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.

So often I 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 that 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 HCP 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!


  • I have really not done much shopping other than one or two trips in the last month and it definitely is nice to be able to have everything you need at home already!!!

  • I took a break from couponing for a while since I am going to school and working this summer. Summer semester is almost over now and I feel like I have to start all over couponing now. Is there an easy way to start up if you have taken a couple months off? It took me months to get started doing this to begin with!!

  • I took a two week break from couponing after getting my wisdom teeth pulled. One week because I was laid up on the couch with pain meds, and one week just because I could. It was wonderful to be able to look at all the deals and not feel that I NEEDED to get to the store and buy it! My fridge and freezer were full (and still pretty much are!), and I’m sure the break was appreciated by my kids. Now I’m getting back into it, with the great Kraft cheese deal! Thanks for all the great deals, and for the great money saving articles!!

  • I’ve gone from super couponer to casual couponer, and both me and my kiddos are much happier. I still get multiple papers, but I NEVER hit multiple stores in one week. (Gasp!) I just take my coupon binder with me when I shop at Winco and occasionally (GASP! GASP!) Walmart and use coupons there. I try to still use my doublers, but that’s about it. My grocery bill has gone up this way, but my sanity has definitely increased. I no longer get angry about making a special trip to a store, hauling three kids to find the items I wanted are sold out. Maybe when my kids are grown I’ll get back on the wagon, but for now–less couponing=happier mom.

  • I agree I started couponing in January and felt I couldn’t miss a sale. I was going to town 3-4 times a week to go somewhere. The last month I only go to Albertsons when there’s doublers. And I haven’t been to Walgreens at all. Been to RiteAid twice for diapers but other than that I’ve only been to my little local grocery store for fresh items. It feels nice to not be compulsive about the sales and I’ve discovered…the sales will come again if I miss one I’ll get the next one.

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