I Hate Couponing

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You know the feeling. The burnout. The feeling of dread when you know you have to go to the store but realize you haven’t cut out your coupons yet. The anticipation of receiving your Sunday newspaper to get caught up on the news only to remember that along with the paper comes coupons that you are supposed to save, use and NOT just place in the recycle bin. The feeling of guilt after leaving the grocery store knowing you didn’t use any coupons. You are burnt out.

I’ve been couponing for 9+ years now. Through the years I’ve had periods of time where I’ve loved everything about couponing – I’ve loved the highs of getting awesome deals (that felt more like “steals”), overflowing stockpiles, and finding those amazing deals where you know you will never get a better one (I mean really, can you beat getting paid to take home toothpaste by CVS?). But along with those highs, I’ve also had some lows. The moments where exhaustion from parenting, working full-time and trying to maintain a home have overcome me and instead of shopping with coupons, I have skipped shopping entirely because I didn’t want to feel the self-imposed guilt from knowing I spent full price. I’ve also been so frustrated that Tampa, Florida no longer gets Red Plum inserts that I’ve wanted to kick, scream and throw a tantrum while at the same giving up on couponing entirely. The disappointment through the years as I’ve watched the cost of food rise and the value of coupons decrease. The highs are always fun. But the lows are always just as disappointing and frustrating.

Through my years running this blog, I’ve had countless friends give me excuses as to why they don’t coupon.

Some say “I only buy organic food.” (and then I look in their shopping cart and see non-organic ice cream, cake mix and chips…). 

Others says “I don’t have the time.” (and then I see them commenting on Facebook all.day.long which leads me to think they do have time – they just use it on other endeavors.)

While others will say “I don’t know how to use coupons.” (and then I feel bad because it’s my job to help them learn how to use coupons and obviously, it’s my fault they are confused.)

But the truly honest will say “I hate couponing.” And to you, I want to tell you that it is OKAY for you to hate couponing.

If you are someone who experiences the highs and lows of couponing like me, when you get sick of couponing and find that it is more of a frustrating chore than an empowering endeavor, TAKE TIME OFF. Stop buying Sunday papers (Yep – I said that). Save your ink and computer paper and stop printing coupons. Go ahead and pay full price without paying attention to what is on sale for a couple weeks. And then, once you feel ready to start saving money again, ease back into couponing slowly. The world will not stop if you take time off from couponing.

If you are burnt out, examine how much time you spend couponing. You should not be spending hours and hours each week getting ready to shop. (Unless you are a frugal blogger like me in which case every minute of the day is spent looking at coupons and online deals 😉 )

When your grocery store’s sales flier comes out, flip through it and buy what’s on sale. If you need something that isn’t on sale and it’s urgent (i.e. bath tissue), buy it full price. (Yep – I said that too.) If you need something but have enough to last you a week or two, hold off paying full price and wait to see if it goes on sale. Then buy it.

Then, slowly integrate coupons back into your life. Start with printable coupons. I’ve found that within the past two years, 75% of the coupons I use are printables. Honestly, if I stopped buying the Sunday paper, I probably wouldn’t miss many deals (especially since I no longer get Red Plum inserts being that I live in Tampa).

I post high value coupons daily. Head HERE to bookmark my High Value Coupons page and once you are ready to start using coupons, follow this page. And once you are ready to buy what’s on sale, head HERE to see if I post your local grocery store’s coupon matchups. I try to do all of the hard work for you.

If you are saying “I hate couponing”, take time off to regroup. Once you are ready to start couponing again, it will be fun and you will once again be empowered as you save money that you can put towards debt, savings or luxury items. Couponing should be enjoyable. Not another job. Let’s be honest, we all have a lot of jobs already don’t we?

Have you taken a break from couponing? If so, why? Do you think you will get back into couponing? Share your thoughts – I would love to know that I’m not alone!

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Nerf N-Strike Elite DualStrike Blaster for $14.99!

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Have some fun battles with the Nerf N-Strike Elite DualStrike Blaster. Right now, you can get this for $14.99, which is the best price available. Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime.

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The Nerf N-Strike Dual-Strike blaster fires both Elite darts and Mega darts to blast the competition with double the impact! Plan the best battle strategy, then move the switch to select the dart size that delivers a tactical advantage. To fire 1 dart, pull the handle back and pull the trigger. The Mega Whistler darts scream through the air! The Dual-Strike blaster from Nerf comes with 3 Elite darts and 3 Mega Whistler darts.

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PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar Dress Up Party Playset $7.49 from $25!

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Advent season may have already begun, but this is one of those deals you’ll want to grab and hang onto until next year. Right now, you can score the PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendar Dress Up Party Playset for $7.49, down from $25! Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime.

We have an Advent calendar that is hung on the wall, but this is definitely one my daughter would love. This is going in the gift closet to wait until next Christams season.

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Star Wars Loopin’ Chewie Game $10.49 from $26

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We have the perfect gift idea for your Star Wars fan. Keep your kids entertained with this fun Star Wars Loopin’ Chewie Game. Right now, you can get this for $10.49, down from $26.

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Barbie Fashionistas Crazy For Coral Doll for $7.94!

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I am loving these Barbie Fashionistas dolls! Grab the Barbie Fashionistas Crazy For Coral Doll for $7.94 + FREE shipping with Amazon Prime!

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  • Barbie Fashionistas doll includes a stylish dress with a black halter top and tapered coral hi-low skirt with a shimmery gold print.
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You can leave notes for Santa letting him know what you want for Christmas with this super cool Dear Santa Note Pad. This is priced at $6.95 + FREE shipping with Amazon Prime.

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Walmart: Kids’ 18-Piece Tool Set With Tool Box only $15

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Looking for a tool set for your little helper? Stop by Walmart.com where they have this Kids’ 18-Piece Tool Set on sale for only $15 (regularly $29). The set includes a hammer, goggles, screw drivers, gloves and much more! It even comes with a perfectly sized toolbox to store everything.

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Sign Up for Fuel Perks and Save 25¢ Per Gallon

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If you have not signed up for Fuel Rewards, now is the time! From now until June 5, when you sign up for the Fuel Rewards Program, you will save 25 cents per gallon on your first fill up. And, you will save an additional 3 cents per gallon on your fuel balance on each future fill-up! Go HERE to sign up! You will then want to link your Winn-Dixie Card, Fuel Rewards Program Card and credit cards to your account!

fuel-rewards-2There are countless ways to earn Fuel Rewards and save on gas. You can save by shopping online, eating out, and shopping at grocery stores like Winn-Dixie, HyVee and BI-LO! At Winn-Dixie and BI-LO, for every $50.00 you spend on groceries, you will save $0.05 on gas! And don’t forget, every week we post Winn-Dixie’s Weekly Ad & Coupon Matchups and BI-LO’s Weekly Ad & Coupon Matchups!

One Fuel Rewards member paid a total of 19 cents for 20 gallons worth of fuel, and even if they just saved the guaranteed 3 cents per gallon, that’s still almost a dollar off per tank!

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Once you have signed up for Fuel Rewards, you need to tell your friends! For every friend that you refer, you will save 25¢/gal AND they will save 25¢/gal too!

Have you saved big with Fuel Rewards? How much have you saved? Leave a comment letting me know or share your totals on social media using the hashtag #MyFuelRewards

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