s normal. The most important thing to remember is that while couponing is a lifestyle, you can take breaks. And if you are feeling overwhelmed, take a step back.
Keep printing coupons and getting the newspaper, but maybe only shop at one store a week. Or cut the deals you are after in half. Or maybe even skip every sale for an entire week. Just live on your stockpile and shop just for essentials.
That’s what I did for 2 weeks in a row. I was feeling stressed, frazzled and overwhelmed. The thought of dragging my kids, who were acting as if they felt the same way, to the store for hours made me want to cringe. So I didn’t plan a single shopping trip. I didn’t clip a single coupon. I didn’t even walk into a grocery store. I bought produce at a local fruit stand and used meat from my freezer.
It. Was. Awesome.
Because of how we teach you to shop, you should have a sufficient stockpile to allow a little break like that. You never actually stop being a couponer if you pause your shopping trips. In fact, you exemplify coupon living when you can take a break from shopping and still have ample supplies to feed your family! Plus, as a bonus, you might just come back from your couponing hiatus refreshed and ready to hit the stores running.
This post might not be for you. You might just be getting started implementing couponing into your life. If so, don’t panic thinking you will burn out. It took me over a year before I took my first real break from couponing. Just know that if couponing starts stressing you out, TAKE A BREAK! You can always pick up those scissors and start clipping again!
Still haven’t watched Extreme Couponing and not sure what we’re talking about? You can catch up on missed episodes for $1.99 on Amazon Demand!