It’s true — deal fatigue is real, and I’ve been suffering.
I haven’t used a coupon in weeks. I’m not even carrying my coupon binder these days. The other day, I ran across an expired coupon that made me cringe.
It was $2.25 off anything in the store. Anything. And, I didn’t use it. That was the kick in the pants I needed to start over.
So, I turned to the experts — frugal bloggers, big and small — for their tips on combating deal fatigue to help me get back in the game.
Put down the scissors 1 of 14"I think taking a break is fine, and I think it's healthy. We take breaks from exercising, we take vacations from our job, etc."
Heather, Family Friendly Frugality
Rely on your stockpile 2 of 14"I take regular breaks, there's only so much deal shopping one can handle without getting exhausted because it can be hard work! It's been nice to take that break and the reason I built a stockpile to begin with."
Laura, Thrifty Wifey
Choose cheaper stores 3 of 14
Shop for what you need 4 of 14"I mostly only shop for what I need...We all need breaks to refresh and reboot."
Start slowly 5 of 14"Take a break, then get back into it slowly. Even a $5 savings adds up."
Janel, Good Deal Mama
Be accountable 6 of 14"I started focusing on donating to local food banks and contacted them, which holds me accountable. Knowing that I can help one person or family with something that I donated really jump starts the coupon shopping trips!"
Maureen, Save and Share with Coupons
Shop fewer stores 7 of 14"You can probably miss a few deals without even noticing a change. If you accumulate a bunch [of deals] for one store, stick to that store until you use up your rewards."
Zack, Look Before Spending
Shop with a friend 8 of 14
Be familiar with sale cycles 9 of 14Skip the deals for awhile, until the items you need are back in the ads. "Knowing when the items you buy goes on sale is a good thing."
Joannie, Pays 2 Save
Splurge 10 of 14"Sometimes just to recharge I will go to the store and we have a "fun" shopping trip where we splurge on the thing we do not normally get and seeing that bill gets me back in the mood quick."
Lauren, Midget Momma
Buy foods that last 11 of 14Sometimes, I buy applesauce or frozen foods, instead of shopping for fresh every week. "Buying Organic milk and veggies has helped out cause they last longer."
Aimee, Pretty Frugal Diva
Wait for a good deal 12 of 14"I was in deal fatigue for the past 2 months. My grocery store released triple coupons this week - which breaks the fatigue!"
Lauren, I Am THAT Lady
Don’t feel guilty 13 of 14"Everyone takes a break unless you're super woman. Take a break and start saving again when you are ready."
Nathan, We Use Coupons
Enjoy life 14 of 14"With an 18 month old, and running 3 home businesses, life gets too crazy sometimes to worry about deal shopping."
Amanda, Girl Loves a Bargain
I think I’ve got the break thing down. Now, it’s time to take the rest of their advice and rejoin the ranks of extreme couponers! How do you get back in the game?
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