FABULESSY FRUGAL FRIDAY: Take a Break
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!