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Advice from Your Favorite Bloggers: Combating Deals Fatigue


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.

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  • Put down the scissors 1 of 14
    Put down the scissors
    "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
    Rely on your stockpile
    "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
    Choose cheaper stores
    "I consider myself a seasonal couponer and coupon for a couple months at a time, then take time off. When I'm "off" I will shop often at ALDI so I don't feel guilty for not using a coupon!"
    Briana, Bargain Briana
    Read more about Choosing a Grocery Store
  • Shop for what you need 4 of 14
    Shop for what you need
    "I mostly only shop for what I need...We all need breaks to refresh and reboot."
    Centsible Girl
  • Start slowly 5 of 14
    Start slowly
    "Take a break, then get back into it slowly. Even a $5 savings adds up."
    Janel, Good Deal Mama
  • Be accountable 6 of 14
    Be accountable
    "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
    Shop fewer stores
    "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
    Shop with a friend
    "Couponing alone can be a drag; have a buddy to do it with you - plus two heads are better than one when trying to figure out the deals."
    Matt, A Thrifty Mom
    Read more about Shopping with a Friend
  • Be familiar with sale cycles 9 of 14
    Be familiar with sale cycles
    Skip 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
    Splurge
    "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 14
    Buy foods that last
    Sometimes, 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
    Wait for a good deal
    "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
    Don't feel guilty
    "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
    Enjoy life
    "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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