Day 9: Finding Balance
When I first started couponing, I was so excited about all the money I was saving that I thought I needed to cash in on EVERY deal at EVERY store! I was shopping at Albertson’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, and occasionally K-Mart. And this was on a weekly basis! Obviously, it didn’t take long before I was completely burnt out. Not to mention, my kids would spot the “Big Red Bulls Eye” and burst into tears. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but you get the point.)
Remember, it’s best for you “coupon virgins” to learn one store at a time. I think the easiest way to choose a store is to pick what’s closest to your house. You’ll be going there often, so it makes sense to find a store nearby.
Another key to finding balance in couponing is to remind yourself that this most likely isn’t the last time you will see products at this price. When I was a newbie, I didn’t realize that the prices I was seeing were not once-in-a-lifetime sales! The industry standard for coupon and sale cycles is three to four months. On lots of products, like Kraft and General Mills, the cycle is more often than that.
Now inhale……and relax. Let’s wrap this all up at Day 10, Making KCL a Way of Life.