There are times when Sunday is my favorite day of the week, because that’s when the ads show up neatly tucked into my mailbox.  Then there are times, when seeing that big rolled up newspaper makes me sigh, because it means I have to do more cutting, more sorting, more planning.  What to do on those weeks?

I have found that the best way to deal with my own coupon burnout is to take a mini-vacation.  This does NOT mean go to the store buy all non-sale overpriced items and eat t-bone steaks all week….although that does sound kind of fun, doesn’t it? 🙂

What I mean is, glance through the ads and if no sale is screaming your name, skip the store for the week.  Do you have 4 tubes of toothpaste and the only thing on sale at CVS this week is toothpaste….skip it and file away that ECB for another week.  They do last a month after all!

Uninspired by the grocery store?  Take stock of your pantry.  With a little planning and a grocery store run for bread and milk, you can feed your family well with what’s already in your pantry.  These weeks also help prevent the terrible tragedy known as “hidden waste.”  You know, the food that’s hidden behind all the other food in your pantry and you find it 12 months after it expired. 🙂

Most of all don’t feel guilty because you didn’t rush out to buy all those deals you saw posted on the blogs.  Do you NEED it?  What’s more important: your sanity or grabbing that 8th free tube of toothpaste?  How much toothpaste does one family need after all?  But your coupons are going to expire and you don’t want that to happen, you say?  Brighten someone’s day and leave that coupon on the shelf by the product.  I know I’m excited when I find a coupon near a product that I was planning to buy.  Why not give someone else that lovely feeling?

I’ve come to believe that it’s more important for me to take a break here and there.  It helps me retain the fun of it all rather than couponing becoming a chore.  What things do you do to prevent coupon burnout?  I’m always interested in more ideas. 🙂



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